At Sunday night's 71st annual Golden Globes, Alex Ebert won the award for Best Original Score for his work on "All Is Lost," beating out such legendary film composers as Hans Zimmer and John Williams. Since Ebert isn't yet a household name, we're going to give you a rundown of reasons why you should know this wild-haired, bearded gent who picked up a Globe.
1. Ebert may be best-known as the frontman of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, the dozen-person-strong combo he formed in 2007. Sharpe is a fictional messianic figure adopted by Ebert to spread his musical good vibes. The group, which sports a co-ed, ever-evolving lineup, has a unique musical vision that draws from folk, gospel, and rock, and looks as if they've stepped right out of a commune from the early '70s. They've released three albums and are perhaps best-known for the track "Home," which reached No. 18 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and the top 10 in France and the U.K. The song has also been heard on TV's "Subugatory," "Raising Hope," and "Community." Last October, the group staged Big Top, its own Lollapalooza-like circus-themed festival over three days in Los Angeles.
2. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros were featured in the Grammy-winning documentary "Big Easy Express," which was named Best Long Form Music Video in 2013. The film chronicles the 2011 Railroad Revival Tour, which featured the band, Mumford & Sons, and Old Crow Medicine Show. The railroad trek stopped in six cities, where the bands played alternative venues.
3. Prior to Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Ebert fronted Ima Robot, a Los Angeles-based band that initially featured bassist Justin Meldal-Johnson and drummer Joey Waronker, both known for their work with Beck. After forming in the early '90s, the band was signed to Virgin Records and released three albums that failed to gain mainstream support. Although they went through numerous lineup changes over the years, and Ebert had found success with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, he hasn't completely given up on Ima Robot. In 2011, the band performed a six-song set on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" with a new line-up that included Orpheo McCord of the Magnetic Zeroes. That same year the band's B-side single "Greenback Boogie," featured on the indie compilation Another Man's Treasure, became the theme song for the USA Network legal drama "Suits."
4. As if two bands weren't enough, Ebert also found the time and energy to launch a solo career in 2011 with the album Alexander. It garnered mostly favorable reviews.
5. In addition to "All Is Lost," Ebert has had other music featured in TV and films. The song "Truth" from his solo album was including in the season four premiere of "Breaking Bad" in an episode titled "Box Cutter." Another song from Alexander, "Bad Bad Love" was featured in the opening of the 2011 remake of "Fright Night," which starred Colin Farrell.