This week's issue

The Brag issue 720 cover featuring three members of Two Door Cinema Club on a black background, plus cover lines for Why Music Festivals Need To Get Smarter About Drugs New Found Glory, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Broken Social Scene, Montaigne, The Rover, Game OnThe BRAG #720

Features

The four members of British rock band Catfish And The Bottlemen standing next to a river.

Catfish And The Bottlemen are hungry as ever (and just getting started)

He’s only 24 years old but Ryan Evan “Van” McCann can already celebrate ten years with his band Catfish And The Bottlemen.

Why Right-Wing Art Sucks: A Brief History, From Gladiator To Pepe The Frog

The emergence of the alt-right has resurrected an age-old question: why does all great art come from the left? Maybe it’s because the right can only borrow and steal from genuine culture, writes JOSEPH EARP. “It has become a popular mantra of progressives to claim that conservatives are unable to...

Aussie Horror Films: Why Do The Critics Keep Getting It Wrong?

The Australian film industry has had a history of overachieving with genre film, but our most distinctive stories are buried behind mainstream tastes – and the filmmakers are suffering, reports JOSEPH EARP. –   “I think people and audiences, potential audiences, have to be warned about it.” – David Stratton on Wolf Creek...

Out & About: Happy Mardi Gras, Everybody

I’m not sure who made the goofy decision to try and cram 80,000 queer outdoorsy types into Camperdown Park for Fair Day, but let me just say, it was not a gay time. Fair Day kicks off the Mardi Gras season and has always been my favourite part of it...

The Trouble With Harry Is An Important Australian Queer Story From Our Past

★★★★   Set in 1920s Sydney, The Trouble With Harry is based on the true story of Harry Crawford. Born a woman, Eugenia Falleni, she fled Italy to live in Sydney, carrying on with life as a man and marrying twice.  Harry’s daughter Josephine (Bobbie-Jean Henning) – a product of...

300 Million Backward Steps: Trump, Turnbull And The Global War On The Arts

Australians have been among the first to criticise the controversial policies of Donald Trump’s administration, including the new President’s threat to decimate funding to the arts and creative industries.  However, it’s time we looked in our own backyard, where the Coalition government has already enacted these policies. JOSEPH EARP reports....

Five Things with Joseph Tawadros From The Joseph Tawadros Quartet

1. Growing Up I was born in Cairo, but I grew up in Australia in a very musical household. My parents loved traditional Egyptian and Arabic music so I grew up listening to that.   2. Inspirations I love listening to Umm Kulthum, one of the most famous Arabic singers. Her songs...