A look at 2008’s Plug Music Awards tells us that, though it may not be groundbreaking indie-underdogs, this year’s ceremony may be one of the most interesting competitions between independent titans in recent history. Who wouldn’t take note of an Artist of the Year battle between El-P, Animal Collective, and Radiohead? Hmmm. Predictably, Justice, Of Montreal, and Arcade Fire are up for nearly every award. Exciting.
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The next release from the esteemed Ghostly International imprint comes in the form of electro-acoustic trio KILN (a.k.a one of the few bands that makes textured, experimental instrumentation exciting). Although the band refuses to play live, it has a prolific release history that spans ten years and several labels like Infraction and Division.
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Veteran roots artist Winston “Burning Spear” Rodney has received Jamaica’s National Order of Distinction (O.D.) and will unleash a two-disc-plus-DVD rarities collection. The O.D. was awarded in recognition of his service, through music, to Jamaican society. “This award was a long time coming and I am glad to receive the honor,” says Rodney. Read more »
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