I am using the power vested in me to nominate Alex Ebert, leader of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, for Coolest Guy in Music. Ebert is the guy in the center in the picture below. As you can see, he would not look out of place sitting in the subway station and singing for money. As a bandleader, he is a huge inspiration. He heads a band of ten great musicians and from how they act onstage and off, they cannot be happier playing music with him.
This Sunday, I was fortunate enough to be in attendance of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on the rooftop of the Mondrian Hotel in Soho. The setting was beautiful; we could see all of Manhattan and some of New Jersey and Brooklyn. What made me laugh was that there could not have been a bigger disparity between the swanky penthouse venue and the ten-piece band who looked and smelled like they had been in a van for the last five days. But on this night, the oddball crew made it work. The group played their magical indie folk in an acoustic set and had the hipster crowd singing and dancing along with them.
I don’t know Ebert’s full backstory, but I know that he had addiction problems which he seems to have overcome through his passion in music. Before the set, he sat down on the ground in a yoga pose to collect himself amid the crowded roof and sat in silence for a few minutes. After the show, he and his entire band were seen mingling with the crowd and enjoying themselves on the roof.
Not much else can be said about this modern-day shaman that will do him justice. See him in action yourself and watch a video of him with his band:
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