Maybe has been nominated for Best Indie/Alt Rock Album of 2018 at the 17th Annual Independent Music Awards!
Maybe has been the most revered album of The Laurels' career, scoring tons of positive reviews, landing on several "Best of 2018" lists, and getting regular airplay all over the world. But an IMA nomination is the pinnacle of what indie artists aspire to. Essentially the Indie Grammys, The IMAs are the biggest music award in the world for independent artists. John is utterly shocked, humbled, and elated!​​​​​​​
Official IMA press release:

April 11, 2019

The Stan Laurels are Among the Year's Most Exceptional Music Projects Nominated in the 17th Annual Independent Music Awards

John Lathrop’s mod power-pop band, The Stan Laurels of Austin, TX, USA was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) today as a Nominee for Best  Indie/Alt Rock Album of 2018 in The 17th Annual Independent Music Awards  (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent artists and releases. Innovative indie label and self-released projects in all styles and mediums were nominated by fans and industry panelists in 103 Album, Song, EP, Music Producer, Music Video, and Design categories that were culled from thousands of submissions worldwide.

Nominated along with The Stan Laurels is an eclectic mix of work by established artists and emerging talent from around the globe. More than 400 artists will be honored at The 17th IMA ceremony on June 22 in New York City including: Masta Ace & Marco Polo, Miss Tara, Prateek Kuhad, Foreigner, Juliana Hatfield, The Motels, Mark Erelli, Ella Vos, Maria Muldaur, QUOR, Pedro Luís, Bleu, Nsimbi, Marta Gómez, Firkin, Bombay Ricky, Jackknife Stiletto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, David Chesky, and Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats.

The nominees were selected by judging panels of top recording artists including: Tom Waits, Robert Smith, Todd Rundgren, Lee Ann Womack, Boyce Avenue, Martha Wash, and Ben Lovett, among many others; and influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe and Pacific Rim. The same panel of judges will select the winners.

The year’s best indie label and self-released projects will be announced June 22nd from the Symphony Space stage during The IMAs Indie Konference in New York City. Now in its third year, the annual conference for Artists, Artivists, and Artistpreneurs draws hundreds of top-ranked creatives from around the globe for awards, performances, workshops, and networking events. Honors will be presented in between performances by nominated artists. IMA winners will be promoted to millions of music fans via online & broadcast  promotions, performance and distribution opportunities. Details and a complete list of Nominees and Judges available at:

Artistry. Diversity. Excellence. Now in its 18th year, The Independent Music Awards - produced by Music  Resource Group - honor the year’s most exceptional and artistically daring music projects from indie label and self-released talent from around the globe. Program winners and nominees are extraordinary artists at every stage of their careers. Previous honorees include Amy Lee, Killer Mike, Valerie June, Meghan Trainor, Passenger, RuPaul, Jackson Browne, Team Me, Radio Radio, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Girl in a Coma, Masta Ace, Pokey LaFarge, Nik West, The Mud Howlers, The Apples in Stereo, fun., and JD McPherson among many others.
⚫ Finalist, Best Song, 2018 ("Maybe") - L.A. Cinefest
⚫ Best Music & Sound Design, 2013 (Billi & Theodore) - May Day Film Festival
"A nifty powerpop outing which fans of Fountains Of Wayne will particularly like, as Lathrop's laconic vocal delivery is a fine complement to the oft buzzy musical landscape. ★★★★" - David Bash for Shindig! Magazine
"There's a subtle whiff of Flaming Lips in this Austin band, who also channel the psychedelic Beatles in a whimsical high-concept work punctuated by surprises that keep you guessing." - Music Connection
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