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Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros bring their Big Top to Chinatown
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros bring their Big Top to Chinatown

Those who commute past Chinatown this week are forgiven for thinking the circus had arrived in town. Although the candy-striped tents occupying the L.A. State Historic Park may suggest ringmasters, clowns and lion tamers, in truth the tents will house the first Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' Big Top Festival, a four-day festival engineered by Los Angeles group Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Which is kind of like a circus, come to think of it. The band, whose rise over the past half-decade has been as unlikely as it has been impressive, revels in joyful chaos, audience participatation and celebration -- and they dress kinda like vintage circus bums. The group...

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