Author Archives: Dan Harr

The Venusians Deliver Neo-Soul Straight From Another Planet

A new band, trying to find a unique sound in the densely populated Australian music scene can be a heavy task. Experimentation is the driving force behind creating new sounds, but it’s difficult to determine what music-lovers will be interested in …
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Never-Before-Seen Episides of Larry’s Country Diner To Air in May

There’s no match for the month of May on the set of Larry’s Country Diner, where you never know who might just stop in. Beginning Saturday, May 2 the down-home hit variety show debuts anticipated new episodes featuring the one-and-only …
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GRRL PAL – Paradise

Last week the Happy offices received a package, the kind of package that you’d wait by the mailbox for, knowing that your best friend has made especially for you. Including stickers, a polaroid, a handwritten note (in colourful gel pens) and their latest EP Paradise, Perth duo GRRL PAL know how to make a blog feel spec! We wouldn’t…
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Waxahatchee – Tripp

When you first encounter a record that sounds like it’s from a certain era you’re confronted with a horrible problem. Your first reaction is to compare the record to other records from that time which is pretty much a death sentence because if you’re talking about records from 20 years ago you’re only going to remember the ones that have lasted …
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John Cowan – Sixty

Bassman Cowan hits three score years and celebrates with this fine release from Compass Records. Jam packed with Nashville slick and Cowan’s crystal, soaring vocals, the guy who virtually singlehandedly reinvented and reinvigorated Bluegrass with New Grass Revival in the early 1970s, is joined by most of his revered Nashville buddies here: Rodney…
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The Doobie Brothers, Don Felder and Pat Simmons Jr. in Concert – Alpharetta, Ga

It is a clear sign of continued success when, year after year, The Doobie Brothers pack venues with fans while performing a nearly identical show on tour to the one a year earlier. That’s exactly what happened Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Encore Amphitheater in Alpharetta, Ga., when the legendary rockers, along with The Eagles founding …
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Jeff Beck in Concert – Greensburg, PA

The Yardbirds spawned three of Rolling Stone’s top five guitarists of all time with seven Hall of Fame inductions among them. Oddly enough, Jeff Beck may be the X factor of the rock god trio that includes Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin and Clapton don’t have to exactly clamor for recognition in music history among the tens of millions in the…
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Small Feet Sign to Barsuk, Release Two New Tracks On Consequence of Sound

It seems baffling that a songwriter as adept as Stockholm’s Simon Stålhamre, the gentleman behind Small Feet, is only now releasing his first record. Things apparently don’t get finished when one’s interest is always sprinting to the next experiment, and …
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Kinky Love Announce New EP + Premiere “Love Label” on THUMP

Hot and heavy are two of the first words that come to mind when describing Kinky Love—and that’s exactly how this Chicago synth pop trio likes it. While a rare Nancy Sinatra song first inspired the band’s name after they …
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Montreal Thrashers MUTANK Announce New Show Dates In Ontario / Quebec

Thrashers and 2014 Wacken Metal Battle Canada champions MUTANK have announced new show dates in Ontario and Quebec, which includes a support date for Night Demon in Montreal, a slot at Trailer Thrash Fest in St. Pie, QC alongside Anonymus …
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The Cains Partner With Bravo TV’s “Southern Charm” For Exclusive Re-Cap Tracks

Country sibling group The Cains have partnered with Bravo TV to write and perform exclusive re-cap tracks for the network’s hit reality television show, “Southern Charm.” The group will musically recount episodes within the series in various original songs; all …
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Tech N9ne & Slipknot / Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor Join Forces on “Wither”

Independent hip-hop powerhouse TECH N9NE will drop his highly-anticipated new album, Special Effects, on May 4th via Strange Music. Today, TECH N9NE unleashes the metallic side of his persona with the brand new anthem, entitled “Wither”, featuring none other than …
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Emerging Artist Brian Collins Featured in Billboard

Country newcomer Brian Collins announced his physical and digital distribution deal with the oldest independent record distribution service, Select-O-Hits, exclusively today via Billboard.com. His debut album, Healing Highway will hit retail stores worldwide this summer and will include previously unreleased …
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Clay Walker Announces Sixth Annual Chords of Hope Benefit Concert

Country music star, Clay Walker announced today that he will be hosting the sixth annual Chords of Hope Benefit Concert at 3rd & Lindsley during Nashville’s CMA Fest on Wednesday, June 10th.The concert, presented by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., sponsored by …
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Billy Yates Contributes More Than Music to New George Jones Museum

When you visit the newly opened George Jones Museum in Nashville, you’ll not only see Billy Yates’ contribution to George Jones musical legacy through his songs, such as Jones’ 1993 CMA Vocal Event of the Year, “I Don’t Need Your …
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Lonesome River Band to Headline 6th Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival May 9

Lonesome River Band will headline the 6th Annual Loudoun Bluegrass Festival on May 9, 2015. The event will take place from 10am – 10pm at the Loudoun County 4-H Fairgrounds located at 17558 Dry Mill Road in Leesburg, Virginia. Tickets …
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Locust Ridge “Healed” Goes #1 On The Singing News Bluegrass Chart In May

Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce that “Healed” by Dove ® Award Nominee Locust Ridge is #1 on the Singing News Bluegrass Chart in the May issue.  “Healed” is written by group member Russell Allen and is the title …
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Honduras Hand-Selected To Open For Blur At Sold Out Converse Rubber Tracks Live Show

Emerging indie­ rock band Honduras, have been hand­-selected by legendary Britpop pioneers Blur as the opening act for the special Converse Rubber Tracks Live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Friday, May 1st. They also recently recorded at the Converse …
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Cryptic Hymn Announce New Show Dates (MI, MO, TN)

Coming off their ‘Poltourgeist Tour’ this past March (watch video diary here), CRYPTIC HYMN announce they will be performing upcoming show dates in Detroit, St. Louis and Nashville this summer. The blackened death metallers are a newly formed brutal assault featuring ex-Voyage of Slaves members Dave …
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The Stars Align for City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

The stars are aligning for the 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, a fan favorite event and longstanding tradition of CMA Music Festival! Suiting up to play in this year’s game are country traditionalist and Billboard albums chart …
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