Tame Impala have taken out the Rolling Stone Award for Album of the Year thanks to their second album Lonerism.
The Perth psych-rockers collected the award for a second time in their short career, having won in 2011 with debut album Innerspeaker.
The latest accolade, presented at a star-packed music industry bash in Sydney, adds to the international clamour around the band and its frontman Kevin Parker.
Lonerism made history as the first Australian album to be hailed an album of the year by music bible NME and topped several end of year lists, while at home it was worthy of Triple J’s coveted J Award.
Australian music promoter and The Mushroom Group founder Michael Gudinski received the other major honour in the annual Rolling Stone Award, which recognises an outstanding contribution to popular culture. Past recipients have included Cold Chisel and Paul Kelly.
Other winners tonight included Melbourne singer/producer Chet Faker who claimed best independent release for his acclaimed Thinking In Textures EP.
In a good year for rock music, Byron Bay metalcore band Parkway Drive were named best live act, while Cairns four-piece The Medics got the nod for best new talent.
The Presets scooped best single for their inventive electro-shanty Ghosts, while Gotye’s single Easy Way Out was awarded the music video of the year thanks to the direction of Darcy Prendergast.
Held at Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel, the fourth annual Rolling Stone Awards were hosted by Beasts of Bourbon and Dark Horses frontman Tex Perkins and featured a performance by rising starlet Owl Eyes.The guest list included bands visiting for the Big Day Out festival tour, such as Vampire Weekend, Band Of Horses, Alabama Shakes and Crystal Castles.
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