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Chet Faker, Augie March, Hilltop Hoods and more shortlisted for the APRA Music Awards!

The nominees for the 2015 APRA Music Awards were announced today, with the Sydney event set to celebrate some of the country's best at Carriageworks in March. The shortlisted artists for the prestigious Song Of The Year Award will be whittled down to five finalists, the winner of which will be announced at the ceremony on March 24th. Hosted by Brian Nankervis again this year, the event will also be joined by APRA Music Awards Director Robert Conley, who will be curating the live peformances on the night.

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Augie March and more confirmed on latest Bluesfest announcement!

The good folk at Bluesfest have gone and given us all an early Christmas present in releasing their fifth artist announcement today! Joining the likes of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Lenny Kravitz and The Black Keys are now some fantastic musical stylings of the likes of Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Augie March and more.

Gig Announcements: Adelaide & Perth - 7th November 2014

In this Issue: Koolta parties in Adelaide with new single, Deltron 3030 to jam at the Gov, enjoy a spooky New Year's Eve party at The Bakery, Ghostface Killah heads to Perth, Mariachi El Bronx bring their signature mariachi flavour to the Gov, Blue King Brown swing into the Gov, Jake Shimakuburo performs on stage with his signature ukulele in Adelaide, Blue Grey Pink set for a stellar launch party, Suzi Quatro shows her love for Perth, Factory Floor takes over The Bakery, and Brooke Fraser is excited to enchant the crowd at the Gov.

Album News Weekly: 19th August 2014

In This Issue: Nice issue this week. Some guy from Perth called Troye Sivan is pretty much taking over the world, Diana Krall is releasing a new record, Kingswood have an album coming out, so do Gorgon City. There's also a nice big lot of local talent in here, so check it out! There's free pizza inside. (DISCLAIMER: Album News contains no pizza).

Event Review and Interview Feature: The Apology Concert - Arts Centre Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl (13.02.14)

Healing Foundation

"Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history. We reflect on their past mistreatment. We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations—this blemished chapter in our nation’s history. The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future."

Sidney Myer Music Bowl to celebrate the anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations with a concert in February.

In what is set to be a special night of recognition, reflection and music, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne will be celebrating the anniversary of the Apology to the country's Stolen Generation on February 13th. Bringing together both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian performers, there will be a concert which aims to promote an atmosphere of shared unity - and to spread the message.

Festival Review: Woodford Folk Festival, Day Four - Woodfordia, Queensland (30.12.13)

Day Four and it's a trip down nostalgia lane by way of the 80's rock-pop tunes of Gangajang belting out. The music and members might be old but there's still an undeniable power behind them both, the band's poetic lyrics and rocksteady beat contributing to both. Just to prove it's not just for the oldies to rock out to, the kids are allowed up on stage for a number, with a gruff reminder 'not to touch nuffin', and then to finish it off, it's the ringing chords of the iconic red-dirt anthem "Sounds of Then".

the AU interview: Natalie Pa'apa'a of Blue King Brown (Melbourne)

I got the opportunity to flick Blue King Brown's engaging frontwoman Natalie Pa'apa'a some questions ahead of the band's appearance at the Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music Festival! She clues me in on the band's current run of shows, featuring Lena and Petra Rumwaropen, two freedom fighters for the West Papuan cause.

Snowy Mountains of Music is on again for 2013 and celebrating 5 years!

Merging snow filled good times with amazing music is the announcement that Perisher's Snowy Mountains of Music is back again this June and celebrating five years of hill-topped musicality. With the line-up yet to be announced in a couple of weeks early-bird tickets are now available onsale until the 24th of March, for the chance to see some amazing international acts, alongside Australian folk/blues/rock artists.

the AU interview: Pete Murray (Byron Bay)

Pete Murray is quintessentially Australian. Having spent the past years nestled in Byron Bay, he has been living a life enviable by many. However, it’s not all rays of sunshine and waves, Pete has been hard at work on his latest album Blue Sky Blue and the remade Byron Sessions, and is currently on a huge Australian tour that sees itself to a serious amount of shows across the land. Elke had the chance to talk to Pete about his recent collaborations and the albums' success.

The State of Affairs - Latest Music Industry News: August 18th 2012

In this week's column: Universal and the Parker & Mr. French group team up, Ed Sheeran tops the album chart after nearly a year meandering in it, an opportunity to write music for next year's Sydney Festival, and news from three industry awards nights that occurred last week!

Reggaetown World Music Festival Celebrating 10 Years in 2012!

Reggaetown is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with another great line up assembling down at Kuranda Park for an awesome day of world music. The first instalment of the festival's line up has been released and already, it's looking to be a great year in Reggaetown's history!

Blue King Brown
Katchafire (NZ)
Gramps Morgan (Jamaica)
Rize of the Morning Star (PNG)
Bobby Alu

Album Review: The Best of Blues and Roots (2012 Double LP)

There are a couple of ways to judge a compilation album: firstly, by consistency and overall flavour of the album; or secondly, by the sheer breadth and quality of the song selection that the album covers.