Edward Sharpe at the Newport

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Edward Sharpe and Jade Castrinos are a little like a modern-day Johnny and June. Sharpe was a miserable, heroin-addicted punk rocker going by the name Alex Ebert when he met Castrinos, the long-haired hippie who would become his onstage partner.

And if his subsequent transformation into the joyous, peace-and-love-preaching indie rock persona Edward Sharpe is anything less than genuine, well, he's fooled me.

The playful banter between the lead singers is reputedly the heart of their exuberant live show, but they get lots of help from the sprawling eight-piece Magnetic Zeros.

That's immediately evident on "Home," the exhilarating single from debut album "Up From Below," a song that shows off their raucous swell of accordion, banjo, piano, ukulele, tambourine, trumpet ... I think you get the picture.

Newport Music Hall

7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3

1722 N. High St., Campus