December 2014 – Antigravity Magazine
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Columns

From James Tilly Matthews’ illustration of the Air Loom (an imagined surveillance device) featured in John Haslam’s Illustrations of Madness (1810).

Astrocreep: 2014 Can Get the Fuck off This Planet but You and I are Stuck Here, Bud

There’s a movement among science-fiction writers and critics to dispose with the term “dystopia.” The argument to drop the term (or at least use it a lot more selectively) is that it obscures the urgent…Read full article

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Letter from the Editor: Resolutionary

2014 is not ending on a good note. The deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of law enforcement have brought into sharp relief an epidemic of police brutality against populations of…Read full article

Guidance Counseling: Dax Riggs

For more than 20 years, Dax Riggs has been the resident doomy crooner of south Louisiana. Famous for his blend of vocal virtuosity and dark subject matter, his most well-known gig was as the frontman…Read full article

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Red Light Fever: TARE — Be Prepared

It’s 11 p.m. on a Sunday night as I meet up with Tare, a fairly new “remedial math/space emo” quartet comprised of Josh Campbell (guitar), Zachary Meredith (guitar/vocals), Ian Paine-  Jesam (drums), and Dustin Poelker…Read full article


Features

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Hooks and Phonics with AJ Avila

When I hit the Powerball, I’ll pull a Jeff Spicoli and get the original lineup of Van Halen (including Michael Anthony—sorry Wolfie) to reunite to play my party. The perfect opening band will most certainly…Read full article

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Uber Confidential: One Driver ‘Shares’ His Experience

I have the pleasure of being an independent contract worker for Uber. It all started out as an internet taxi service in San Francisco that was donation-based, to exploit loopholes in the city’s taxi laws….Read full article

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Slingshots, Anyone? : Looting and Mayhem in Oakland

Across trash-strewn streets, a collection of neighborhood dogs were beginning their nightly chorus. Footsteps shuffled under piss-yellow fluorescents, as the wails reached their crescendo, seeping into cement cracks and over the rooftops of residential houses…Read full article

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Clocking In: Labor and Love with D.O.N.

Like any studied hip-hop artist, Donald Purvis has a few alter egos. There’s the mild-mannered working stiff, husband, and father by day. By night—on the mic—Purvis, as d.o.n. or d.o.n. the worker, transforms into a…Read full article

HiGH Taunts the Cosmos (and the East Coast)

HiGH is a power rock trio comprised of scene stalwarts Craig Oubre on guitar, Isidore Grisoli on bass, and Josh White on drums. They all share vocal duties, cigs, and a love for Green Day…Read full article

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Poppers and Apologies on the Babes Midwest Tour

Babes frontman Rhodes Murphy worships equally at the altars of 9th Ward freakiness and Goner Records buzz fuzz. Together with guitarist Ian Adams and drummer Sam Yoger, Murphy recently completed a ten day tour through…Read full article

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PEARS Come Knocking

PEARS’ furious, yet harmonious skate punk rock is akin to staring at a strobe light: you might love the effect and want to swing your hands wildly around, or your heart might seize up with…Read full article

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A William Shakespeare Holiday Office Party

Hark! Hark! Tis now struck six; get thee away from thy wheeled thrones and screens aglow. Let us lessen the fluorescent glare and heighten the festive glow of fir and candelabra. The outlet, Carol, thou…Read full article


Reviews // Photos // Comics

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Deconstructive Criticism: Naughty and Nice Edition

I thought most of these reviews would be a lot harsher than they ended up. But in fact, most of them are pretty nice as far as I’m concerned. So if you’re offended by anything…Read full article

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Reviews, December 2014

Books   EMPIRE OF SIN: A STORY OF SEX, JAZZ, MURDER, AND THE BATTLE FOR MODERN NEW ORLEANS GARY KRIST (CROWN PUBLISHING) In Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle…Read full article