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Posted 7 Sep 2016 @ 12:44pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. This just in: TOO MANY MOVIES. There's nine films coming out on Thursday, and I am but one man.

 

As such, your recommended dose of five is below, and it's a shame, really, given I have had to skip four. The first two honourable mentions are Aussie flicks deserving of your...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 12:24pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. My bugbear of unresolved problems on a script level comes roaring back this week, along with some refreshing horror and painterly drama.

 

Six films again? Goodness, I spoil you. To be fair, there's seven releases, but ...

Posted 30 Aug 2016 @ 4:23pm

Despite the fact that its logo looks like it was made by a ten-year-old in Microsoft Paint, Circoloco throws some pretty damn good parties.

 

Based in Ibiza, the internationally touring brand tends to swing by Australia as the summer heats up, and this year is no different. One of its strongest Aussie lineups thus far, the 2016 incarnation will be headlined by one of the co-...

Posted 30 Aug 2016 @ 2:00pm

Under ordinary circumstances it would feel rather perverse to begin talking about the snow just as we’re all collectively beginning to dust off our Spring threads and prepare for the warmth.

 

But these are not ordinary circumstances: Snowtunes, one of Australia’s most unique – and snowiest – music festivals, is going down this Saturday September 3, making it acceptable to talk...

Posted 24 Aug 2016 @ 5:00pm

It feels like Rio has just had the gayest Olympics of all time, with 44 out and proud Olympians competing this year.

 

In Beijing, 2008, only 12 openly gay athletes competed, among them our very own Matthew Mitcham (who went on to win gold).

 

But despite Rio’s competition, in reality the 2000 Sydney Olympics was actually the gayest ever, with 53 out LGBT athletes...

Posted 24 Aug 2016 @ 3:04pm

New Releases: September

 

For those of you preparing for the flood of video game releases, it’s time to crack open the piggy bank. 3DS owners score the first opportunity on Saturday September 3 with Metroid Prime: Federation Force, which switches up the series’ usual stylings for a four-person cooperative shooter.

 

If you’re after a little more value for money,...

Posted 24 Aug 2016 @ 11:45am

Well hello there. Meet the newest festival on the Australian summer calendar: Tell No Tales.

 

Run by the Hardware crew, the event is “inspired by the European summer” – whatever that means. Marketing/promo bullshit aside, the lineup speaks for itself. Headlining will be minimal techno maverick [above] Ricardo...

Posted 23 Aug 2016 @ 3:07pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Another six film week for you lucky scamps, though there's no accounting for quality.

 

Hollywood shits on another great foreign-language director, a comedian gradually decreases the quality of his own obituary, and a great franchise trods the path most taken. Fortunately,...

Posted 20 Aug 2016 @ 2:14pm

“Oh, great story to lead with,” says Charles Rushforth, lead singer of Flowertruck, popping a lone hot chip into his mouth.

 

Rushforth, liquorice paper-rolled cigarette tucked behind one ear, is glaring at the band’s guitarist Hamish Dobinson, who has kicked off an interview with a story about a female fan who called him “so pretty”.

 

“Hamish knew we were...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 5:45pm

You can pick a trick or your next date using an app, so do we still need gay bars? Out & About’s new columnist Arca Bayburt investigates.

 

I often hear people argue that apps like Grindr and Tinder have eliminated the need for exclusively gay spaces. “But Arcaaaa,” they whine with pinched faces, tut-tutting at my depraved suggestion of real-time flesh-and-blood social...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 1:54pm

So how about that Lost Paradise lineup, hey. My picks?

 

I’m well bloody excited to spend some time with one of the finest names in house and techno, Leon Vynehall. You really can never go wrong with Glasgow’s finest party-starters Optimo, while Lunice and Heidi should also provide some highlights. Pretty keen to see local...

Posted 16 Aug 2016 @ 3:14pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. A sense of déjà vu has set in, not least because I realise I've been duped by online media - The Shallows releases this Thursday, and not in June as previously announced.

 

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Posted 11 Aug 2016 @ 4:43pm

Australians and Kiwis aren’t good at making horror movies – we’re fucking great at it. 

 

That ain’t hyperbole, either: take a look at our track record. We have contributed a great deal more to the international horror scene than we are ever given credit for, and yet when it comes to discussing our output, it’s only ever the same names that get mentioned: Wolf Creek. The Babadook...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 12:44pm

If you were one of the lucky few who managed to fill out the census before it crashed, it probably felt much like last time, only this time it’s online, there’s less privacy around it as the ABS is collecting more data about you, et cetera. 

 

However, since the last census, there has been one pretty massive change for some people. In 2011, about one month after the census,...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 11:22am

News: August 2016

 

Adding To The Addiction 

 

 

As Pokémon Go continues to rage in the hearts and minds of gamers the world over, a release date for the game’s physical add-on has finally been revealed. Set to hit store shelves in September, the Pokémon Go Plus is a portable device, best resembling...

Posted 9 Aug 2016 @ 7:00pm

Marcel Dettmann [above] makes techno. Heavy-hitting techno.

 

The kind of heavy-hitting techno that makes you want to lock yourself away in a smoky basement until you’re dehydrated from a night of endless perspiration. Alongside Ben Klock, the other most highly regarded drawcard at Berghain, there’s arguably no bigger name...

Posted 9 Aug 2016 @ 2:30pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Today is an auspicious day, as I've finally given up completely on DC after its total botch job on Suicide Squad.

 

Two big studio comedies hit screens this week, along with a local offering making waves on the festival...

Posted 5 Aug 2016 @ 12:17pm

Nobody gets it right all the time. Our lives are punctuated by defeat: losing isn't so much the endgame as it is part of the game itself, and every single hard-won victory comes riding on a wave of a thousand fuck-ups.

 

The same applies for musos. Though we like to imagine our sonic heroes as crowdsurfin', guitar-shreddin' gods, forever forming one cool pose after the next, in...

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 5:48pm

Last week, I went to see The Kills at the Enmore Theatre.

 

The last time I’d seen them was five years earlier at the Metro. That show was the fifth time I’d attended one of their gigs in the space of four months, and I’d basically been listening to their four albums on repeat for about a year. 

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Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 5:25pm

Tell us about your bar:

 

Kingston Public is a cosy, chic oasis perfect for a light meal or relaxed session. Sample our curated menu of small-batch wines, boutique spirits and craft brews with tasty share plates from our kitchen, designed by our international senior chef Janice. Local and international DJs serve up music you love alongside rare tunes you won’t hear on mainstream...

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 3:50pm

Sweet merciful Jesus – praise the house, techno and disco gods.

 

Resident Advisor has outdone itself with the 530th incarnation of its podcast series, serving up nine freakin’ hours of Motor City Drum Ensemble [above] going back-to-back with Jeremy Underground [below], recorded live from Offenbach’s seminal club Robert Johnson. It’s 638MB of pure bliss. If you thought the...

Posted 2 Aug 2016 @ 5:01pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Hey, you know how you got a bonus film last week? Well, now I'm taxing you. Or, more accurately, there's only four films out this week.

 

I'm making up the shortfall with a SURPRISE GUEST that shows how deeply current I am. Witness me.

 

Thing is, for me, there's...

Posted 29 Jul 2016 @ 11:34am

If you’re a fan of Dan Treacy, you’re probably used to him disappearing off the face of the Earth. 

 

The lead singer of the British post-punk game-changers Television Personalities went rogue for a full six years in the late ‘90s, and rumours of his death have surfaced online more than once. Treacy is the very definition of a troubled genius, a mastermind subject to both strange...

Posted 29 Jul 2016 @ 10:55am

Diss tracks are back in the house world? You better believe it.

 

Earlier this month, contributing editor for Pitchfork Philip Sherburne penned a piece that discussed the motives of electronic labels that solely release records on vinyl – rhetorically asking if it’s elitist and perhaps promotes exclusivity...

Posted 28 Jul 2016 @ 5:46pm

Last week, the ABC published a story about the transgender sister girls of the Tiwi Islands.

 

I’d read stories about these women before, but this one took my interest because they have expressed their desire to one day attend the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. 

 

Since coming out, I’ve taken Mardi Gras for granted – it’s there, every year, in my home city....

Posted 28 Jul 2016 @ 4:54pm

New Releases: August 2016

 

Kicking off August in pure style is Hello Games’ incredibly ambitious PS4 space adventure No Man’s Sky. Be careful though, because you’re bound to get lost in space with this one. It takes off Wednesday August 10.

 

A day later on Thursday August 11 is Teddy Together for Nintendo’s 3DS. You must help feed and care for a mysterious bear...

Posted 28 Jul 2016 @ 1:13pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Our first film may be typical white tears material, but it's otherwise a diverse and broadly representative week for the big screen.

 

OK, it's not that big a week...

Posted 22 Jul 2016 @ 12:07pm

Alan Vega was a man out of time.

 

Though his style combined the swaggery, sexualised sensitivity of Elvis Presley with the leering nastiness of New York’s protopunk scene, he never sounded like anybody but himself. The concept of trendsetters in music is an overdone one – a lot of so-called ‘unique’ musicians sound like a pack of established names – but Vega was a one-two punch...

Posted 21 Jul 2016 @ 2:47pm

In Sydney, being gay is fairly safe. Also, being my hometown, I know where it isn’t.

 

Out on a Friday night in the CBD? Probably not so fine to hold your partner’s hand. In the Shire, ever? Would also avoid. 

 

Travelling makes everything confusing. I’m in Europe at the moment – and sure, most of Europe is pretty damn tolerant. I had no problem holding my partner’s...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 3:37pm

First up, if you haven’t already, you need to jump onto Theo Parrish’s Facebook page and read his statement following the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling and the role that the dance community needs to play when confronted by racism-fuelled violence.

 

“How do you dance when we still swing from trees, when we still are murdered in front of our loved ones, murdered...

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