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  • Music

    Interview: Andrew W.K.

    Motivational speaker, Vice columnist, Cartoon Network regular and New York nightclub entrepreneur Andrew W.K. is back! But did he ever really go away? A near omnipresent figure in certain circles of counterculture, it’s almost impossible to believe that he hasn’t released a record in over 10 years and hasn’t toured behind his hard rockin’ party metal musical first love in over 15! Remedying that grievous error, W.K. is mounting a large scale, full band US tour this fall ahead of a highly anticipated comeback record. What makes the man...
  • TV

    Review: Ducktales

    D-d-d-danger! Watch behind you! It’s another current reboot of a late 80’s / early 90’s fan favorite. It’s easy to imagine a modern feature length live action or CG Ducktales totally missing the point, maybe having a Jason Statham voiced Scrooge McDuck swim through his money bin to the brain meltingly stupid tune of Kanye West’s “Power”. Luckily the new Disney XD series, the hour long pilot of which popped up on the channel this past weekend, is literally and figuratively much better than that, showing both a genuine...
  • Music

    [RECAP] Social Distortion at The Fillmore 8/4/17

    When it comes to music, my taste tends to be very mood based. The styles that influenced me over the years ranged from classic 70s rock, from my step dad, to 1950’s rock and roll and doo wop and Motown from my mom. Music is art and just like when in a museum, I want to see and experience all the different styles, but of course, we always have our favorites. For me, rockabilly is definitely one of my favorites. Its retro rock and roll sound with just a...
  • Music

    Review: Screaming Orphans- Tap Room

    Screaming Orphans are four immensely talented sisters from Donegal. They were raised on the traditional music often found in Irish homes and their musical background is astounding, having toured with great Irish acts like Sinead O’Connor and recording backing vocals for Joni Mitchell and the Chieftains (among many others). A quick visit to their website will give you their full bio, which you’ll want to check out when you’re on their site looking at upcoming tour dates anyway. Their latest release, Tap Room, is filled to the brim with...
  • Music

    Interview: Jonas Bjerre of Mew

    Currently storming across the US in support to brand new LP “Visions”, we recently had the privilege to sit down with Jonas Bjerre, vocalist, guitarist and visualist of Danish alt-prog stalwarts Mew, to pick his brain about the band’s past, present and future: Riot Nerd: So I want to start off with the new album, “Visuals”. I gave it a listen and I just want to add I’ve been listening to Mew for a while. I gotta say, this new album sounds pretty glorious. Johan Bjerre: Ah, thank you!...
  • Music

    [RECAP] Bouncing Souls, Rancid and Dropkick Murphy’s at Festival Pier 8/3/17

    Last Thursday was a show to go down in history, especially for me, being an adult who grew up in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. These bands were bands I’ve seen more times than I can count in my youth, and I had really high expectations for this show and they did not disappoint. The show started with a surprise opening, an acoustic set from the lead singer of Stiff Little Fingers. I’m not familiar with the band, even though I know they’ve been around since the 70’s....
  • Music

    [RECAP] Amenra, Converge and Neurosis at Union Transfer 8/7/17

    “Neurosis is the most important band in heavy music” stated Converge frontman Jacob Bannon late in the band’s set, professing once again his well known affinity for the experimental Oakland, CA sludge prog pioneers. In their headlining appearance on the last night of this tour, (Philly’s been getting a lot of that recently) they definitely lived up to Bannon’s assertion, a well oiled machine of trembling riff dominance, esoteric noise implementation and bone shattering trademark vocal dynamics between Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till. I had a Souls at...
  • Movies

    Review: The Glass Castle

    To be honest, The Glass Castle is not the sort of movie that I would normally go to. The stink of Oscar bait was all over the movie. You know, those movies that seem designed to hit just the right tone to win an Academy Award (usually sad story with uplifting ending). The reason I took a chance on this film is for the one and only Brie Larson (Trainwreck, Room, and Carol Danvers in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie). Larson has been impressing me since Scott Pilgrim vs....
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Garbage at The Mann Center 8/2/17

    Only an hour before doors Philadelphia was treated to a touch of nasty weather, but that didn’t deter fans from attending Philadelphia’s semi outdoor amphitheater the Mann Music Center.  Attendance was as diverse as a box of Whitman’s Samplers, from the 11 year old girl getting her first chance to see live rock icons, to the life long die hard fan seeing them for the umpteenth time. Share...
  • Movies

    Review: The Dark Tower

    While I haven’t read Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, I had some friends who loved it and hey, the trailer looked pretty good. Turns out, the trailer showed a bit too much and surprisingly enough, it wasn’t that dark.  Opening this weekend with a PG-13 rating, I’m assuming it’s the guns that make them tack the 13 on it because at one point I remember thinking to myself, this is pretty tame for a movie about saving the universe from demons.  However it wasn’t it’s timid nature, nor its...
  • Games

    Review: WipEout Omega Collection (PS4)

    So just as our fingerless glove and jorts wearing friend Crash Bandicoot began life as a Sony exclusive killer app before whoring himself onto every system imaginable and then fading into relative obscurity, there but for the grace of Ken Kutaragi went WipEout, extremely British developer Psygnosis’ ultra cool “F-Zero at a Rave” would-be 32 bit hovercraft racing dynasty. Unlike Crash though, WipEout wasn’t relegated to the IP graveyard after the PS2 era but instead became a flagship franchise for Sony’s technologically impressive but somewhat unwieldy and unpopular portable...
  • MoviesTV

    Let Me Be Frank: A History of Marvel’s The Punisher on Film

    Even after the undeniably excellent “Spider-Man: Homecoming“, people are still snickering about the “hot potatoing” of the Spider-Man franchise and claiming to suffer from wall crawler reboot fatigue. Peter Parker has nothing on fellow New Yorker Frank Castle though, who is currently on his fourth high profile live action iteration. And just like Spidey, none of our prior filmic Punishers were bad, per se (my own personal distaste for the Maguire/Raimi connection notwithstanding), but they were somehow found lacking enough in their day to never be blessed with direct...
  • TV

    Review: Castlevania

    The late 90’s/early 2000’s DVD boom brought about a renaissance for anime that went hand in hand with the late PS1/Dreamcast/early PS2 era of masterful, world beating Japanese game development, which would sadly be the last we’d see of eastern dominance in either field due to a variety of factors, be it over-saturation of too same-y releases, over-reliance on franchises with diminishing results, or the simple hubris of old guard Japanese companies who refused to see the writing on the wall when it came to a near future ruled...
  • Movies

    Review: Atomic Blonde

    In the wake of television series’ such as FX’s The Americans and the German-language Deutschland 83, 80’s Cold War espionage intrigue is sort of in vogue again. Those two series’ are leisurely paced, solemn, and oozing with “prestige.” What the Reagan/Gorbachev revival has been missing thus far is an outrageous, goofy, balls-to-the-wall action flick. David Leitch’s incredibly stylish Atomic Blonde corrects that oversight and then some with a stellar cast, deliriously fun (if obvious) soundtrack, and some phenomenally choreographed fight sequences. Indeed, only when Atomic Blonde aims for complexity in its final act does it falter. Atomic Blonde takes place in Berlin in November...
  • Music

    Preview: Converge – I Can Tell You About Pain

    Fresh off of dual side project masterpieces (mouthpiece/mastermind Jacob Bannon’s Wear Your Wounds and arch skinsman Ben Koller’s third Mutoid Man release War Moans) the mighty Converge reconvenes in full to offer its first all new recordings since 2012’s “All We Love We Leave Behind”. “I Can Tell You About Pain” is vintage Converge in the best way possible, equal parts crushing and catchy, with guitarist’s Kurt Ballou’s innovative and acerbic axe abuse at the forefront and Nate Newton’s rumbling low end a constant threat at the song’s heels....
  • Movies

    Trail Mix: A Child’s Garden of Home Invasion Films

    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. The absolute slimiest of the exploitation subgenres, the home invasion film can be downright disgusting to some, but still one of the most satisfying wish fulfillment entertainments out there, because after all, as Chief Wiggum says: Here’s a few of our favorite cringe inducing revenge-fests from over the years.   I Spit on Your Grave (1978)  I Spit on...
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