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Get Out! Indie-folk darlings The Head and The Heart to perform

May 29, 2014

By Scott Tady, Beaver County Times, Pa.

May 29--Sibling pop band R5 has heard all the "Partridge Family" comparisons, and is fine with them.

Though don't expect R5 to pull up to Stage AE tonight in a '57 Chevy bus painted in groovy mid-century blue, red, white and yellow patterns.

R5 will perform indoors at the North Shore venue, emphasizing the group's "Louder" album, which was written as a summer-y soundtrack for top-down, cruising along the highway fun.

"We wanted to make an upbeat and inspirational album you want to play 24/7," keyboardist-vocalist Rydel Lynch says on the website for the band that also includes her brothers Riker (bass/vocals), Ross (lead vocals/guitar) and Rocky (guitar/vocals), and best friend Ratliff (drums).

See where they got the R5 name?

You might remember Riker for his portrayal of Jeff, one of the a cappella Warblers on TV's "Glee." Maybe you've seen Ross co-starring on Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally," or playing a lead role in the 2013 Disney Channel movie "Teen Beach Movie."

The Littleton, Colo.-founded band will headline a 7 p.m. show for which tickets cost $30. The Lynch mob's youngest brother, Ryland, 17, is an opening act, along with brother and sister pop-rock duo Brandon & Savannah.

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According to Internet Movie Data Base, The Head and The Heart had a song placed on the TV series "Beaver Falls."

Q: Wait, how come we never heard of a TV show called "Beaver Falls"?

A: It was a British-aired comedy-drama, set in sunny California, that only lasted a dozen episodes in 2011-12.

Chances are much better you heard Head and The Heart's melodic indie-folk on CBS's "How I Met Your Mother," or in the critically-praised Seattle band's live performances on the Conan, Fallon, Leno and Letterman shows, if not PBS's long-lived hipster concert series, "Austin City Limits."

See the Head and The Heart live on Friday, when the band headlines Stage AE.

Tickets are $30 for the 8 p.m. show that starts with an even more highly touted band, Lucius, which the U.K.'s Guardian described as "the missing link between Arcade Fire and Haim," adding, "How can they fail?... They won't."

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They're the London band named for a French holiday that scored their first U.S. hit with a song drawing symbolism from a Roman town.

You know, indie-rock band Bastille, which will perform outdoors Sunday for a sold-out Stage AE throng. Originally the show was planned for indoors, but tickets sold so fast, the North Shore venue moved it outdoors. But even for that twice-as-large setting, the final ticket was sold in mid-March, attesting to the popularity of a band that won Best Break-out Act honors in this year's Brit Awards, while gaining Top-40 U.S. radio airplay for "Pompeii."

You've heard "Pompeii," with its "eh-eh-o, eh-o" refrain and "but if you close your eyes" chorus and fastly sung "How am I gonna be an optimist about this?" line.

Showtime is 8 p.m. with British alt-rock band Wolf Gang to open.


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