While promoting her new album, Blown Away recently on Good Morning America, country music's Carrie Underwood announced that she will launch a North American arena tour this fall called The Blown Away Tour and Breaux Bridge's Hunter Hayes, billed as the special guest, will open for her. The tour will also include an international run of shows, including Underwood's first-ever United Kingdom concert taking place at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London on June 21.

For more on these artists, go underwood and hayes.

Royal Teeth signed with Dangerbird Records. Next up for the band is an extensive U.S. tour, playing dates with The Kooks and now labelmates Fitz and the Tantrums. Here in Lafayette, the band will close out the Spring season of Downtown Alive! with Rareluth on June 1.

haarp, the purveyors of dynamically slow heavy metal from the South, will kick off their tour with legendary (and fellow) New Orleans heavy metal band DOWN on May 18 at The Station in Broussard and return to the area June 2 at The Wild Salmon in Lafayette.

haarp won the Big Easy Music Awards last month as the Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Act of 2011. The new haarp record, produced by Philip H. Anselmo, is currently in the mixing stages and will be released this summer on Housecore Records. The record is currently untitled.

Bas Clas released Big Oak Tree, a 7-song CD, on Earth Day and blew the roof off Scene Malibu Fais Do Do on opening night of Festival International de Louisiane with songs from the release.

The Mercy Brothers’ Holy Ghost Power hit the streets mid-April and is available locally. The band also played Festival.

Kristi Guillory's release Broken Glass also hit the streets mid-April. The non-Cajun CD includes Cal Stevenson, Brian Marshall and Danny Devillier.

Another local band that rocked the Festival house, Michael Juan Nunez &The American Electric, also have a release out. My Little Train Wreck and is available locally.

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