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Coachella 2010: The shirtless, the shoeless and The Hova take in Edward Sharpe


The crowd was ready to get dirty for locals Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, led by electro-rocker-turned-pop-shaman Alex Ebert. Shirts came off, shoes were tossed aside, and a heavily packed outdoor stage turned into a Haight Ashbury-worthy hippie throwdown.

Navigating the scene wasn't an easy task. "It's like a war zone," remarked one festival goer, as those furtherest from the stage were splayed across the grass. The large Los Angeles outfit -- at least seven or eight people were on stage at any given moment -- easily outdrew peppy Canadian rock 'n' rollers Tokyo Police Club, whose hook-filled songs were blasted to a largely open mainstage audience.

Yet Edward Sharpe had perhaps the fest's most important attendees in his corner. Standing out amongst the fans were Jay-Z and Beyonce, accompanied by minimal security and happily allowing fans to shoot pictures. The famed pair took in about three songs out in field before it was suggested they make their way backstage.

With Jay-Z and Beyonce out of the way, fans again turned their attention to the stage, where the band swapped a host of instruments, giving shout-along choruses with Mamas & the Papas-worthy verses. A more recent reference point may be the Polyphonic Spree, but Edward Sharpe avoids the orchestral nuance of the latter for a more jangly, simple sound, playing with keyboards that looked like toys and what appeared to be the occasional ukulele. There might be more accurate details had the size of the crowd and number of those dancing -- and freely passing around illegal substances, for the record -- had allowed for a closer view.

But a prime seat wasn't needed to recognize this was schtick, yet it's upbeat, sing-along, let's-hold-each-other's-hands-and-run-around-in-a-circle schtick, and such ol' fashioned peace & love vibes are a rock 'n' roll festival staple. It was also probably the only set of the day in which someone can say into his phone, "Hey, meet us over by the guy in the unicorn outfit," and such a statement would seem entirely sensible.

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Edward Sharpe of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performs at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, USA, 17 April 2010. The Coachella Music Festival is a three-day festival attended by 75,000 people. Credit: Stephen Mitchell / EPA

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More inept writing edits.....

"There might be more accurate details had the size of the crowd and number of them dancing -- and freely passing around illegal substances, for the record -- had allowed for a closer view."

had the size --had allowed had had had, What had you been passing around?

Here's yet another error in writing / publishing this article.

"Navigating the scene wasn't an easy." An easy? An easy task? An essay? Are we to guess what you are trying to say with your poorly written sentences?

Would you say the same derogatory comments if the holy grail of bands, the Beatles (not my take, probably yours), was on stage?????

Schtick?? Can we wait for a band to have a second album before we start saying they have a "schtick"? This is the most interesting band -and, ahem TALENTED band to come around in some time. Why trash them so soon?

My god, they play their own instruments, how long has it been since we've had that? Go sit in Beyonce's studio if that's what you are looking for. Enjoy your synthesizers.

Ugh, even the photo caption is sloppy...."Photo: Edward Sharpe of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performs at the Coachella Music "


Lazy reporters!

I was that guy in the unicorn outfit!! Thank you very much Coachella and all of its beautiful people...I will see you all next year

Mr. Unicorn here is your 19 seconds of fame:
plus Jay-Z hanging out watching ES&MZ


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