Nitrograss to perform at “Duck Unplugged” Series

DUCK, N.C.–The town of Duck is pleased to announce that Nitrograss will perform tomorrow, Tuesday, August 7th as part of the town’s “Duck Unplugged” series.  the concert is the series closer for the year.

Nitrograss is based in Asheville, North Carolina.  The band is known for its mix of contemporary and alternative bluegrass stylings.  The band’s performance tomorrow night is the first of its tour of the Outer Banks.  Fans can check out the band’s tour dates online at, on its Facebook page,, and on Twitter at!/nitrograss.  Anyone that wants a taste of the group’s music can also check out its official Youtube channel,

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Andy Grammer To Perform On CBS’ “The Talk” Today

Andy Grammer will be on CBS’ hit show, “The Talk” today.  He will be performing his new single, ‘Miss Me’ along with ‘Keep Your Head Up.’  ‘Miss Me’ is the third single from Grammer’s self-titled debut that was releaed in 2011.  Grammer’s debut single was the first since Jason Mraz’s ‘The Remedy’ to debut in the Top 5.  he has now sold over 1.5 million singles across the globe. 

Grammer just finished up a five-week tour with Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat.  He is currently slated to join Train beginning August 4th.

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Sin City Set To Rock This September

Sin City is set to tock this September.  The famed city will play host to this year’s Rock Vegas festival.  The two day festival will be held Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th.  It will feature the likes of:  Rob zombie, Marilyn Manson, Shinedown, and Godsmack.  Also joining them for the festival are:  Staind, Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Adelita’s Way, All That Remains, P.O.D., Art of Dying, Redlight King, and New Medicine.

Tickets and VIP packages will go on sale this Saturday, July 28th at 1pm EST/10am PST.  All tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at the Rock Vegas website,  Attendees can also get discounted hotel rates for the Luxor, Mandalay Bay, and Excalibur at the festival website.  Ticket prices start at $39 plus fees.  Anyone interested in attending the Rock Vegas Fest can get all the latest on the festival online at http://www.RockVegasFest.com,, and

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The “Dream” Is Alive For Belle Histoire

Courtesy: InVogue Records

Cincinnati, Ohio based Bell Histoire has officially seen its “dream” come true.  The band’s debut album, “Dreamers”, is a solid first impression on audiences.  Singer/keyboardist Jane Smith comes across in a sort of Avril Lavigne style on the album’s closer, ‘Don’t Run Away.’  She seemingly sings about a relationship on this song, “Oh I don’t know/what you do/well I just want you to feel the way I do/We, oh we/are standing in the middle/of a dream/dream with me, oh dream with me.  The standard lyrical content aside, what makes this song a good opener is that it has that strong up-tempo “poppy” vibe that will really grab listeners by the ear, and get their attention.

The band keeps that “poppy” vibe going on the album’s second song, ‘Everyday.’  Fans of Jimmy Eat World will like this one, as it seems to bear quite the musical influence from said band.  Smith again tackles the relationship topic here, singing, “we’ve only got each other now/and we can depend on the sun to come up/everyday, oh everyday/so please tell me does it matter anyway. 

“Dreamers” does venture outside the realm of relationship based songs.  ‘Kids’ offers encouragement to those younger audiences who may feel like social outcasts for one reason or another.  Smith sings to the band’s up-tempo backing, “We are, we are, we are/standing up and singing our songs/you are, you are, you are/everything that makes us who we are/don’t you ever change/cause you are the reason/we feel like we belong.”  It comes across as a very empowering anthem that is destined to become not just a hit, but the band’s biggest hit.  Smith’s vocals, mixed with the song’s music bring up a great general effect.  It’s really THE highlight of the album.

Whether for ‘Kids’ or any of the other songs throughout “Dreamers”, the entire album has such a strong pop sensibility that it would be no surprise that with the right backing, this band could easily find itself all over mainstream pop radio and even VH1’s Top 20 Countdown in the near future.  That is if it isn’t already.  The band will tour in support of its new album next month, beginning with a performance at Peabody’s in Cleveland, Ohio.  It will be joined by Chiodos at that show.  Fans can get a full list of tour dates, news and more from the band online at,,, and

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Miggs Announces Dates For New Album, Tour

Florida based band, miggs, has announced the dates for the release of its new album and supporting tour.  The band will release its fifth full length studio release, “15th and Hope” on Tuesday, September 11th.  The album was produced by music legend Phil Ramone.  It will be supported by a three week tour with Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers, beginning October 17th at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle.  miggs will also make a stop in North Carolina during its tour.  It will perform at the Cats Crade in Carrboro on Sunday, October 28th. 

The band has already released a lyric video for the lead single from “15th and Hope.”  Fans can check out the video for ‘Stars’ online now at

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Serj Tankian releases first slate of tour dates, new video

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System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian has released the first slate of dates for his upcoming tour in support of his third solo release, “Harakiri.”  Tankian will start his tour in the U.S. with dates along the Pacific Northwest and West Coast, as well as a date in Nevada.  The U.S. leg of his tour will begin September 19th and go through September 28th.  From there, Tankian and his band, The FCC, will head overseas for the European leg of the tour, beginning October 7th in London.

In conjunction with the announcement of the upcoming tour dates, Alternative Press has premiered the video for the song, ‘Uneducated Democracy.’  The video was created by students in Tankian’s home country of Armenia.  The students attend the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies in Armenia.  It is an after school center in Yerevan, Armenia that teaches teens skills in a variety of technological fields, including:  web design, digital media, video game development and much more.  The video for ‘Uneducated Democracy’ can be viewed here:  The students also developed a behind-the-scenes making of video that can also be viewed at

The videos for ‘Harakiri’ and ‘Figure It Out’ are also both available now on YouTube.  The video for ‘Harakiri’ can be viewed at  Fans can check out the video for ‘Figure It Out’ at

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Rhythm in Blue jazz ensemble coming to Surf City

The Rhythm in Blue jazz ensemble continues its performance schedule across Eastern North Carolina next week with a performance in Surf City.  The ensemble, which is part of the Air Force Heritage of America Band, will perform at the Soundside Park next Wednesday, June 13th at 7pm.  The concert is free and open to the public. 

The Rhythm in Blue jazz ensemble is a fifteen member organization that covers a variety of musical styles, including:  jazz and fusion, big band, and even contemporary music.  The Air Force Heritage Band has been performing since 1941.  It is currently under the direction of Maj. Jeffery B. Warner.  The organization’s members come from Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia.

More information on this upcoming concert is available online at and