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Courtney Barnett, Jess Ribeiro, Totally Mild and The Peep Tempel among the nominations for the Age Music Victoria Awards 2015

The largest publicly voted music awards in the country, The Age Music Victoria Awards, have announced the nominees for 2015, highlighting the best of contemporary, Victoria-based Australian music in the past 12 months and celebrating the enormous success of our very fine, very strong industry. As always, the awards will also shed light on the best venue and festival in Victoria over the past year.

the AU interview: Briggs (Shepparton) on his first experience with NWA, comparisons to Ice Cube, and new music

While walking the red carpet for the Sydney premiere of N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, awarded Aussie rapper Briggs took some time to chat to us about his first experience with The World's Most Dangerous Group, as well as being compared to Ice Cube by none other than Ghostface Killah. We also get an update on his new music and more.

Big Daddy Kane, Ratatat, Julia Holter, Briggs & more confirmed for the 25th Meredith Music Festival!

You know how you have that family member who generally stands out as being the coolest? The Aunty who sneaks you alcohol at parties when you're underage or the one who lets you stay up late? Either way, she's the one whose house you always looked forward to going to because no matter what, you knew good times were ahead. Well, when it comes to the Meredith Music Festival, Aunty has delivered again, with a line up that has people around the country getting keen to head to the 'Sup once more this December. Party on.

Briggs cleans up at the 2015 NIMAs; Gurrumul, B2M and 'The Genesis Project' provide live performance highlights!

A strong crowd of music lovers and members of the NT music industry gathered at the Ampitheatre in the George Brown Botanic Gardens in Darwin last night for the 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards - an event that saw some incredible live performances and artists take away a range of awards recognising musical achievements, commendations and excellence in not only surging forward in the wider Australian and international industries, but also in keeping culture and traditional language alive.

Music Video of the Day: Briggs ft. Gurrumul & Dewayne Everettsmith "The Children Came Back" (2015)

If there's one Australian made music video you're going to watch today, make it this one. Briggs has released the visual accompaniment to his emotive and incredibly relevant track "The Children Came Back" today and it's one moving watch.

The Barunga Festival confirms final line up; Briggs, Paul Kelly, Gurrumul and more added to the 30th Anniversary event!

The 30th anniversary celebrations of the Barunga Festival were always going to be mega, but with the event's final artist announcement featuring the likes of Paul Kelly, Briggs and Gurrumul, the festival to be held this Queen's Birthday long weekend has now been certified as being something of the legendary quality. Barunga is known for its memorable musical collaborations and the 2015 artist line up could possibly still offer up some gems and surprises for sure.

Best of 2014 Countdown: Top 20 Hip Hop Albums - Part 1: 20-11

The year may have started off slow for hip hop in 2014, but this year has ended up giving us some excellent projects ranging from stunning, experimental debuts to some of the best one-producer albums we have seen in years. Some albums may not have one stand-out single, but surpass the competition when taken as a whole, hence the differences seen in our top hip hop and R&B tracks of 2014.

Best of 2014: Top 50 Hip Hop and R&B songs of 2014 (Part Three: 30-21)

2014 closes in a matter of weeks, and with its end comes a myriad of reflective best of lists that serve as a good way to round up the array of sounds that really made an impact this year. Undoubtedly you'll be seeing a bunch of these lists published on the AU in the coming weeks, but I wanted to kick mine off with a round up of 50 tracks I feel were the best moments of hip hop and R&B - what some people call 'urban music' - this year.

Gotye and Daniel Johns join a huge second artist announcement for triple J's Beat the Drum event in January!

As part of the Sydney Festival next year, triple j are choosing to throw a huge ass birthday party in the Domain! The Beat the Drum event is already hosting the likes of Hilltop Hoods, The Presets and The Cat Empire, but today on the Matt and Alex show, a huge second artist announcement was revealed for the January 16th party!

the AU's Weekend Gig Guide: November 28th - November 30th

We've taken a look at some of the shows we're going to be heading to this weekend and deliver you this guide - our national gig picks of the week!

the AU interview: Briggs (Shepparton) on the determination behind "Sheplife", Australian hip-hop and its critics & more!

The first time I had anything to do with Briggs was seeing him perform along the Hilltop Hoods in Adelaide back in 2012. With a strong grip on the arena-sized crowd, the Shepparton native dominated his stage, leading me to note he was one of the most promising artists Australian hip-hop has going for it. Fast forward a few years and Briggs has gone from strength to strength. He's become a fierce figure within the industry, and his fans are equally as loyal. Briggs' latest album, Sheplife, is indicative of his journey so far - it's shown that Briggs isn't an artist to rest on any laurels, rather, he's using his platform to speak louder than before.

Briggs announces national Sheplife tour for October and November!

Lord of Shepparton, Briggs, is continuing the positive momentum his new album Sheplife have been generating by announcing a huge run of tour dates for October and November! The record which has seen recent chart success, earning Briggs his first ARIA Top 20 Accredited album, has also struck a chord with the industry as well as fans. Brigg's followers have been marching to the beat of his drum for years now, but it's with Sheplife that the rapper has truly cemented his place in the Australian hip-hop industry as a force to be aware of.

New Music Video: Briggs "Bad Apples" (2014)

While the love for his album Sheplife continues to pour in, Briggs is busy showing Australia his value to hip-hop. His powerful, forceful flow is a perfect vessel for his deft lyricism, capturing his frustration about the darker side of society in an incredibly vivid way. Not only a certified head-nodder, "Bad Apples" is an insightful, expressive tale about growing up in a less than ideal society.

Complete Line Up revealed for the Melbourne Rolling Stone Live Lodge.

The complete line up of the Rolling Stone live Lodge has just been announced! The Live Lodge will see Fitzroy’s iconic Workers Club be transformed especially for the event which runs over three entertainment packed weeks between September 25 and October 12. Seven more acts have just been added to the already extensive line up:

Live Review: RISE Featuring Mantra + Briggs + Remi + Grey Ghost - Oxford Art Factory (22.08.14)

RISE, A photo documentary of Australian hip-hop years in the making, has just been released by respected photographer Michelle Grace Hunder, so what better way to celebrate than bringing the scene together for performances which were more like mini-festivals, set in intimate gig spaces around the country? Hunder's RISE tour was a curated celebration of hip-hop, culminating in more than a handful of surprise guests, reinforcing the unique collaborative and community aspect that hip-hop delivers.