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Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 2:14pm

After an intense couple of months, the video game world takes a well-earned break and slows down on the premium releases in April.

 

 Though while you won’t find a heap of blockbusters inbound, there is still plenty to enjoy. 

 

First up on Tuesday April 4 is Persona...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 1:34pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This kind of release schedule is every studio executive's wet dream: franchise, franchise, franchise.

 

If you're of the family persuasion, there are a number of decent options for you and your tiny stank people to indulge in at the cinema. Some of them, however, aren't kid-...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 10:58am

I was in Brisbane recently for the Brisbane Comedy Festival, and one thing I noticed is Queenslanders love to shit on Sydney. They tell us we have no nightlife, it’s too expensive, and we’re all up ourselves.

 

But those people are all forgetting one thing: the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Ever heard of that, Brisbane? Ring any bells, Gold Coast? 

 

Next time someone says...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 11:47am

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the new Beauty And The Beast movie.

 

One of the most exciting things about it for me is that it marks a Disney first: the inclusion of a gay character and storyline. 

 

Reading about the film has been interesting, and it’s filled me with anticipation about how Disney is going to handle LeFou as a gay character. In an interview with...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 11:28am

I started going to the gym this year because the guy at my local pizza shop on Glebe Point Road knows me by name, and that can’t be a good thing.

 

You don’t want the pizza shop guy to be your emergency contact. No offence to Perry, he’s a good guy and makes a good pie, but I don’t want him speaking at my funeral: 

 

“Cameron was a good man and a valued customer....

Posted 16 Mar 2017 @ 4:50pm

The Bible Society’s Marriage Equality campaign has received a massive amount of attention. Just not the kind it was prepared for. 

 

Two Liberal MPs, Andrew Hastie and Tim Wilson, featured in the now-infamous video, having a beer and a chat about marriage equality, with both of them agreeing to disagree. The purpose of the video was to point out that the debate could happen...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 2:26pm

International Women’s Day fell on Wednesday March 8 this year.

 

Whatever its meaning to you, International Women’s Day is a vehicle for awareness and an opportunity to embrace a necessary and progressive approach to gender equality. It locates the discourse and action in a universal space. Importantly, it engages a variety of voices at both the micro level of the individual, and...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 2:01pm

The song that pushed the alternative movement into the mainstream started as so many do, being bashed out in a garage and captured in all its muffled, tin-can glory on a shitty boombox.

 

Nevermind producer Butch Vig referred to the ‘boombox’ demo years later as “super lo-fi and dirty and trashy, really primal”, which is a polite way of saying “rough as shit”. Vig was speaking of...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 2:23pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Bumper crop this time around, folks, as some locals rough the joint up and a hardline porcine socialist brings her leftist agenda Down Under.

 

There's also the return of an oft-maligned but visually talented Hollywood director, a major award-winner with Aussie faces, an exciting...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 1:21pm

March 2017

 

PIXEL SOUNDS

Returning for its fifth year, Pixel Sounds is making its way back to Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of its Contemporary Music Festival. Kicking off on Saturday March 11, the event will showcase some of the finest chiptune creators...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 12:14pm

The great thing about the genre known as “dance and electronica” is that it affords an incredible scope.

 

It’s suitable then – not to mention timely – that we’re slowly but surely catching on to that ambition. 

 

Do we want to catch on? Do we want to shatter the glorious artifice of labels like “electronic music” into their necessary, idiosyncratic and distinct...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 11:29am

I read a Buzzfeed article last week entitled, ‘Can Lesbian Identity Survive the Gender Revolution?’

 

There was a particular assertion in it that I disagreed with, and it’s been a topic of discussion among my friends and peers lately. The specific line was: “Some lesbians who don’t go full-out TERF [Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist] are still all too eager to write off dating...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 6:04pm

I was in an Uber this morning – sorry for bragging – and the driver asked me what I do for work.

 

I was too embarrassed to admit I do comedy, so I lied and said I was a vet. Then he gushed about how amazing I am for helping animals, and I just sat there and accepted compliments for things I’ve never done and will never do. It was embarrassing, but honestly, I’ve never felt more...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 5:16pm

Years ago, I interviewed Andy Bell, who joined Oasis in 1999 after the original lineup fell apart in a mess of cocaine, lager, and indecipherable insults.

 

He said that on the day Oasis’ debut album Definitely Maybe was released, Noel Gallagher sat down in their label’s office with an acoustic guitar and played Bell – who was in shoegaze favourites Ride at the time – all the...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 12:24pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This is a big week for us - two Aussie releases, another US blockbuster filmed on our turf, an Iranian award-winner and a Japanese box office smash!

 

There's also ...

Posted 3 Mar 2017 @ 9:36am

I like to romanticise the thought that necessary limitation is a good thing – that the general effort of spending hours in used record stores thumbing unknown titles amid the endless Kamahl records and rock reissues is always going to be fruitful and rewarding, regardless of whether one finds that dusty groove or discount delight.

 

Crate digging (and, to a much lesser extent,...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 11:58am

I’m not sure who made the goofy decision to try and cram 80,000 queer outdoorsy types into Camperdown Park for Fair Day, but let me just say, it was not a gay time.

 

Fair Day kicks off the Mardi Gras season and has always been my favourite part of it all. Usually hosted at Victoria Park, there’s ample room to roam around and take in the sights.

 

The Camperdown...

Posted 28 Feb 2017 @ 2:27pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Naturally, I must make some comment on the absurdly expensive spectacle that is the Oscars, but we must also pay tribute to the late, great Bill Paxton.

 

Bill was unstoppable, a product of trashy genre output that managed to get his mug onto award-winning fare, to which he...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 11:50am

Cloudy Rhodes is a Sydney-based filmmaker with a decidedly queer gaze.

 

She’s been described as one of Australia’s most exciting emerging artists, with her abstract and distinctive style embodied within her photography and films. Her first short film, Lo Loves You [above], is an unapologetically queer and impassioned debut. Now, she sits down with Out & About to discuss her...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 4:42pm

After a few slower months, March really heats things up with a slew of game releases you’re going to want to get your mitts on.

 

First up on Wednesday March 1 is Horizon Zero Dawn – an incredibly pretty adventure that begs the question, what if mankind were no longer the dominant species and instead ruled by robotic dinosaurs? It’s out exclusively for PS4. 

 

Skip...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 3:42pm

There aren’t enough nicknames in comedy. Musicians have got all the good nicknames locked up.

 

Elvis is The King. Beyoncé’s The Queen. Prince is self-explanatory. Aretha Franklin is the Godmother of Soul. Sinatra is the Chairman of the Board. Bruce Springsteen’s The Boss.

 

If I got into rock’n’roll now, I’d be lucky to end up with the nickname ‘The Assistant...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:43pm

French touch (or French disco house) was an important part of my entry into electronic music.

 

While we’re just about all familiar with Daft Punk, digging even just a tiny bit deeper into labels like Roulé, Disques Solid, Vulture Music and Robsoul unearths an incredible wealth of French talent that has soundtracked the lives of millions of people worldwide for the last 25 years...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:16pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we journey back in time to a world where heroine addicts were revolutionaries, Japanese schoolgirls were terrifying, and Ice Cube still had relevance.

 

As usual, on quieter release weeks, I'll put you on to a show that's been keeping me entertained and distracted from...

Posted 21 Feb 2017 @ 3:37pm

A year before Guns N’ Roses released Appetite For Destruction, the hard-rocking debut record that sold 30 million copies and set them up as the most dangerous band in the world, Slash was sitting cross-legged, picking an acoustic guitar while Axl Rose delivered the most earnest, yearning lyrics of his career.

 

 

The song was a five-minute ballad named ‘November...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 11:35am

With the marriage equality debate coming back from the dead à la Lazarus, there’s been a lot of speculation around how and when equality is going to happen. If it happens.

 

There’s talk that some Liberal MPs are now pushing for a free vote on same-sex marriage, leaving the charred remains of the plebiscite firmly in the past. 

 

There is ample evidence that most...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 9:02am

Whenever you tell people you ‘freelance’, all they hear is, “I haven’t showered today,” which is as offensive as it is sometimes true.

 

The only career that gets more derision is comedian. OK, maybe performance poet, but comedian’s not far off.

 

Freelancing is hard, but even harder is explaining what that means to your family. Up until this year, my parents still...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 6:23pm

Discourse and discussion on the many-headed beast that is electronic music* seems infinitely couched in rose-tint, reverence and revisionism.

 

Even as electronic music continues to seep into our greater cultural consciousness – one way or another – academic representation in this field has, for the most part, barely scratched at its many surfaces. 

 

One potential...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:42pm

The most celebrated song by the most famous man in musical history had a pretty shoddy start.

 

The ‘Billie Jean’ demo is fascinating because you can hear the bones of the song, musically speaking, but lyrically, MJ is nowhere near where he should be.

 

“More kick and stuff in the phones, I need it,” he orders the engineer as that familiar bassline creeps in. “More...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 2:23pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown on what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, we have one major Chinese American co-production, one China vs America production, one Vietnamese release and one American film set in Japan. Asia is the future (and the past).

 

Two special mentions this week - firstly, Hidden Figures officially opens this week (jumped...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 4:51pm

Something happens around this time every summer, when everybody’s brains jam up like Hubba Bubba in bicycle spokes and you hear the same sentences again and again.

 

“How hot is it!”

 

“Apparently it’s gonna be 38 on Thursday.”

 

“Man it’s a hot one, like seven inches from the midday sun.”

 

How is it that between March and November,...

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