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The Jane Austen Argument are a Melbourne, Australia-based indie cabaret noir duo who combine raw ballads and sharp tongues with chaotic abandon and overtones of anti-folk and punk love. Brought together through a chance cigarette break encounter (I have a cabaret show and need a pianist. I’m a cabaret pianist in need of a show…), a shared love of Regina Spektor, Nick Cave, dressups and theatrical musical convention, The Jane Austen Argument’s Tom Dickins and Jen Kingwell have been playing together since around September 2009, although it mostly seems a lot longer. From their very first performances together, the obvious connection that the two share onstage, along with their passion for performance and emotionally captivating songs, has made The Jane Austen Argument almost compulsive watching. They’re just as likely to be found playing intimate house gigs and guerilla Twitnics (gigs in parks publicised via Twitter) as ‘serious’ gigs at venues from the Northcote Social Club to the Sydney Opera House. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.