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The Head and The Heart bring life to Ovens Auditorium

Seattle indie rockers revive CLT with new songs, and a new sense of self

Photographs by  Nathan Leslie

Folk-indie legends The Head and The Heart (Warner Bros. Records) came through NC’s Ovens Auditorium last night with special guests Mt. Joy. After spending quite some time off, and deservedly so as they spent most of 2014 touring their sophomore release Let’s Be Still, the quintet came back into the alternative scene full force with the debut of Signs of Light.

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It’s easy to call this album another mile marker in their career, but to the band, it is much more than that. The time the band spent away from each other was filled with self-realizations, growing pains, and some much needed reality checks, according to the band’s explanation. This time apart only brought the five closer together, making them more in sync and creative than ever.

The Head & the Heart

That being said, one can only imagine what last night’s show was like! Who doesn’t love a sense of renewed energy from an already electric act like The Head and The Heart!?

The Head & the Heart

Opening the night was Philly’s own Mt. Joy, a musical duo seeking to bring people together through their art. Their 2017 single “Sheep” aims to encourage non-marginalized people to recognize their privilege and begs them to engage in the culture of others. The message revolves around the idea of trying to understand what’s going on outside of your head own and being present from what’s happening in the lives of others. A heavily-talented opener for a heavily-talented headliner.

The Head & the Heart

The Head and the Heart’s remaining tour dates will be opened by cosmic rockers Dreamers (Fairfax Recordings), starting April 7th. You can find a list of tour dates, including their run of festivals, here!

The Head & the Heart

Check out a photo gallery of the night here!

Sheila Walsh graduated from USC Aiken in 2015 with a degree in English. While in school, she won an essay competition for an argumentative essay on why the arts are crucial to the education system. Additionally, she was recruited to play volleyball for USCA and contributed to a weekly journal discussing the life of a student-athlete. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.


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