The Head and the Heart Dazzles The Bowery Ballroom

September 28th, 2011

The Head and the Heart – The Bowery Ballroom – September 27, 2011

Out of the bands that make it, there are those that do so on a slow climb (read: the majority) and those that, for whatever reason, do it much faster. Barely more than half a year after their first-ever show in New York City (opening for Dr. Dog at Terminal 5, no less), the Head and the Heart shed even more light on how they’ve arrived so quickly with a passionate performance before a dazzled crowd last night at The Bowery Ballroom.

In the middle of a sold-out, three-show run across two venues, the Seattle band started slowly, mirroring the first three tracks on their self-titled debut. It wasn’t until the bouncy piano brightened up at the end of “Ghosts” that the crowd finally began to buzz. As far as the sextet has come, this was no longer their first time through the city, and this crowd was clearly going to make them earn their applause. Funny enough, for a band with no more than a 15-song repertoire, it was the first of the new tracks that truly woke up the audience, and the band wisely threw another in for good measure before featuring the rest of the songs from their album.

By the time the Head and the Heart got to “Lost in My Mind,” the crowd had let loose, almost transforming a Manhattan music venue into a Mississippi honky-tonk. The band volleyed back with an increased energy of their own and promptly floored the audience with the vocal showcase that was “Rivers and Roads.” Their set was short, even including the encore, but judging from the Head and the Heart’s first year here, we all know for sure they’ll be back again. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane |

(Tonight’s show at The Bowery Ballroom is sold out.)