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  • Local

    Riot Nerd is now on Patreon!

    Riot Nerd aspires to be your far-reaching one stop destination for avant-garde and eccentric entertainment in Philadelphia. In addition to posting reviews of concerts, music, games, TV, wrestling and toys and posting guerilla footage of live performances and in depth interviews with various underground luminaries on our Youtube Channel, we also plan and promote events in the area including burlesque, concerts, dance parties, and offer weekly online giveaways for concert and event tickets as well as raffles at our events benefiting GLAAD, Planned Parenthood and PAWS. We couldn’t have...
  • Music

    Review: Full of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy

    People love to make jokes about band names, a favorite for years being 90’s easy listening rap rock outfit Incubus being named after a mythological demon that kills innocent women with sex. You’ll find no such flagrant false advertising with Full of Hell though. Each recording and performance I’ve encountered of the MD/PA technogrind alchemists has been overflowing with pure, overbearing dystopian hopelessness, and none more so than on their latest LP, “Trumpeting Ecstasy”. FOH’s verisimilitude is best exhibited on “The Cosmic Vein”, a whiplash inducing stop/start noise vortex...
  • Local

    Preview: May The Fourth Be With You: A Star Wars Burlesque

    It seems like it was only yesterday that we were celebrating The Force Awakens with a well done farce, that was equal parts sexy, nerdy, and fun.  Miss Liberty Rose and her band of rebels paid tribute to the classic trilogy with tassels, thongs, and teasing about a year and a half ago at the PhilaMOCA.  For those of us who were gearing up to see the first new addition to our beloved Star Wars universe, that show was the perfect way to satiate the overwhelming anticipation building in...
  • Toys

    Review: Drax (Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

    This here Drax figure has been sort of a bone of contention for Marvel Legends collectors, given that it’s the 4th Drax to be released in the last few years, and the 3rd (the 1st was a weird looking, too skinny comics version) to be built off of this same basic body sculpt with minimal paint and tooling variations. Fuck it, I say. I never bought a 12th scale Drax before so this one’s all new to me, and I’ve been having a ton of fun posing this little...
  • Games

    Review: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo WiiU)

    When it comes to modern Nintendo there’s usually two schools of thought amongst discerning video game nerds: “Nintendo fucking sucks” or “Fuck you, Nintendo’s still great”. I’ll proudly place myself in the latter category, but even a shameless Nintendo apologist like myself can admit that the WiiU was kind of a fucking mess. Holding onto the mainstream baiting motion control junk that alienated self-proclaimed “hardcore gamers” (shudder) and compelled your Grandma to buy the original Wii while folding a low res screen with half assed touch capabilities into the...
  • Local

    Preview: Awesome Mix Dance Party at The Barbary 4/29

    The supreme cosmic forces of Atomic City Comics and Riot Nerd present a party to tear apart the very fabric of space and time, and just in time for the monumental release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on April 5th, we’ll be celebrating at The Barbary on the Saturday beforehand, 4/29! Costume and dance contests, raffles to benefit PAWS, free Insomnia Cookies and much more, presided over by cosplay legend Maki Roll, all while John D spins his own “awesome mix” of 70’s and 80’s radio classics...
  • Local

    Local Spotlight: Escape Room South Jersey

    Just over the bridge from Philly in Collingswood, NJ is one of the most well conceptualized and executed themed attractions we’ve been able to enjoy locally. When you think of Escape Rooms, it usually calls to mind some dank basement, trading authenticity for safety and customer service and touting some overwrought, Saw type horror theming, but Escape Room South Jersey eschews those tired clichés to provide a no less immersive but much more satisfying and unique experience. ERSJ offers two highly detailed environments to choose from, the Russian 70’s...
  • Toys

    Review: Yondu (Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

    Of all the great things accomplished by the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, one of the greatest had to be ingratiating the public at large to the grimy charm of character actor extraordinaire Michael Rooker. The erstwhile Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer star has appeared in nerd favorites from Kevin Smith’s Mallrats to Guardians director James Gunn’s own instant body horror cult classic Slither, to being woefully underutilized as Merle in The Walking Dead. Guardians‘ Yondu though, really gave Rooker a charmingly slimy SOB to sink his...
  • Music

    Review: Wear Your Wounds – WYW

    “Innocence is no key, nor is naivety” repeats the almost chanted refrain of “Iron Rose”, the third track from the debut LP of Converge mastermind Jacob Bannon’s new Wear Your Wounds project, his hypnotizing vocal segueing into a doom flavored, heavy handed outro of near swaggering outrage, but still punctuated by a spare piano accompaniment, so as to not overcome the inherent emotion of Bannon’s delivery. The shocking verisimilitude of the man with the most blood curdling shriek in all of hardcore won’t be a surprise to longtime fans...
  • Movies

    Review: Going in Style

    Going in Style, Zach Braff’s new remake of Martin Brest’s 1979 old-guys-rob-a-bank flick, is under no delusions of grandeur. If for whatever reason, you go into Going in Style expecting surprising twists, profound social commentary, or creative filmmaking, you will be sorely disappointed. But I doubt that applies to just about anything. As the film’s marketing campaign has made explicitly clear, the entire reason for this film’s existence is for Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin share the screen and make old guy jokes. In that regard, Going...
  • Movies

    Review: The Zookeeper’s Wife

    Underneath all the atrocities and horrors that were The Holocaust, lies many stories of courageous humans risking their lives to help their neighbors, their friends, and sometimes even strangers.  As much as we can over obsess with the horrific details of suffering and abuse, the tales of the resistance are far more intriguing. The Zookeeper’s Wife is a movie that highlights that aspect. Rather than focusing on the torture and savagery, this film made them the backdrop to a story that showcases the strength of the human spirit without...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Little Junior, Jay Som and The Courtneys at Boot and Saddle 3/31

    The first band of the night was Little Junior from Toronto, Canada. They started the night off right with loud, fast and to the point rock and roll to get the crowd going. They blew through their set one song right after another only pausing to introduce a song or to tune instruments. A number of songs were introduced and dedicated to haters but I don’t think there were any haters in the crowd. They ended their set with the song “Cry Baby”, about wanting to destroy their reputation...
  • TVWrestling

    Review: WWE Wrestlemania 33: The Wonderful, The Delete-able and The Future…

    Another marathon length Wrestlemania weekend is in the books! The Nerd Super Bowl had its ups and downs but for the first time in literally a decade the positivity (and not just because of the New Day’s surprisingly understated hosting job) outweighed the negativity. Here’s our break down: Share...
  • Movies

    Review: Ghost in the Shell

    Most people already had their minds made up about the big budget Hollywood remake of Ghost in the Shell before they ever saw one second of film. Accusations of whitewashing due to the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role of the iconic (and presumably Asian) anime/manga heroine Major Motoko Kusanagi ran rampant on the internet and still do, a decision probably based more on commerce than any sort of devious, inherent racism, but the criticism still stands. Completely writing this project off entirely due to that questionable...
  • TVWrestling

    Review: NXT Takeover Orlando

    Let’s go through this one match by match. There really wasn’t a bad one on the card, no surprise for an NXT Takeover show I know, but this one came off particularly solid and cohesive. Share...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Thursday at The Fillmore 3/30/17

    It’s been nearly six years since Thursday fans felt that pulse. When the band dropped a heartfelt letter online back in 2011 declaring the end of Thursday, they left a void in the post hardcore scene that no other band has filled. No other band has matched their energetic stage presence and the stylistic song writing that makes Thursday originators. Many bands have tried to duplicate them, but the time has come for these originators to return. Thursday is back and stronger than ever before. After announcing their reunion as a band and...
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