In the past week, local indie band the Head and the Heart made the cover of both CityArts magazine and Seattle Weekly: one called the Sub Pop kids the best band of 2011, "a polished, joyful folk-pop" act, while the other (earnestly) chided the band’s earnestness, hand-clapping, and "inoffensively bland lyrics." Debate! Though I don’t go to bed wondering if the songs on my iPod are ironic enough, I also don’t think THATH’s music is as memorable as, say, Hey Marseilles’s or Macklemore’s. What say you?
Like ’em or not, this band is getting big. The Head and the Heart have added a show at the Moore in April (their April 29 concert at Showbox already sold out). Tickets ($16–$18) for the April 30 show go on sale this Friday, March 11, at 10am at tickets.com or stgpresents.org.
Also on sale now: Tickets to see Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks at KeyArena on April 23 are $65–$171 at ticketmaster.com.
In other news: Seattle hip hop heroes Blue Scholars are taking a grassroots approach to their third and latest full-length album. Rather than release Cinemetropolis through a record label, the artful duo MC Geologic and DJ/producer Sabzi will try to raise money for distribution and other "creative projects" on kickstarter.com. The goal: $25,000 by April 21, and their Day One total is $7,816 and climbing. Fans who donate will receive the digital album before its June release (date TBA), and the chance to pledge their way to release party tickets, limited-edition posters, and other assorted Blue Scholars swag.
I’ll let Geo and Sabzi explain the rest.