Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros are a large and sprawling troupe who were recently in town for the Big Day Out. You may have heard their hit Home which has been licensed from here to eternity by American car manufacturers and the like. Nick Atkinson managed to collar the dishevelled yet messianic band leader Alex Ebert in a Ponsonby bar.
Ohio band The Greenhornes have one foot firmly planted in the 60s on their new record "****". Nick Atkinson caught up with drummer Patrick Keeler and bass player Jack Lawrence who, by the way, spanks the plank for The Dead Weather. Lawrence and Keeler are also the rhythm section for another Jack White project, The Raconteurs. Indeed Jack Lawrence spends so much time with White that he's earned the nickname "Little Jack" to avoid confusion on the road. Lawrence explains how all of these musicians moved in similar circles in and around Ohio.
This London trio got together as teenagers ducking music class before settling on the name White Lies. Their second album Ritual came out last month and went straight to No.3 in the UK charts. It wasn't quite the out of nowhere No.1 smash of their debut To Lose My Life two years ago but not a bad result, if you care about that sort of thing. White Lies singer Harry McVeigh predicted they wouldn't have back to back chart-toppers when he spoke with Richard Wain recently, so he must care a bit.