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Spotlight: The Head and the Heart


At 7:30 p.m. March 22, Lucas Theatre

Steve Earle's kid, the whiskey-soaked Americana trail-rider Justin Townes Earle, opens this performance by one of the brightest indie-pop bands to come out of Seattle in a good long while. The Head and the Heart, which has opened for Death Cab For Cutie, Vampire Weekend, the Low Anthem, the Decemberists, My Morning Jacket and a number of other A-list acts, is built around stunning three-art harmonies, Josiah Johnson's Dylanesque purr and a thoughtful acoustic-based rootsiness that brings both Fleet Foxes and Iron & Wine to mind. Johnson once explained why he and his bandmates chose the moniker: "When making decisions, you have to find a balance between what makes sense and what you're passionate about, and that's where we write from," he said. "That place between the head and the heart." This is one of those bands that'll cause you to kick yourself later, if you don't go to see them now. Secret weapon: Charity Rose Thielen on violin.