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Watch The Head and the Heart play “All We Ever Knew” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

The Head and The Heart | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
The Head and The Heart | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

Following a stellar showing at NonCOMM last month, which included the debut of new single “All We Ever Knew,” The Head and the Heart stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a performance in support of their new album, Signs of Light. This appearance really shows the band for the rockstars they’ve become, owning the stage and confidently jamming on to the new track. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Head and The Heart will play The Fillmore in October

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The last two Philly gigs for The Head and the Heart have been anything but simple. Really, hectic might be the perfect word to describe them.

At NonCOMM, the Seattle folk rockers battled through jetlag-induced exhaustion, as they had just returned from Sweden hours before. Last night, after being told their appearance at Festival Pier had been washed out, the band found out on their way to the airport that arrangements had been made to host them at The Fillmore in a last-minute effort.

Jonathan Russell and his friends made due with the new plan and dazzled a hardly-filled Fillmore. They played new songs, like “All We Ever Knew,” the first single off their forthcoming third LP Signs Of Light, due out September 9th on Warner Bros. Records. They even dusted off some favorites from their 2011 self-titled debut, such as “Ghosts” and “Sounds Like Hallelujah.” Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Jetlagged and all, The Head And The Heart dazzle

The Head and The Heart | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | <A href=http://jeremy-zim.com target="_blank">jeremy-zim.com</a>
The Head and The Heart | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

As The Head And The Heart took the stage at NonCOMM, you could sense a bit of exhaustion on their faces. Vocalist Jonathan Russell admitted it too, as he greeted the crowd by saying “Good morning.” The band got off a plane from Stockholm, Sweden hours ago, and it was not 9:25 p.m. according to their bodies.

But weariness didn’t seem to factor into the Seattle band’s set — they absolutely killed it. For most of the crowd, it was the first listen to three new songs off their upcoming album Signs Of Light, due out on September 9th. If those three new ones are any indication as to what the full record will be like, we all are in for a treat. Russell told the crowd they worked on the songs in Virginia, where he’s from; El Paso, Texas; a small town north of San Francisco; and then moved on to Nashville to record. All that relocation was recognized in the range of sounds that came from the new songs. Continue reading →

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Rivers and Roads: The Head and The Heart at the Tower

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The Head and The Heart | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

“Summer’s gone, now winter’s on it’s way,” cooed Josiah Johnson, lead singer of The Head and the Heart. “I will miss those days we had.” Friday night was rainy and cold, far removed from the days of summertime. Making the chilly trip out to Upper Darby to see Johnson’s Americana-storytelling folksters at the Tower was a great reminder that winter is indeed right around the corner, just like the lyrics of “Winter Song” mournfully recall. Continue reading →

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Governor’s Ball Day 3: Banks, Earl Sweatshirt, James Blake, The Head and The Heart and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Yesterday wrapped up our third day exploring Randall’s Island and the sights and sounds of this year’s Governors Ball Music Festival.

Skaters | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Skaters | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

New York City rock band Skaters turned up the heat on an already scorching Sunday afternoon.

Earl Sweatshirt | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Earl Sweatshirt | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Rapper Earl Sweatshirt emerged on stage decked out in beachwear while fans sang along to the lyrics from his latest album, Doris. Continue reading →

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Review: A majestic second night from The Head and The Heart and Thao

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The Head and The Heart brought their own take on the intersection of folk, rock, and Americana to Union Transfer for their second consecutive sold-out show Saturday night. The Seattle-based six-piece led by vocalists and guitarists Josiah Johnson and Jonathan Russell bathed the Philadelphia crowd in a hybrid of music influences including The Beatles, Edward Sharpe, and Peter, Paul, and Mary. Walking onstage with their former tourmates Dr. Dog playing overhead showed the awareness and gratefulness The Head and The Heart had of the Philly love. They dove into a set mixing and matching songs from their debut self-titled work and their recently released Let’s Be Still. Johnson and Russell’s harmonies were expertly complemented by the violin-toting vocals of Charity Rose Thielen, bassist Chris Zasche, pianist Kenny Hensley, and drummer Tyler Williams.

Russell worked the stage the most, wandering with his microphone during quite a few songs, including the blue-lit opening track of Let’s Be Still, “Homecoming Heroes.” The lighting was one of the keys to the show’s success, varying between bright and dark with autumnal oranges and spotlights from the side of the stage thrown in for good measure. And then there was the unusual mirrorball on the floor by Williams, onto which another light reflected during songs including “Coeur D’Alene,” giving extra emphasis to the drummer’s sometimes-raucous beat.

The best was certainly saved for last, as the two-song encore began with Thielen strapping on a harmonica and doing the country-esque “These Days are Numbered” solo acoustic basking in a spotlight. And then they closed with fan favorite “Down in the Valley,” a grand moment of musical joy for all in the crowd.

If there could be a rock counterpoint to the many genres of The Head and The Heart, San Francisco-based opener Thao & The Get Down Stay Down were certainly it. With a punk soul and folk heart, lead singer and guitarist Thao Nguyen went through a blistering set consisting mostly of songs from their 2013 release We the Common. And despite some rare Union Transfer sound issues in her set opener, the title track to her 2009 work Know Better Learn Faster, where her vocals were barely audible, Thao and her supporting crew blasted through an 11-song parade of raucous rock and roll. The highlight was surely “We the Common,” one of 2013’s greatest songs, a blazing work of political and social awareness that is a universal call to the conscience.

Portland, Oregon-based folk and country group Quiet Life opened the night.

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The Head and the Heart harmonize for a sold-out Free at Noon crowd

Photos by: Elizabeth Mazenko
Photos by: Elizabeth Mazenko

Seattle indie-folk phenomenon The Head and the Heart packed World Café Live for a sold out Free at Noon performance today. Keeping the energy up and the attitude light, the six members got the Philly crowd ready for two more sold out performances with an easygoing performance of some of their reflective yet topical tunes from October release Let’s Be Still. Check out details for tonight’s and tomorrow’s performances at Union Transfer’s website. Check out a photo gallery and the set list from Free at Noon, and listen back to today’s performance in its entirety below.

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Watch The Head and the Heart perform “Shake” for Yours Truly SF (playing next week’s Free at Noon)

The Head and the Heart | photo by Trevor Frost

The Head and the Heart | photo by Trevor Frost

The Head and the Heart filmed an acoustic version of their latest single “Shake” for Yours Truly SF recently.  The song is taken from the Seattle six-piece’s stellar sophomore effort Let’s Be Still, released earlier this month on Sub Pop.  Stripping the song down to just a guitar and vocals, the video shows just how powerful The band’s songwriting talent is.  Check it out below, and then, beginning tomorrow, sign up for The Head and the Heart’s Free at Noon concert at World Cafe Live next Friday, November 8th, here.  The Free at Noon precedes two sold-out shows at Union Transfer.