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2008 Plug Independent Music Awards

February 24, 2008



The PLUG INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS will be headlined by the legendary NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS. This year’s show–taking place at Terminal 5 in New York on March 6–will see the esteemed band join previously announced performers St. Vincent and Jose Gonzalez and host Patton Oswalt. PLUG co-founder Gerry Hart says, “Having Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform at PLUG has been a dream of ours since Amaechi (Uzoigwe, co-founder) and I started PLUG.” Additionally, seminal U.K.-based rapper and Mercury Prize winner DIZZEE RASCAL–whose Maths and English LP is nominated for “Best Hip Hop Album”–has been confirmed to perform.

The PLUG AWARDS were founded to highlight outstanding accomplishments within the independent music community, and has been exemplified by (Australian Recording Industry Hall of Fame inductee) Nick Cave ’s rich history and influence upon the music landscape. In addition to performing, Cave will accept the 2008 PLUG Impact Award which honors his influence on the independent music community through his exceptional work and career. Last year’s Impact Award was presented to Stephen Malkmus (Pavement, Silver Jews and solo career).

The appearance by NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS coincides with the release of the band’s fourteenth studio album Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, out April 8 on Anti Records. The set has Cave recording most of the songs on organ as opposed to his usual piano; Warren Ellis playing guitar, 12-string lute and electric mandolin; Mick Harvey on guitar; Thomas Wydler on drums and percussion; Martyn Casey on bass; Conway Savage on piano and vocals; Jim Sclavunos on drums, percussion and vocals; and James Johnston on guitar and organ. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! follows Cave’s 2007 debut self-titled album with his band Grinderman, who have received PLUG nominations for “Song of the Year” (“No Pussy Blues”) and “Album Art/Packaging of the Year,” and Cave received a nod as “Male Artist of the Year.”

This year’s PLUG AWARDS will have amplified online presence as they partner with DELL. The Dell Lounge is supporting the independent spirit by becoming an integral part of the 2008 PLUG INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS and will be simulcasting the awards live via the Dell Lounge site. Dell’s presence at the PLUG AWARDS celebrates the personal computer as the enabler of making, discovering, sharing and influencing music and enhancing entertainment lifestyle.

For those unable to attend the event, pre-registration to watch the live broadcast of the show “Live From The Dell Lounge” is open now. Visit for details. will also be releasing three videos leading up to the show featuring past and present nominees and winners and starring comedian Michael Showalter.

“PLUG is incredibly excited about this partnership with Dell Lounge and sees Dell’s expanded commitment to providing fans with rich original content via the Lounge as a significant opportunity for the independent music community in 2008,” says Gerry Hart. “Dell Lounge is clearly showing itself to be a true ally of the independent artist and throughout the year an increasingly relevant destination for discovering emerging talent–a welcome member to the community.”

Adding to the online components of the awards show is PLUG’s expanded involvement with OURSTAGE.COM. As previously announced, for each PLUG voter who registers for the community, $2 will go to the Grameen Foundation’s unique fight to end poverty ( Grameen Foundation’s mission is to empower the poorest of the poor to lift themselves out of poverty through its support of microfinance, commonly known as “banking for the poor.” With tiny loans, savings and technology, the foundation helps the poorest of the poor, mostly women, start self-sustaining businesses, to escape poverty. As a borrower’s business grows, so does her self-esteem and her family’s well-being.

“OurStage strives to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the most deserving,” shares Ben Campbell, CEO of OurStage, “whether it be helping up-and-coming artists achieve critical success or partnering with indie trendsetters like PLUG in supporting constructive initiatives like the Grameen Foundation’s micro-financing campaign in the quest to end one of the greatest evils facing the world today–poverty.”

Tickets for this year’s show will go on sale to the public Friday, February 8. As a patron and supporter of the independent music community and as a show of its continuing commitment to fans, Dell Lounge is now making it possible for fans to purchase tickets (originally priced at $25 tickets) for just $10 to see this incredible show. Fans can pick up the discounted tickets via

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2008 1:08 pm

    I had tickets to this show. Hated it! The awards were announced without much fanfare on a big projection screen, mainly because the majority of winners were not present. In the event that they were, a formal presentation on stage ensued. Brooklyn fave, The National were on hand to accept their David Cronenberg-inspired butt PLUG award, for Best Song of The Year- ‘Fak

  2. October 5, 2009 9:16 pm

    AOL’s Ourstage has deleted the WinterBand fan page on behalf of a handful of false-christians who didn’t like what we teach and filed frivolous “complaints”

    Details and documentation are available at:

    What has happened is outrageous religious censorship and discrimination.
    Whether you love us or hate us consider the precedent that this situation establishes.

    If anyone you know is investing time and effort building a presence and network of connections on Ourstage you owe it to them to make them aware of what is going on.

    Bro Steve Winter

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