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Australia’s biggest celebration of First Nations music, The National Indigenous Music Awards celebrated a massive year in Australian music tonight under the stars at Darwin’s iconic Amphitheatre with Gurrumul and Baker Boy walking away as the night’s big winners.

Gurrumul was honoured as Artist of the Year while his posthumous masterpiece ‘Djarimirri (Child of The Rainbow)’ picked up Album of the Year and its title track was crowned Song of the Year, completing the trifecta of the night’s key awards.

Flying the flag for the new guard, Darwin’s Baker Boy was the night’s other big winner, taking home Video of the Year for his mainstream crossover hit ‘Marryuna’ and Best New Talentpresented by SpotifyBaker Boy closed the night with massive guest appearance from Yirrimal (who earlier impressed along with his band previewing his upcoming single), bringing the crowd to their feet in a celebration of the future of Indigenous music.
The night also featured performances from triple j Unearthed winner Alice SkyeKasey Chambers and Alan PigramBusby Marou, Stiff Gins and a rousing show from Hall of Fame inductee Roger Knox. Following tonight’s ceremony, the Australian Music Vault in Melbourne will be creating a special display acknowledging Roger Knox as the Hall of Famerecipient that will include awards, artwork, rare photographs and performance footage, posters and precious mementoes from Roger’s own personal collection that reflect his journey as a musician and community advocate.
The late T. E. Lewis was also acknowledged with a heartfelt presentation from Skinnyfish Music’s Michael Hohnen, honouring his important contribution to the Australian music community.

The crowd were also on their feet for an amazing a performance by the Kenbi Dancers who shared the NT Traditional Music Award with Buku-waṯthunawuy Nininyᶇu RomTheCentral Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir proved to the crowd why they are being talked about around the country and were honoured with the night’s Special Achievement Award.

Community clip of the year was awarded to B-Town Warriors from Bourke, NSW.

2018 has seen one of the strongest years yet for Indigenous music with number 1 albums, national tours, TV (and Eurovision!) appearances, Hottest 100 placements and acts playing festivals across the country. The NIMAs was not only a great concert and celebration of success, but also carried forward the air of community between artists and the public with a real feeling that First Nations music is no longer a genre, it’s a creative force in the global music industry that will continue to grow in the year ahead through to 2019’s National Indigenous Awards.
THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS
WINNERS 2018
ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Gurrumul

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of The Rainbow)

SONG OF THE YEAR:
Gurrumul – Djarimirri (Child of The Rainbow)

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE:
Roger Knox

BEST NEW TALENT:
(Presented by Spotify)
Baker Boy

FILM CLIP OF THE YEAR:
Baker Boy – Marryuna

COMMUNITY CLIP OF THE YEAR:
B-Town Warriors – Thundercloud: Bourke

NT TRADITIONAL MUSIC AWARD:
(Two winners)
Buku-waṯthunawuy Nininyᶇu Rom –  Ancient Languages New Sounds
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Kenbi Dancers

The NIMAs and Music NT would like to congratulate all winners and finalists and pledge to continue to work throughout the year to further the profile and respect for First Nations music in all corners of the country.

LISTEN TO THE PERFORMERS AND FINALISTS NOW ON THE OFFICIAL NATIONALINDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS 2018 SPOTIFY PLAYLIST:

 

Swedish pop-punkers ABANDONED BY BEARS have released “Greyscale,” the groove-filled banger from their highly anticipated new album. The track closes the bands upcoming third studio album, Headstorm, set for worldwide release on August 24, 2018 on Victory Records. To coincide with the release, the band will be serving up old favorites alongside new Headstorm tunes on the inaugural Headstorm Tour, kicking off August 24 in Chicago, IL.

“Up to this point we only made videos for our more poppy and upbeat songs,” admits bassist Gustav Eriksson. “All our videos have always had a more ‘positive’ vibe and although this is not the first time we’ve written an angry song, we’ve never accompanied one with any video. We need to keep trying new things to keep the whole band experience fresh, and for us this was very different compared to visuals we’ve done before. This song reflects a situation in your life where you’ve had to cut the ties with a friend, a significant other or someone close that brought the worst out in you.”

Fronted by the dual vocal combo of Leon Ekelund and Fredric Andersson, ABANDONED BY BEARS is rounded out by guitarist Jacob Devinder and Max Fahlman on drums. The band released The Years Ahead in 2016 under Victory Records and spent a quarter of that year in the US touring ever possible corner. They returned in 2017 for another taste of America before closing out the year with their first ever tour of the UK.

When Headstorm is released on August 24, ABANDONED BY BEARS will spend two months circling the US for the first tour supporting the album. The tour starts in Chicago, ends in Nashville on October 25 and “fans can expect a good mix between the last album The Years Ahead, the new one and even some older, deeper material,” promises Eriksson. “We’ve put together a good set that will appeal to everyone and can’t wait to showcase it. Other than that, we look forward to seeing old friends and faces, make new ones and have a good time like always! Americans are always very friendly and welcoming so we’ll probably end up needing surgery on the muscles of our faces to fix the mile-wide grins!”

ABANDONED BY BEARS On Tour 2018

8/18 Sodertälje, SE @ Spinnrocken High 5ive Summer Fest

8/24 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge

8/25 Kalkaska, MI @ The Fireball Lounge

8/26 DeKalb, IL @ The House Cafe

8/27 Madison, WI @ Ruby

8/28 Burnsville, MN @ The Garage

8/29 Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge

8/30 Iowa City, IA @ Yacht Club

8/31 Kansas City, MO @ Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club

9/1 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

9/2 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom

9/4 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

9/5 Jerome, ID @ Diamondz Event Center

9/7 Spokane, WA @ The Pin

9/9 Bremerton, WA @ The Charleston

9/11 Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe

9/12 Medford, OR @ King Wah

9/13 Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55

9/14 Tulare, CA @ Barmageddon

9/15 Garden Grove, CA @ The Locker Room

9/16 Oceanside, CA @ Midnight Jack Brewing Company

9/17 Henderson, NV @ Eagle Aerie Hall

9/19 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground

9/20 El Paso, TX @ Love Buzz

9/21 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar

9/22 Odessa, TX @ The Club

9/23 Denton, TX @ Andy’s Bar

9/25 Lafayette, LA @ The Platform at Dat Dog

9/28 Orlando, FL @ Henao Contemporary Center

9/29 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Beer Punx

9/30 Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks

10/2 Ringgold, GA @ Cloud Springs Deli

10/3 Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub

10/5 Scranton, PA @ Irish Wolf Pub

10/6 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Park Music Foundation

10/7 Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall

10/8 Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge

10/9 Manchester, NH @ Bungalow Bar & Grill

10/10 Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland

10/11 West Haven, CT @ RVP Studios: The Cave

10/12 Attleboro, MA @ Patterns Creations

10/13 Brantford, ONT, Canada @ Club NV

10/15 Syracuse, NY @ Spark Art Space

10/16 Corning, NY @ Lando’s Hotel & Lounge

10/17 Erie, PA @ Andromeda’s

10/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel

10/19 Warren, MI @ Hot Rock

10/20 Indianapolis, IN @ Jokers

10/21 Columbus, OH @ Donato’s Basement

10/22 Fort Wayne, IN @ The Glory Hub

10/23 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s

10/24 Covington, KY @ The Thompson House

10/25 Nashville, TN @ The End

 

 

Pre-order packages for Headstorm are available now and include an instant download of “Greyscale,” “Headstorm” and “So Far Gone.” The full album will be available everywhere August 24, 2018.

 

Orange County’s own WANK returns with founding members Bobby Amodeo, Spider, Danny Walker, and new addition of Higgins X-13 (formerly of The Offspring). The band plans to release their new album ‘White Knuckle Ride’ later this year.

On WANK’s return and new record, frontman Bobby Amodeo comments, “WANK is stoked to be back making music. It’s been 20 years since our Maverick Records release, and we’ve spent the last year producing our new album, ‘White Knuckle Ride.’ Song by song, our record stands up – You’ll hear PRD, reggae skank, melodic hooks, and pop harmonies. WANK is rock-ready, and we look forward to destroying a stage near you very soon. Check us out!”

Watch for album release details, a new single and accompanying music video to debut shortly.

In the meantime check out their latest track “Shut You Down” here: https://soundcloud.com/wankusa/shut-you-down.

WANK guitarist Danny Walker comments about writing the song, “Shut You Down is about an experience I had working in a toxic environment, hitting a boiling point, and responding. When you spend every moment of your day dumping on people, you get what you get. Bad things will happen to bad people.”

WANK formed in 1995 in Huntington Beach, CA. Mixing pop sensibility, rock chops, and punk energy, WANK (influenced by the Beatles and the Clash, among others) quickly gained momentum and garnered a reputation for themselves with melodic songs and highly entertaining live shows. In 1996, WANK self-released their debut, Get a Grip on Yourself. Their continuing success as a live act brought them to the attention of producer Mike Ness of Social Distortion, who oversaw the recording of “Larry Brown” for a split 7″ on Time Bomb Records (1997.) Ness also produced WANK on their version of “Auld Lang Syne,” their contribution to the comp, Christmas Gone Wrong (1997.)

In late 1997, “Forgiven” was added to rotation at the World Famous KROQ 106.7 in Los Angeles, and WANK was still unsigned. An industry bidding war ensued, and WANK signed an historic record deal with Maverick Records. In 1998, following an expedited major label re-release of Get a Grip on Yourself, WANK took their show on the road, touring with The Specials, Goldfinger, Social Distortion, and Warped Tour ’98. The band parted ways with Maverick Records in 1999 and focused on other projects.

In 2000, Amodeo was diagnosed with cancer, and after years of treatment, he’s back and rock ready. Walker formed and fronted Handsome Devil and was signed to RCA in 2001. Handsome Devil released three albums – Love and Kisses (2001), Knock Yourself Out (2004), and Fully Automatic (2007), and toured with The Used, Lit, Zebrahead, and Warped. In 2007, Walker and friends (from Lit, Adolescents, and Cadillac Tramps) formed Rockers in the Round – an acoustic showcase series. Walker released two singer-songwriter albums – Mumble & Strum (2011) and Salvation (2012). Spider focused on session work and artist management, and he’s still the hardest hitting drummer around.

WANK reunited in 2016, self-releasing their 5 song EP – On with the Show and, in 2017, added guitarist Higgins X-13, formerly of the Offspring. In 2018, WANK is in the studio finishing a new full length album for release. Enjoy – WANK is back.

 

New Brunswick, NJ 3-piece Milkmen has signed with Know Hope Records.

Formed in 2014 while attending Rutgers University, the band immediately hit the ground running as part of the thriving underground scene in New Jersey. Drawing on a wide range of influences, from RX Bandits to Weatherbox to The Sidekicks, the band quickly amassed a loyal following in Northern New Jersey, which quickly spread throughout the state, as well as New York, Philadelphia and throughout the Northeast part of the country. Milkmen started actively touring in 2015 and haven’t slowed down since, touring up and down the East Coast numerous times.

After releasing a few singles, Milkmen self-released their debut self-titled album, recorded at The Kaleidoscope in Lancaster, PA with producer Kory Gable, on December 25, 2015.

Know Hope Records will be reissuing a remixed/remastered version of Milkmen’s self-titled debut album on September 14, 2018, as well as brand new record from the band in 2019.

Pre-orders are available here: http://knowhoperecords.limitedrun.com/categories/milkmen.

Milkmen begin their summer tour with Champagne Colored Cars and Sleepy Limbs on August 15th in Lancaster, PA at The Kaleidoscope.

NEGFEST is Art As Catharsis’ annual showcase of heavy, experimental music.

This year the festival is travelling to Brisbane for the first time, alongside Sydney and Melbourne.

Appearing at each show are Art As Catharsis artists Omahara (TAS), Convulsing (NSW) and Bolt Gun (WA).

NEGFEST 2018: Melbourne
22 September at The Reverence HotelDivide And Dissolve
Convulsing
Omahara
Merchant
Bolt Gun
Diploid
TRESPASSER
UboaNEGFEST 2018: Sydney
28 September at the Bald Faced Stag

Omahara
Convulsing
NORSE
Bolt Gun
Golgothan Remains

NEGFEST 2018: Brisbane
29 September at Crowbar

Omahara
Hope Drone
Bolt Gun
Convulsing
Sum Of Us
Siberian Hell Sounds
Sam Haven

 

 

 

Following on from their critically praised single ‘Silver Ray’, Melbourne-based indie-rock group Halcyon Drive have just revealed live dates and latest cut ‘Agnosia’ – another gripping number lifted from their forthcoming debut album (due late-2018).

‘Agnosia’ shines a light on the trio’s ability to shape songs eclectically, whilst still retaining apt cohesiveness, to ensure they never sway far from their charming and distinctive sound. Opening with searing fuzz-laden guitars, the track briskly bursts into a frenetic and brazen energy; a fitting foundation for the anthemic melodies of enigmatic front man Michael Oechsle.

Oechsle talks about the meaning behind ‘Agnosia’:

“This is a song about truth. A song about, how in this day and age, it’s harder than ever to break free from whatever media, marketing or influence is being forced down our throats.
I was lucky enough to be brought up by two incredible parents who never pushed me into anything, and always let me find my own truth.
This is a song written from the complete opposite perspective- from the perspective of someone so lost in following or fighting other people’s opinions, that they’ve lost the ability to think for themselves.”

To coincide with the release, the band will play two shows at a Secret Location in Melbourne and Otto’s House Party at World Bar, Sydney. This continues on from a relentless April and May touring schedule, which included performances at The Hills are Alive Festival, headlining Rare Finds indie club night tour circuit and a support slot on Stereophonics sold-out Australian tour.

Previous single ‘Silver Ray’ was widely embraced by the likes of Australian radio stations triple j, 3RRR, SYN FM, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide and Edge Radio. The track also received support from worldwide tastemaker blogs Indie Shuffle (USA), Podcart (UK), The Revue (CAN), We Love That (GER), Niche Music (JAP), Red Bull Music, Laundry Echo, Savage Thrills and Pilerats.

In the coming weeks Halcyon Drive will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Agnosia’.

‘Agnosia’ is now available worldwide

 

HALCYON DRIVE
AGNOSIA LAUNCH PARTIES

FRI 10 AUG | OTTO’S HOUSE PARTY @ WORLD BAR, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 18 AUG | SECRET LOCATION, MELBOURNE VIC

 

After selling out their first ever trip to Australia in 2016, James are preparing for a triumphant return in 2018, this time sporting a brand-new album ‘Living in Extraordinary Times” as well as all their swag of British classics.

James’ 1993 hit ‘Laid’ became the soundtrack to early 90s alternative radio before finding a second life through its use in teen hit American Pie films. James had already had a decade of hits by the time Laidarrived, having risen from Manchester’s legendary Factory Records scene into one of the biggest UK bands in the world by the dawn of the 90s. With alternative hits in Australia including Laid, Sit Down, Sound, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), She’s a Star and Just Like Fred Astaire, and selling over 25 million records worldwide, the band were triple j staples for over fifteen years, yet took nearly three decades to hit Australian shores.

With sell out shows, great reviews and mad fans, some travelling across Australia to ensure they didn’t miss a single show, a return visit was inevitable.

“We had such a great time in Australia we couldn’t believe it took us so long to get there,” said Tim Booth. “The vibe in every room was just electric and every night was different to the last. We can’t wait to get back there and do it all again, this time with our ‘Living in Extraordinary Times’ record.”

The album seems to touch upon contemporary fissures in society, with Tim Booth commenting: “We knew something was up when Leicester city won the league then Brexit, then Trump. It is as if we’d slipped into an alternate reality, a Philip K Dick reality. We are living in extraordinary times.”

The tour will visit Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth as well as taking James to Adelaide for the very first time.

TICKETS ON SALE 10:00 AM, FRIDAY 22 JUNE 
Via MJRPresents.com

 

JAMES AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2018

Wednesday 14 November – 170 Russell – Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16 November – The Metro – Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17 November – The Tivoli – Brisbane, QLD
Monday 19 November – The Gov – Adelaide, SA*
Tuesday 20 November – Astor Theatre – Perth, WA

*James’ first live performance in Adelaide

 

Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of VOYAGER. The Australian progressive metallers will release their upcoming full length via Season of Mist in 2019 and re-release their entire back catalogue.

Listen to the previously released album ‘V’ here and listen to ‘The Meaning of I’here.

VOYAGER comments: “We are very excited to be joining forces with Season of Mist! Not only will we be working together to produce and release new music in 2019, but also to reissue our entire back catalogue for the first time. Season of Mist have a long history of strongly supporting unique acts, and working with them to nurture their creativity and help them reach a wider audience. Danny, Ash, Simone, Scott and Alex believe they couldn’t be a better fit for VOYAGER and are stoked for what the future brings for the band and label.”

VOYAGER will be touring in the UK, Japan, the US and Mexico in the coming months. Find a list of upcoming tour dates below.

VOYAGER live dates
01 Jul 18 Maidstone (UK) Ramblin Man Fair
03 Jul 18 London (UK) The Borderline (Prog Mag Showcase)
04 Jul 18 Birmingham (UK) Asylum 2
06 Jul 18 Newark (UK) UK Tech Fest (Exact date TBA)
10 Aug 18 Derbyshire (UK) Bloodstock Festival (Exact date TBA)
31 Aug 18 Osaka JP (JP) Evoken Fest
02 Sep 18 Tokyo (JP) Evoken Fest
05 Sep 18 Atlanta (US) Progpower USA
08 Sep 18 Mexico City (MX) Foro RR Live

“Australian pop sensibility with modern progressive heaviness – this is the cult force that is VOYAGER.

With 6 full-length albums under their belt and shows throughout North America, Europe and Asia with the likes of DEFTONES, OPETH, DEVIN TOWNSEND, CHILDREN OF BODOM, SOILWORK, NIGHTWISH, EPICA and ORPHANED LAND, the five-piece from Perth is now firmly entrenched in its international repute as “the band who doesn’t sound like anyone else”.

VOYAGER’S sensationally anthemic songs offer huge soundscapes, pop and prog sensibilities with catchy and thought-inducing instrumentals. With concerts described as “amazing chemistry blending pop with heavy, technical and progressive riffs”, VOYAGER are consistently a live force to be reckoned with.

For a band that’s been together since 2012, ABANDONED BY BEARS is just hitting their prime with ‘Headstorm,’ their spirited new single out today. The track comes from their upcoming sophomore album, Headstorm, set for release on August 24, 2018.

“Even if you have the clearest view on life, on what you want to reach or where you want to go, new obstacles will come along setting you off course. ‘Headstorm’ is about taking the most important goal of your life and keep striving for it when this mystery called life throws you curve balls,” laments bassist Gustav Ericksson. “The video speaks for itself. We took a look at today’s pop culture to poke fun at situations you would see a more ‘baller’ artist in. It’s all in good fun and we had a blast making it!”

Fronted by the dual vocal combo of Leon Ekelund and Fredric Andersson, ABANDONED BY BEARS is rounded out by guitarist Jacob Devinder and Max Fahlman on drums. The Swedish noise mob released The Years Ahead in 2016 under Victory Records and spent a quarter of that year in the US touring ever possible corner. They returned in 2017 for another taste of America before closing out the year with their first ever tour of the UK. Due to overwhelming demand, the UK will receive the first taste of Headstorm as the Swede’s invade Europe starting July 1st. Plans for their third US visit are in the works for this fall.

ABANDONED BY HEARS On Tour 2018

7/1 Huddersfield, UK @ The Parish

7/2 Nuneaton, UK @ Queens Hall

7/3 Wrexham, UK @ Atomic

7/4 Bridgwater, UK @ Cobblestones

7/5 Southampton, UK @ Suburbia

7/6 Torquay, UK @ Apple & Parrot

7/7 London, UK @ The Slaughtered Lamb

7/10 Zug, CH @ Industrie 45

7/13 Milano, IT @ Circolo Svolta

7/14 Parma, IT @ Circolo Mu Never Say PMMP Festival

8/18 Sodertalje, SE @ Spinnrocken High 5ive Summer Fest

 

Underworld and Iggy Pop announce details of a 4 track EP, Teatime Dub Encounters, due for release on July 27th via Caroline Australia.

While overseeing the soundtrack for T2 TrainspottingUnderworld’s Rick Smith arranged a meeting with Iggy Pop in a room at the Savoy Hotel on London’s Strand to discuss working on collaborative music for the film.

Says Rick Smith “Iggy was staying at The Savoy and graciously said ‘yeah you know we we can meet and talk about something’ because we both felt a strong connection to Trainspotting and to Danny. I turned up thinking I’ve got one chance here to convince this gentleman that we should work together. So I turned up with basically half my studio, hired a hotel room, set up and sat waiting.”

Their respective tracks “Lust for Life” and “Born Slippy (Nuxx)” had perfectly bookended the first Trainspotting film two decades previously. On arrival, Iggy found a fully working studio set up and eagerness to get cracking.

Says Iggy Pop “When you are confronted with somebody who has a whole bloody studio there in the hotel room, a Skyped director who has won the Oscar recently and a fucking microphone in front of you and 30 finished pieces of very polished music, you don’t want to be the wimp that goes ‘uh uhhh’, so my mind was racing.”

Teatime Dub Encounters is the result of a few clandestine hotel room recording sessions, that began a few weeks after Underworld and Iggy Pop had each released their last albums (Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future and Post Pop Depression respectively) on the same day (March 18th 2016). It is neither historical or a tribute to past work, it is the work of artists in motion, engaged in a process that they both bring to all of their work – one that uses spontaneity as a spur for creativity.

The first track from Teatime Dub Encounters – “Bells & Circles” – was premiered live as part of Underworld’s recent headline performance at the BBC Biggest Weekend Belfast. A second track – “I’ll See Big” – is streaming everywhere now. Something of a flipside to “Bells & Circles”, “I’ll See Big” is a wash of gorgeous ambient sound that features Iggy recounting how friends – however dysfunctional – have saved him from a lifetime of bad decisions. The lyrics for “I’ll See Big” were inspired by a conversation Iggy had with Danny Boyle about the subtext of both Trainspotting films.

 

Underworld & Iggy Pop
Teatime Dub Encounters EP

Out July 27th via Caroline Australia