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  • Local

    Preview: Totally 80’s Craft Bazaar at Tattooed Mom 9/24/17

    You don’t need a DeLorean or a magical phone booth piloted by George Carlin to go back to the 80’s, just head to Tattooed Mom on South Street this Sunday from 1pm to 5pm! A dozen local vendors will drag you back to the era of Alf, Smurfs and ET with hundreds of handmade crafts, clothing, decorations and gifts of all Stripes (as in the Gremlin), all inspired by rockin 80’s video games, wrestling, comic books, movies, TV, music and fashion. Best of all, you won’t have to steal...
  • Toys

    Review: Daredevil (Hasbro Marvel Legends)

    Licensing is always a weird gamble, even for a company as gigantic and seemingly infallible as Disney, hence the preponderance of clearanced out Rogue One figures currently keeping the pegs nice and warm at our local Toys R Us. While that somewhat indifferently received dark, depressing tale where pretty much every character involved had to die for the story to make sense rated an entire toy line, the gritty street level Netflix adventures of Marvel comics’ Daredevil that initially debuted to rave reviews in 2014 is JUST NOW, in...
  • Local

    [RECAP] J1-Con at 2300 Arena 8/25/17 – 8/27/17

    Within the framework of society, there is a general feeling that although someone may not be blood related, they are still family. There was family all around at J1-Con. Jason Richardson, owner of J1-Studios, puts his heart and soul into creating a familial experience for the anime community of Philadelphia each year. The feeling is evident in the dedicated fans that turned up for the last hurrah in Philadelphia. While only personally knowing a few cos-players that attended, I was introduced to many more that immediately accepted me for...
  • Music

    [RECAP] Self Help Fest at Festival Pier 9/10/17

    A Day To Remember’s “Self Help Fest” returned for its fourth incarnation (second in Philadelphia) with even more cities lined up and bigger headliners on the bill. This year’s stop in Philly included everything from underground artists (Bad Omens and Microwaves), breakout bands (Real Friends and Wage War) and the veterans of the scene (Underoath and A Day To Remember). Taking place at Penn’s Landing’s Festival Pier, the dual stage production opened its gates around 2pm to a line of all ages reaching three blocks down the pier. The...
  • Games

    Review: Windjammers (PS4)

    Sometimes the internet’s collective id forms a Dragonball Z-esque spirit bomb of positivity above all the negative bullshit in the world and makes something very awesome happen. Such is the case of Windjammers. “Heart-in-the-right-place” “homage” Disc Jam and the “blink-and-you-missed-it” Japanese WiiU Virtual Console release notwithstanding, Windjammers was thought lost to time, a 1994 Arcade/Neo Geo oddity that got famous starting in 2013 when Jeff Gerstmann and the Giant Bomb crew got a hold of it and began streaming their Lisa Frank colored Saved by the Bell meets King...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Four Year Strong at the TLA 9/7/17

    These lyrics, from their song “Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die”, are the perfect way to describe Four Year Strong’s performance last Thursday night at the TLA in Philly. Only the second stop on their “Rise or Die Trying Tour Part Two”, Four Year Strong brought young up and coming bands Seaway, Like Pacific, Grayscale and Life Lessons along to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their debut album which the tour is named after. With such a milestone reached for bands like them, Four Year Strong burst on...
  • GamesMusic

    Luminist returns with charming animated short “Jumpy”

    I first fell in love with the work of UK Composer Luminist when I discovered their brilliant analog synth reimagining of the classic Metroid soundtrack, now the transcending chiptune / synthwave alchemist returns with the score and sound design of filmmaker Anthony Falleroni’s retro platforming inspired short film “Jumpy”. Luminist’s melancholy tones perfectly accompany the unknown plight of a hapless side scrolling protagonist, living out each “life” failing at the same supposedly bright and colorful tasks, the “reset” button their only respite from the inevitable doom of “game over”....
  • Music

    Preview: Metal Sing Along featuring Assaultica at The Barbary 9/8/17

    The epic finale of the Riot Nerd sing along trilogy fast approaches, as emo begat 90’s alternative, metal shall burst forth from the heavens and rain blood from a lacerated sky all over The Barbary in Fishtown tomorrow night at 8pm. DelCo party thrashers Assaultica, with help from members of Heikousen and Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, assume the mantle of all the classic metal greats, from Iron Maiden and Judas Priest to Slayer and Motörhead, to rock you through a 90 minute set that will leave no face unmelted, no head...
  • Local

    [RECAP] Broad St. Burlesque presents G.L.O.B.: Gorgeous Ladies of Burlesque at The Chikara Wrestle Factory 9/1/17

    While wrestling themed burly shows have been going on in the city for a while now, nothing could’ve prepared me for the sheer ferocity that was the combination of the two. The Gorgeous Ladies of Burlesque did more than just pay homage to your favorite wrestling personalities, it took them and put their action packed antics right alongside the sultans of striptease!  Produced by Broad Street Burlesque and hosted at the Chikara Wrestle Factory in the Northeast area of the city, G.L.O.B. was an event that has been in...
  • Music

    Review: Ruby The Hatchet – Planetary Space Child

    From the inky black depths of utter nothingness comes a record that lives up to both its name and its brain bending artwork. We first discovered local space cadets Ruby The Hatchet opening for UK stoner/psych stalwarts Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats a few years back and were immediately hooked on their retro ethereal metal goddess fronted stoner doom domination. Not to take anything away from their back catalog, but new LP “Planetary Space Child” ensconces the listener in the full on, organ and riff dominated 70’s inspired mindfuck...
  • Music

    Interview: Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan of Venom Inc.

    In 2014, alumni of veteran UK metal institution Venom, Jeffrey “Mantas” Dunn, Anthony “Abaddon” Bray and Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan, broke off from founding vocalist and figurehead Conrad “Cronos” Lant to form their own offshoot, Venom Inc., to get back to the band’s raw and stripped down ideals. After pounding the pavement with worldwide live shows since their inception, Venom Inc. have recently released their first LP. Currently embarking on a full scale US invasion with fellow blackened royalty Goatwhore and thrash masters Toxic Holocaust, Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan...
  • MoviesMusic

    Review: Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk

    As far back as I can remember, Green Day has been sort of the whipping boy poster child for those crying foul about underground bands gaining mainstream attention, even as far back as the 1994 release of their major label debut “Dookie”. Believe it or not, MTV News used to be pretty on the ball back in the day, and my 11 year old mind was fascinated by their reports on Green Day’s origins and the scorned Berkeley, CA punk scene that birthed the band and then resented their...
  • TV

    Review: Game of Thrones Season 7

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  • MoviesTV

    Review: Death Note

    The initial outrage and subsequent backlash over the live action, feature length Death Note film that premiered recently on Netflix gives it’s source material perhaps a bit too much credit. Far from some sacred tome like the recently adapted Ghost in the Shell or the oft threatened Akira, series’ that defined their genres both in print and on film and brought to the masses not only anime but cyberpunk as well, which shaped much of the look and feel of western genre filmmaking throughout the 90’s and beyond, Death...
  • Print

    Review: The Flintstones Vol. 1 and 2. (Issues 1 – 12)

    Since my first post I have been looking for the perfect first comic to review. I didn’t think finding the right comic was going to be difficult, but two weeks went by and I couldn’t find the right one. Now don’t get me wrong, there have been plenty of great comics: I love Tom King, his Batman run is crazy, Wonder Woman’s amazing arc ended, Marvel’s Venomverse has begun, and I follow almost every other Image comic in existence, but there was nothing I really wanted to speak on....
  • LocalMovies

    Preview and Giveaway: Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk at Prince Music Theater 8/30

    As a dumb kid wearing out my “Kerplunk” and “1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours” cassettes, I only had some vague idea of the punk rock primordial soup in California’s East Bay that birthed not only Green Day but many of their Lookout Records contemporaries, and as a lifelong fan of music documentaries I’m extremely happy that the full story is now finally being told in that format, to stand alongside classics like The Decline of Western Civilization series and The Rolling Stones’ immortal Gimmie Shelter. Produced by Green Day...
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