The weekly live performance that could possibly blow your mind…

“Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros” Fiya Wata

As “hipstery” as this sounds, I never like my “cool new band’s” songs to be featured on NFL commercials (as much as I love the two, I don’t feel like they should mix). So, you can imagine my frustration when I heard “Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s,” Home played over highlight clips of Chris Johnson and Aaron Rogers.

Regardless of my affinity for staying away from bands that I hear on ESPN, I can’t seem to get enough of Edward Sharpe and his band of homeless looking troubadours. This song, “Fiya Wata,” especially gives me the chills. I’m not sure if its the “Dead-esque” groove, the cross-harp treble line that rises and falls across the song, the talk of rivers of love (who doesn’t love those?) or the PIPES on Jade, the usual backup singer behind the hippie commune leader, Alex Ebert. This girl can sing. I’m talking the real meaning of “sing.” Someone give her a record contract. Now.

You’d be hard pressed to find a version of this song that isn’t great, but there’s something special about this one. The half empty glasses of red, accordions and players sprawled across an old recording studio wood floor, pianists and standup bassists and harmonicas swaying along with the “river of love.” You can almost smell the incense and pot. In this performance, frontman Alex Ebert takes, an almost literal, backseat to Jade Castrinos, letting her do all the heavy lifting, and peering almost trance-like (or is that jealousy?) over her shoulder. Turn off the lights and put this one on fullscreen. When that trumpet kicks in, I dare you not to get goosebumps.

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