The Federal Empire Shows Versatility with “Perfect Strangers”

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Fresh off their collaboration with Sam Feldt, the LA-based band The Federal Empire has released a new single: “Perfect Strangers.” Listening to their past releases, the band truly blends alternative rock and electronic music. The Federal Empire at times sounds reminiscent of bands such as The Head and the Heart, while at other times they

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74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

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I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »

Songs that Inspired The Head and the Heart ‘Signs of Light’

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The Head and the Heart have been making the kind of music that makes you swoon for what seems like ages. They perfectly meld indie, pop and Americana to create something that is sweet perfection. We asked them to make us a playlist of songs that helped inspire their newest record and they came back with an extremely diverse list that shows just how creative they can be. Check out the playlist below and be sure to grab Signs of Light now.

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These songs were huge inspirations and touch points for me during the writing and recording of Signs of Light.We were experimenting with new textures and tones, hoping we could find a breakthrough into a new sonic realm. 

The record wouldn’t be the same without these artists, who all had there own drive to grow and move beyond their previous work.  — Tyler Williams

Jonathan Richman- That Summer Feeling

Big Thief- Real Love

Fleetwood Mac- Gypsy

Jack Ladder- To Keep and To Be Kept

Tame Impala- The Less I Know The Better

Deerhunter- Breaker

Kurt Vile- Life Like This

Jamie XX- Loud Places

Post Malone- Go Flex

Kanye West- Hold My Liquor 

Paul Simon- Still Crazy After All These Years

David Bowie- Lazarus

Rolling Stones- Moonlight Mile

The Head and the Heart Played Two Nights at Terminal 5 [Photos]

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Photos by Tim Toda

The Head and the Heart played two packed shows at Terminal 5, promoting their prominently displayed Signs of Light album. Traveling all the way from England, Declan McKenna kicked off the night with a breezy, yet grounded 45 minute set, covering his recently-released singles and EPs. The 17 year old singer wasn’t familiar to most of the crowd, but seemed to win over the majority by the end of his set.

The Head and the Heart began their performance with the first two tracks from their new album. The crowd was surprisingly familiar with their new material, happily singling along to “All We Ever Knew.” Dazzling with older songs from their first and second albums and surprising fans with newer tracks, the night spanned a well-balanced setlist that certainly captured their versatile live presence.

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Who’s Shawn Mendes? You’re About To Find Out, Whether You Like It Or Not

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10:  Shawn Mendes  performs on stage at Madison Square Garden on September 10, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images )Imagine you are a precocious teenage dreamboat from Toronto who got famous covering Justin Bieber and other pop stars on Vine — so famous that you signed to the same label as Bieber, and when a radio DJ asks Bieber about you during an on-air interview, Bieber replies, “Who’s Shawn Mendes?” How do you … More »

The Head and the Heart Bring Back Their Sweet Vocals with ‘Colors’ [Stream]

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After a three year break, The Head and the Heart have begun releasing music again. Their latest single, “Colors,” retains the band’s signature folk sound and provides a taste of their new album dropping this September. The track begins with a blending of smooth, quiet guitar strums and syrupy melodies from three different vocals, which later layer upon one another to create the perfect final chorus.  Breathy and sugar sweet, this ballad sounds like warm sunshine and will leave a smile lingering on your face. Check out “Colors” above and be sure to keep an eye out for their new album, Sign of Lights, out 9/9.