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the AU playlist: Best Australian Love Songs for Valentine's Day

Aussies have been giving the world some of the most thoughtful and heart-melting love songs imaginable for a very long time. With Valentine's Day rolling around, and us putting together YouTube playlists all week, we thought it best to dig through those true blue crates and come out with what we believe are the top 12 Australian love songs of all time.

Photo Gallery: Nick Cave - Festival Theatre, Adelaide (30.11.14)

Nick Cave performed his first of two Adelaide shows last night as part of his national solo tour. Joined by some Bad Seeds, the always impressive performer was on top form at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. Lauren Connelly captured the following shots of the magic.

Live Review: Nick Cave - Festival Theatre, Adelaide (30.11.14)

It's not surprising that when the tickets went on sale for Nick Cave's solo Australian tour some months ago, they sold out all over the place. The prolific Australian performer has stuck out as a revered and favoured artist the world over, regardless of what band or project he's performed with, and so when it was announced that Cave would be taking to a run of smaller theatre venues across the country - fans primed themselves to pounce on that opportunity. Joined on stage by Bad Seeds members Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Barry Adamson and Thomas Wydler, Cave performed his first of two shows in Adelaide overnight at the famous Festival Theatre and well, he didn't disappoint.

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!

ARIA Award nominees and Fine Arts winners announced in Sydney today!

Winners and more nominees for the 2014 ARIA Awards were announced at the official event in Sydney this morning, with some of Australia's best performers and their teams recognised for their work over the past year. The winners of the Fine Arts and Artisan Awards were announced at the event, with the slew of nominees for the November ARIAs unveiled. the AU congratulates all involved - there have been some truly stellar records produced over the past year, as well as the development of some great live bands who are getting just recognition!

Nick Cave sells out more shows, announces 'special' tour musicians for Australia/NZ tour!

When Nick Cave takes to stages in Australia and New Zealand at the end of this year, it's pretty much a guarantee that emotions are going to be running high. The legendary artist is set to perform a run of intimate solo shows around the country and over the pond through November and December and today, one more Melbourne show has been announced while more are now officially sold out! What's more, the names of the musicians set to join Cave's ensemble for these show have also been revealed and...well, if you're a Bad Seeds fan, this is a good afternoon indeed.

Nick Cave announces solo Australian and New Zealand tour for November & December!

Nick Cave is set to embark on a run of extremely rare solo shows through November and December! With a small band of musicians behind him, Cave will be covering moments from what has become a significant and renowned catalogue of music, including the latest Bad Seeds record, Push the Sky Away. An amazing opportunity for Cave fans to see the man in a smaller, more intimate setting that last year's epic theatre tour, the following dates are not to be missed.

Feature: 7 Music Videos That Broke Taboo

Is anything scared in the realm of popular music? When something is deemed to be under taboo it takes on a status that is seemingly beyond moral reproach; unbreakable by any upstanding member of society. But when something is given this status, it also becomes a target for artists who take it upon themselves to challenge conventional thought (or, you know, just shock people). It is for this reason that taboo topics provide some of the most intriguing insights into the various attitudes within society.

Nick Cave provides music to new Bulleit Whiskey campaign.

It's not the first time Nick Cave has lent his music as a score, but it's not every day an artist of his calibre supplies it for a commercial. Check out the classy campaign above for a new campaign for Bulleit Whiskey. This isn't an original track however - it's called "Martha's Dream" and was originally used in the soundtrack for The Proposition, for which Cave provided the music with long time collaborator Warren Ellis.

Event Review: BIGSOUND Day One (10.09.13)

The official start of BIGSOUND today marked the beginning of the conference, showcases, parties and live music. Now in its 12th year, BIGSOUND 2013 has already offered plenty of musical food for thought to delegates who have travelled from all over the country and beyond to meet in Brisbane and 'talk shop.' The highlight of the day's forums and workshops was a keynote speech and Q&A (hosted by Julia Zemiro) with homegrown music legend, Nick Cave, who provided an entertaining insight into the music industry and his career via video link.

BIGSOUND 2013: What you should know and who you should see!

With BIGSOUND gearing up for what is going to be another successful run in 2013, we thought it'd only be beneficial to give you a comprehensive guide of what's set to go down, what we recommend catching and more - no doubt your schedules are already causing headaches from the amount of awesome individuals set to speak and perform.

From 360 to Yolanda Be Cool: The Aussies at SXSW 2013 - Part Six

From March 12-17, the city of Austin, Texas will be throwing open its doors to tens of thousands of music fans, industry officials and musicians for the annual SXSW music festival and conference. Amongst that number are over thirty Australian artists. Over the course of the next couple of weeks we'll be profiling these artists, offering a brief introduction to what they’re about and what they have to offer.

The Arts Review - What's Happening in the World of Art & Film (issue 031)

In This Issue: PASSOUT exhibition at The Backroom, The Design Centre presents Nick Mount, Jameson gives you the chance to shoot for $5000, Fearless launches at The Carriage Works, Artgroupie exhibition shows of local music come visual arts talent, Jurassic Lounge back for Season 4.

Album Review: Various Artists - Straight To You: Triple J Tribute to Nick Cave (2011 LP)

Triple J’s celebration of ‘Oz Music Month’ sees the station highlighting and showcasing the cream of Australia’s music crop, as well as fresh artists just breaking out, proving that local talent is still going strong, even against the commercially popular American material holding top chart positions here.