Two of the biggest breakout bands of the last 18 months -- English folkies Mumford & Sons and L.A. collective Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros -- are touring the Western U.S. in a very old school manner: by rail! The tour, which also features Old Crow Medicine Show, kicked off last night in Oakland, California, at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park.
SPIN contributor Misha Vladimirskiy had all-access on opening night. Check out his amazing behind-the-scenes pics of the bands playing soccer pre-show, hanging out on the train, rehearsing for their onstage collaborative jams, and playing to a sold-out throng!
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