KEXP at SXSW 2011, Day 1: The Head and The Heart

photos by Jim Bennett

Welcome to KEXP’s 2011 SXSW broadcast! We’re kicking things off this week from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop with Seattle-based blowups The Head and The Heart. The indie folk group, who just penned a deal with Sub Pop, eased our hearts and ears with some cuts from their self-titled debut.

The Head and The Heart formed in Seattle during the summer of 2009. The collective are pieced together from all over the country, stretching from California to Virgina. The group now live and write their music in the Puget Sound area, writing songs all around town, from Discovery Park to the Seattle Public Library. The band has really gained steam from their unique presentation, featuring captivating vocal harmonies and successful blend of orchestral compositions. The 6-piece outfit have formed a folky, alt-country take on indie rock. It’s like Crosby Stills Nash & Young had a lovechild with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin or a much more relaxed Bright Eyes. Catchy piano lines are the driving force behind the instrumental side of the band, backed by drums and bass that, while sparse, inspire beat-centric hand-clapping and foot-stomping. They’re truly are a band to keep and eye on, with impressive music that can be best described as “soul-searching.”

The Head and the Heart plan on re-releasing their self-titled debut on April 16. Until then, the group continues to build their reputation for being a phenomenal live band and are showcasing their talent with a run of live performances in Austin this week, including this awesome live performance live on KEXP to kick off our broadcast. The room was full of adoring fans, singing along to each song. You’ll be able to listen to this incredible, warm performance soon on our Live Performance archives.

All photos by Jim Bennett:

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One Comment

  1. Shelby
    Posted March 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for putting on this show, band sounded great and pleased that I got there early to hear the singing prep/sound check, extending the show even longer

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