Live Review: The Head And The Heart – Rough Trade, NYC

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I love music and I love seeing live music. I love discovering new venues and new bands. Last week I was lucky enough to catch the sold out The Head And The Heart show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, NY. I had never seen this band live before nor had I been to Rough Trade – a night of firsts. The venue was very intimate and located in the back of the record store, with the stage decorated with gold streamers, palm trees and an electric neon sign reading Signs Of Light – which happens to be the new album from The Head And The Heart.

The crowd wasn’t very eclectic and consisted of your typical Williamsburg types. The show was good but really left me wanting The Head And The Heart from their first two albums and not this new Coldplay-esque indie rock vibe that they are leaning to now with the new album and new sound. They really aren’t a folk band anymore!

The only track from the new album that I enjoyed live (which was different than when I listened to the album) was Colors. It was a very fun track and really got the crowd going. Standout tracks from their first two albums were Let’s Be Still (a crowd favorite), Lost in My Mind, Down In The Valley, and they closed the show with Rivers And Roads.

I really wanted more songs to feature Charity Rose Thielen and the wonderful harmonies featured on the recordings, but all in all, a great, fun night of good music.

Jake Krickhan