Concert preview: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros could be a perfect escape on a summer night

By Columbus Alive
From the August 29, 2013 edition

Depending on your constitution, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ breakthrough hit “Home” registered as an instant classic or a ceaseless cycle of sentimental blather. (For what it’s worth, I dug it.)

Otherwise, Alex Ebert’s faux-hippie sunshine brigade feels flimsy on record — a capable execution, yes, but of a tired pastiche. In person on a summer night at twilight, though? Could be just the escape you’re looking for.

Now that the band’s self-titled third LP exists, there’s more than enough warm fuzziesto go around in the form ofsongs called “Let’s Get High” and “In the Summer” and “Better Days” (fortunately not a cover of Citizen King’s late-’90s hit “I’ve Seen Better Days”).

Willy Mason opens Thursday’s show.