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BOBBY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg


Just like Jesus Christ (and John Lennon) transcended to martyrdom through their conviction of love, Alexander Ebert descended the stage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg as an offering of unconditional love to eager fans and spectators. Better known as the front man for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Alexander is the solo project of Ebert whose self-titled album was released on March 1, 2011. Although the album was written, recorded, and performed solely  by Ebert, an entourage of family, friends, musicians, and bohemians, including the infamous Jade Castrinos, accompanied him on stage for a modest tour that included only a handful of east coast dates.

Whether you believe Ebert to be a “Saint” or just a squalid hippie, one should not underestimate the power of Alexander as the album ventures through epic human experiences of love, loss, soaring highs and detrimental lows all in one sweeping, seamless motion. There are no prospective tour dates in sight so chances are if you missed it, you missed it.

However, there is good news for the fans in the audience who were requesting Edward Sharpe covers throughout Alexander’s set; Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros have announced a slew of tour dates that are accessible on their MySpace page.

On the road and celebrating their 1st headlining US tour, Ponytail is a band to see live if they come to your neck of the woods. They never disappoint and always delight their audience and are the best live act I’ve seen so far this year. I had the opportunity to meet with them before their Music Hall of Williamsburg show to learn about their musical whimsy.


Q. What is some of the best new bands you are currently listening to?

A. A lot of music coming out of the UK Scene, bands like Gentle Friendly, Banjo or Freakout, Cold Pumas, and Peepholes.


Q.  Other than Music, where do you find inspiration to write music?

A.  The visual arts, in particular abstract art and conceptual photography. The methods of how music culture works in a cultural context, for instance the scene that evolves around a band. Fashion is also an inspiration, old 60’s and 70’s R&B and Punk aesthetics.


Q. What song by another artist do you wish you wrote?

A.  “Synchronicity” – The Police, “Planet Rock”-Afrika Bambaataa, “No Woman No Cry”- Bob Marley, “An Angel Moves to Fast to See”-Rhys Chatham, “All About the Benjamin”,” Gypsy Go Your Own Way”-Fleetwood Mac, Johann Sebastian Bach, and “Turn the page”- Bob Seger.


Q. What is your favorite song by your own band?

A.  G Shock and then also Beg Wave.


Q. What is your future ambition with Ponytail?

A.  No ambition, where ever it will take us. We want to continue to travel, record, and create things never done before in music

Also something else you should know…

Ponytail Hearts Devo!!!


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