I've written before about how I first fell in love with The Head And The Heart, bleary-eyed and head-aching after a long flight followed by a longer night in a rainy Seattle. I listened to this local band that I remembered hearing about the night before and made it my mission to learn more about them. They happened to be playing an opening set at a tiny bar the very next day - alas, it was sold out. So, I made it my mission to track down one of the city's last remaining copies of the self-released debut before the Sub Pop rerelease (unannounced at the time) that would surely launch them to stardom.
Well, fast forward 9 months, and they are well on their way to stardom. Their trademark catchy, bouncy folk-pop has won them a national following - no doubt with help from the Sub Pop marketing machine, major festival appearances and opening slots for Dr. Dog, My Morning Jacket and more. Their first national headlining tour is still a few months away, but they play Newport Folk late on Sunday. While they drew a tough timeslot up against Elvis Costello and Middle Brother, I know I'll be carving out time to see some of their set. They're an energetic and captivating live band - check out our recording from their opening set at the Paradise in February for proof:
The Head And The Heart
Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
February 20, 2011
Full set download: mp3 zip