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ANGUS & JULIA STONE (AUS)

Angus & Julia Stone hadn’t planned to make another record — for a while, at least. But life had other machinations in mind, as it always has with Angus & Julia. The pair were famously brought back together by the legendary Rick Rubin and now again, were presented with an impossible-to-ignore opportunity, to reconsider themselves as artists in a new way — as composers, scoring for an award-winning video game. And so, comes Life Is Strange: Angus & Julia Stone’s unexpected, unguarded, unforgettable fifth album, a soundtrack record that might also just be one of the pair’s most immediate, most beautifully-rendered sets yet.

 

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BEN HARPER (USA)

Beginning with his 1994 debut, Welcome To The Cruel World, Harper released a string of eight studio albums over a decade and a half. This extraordinary run, featuring contributions from the Innocent Criminals, established him as a singularly powerful songwriter and performer with range across multiple genres and an unmatched ability to blend the personal and political. The accolades poured in—Rolling Stone hailed his “jewels of unique and exquisitely tender rock & roll,” while Entertainment Weekly praised his “casual profundity,” and Billboard said his music “reminds us of the power and beauty of simplicity.” Massive, international sold-out tours, Top 10 debuts in the US, Gold and Platinum certifications overseas, and a slew of TV appearances cemented Harper and the band’s status as genuine global stars.

 

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CITY AND COLOUR (CAN)

City and Colour has resonated throughout the international independent music scene. Following the 2005 debut Sometimes, and the Double-Platinum certified Bring Me Your Love (2008) Green debuted at #1 in Canada on four consecutive releases—the Double-Platinum Little Hell (2011), the Platinum The Hurry and the Harm (2013), and Gold-certified If I Should Go Before You (2015) and his most recent release A Pill for Loneliness (2019). If I Should Go Before You also debuted at #16 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and #5 in Australia where Green’s LP Little Hell was certified Gold. Beyond his legacy as a co-founder of hardcore luminaries Alexisonfire where Green received Platinum-certification for four of the band’s five full-length records, he also teamed up with global icon Alecia Moore (a.k.a. P!nk) to record as folk duo You+Me. Not only did their debut rose ave. attain Platinum certification in Canada, but it also topped the Canadian chart at #1, the Australian chart at #2, and soared to #4 on the Billboard Top 200 in the USA.

 

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THE RUBENS (AUS)

The Rubens are a five-piece alternative rock band originally from Menangle, New South Wales. The band comprises the three Margin brothers, Zaac, Sam and Elliott, and friends Scott Baldwin and William Zeglis. Their self-titled debut album released in 2012 and was a resounding success nationally in Australia, where it is now ARIA Certified Platinum. The follow up album Hoops was released in 2015 and debuted at Number 2 on the ARIA charts, is ARIA Certified Gold, and title track Hoops was the 2015 Triple J Hottest 100 Winner.

 

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MIDDLE KIDS (AUS)

Middle Kids write and perform critically acclaimed, emotionally vulnerable and complex indie rock music. Riding the wave of success on their first single ‘Edge of Town’, they released their award winning, debut album 'Lost Friends' in 2018. This record earned them Triple J’s Best Australian Album, multiple ARIA nominations and sent them on a seemingly endless multi-year run of dates across USA, Europe and Australia. In the final months of 2019, Middle Kids recorded their most recent album ‘Today We’re The Greatest’ in Los Angeles with legendary producer Lars Stalfors (St. Vincent, Purity Ring). Released in March 2021, it received fawning reviews worldwide, an ARIA award for ‘Best Rock Album’ and had them performing on prestigious US late night shows (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden, CBS This Morning, and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert). Middle Kids toured North America in late 2021 - where they were one of the very first bands to tour internationally since the onset of the COVID pandemic.

 

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ALEX THE ASTRONAUT (AUS)

An unforgettably original lyricist, the music of Australian singer/songwriter Alex the Astronaut cycles through a series of radiantly detailed slices of life. Alex documents moments of both the seemingly mundane from a haircut, a therapy session, a trip to the beach and to the supermarket to then utterly life-changing experiences as a caregiver along with the PTSD that followed and her recent diagnosis with autism. The 26-year-old artist imbues her songs with equal parts self-awareness and sensitivity, imagination and idiosyncratic humor and in its intimate exploration of post-traumatic growth, the result is a body of work affirming Alex as a truly essential songwriter, capable of transforming the way we view ourselves and the world around us.

 

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