Alex Ebert kept himself busy during the early 21st century, fronting the power pop band Ima Robot for several years before launching a second group, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, in 2007. Named after a messianic figure that Ebert had dreamt up during a period of post-rehab soul-searching, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros grew into an 11-member ensemble whose appearance and sound recalled the free-loving Laurel Canyon sound of the 1960s. Both bands remained active, with the Magnetic Zeros releasing their critically acclaimed debut in 2009 and Ima Robot issuing their third album, Another Man's Treasure, the following year. Meanwhile, Ebert collected material for a solo album, Alexander, which was released in March 2011. ~ Andrew Leahey
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