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SLCene Suggests: The Head and the Heart

by on August 26, 2014


THE HEAD AND THE HEART, PIONEER PARK, Thursday, Aug. 28, 7 p.m., $5

For Seattle folk-rockers The Head and the Heart, the past five years have been a remarkable blur. And even though the band has grown from an ad hoc collective playing open mic nights into a band capable of headlining for thousands of people at events like the Twilight Concert Series, one has the sense that there is still plenty of exciting things to come from the group. The Head and the Heart recorded their first album before they had a record deal, selling them in handmade denim CD sleeves at shows and at local Seattle record stores. Soon, the stores couldn’t keep them in stock, their shows started drawing huge crowds and a bunch of record labels came calling in hopes of signing the band. They ultimately decided to sign with Seattle label SubPop Records, and their debut was released nationally in 2011. They toured nearly non-stop for almost two years, headlining clubs and opening for the likes of My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists and Vampire Weekend. When they opened for the Dave Matthews Band here in Utah, they added a late-night show at the Urban Lounge after playing at the Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley City, and that not-so-secret gig was one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. They should be a fine choice for the finale of this year’s Twilight Concert Series. San Fermin open the show.

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