Idle No More: Songs for Life Vol. 1 is the first of an ongoing series of free downloadable compilations of songs by artists who support the vision of Idle No More, Indigenous and allies. Volume 1 features a broad and diverse array of artists – everyone from Derek Miller (whose contribution, 7 Lifetimes, is a brand new track inspired by Chief Theresa Spence), to John K. Samson of the Weakerthans. …read more »
Guitarist and singer/songwriter Derek Miller is a journeyman musician with eclectic taste and a knack for roots inflected rock. Born on the Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk Territory, Canada, Miller became interested in music in his early teens, and by the late ’90s had not only toured with iconic Canadian vocalist Buffy Sainte-Marie but was also garnered a Juno for both his debut album, ‘Music Is the Medicine’ and sophomore album ‘The Dirty Looks’ in 2008. Derek’s latest album ‘Derek Miller with Double Trouble’ takes us to the heart of Native Americana romanticism. It uses vintage tones and aesthetics of 50’s rock and roll with a modern twist, telling the story of a mythical man who has a blind moment of insanity and the events that got him to that point.
Artists are rapidly giving voice to the #IdleNoMore movement in word, dance and song and we’re sharing the latest sounds from Indian Country’s finest. But it’s not just round dances anymore. …read more »
The 2012 APCMAs—the 7th annual Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards—took place November 1st and 2nd in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Two nights of celebrating Indigenous music, one long list of winners! Here is a complete list of the 2012 APCMA award winners. …read more »
At a press conference in Winnipeg this morning, the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award nominees were announced. Read the full list of nominees here. …read more »
It’s summer 2012 and RPM has another guide to Indigenous musicians representing at music festivals this year.
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New across our desk is this radio documentary by journalist Dustin McGladrey on Indigenous musicians in rock and blues. …read more »
In this digital age, it makes sense that the latest music awards on the scene were announced in a podcast and spread across the Twitterverse. Rockwired.com – the online radio station out of Albequerque, New Mexico – broadcast the winners of their 2012 Radio Music Award Winners earlier this week, and a few our our favourite Indigenous artists were among the winners. …read more »
This brand new Joey Stylez video is directed by Big Soul Production’s Laura Milliken and features Six-Nations blues-rocker Derek Miller.
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Last night, the documentary Music is the Medicine had its Canadian broadcast debut on APTN after the film successfully toured the festival circuit for the last six weeks. Here at RPM we were thrilled to see Music is the Medicine on the little screen, and celebrated it reaching viewers across Canada. …read more »
We asked Six Nations blues-rocker Derek Miller what he’s watching on YouTube lately and he gave us this list of his current favourites.
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