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Food at the Brewery, Newtown -

Sweet dreams are indeed made of cheese. And as of Friday 15th September our good pals at The Stinking Bishops will be making those sweet dreams come true every Friday, when they bring a big ol’ wheel of Raclette cheese to the brewery and heat things up a bit. Think of it like the thinking (wo)man’s fondue party. They’ll also be doing a couple of their delicious toasties. But first, what the hell is Raclette? Garth from TSB explains...

 

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Music, Perth -

“If Gina Rinehart gets you down”. That’s Pond, on album The Weather, simultaneously wearing their West-Australian heart on their sleeve, and the weight of the world on their shoulders. The band that have always danced in the shadows of Tame Impala, that other Perth band (with whom it shares members and crew). But now all of a sudden they’ve wedged seven LPs under their belt, in almost as many years. And despite the weightier content, their psych pop's ever buoyant. At the edge of the world, not drowning but waving. Just decompressing after back-to-back US & Euro tour stints, they’re about to head out on their Oz leg. But first we chatted with Jay ‘Gum’ Watson.

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Food at the Brewery, Newtown -

For the best part of a decade Jovan Curic has been kicking around the traps of Sydney perfecting his burger. Before everything was a pop-up, his Pub Life Kitchen concept would pop up in different inner-city pubs. Before the obsession with OTT burgers he was a Dr Frankenstein creating monster burgs which he would unleash on the PLK punters. Then, last year he went against the tide and set up shop way out west in Wakeley. 

Superior Burger is the suburban takeaway joint of your dreams. A humble mixed business shopfront reveals a moodier interior refitted with hanging fernery and on the wall ‘Best in the West’, a promise in neon. And, as of a couple of months ago, Superior Burger is taking it to the streets. The Superior Express is a slick, fully-customised 1950s Austin Bus (read more about it’s impressive transformation below). We’re thrilled that they’re hauling up and hitting the brakes at the brewery for the weekend of September 2-3 aka Father’s Day weekend (yep it’s a whole weekend). We caught up with Jovan for a chat about the bus and the burgers and - as this is his first father’s day as a new dad - we also ordered a little “off-menu item” called some ol' fashioned fatherly advice. Cheers Jovi.

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Melbourne, Photography -

"My dream is to take a photo that when someone looks at it they hear a note, loud and clear, " says photographer Zo Gay, better known as Zo Damage.

If you’ve been kicking around the Melbourne live music circuit at all in the past few years, you’ve probably crossed paths with Zo inching, shot-by-shot, closer to that goal. The woman is a veteran of the scene. On 25 February 2016 she set herself the challenge of photographing a band (or more) every day for a full year. Turns out it was a leap year, so the 365 Day Project actually took 366 days to complete. The project is now being released as a book, The Damage Report, with launches and exhibitions to take place in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. We chatted to Zo about life on the far side of the lens.

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Brisbane, Music -

Pete Cullen is driving up the coast. He should be listening to the mixes the sound engineer has sent him of his new albums but he left the cord for the car stereo at home. Instead he’s listening to the insistent high-pitched whistling of his roof rack. And, let me assure you, the output of Pete Cullen’s whistling roof rack is prolific.

Pete Cullen’s own output is about to be fairly enthusiastic as well. He’s simultaneously set to release a new record under his own name, “an alt-country, southern rock kind of album” and the other for his old time rock n' roll/rockabilly side project, P.C. and the Biffs. His mates at Lefty’s (where he plays on the regular) describe, “He's like a piece of old furniture around here at Lefty's Old Time Music Hall, like a mouldy old chair that you can't bring yourself to throw out, but damn Pete Cullen has got some tunes.” Damn, if we don’t agree!

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