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Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 5:29pm

February 2016: What's On

 

GX Australia

GX Australia actually marks a big moment for Australia, for it will be bringing the highly successful GaymerX/GX convention to our shores for the very first time. Taking place at the Australian Technology Park from Saturday February 27 – Sunday February 28, the convention aims to...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 4:52pm

I was a late bloomer, realising I was queer around the end of 2009, at the age of 20. I didn’t come out until a little while later, but I started putting the feelers out in early 2010, essentially trialling queerness.

 

I would head to queer central at the Sly Fox on Wednesdays; I went to the Mardi Gras parade (only to make out with the blokey guy I met on the bus on the way in...

Posted 16 Feb 2016 @ 1:30pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's a real serious week, you guys, with three more Oscar contenders just in case you weren't already sick of them.

 

Then again, this week is post-Deadpool, so maybe we needed a jolt of something serious to bring us back to reality. Or not, if the...

Posted 12 Feb 2016 @ 10:06am

Does anybody actually enjoy Valentine’s Day? 

 

I mean, does anybody really enjoy it? If you’re single, it’s a reaffirmation of how deeply unlovable you are. If you’re new into a relationship, it’s an anxiety-fraught invitation to overcommit, an event designed to trick you into buying a near stranger expensive clothes in patterns they don’t really like. And if you’re in a long-...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 10:46am

The Fred Hollows Foundation has lately been pushing its campaign ‘Fred On The Fiver’ – a bid to get Hollows’ legacy celebrated on the five dollar note.

 

The campaign has faced some pushback from the LGBT community, which has argued that Hollows’ comments about the AIDS crisis in the early 1990s mean he isn’t a worthy candidate for appearing on our money. 

 

Hollows...

Posted 10 Feb 2016 @ 6:02pm

Back in 2013, Paula Temple exploded with the release of Colonized on the legendary label R&S, and has since then continued to go from strength to strength.

 

Deathvox was undoubtedly one of the biggest releases of 2014, and Temple’s also been called up to remix for the likes of The Knife, Perera Elsewhere and Planningtorock. Expect a smattering of heavy-hitting techno when...

Posted 9 Feb 2016 @ 2:09pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Alas, there's only three big Western releases hitting our screens, but with superheroes, supermodels and Saoirse Ronan on offer, there's plenty to enjoy.

 

To fill out the ranks, there's always Bollywood - this time cribbing off a Western classic - and a local favourite whose...

Posted 5 Feb 2016 @ 12:21pm

Music is a huge part of American political campaigns, as integral to the process of becoming President as racism, privilege and nepotism. 

 

Sadly, the same cannot be said of Australian politics.

 

Although every now and then an...

Posted 4 Feb 2016 @ 10:54am

Recently, Facebook announced its sponsorship of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and its float for the 2016 parade (no details, just that it will be fabulous and full of glitter).

 

While this is undoubtedly good news for Mardi Gras, which posted losses of over $300,000 last financial year, it points further to the commercialisation of identity, and the need for alternative...

Posted 2 Feb 2016 @ 3:09pm

Welcome to the BRAG’s weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. If you're an Apple devotee (ugh), you'll be happy to know your lord and saviour is back on the silver screen.

 

For the rest of us (i.e. Macbook owners who don't bang on about it), there's plenty of drama and romance to get us through the week. And it's almost the end of Oscar...

Posted 29 Jan 2016 @ 1:32pm

Hannah Crofts, a member of Australian band All Our Exes Live In Texas, witnessed an exchange on Facebook that proves some men in the music business aren't getting the message about sexism. Here's why.

 

“I think like many other complaints that women have, you simply have to nod your head and listen with your understanding face on.” - Graham Wood, owner of prominent Australian...

Posted 29 Jan 2016 @ 10:45am

Hello there. Chances are you and I have never met. But despite the fact I know absolutely nothing about your life, I have made a series of assumptions about you. 

 

I am writing under the impression that you believe the Earth is round, for example, and that you do not believe a clandestine race of lizard people run our society. I make these assumptions not only because they save...

Posted 28 Jan 2016 @ 4:31pm

New Releases: February 2016

 

After a relatively slow January, things begin to pick up in the video game world with a handful of quality titles throughout February worth spending your hard-earned cash on. The first cab off the rank is XCOM 2 – the devilishly difficult PC sequel to the 2012 strategy hit. Take control of humanity’s resistance and defeat Earth’s alien overlords when...

Posted 28 Jan 2016 @ 1:16pm

Last week, the horrible news broke of the Bulmer-Rizzi tragedy. Good news was to come out of it, though.

 

Marco Bulmer-Rizzi, whose husband David died in South Australia on their honeymoon, has now become the catalyst for a change to the way marriage is recognised in that state. 

 

Joining Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, South Australia will now...

Posted 28 Jan 2016 @ 11:43am

Let’s start off this week with some good news.

 

While Piknic Électronik Sydney was cancelled, the headliners for its annulled opening party, Detroit techno royalty Jeff Mills and Derrick May, have thankfully found another co-headliner home. They’ll be joined by Secret Cinema, Simon Caldwell, Magda Bytnerowicz, Matthew Lush, Kali, Dave Stuart, Co-Op and U-Khan on Sunday February...

Posted 27 Jan 2016 @ 12:51pm

Welcome to the BRAG’s weekly rundown of what’s hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. And I'll be honest with you, dear readers: it's slower than your mate on the Mary J.

 

Fortunately, the enterprising chaps at some of our nation's biggest cinema chains have tapped into the rich oil vein that is Indian cinema, so I've...

Posted 21 Jan 2016 @ 10:28am

In the days since the news of David Bowie’s death, my Facebook feed, and presumably yours, was filled with tributes, memories, allegations and celebrations, in a thoroughly 21st century public showing of grief.

 

It quickly became apparent that Bowie was a big fucking deal, particularly within the queer community. Everyone seems to have a moment where Bowie helped solidify their...

Posted 20 Jan 2016 @ 5:02pm

On Thursday night at 4am (our time), there was an announcement with about 30 minutes’ notice that Traumprinz would perform a back-to-back set on Boiler Room with DJ Metatron (AKA himself, for those in the know).

 

Considering the enigma is basically a ghost and never books slots (before backing out), this was a pretty damn exciting thing. In true fashion, he/she never showed his/...

Posted 19 Jan 2016 @ 2:32pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's been a brutal week for the arts with the dual loss of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, and we're all searching for distractions.

 

Fortunately a...

Posted 15 Jan 2016 @ 1:23pm

Heavy music fans in Australia must have been naughty all year, because this Christmas Santa dropped a big fat lump of coal in their stocking as Soundwave went under. One of Australia’s biggest festivals had gone belly up after over a decade of bringing bands to our shores, from Iron Maiden to...

Posted 14 Jan 2016 @ 5:17pm

If you’re a gay man in Sydney (or perhaps, like me, have the sensibilities of a gay man), and sometime around your third glass of champagne on New Year’s Eve when the topic of New Year’s resolutions inevitably came up, you thought, “Fuck, Mardi Gras is soon,” you’re not alone.

 

Every year, impossibly, it seems that first weekend in March is closer to Christmas than usual. Every...

Posted 13 Jan 2016 @ 4:11pm

Starting off this week’s column with some bad news: Piknic Électronik Sydney has been cancelled.

 

But on the plus side, we’ll still be getting visits from the international acts booked for the Melbourne incarnation, including the likes of Dubfire, The Hacker, Kode9, Ed Banger House Party (Busy P and Boston Bun) and more. Show details will be announced shortly. Stay tuned.

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Posted 12 Jan 2016 @ 3:28pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. Normally, we pick five, but I've missed you guys, so I'm throwing in a bonus. Happy New Year!

 

Two of them may have been spoiled by your friends already, so there's no time to waste! Hop on your segue or hoverboard (if it hasn't already...

Posted 22 Dec 2015 @ 9:00am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's Christmastime, so get ready for a slew of festive films to plonk your kids in front of while you do something worthwhile.

 

Although, as we covered the awful Alvin & The Chipmunks ...

Posted 18 Dec 2015 @ 12:48pm

Merry List Season everyone! The holidays are finally upon us, and we can unwrap our listy gifts all December long.

 

A listicle fan such as myself has it hard most of the year. When the Hottest 100 wraps up each Australia Day, it is several months until I can dive into musical countdown lists again. There is a brief respite in July, when people post their 'Best Albums Of The Year...

Posted 16 Dec 2015 @ 2:03pm

Still haven’t made any plans for New Year’s Eve?

 

Those champs over at Mad Racket have you covered. Heading their bash to ring in 2016 will be Smallpeople [above]. Comprised of Julius Steinhoff and Just von Ahlefeld (AKA Dionne), the Hamburg duo run their own record store and label, and have featured on imprints such as !K7, Underground Quality, Running Back and Fuck Reality....

Posted 16 Dec 2015 @ 12:58pm

Last week, I walked past the Imperial Hotel on my way up to King Street, a daily occurrence.

 

To my shock, the lights were on, the doors were open, there were people inside, and innocuous “We’re Coming” posters stuck to the wall, with “14.12.15” splashed underneath. 

 

Now the time has arrived, and the Imperial has reopened its doors. All of this has happened...

Posted 15 Dec 2015 @ 3:08pm

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases, wherein my job is rendered completely pointless by the juggernaut that is the Star Wars franchise.

 

Nevertheless, watch in awe as I struggle manfully to crack some of next week's huge list and find something - literally anything - to talk about other than lightsabers and...

Posted 11 Dec 2015 @ 12:51pm

Christmas is upon us. People who aren't Bing Crosby have begun singing 'White Christmas' through the PA of your local shopping mall, and your mum's favourite artist has released a(nother) cash-grab holiday album. 

 

But something is missing - where are the Christmas-themed gifts for those who live on the heavier side? Where is the tacky holiday merch for your awkward cousin who...

Posted 10 Dec 2015 @ 2:22pm

If you’ve ever been out on Oxford Street, you will have seen a drag queen.

 

You might also have seen RuPaul’s Drag Race, a reality TV show that’s like a cross between Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model, except with drag queens. Whether it’s Dame Edna, Courtney Act, Tootsie or Mrs. Doubtfire, drag queens (men dressing as women for parody/performance) have entered our...

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