Monday, July 16, 2012

Seattle's impeccable, sweet-voiced folk-pop sextet The Head and the Heart play the Calvin Theatre in Northampton Saturday, July 28th at 8PM. Lost In The Trees open.

The Head and The Heart
"Music for people who unabashedly sing and drum along on the steering wheel"

The contradictions that form between logic and love: Those are the intersections where The Head and the Heart resides. The band's name describes its sound perfectly — lyrics and music inspired by both intellect and emotion.

The sextet, largely made up of transplants to Seattle, made indie-music history by selling 10,000 copies of its self-released debut album through word of mouth. That effort, along with heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics and vocal harmonies inspired by gospel, old-time American ballads and a little something extra, earned the group a deal with Sub Pop, which re-released The Head and the Heart in early 2011.

The guitar- and piano-driven group, accented by drums and violin, creates a nostalgic atmosphere perfectly exemplified in "Down in the Valley." The song is a musical journey of traveling around and looking for that indefinable something, only to realize that, for better or worse, "I am on my way back to where I started."  The Head and the Heart appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, July 23rd on their way to their first-ever Northampton appearance on Saturday, July 28th.

Lost in the Trees

Led by Ari Picker, who studied film scoring at Berklee, Lost in the Trees creates a cinematic blend of storytelling and strings. There's freshness and excitement to the music he writes, and that comes through in his arrangements of cellos, violins, tubas, French horns, guitar and more. This North Carolina band is not to be missed. PASTE describes them as “both heart wrenching and beautiful.”  The Huffington Post says their music is “spellbinding in its musical ambition, touching in its intimacy, and often overwhelming in its emotional honesty.” They previously headlined the Iron Horse in 2010 and supported Neko Case at the Calvin Theatre in 2011.

Tickets for The Head and the Heart plus Lost in the Trees on Saturday, July 28 at 8PM at the Calvin Theatre are $22.50 at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413 586 8686 and online at

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