True, this L.A. folk-pop group began as a concept band about a bearded messiah, and singer Alex Ebert sometimes performs shirtless. But before you dismiss them as Hollywood hippies, know that they’re serious about the lovely troubadour melodies on Here. From the jug-band-style jam ”That’s What’s Up” to the reggae bliss-out ”One Love to Another,” they’ve got so much heart, they can crush hipster irony with one squeeze of the accordion. A-
SHARPE TURN The L.A. folk-pop group loads up on the sweet reggae melodies on Here (Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
Genre: Indie Rock; Music Label: Vagrant
Posted May 25 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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