• Toys

    Review: Spider-Man (Hasbro Marvel Legends Spider-Man Homecoming)

    In the pre Marvel Legends early 90’s action figure dark ages, Toy Biz produced a super posable Spider-Man figure for their line based on the then-current Fox animated series that, while crude by today’s standards, was a (pun intended) marvel of engineering at the time, and a clear precursor of where the non-McFarlane side of the action figure industry was headed. The subsequent early aughts Spider-Man Classics line that would eventually become Marvel Legends featured several super posable Spideys among its ranks, and since then Toy Biz, and now...
  • Local

    [RECAP] Riot Nerd Craft Bazaar at Tattooed Mom on South Street 6/25

    Our first ever Craft Bazaar took place on Sunday at South Street institution Tattooed Mom. A laid back, good natured vibe permeated the air even during the somewhat chaotic set up period, and once we were open for business both vendors and patrons enjoyed a friendly exchange of nerdily eccentric ideas, personalities and most importantly: art. If you missed this event don’t worry, after the success of our first we definitely have plans for more. Keep it here for future updates! Vendor List: Dumbkat Press Samantha Venuto Meldar16 Robert...
  • LocalMusicUncategorized

    [Recap] I’m Not Okay – A Live Music and Burlesque Tribute to Emo at The Barbary 6/17

    There is nothing better than an event that combines live music, a sing along, and burlesque. It seriously did not matter that the theme of the night was emo and that was never really my scene. The combination of entertainment was a fun mix and made Riot Nerd’s latest Barbary event, I’m not Okay – A Live Music and Burlesque Tribute to Emo, a huge success.  Even people like me, unfamiliar with anything more than a few mainstream emo artists, were able to have a good time.  I may...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Mutoid Man at Underground Arts 6/20/17

    There’s always a “last day of school” sort of party atmosphere to the last night of a tour, especially a tour that Mutoid Man drummer Ben Koller has called their best ever, and with obvious apologies to one Andrew W.K., nobody parties harder than Mutoid Man. So, needless to say the grand finale of their east coast trek in support of recent masterpiece War Moans at Underground Arts on Wednesday night was a head banging, fist pumping salute to ass kicking as only MM can bring it. Local three...
  • LocalTV

    [RECAP] Ommegang Brewery Game of Thrones “Bend The Knee Golden Ale” Launch Event at Eastern State Penitentiary 6/21/17

    We at Riot Nerd often talk about the difficulty we find in writing about things objectively. Having “Nerd” right in the title of our fine establishment, it encourages an environment of strong, long held opinions, and even daresay emotional attachment to certain pop culture ephemera. So, when dealing with an event at what is probably our favorite place in the city (Eastern State Penitentiary), themed around one of our favorite TV shows (Game of Thrones) and last but not least, beer (Ommegang Brewery’s fancily bottled line of Game of...
  • Local

    Preview: Riot Nerd Craft Bazaar 6/25 at Tattooed Mom

    Join us and more than 12 highly talented local artists this Sunday afternoon at South Street institution Tattooed Mom for a craft market that is 100% local, 100% nerdy, 100% handmade and 100% for sale. Don’t just bring home another dead eyed, soulless Funko Pop, or a t-shirt or poster that everyone else already has this weekend, visit our Craft Bazaar to treat yourself or your loved ones to a gift with brains and heart, lovingly crafted by a like-minded geek near you. We hope that this will be...
  • Local

    [RECAP] Spider-Man! A Bare and the Bold Burlesque Tribute at Franky Bradley’s 6/11

    Coming into this show I knew I was going to be in for something special. The first thing I was greeted with upon arrival at Franky Bradley’s was J. Jonah Jamison. Complete with comical cigar, oversized mustache and 8×10 prints of Spider crimes, it was rounded out by it being the stage kitten debut of America Online @ Aol.com. I’m gonna be honest, this whole show was beyond fun, and I have had trouble finding the right words to properly praise these folks! The show started with producer/creator of...
  • Local

    Preview: I’m Not Okay: A Live Music and Burlesque Tribute to Emo at The Barbary 6/17

    In the proud tradition of our Steven Universe event in March we present this weekend’s biggest “hot topic” in Philly, a likeminded show celebrating everybody’s favorite early aughts sad goths and the music that powered the emo movement. Featuring expert production by James De La Vega, music by Your Favorite Weapon and Oliver Rose, and the burlesque talents of Ogre Achiever, Kyla Ren, Fae Tantra, Veronica Vicious, Areola Grande, Ron Binary, Lady Lazarus and Sinnamon! Missed out on this SOLD OUT event? Don’t scream infidelities at us, we’ll be...
  • Movies

    Review: Band Aid

    Years from now, Band Aid will be remembered as the coming-out party for Zoe Lister-Jones. Sure, the 35-year-old New Yorker currently stars on the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces, but Band Aid is on a totally different career-altering level. Lister-Jones pulls off the Hollywood trifecta – writing, directing and starring in this film that has immense potential to resonate with couples all across America. Band Aid is a film about a married couple teetering on the brink of divorce. Anna (Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally) fight constantly – and...
  • Local

    Preview: The 2nd Annual Restaurant Festival at the Academy of Natural Sciences

    Indulge in hand-crafted masterpieces of culinary expertise from top local Restaurant Chefs, sipping distinguished wines, craft and cocktails and spirits selections while enjoying great live entertainment! Participating local Restaurants include: Bespoke Bacon, Chickies & Petes, Fogo De Chao, Insomnia Cookies, Santucci’s, Smokin Betty’s and so many more!  Plus wine, craft beers and cocktails from vendors like Barefoot Wine,  Consochoken Brewing Company and Modelo Especial just to name a few. Don’t forget this is all taking place at the Academy of Natural Sciences, so you’ll be surrounded by Tyrannosaurus Rex,...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds, Wyldlife, Frankie + The Studs and Biters at Voltage Lounge 6/3

    I did not know what to expect with this show,  Rock? Glam? Punk?  I had little time to prepare and did not know any of the bands playing, but sometimes that’s just what you need. Going to an unknown show with no expectations can be liberating.   Local band Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds opened with an array of sound and styles. They had a doom, stoner, blues, grungeish, feel with a bit of soul thing going on, all circling around rock and roll. Certainly a unique set that was...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Brother Ali at The Foundry 6/4

    A few months ago, a friend of mine shared a video on Facebook and turned me on to a gifted emcee by the name of Brother Ali. It was a song called “Uncle Sam Goddamn” and even though it has been released a decade ago in 2007, the themes and lyrics sounded as if they had been inspired by our current political climate. I listened and watched as a big, albino dude crafted a lyrical assault on the state of our union that took me back to the days...
  • Music

    Review: Necrot – Blood Offerings

    The buzz around the return of California death dealers Necrot heralded a return to old school, no nonsense death metal, calling back to the Morbid Angels, Deicides and Obituaries of the genre’s late 80’s / early 90’s golden age. “Blood Offerings” is that and more though, it’s hopeless vistas of punishing fretwork and pounding drums punctuated by a math-y technicality, compositional verisimilitude and clean, but not overly polished production that makes it’s 8 blistering tracks both a blast from the headbanging past and a savage breath of fresh air....
  • Games

    Review: Tekken 7 (PS4)

    Tekken’s always been the weird outlier of the 3D fighting genre, the Keith Flint haired, armored tiger masked, Yoshimitsu-ed stepchild to more realistic fare like Virtua Fighter and Dead or Alive, female T-100 rip-off boss characters and moon bounce breast physics notwithstanding, of course. Yet as Virtua Fighter rots in Sega’s dead IP graveyard and Dead or Alive languishes in free-to-play, microtransaction irrelevance, The King of Iron Fist endures, creating a fresh installment in the new Tekken 7 that respects its gonzo origins while also more than fulfilling all...
  • LocalMusic

    Riot Nerd All Access: The Fillmore

    Welcome to the first in a new video series called Riot Nerd All Access! Here we travel to The Fillmore in our own back yard of Fishtown to give you a tour onstage, backstage and beyond, to check out the top of the line amenities and super cool, secret nerdy stuff lurking behind this brand new venue. Thanks again to The Fillmore for granting us access to the venue and look for more episodes soon!         Share...
  • TVWrestling

    Review: WWE Extreme Rules 2017

    It’s not very often, but sometimes WWE makes a really good booking decision, one with ramifications for potential years’ worth of storylines that leave fans enthusiastic about future possibilities rather than foaming at the mouth on social media about cancelling their network subscriptions. At the apex of a truly brutal and overbooked (but in a fun, ridiculous way) fatal 5 way match last night at Extreme Rules, Samoa Joe stood tall over fan favorites Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor, and hated Internet whipping boy Roman Reigns, as...
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