People the world over love the Head and the Heart. People in Seattle, well, that's another story. The warmest of folk revival acts went from busking in the streets of Seattle and self-releasing their debut recording, to selling out venues across the globe and having Sub Pop reissue their self-titled album to rave reviews. While the band still has a loyal hometown following, the unrelenting backlash—which stems from their quick ascension from open mic corners to headlining slots, Sub Pop's involvement, and an alleged dust-up between the band's Jon Russell and a local soundman—has nearly drowned out their music entirely. As always, the Moz was right: We hate it when our friends become successful. As Portlanders, let's leave the petty resentment to our neighbors to the north and accept the Head and the Heart for what they are—a damn fine band with a boisterous live show and a flawless debut album under their belts. Ain't nothing wrong with that. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.