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Recent Issues


All Writing From Erin Hall

Feb 2018


  BABY BLUES If you read last month’s special installment, you’re aware that our son Emmett arrived on December 8th in spectacular fashion. Since then, my husband John and I have been swept up in…Read full article

Jan 2018


41 HOURS OR LABOR SPECIAL “ADDITION”   I shouldn’t have been surprised when December 3rd came and went with no sign of labor—I knew the statistics about passing your due date for a first-time pregnancy. But…Read full article

Dec 2017


END OF THE ROAD Chances are that as you read this column, I am holding my newborn child. As I sit here composing it, our due date is less than three weeks away and we’re…Read full article

Nov 2017


GONE TO THE DOGS Welcome back to the final countdown! As this issue debuts, I’m hitting the 36 week mark of my pregnancy—a mere four weeks away from the expected delivery date. Since the last…Read full article

Oct 2017


ROUNDING THIRD I have no idea how, but here we are—the third trimester, the home stretch. When this issue hits the stands, I’ll be approaching week 31 of my pregnancy (the typical length of human…Read full article


Now in its 18th year, The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is one of the major draws of Halloween weekend in New Orleans. Taking place under the stately oaks of City Park, it has long…Read full article

Sep 2017


SIZE MATTERS I’ve never been a small girl. Unless you count literal infancy through age six or so. Otherwise, I’ve always been taller, broader, and just plain bigger than nearly every girl I know (and…Read full article

Jul 2017


Hello again. Welcome back to the Wonderful World of My Uterus. Things are moving right along and, as this issue debuts, I am at 18 weeks (food reference: a bell pepper), just two weeks shy…Read full article

Jun 2017


My life has changed a lot in the last year. I got engaged to my boyfriend of ten years. I quit a job I honestly thought I’d never leave. I left the marketing industry and…Read full article

May 2017


BOY HARSHER YR BODY IS NOTHING (DKA) Missing their February Mudlark appearance, yet seeing their shared bill with High Functioning Flesh (one of my favorite acts) later in the tour urged me to check out…Read full article

Feb 2017


The Americana scene has steadily grown in prominence over the last decade, taking the banjo and fiddle from the fringes of popular culture and plopping it down right in the middle of the Top 40….Read full article

Nov 2016


I’ve known for years that I couldn’t be alone: an unbridled love for my Southern roots, nestled alongside the dread I feel entering my parents’ home to hear Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity blasting from…Read full article

Oct 2016


From the disco-meets-devil worship of GHOST to the redemptive, soulful wails of Charles Bradley, this year’s Voodoo Music + Arts Experience promises to be another religious experience among the majestic oaks of City Park. The…Read full article

Jun 2016


MUSIC JAMES BLAKE THE COLOUR IN ANYTHING (POLYDOR) “I can’t believe this, you don’t wanna see me,” croons the refrain, amid spectral moans and piano chords. From this opening, James Blake’s newest offering, The Colour in Anything, engages listeners on…Read full article

Jan 2016

Reviews, January 2016

ADELE 25 (XL) Look, I get it. I’m being played. I’m being pandered to. I am fully aware of it. But I also don’t give a shit. I’m all in on this one: Adele is…Read full article

Oct 2015

Top Guns: Antigravity’s Best of the Best for Voodoo 2015

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is once again upon us, requesting permission to buzz the hallowed oaks of City Park. It’s a magical time of year, bringing boundless joy to both roving packs of…Read full article

Aug 2015

La Beaute d’Entropie

I was sitting on my couch when it happened. It was a normal weeknight and we had just finished a dinner of spaghetti with my boyfriend’s amazing homemade red sauce. I was in a pair…Read full article

Apr 2015

Pariah to Profit: Growing up with Miss Nelle “Harper” Lee

Monroeville, Alabama was a perfectly fine place to be a kid. I was spared any major life trauma, all things considered. I had plenty of friends and my grandparents lived close by and the bubble…Read full article

Feb 2015

Azz Everywhere with Diarrhea Planet

When I first spotted Nashville punk rockers Diarrhea Planet on the Hangout Fest lineup last spring, all I could think was “I don’t care how good they are; that is a heinous band name.” I…Read full article

Oct 2014

Reviews, October 2014

Books BLACK FRANCIS, JOHN  FRANK, STEVE APPLEBY THE GOOD INN (IT BOOKS) In 1908, the simple mechanics of the zoetrope and the science, chemistry, and fledgling art of still photography had combined in a new…Read full article

Glow Sticks and Goat’s Blood: AG Writers Pick their Voodoo 2014 Favorites

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has always served up an eclectic conflict of sound, whether it’s been Neil Young vs. Metallica, Rage Against the Machine vs. M.I.A., or this year’s lineup, which pits metal…Read full article

Lost and Found: An interview with Walt McClements (Lonesome Leash)

I met Walt McClements shortly after Katrina. It was my third day at a new job, manning the counter at Z’otz Cafe on Oak street. He was quiet nearly the entire shift, but utterly warm…Read full article

Jun 2014

Young at Heart: Antigravity does Hangout Fest 2014

I turned 30 in January. It’s been a somewhat rough six months of adjustment to the idea that I have to be some sort of “real” adult now. Though I’m not yet married or a…Read full article

Reviews, June 2014

THE BALLY WHO? A PILFERER’S PATIENCE (SELF-RELEASED) Of all the places for a band to find inspiration for an album, a puppet show is probably down toward the “unlikely” end of the spectrum—but that’s exactly…Read full article

A Decade of Deadlines : Celebrating and Commiserating with 10 Years of Anti-friends

To put into perspective what life was like in 2004, when Antigravity was launched, here are a few realities the people of New Orleans knew: TwiRoPa was a live and functioning club in the Lower…Read full article

Real Talk: Memorable Moments from Antigravity’s First Ten Years

AG has been privileged to speak with a lot of artists over the past 10 years and have them tell us their stories. Here are some of the most memorable moments as rendered by Osa…Read full article

May 2014

We Were Heathens: Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers

Patterson Hood is a bear of a man. On stage, he’s all stomping, sweat and spit, his curly mop and generous beard forever dripping with the evidence of his hard work. He preaches with the…Read full article

Apr 2014

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

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

Mar 2014

Reviews, March 2014

Books MIKE KENNEDY KNOCKOUT: A MANUAL FOR SUCCESS (CRUSHED MEDIA) Filmmaker Mike Kennedy is a case study of local guy made good; but at one time in his life, he was over $400,000 in the…Read full article

Feb 2014

Country Girl: An Interview with the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens

The Carolina Chocolate Drops appeared seemingly from the ether, a band of 20-something African-American kids from North Carolina who scored a Grammy nomination (and win) for Best Traditional Folk Album for their breakout LP, Genuine…Read full article

Letter from the Editor: Carnival Shoes

I came at Mardi Gras originally with the view of an outsider. We had family friends in the river parishes of South Louisiana that we visited every year of my childhood (usually in February) for…Read full article

Reviews, February 2014

Books DALT WONK THE RIDDLES OF EXISTENCE (LUNA PRESS) You can choose to take playwright and poet Dalt Wonk’s latest, The Riddles of Existence, at face value and treat this oversized deck of cards as…Read full article

Jan 2014

Taking Notes with Futurebirds

Athens, Georgia has long been a fertile ground for musical innovation. The latest gift it has bestowed upon the world comes wrapped in a big, loud, trippy package. Futurebirds meld the endearing storytelling traditions of…Read full article

Life’s a Beach in 2014: Resolutions from some of the AG Staff

1. Stop smoking. (Failed) 2. Write more, continue to work hard and make more money. Maybe even ascend  into a new tax bracket for 2015. 3. Eat only delicious food. Life is too short for…Read full article

Dec 2013

Oh Holy Night: Christmas with John Waters

He’s been called many things: the Pope of Trash, Prince of Puke, Cecil B. DeMented. He is as famous for his perverted smile and the wispy sliver of hair on his upper lip as he…Read full article

Oct 2013

Rock the Oaks: AG Writers’ Picks for Voodoo 2013

Voodoo 2013 or Lollapalooza  ‘95? Hard  to tell with this year’s lineup, which is topped by icons of  the last millenium like Pearl Jam and the Cure. But  hey, those were some golden times to…Read full article

Dog Days with Shovels and Rope

In April of 2012 ANTIGRAVITY sat down to talk with a couple from South Carolina. They called themselves Shovels & Rope and they were down-to-earth, talented road warriors just starting to make a name for themselves….Read full article

Sep 2013

Man Man: Every Man for Himself

Known primarily for the outlandish sound of  their earliest recordings––a barely-controlled swirl of  chaos and cacophony––Man Man is the type of  band that could easily fade into caricature. Plenty of  people are turned off  by…Read full article

Slow Cookin’ with R. Scully

Ryan Scully is probably most well known as a member of quintessential New Orleans good-times-party-band, Morning 40 Federation. But his new outfit, R. Scully’s Rough Seven, is releasing their second full-length  LP,  Codebreaker, this month….Read full article

Aug 2013

Reviews, August 2013


Jun 2013

Hangout Fest Highlights

SHOVELS AND ROPE The highlight and first set of Saturday was South Carolina husband-wife duo Shovels and Rope, who played a strong set at the Hangout mainstage. Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst’s casual banter…Read full article

Hang Out 1 on 1: The Tontons

Just a few hours’ drive from New Orleans, the members of  The Tontons were all born and raised in the sprawling metropolis of  Houston,  Texas. In their fourth year as a band, they’re starting to…Read full article

May 2013

Gulf Jams: AG’s picks for Hangout 2013

Technically, Hangout Music Fest––which takes place in May on the sugary sands of Gulf Shores, Alabama––is still in its infancy. Compared to veteran behemoths like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, it has a long way to…Read full article

Apr 2013

Reviews, April 2013

Books VINCENT A. CELLUCCI, ED. FUCK POEMS: AN EXCEPTIONAL ANTHOLOGY (LAVENDER INK) It’s amazing, the capacity that one word can still have to shock, to titillate, to hint at the sacred and the profane all…Read full article

Goodie Basket: AG Writers Pick a Bountiful Bushel at This Year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Break out the wide-brimmed  hats, the sunscreen and the boogie. While hordes of  old dudes from Maine descend upon us clothed in short-sleeved button downs emblazoned with crawfish playing trumpets, it must not be forgotten…Read full article

Feb 2013

Call of the Sirens: Tales of a Mardi Gras Dance Krewe Rookie

In other news that may surprise you, dear readers, I was once a dancer. It seems most parents enroll their little girls in ballet at some point, though for most it’s a shortlived phase to…Read full article

Jan 2013

Bottoms Up with Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers

For those familiar with the unabashed, piss-and-vinegar Southern rock stylings of the Drive-By Truckers, Mike Cooley is affectionately known as “The Stroker Ace” (please see the 1983 Burt Reynolds-driven cinematic masterpiece of the same name…Read full article

Dec 2012

When the River Meets the Sea

This time of year can be really hard for some people. I have friends who abhor everything to do with Christmas. Some hate the commercialization and commoditization of goodwill, while others detest the idea of…Read full article

Nov 2012

Reviews, November 2012

Books T.GERONIMO JOHNSON HOLD IT ‘TIL IT HURTS (COFFEE HOUSE) It begins as a tale of two brothers’ provenance: Afghanistan war-weary veterans Achilles and Troy return from a tour of duty to find their adoptive…Read full article