Best Of 2012

Best Folk Pop Refreshment: The Happiness Machine

As the name implies, The Happiness Machine purveys bright, refreshingly lighthearted folk pop with breezy, bouncing percussive-fused beats and an effervescent energy as exuded by the five young musicians who make up the band. Members include three alums of similarly cheerful but now-defunct acts Grecian Urns and The Sun Society — dulcet-toned sisters Kathleen and Shaundra McGuire. and guitarist Nick Arnal.