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Famous for organising those Jurassic Lounge nights that let you legally down a longneck while frolicking among an array of dinosaur bones and insect taxidermy, The Festivalists are back with another Hijinks event, hijacking Madame Tussauds Sydney on Friday May 29. To give you the full A-list experience, there’ll be performances from a stand-up comedian, a Marilyn Monroe drag queen, fake Elvis...

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Following the panic of the Black Keys’ drop-out at this year's Bluesfest, many names were thrown in the air as to who would fill such big shoes. It was with great pride that the prize wheel hit its mark on Melbourne's own indie rock band, British India, a somewhat perfect timing for the lads’ upcoming Australian tour showcasing their fifth studio album Nothing Touches Me. 

 

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Alabama Shakes have really been shaking up the Aussie music scene of late. The four-time Grammy nominated four-piece from Alabama stunned the world with their 2012 debut album Boys & Girls, whichwas met with huge critical acclaim. They also killed it at Bluesfestin Byron and an accompanying Sydney sideshow last month. Now, they’ve finally released their anticipated new album, Sound &...

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Fans of Australia’s buzzing metal scene will be stoked to hear that Perth progressive metal outfit Voyager are heading out on a national tour. In celebration of the release of their new video for‘Seasons Of Age’,taken from the acclaimed album, V, they’re bringing along their French buddies, Klone, who have just released their fifth full-length album, Here Comes The Sun (read our review on p.29...

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“Making an album is like tearing your soul apart and gluing it back together, but new and improved, with anti-gravity rooms, glitter cannons, lasers and vast canyons of exotic animals,” lead singer Nai Palm says ahead of Hiatus Kaiyote’s upcoming album Choose Your Weapon. The Melbourne soulsters have already received considerable praise from musical legends such as Prince and Erykah Badu for...

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2014 IndyCar champion Will Power is really good at driving fast. Will’s brother, Damien Power, is really good at making people laugh. Here at the BRAG, we don’t really go in for fast cars, but we can offer you the chance to have some fast laughs with Damien Power at his latest show, I Can’t Believe I Cared. Known for his social and political commentary, he’s already been nominated for Best...

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English alt/psych rockers Peace have been doing the rounds since their latest album Happy People dropped earlier this year. Collaborating again with producer Jim Abbiss, known for his work with Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Bombay Bicycle Club, the band has achieved considerable hype. Now, they’re coming to Australia to figuratively rock our faces off in celebration of their album release....

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DJ culture has come a long way over the last three or four decades. These days, the DJ is the life of the party on dancefloors across the world – but back in the ’60s and ’70s, the humble disc jockey was only just starting to emerge on the mod-influenced nightclub scene in the north-west of England. Northern Soul, the new film by writer/director Elaine Constantine, tells the story of the...

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Imagine a comedy show that’s described as a ‘love letter’, telling unconventional tales of love and sometimes, the utter lack thereof. We Have Fun Don’t We is exactly that show. It’s a show that up-and-coming comedian Michael Workman has admitted he’s scared to perform, but for all the right reasons. Within his first six months of gigging, Workman won the national Raw Comedy competition and...

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It’s that time of year again when the funny kids from the block come around and make you laugh for a few weeks. Yes, it’s none other than Sydney Comedy Festival season. For the third year in a row, the festival will be holding a showcase at the UNSW Roundhouse with some of the freshest up-and-comers in the field as well as some not-so-fresh faces.

 

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Are secret disco dancefloors and Frankie Knuckles your cup of tea? The Soul Of Sydney party crew is presenting a Frankie Knuckles Tribute to mark the one-year anniversary of the Godfather of House Music’s death. The tribute event will be an afternoon of disco, funk, garage and early house and will feature the Soul of Sydney DJs and friends, including Superbreak, Phil Toke, Scott Pullen, Danny...

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It’s where Greek tragedy meets family drama. It’s highly acclaimed and even came with a warning about blood, violence, swearing and smoking. Belvoir Theatre’s Elektra / Orestes is certain to create a scene. It tells the story of Elektra, who is stuck living with her mother (who murdered her father), and stepfather (who stole her father’s position as king), and her little brother Orestes, who...

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Horror films are always a late-night classic for the brave and the bold. It Follows – the latest from independent filmmaker David Robert Mitchell – is sure to join your terrifying rotation of horror flicks. With a chilling electronic score by Disasterpeace, it tells the tale of a 19-year-old schoolgirl who can’t help but feel that she is being watched and followed by something or someone....

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Somewhere between her emergence from the Melbourne laneways and her recent world-beating performance on Ellen, Courtney Barnett has become Australia’s voice-of-a-generation in waiting. Her debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, is out now via her own Milk! Records via Remote Control, and it was last week crowned the BRAG’s Album of the Week with a five-star review: “...

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Foo Fighters are at it again. Their latest release, Sonic Highways, comes in the form of an HBO docuseries, which lead singer Dave Grohl has described as a love letter dedicated to the history of American music. The series follows the Fooies as they travel to eight cities in America in an attempt to create a work that aptly describes the American sound. The result was an eight-track album of...

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The outdoor cinema has undergone a resurgence of late, harking back to the good old days of the drive-in – except Sydney’s open-air cinemas have thus far been more or less exclusive to the CBD and surrounds. But not anymore. Up north, the Sydney Open-Air Cinema is getting ready for its launch on Wednesday April 1, taking up residence at the historic Heritage Park in Castle Hill. With a season...

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The prolific Nicky Bomba (Bomba, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, formerly John Butler Trio) has spent much of the past two years touring the world with his Bustamento project, and it’s all come to a head with new album Intercontinental Journal 7, released in the last lights of 2014. The band focuses on Caribbean rhythms, transcending calypso, early reggae and ska, and latest single ‘Back Again’ even...

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Have you ever thought about what might happen if those mechanical fighting robots built by nerdy science-gamers for Robot Wars grew up and took over the world? This might be the answer. Neill Blomkamp’s new film Chappie follows a robot of the same name, created by Deon (Dev Patel), who’s kidnapped and grown into one of the many fighting machines charged with maintaining order in a futuristic...

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Ah yes – it’s that time of year when we cast an ever-so-slightly envious eye to Melbourne and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It’s one of the largest events of its kind in the world, and a compulsory stop for the funniest comedians and performers from here to Timbuktu. The festival will take over the Victorian capital from Wednesday March 25 – Sunday April 19 this year, and much...

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It’s time to do the time warp again. The Rocky Horror Show is celebrating 40 years onstage in 2015, and Richard O’Brien’s musical is making its way back to Sydney for the occasion. Television and theatre star Craig McLachlan has made the role of Frank N. Furter his own, winning the 2014 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical for this performance, and he returns for the...

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The West End hit Jumpy is set to make its Sydney debut this month, thanks to Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company. The play focuses on the mother of all midlife crises for 50-year-old Hilary, who finds herself having to confront middle-aged life and motherhood – specifically the anxiety caused by her own rebellious 15-year-old daughter. Jane Turner as Hilary will be joined in...

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Australia’s favourite adopted Canadian is back again. Following last year’s reunion of The Tea Party and his collaborative tour with Sarah McLeod, Jeff Martin is hitting the road this month for his Returning From The Ocean At The End Tour. It’s another change of pace from the Tea Party frontman, who’ll strip things back and perform in solo acoustic mode. The tour is named after The Tea Party’s...

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North Sydney's brand new Party In The Park event is set to land this Saturday March 14. A huge lineup of local stars is heading over the Harbour Bridge for the day, including The Cat Empire, Husky, Little May, The Jezabels and Sons Of The East. It's the concert event the North Shore has been waiting for, set in the gorgeous surrounds of the vintage North Sydney Oval.

 

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is a blues rock collective pooled together by the former Black Crowes frontman of the same name. The lads have only been together four years, yet have released an impressive three albums in that time. Their latest, Phosphorescent Harvest, came out in June last year. In support of the release, they’ll be hitting up Australia soon – namely to perform at Byron Bay’s...

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The President of the Parliament of Funk himself, George Clinton, is bringing his Parliament-Funkadelic outfit back to Australian shores once again this year. A household name and constant presence on the funk scene since the early ’70s, Clinton has worked with the likes of Tupac, Primal Scream, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg and so many more. The ever-colourful Clinton is always down...

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Sydney, get your taste buds at the ready: Taste Of Sydney returns to Centennial Park this weekend. Big names on the local dining scene like MoVida, Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Biota Dining, Otto Ristorante and more will show off their wares in a more inclusive setting than usual, meaning it’s all very family-friendly and ready to take in under the autumn sunshine. Apart from the tastes of food...

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Allow us to confess something upfront: rock journalists are a troubled bunch. All the rumours of bitter, failed-musicians-turned-critics and alcohol-deluded hacks convinced they’re the next Lester Bangs are nothing but accurate*. Megan Griffiths’ new film Lucky Them explores the ups and downs of a music writer’s life, following Ellie Klug (Toni Collette) on her editor’s assignment to...

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Songs Not To Dance To, presented by FORM Dance Projects and opening next month at the Riverside Theatres, will attempt to tackle the age-old question of hedonists everywhere: can all songs be danced to? Choreographer Martin del Amo and dance artist Phil Blackman have teamed up to tackle this conundrum, attempting to dance to songs like Jimmy Barnes’ ‘Working Class Man’, ABBA’s ‘The Way Old...

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Farmer & The Owl Festival is back again this year, returning to Wollongong with a boom lineup of local and international talent. The 2015 edition will feature acts like upcoming rockers Bad//Dreems, American garage band Bass Drum Of Death and those punks who sound Jacques Dutronc despite the fact they’re singing in English, Birds With Thumbs. That’s not at all, though – DZ Deathrays, The...

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If there’s one thing we know all too well about festivals, it’s that often they are far too expensive and far too difficult to get to. Luckily, the brand new festival Party In The Park, which aims to give a much-needed boost to Northern Sydney’s music scene, has you covered, providing a spectacular evening of entertainment conveniently located on Sydney’s North Shore. The stellar lineup...

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