This week's issue

George Clinton on the front cover of the Brag, wearing a spiked and jewelled hatThe BRAG #725

Features

Rebecca Callander of Rackett believes in art, craft and anarchy

“I’ve ended up in a bottomless pit of like, reorganising arts and crafts,” explains Rackett’s lead vocalist and guitarist, Rebecca Callander. Certainly it’s not the Saturday night you might expect from a lyricist who belts out lines like “give me one of those white lines, I’m so fucking bored I...

Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters’ new record is the sound of a perfect band having fun

You could forgive Chris Shiflett for being a bit of dick. After all, he’s been the guitarist for rock titans Foo Fighters since 1999, and the day he chats to the BRAG is a mere two sleeps ahead of the release of his band’s ninth studio album, Concrete And Gold....

Ali Barter

Ali Barter is making Australian indie history

Triple j Unearthed winner Ali Barter is a hard presence to ignore. Her debut album A Suitable Girl was a critical and commercial success, and in recent years she has become an in-demand artist, touring nationally at sold-out venues and festivals. But despite all that, Barter prefers to spend her...

George Clinton

How George Clinton became the coolest man in music – and why he still is

By the time you hear the next pop… “The only other person I’ve seen do it like that before is Prince” – George Clinton on Kendrick Lamar, Pigeons And Planes. His is one of the very first voices you hear on To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar’s 2015, era-defining record....

Metz are one of the best bands in the world

At the time of writing, II – the imaginatively-titled second album from Ottowa’s Metz – has been out for two years, four months and eight days. It’s well and truly an artefact of the past. Its tour cycle is complete. It’s history. Even so, one still gets this lingering feeling...

A bunch of sell-outs: 30 years of The Replacements’ Pleased To Meet Me

“There have been better bands, louder bands, and drunker bands, but there has never been a better, drunker, louder band than the Replacements, and the second two qualifiers wouldn’t matter one whit without the first.” – Ari Surdoval, Torn and Frayed: The Story of the Replacements’ 1987 Classic Pleased to...

Image of marriage-equality marches in Sydney

The ABC aired a caller who praised Hitler for jailing homosexuals

The upcoming marriage plebiscite has seen all sorts of people crawl out of the woodwork. While some are criticising the plebiscite for the fact that it’s a non-binding waste of taxpayer’s money, there are some who are using it as an opportunity to share some of their more extreme viewpoints,...

Why would anyone watch a show like Bojack Horseman?

When it first premiered back in 2014, there didn’t seem to be much that made Bojack Horseman special. Sure, it boasted an impressive voice cast, led by Will Arnett as Bojack, the show’s titular washed-up horse, but it appeared to be one more adult animated comedy in a sea of...

Farrah Abraham

Farrah Abraham’s My Teenage Dream is the purest expression of pop ever recorded

Ole mate and ground-breaking 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant is famous for a number of things: his mind-warping yet teeth-grindingly dull theses; his bizarre bedtime habits; and for being one of a litany of obscure thinkers that your art school boyfriend kept name-dropping at parties after one too many craft...

AJJ

AJJ are giving The Wiggles a run for their money

“Oh, you mean our last album? The album we put out last year? The album named The Bible 2? … Yeah, we came up with the name first.” Sean Bonnette – lead vocalist, chief songwriter, guitarist and one of two founding members of AJJ – has just been asked a...