This week's issue

3 members of Crooked Colours on The BRAG front coverThe BRAG #722

Features

oasis 1997

All My People, Right Here, Right Now – 10 of 1997’s boldest and loudest indie rock albums

During their recent week of features discussing the best and worst of pop culture from twenty years ago, The A.V. Club said that 1997 is a “frequent contender” for the title of Worst Music Year. Sure, their point was strongly made by the fact that, during a two-week period in...

Newcastle musician Rachel Maria Cox

After years of growth as an artist, it is Rachel Maria Cox’s time

Rachel Maria Cox is checking their phone in a crowded Starbucks in Sydney’s CBD. The Newcastle based singer-songwriter is getting a text message from a friend – an old friend is how they describe him, although the pair haven’t actually known each other for that long at all. “In years,...

Aussie rock legends Violent Soho

Violent Soho spark up ahead of The Last Frost

Such is the laid-back, easy-going approach that Mansfield’s Violent Soho take to what they do outside of playing live, it’s odd to really ever approach an interview with them in any kind of formal setting. This is particularly the case with James Tidswell, the band’s lead guitarist. He’s happy to...

the preatures live at brunswick heads girlhood launch party

Coppers, Camera Rigs And The Preatures: One Night In Brunswick Heads

Image Credit: Jakob De Zwart Maybe on any other day of the year you could miss the Sails in Brunswick Heads. Packed between two imposing looking store fronts, it’s relatively inauspicious; charming and compact, but not the kind of building that impresses itself upon you. It’s one more beautiful, unassuming...

Paul Kelly recording Life Is Fine

Being Paul Kelly: Life is still fine

Paul Kelly makes music. That’s apparent, of course, but it bears repeating – Paul Kelly makes music, and he does so the way a carpenter builds doors; the way a tailor spins suits. To be perfectly honest, you or I probably don’t have anything like that in our lives. Sure,...

PACT is paving the way forward for emerging artists

PACT, Sydney’s home of experimental and emerging theater, is gearing up for the second in its series of Salon events, this time with actress, writer, activist and all-round inspiring gem Emily Dash at the helm. Dash is a well-regarded Australian creative force already well known for her collaborations with the...

Safia are the world’s biggest Kendrick Lamar fans

When the operator connects the BRAG’s call with Ben Woolner, lead singer of rising stars Safia, the first noise that comes rattling down the line is not a voice, but the crash and bang of several things being knocked over. Then there’s what sounds suspiciously like the thumping of a...

Rings Of Saturn are on a roll

Rings of Saturn’s combination of Sumerian cuneiform album titles, up-tempo technical riffs and lyrics largely concerned with galactic warlords and DNA harvesting have cemented the band’s fame in the self-created genre of aliencore. But although the band happily have their niche, they’re as keen as ever to prove themselves. Indeed,...

Pete Murray doesn’t get played as often on the radio anymore – and he couldn’t be happier

In truth, I hadn’t really heard much about Pete Murray over the last few years. Difficult though it was to escape the hits he dropped at the start of his career – bangers such as ‘So Beautiful’ and ‘Better Days’ – his radio presence began to slow down around ten...

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A handy guide on what NOT to do when applying for music grants

As someone who has experienced both funding success and heartbreaking rejection, I feel like I have a balanced perspective on how to snare that dollar-pie in the sky. That said, if I knew all the secrets there wouldn’t be rejection at all, and I’d be travelling the world on a...