April 2014 – Antigravity Magazine
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Columns

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Reality Bites: Eat, Drink and Be Nerdy

It’s good to be a nerd these days. A new generation of gamers, punk rockers, and fantasy sports fanatics have found strength in numbers and we’re pushing back against the establishment. I am old enough…Read full article

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Guidance Counseling: Sirens

On April 18th at Gasa Gasa, Kimberly Vice and Michelle Ausman—the silky voices of Sirens, will release their first LP Blossom Talk on Community Records along with label owners and mates All People. The release…Read full article

Astrocreep: Anecdotal Eclipse of the Heart

Do you read other astrologers, my darling creepoids? It’s okay if you do. Just take a shower in between reading them and reading me, and always love me best. April is such a momentous month…Read full article

Letter from the Editor: Sprung

It’s been said that the only constant in life is change. And as they are want to do, the seasons have finally changed. What was an unusually long winter has finally blossomed into spring. Ah,…Read full article


Features

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Tracing the Future with Rotary Downs

Rotary Downs is easily one of the best known indie acts to arise from New Orleans in the last decade. A mix of effortless cool and just a smidge of nerdiness, their sound has been…Read full article

Extra Tacos: Community Records vs. SXSW

We hadn’t even hit Metairie before the veggie oil system on Greased Thunder started giving us trouble. After sending the spent fryer oil to the engine, we were decelerating before we could even finish celebrating…Read full article

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Diet of Doom: Fat Stupid Ugly People Turn 10

The sound of New Orleans powerviolence act Fat Stupid Ugly People perfectly dovetails with their name. Brief, jagged songs are punctuated by rapid tempo shifts with vocals that are alternately bellowed or screeched by what…Read full article

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Safe Stages: Nuturing Creativity With New Orleans Queer Youth Theatre

The New Orleans Queer Youth Theater (NOQYT), part of the national Pride Youth Theater Alliance, was formed in 2013 by three local theatre-makers, Rebecca Mwase, (Antigravity contributor) Rachel Lee, and Evan Spigelman. I spoke with…Read full article

What a Way to Make a Living: Taking on SXSW with Hurray for the Riff Raff

Cynical types, jaded insiders, and snarky journalists have come to loathe South By Southwest over the years. It’s become fashionable to dismiss this annual gathering of music industry amateurs and pros alike as a bloated…Read full article

Dick Dale Will Live Forever

When most people think of surf music, they typically call to mind the pop harmonies of the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, or the innocent fun-in-the-sun dance tunes from any number of beach party films….Read full article

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BUKU Notebook

It’s hard to take a festival seriously when you see swarms of teenagers wearing vibrant plastic tank tops, colorful swim trunks and neon sunglasses at night. It doesn’t help that they’re are all either on…Read full article

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R.I.P. Dave Brockie

March 23, 2014 was a sad day for heavy metal and horror fans alike. The great David Murray Brockie (best known as Oderus Urungus, lead vocalist for the shock rock band, GWAR) was found dead…Read full article

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Extra Room: Readers Respond to ‘UnfairBnB: What Unlicensed Short-Term Rentals Mean for New Orleans’

Once again, our resident rabble-rouser Jules Bentley has upset the liberal micro-economy of New Orleans, with the piece he cowrote with Dorian Commode about AirBnB and its effects on our local housing market. Not since…Read full article


Reviews // Photos // Comics

Reviews, April 2014

Books RICHARD CAMPANELLA BOURBON STREET: A HISTORY (LSU PRESS) Better known locally and in academic circles for his work on New Orleans’ geographies, Tulane School of Architecture geographer Richard Campanella has penned a reading on…Read full article