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Artist of the day: The Happiness Machine




A couple of years ago, the Tampa Bay area experienced a surge in young, talented indie folk bands — The Sun Society, the Grecian Urns, Friends of Giants, John Gold, etc. The latest entry is The Happiness Machine.

Led by singing sisters Kathleen and Shaundra McGuire and guitarist Nick Arnal (all formerly of The Sun Society), they are joined by drummer Evan Eubanks and organist Jackson Davis. It’s a relatively new project, and their sound is still evolving, but if first single Greentown, IL, is any indication, you can expect more of the dreamy vintage indie pop those other bands embraced, mixed with “some world beats and tight homespun harmonies,” they say. “We try a lot of crazy ideas when we work out the songs, but the result, we hope, will be original and personal music.”

The Happiness Machine will be part of a very happy show on Saturday (3/31): The Talking Animals Music Night at New World Brewery. Organized by WMNF’s Talking Animals, the event features a ton of local artists performing animal-themed songs — for example, Talk To Mark will do the Pixies’ Monkey Gone To Heaven and Cake’s Sheep Go To Heaven, while Sunset Bridge will perform Miike Snow’s Animal. The Happiness Machine will do Pigeon by Tennis, Eagle on a Pole by Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band and Electric Feel by MGMT (like electric eel, get it?).

Other artists on the bill include Tribal Style, Sons of Hippies, Rebekah Pulley and Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso. Tickets are $8-$10. Click here for details.

And at 11 a.m. Wednesday, artists from several of the bands (Sunset Bridge, Talk To Mark, Ricky Wilcox) will be in-studio with Talking Animals host Duncan Strauss to talk about the concert and other animal issues. Check it out on WMNF-88.5.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:43am]


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