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Posted 12 Apr 2016 @ 2:31pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Sadly, we can't say this will be the last week we'll ever have to mention the Divergent series, because distribution models for young adult sagas are effing stupid.

 

Never fear...

Posted 8 Apr 2016 @ 1:33pm

Call the vinyl revolution a 'fad' at your own peril. 

 

Despite digital dominance, physical media has made a surprising, significant comeback, and given that vinyl sales have gone from strength to strength, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Record Store Day 2016 is shaping up to be one of the biggest celebrations of that old shiny black stuff yet.

 

The full list of...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 4:44pm

Ooooh yes please: next month we’ll be seeing a visit from the deep house and techno don Anthony Parasole.

 

A pillar of the New York scene, Parasole [above] had a breakout year back in 2012 when his track ‘Tyson’ (quality track name!) was given on a rinse on Levon Vincent’s Fabric 63 mix. Since then, he’s spent a lot of his time launching the careers of other artists via releases...

Posted 6 Apr 2016 @ 11:35am

Last week, Thursday March 31, was the International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). Visibility may seem like a strange thing to celebrate – why not justice? Anti-transphobia? Transgender rights?

 

Well, all of these things are tied to visibility, and while visibility may not equate to justice or rights, it’s an important step in the right direction. Given the current...

Posted 5 Apr 2016 @ 12:20pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Frankly, given the horrendously massive turnout to the horrendously horrendous Batman v Superman, it's about time we broadened the horizons and looked for something brighter.

 

Still, there's...

Posted 1 Apr 2016 @ 10:59am

Oh goodie. It’s April Fools’.

 

That's right, it's the one day a year when every website on the planet gets a free pass to post made-up headlines because that's… funny? Because it’s amusing to be ‘tricked’ on a day when you know well in advance that you’re going to be ‘tricked’? Because the height of comedy is a website posting a bald-faced lie in order to get a few confused...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 3:55pm

New Releases: April 2016

 

As 2016 continues to chug along, video game studios start to become a little more confident in releasing some of their heaviest hitters. As a result, April definitely has a number of must-haves you should be saving your spare gold coins for. 

 

First up on Tuesday April 5 is Quantum Break – the Xbox One’s highly experimental third person...

Posted 31 Mar 2016 @ 10:43am

After caving in to his conservative mates in parliament last week, Malcolm Turnbull “gutted” the safe schools program and cut off funding entirely from June 2017.

 

From this spawned the “I Need Safe Schools” campaign. It’s almost guaranteed that a queer person can tell you a heartfelt, personal story about why they need (or needed) safe schools. I’m no different, and this is my...

Posted 30 Mar 2016 @ 6:02pm

Let’s start this week off with a tasty double bill, shall we?

 

The teams behind Charades and Something Else are joining forces to bring you two of the leading names from Berlin: San Soda [above] and Prizms. San Soda has been causing a stir in recent years with a string of killer soulful house 12-inches (alongside releases via his FCL moniker with the leader of imprint We Play...

Posted 23 Mar 2016 @ 4:00pm

Oh my lord, the Sex Tags experience is returning to Sydney: that being Norway’s brothers-in-arms DJ Fett Burger and DJ Sotofett going back-to-back in an all-night throwdown.

 

If you saw the duo last time around (almost exactly a year to the day), then you’ll know this is not a gig to be missed. Not enough for you? Cap that with support from the UK’s Going Good founder Brian Not...

Posted 23 Mar 2016 @ 1:00pm

Last week, the Federal Government’s review into the Safe Schools program was completed, and, surprise surprise, it found nothing wrong.

 

During the last few weeks of furore that arose from the program – a furore that, in the five years the Safe Schools program has been running quietly and uncontroversially, has never before reared its head – conservative MPs were quick to deny...

Posted 22 Mar 2016 @ 11:35am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The folks over at DC are pooling the heroes of their expanded universe for one big all-in brawl, even if it comes rather late - Marvel are already teasing their third.

 

But hey, maybe you find Marvel's happy-go-lucky scamps...

Posted 18 Mar 2016 @ 10:53am

Who would have thought The Smiths and the US Presidential candidates would make such good bedfellows?

 

Though the rainy streets of Morrissey’s gloomy Manchester are miles away from the packed-out American auditoriums that punters are filing into in order to bear witness as their chosen windbag unleashes jargon, it turns out hate and crushing sadness are universal. So, although...

Posted 17 Mar 2016 @ 10:40am

Last weekend, you might have seen or heard about a small parade on Oxford Street.

 

Reports differed, but there were apparently anywhere between 200,000 and 400,000 people, watching 12,500 marchers adorned in 230-460kg of glitter (depending on who you read on Sunday morning). 

 

I marched in the Mardi Gras parade for the fourth time. It was, as it usually is, a rush...

Posted 16 Mar 2016 @ 5:28pm

Up for a nostalgia kick? Take a trip back to the late noughties when Aeroplane [above] returns to Sydney later this month.

 

Back then, the Belgian duo of Stephen Fasano and Vito De Luca were at the highest of heights (geddit?) in the nu-disco movement alongside the likes of Classixx, The Swiss and Grum. Since then, De Luca has been flying solo (geddit?!), having recently remixed...

Posted 16 Mar 2016 @ 1:33pm

What's On:

 

EYECON 2016
Been looking forward to the Easter long weekend but found yourself nothing to do? Well then, grab a group of friends and head on over to this year’s EYECON Roleplaying and Gaming Convention. Taking place at St Scholastica’s College in Glebe from Friday March 25 – Monday March 28, EYECON is your...

Posted 15 Mar 2016 @ 2:24pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. One of my most anticipated films of the year is upon us, for those with the stomach for it, as well as a shiny new offering from Disney's animation studio.

 

The Witch is far from being the only supersititious tale on offer, however - this week, storytellers looking for outside...

Posted 11 Mar 2016 @ 11:40am

Milk! Records isn't just a label, it's a movement - an artistic collective the likes of which Australia has not properly seen since the Smudge-centric Ozzie alt-rock revival of the mid-'90s.

 

Though co-founder Courtney Barnett is arguably the best known artist on the Milk! Records roster, in truth every act the label supports is worthy of your time and attention. From the art-...

Posted 10 Mar 2016 @ 12:53pm

Woaaaah mumma.

 

This ain’t no April Fools’ joke: on Friday April 1, the one and only Lee Gamble [above] is descending on Sydney. Emerging from Birmingham’s legendary jungle and techno scene in the early ’00s, the man has gone on to release his own recordings on the likes of Entr’act and PAN, and most recently formed his own label UIQ. He’ll be joined by Josh Leenaars, Moopie and...

Posted 9 Mar 2016 @ 2:51pm

Mardi Gras is over. Summer is over. Daylight saving is coming to an end. Maybe you’ve gone back to uni.

 

The week after Mardi Gras is always the hardest for me, facing reality again after the holiday season, and doing it all with a hangover. These are my tips for recovering from Mardi Gras, and dealing with post-party depression.

 

Savour every last piece of...

Posted 8 Mar 2016 @ 1:38pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. March is proving to be a bumper month for silver screen scares, but I'm getting ahead of myself - I'm a little too excited about next week...

 

Back to the matter at hand! An exciting sequel, a...

Posted 4 Mar 2016 @ 9:58am

Our wacky ol' mates in Melbourne are at it again.

 

Not content with unveiling the George Constanza-inspired bar that broke the internet and attracted the attention of Jason “Let’s All Please Forget About Dunston Checks In” Alexander himself, our friends in...

Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 4:45pm

This weekend, Mardi Gras season comes to an end with the parade. 10,000 people will march up Oxford Street in front of a crowd of thousands more.

 

The Mardi Gras Parade has been my favourite event of the year (probably not an exaggeration) since I first marched in 2012. Being in the parade is euphoric. The first time I marched, we were walking up Market Street to Hyde Park, and...

Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 6:05pm

Oh man, this is going to be good. Anomaly, [Insert] and If? Records are teaming up for the debut Sydney show of Marco Shuttle.

 

Trust me, in a decade’s time he’ll be the next Marcel Dettmann. In 2013, one of the other ultimate techno dons, Peter van Hoesen, began dropping a deeeeep track with the eeriest of female vocals. Everyone around the planet was trying to ID it. Turns out...

Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 1:42pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. The Oscars have come and gone, and you may need to duck into the cinema just to escape the braying of Leonardo DiCaprio's fans.

 

Fortunately, there's plenty on offer this week, and the themes run the gamut from homelessness to heists, from...

Posted 24 Feb 2016 @ 6:25pm

First up: everything that could be said has already been said, so I’ll keep it brief regarding Sunday’s Keep Sydney Open rally. 15,000+ people turned up to say this with the greatest passion: fuck you, Mike Baird #casinomike. 

 

Hoooboy, we might just have the gig of the year on our hands here. Regular readers of this column will know how much I love the label Giegling, and now...

Posted 24 Feb 2016 @ 4:17pm

In December, the Ethics Centre, the organisation in charge of the Intelligence Squared (IQ2) debates, released details of its first 2016 debate.

 

Then titled A Trans Wo/Man Can Never Be Fe/Male, the event caused an uproar, and within days, comments on the Facebook event were disabled, the name of the event was changed to Gender Identity Debate (Title TBC),and the Ethics Centre...

Posted 23 Feb 2016 @ 4:03pm

Like the pop of a Glock or the hand of God descending, Kendrick Lamar's third studio album To Pimp A Butterfly came out of nowhere this time last year, immediately silencing both its critics and its fans.

 

It was too big to initially comprehend, at once divine and yet utterly free of pretence. Now, almost 12 months after it dropped and ahead of Lamar’s upcoming visit to...

Posted 23 Feb 2016 @ 2:10pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. February is quite literally going out with many, many bangs - this week, the screens are dominated by action.

 

There's something to appreciate in every one of these epics. Well, except for one of them. So let's just get that out of the way first...

 

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Posted 19 Feb 2016 @ 10:02am

Friends, we are gathered here today to mourn the death of Sydney, Australia.

 

 

Sydney, our beloved municipality, has been laid low by a consortium of snot-nosed crypto-fascists; God-fearing suits terrified of frenzied ‘coward punch’ headlines and the wrath of their corporate sponsors.

 

If our beloved city had died a natural death, perhaps it would...

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