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SXSW Announces 2019 Grulke Prize Winners

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals announced the winners for this year’s Grulke Prize. The award, now in its seventh year, was developed in honor of our friend and colleague Creative Director Brent Grulke, who passed away on August 13, 2012. Brent’s love of music and the spirit of the festival is reflected in […]

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The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals announced the winners for this year’s Grulke Prize.

The award, now in its seventh year, was developed in honor of our friend and colleague Creative Director Brent Grulke, who passed away on August 13, 2012.

Brent’s love of music and the spirit of the festival is reflected in the three prize categories: Developing U.S. Act, Developing Non U.S. Act and Career Act.

The Developing Act Prizes are for artists who are breaking new ground with their creativity and show the most promise in achieving their career goals. The Career Act Prize is for an established artist who appeared at SXSW to reinvent themselves or launch a new project.

Past winners have included Leon Bridges, Courtney Barnett, Haim, Chvrches, Jade Bird, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren, Spoon and The Flaming Lips.

The Grulke Prize winner for Developing U.S. Act  is Pink Sweat$. Based in Philadelphia, the artist/songwriter/producer’ music is rooted in R&B and Soul, stripping back the typical genre-specific production to showcase melodic intricacy and lyrical prowess. He began making music at the age of 19 as a demo vocalist. Soon after he found himself working at the legendary Sigma Sounds Studios, where he began his career as a songwriter and began to develop his career in music. He has worked with a wide range of today’s popular artists, but is now ready to take center-stage himself.

The Grulke Prize winner for Developing Non-U.S. Act is Angie McMahon. Having recently completed her first Australian headline tour, McMahon is releasing her debut album in 2019, drawing inspiration from artists like Bruce Springsteen, Lianne La Havas and Big Thief. She writes and performs across the full dynamic spectrum, shifting between gravelly intimacy and pounding rock, and her performances at SXSW bounced between whisper-quiet tones and cathartic rock roars. Early singles feature honest songwriting and romantic melodies, with songs that ruminate on life, love, and pasta.

The Grulke Prize winner for Career Act is The Chills. Hailing from Dunedin, New Zealand and fronted by the rare talent of Martin Phillipps, the band originally formed in 1980. Featuring various people over the years, Phillipps is the only remaining original member. Always a cult favorite internationally, The Chills led the charts in their native New Zealand with rock singles “Pink Frost” and “Wet Blanket”. The Chills are currently performing in support of their 2018 album Snow Bound and SXSW World Premiere Documentary Feature The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps.

Jurors for the Grulke Prize include music critics, industry professionals, and SXSW staff, many of whom knew and worked with Brent over the years.

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. An essential destination for global professionals, the event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2019 will take place March 13 – 22, 2020. For more information, please visit sxsw.com.

SXSW 2019 is sponsored by Capital One, smart, Bud Light, Visible, Uber Eats, and The Austin Chronicle.

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Life isn’t just good. It’s sensational.

Just over two years after its release, “Life Is Good,” the seminal 2019 collaboration from the historically prolific tandem of Future and Drake, has been certified 10x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Future has just gone Diamond.

The latest certification for “Life Is Good” marks a career first for Future, who has a slew of multiplatinum singles and a multiplatinum album under his belt. Only 66 songs have ever been certified Diamond in the US (at the time of this writing), placing Future in one of the most exclusive clubs in recorded music.

At the time of its release, the reception to the song was immense and impossible to ignore. Future and Drake, the duo responsible for 2015’s bombshell joint studio album, What A Time To Be Alive, have a sterling reputation that’s impossible to ignore. That “Life Is Good” may very well wind up their crowning achievement is an accomplishment in itself.

For Future, this is a fitting point on his career arc, which doesn’t seem intent on leveling off any time soon. When Future, the musical descendant of The Dungeon Family, began bubbling out of the Atlanta mixtape circuit and started collection nationwide acclaim, it would have raised the brows of many to suggest that the part-time rapper, part-time singer would be one of the most impactful and imitated mainstream artists of the next decade. However, the formula he championed and stood behind has become the blueprint for many.

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Ghanaian-Australian Breakthrough Artist Genesis Owusu Wins ARIA Award ‘Album of the Year’ and more

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Genesis Owusu released his long-awaited debut album, Smiling With No Teeth, earlier this year to universal acclaim and today, he walked away from the prestigious ARIA Awards in Australia with the top prize and more, winning Album of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Release, Best Independent Release and Best Cover Art. Watch the Ghanaian-Australian artist’s riveting live performance from the ARIA’s.

 

The album was also named Triple J’s Australian Album of the Year and his video for “The Other Black Dog” was named Video of the Year.

Up next for Owusu: his first ever headline U.S. tour! See tour dates here:

GENESIS OWUSU U.S.TOUR DATES
Jan 13 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
Jan 15 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Jan 17 Seattle, WA – Neumos
Jan 19 Denver, CO – The Bluebird
Jan  25 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Jan 28 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Jan 29 Nashville, TN – Basement East
Jan 30 Austin, TX – Antone’s
Smiling With No Teeth landed this March to critical acclaim including praise from NPR Music, i-D, The Guardian, Paste Magazine, Hypebeast and many more. On the album, Owusu presents a soul-bearing narrative and full-length release that is impossible to ignore. It intuitively picks apart and reassembles themes of mental health, resilience and race, to become a culmination of ideas and defining chapter in Owusu’s acclaimed discography, that begs for listening over and over.
The 15-track LP seamlessly defies genre boundaries while delineating the nuanced complexities of mental health, as well as Owusu’s experience of living as a black man in a white society. Owusu illustrates each disclosure from within his mind under a tessellation of soundscapes, moving through future-funk, rap and OG hip-hop to guitar-laden odysseys veering from punk and indie-rock to tinges of wistful folk. Smiling With No Teeth, at its heart, remains dedicated to Owusu’s core audience, those who live outside of the box, out of choice or in a decided lack of belonging.
Listen to Smiling with No Teeth here: https://genesisowusu.lnk.to/SWNT.
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