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    LUKE CAGE PARTY TONIGHT

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      We’re gonna have a Luke Cage party tonight! Alright! We’re gonna have a Luke Cage party alright! Tonight! We’ve got nothing better to do… than watch the man who’s skin is bulletproof! Don’t talk about anyone else, we don’t want to know! We’re dedicated to this for-hire hero! This is your friendly RIOT NERD reminder that all 13 episodes of Luke Cage are now available for streaming on Netflix. Sweet Christmas!  ...
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    GIVEAWAY! Violent Femmes at The Fillmore 10/8!

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    Not content to just trade on past accomplishments like a lot of “legacy” acts do, 80’s alterna-folk icons Violent Femmes released critically acclaimed 9th LP “We Can Do Anything” in March, and they’ll be rolling the reunion victory lap through Philly at The Fillmore on 10/8. Tickets are still available, but first head to our Facebook for a chance to win two free passes! Winners will be announced on 10/5. Good luck!...
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    Review: Masterminds

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    When it comes to the current crop of comedic A list Hollywood actors, Zach Galifianakis may be the most reliable of the bunch. Though somewhat overexposed in the wake of widespread Hangover mania, Galifianakis has proven with smaller roles in critical hits like Birdman, and his more esoteric TV work in Bored To Death, that he’s no wacky flash in the pan. Now in the wake of the Louis CK produced alt comedy triumph Baskets, Zach Galifianakis returns to the big screen, bringing some current and former SNL cast...
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    [Recap] Gojira and Tesseract at The Electric Factory 9/22

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    The prog-metal takeover of the Electric Factory last week is one that my ears are still struggling to recover from – and in this case, that’s a very good thing. The bill of Gojira and Tesseract drew a perceptive crowd, eager to watch the labryinthine songs of both bands come alive on stage. U.K. djent sculptors Tesseract embodied the heavy sounds they played by banging their heads low to the ground en masse. Jarring breakdowns were juxtaposed contemplative interludes. Daniel Tompkins, the latest in a conga line of vocalists...
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    Philly Grunge Heroes Fight Amp Call It Quits

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    Sad news today in the world of local punk, via Curran Reynolds’ blog by way of Philly Noise Rock, one of my very favorite bands, Philly three piece noise mongers extraordinaire Fight Amp are calling it a day after an extremely impressive run.  “Well, here it is. As of today we’re officially announcing that our November shows will be our last. Fight Amp is going on indefinite hiatus.  It’s been a long strange, wild, educational, fun and sometimes painful journey, and this is not a decision we made lightly...
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    Review: Kidneythieves – The Mend

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    I distinctly remember the moment when I was introduced to Kidneythieves. A friend knew I was a fan of Snake River Conspiracy (aka SRC) at the time (a little embarrassed to be admitting that publicly now) and I remember his recommendation was “Kidneythieves is like SRC, but good.” He was right. You may remember their song “Before I’m Dead” in that godawful Queen of the Damned movie, but if that is all you know of them, you are really missing out. Kidneythieves is highly underrated, with a sound that is...
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    GIVEAWAY! Saint Vitus at Underground Arts 10/5

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    As leaves darken, days shorten and winds cool, US doom metal pioneers Saint Vitus descend to the dungeon that is Underground Arts on October 5th, dragging along likeminded sludge titans The Skull, Witch Mountain and Crypt Sermon. Tickets are still available or you can visit us on Facebook for a chance to win two passes!...
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    Metallica debut new “Hardwired…” track and video, “Moth Into Flame”

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    Counter to the “Kill ‘Em All” era worship inherent in lead single (and title track) of their highly anticipated new record, “Hardwired”, Metallica return with “Moth Into Flame”. Melding the NWOBHM aping guitar harmonizing of their 80’s output with their unjustly maligned 90’s groove metal period, “Moth…” combines the best of both Metallica worlds into one killer track. And best of all, resident guitar immortal (and all around cool motherfucker by all accounts) Kirk Hammett gets to let loose with one of his signature blistering solos, an element sometimes...
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    [RECAP] The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest at The Mann Center 9/25

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    Who doesn’t love Nintendo? Most random people you meet of the street would be able to hum a tune from Mario, Pokemon, maybe even Kirby, but the most elaborate and iconic musical scores from the House of M have to be belong to The Legend Of Zelda. The third in a series of orchestral concert tours dedicated to the aural beauty of Link’s heroic legacy, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest adventured into Philly on a gloriously chilly fall night this past Sunday, paying...
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    Review: Oathbreaker – Rheia

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    About a month ago, Belgian post metallers Oathbreaker unveiled “10:56/Second Son of R” the first two tracks of their upcoming third LP “Rheia”. So enthralled was I by said song(s) (and video) that I was a little ashamed to have not been previously familiar with the band. Now, as “Rheia” nears release and I’ve done my best to digest it’s many pleasures, I recognize just how brilliant it was for the band to have initially released “10:56/Second Son of R”, as the whole of “Rheia” takes that epic arrangement...
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    In Defense of Morrissey

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    Morrissey came under scrutiny after banning the serving of meat during his performance at last week’s Riot Fest. Naturally, this set the internet ablaze with hateful comments and Ron Swanson memes. The point of this article will not be to sway your opinion on meat or make you like Morrissey’s music, but to defend what I believe was an intelligent activist stance. You may be wondering why an entertainment website that writes primarily about metal, horror movies and videogames would post such a political article, but if you’ve frequented...
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    Review: Every Time I Die – Low Teens

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    Written during dark times, Every Time I Die returns with an album that sonically may end up being their masterpiece. Singer Keith Buckley wrote most of the album while in the hospital next to his wife, who while carrying a baby seven months in, developed a life threatening disease which caused a premature birth. While dealing with turmoil Keith took to pen and paper and wrote the most emotional ETID record to date. “Low Teens” still has the patented chugging riffs and party metal sound that fans adore, but...
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    Preview: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest at The Mann Center 9/25

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    Whether a diehard since the NES days or a fan of newer, more high tech adventures, everybody seems to have a connection to The Legend of Zelda. Just as universally beloved as Mario, Donkey Kong and rest of the gang, Link, the hero of Hyrule’s timeless and stoic opposition of the evil Ganon(dorf) has captivated gamers for nearly 30 years, be it through facepalm-y, meme worthy interactions with the CD-I games or the ridiculous 80’s animated series, or the undeniably perfect classic game titles in the franchise like A...
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    [RECAP] A Burlesque Tribute to G.I. Joe presented by The Bare and The Bold

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    Ahhhh, the 80’s. Ask any kid born and raised in this decade and they will more than likely claim that this was the golden age of cartoons.  You actually got up early on Saturdays just to sit in front of the TV with a bowl of cereal being inundated with animated versions of your favorite toys that doubled as 30 minute advertisements. Commercial breaks were just another opportunity for companies like Hasbro to hawk more products or a network sponsored PSA that helped us become the people we are...
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    Review: Heaven Shall Burn – Wanderer

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    If there’s a reason why Germany’s Heaven Shall Burn aren’t typically mentioned by smart metalheads in the same enthusiastic breath as fellow modern day thrashers like Goatwhore or The Black Dahlia Murder, it’s probably because in some circles they’ve been cursed with that most dreaded of labels: metalcore. Though there’s plenty of great metalcore still out there, and some more obviously esoteric and well respected acts like Every Time I Die and yes, even the mighty Converge have been “gifted” with the moniker over the years, the genre demarcation...
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    GIVEAWAY! The Greasy Strangler at The Roxy 10/7 and 10/8!

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    Like some unholy offspring of Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer and Napoleon Dynamite, breast fed by Harmony Korine, or maybe a Tim and Eric sketch directed by Eli Roth, The Greasy Strangler looks to be some of the weirdest shit foisted upon American horror audiences in a good long while. Fear not though, Philly freaks, you won’t be relegated to streaming this greasy nugget of awkward joy at home all alone, come see it at The Roxy on 10/7 and/or 10/8! Before you grease up their box office...