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All Writing From Leigh Checkman

Aug 2017


AR-15 DOGS OF WAR (C RAGE!) Whiskey-swilling, shirtless, and full of banter during their live shows, this trio’s latest cassette, Dogs of War, recalls influential ‘80s/ early ‘90s NYC hardcore such as Cro-Mags and Sheer…Read full article

Jun 2017


COMO MAMAS MOVE UPSTAIRS (DAPTONE) The gospel music tradition lives on in many churches across the country, and one of the better examples of that tradition lies in the powerful voices of Ester Mae Wilbourn,…Read full article

Oct 2016


13 DREAMS POST GOSPEL DISCO (BROTHERS SOMETHING) New Orleans’ 13 Dreams, Justin Batiste and Jesse Zenon, have debuted with a fantastically lush album. While its title Post Gospel Disco might seem to do the work…Read full article

Sep 2016


APHEX TWIN CHEETAH (WARP) Richard D. James has certainly been prolific these past few years. Between 2014’s triumphant Syro (the vast archive of previously-unreleased tracks put up on Soundcloud) and last year’s Computer Controlled Acoustic…Read full article

Aug 2016


  ALICE BAG S/T (DON GIOVANNI)   Perhaps it was her activism, the penning of her memoirs of the Hollywood punk scene of the late ‘70s and of her travels to post-revolutionary Nicaragua, or her…Read full article

Jul 2016


BANTAM FOXES GOLD RECORD (BANDCAMP)  A Bantam Foxes release is like a sonic postcard that comes every few months, attempting to pack in as much as it can without seeming too dashed off, and leaving…Read full article

Apr 2016

Reviews, April 2016

Music – Books – Art Music DANIEL ASH STRIPPED (MAIN MAN) Anyone who has ever darkened the doors of Hot Topic or coughed from dancing too long next to a smoke machine knows the name…Read full article

Mar 2016

Reviews, March 2016

Books BOB MEHR TROUBLE BOYS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE REPLACEMENTS (DACAPO PRESS) There’s an expression—”don’t sit too close at the ballet”—that’s sometimes used to describe the feeling of learning too much about something you…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

Dec 2015

Reviews, December 2015

ADULTS THIS IS OUR YEAR (THIS IS HURRY UP AND WAIT) I have to channel my inner Bryan Funck because I was hoping he’d review this record but dude is so “busy” these days, mostly…Read full article

Top 5 Badass Divas in Book Form

5. CARRIE BROWNSTEIN, HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL I could hardly resist humming the Sleater-Kinney song from which the title of Brownstein’s memoir is taken, because it is spot-on. Hungry for attention since her…Read full article

Nov 2015

Reviews, November 2015

Books   KRISTIN HERSH DON’T SUCK, DON’T DIE: GIVING UP VIC CHESNUTT (UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS) In the mid-1990s, Throwing Muses’ founder Kristin Hersh embarked on what would be the first of many tours with…Read full article

Oct 2015

Reviews, October 2015

ANN PEEBLES GREATEST HITS (HI RECORDS/FAT POSSUM) With the Hi Rhythm Section backing her up, Ann Peebles released seven albums for Hi Records over the course of the 1970s. While her labelmate Al Green became…Read full article

Sep 2015

Reviews, September 2015

Books KATRINA: AFTER THE FLOOD GARY RIVLIN (SIMON & SCHUSTER) Put Douglas Brinkley’s The Great Deluge (published in 2006) and Gary Rivlin’s Katrina side by side. Deluge, intent on telling in detail the story of the…Read full article

Aug 2015

Reviews, August 2015

Print MOMMA TRIED ISSUE NO. 2 MMXIV (SELF-PUBLISHED) It’s an odd, archaic feeling, sitting at a table with a magazine. The pages are slick and heavy with ink. A thrill of muscle memory shivers up…Read full article

Jul 2015

Reviews, July 2015

THE BRETON SOUND DON’T BE AFRAID OF ROCK & ROLL, VOL. 1 (INDEPENDENT) The latest from the bearded ones known as The Breton Sound is all about refining their formidable skills to present their tightest…Read full article

Jun 2015

Reviews, June ’15

ISSA RAE THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL (37 INK/ATRIA BOOKS) YouTube, much maligned for creating loads of inane internet stars, blessedly balances out those scales by bringing the world the work and perspectives of…Read full article

May 2015

Reviews, May 2015

ALABAMA SHAKES SOUND & COLOR (ATO) Alabama Shakes’ 2012 debut Boys & Girls heralded an auspicious beginning for these blues rockers, bringing the raw force of Brittany Howard’s voice, Zac Cockrell’s bass, Heath Fogg’s simple-yet-strong…Read full article

Apr 2015

Reviews, April 2015

CHEF MENTEUR III (SUNRISE OCEAN BENDER) The sheer size and scope of Chef Menteur’s III may seem daunting to new listeners at first, but these New Orleans-based instrumentalists are old hands at epic conceptual albums….Read full article

Mar 2015

Reviews, March ’15

Books P. CURRAN THE BREATHTAKING CHRISTA P. (CADIZ & CADIZN’T) New Orleans in the ‘90s: a great place for an escaped fugitive to hide in plain sight… or it would be for one particular fugitive…Read full article

Feb 2015

Reviews, February 2015

Books JEFF CHANG WHO WE BE: THE COLORIZATION OF AMERICA (ST. MARTIN’S  PRESS) Best known for the landmark hip-hop history Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Stanford University Institute for Diversity in the Arts director Jeff Chang…Read full article

Jan 2015

Reviews, January ’15

Books   THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ SCENE 1970-2000: A PERSONAL RETROSPECTIVE THOMAS W. JACOBSEN (LSU PRESS) Jazz music is New Orleans’ artistic tributary that runs into the larger river of American music and culture. Music…Read full article

Dec 2014

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

Nov 2014

Reviews, Nov 2014

Books NOT THAT KIND  OF GIRL: A YOUNG WOMAN TELLS YOU WHAT  SHE’S “LEARNED” LENA DUNHAM (RANDOM HOUSE) What kind of girl is Lena Dunham? Not That Kind Of Girl, in any other context,  would…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

Aug 2014

Reviews, August 2014

Books MARC SPITZ TWEE: THE GENTLE REVOLUTION IN MUSIC, BOOKS, TELEVISION, FASHION, AND  FILM (IT BOOKS) A critical look at the cultural trends that inform the creation of Wes Anderson’s aesthetic, Neutral Milk Hotel’s In…Read full article

Jul 2014

Reviews, July 2014

Books   DAVE EGGERS YOUR FATHERS, WHERE ARE THEY? AND  THE PROPHETS, DO THEY LIVE FOREVER? (KNOPF/MCSWEENY’S) Eggers’ latest effort is a series of conversations. Each chapter features a different character that our protagonist, Thomas,…Read full article

Jun 2014

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

Reviews, May 2014


Apr 2014

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

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

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

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

Reviews, January 2014

Books ERIN K. WILSON SNOWBIRD: BOOK ONE (SELF-PUBLISHED) The premise of the graphic novel Snowbird has all the makings of a disaster: a jane-come-lately do-gooder  drops in on New Orleans to literally  lecture everyone about…Read full article

Dec 2013

Reviews, December 2013

Books P. CURRAN NAUGHT  BUT A SHADOW: A NOVEL OF THE OCCULT (CADIZ & CADIZN’T) Written before author P. Curran’s sublime Stay Out Of New Orleans, yet published after that collection, Curran returns to the…Read full article

Nov 2013

Reviews, November 2013

Books RAY DAVIES AMERICANA:  THE KINKS,  THE RIFF, THE ROAD: THE STORY (STERLING) Ray Davies has made a career out of a vaudevillian sensibility for mining the lives of various characters and immortalizing them in…Read full article

Oct 2013

Reviews, October 2013

BANTAM  FOXES TRIUMPH (INDEPENDENT) To pigeonhole the music of Bantam Foxes into a niche known as ‘90s rock is to miss how far brothers Sam and Collin McCabe, in league with hard-hitting drummer Jared Marcell,…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

Sep 2013

Reviews, September 2013

  ALEX CHILTON ELECTRICITY BY CANDLELIGHT/ NYC 2/13/97 (BAR/NONE) One February night at New York City’s Knitting Factory, the power went out. An Alex Chilton solo performance slated to go on that night was initially…Read full article

Aug 2013

Reviews, August 2013


Jul 2013

Reviews, July 2013

Books CURTIS HARRINGTON NICE GUYS DON’T  WORK  IN HOLLYWOOD: THE ADVENTURES OF AN  AESTHETE IN THE MOVIE  BUSINESS (DRAG CITY) Curtis Harrington’s autobiography is a strange example of the Hollywood insider genre: a tale of…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

Apr 2013

Liner Notes: A Record Store Day Wishlist from the AG Staff

Some days are just meant to be hassle-free, where you can lay it all out and stop worrying about stupid shit for a second. Beach trips. Mardi Gras day. Sunday. Record Store Day should be…Read full article

Mar 2013

Reviews, March 2013

Books MARK LAFLAUR ELYSIAN FIELDS (MID-CITY) Kicking off a book with a catastrophe-in-the-making is risky business. In the case of Mark LaFlaur’s Elysian Fields, it casts a pall over the massive flashback that is the…Read full article

Feb 2013

Reviews, February 2013

Books ALAN LIGHT THE HOLY OR THE BROKEN: LEONARD COHEN, JEFF BUCKLEY, & THE UNLIKELY ASCENT OF “HALLELUJAH” (ATRIA BOOKS) It still maintains a hold on us, this song of longtime troubadour/ writer/poet Leonard Cohen’s…Read full article

Eat Party Rally Boot Repeat: Antigravity’s Mardi Gras Buffet

DAN’S HUMMUS Someone recently told me they wanted to swim in my hummus; I don’t know what’s so special about it but I have been making this dish for a long time, ever since my…Read full article

Jan 2013

Reviews, January 2013

Books NEIL YOUNG WAGING HEAVY PEACE (BLUE RIDER PRESS) Of those who have a certain last name, it is said that no matter how old they get, they will forever be Young. None has borne…Read full article