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  • Music

    Review: Harms Way – Posthuman

    With most metal bloggers content to make fun of the missing apostrophe in the band’s name or how much vocalist James Pligge looks like a jacked up punk rock John Cena, those of us who actually still like metal were enjoying Harms Way’s no nonsense take on Hatebreed / Shai Hulud inspired 90’s style proto-metallic hardcore. Mirroring contemporaries Code Orange and their ascent from great hardcore band to aggressive music royalty with last year’s “Forever”, HW has just unleashed their 4th EP, dubbed, “Posthuman”, and as mission statement for...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] The Decibel Magazine Tour at The TLA 2/15/18

    The Decibel Magazine Tour kicked off at the TLA in Philadelphia on Thursday February 15th. The 2018 tour features four dark and doomish bands: Enslaved, Wolves in the Throne Room, Myrkur and Khemmis. The Denver based doom metal band, Khemmis was the first to go on. They started the set off the with “Candlelight” and also played a new song called “Isolation”. Second on the bill was folk/black metal performer Myrkur also known as singer and multi-instrumentalist Amalie Bruun.  On her most recent album Mareridt she plays all the instruments, but she travels with a full band. Their...
  • Movies

    Review – Black Panther

    Dear people who doubted that Marvel Studios could make a tentpole blockbuster out of Black Panther: You were wrong to doubt that Marvel Studios could do anything. Unless you’re a DC fanboy, or worse, some kind of racist asshole, there was no reason for anyone to not highly anticipate what the very decorated team behind the MCU could do with the rich science fiction tapestry of Wakanda and it’s heroes and villains. True, Marvel hasn’t really made a bad movie yet, but they also haven’t made one this potentially...
  • Music

    Review: Tribulation – Down Below

    From what sounds to be particularly elegantly furnished corner of Hell (AKA Sweden), progressive masters of blackened psychedelia Tribulation return. Further evolving from their thrash-tastic origins on 2009 debut “The Horror”, the band’s baroque transformation into ostentatious arena death living legends continues apace on their recently released 4th LP “Down Below”, with a swelling and swirling, seemingly meticulously constructed and cohesive musical narrative that rivals the best of classic concept records. A doom laden, Lovecraftian apocalypse never sounded so good. The journey “Down Below” is one fraught with peril....
  • Local

    [RECAP] Star Whores: A Burlesque Tribute to The Last Jedi at Franky Bradley’s 1/28/18

    The original Star Wars debuted a few years before I was born so I didn’t get to fully enjoy the fandom that arose around it.  My parents loved the movie and its network television premiere was a big deal in my house however none of us ever got swept up in the mania that surrounded it during those early days. All the more reason I am so grateful for its current stronghold on pop culture and how new generations of fans have revived that fervor with their new found...
  • Toys

    Review: Black Panther (Hasbro Marvel Legends)

    Though typically an endless parade of Men either of the Iron and Spider variety, Marvel Legends has been surprisingly pretty good to Black Panther over the years, with several great looking iterations representing the character’s slight costume variations over his long in-universe history, though in the post Toy Biz era many of the plastic T’Challas to hit the market have been costly and/or hard to find exclusives, including the figure from his star making turn in Captain America: Civil War. There’s nothing like a big budget solo outing to...
  • MoviesTV

    Review: The Cloverfield Paradox

    You can forgive yourself for losing patience with J.J. Abrams’ ever burgeoning Cloverfield universe, with 10 years separating the present day and the original Kaiju shakycam surprise hit, and the tenuous links to that film being the weakest part of last year’s taut and effective character driven kidnap thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane. The Cloverfield Paradox, the new chapter in the franchise, which was, at least somewhat ceremoniously (Super Bowl commercials ain’t cheap, ya know) dumped onto Netflix last week, now claims to reveal the true origins of the series’...
  • Local

    The Academy of Natural Sciences Newest Exhibit: Crocs!

    The Academy of Natural Science‘s newest exhibit lets you get close and personal with a 200 million year old creature; crocodiles! (Crocodilians to be more specific. ) Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World opened on February 3, 2018. The new Crocs exhibit will allow visitors to understand these often feared creatures in different ways. While also demonstrating why we need to protect them and their habitats. This exhibit will run from February 3, 2018-May 6,2018. Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World, has activities for the entire family...
  • Local

    [Recap] Get You A Girl Who Can Do Both: TEDx Burlesque at The Ruba Club 1/19

    Tucked away on Green Street in Northern Liberties is a unique little venue called The Ruba Club. Set back from the street just enough to be somewhat hidden, this 100 year old social club continues to thrive and play host to a variety of events. It recently became home to an interesting new event series, Get You A Girl Who Can Do Both: TEDx Burlesque. The second installment in what will be an ongoing show, Do Both takes a look at the many facets of the human experience through...
  • Games

    Review: DRAGON BALL FighterZ (PS4)

    Dragon Ball is a series that’s been around long enough to have had adaptations on all major (and some minor) game systems since the NES, some laughably bad (the NES RPG released here in America as Dragon Power) and some surprisingly competent (the PS2 era DBZ Budokai series holds a special place in a lot of hearts). That said, there’s never really been a definitive take, something to hold up and say, THIS is the Dragon Ball video game, similarly to the Batman Arkham series or Capcom’s work over...
  • ToysTV

    Review: The Toys That Made Us.

    A good documentary is like crack, an addictive window into lives like and unlike our own that examine obsessions, like American Movie and King of Kong, that we can both balk at in a “that’s not me!” type of way and also identify with more than may like to admit. Add in subject matter focusing on a lifelong interest for many, toy collecting, and the genesis of some of the most beloved toy lines ever, and you have an engrossing recipe for nerd appointment viewing. Having quietly dropped over...
  • TVWrestling

    Review: WWE Royal Rumble 2018

    Before we get to the big Sunday night TV event that didn’t try to force to you sympathize with Ke$ha (for Christ’s sake), here’s a few thoughts about Saturday night’s NXT Takeover, which we didn’t get a chance to fully review (blame DRAGON BALL FighterZ, masked butcher of all my productivity for the foreseeable future): This was kind of a sleepy Takeover, given how mind blowing the War Games show was in November and now especially given the hindsight of how surprisingly, genuinely great the Rumble was. After a...
  • Music

    Review: Ghost – Ceremony And Devotion

    It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with Swedish Satan Rock superstars Ghost. Since the release of their third LP “Meliora”, initial subsequent US Tour, and supplementary EP release “Popestar”, the cat officially got out of the bag about the band’s real origins, that all three Papas Emeritus (Papa Emerituses? Papa Emeritii?) were just one man, a Swedish music industry lifer by the name of Tobias Forge, with a revolving cadre of backing musicians taking up the mantle of Nameless Ghouls, surprising and shocking the type of people that...
  • Toys

    It’s time to vote for The Poppies!

    Hey guys, Kev here. I’ve been a huge fan of Toy review mecca Michael’s Review of the Week literally forever, and I was honored recently when I was asked by the man himself, Michael Crawford, to participate in this year’s Poppies, joining other reviewers and even some of the best toy makers in the world themselves in voting for the greatest in collectibles from 2017! (Check out Michael’s badass photography above for a hint at what my favorite piece of the year was.) The fun isn’t just for us...
  • TV

    Review: Runaways

    Nowadays every subgenre of media is so seemingly segregated, segmented and catered to that a piece of pop culture ephemera that manages to transcend its particular target audience is a truly rare phenomenon. Such was the case of early to mid 2000’s Marvel comics series Runaways. Born of a desire to tap into both the then-booming Manga and Young Adult reading markets (and failing miserably at both, at least initially), visionary writer Brian K. Vaughan elevated the material beyond its purely mercenary origins with a clever concept deftly executed,...
  • Local

    [Recap] Sister BEAR Burlesque at L’Etage 1/10/18

    A few years back, the creative force that is Josh Schoenwolf took the idea of body positivity to a whole new level with a show called Bearlesque. Putting the spotlight on and celebrating men with larger, hairier bodies, Bearlesque defied what mainstream society deems sexy and created a space for burly men in the burly q scene. Almost 5 years later the show is still going strong and has recently added a new edition to the family, Sister Bear Burlesque. Much like its counterpart, Sister Bear refers to a...
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