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Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 5:56pm

If dark and driving techno is your game, you’ll want to be sure to catch Stephan Bodzin [above] when he hits our town next month.

 

Having worked with the likes of Marc Romboy and Oliver Huntemann, as well as releasing on DJ Tennis’ and Tale Of Us’ imprint Life & Death, the German head also runs his own Herzblut label, the home for releases from Dominik Eulberg, Max Cooper,...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 3:20pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, everyone wisely backs off the major releases, because the alpha is in the house and hungry for box office dolla$.

 

That's right, folks: for those still not suffering from costumed-hero fatigue, Benadryl...

Posted 21 Oct 2016 @ 10:42am

Who said selling records means selling out your sound?

 

If there is one singer who definitively proved the pop world could be injected with both heartbreak and true creativity, it was Amy Winehouse, a musician who understood that mainstream audiences don't need to be sung down to. Winehouse's tunes are uncompromising in their ferocity - unequivocally designed to batter the...

Posted 20 Oct 2016 @ 11:37am

I have never in my adult life been discriminated against by any employer or colleague on the basis of my sexuality.

 

In no professional setting have I ever been taken less seriously, or targeted or dismissed, because of my sexual preferences. As far as I know. 

 

I count myself to be very lucky in this case. Then again, that doesn’t account for what might have been...

Posted 20 Oct 2016 @ 11:15am

PlayStation VR: What You Need To Know

 

In case you missed the memo, virtual reality has taken over the video game industry, and with PlayStation VR having just launched in Australia, now might just be the perfect opportunity to jump on board.

 

While competitors like the Oculus Rift can set you back a pretty penny, PlayStation VR is a little more affordable at $549...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 6:48pm

Fancy a bit of Detroit techno? One of the biggest names in the game – Kevin Saunderson – is coming our way.

 

Alongside Derrick May and Juan Atkins, Saunderson is one of the ‘Belleville Three’ who are considered to be the pioneers and originators of techno, and who fuelled the Detroit movement. In recent times, his own imprint KMS Records has been championing the next generation...

Posted 18 Oct 2016 @ 2:57pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. There's some refreshingly original films here that feel like the delightful silver lining on a huge, puffy cloud of repetitive industry dross.

 

Honourable mention to NZ documentary Poi E, which didn't quite make the cut....

Posted 14 Oct 2016 @ 12:34pm

Fergus Miller, the 26-year-old Melbourne musician who passed away this week, possessed that rare quality: he could swear beautifully. 

 

I mean, really swear. The songs he recorded under the Bored Nothing moniker are peppered with expletives, rounded out with curses that would be shocking if they weren’t sung with so much care. He dropped the F-bomb as though he were passing...

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 5:54pm

Earlier in the week, Broadly published an article titled, ‘The Gay Men Who Hate Women’. It was based on the premise that misogyny exists in the queer world and is perpetrated by gay men. 

 

As something of a disclaimer, the author wrote, “The topic of misogyny among gay men is a difficult one to broach. In my experience, men either simply refuse to believe the phenomenon...

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 12:13pm

Daniel Bortz [above] will be making his way to town this weekend.

 

Since first making waves with his rework of James Blake’s cover of Feist’s ‘Limit To Your Love’, the German head has gone on to release on the likes of Crosstown Rebels, Fiakun, Get Physical Music and Innervisions, and now runs the Munich-based label Pastamusik. Expect a smattering of everything from house,...

Posted 11 Oct 2016 @ 2:57pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. One movie for every day of the week this time around - check out last week's write-up for the lowdown on Zero Days.

 

There's more Tom Hanks than you can poke a global conspiracy at this year, but there's...

Posted 6 Oct 2016 @ 7:00pm

Mötley Crüe aren't a band: they're a goddamn institution.

 

The ground-breaking hair metal group have an approach to songwriting that is workmanlike, to say the least. You can depend on a Mötley Crüe song the way you can depend on a well-built car, or a B-movie flick. The band's tunes set out to do one thing, and they do it well, with a kind of bloated efficiency that has the...

Posted 6 Oct 2016 @ 2:46pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's time for a big ol' dose of reality, with three docos and one "based on a true story" blowout hitting screens today.

 

But really, you've all been waiting to hear the goss on the latest best-selling crime novel adaptation, right? The biggest thing since Gillian Flynn...

Posted 4 Oct 2016 @ 4:18pm

I don’t give a fuck how hungover you are – this Sunday October 9 you are heading down to Belmore Park for the second Keep Sydney Open rally.

 

The utter bullshit finding of the Callinan review – that only a mere 30 minutes of the lockout laws should be cut back – is an insult. A curfew is not the answer. The...

Posted 4 Oct 2016 @ 1:07pm

What's On

 

Sydney Zombie Walk

Are you a fan of walking, zombies and helping out a good cause? Then maybe check out the Sydney Zombie Walk [above]. Running since 2010, the Sydney Zombie Walk is an annual event that allows thousands of people to get together for a bit of undead fun while raising awareness for...

Posted 3 Oct 2016 @ 7:35pm

Some 13 years ago, Jen Sholakis was sitting in her front room, practising the drums. 

 

She hadn’t grown up in a particularly musical family – when she was young, the radio was mostly dominated by mainstream names like Bob Seger and ABBA, and her overwhelming musical love was for a Smurfs record, Father Abraham In Smurfland. As a result, it hadn’t been exactly easy for her to...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 4:59pm

Hoooomumma.

 

Need a pick-me-up mix/video to get you through the day? Head to be-at.tv to watch all nine hours of Carl Cox [above] playing the final-ever party of his 15-year residency at Space Ibiza, Music Is Revolution. Two things to take away from it: (1) Cox is forever one of the best all-rounder DJs in the game. (2) Space Ibiza has one hell of a smoke machine. For those...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 3:20pm

There are only a few things in this life that feel as liberating as going commando. I recommend it for anybody.

 

I worry that there are people afraid to let it all hang out, to feel the breeze, so to speak. 

 

On the subject of going commando, actually, I’m sitting here reflecting on the night my life suddenly veered into gaytopia, courtesy of my urban hero, the...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 11:56am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The summer blockbusters are rolling in thick and fast now, with two major season entries hitting screens on Thursday.

 

Middle-class Iran makes another silver screen appearance, Anna Gunn gets to wear the pants for once, and a family connect with their disabled son through the...

Posted 27 Sep 2016 @ 2:50pm

I’ll level with you here.

 

 I am not a healthy person. I average nine or ten cups of coffee daily – and I’m not even talking good coffee. I’m talking that flavoured petrol that gets sold under the coffee moniker for a dollar a pop.

 

I also have a relationship with alcohol that my friends describe as “troubling”, my therapist describes as “outright dangerous” and...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 4:55pm

New Releases

 

If you thought September was busy, your pile of shame is going to grow a whole lot bigger in October. 3DS fans are first up, with the release of Sonic Boom: Fire And Ice on Saturday October 1. The blue hedgehog hasn’t had a lot of luck lately, so hopefully this can finally steer the ship back on course.

 

Jump ahead to Friday October 7 and things get...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 4:18pm

Welcome back, concerned citizens! The most useless and expensive straw poll ever conceived has made a triumphant return!

 

The Cabinet has approved a plan to provide funding to the tune of seven and a half million dollars to each side of the marriage equality debate in the lead up to the Saturday February 11 plebiscite.

 

That’s right. The government is going to...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 3:16pm

Sad news to start this week: Don Buchla, the American engineer and synthesiser pioneer, has died at 79.

 

 

A man who began his career in 1963 with the release of the modular synth Buchla Series 100 (commissioned by Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender), his legacy within electronic music in undeniable, with his machines...

Posted 20 Sep 2016 @ 4:42pm

Gareth Liddiard has spent the better part of two decades writing some very good sick jokes.

 

His lyrics are forever fluctuating between several tenets of comedy, from the “funny because it’s not funny” principle that guides a tune like ‘Oh My’ to the bare-faced punchlines nestling like tumours inside ‘Jezabel’, a number that features a character lamenting about their washing...

Posted 20 Sep 2016 @ 4:26pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Animation leads the way, but there's also plenty of thrills, both documented and dramatised, to satisfy all you weirdos who prefer IRL life to drawings.

 

It's the kind of release week that caters to a broad range of audiences, composed of a broadly-appealing family funbag, a more...

Posted 15 Sep 2016 @ 1:18pm

Well, there you have it. London has gone and taken a page out of Mike Baird’s book and shut down one of the greatest clubs in the world, fabric.

 

There’s been a huge outpouring of grief from the global electronic music community, but perhaps it was best put by drum and bass royalty Goldie: “I’m wondering whether or not the likes of me, the likes of Jazzie B, Norman Jay, Pete...

Posted 15 Sep 2016 @ 9:30am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This week, the release schedule is back to normal, but there's also the incredible Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) to contend with, so read up homies!

 

Back to your regularly scheduled giffage! Spring has sprung, bringing...

Posted 13 Sep 2016 @ 4:17pm

Trigger warning: this article contains discussion of physical and sexual assault.

 

 

On the eve of the annual Poison City Weekender, Camp Cope released a video titled ‘It Takes One’, a campaign aimed to address the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault at live shows. 

 

The message they want to convey is...

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 4:02pm

What’s On: September 2016

 

Neko Nation

If you’ve been looking to partake in something outside of the abundance of gaming conventions then we might just have the perfect solution for you. Taking place at Manning Bar on Saturday October 1, Neko Nation is Australia’s leading anime party, inspired by the nightclubs of Akihabara in Japan. As a result, the event will be home to...

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 2:54pm

I really hate it when someone talks about me, right in front of me.

 

I hate it even more when 20 million people are doing it. It seems once again, the queer community is expected to speak to the sensible, virtuous heterosexual mainstream to beg for some rights at the cost of y’know, our dignity. 

 

As such we’ve now reached a point where not only are our personal...

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