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The Brag #729

Features

Cosmic Psychos drink VB

Cosmic Psychos on the next generation of Aussie punk rock

It’s another day at the office for the Cosmic Psychos as the band and their crew load into the recently-reopened Lansdowne Hotel, mere minutes from the CBD of Sydney. The punk legends are gearing up for a bumper weekend, during which they’ll play two shows at the venue, both of...

Tommy Stinson

The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson really wants to come to Australia

As a founding member of legendary alt-rock pioneers the Replacements, Tommy Stinson has cemented his place in music history and folklore, and had a hand in influencing artists as diverse as Green Day, Wilco, the Hold Steady and Lorde. Described variously as “best band of the ’80s” (Musician magazine) and...

The members of Pissed Jeans eating cloth

Pissed Jeans are becoming the best versions of themselves

Pissed Jeans move at their own pace. The grotty hardcore/punk act take breaks from recording whenever they need to – they spent four years out of the studio, for example, between the release of 2017’s Why Love Now, and the dark, menacing and deceptively-titled Honeys, dropped back in 2013. Nonetheless,...

Jonathan Groff in Mindhunter

Netflix’s Mindhunter is one of the best TV shows of the year

There are rules to detective shows, as iron cast as Biblical commandments: Cops Must Always Be Mismatched; Serial Killers Must Always Be Charming And Ingenious; Women Must Always Have A Stony Exterior That Masks A Tender Heart Of Gold. And at least on first glance, Mindhunter, the new Netflix Original...

The three leads of Professor Marston And The Wonder Women walking through a park

Professor Marston is one of the most lovable films of the year

I experienced my favourite moviegoing moment of the year during a Friday night showing of Professor Marston And The Wonder Women. I mean, the entire film could easily count as one long, ecstatic, unforgettable cinematic moment – I don’t remember the last time a movie prompted such delirious joy in...

The members of Tropical Fuck Storm

“There’s no such thing as evil”: Gareth Liddiard of Tropical Fuck Storm

Throughout the two decades he’s fronted alternative rock icons The Drones, Gareth Liddiard – the band’s sole constant – has written dozens of tracks that coalesce the confrontational with the deeply relatable. On ‘Taman Shud’ from the band’s most recent album, 2016’s Feelin Kinda Free, Liddiard snarled with contempt for...

Spinifex Gum in a ute in a forest

“Spinifex Gum is the most exciting record I’ve ever made”: Felix Riebl

“I’ve seen a lot of this country over all of my years of touring,” says Felix Riebl, singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and frontman of veteran funk-pop collective The Cat Empire. “I’ve visited all the big cities, a lot of small towns and my fair share of indigenous communities through it. None...

A horse falling at the Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup is symptomatic of everything wrong with this country

As Australians, we tend to be obsessed with this notion of our national values. Who knows why. Maybe it’s because what white Australians mean when they talk about “our country” is our white country; our country as a nation of convicts and murderers that displaced the Indigenous Australian community, and...

The members of Major Leagues in front of a wall

Major Leagues are like few other bands in Australia

There’s something about listening to Major League’s melancholic slacker-pop that transports me to Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s fictional Californian nightclub and watering hole The Bronze, which hosted fierce, feminine-fronted acts in the cult show’s early years, including The Breeders, Bif Naked and Cibo Matto. “I’ll definitely tell Vlada [Edirippulige, bassist]...

The members of the Dillinger Escape Plan in front of a wall

Infinity calculated: The Dillinger Escape Plan, at the end of everything

It’s Wednesday night at the Bald Faced Stag, a relatively small bar and venue in Leichhardt on the tipping point between Sydney’s inner-west and its CBD. As is common, the clientele in the bandroom are almost entirely clad in black, all of them the kind of folk that favour music...