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Baker Boy, Kardajala Kirridarra, Jessica Mauboy amongst National Indigenous Music Award nominees

July 9, 2018

The finalists for this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards have been revealed today, as well as the artists who are set to perform at the ceremony in Darwin on August 11th. Baker Boy (pictured), Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan and Kardajala Kirridarra are among the nominees, each having had absolute belters of 2018 thus far. Both Baker Boy and Kardajala Kirridarra are […]

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The 4th annual AU Awards returns for 2017, with Meg Mac, Mallrat & more nominated

December 12, 2017

Returning again to cap off what has been another fantastic year of Australian music, the 4th annual AU Awards are announced this afternoon, recognising what this year has brought some of our favourites (emerging and well established). Whether it be the recent rise of West Thebarton to the juggernaut that Gang of Youths has become in 2017, […]

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Amy Shark, Gang of Youths amongst major winners at the National Live Music Awards

December 8, 2017

Eight events took place simultaneously around the country last night, celebrating the contributions to live music by some of our best established and emerging acts, with the National Live Music Awards taking place from another year. With the ticketed gala event happening at The Grace Darling Hotel in Collingwood, the Melbourne event of the NLMAs saw […]

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Gang of Youths and Paul Kelly sweep the 2017 ARIA Awards

November 29, 2017

Last night belonged to Gang of Youths and Paul Kelly, with the band from Sydney’s inner west and one of Australia’s most beloved songwriters taking home four ARIA Awards apiece at the 2017 ceremony held at The Star Event Centre. Along with them, the ARIAs proved to be huge for A.B. Original, who won ARIAs in the Best Urban […]

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A love note to Melbourne Music: How the Age Music Victoria Awards affirms strength in community

November 27, 2017

Once again, Melbourne has hurtled through its famed Melbourne Music Week, seeing even more music injected into the already thriving music scene. The Age Music Victoria Awards are an integral part of the festivities, celebrating and showcasing that Victoria really is Australia’s music capital. The awards were co-presented this year by community radio favourites Chris […]

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A.B. Original, King Gizzard and more come out on top at the Age Music Victoria Awards

November 23, 2017

Another big night for Trials and Briggs went down overnight in Melbourne, as the 2017 Age Music Victoria Awards saw A.B. Original walk away with Best Album and Best Hip Hop Album for the acclaimed Reclaim Australia. At the ceremony, held at 170 Russell, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard also emerged as big winners, landing awards for Best Band and Best […]

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Chevron Gardens concert series returns to Perth Festival

November 12, 2017

The Perth International Arts Festival has announced the return of massive concert series Chevron Gardens at Elizabeth Quay, with dozens of local and international acts bringing the bangers to the west. The massive lineup includes UK Grime king Dizzee Rascal, Aussie rappers A.B Original and Seattle innovator Perfume Genius. The three week long party will […]

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A.B. Original fuel the ARIA win bonfire with a massive night at the SA Music Awards

November 10, 2017

2017 is A.B. Original‘s year. What started as an EP’s worth collection of material written over a span of a few days by Trials and Briggs, soon turned into one of the country’s most important albums and definitely, one of the most acclaimed this year. At the South Australian Music Awards in Adelaide overnight, the group continued their […]

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The Age Music Victoria Awards open public voting as 2017 nominees are unveiled

October 13, 2017

The Age Music Victoria Awards are set to take place at 170 Russell in Melbourne on November 22nd as part of this year’s Melbourne Music Week, celebrating 12 years of recognising Victorian musicians and venues continuing to put their city on the map as a thriving artistic hub. Today, the nominees have been announced, with the […]

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Paul Kelly & Gang of Youths lead 2017 ARIA Award nominations

October 10, 2017

Aaaand the countdown to the 2017 ARIA Awards is officially on, with not only the full list of nominees announced in Sydney today, but also the winners of the Fine Arts, Artisan and Comedy categories revealed too. Statistically speaking, 2017 is Paul Kelly and Gang of Youths‘ year, with both artists striking out against the pack with Kelly […]

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A.B. Original leads nominations for 2017 South Australian Music Awards

October 4, 2017

Celebrating their third awards event in November, the 2017 South Australian Music Awards have today unveiled their nominees, with A.B. Original leading the pack with a massive six noms to their name. On their heels, Tkay Maidza has four nominations while emerging SA talent DyspOra, Lonelyspeck and Bec Stevens have made their mark on the list this year. The event itself has […]

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Fine Arts, Artisan and Best Comedy Award nominees revealed for the 2017 ARIA Awards

October 4, 2017

Nominees have started rolling out for this year’s ARIA Awards, with the Fine Arts, Artisan and Comedy categories coming first out of the gate this morning. With the winners to be revealed at ARIA’s annual nominations event at the National Gallery in Sydney on October 10th, the countdown to the 2017 ARIA Award celebrations will […]

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A.B. Original & Troy Cassar-Daley win big at the 2017 National Indigenous Music Awards

August 12, 2017

The National Indigenous Music Awards wrapped up in Darwin tonight with a record breaking attendance crowding in at the Darwin Amphitheatre to celebrate the wide range of talents across not only our country’s communities, but musically as well. Perhaps unsurprisingly, A.B. Original continued their winning streak, coming up with Song of the Year and Film Clip of […]

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A.B Original triumph, Tina Arena surprises and Sigur Rós transcend for Splendour in the Grass Day Three

July 24, 2017

Saving the best for last – even after that Powderfinger reunion – Splendour 2017 closed out with what very well may be its single best day in years. The quality on offer from start to finish was undeniable, upheld by both locals and internationals who were clearly set on not letting Bernard Fanning own the […]

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The National Indigenous Music Awards is set to shine at the Darwin Amphitheatre this August

June 16, 2017

The National Indigenous Music Awards has unveiled its line up for its 2017 ceremony and for another year running, the Darwin event has shown itself to be one of Australian music’s shining lights on the annual calendar. At the Darwin Amphitheatre, the crowd celebrates the country’s Indigenous talent under stars, in a tropical vibe unlike any […]

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A.B. Original and Flume emerge as frontrunner nominees of the 2017 AIR Awards

May 31, 2017

The 2017 AIR Awards have been announced this morning, as the countdown to one of the key events on the Australian music calendar officially kicks off. For the first time, the awards themselves move from Melbourne to Adelaide, taking place at the historic Queen’s Theatre on July 27th. The nominees are wide ranging this year, with […]

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Music Video of the Day: A.B. ORIGINAL “Report to the Mist” (2017)

May 3, 2017

If you happened to be one such music listener who was quick to spurn A.B. ORIGINAL‘s acclaimed album Reclaim Australia as nothing but hot air spurring on a senseless and tired debate, let’s go through a quick history lesson before we get to this music video. Back in the 1980’s then-Prime Minister Bob Hawke called for a Royal […]

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D.D Dumbo & Flume win big at APRA Awards in Sydney overnight

April 3, 2017

The 2017 APRA Music Awards hit Sydney’s  Convention Centre Grand Ballroom overnight to celebrate the songwriting achievements of some of our best artists and for D.D Dumbo and Flume in particular, the night proved to be extra special. With his acclaimed single “Satan”, D.D Dumbo was awarded the APRA Song of the Year gong. A choice cut from his 2016 […]

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Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem lead 2017 Splendour in the Grass announcement

March 28, 2017

It’s here. After much speculation and #fakenews, the 2017 Splendour in the Grass line up has been revealed, with Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, The xx, ScHoolboy Q and more set to head to Byron Bay this winter. Splendour exclusives sit with Schoolboy Q and Future Islands, while returning 2016 artists Sigur Ros are also lined up to make a special appearance. The […]

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The 25th anniversary of WOMADelaide proves that festivals of its kind are true musical sanctuaries

March 17, 2017

Oh, WOMAD. The World of Music and Dance is a hefty title to attribute to a festival but over the last 25 years, the institution has enjoyed huge amounts of acclaim and conjured many timeless memories. Festival goers make the trip every year to indulge in music discovery, learn more about different cultures and to feel a […]

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A.B. Original are the first Indigenous act to win the Australian Music Prize, yet their talent remains vilified by those who need to listen the most

March 10, 2017

Last night at The Toff in Town in Melbourne, A.B. Original were crowned the winners of the 12th Australian Music Prize. Along with the $30,000 cash prize, their win with their debut album Reclaim Australia marked a significant moment in the Prize’s history: for the first time, the accolade had been taken by an Indigenous group. Briggs and Trials (Yorta […]

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Five Albums You Must Listen To This Week (#002)

February 23, 2017

The second edition of our new album recommendations column features a slew of 2017 releases, plus a hark back to one of the albums of 2014. This week, we hear from the likes of Lauren Ziegler, Caleb Sweeting, Gemma Bastiani,  Bridget Hustwaite and Tobias Handke as they give us their thoughts on some of their faves… PRIESTS – Nothing Feels Natural (2017) by […]

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Midnight Oil announce highly anticipated October & November Australian tour dates

February 16, 2017

It’s been a long morning already for Midnight Oil fans in Australia who’ve been keeping their attention trained to the band’s Facebook page, but finally, the wait is over. Through a conference broadcast online from Sydney, the iconic Aussie group broke the news that they would be back on tour around the world for the first […]

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A.B. ORIGINAL complete the 2017 WOMADelaide line up

February 9, 2017

The 25th anniversary of WOMADelaide just got that little more epic, with the announcement of A.B. ORIGINAL being added to the 2017 bill this week. Fresh off the back of a successful Laneway Festival tour, Briggs and Trials (along with a super special guest roster of artists) will be appearing in Adelaide’s Botanic Park next month for a spitfire set […]

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Review: The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival brings noise and life to Port Adelaide’s Harts Mill for another summer

February 5, 2017

A refreshed sense of vibrancy? A positive outlook on what’s still to come from artists in our own backyard as well as abroad? This year’s Laneway Festival had a lot going for it this year. In terms of highlights of the 2017 Laneway Festival, let’s start with Adelaide local, Lonelyspeck. Recently welcomed into the TEEF family, Lonelyspeck’s profile […]

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Festival Review: St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival – FCAC & The River’s Edge, Melbourne (28.01.17)

January 30, 2017

You know those choose-your-own-adventure novels, the ones you read as a kid? With the exception of dying in 90% of the story lines, the Laneway Festival is like that – bear with me here. There’s thirty-six acts, and where you start, stop and travel is entirely up to you. I asked my maths-genius friend to […]

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Photo Gallery: St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival – Brisbane Showgrounds (26.01.17)

January 27, 2017

The 2017 St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival kicked off for another year yesterday, celebrating the public holiday out on the east coast at the Brisbane Showgrounds. With acts including A.B. ORIGINAL, Gang of Youths, Whitney and Tame Impala all taking to stages throughout the day and evening, punters showed up in strong numbers to get around it. Photos by Andrew Wade. [print_gllr […]

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Flume and A.B. Original lead the APRA’s Song of The Year Top 20 list

January 19, 2017

APRA AMCOS have released their shortlist for the 2017 APRA Song of the Year, with 20 Aussie songwriters making it to the final round, as voted by APRA AMCOS songwriter and publisher members. Newcomers Amy Shark, Julia Jacklin, Tash Sultana and D.D Dumbo enter the shortlist for the first time, while A.B. Original and Flume lead the Top 20 charge with two nominated songs featuring […]

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The 40 Best Singles of 2016 (Part Two): The Top 20

January 18, 2017

Our Top 20 Singles from 2016 represent not only what was a strong and diverse year in new music, but they also presented themselves to be solid indicators of the trajectories of some of our favourite new artists. From NGAIIRE‘s “House on a Rock” to B Wise‘s “No Questions”, through to huge international hitters in Childish Gambino‘s “Redbone” […]

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The 40 Best Australian Albums of 2016: From Outlier to Reclaim Australia

January 16, 2017

Last week we delivered our Top 40 Albums of 2016, as voted by our contributors – some huge albums from chart dominating artists entered in, as did some breakthrough records from bands on the homefront we were still getting to know. We go another level deeper and look at the Top Australian releases as part […]

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