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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have returned, and we're excited to unveil details on the pop rockers new EP, Et Tu, Brute?.
Set for a March 15 release date, the six-track EP celebrates the band's 10 year anniversary with the return of Don't You Fake It producer David Bendeth, marking the first time the band have joined forces with Bendeth since the album's 2006 debut.
Have a listen to this brand new tune "You Can't Trust Anyone These Days".
The Grammys are on at the moment and kiwi songstress Kimbra has claimed one for her part in the hit song "Somebody That I Used To Know" with Gotye.
UPDATE!!! Make that a double win for the Kimbra/Gotye team - "Somebody That I Used To Know" has been named Record of the Year!!!!
Other Life FM artists doing well, Lecrae picked up Best Gospel Album for Gravity, Matt Redman claimed Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and Best Contemporary Christian Song for '10,000 Reasons', Tobymac won for Best Christian Music Album for Eye On It.
Epic wins all round!!
For those into the heavier sound, we've got got a little something for you. After catching up with guitarist Anthony Armstrong last week, I'm stoked on this new video from RED for "Release The Panic".
Joining Stan Walker on the X Factor NZ judging panel is kiwi songstress (that even a word???) Ruby Frost! The crew of four also features Daniel Bedingfield (I'm sure he'll get through this just fine...) and Melanie Blatt from the UK girl-groupd All Saints.
The pre-audition tour wraps up next week with Auckland this weekend, and New Plymouth, Whangarei, Kerikeri, and Kaitia after that.
So with Parachute done and dusted (seriously, that dust was cruel this year), you might've missed some of the albums that Kiwi artists released over the weekend. Let me help with that.
The Ember Days - More Than You Think
One of the best worship albums you will hear this year. These guys know what they're doing - and do it oh so well! Free from comeandlive.com or buy it on iTunes and support them.
Edge Kingsland - Vol. 2 | due north
Local worship from one of the best collections of musicians and songwriters Auckland has. You'll listen to this on repeat for hours. Meant to be on iTunes by the end of the week.
Late 80s Mercedes - Diamonds EP
Always a Parachute Festival favourite, the guys have released a new collection of songs. Some originals, some new covers - get it on iTunes or Spotify and enjoy a little more summer.
After a couple of KILLER sets at Parachute 2013, Rapture Ruckus has released a live version of his new song "In Crowd", recorded over Parachute weekend.
Head to his website and punch in your email address to get the download, and if you're in Palmy North, Wellington, & Whangarei - hit iTicket.co.nz and get along to his only other NZ shows before he heads back to the states for the rest of the year.
New Zealand alternative-country band Great North have been awarded the NZ Music Award for best folk album of 2012.
The album Halves, released last May, has been critically acclaimed by reviewers up and down the country, for the "sophisticated lyrics to the marvellous instrumental accompaniment".