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    [RECAP] Ring of Honor: Final Battle Aftermath at 2300 Arena 12/4/16

    Ever since its inception nearly 15 years ago right here in Philadelphia, Ring of Honor has had a peerless reputation as an absolutely no nonsense promotion where wrestling skill and athleticism are valued above all else,  free from the shackles of the cartoonish gimmicks, interminable promos, and constant interference from non-wrestlers that plague the big two federations, making their product nearly unwatchable. ROH’s 2014 partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling brought their presentation to an even higher echelon, joining their incredibly strong existing roster with strong style living legends...
  • Movies

    Review: Man Down

    Admittedly, I am not normally a fan of military type movies.  Being a rebel anarchist at heart, I am not the most patriotic person. For me, protesting political corruption and rejecting societal norms and standards are the best form of patriotism. However, there are thousands of others that believe fighting for my right to do that is the ultimate form of patriotism. Regardless, this isn’t another political article about civil liberties or pushing a political agenda, this is just a harmless review of a movie starring an adorable and...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] The Ataris and MXPX at First Unitarian Church 12/2/16

    Every so often I am surprised that bands I enjoyed in my younger days are still going strong now, albeit on a much smaller scale than before. Long gone are the huge venues with thousands of crowds. Now they are relegated to the smaller more intimate shows. If a band manages to maintain a career it begins and ends in these small shows. I personally prefer these smaller shows as it lets you get up close and personal with these bands.  That is why when I heard that The...
  • Games

    Canon Spike: Marvel Super Heroes

    When most people think of Marvel in the 90’s, eye searing, Manga influenced visions of Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man and Jim Lee’s X-Men, and the Fox cartoon series’ that loosely adapted them, immediately come to mind. Beneath the surface though the House of Ideas was nearly at death’s door, hemorrhaging money due to the previously mentioned all-star creators jumping ship to form competitor Image Comics, and business practices that relied too much on a bursting bubble of speculators flocking to far too many gold foil and hologram variants, thinking each...
  • Movies

    Trail Mix – Jingle All The Way

    Trail Mix takes a look at classic movie trailers from years past to explore their relationship (however sometimes tenuous) to the films themselves and to the movie promotion of today. We’d previously discussed, here in the hallowed virtual pages of Trail Mix, how 1993’s Last Action Hero all but “killed the Terminator” when it came to derailing the then-impervious career of Arnold Schwarzenegger. True, many fans consider the Austrian Oak’s late 90’s output to be about as useful as his later aspirations towards politics, but amid all the Erasers,...
  • Games

    Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven (PS4)

    I’m almost certain that if one were able to look up “weird Japanese shit” in a dictionary, there would be a picture from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, most likely iconic main protagonist Jotaro Kujo in a super wide stance, leaning backwards and pointing forwards at some unknown, most definitely evil quarry. Like this. Though I’m not as familiar with Hirohiko Araki’s colorfully insane source material as I’d like to be, I’ve always been a fan of the video game adaptations over the years, or at least the ones we were...
  • Music

    We’re All Nerds Episode 6: Napalm Death

    Bad lighting and terrible sound be damned, We’re All Nerds gets inside the torn apart with legendary frontman Barney Greenway from grindcore gods Napalm Death. He talks about his love of foreign films, his days in the UK games press and the unlikely video game collection he amassed as a result, and his current appreciation for the cinematic games of Quantic Dream. Thanks again to Barney for sharing his valuable time with us!    ...
  • Local

    Preview: Rebel Rebel: Atomic City Comics’ 2nd Annual Star Wars Costumed Dance Party on 12/9 at Tattooed Mom’s

    With all the curve balls thrown our way by the year 2016, it’s nice to be able to get away from it all in a galaxy far, far away.  The best part is that the galaxy is full of rebels and the home base is at Tattooed Mom’s on South Street, so not so far away.  Leave it to the coolest nerds this side of our solar system, The Atomic City Comics crew, to bring us an event where we can drink, dance, cosplay, and get hyped for the...
  • Music

    Review: Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

    Despite my usual lack of empathy for the rich, famous and successful (this whole thing with Kanye supporting Trump has been like schadenfreude Christmas) , I’m fully willing to buy into the fact that it ain’t easy being Metallica. Being around as long as they have, serving as an influence for multiple generations of up-in-coming musicians and shifting styles with the times under intense scrutinization, not to mention highly publicized personal and professional tragedies that would’ve spelled doom for bands made of any less stern stuff. Metallica, warts and...
  • MoviesPrint

    Review: Doomed: The Untold Story Of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four

    Early 90’s denizens of comic book and video stores or their unloved cousin the flea market may have recalled coming face to face with promotion of an upcoming live action Fantastic Four adaptation produced by none other than B movie enfant terrrible Roger Corman....
  • Games

    Review: Gears of War 4

    Though it might just be “miserable old man” syndrome setting in, I think the Xbox 360 launch may be the last exciting console debut that I can remember, and probably the last one ever given how half assed, homogenized and sanitized the home console gaming industry has become. The 360 launch window had something for everybody: A Perfect Dark sequel for the mainstream blockbuster crowd, Dead or Alive and Ridge Racer for the weird asshole japanophiles (raises hand), Dead Rising for those somewhere in the middle, and the promise...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Yellowcard at Electric Factory 11/12/16

    Twenty years is a long time for many things in life including relationships, employment, etc. Now imagine being in a group of people who you share small quarters, everyday activities and musical taste with. Twenty years is a long time to be in a band especially one who spent their time grinding on the road giving blood, sweat and tears. Yellowcard at one point hit mainstream rock charts during the prime of the “emo/pop punk/screamo aka whatever you want to call it” genre in the early 2000’s. After that...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Trap Them at Kung Fu Necktie 11/10/16

    Headlines were made across the metal blogosphere last month when Ryan McKenney, the human tornado at the helm of crust/grind armada Trap Them, broke both of his feet onstage after a perilous jump from a high speaker at Bloodshedfest in the Netherlands. To the admiration of pretty much everyone aware, McKenney not only continued that show but soldiered through a Euro/UK tour with fellow Riot Nerd favorites Venom Prison, refusing to cancel a single date that the band had scheduled in support of its monstrous recent release “Crown Feral”....
  • Music

    We’re All Nerds Episode 5: The Black Dahlia Murder

    Welcome to the fifth installment of WE’RE ALL NERDS, our continuing interview series where we explore how some of our favorite artists’ unique eccentricities got them where they are, and the way that they’ve shaped their current artistic worldview....
  • LocalWrestling

    [RECAP] Chikara Counting Backwards at The Wrestle Factory 11/5

    Though I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, there was an odd excitement in the air as I approached their somewhat unassuming Wrestle Factory in Northeast Philly for my long overdue first live Chikara show, Counting Backwards this past Saturday, November 5th. The enthusiasm continued to be palpable as I entered the arena and took my seat. Wrestle Factory trainer, Philly native and recent WWE CWC standout Drew Gulak wowed the crowd with strength and stamina in the opening bout against Lucas Calhoun. Chikara founder Mike Quackenbush addressed the...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Tegan and Sara at The Fillmore 11/3

    Tegan and Sara released their eighth studio album, Love You to Death, in June; with it came festival appearances around the world before a North American tour. On Thursday November 3rd, they stopped in Philadelphia to play at the Fillmore. They had numerous opening acts during the different legs of the tour but this night it was TORRES. TORRES is the name singer songwriter Mackenzie Scott performs under. Her lyrics are raw and emotional. She has help from a backup band to add distortion to guitars and vocals giving...