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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS this week to Aussie upand-comer Chet Faker and Sydney band the Jez­abels, who were among the win­ners of this year’s In­de­pen­dent Mu­sic Awards held in Mel­bourne on Tues­day. The indie awards are grow­ing in stature ev­ery year, pos­si­bly be­cause a broad range of Aussie artists are choos­ing to pur­sue their ca­reers through in­de­pen­dent chan­nels. Many of the tro­phy win­ners at the Mel­bourne do are also in con­tention for ARIAs next month, in­clud­ing the Jez­abels, 360, Lanie Lane, San Cisco and DZ Deathrays, to name only a hand­ful. The ARIA cel­e­bra­tion is at Sydney’s En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Novem­ber 29. ALSO wor­thy of men­tion this week is Aussie roots rene­gade and doer of good deeds John But­ler. The Perth-based muso, who is work­ing on a new al­bum set for re­lease early next year, is to be recog­nised by the mu­sic in­dus­try for his work be­hind the scenes, in­clud­ing the JB Seed Fund, which pro­vides grants for artis­tic en­deav­our, help­ing young artists to de­velop their craft. But­ler will be the re­cip­i­ent next month of the Ex­cel­lence in Community Sup­port Award, to be pre­sented at the in­dus­try’s Mu­sic in the House lunch at NSW Par­lia­ment House. The award is pro­vided by mu­sic busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tion Sup­port Act. Those who have been hon­oured in this way al­ready in­clude Rus­sell Mor­ris, Jimmy Barnes, Glenn Shor­rock, John Paul Young, Don Spencer and Richard Clap­ton. FUND­ING web­site Kick­starter has a fast­grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for al­low­ing artists to raise record­ing funds by fan con­tri­bu­tions, with singer-artist Amanda Palmer one of the most suc­cess­ful in the past 12 months. Now Kick­starter is go­ing to be used for quite a dif­fer­ent project — to have a statue of AC/DC singer Bon Scott, who died in 1980, crafted by Scot­tish sculp­tor John McKenna and erected in the town of Scott’s an­ces­try, Kir­riemuir. The project is the brain­child of a Kir­riemuir community group that hopes to re­alise a long­time am­bi­tion to have the rock ’n’ roll bad boy look­ing down on them from some­where in the town. HAPPY birthday this week­end to Tom Petty, who turns 62, and to Calvin Cor­dozar Broadus Jr, who in his 41 years has also be­come known as Snoop Dogg, Snoop Doggy Dogg and, my favourite, Snoop Lion.

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