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It's Alex Ebert's turn
It's Alex Ebert's turn

On a steamy afternoon last August in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Alex Ebert led his folk-rock band Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros through one of the charged, evangelistic sets that put them on the national landscape. Fans had climbed trees in the forested alcove at Lollapalooza to see them, and after an hour they roared for an encore. Backstage, Ebert looked spent, hollow-eyed. He'd given all, as he had for almost two years of steady touring. Yet he breathed deeply, traipsed back onstage and, in a moment that has to go down somewhere in festival history, bade the entire crowd to sit down. Then, seated themselves, the Magnetic Zeros played an acoustic song as something of a...