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Even with the transplant status of several band members and a few stints living abroad, the Head and the Heart have put down deep Seattle roots.

There's something in the music of Seattle's the Head and the Heart that brings on a wash of nostalgia and emotion: sepia-toned memories of rivers and fields, lilting three-part harmonies and saloon piano chords.

The lilting harmonies and hazy, soft-focus nostalgia of Trotting Bear's sound may at first seem a bit familiar -- after all, thanks to artists like Sam Beam, the genre of subdued folk music has slipped into mainstream consciousness.

The old Laclede Power Co. plant is one of those buildings with an expansive sense of space -- a cathedral-like majesty coupled with the ambiance of an old barn, all timbers and woodwork exposed.