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Posted 19 Jul 2016 @ 2:29pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Another key franchise entry for the year takes to the silver screen this week, along with classic adaptations that make this cycle truly anachronistic.

 

With a timeline spanning from 18th century England to the Wild Wild East, the present day and the distant future, there's...

Posted 15 Jul 2016 @ 1:09pm

From the vaguely endearing awkwardness of K-Rudd dancing about the place in a Super Best Friends video, to the unending horror of whatever decidedly NSFW atrocity this is, music videos from Australia and New Zealand sure have provided us with some memorable moments over the years, haven't they?

 

After all...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 5:37pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The holiday schedule has finally righted itself and we're back on track for some flippin' fun!

 

But look, there's really no contest this week. Aykroyd called it, man. AYKROYD. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HE WAS IN THIS PICTURE. And yeah, he...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 4:51pm

For lesbians, there is a certain pull to the music of Tegan And Sara. Their songs seem to cut through all the bullshit and hit you right at the centre of your sapphic soul. 

 

You’re not really a lesbian if you haven’t had at least one Tegan And Sara phase. I remember my own: newly 18, singing along to ‘Nineteen’ as though as I was old enough to reminisce about an age I hadn’t...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 2:57pm

News:

 

ANYTIME, ANYWHERE

Microsoft has announced that all games it publishes will now be part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program. “Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store,” wrote corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi on the Windows Blog. For those playing catch-up, Xbox Play Anywhere...

Posted 12 Jul 2016 @ 5:48pm

Last week, Return To Rio announced its 2016 lineup. To celebrate (and get’cha into the mood) it’s hosting a launch party next month.

 

Headlining proceedings will be childhood friends Philipp Jung and Patrick Bodmer, otherwise known as M.A.N.D.Y. [above]. The duo, who back in 2002 founded the Get Physical imprint with DJ T (Thomas Koch) and Booka Shade (Walter Merziger, Arno...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 12:17pm

The two greatest pleasures God blessed upon this miserable hellhole named Earth are (1) gettin’ drunk and (2) listenin’ to music. That’s not an opinion or anything - that’s, like, a literal statement of fact.

 

So of course, the combination of these two blessed joys was inevitable, a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’. There exists an entire world out there of band-branded beer...

Posted 7 Jul 2016 @ 11:48am

In case news of its release has not yet swamped your Facebook feed, the long-awaited Pokémon Go is officially in the wild, and as addictive as expected.

 

But if you’re only just jumping in, here are a few helpful hints to make your grand adventure a little less confusing. You wanna be the very best? Like no-one ever was? This is the place to start.

 

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Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 12:53pm

When I go travelling, it usually ends up being a world tour of all the gay bars. Having just left Amsterdam after spending a few days there for work, I can’t tell you all that much about the museums or the sights, but I can tell you about the five different gay bars I visited.

 

Time Out describes Amsterdam as the city where everyone is gay, and that feels pretty true – there is...

Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 5:24pm

For those following the Ibiza circuit, disgraced producer/DJ Ten Walls [above] was removed from a Circoloco lineup following intense backlash after his inclusion.

 

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Lithuanian went on a vitriolic rant about homosexuals last year (’cause, y’know, it’s not like the house and techno scene was formed from queer communities, you absolute...

Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 2:25pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Now that the election has simmered into a compote of confusion, it's time to get back to the business of cinema.

 

Unfortunately, quality...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 1:49pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's a big week for European cinema, further compounding the #Bregret of more than half of England as they realise the BBC can't do everything.

 

It's election week -...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 1:16pm

NEW RELEASES: July 2016

 

As we inch closer and closer to the chaotic holiday release schedule, July’s video game offerings are actually impressively varied, providing a little something for everybody.

 

First up on Friday July 8 is the return of Carmageddon’s memorable take on vehicular destruction with Carmageddon: Max Damage. It’ll smash its way onto both Xbox...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 1:04pm

You might have heard there’s an election this weekend (if you haven’t heard, congratulations). And shaping up to be one of the big election issues is marriage equality.

 

If elected, the Labor Party is promising to bring a parliamentary vote on the issue within 100 days of being elected. It sounds nice, and is a real reason to vote that way. But there’s one catch: Labor hasn’t ‘...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 10:58am

You might not have read anything about it, but there's a federal election going on this Saturday.

 

I know. That one totally flew under the radar, didn't it? You woulda thought somebody would have said something.

 

In any case, it's hard to know how to vote if you're a lover of live music, or indeed the arts in general. Every party in Australia is saying something...

Posted 28 Jun 2016 @ 3:32pm

We’re neck-deep in the European summer, which means almost no electronic acts want to even consider coming to Australia due to our godawful weather and the fact that they can make ten times the cash over there (but really who knows after Brexit?).

 

Even if they did fancy coming Down Under, the promoters that have the contacts are too busy focusing on their food-based venues now...

Posted 24 Jun 2016 @ 12:21pm

As of late, it’s become strangely hip to hate on political correctness.

 

Last generation comedians like John Cleese and...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 3:58pm

Oooh mumma.

 

It’s been way too long in between drinks, but the house and techno dons Dense & Pika [above] are coming back to town. They’re regulars at the likes of Trouw, Panorama Bar, Fabric and BPM, and have a fan base including George Fitzgerald, Adam Beyer, Dubfire and Jackmaster. Their Colt EP from 2013 is still all-time, and the title track is one of the best piano-...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 2:56pm

With more than a week having passed since Orlando, the mainstream press is slowly forgetting about it.

 

Sure, as new information comes out, the media will duly report on it, but our day-to-day lives have more or less returned. The Australian media has turned its focus back to the election; the circus goes on.

 

Some of us won’t forget so easily. Of course, those...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 2:01pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. With this year's Sydney Film Festival all wrapped up, this week promises more attention to the month's big-budget blockbusters, as well as some SFF content getting broad release.

 

Everybody Wants Some!! hits the mainstream on Thursday, but we've...

Posted 16 Jun 2016 @ 11:40am

News:

 

A Real Goldmine

Mojang has confirmed that Minecraft, the incredibly popular brick builder, has passed 100 million lifetime sales worldwide, with an average of 53,000 copies sold every day since the beginning of this year. In case that wasn’t impressive enough, the game has also been purchased in every country on Earth – including Antarctica. “We’d like to...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 6:13pm

I’m not sure about you, but domain.com.au is going HAM on my Facebook feed with sponsored posts, desperately trying to get my attention. Every day, a new post from Domain appears at the top of my feed, vying for my clicks.

 

The other day, a story appeared about share houses that share more than just living space: they share ideas, communities, beliefs. No shit, I thought. Anyone...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 4:46pm

The futuristic disco trio of Harvey Sutherland and Bermuda are coming to Sydney for the latest instalment of the monthly live music showcase Red Bull Sound Select.

 

Sutherland proved himself to be one of the most exciting Australian names in live electronic music...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 12:04pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's the second and final week of Sydney Film Festival, so get your butts to the cinema pronto!

 

My festival has thus far been a delight - only one film has disappointed out of ten, a stellar record. For the discerning cinemagoer...

Posted 9 Jun 2016 @ 10:41am

Most mainstream film festivals ignore horror cinema.

 

So do the majority of mainstream critics, in fact. They angrily decry horror’s ugly one per cent – the glossy, inane remakes of ‘80s splatter hits – while ignoring the extraordinary vision and inventiveness of the genre’s majority. Movies like The Babadook and It Follows get lumped into the same category as Platinum Dunes’...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 5:58pm

Over the last week or so, you may have noticed that winter has finally arrived.

 

It’s hard to be a gay in winter – especially if all you think we do is wear spangly hot pants and dance down Oxford Street (note: that’s definitely not all we do). But if you’ve lived in Sydney most of your life, you might be mistaken in thinking the world ends when we hit June: it’s like everyone...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 12:36pm

So how about that Subsonic Music Festival first lineup announcement, hey?

 

Pretty damn solid. While the Lee Scratch Perry meets Mad Professor collaboration is billed as the headliner, I’m friggin’ stoked to see that the house and techno luminaries Ben UFO and Jimmy Edgar are returning. A set from Josh Wink...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 9:49am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's every Sydney cinephile's favourite time of year - when the Vivid lights dim and the red carpets roll out for another massive Sydney Film Festival!

 

Naturally, being the square-eyed obsessive that I am, I've hunted down some...

Posted 3 Jun 2016 @ 11:38am

Everybody loves merch.

 

From the humble band T-shirt to the distinctly more outrageous items musical acts have tried to palm off in the past (red wine and...

Posted 2 Jun 2016 @ 6:17pm

This week, a series of important campaigns from ACON have launched with a focus on lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women’s health.

 

ACON, previously known as the AIDS Council of New South Wales, was founded in 1985 to fight the AIDS crisis of the time. Since then, while still fighting HIV (with a goal to end HIV transmissions in NSW by 2020), the organisation’s focus has...

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