Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Busks in Sara D. Roosevelt Park [VIDEO]
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Despite the recent crackdown on street performers and the wishy-washiness of the City Parks Department, it appears that outdoor theatrics are alive and well on the Lower East Side. Indie folk favorites Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros strolled into Sara D. Roosevelt Park recently to busk “Better Days,” the leadoff track from their third album, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, released earlier this summer.
Wearing fancy clothes in ragamuffin fashion, the disheveled ensemble set up shop near Rivington Playground (cello and all) and gave a pretty solid acoustical performance. Lead vocalist Alex Ebert is mic’ed, but it’s still hard to hear him, as his back is often to the cameras – it’s like he’s singing to his bandmates, not the street. His female counterpart, Jade Castrinos, however, belts it out in a crowd drawing manner.
The performance won some verbal gratitude from those in attendance, but it doesn’t seem like any coin was tossed. Shame, as it looks like Ebert could use some new slippers.
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And for comparison purposes, here’s the original tune.