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Low Anthem, Head & the Heart — Live in London

Meet two of the new Americana's upstart acts while they toured together in London.

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // May 31, 2011

Rhode Island’s the Low Anthem and Seattle’s the Head & the Heart are among the rising stars of indie rock’s Americana movement, and are featured in the June issue of SPIN alongside like-minded bands including the Avett Brothers, the Felice Brothers, and the Civil Wars.

SPIN’s cameras caught up with the Low Anthem and the Head & the Heart while they were touring together in London, to get a peek at their live show and talk about their songwriting.

In their clip, the Low Anthem let us sneak a peek at their intimate, pre-show jam. And bassist Jeff Prystowsky talked about whether genre distinctions are helpful or harmful in describing his music.

Our crew followed the Head & the Heart for some used book shopping and a walk along the Thames, while co-frontmen Josiah Johnson and Jonathan Russell debated the merits of the acoustic guitar.

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WATCH: The Low Anthem/the Head & the Heart chat, jam for SPIN