Maybe it's a backlash to all the bands that go to 11, but it seems like a lot of bands that are popping up on pop radar are unplugging. What bands like Seattle's The Head and the Heart focus on is the melody and the awesome power it creates as it catches on and takes flight without the aid of all those grandiose megawatts. Formed in 2009, THATH tempers its acousticity with quirk and pop that reaches beyond indie constraints. There will eventually be a loud backlash of some sort (there always is), but enjoy the sweetness from bands like this while you can.
The Head and the Heart plays Party in the Park Thursday, August 1, 5 p.m., at Riverside Festival Site, corner of Court and Exchange streets. $2. cityofrochester.gov/PIP.