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MusicfestNW: The Head & The Heart, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Deep Sea Diver 

When: Sat., Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $32
The huggy folk of the Head and the Heart never did anything for me. I've seen the Seattle group more than once, and walked away each time baffled by the rapturous response to their good-hearted but generally unsurprising clap-alongs. So I'm happy to say that their new song, "Shake," is actually pretty decent, easily the best thing I've heard from them. They've dispensed with the open-mic coffeehouse vibe in favor of something slightly less earnest, something with a bit more shadow and body to it. Their new album, Let's Be Still, doesn't come out until October 15, so it remains to be seen whether this MFNW set will be an exclusive, exciting preview of what's to come, or a warm-up show for them to relearn all their old songs before the national tour that will follow the album's release. NED LANNAMANN

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