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McGraw, Urban play iHeart festival

Monday, July 15, 2013 – Tim McGraw and Keith Urban will be among the artists performing at this year's iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas in September.

The Band Perry also will be part of the weekend fest.

Urban is playing on the Friday slot along with Katy Perry, Queen + Adam Lambert, fun., Elton John, J. Cole, Muse, Tiesto and Chris Brown.

McGraw will be joined on the Saturday show with Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Phoenix, Ke$sha, Miguel, Zedd, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Benny Banassi.

The show will be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. eastern on Saturday, July 20.

The Band Perry will perform as part of the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village on Saturday afternoon. Others playing include Miley Cyrus, The Wanted, Jason Derulo, Avril Lavigne, Krewella, Cher Lloyd, twenty one pilots, Pete Tong, AWOLNATION and a special guest appearance by Ne-Yo.

T he Festival will broadcast live across Clear Channel radio stations in 150 markets nationwide, and this year will air as a two night special on The CW Network on Sept. 30 (night one) at 8-10 p.m. eastern/Pacific and Oct. 1 (night two) at 8-10 p.m. eastern/Pacific, to launch the network's fall season.

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Ripcord CD review - Ripcord
Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too. The wonderfully titled »»»
Fuse CD review - Fuse
Keith Urban will keep his superstar status intact with the lengthy "Fuse." The upbeat, commercial- and fan-friendly music and singing from Urban will ensure that. This is pretty much vintage Urban. That means Urban's not very high on the country quotient. What sounds like a guitar on the rocking Good Thing and the somewhat swampy Red Camaro, for example, is Mike Elizondo's programming. Yes, there's gango (six-stringed banjo with guitar neck) sprinkled in many songs, but »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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