The Head and the Heart will tour the United States in 2012.

The Head and the Heart will tour North America in Spring of 2012. If you aren’t familiar with them, Here’s what Red Said about her happenstance discovery of the Seattle folk-pop outfit this year at The Independent in San Francisco:

I hadn’t done my usual pre-concert opening band stalking, and thus had no idea what to expect from the Seattle sextet; all I knew was that the man behind me (wearing a red reindeer sweater) was about to faint from excitement. It didn’t take me long to discover the reason for his enthusiasm–like the rest of the unsuspecting audience, I was quickly swept up in their buoyant brand of Americana-pop. Anchored by strong percussion, rhythmic keyboard, and a pair of strong lead vocalists (Jon Russell and Josiah Johnson, as well as wonderfully textured backing vocals by Charity Rose Thielen), their well-crafted songs are both accessible and authentic. The concerns of transitioning twentysomethings are couched in catchy melodies, with oft-changing time signatures and well-placed rousing crescendos. Although the band feels surefooted and mature, their most successful moments come from simple statements of vulnerability: the vehement repeat of “I’ve changed, I’ve changed, I’ve changed” in “Ghosts”, or the sweetly sentimental chorus of “Honey Come Home” poignantly betray the band’s youth.

The Head and the Heart’s 2012 North America tour dates:

3/4/12 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
3/5/12 – The Canopy Club – Urbana, IL
3/6/12 – Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY
3/8/12 – The Vic – Chicago, IL
3/9/12 – The Vogue Theater – Indianapolis, IN
3/10/12 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
3/11/12 – Crofoot Ballroom – St Pontiac, MI
3/13/12 – The Opera House – Toronto, ON
3/14/12 – La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
3/15/12 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
3/16/12 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
3/17/12 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
3/18/12 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
3/20/12 – Ram’s Head Live! – Baltimore, MD
3/21/12 – The National – Richmond, VA
3/23/12 – 40 Watt Club – Athens, GA
3/24/12 – The Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
3/25/12 – The Pageant – St Louis, MO

Tickets for the tour are available now. For a primer, here’s the band’s performance of “Ghosts,” live on KEXP radio (who run an excellent studio concert series, by the way, if you’re looking to go on a YouTube binge):