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Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 4:02pm

It’s already time to start thinking about the 2016 incarnation of Subsonic Music Festival.

 

I know, right? This Sunday June 5 it’s teaming up with the dons from S.A.S.H to throw an all-day mini-festival launch party. Headlined by a secret international guest and also...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 1:17pm

What's On: June 2016

 

Supanova Pop Culture Expo

Calling all lovers of movies, television, games, comics and… pretty much anything pop-culture-related, for Supanova Pop Culture Expo is back in town. Running since 2000, Supanova borrows a little something from everywhere and places it in Sydney Showground for...

Posted 31 May 2016 @ 1:21pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. That's right, we're back! After May's trailer BONANZA, I'm reining this beast in to a sedate and reasonable pace at five films a week, as is tradition.

 

American summer releases are slowing down, and June's off...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 1:31pm

As the great Shakespeare once suggested, music is the food of love.

 

Songwriting and cooking are two art forms that operate on the same level - crafts that aim to bypass the head entirely, moving people in hard-to-define, nebulous ways.

 

For that reason, we reached out to some of our favourite Australian musicians and asked them to submit their go-to kitchen...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 11:11am

Maybe I can’t take a joke, or maybe I just don’t get them, but I really dislike when drag queens make bad lesbian jokes. 

 

I was reminded of this when I saw a review of Bianca Del Rio’s show last week that said “lesbians in comfortable shoes” were in the firing line. I loved Del Rio during season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and I still think most of her jokes are hilarious, but...

Posted 26 May 2016 @ 3:33pm

Anyone who knows anything about techno knows about Tresor, right?

 

Right. And anyone who knows anything about Tresor knows that the Berlin club has been celebrating its 25th anniversary by holding parties around the globe, right? Right. Well, now it’s Sydney turn – and it’s set to be the biggest night on the techno calendar...

Posted 20 May 2016 @ 12:25pm

Day Of The Dead, the 59-track-long Grateful Dead tribute curated by The National, is big.

 

I mean, it’s really big. It’s less a homage to the Dead than it is a sun-sized behemoth - a kind of ‘who’s who’ roll call of indie talent in the year 2016. For that reason, you don’t even need to be a Deadhead to enjoy it. If you’ve liked an American record released in the last five years...

Posted 19 May 2016 @ 3:42pm

Tuesday marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT or IDAHOBIT, depending on whom you ask). This week is also my 50th column here at the BRAG.

 

I’ve written before about instances of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Quite a lot, actually. And it makes me think. It seems like a lot of people would argue that particularly homophobia isn’...

Posted 19 May 2016 @ 12:51pm

If you fancy living out an Ibiza summer in a Sydney winter, this is about as close as you’re gonna get.

 

A regular at the infamous Vagabundos, German DJ Cesar Merveille has carved a name for himself in the most illustrious of tech house circles, with release on the likes of Visionquest, Cadenza Records, Modelmaker and Multi Vitamins. He’s coming to serve up a typically wonky...

Posted 18 May 2016 @ 1:33pm

New Releases: JUNE 2016

 

We’re rapidly approaching June, which means we’ve almost hit the halfway point of the video game calendar. That’s certainly a good thing though, because it’s a month filled to the brim with titles you should want to get your hot little hands on. 

 

Kicking things off is the racing simulator ...

Posted 13 May 2016 @ 12:15pm

BRAG columnist Joseph Earp takes a short trip through the history of The Drones, one of Australia's best loved and most important bands.

 

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Things aren’t looking good. 

 

Not for Australians, nor humanity as a whole. It’s only a matter of time before we pass a significant, terrifying milestone: soon we will be adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere...

Posted 12 May 2016 @ 11:37am

Last week, the University of Sydney’s Catholic Society hosted a series of reasonably inflammatory events on campus, titled “Pornography: dangerous or delightful?”, “Men + Women = made for each other?” and “Misconceptions about contraception”. 

 

These events, especially “Men + Women = made for each other?”, spurred some fairly hot campus debate, with many queer students (...

Posted 11 May 2016 @ 5:49pm

It’s been two years, but Simon Haehnel and Tobias Mueller AKA Andhim [above] have locked in a return Down Under.

 

If you like your house with a side of tech, the Cologne natives are about as good as they come, with their releases finding homes on labels such as Black Butter Records, Defected Records, Get Physical Music, Heulsuse, Kompakt, Monaberry and Terminal M. It’s going...

Posted 6 May 2016 @ 12:14pm

Who doesn't love a good music documentary?

 

There are few cinematic pleasures more acute than discovering the story behind cover art, or seeing legendary musicians stumble, ramble, educate and elucidate. Music documentaries feed our voyeurism - our desperate desire to know - but they can also be truly great art in their own right, depictions that become as powerful as the bands...

Posted 5 May 2016 @ 2:12pm

Further highlighting just how goddamn out of touch it is, DJ Mag has celebrated its 25th anniversary with an issue dedicated to 25 pioneers of dance music – all of them men. Uhhhh?

 

Apparently every innovator of dance music is a straight white rich guy? Get fucked. Sadly, I suppose we shouldn’t expect much more from a magazine that lists David Guetta, Avicii and Hardwell in its...

Posted 5 May 2016 @ 1:28pm

What's On: May 2016

 

Super Smash Bros. Tournament

Want to do a little good for the community? Well as luck would have it, with Starlight Week kicking off on May 1, EB Games and World Square are hoping to raise at least $1,000 for sick kids. To aid that noble goal, The Nerd Cave [above] will be hosting a Super...

Posted 5 May 2016 @ 1:13pm

Last week, the editor of Bangladesh’s first queer publication was literally hacked to death. 

 

It’s brutal, sad, and makes me feel incredibly lucky to be living in Australia. Life isn’t always great for queers here, but we don’t risk death just by existing. I edit a queer publication, and I can do that here without too much concern. 

 

It also makes me wonder about...

Posted 3 May 2016 @ 3:07pm

All trailers must go! Dear readers, your beloved TL;DR will be taking a month-long sabbatical over the course of May, but fret not! Do you really think I'd leave you bereft of any access to trailers, release info and snappily-worded if unsolicited opinions for a whole month? I'm not a monster, you guys.

 

So here for your delectation and delight is every flipping movie coming out...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 5:12pm

DJ Magazine has just announced its silver anniversary with a special issue – ‘25 Years: Twenty-Five Pioneers’.

 

In my news stream of countless music publications clamouring for attention, it only captured my cursor for a moment – questionable font choices, sure; lo-res Photoshopping skills, expected...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 12:48pm

The path to hell is littered with cancelled music festivals. 

 

One of the most significant events to bite the dust as of late is All Tomorrow’s Parties, a weekend of tunes that was to be curated by legendary alt-art-rockers Drive Like Jehu.

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Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 9:35am

I don’t often read Miranda Devine. Mostly because I don’t like the feeling of my veins pulsating in my temples, doing their very best to escape through my skin.

 

But when I do, I remember the kind of pleasure and pain she brings me. The immense pain, obviously, stems from nearly everything she writes. But the pleasure comes from both having an easy outlet from which to vent my...

Posted 28 Apr 2016 @ 11:12am

Fancy an acid fix? It doesn’t get any more potent than from the godfather of the movement, DJ Pierre.

 

A king of the 303, alongside Spanky and Rio as the group Phuture, Pierre pioneered the acid house rise back in the late ’80s with cuts such as ‘Acid Tracks’ and ‘Your Only Friend’ now etched in dancefloor folklore. Throughout his time he’s also helped launch the careers of...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 3:24pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's the last mammoth week of April, and Marvel is calling DC's all-in. The combined universes are here, ladies and gents, and here to stay.

 

Unlike me - I'll be jetting off for the next month and TL;DR will be taking a sabbatical. Fear not, dear readers, for I shall soon gift thee...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 3:17pm

Self-doubt has no expiry date.

 

Even 15 years on from its release, Sneeze’s second album Lost The Spirit To Rock & Roll still resonates, its undercurrent of pain and paralysis proving as biting as ever. It's a significant record, one brought to life by two of the Sydney scene's brightest talents working in collusion to create something both of its time and yet accessible to...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 4:20pm

Let’s start off this week with someone a little different.

 

Anyone who knows anything about electronic music knows about Berghain, right? Right. And anyone who knows anything about Berghain knows about Sven Marquardt, right? Right. In case you’ve been living under a guitar-laden rock, Marquardt is the club’s notorious head bouncer – a tatted-up motherfucker who turns back nine...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 4:06pm

You might have seen the news last week of Isaac Keatinge, who was brutally bashed in Newtown for wearing a dress.

 

Isaac is a friend of mine. When I saw his post on Facebook about it, I was incredibly shaken. 

 

The...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 1:00pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. As the mid-year releases tend to come in uneven spurts, I've decided to let a couple of next week's premieres sneak in early and get a mention today.

 

This week's newcomers...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 11:24am

They’re real, you guys.

 

I saw one. With my own human eyes. On a dancefloor. At the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras afterparty, no less.

 

They’re real.

 

I spotted my friend Jake from a distance and walked through the sweaty throng to hug him and say hello. I hadn’t seen him since last Mardi Gras. He was wearing overalls over a bare chest. Fair...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 6:21pm

Last week, I got a phone call from my friend’s boss, who is a freelance journalist. She was producing a radio show about privacy, and wanted to interview me, as someone who lives a reasonably public, out life.

 

She asked me whether I kept anything deliberately private, if there was anything I avoided writing about in my column. I racked my brain, thinking for a moment. The first...

Posted 14 Apr 2016 @ 4:41pm

The duo behind the Washington, D.C. Future Times label Beautiful Swimmers will be swinging into town this weekend.

 

Over the course of running the imprint for the past eight years, they’ve released the likes of Jack J, Hashman Deejay, Shanti Celeste, Huerco S., Steve Summers and Juju & Jordash, not to mention their own record Son. Expect a night of heavy house and curious...

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