Magnetized: ‘Home’ cracks Top 10; ESMZ plays in the forest

June 30, 2015
David Wexler

David Wexler, editor/publisher, Janglin Souls

David Wexler, editor/publisher, Janglin Souls

Music streaming service Spotify has released a new list of most popular wedding music tracks after analyzing more than 400,000 wedding-themed playlists globally. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ Home came in at No. 10 on the list.

John Legend’s All of Me was the most popular song across 400,000 Spotify wedding playlists, followed by Marry You by Bruno Mars and Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran in second and third place, respectively. Jason Mraz is the “world’s favorite artist for matrimonial music,” according to Spotify with two of his tracks featuring in the top 20 list.

‘Supreme Court! Yes!’
The Oakland Press (Michigan) had a nice write-up about the ESMZ show June 26 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. According to the newspaper, ESMZ frontman Alex Ebert “often sat on the stage to be as close to the audience as possible and even handed the microphone off to two fans, who made up their own short (and beautiful) verses to I Don’t Wanna Pray. From the Oakland Press: “When a crowd member shouted out ‘Supreme Court!’ Ebert remarked ‘Supreme Court! Yes! Using your minds, that’s what they put you there for!’ referring to the historical decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, made by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier that day.”

Lawn on the D
Madi Silvers, of Boston-based online music magazine and alternative radio station Vanyaland, wrote a beautiful review of ESMZ’s show at the Lawn on the D in Boston. “The sun began to set over South Boston, last Wednesday in a messianic kind of way…” she wrote. “Nestled in between all of the concrete, on the edge of the blossoming Seaport District, spirits hung high as a throng of 20-somethings downed cans of summer IPAs and lemon shandies in anticipation for the indie folk magic of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros.” Vanyaland’s Matthew Shelter took some amazing photos as well. See his gallery here.

Photo credit: HammockLiving

Photo credit: HammockLiving

ESMZ plays in the forest
More than 40,000 ticketholders met up at the Double JJ Resort in the woods of Rothbury, Mich., last week to experience the Electric Forest Festival. The festival featured 100-plus artists performing on seven different stages, including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The String Cheese Incident, Phantogram and Bassnectar, just to name a few.

Austin Bennett, an ESMZ fan from New Orleans, experienced the festival for the first time.

“I’ve been looking forward to going to Electric Forest for years, and it was by far one of the best camping festivals I’ve been to yet,” Bennett said. “The festival combines incredible art and displays with a variety of music that brings every type of festival-goer together. The lineup included three nights of String Cheese Incident, my favorite band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (who gave me a shout-out from the stage), Phantogram, and a slew of EDM heavy hitters, such as Bassnectar, Kaskade, Gramatik, Big Gigantic, etc. Sherwood Forest, the lit and ever-changing section of the forest, was a magical portal through the festival where people conglomerated to witness just one of the things that has brought this festival to international acclaim.”

“Bedtimes are a myth at Electric Forest, with musical performances running deep into the night and early morning hours … ” writes Los Angeles-based Crave Online. “When the most controversial aspect of a festival is their hammock policy, it’s a definite sign of things done right. In previous Electric Forest events, festival-goers could string up hammocks wherever their hearts desired, resulting in a patchwork display of view-interrupting comfort zones. Now, a new policy designates that hammocks can only be hung in designated ‘Hammock Zones’ in the scenic Sherwood Forest. The hammock guidelines ‘are intended to preserve the experience and overall health of The Forest for the many beautiful years to come.’ Controversy!”

Below are some photos from the first five ESMZ summer tour shows — enjoy!

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