Earlier this week, Seattle indie follksters, The Head and the Heart released the official video for their charming song “Down in the Valley”. The video gives you a glimpse into “the touring life”. It’s a fun little trip that goes from sleeping in vans on the road to setting up the stage to rockin’ out in front of thousands of people. It makes me really wish that they were coming to Oklahoma on their current tour. Check out the video below and then mark your calendars when they are coming to town.
Sat, Mar 03 Avon, CO The Snow Ball Music Festival
Sun, Mar 04 Lawrence, KS The Granada
Mon, Mar 05 Urbana, IL Canopy Club
Tue, Mar 06 Louisville, KY Headliners
Wed, Mar 07 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre – SOLD OUT
Thu, Mar 08 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre – SOLD OUT
Fri, Mar 09 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue – SOLD OUT
Sat, Mar 10 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Sun, Mar 11 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Ballroom
Tue, Mar 13 Toronto, ON The Opera House
Wed, Mar 14 Montreal, QC La Tulipe
Thu, Mar 15 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground Ballroom
Fri, Mar 16 Portland, ME State Theatre
Sat, Mar 17 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer – SOLD OUT
Sun, Mar 18 New York, NY Terminal 5
Tue, Mar 20 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
Wed, Mar 21 Richmond, VA The National
Fri, Mar 23 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club – SOLD OUT
Sat, Mar 24 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom – SOLD OUT
Sun, Mar 25 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Mon, Mar 26 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
Sat, April 14 Indio, CA Coachella – SOLD OUT
Sat, April 21 Indio, CA Coachella – SOLD OUT
Fri, May 25 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheatre w/ Shins
Sun, May 27 George, WA Sasquatch!
Mon, May 28 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheater w/ The Shins
Tues, May 29 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ The Shins
Fri, June 1 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Sat, June 2 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
So it’s time to bring you the final installment and my absolute favorite songs of the year so far. I hope you guys have enjoyed listening to this list as much as I enjoyed putting together. Again I want to remind you that if you enjoy these songs, please go and purchase some of these albums.
It’s no sea shanty or civil war folk-lore, but this R.E.M. influenced rock tune is pretty incredible. I just can’t get enough of this entire album. While most everyone seems to be going back to the 80’s for inspiration this year, these guys seem to have found the early 90’s early enough for them, and it really works.
This entire album is absolutely phenomenal, but I keep going back to this particular song over and over. If you just sample this song, you won’t get it. Just trust me. Download this song, let it get under your skin. Then go and buy the rest of the album.
This is a bit of an unorthadox choice for this list, especially to be this high, but I just couldn’t ignore it. I usually don’t take the time to listen to very many live recordings, but this is just an absolute masterpiece. The range and control she has over her voice is unbelievable and is showcased really well in this recording, not to mention the flawless and beautiful transition between the two songs. This whole session is worth checking out.
This girl’s on fire and there ain’t nothing able to put her out. Another album that could have had any number of songs on this list. As much of an affection I have for other songs on this album such as “Someone Like You” or “One and Only”, it had to be this song. It is just so unbelievably catchy but has so much depth and character at the same time. This is an absolutely epic song that will last for decades. It is the perfect opening track that sets the tone for one of the best records of the year. A testament to the strength and power of this song is the numerous amount of covers that have already popped up from the unknowns to the legends, John Legend that is (more to come on that matter in future posts).
So there it is. My personal favorites of the year. I am sure that I have missed some great ones. So please comment and let me know of the egregious errors in musical judgment that I have made. What song do you think deserves that #1 spot?
There is yet another band to pay attention to in the beloved folk-rock genre. To me they sound like a great mixture of David Gray and Mumford & Sons. I’ve only heard a few tracks but it has been enough to grab my attention. Last year they self-produced and self-released their self-titled debut album. Well it got a lot of critical praise and garnered a lot of attention, including from indie label Sub Pop Records, who will be giving The Head and the Heart a proper release on April 26th. Take a listen to a couple of tracks off the album and watch the very inviting and warm video for “Lost in My Mind.”