Vodaphone NZ Music Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the New Zealand Music Awards have just been announced and front-runners are Lorde, Sol3 Mio, Ladi6, David Dallas, The Naked And Famous, Broods, Tiny Ruins and Stan Walker.

Aussie showcase "Southern Exposure" lineup and set times announced for CMJ, presented by the AU review.

Southern Exposure is a special showcase of Australian music taking over Piano's in New York City this Thursday night, from 8pm to 3am, as part of CMJ 2014 - proudly presented by Australian publication the AU review and showing off some of the finest up-and-coming talent from the Great Southern Land. Today we're excited to announce the bands playing the event and the set times. Let's take a look at the bands playing the event:

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 17th October 2014

In This Issue: we reveal the details about a new competition for young producers, the finalists for several competitions and the winners of another, and a secret party being held this October, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougall to sign off from Triple J in December.

After 10 years behind the desk at Triple J, current Drive host Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougall today announced that he will be finishing up with the youth broadcaster at the end of the year. Turning his attention to making music, McDougall made the announcement through a song titled "I'm F***ing Off!' - which you can view in all its glory below.

Peer-nominated shortlist for the 2014 Fowler's Live Music Awards announced!

The 2014 peer-nominated shortlist for the 2014 Fowler's Live Music Awards have been announced today, with a whole stack of talented South Australian artists and industry figures/organisations up for gongs this November. Along with the previously awarded categories, organiser Peter Darwin has also announced at APRA|AMCOS will be sponsoring a new category - the SA Songwriter(s) of the Year Award - which also includes a $500 cash incentive. Bonus.

FBi Social to shut doors to make way for new 'Bandroom' - venue to host final party on November 1st!

What started as a three month pop up venue, FBi Social wasted no time in becoming a venue bands of all different calibres would perform at. Opening three and a half years ago, the Sydney hotspot has hosted more than 1000 local artists and have had more than 40,000 people through their doors to party. The time has come for them to shut their doors next month though, with the owners of the Kings Cross Hotel and other venues, Solotel, set to reopen the space as The Bandroom. The new venue will continue to host the best local and national talent, as well as offering bands a place to rehearse and play.

Tkay Maidza announces national tour dates and international signing deal with The Agency Group!

Adelaide MC Tkay Maidza continues to carve it up, with a new single alongside Paces earning its first play on radio today as well as new tour dates and and international signing being announced in quick succession. Did we mention she's only 18 still? Maidza, currently in the US for Culture Collide and CMJ, has been signed with The Agency Group (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, A$AP Rocky), which will no doubt see her hard hitting, fun rhymes and beats reach more people on an international scale in no time. Her new single with Gold Coast producer Paces, "Switch Lanes", is already generating love online, and by the time Tkay returns to Australian in November, the fans will be fully ready for her to smash out live shows everywhere. So it's a good thing she's got a new stack of tour dates to give us, isn't it?

The first episode of the Foo Fighters' "Sonic Highways" starts this weekend on GO!

Aussie Foo Fighters fans are getting keen, with the first episode of the highly anticipated Sonic Highways documentary scheduled to go to air on the free-to-air channel GO! at 4:30pm this Saturday! Just hours after it makes its premiere on HBO in the US, the 'musical map of America' will be available for us to watch without the need for torrents and the universal yell of 'Seeeeeeed!' from fans otherwise needing to wait for downloadable links to hit the internet.

Spandau Ballet heading to Australia for special screenings of 'Soul Boys of the Western World' this November!

Iconic 80s band Spandau Ballet will be heading to Australia next month for some special screenings of their new film, Soul Boys of the Western World, in Melbourne and Sydney! The screenings will be followed by an audience Q&A with the band, with the Melbourne event at Hamer Hall will also feature a 20 minute performance too!

2014 WA Music (WAM) Awards: Nominees announced, Public Awards now open for voting

The nominees of the 2014 WA Music (WAM) Awards have been announced today, and the polls have opened for Public Voted Awards. Nominees include Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, The Love Junkies, John Butler Trio, KUČKA, The Kill Devil Hills, Pond and Sable.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 10th October 2014

In This Issue: we reveal the details about new music opportunities, new speakers at upcoming music conferences, and the result of the Pozible campaign Support Act, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards announces Finalists

The second annual The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards has announced their finalists! Panels of experts deliberated over mountains of musical talent across a range of genres from October 1st 2013 to 30th September 2014 and have revealed their top five releases and acts!

Remi takes home 50k and Violent Soho, Sheppard lead the charge at the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

The Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards has wrapped up their ninth year with awards going to some very talented and astonishing artists. With an intensely entertaining evening, they handed out 14 awards to some of Australia’s finest talent, including first time winner Remi, multiple award winner Violent Soho and international breakthrough artists Courtney Barnett and Sheppard.

NT music to shine through MusicNT & NT Convention Bureau's 'Conventions Walkabout' partnership.

A selection of fine Northern Territorian musicians will have their music on display to potential tourists to the Top End, with MusicNT and the NT Convention Bureau's new partnership in 'Conventions Walkabout '14'. The NT Convention Bureau will be heading off on the national trade show tour across Australian capital cities in a bid to attract businesses and other potential visitors north, with NT music set to be a highlight of the presentations and events.

ARIA Award nominees and Fine Arts winners announced in Sydney today!

Winners and more nominees for the 2014 ARIA Awards were announced at the official event in Sydney this morning, with some of Australia's best performers and their teams recognised for their work over the past year. The winners of the Fine Arts and Artisan Awards were announced at the event, with the slew of nominees for the November ARIAs unveiled. the AU congratulates all involved - there have been some truly stellar records produced over the past year, as well as the development of some great live bands who are getting just recognition!