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  • Wrestling

    Review: WWE Backlash 2017

    It’s fine. SmackDown’s been fine lately, and Backlash was fine. There was some good stuff, there was some bad stuff, and it evens out to be fine. Just fine. If you go out of your way to watch these things live (which actually IS worth doing sometimes) then I could imagine being pissed off about what went on here, but the on demand, fast forward-y nature of the WWE Network means that you don’t have to plan your whole night around WWE’s whims any more, and this Backlash show...
  • Movies

    Review: Alien Covenant

    It occurs to me that I may not be the best prepared person to adequately judge the pros and cons of the new Alien film, Alien Covenant, the decidedly more Alien flavored sequel to the somewhat maligned 2012 series prequel Prometheus. I liked Prometheus. A lot. It isn’t a popular opinion, and it’s not just because Michael Fassbender is one of my favorite actors. Prometheus had a mystery about it, a sort of pessimistic mean streak regarding the nature of humanity itself pulsating beneath the well worn science fiction...
  • Local

    [RECAP] Black Lodge Dance Party at The Barbary 5/19

    We teamed up with Atomic City Comics to present a Black Lodge Dance Party at what has become our second home, The Barbary, Friday night. DJ’s Jhn Rdn, Wassup Gina and Devyn Haas spun New Wave all night.  Federal Donuts graciously donated their delicious “Cherry Pie” and “Good Coffee” donuts to the party and we raffled off three Twin Peaks Funko Pops and a $100 Northern Liberty Tattoo gift certificate.  Useless Rebel Imaging ran our makeshift photo booth until we ran out of space for it.  We hope everyone...
  • TVWrestling

    Review: NXT Takeover Chicago

    The “developmental” nature of NXT means that the depth and breadth of their roster is always in flux, the comings and going of incoming indie vets and performance center graduates and outgoing, hopeful future superstars making any particular incarnation of the brand a beautifully fleeting and bittersweet proposition at the very least. After a bit of a fallow period following last year’s Raw and SmackDown brand split, NXT has had a bit of a renaissance lately, with a deep enough current bench that recent recruits like Aleister Black and...
  • MoviesTV

    Review: Mommy Dead And Dearest

    The intersection of mental illness with standard and more widely accepted physical illnesses can be a messy one, especially when the extrapolation of said deficiencies are foisted upon the individual onto their innocent offspring. Thus we are brought to HBO’s recent documentary “Mommy Dead And Dearest”, the chilling and bizarre account of a deeply troubled woman named Dee Dee Blanchard and the lifetime of abuse subjected to her daughter Gypsy Rose. Share...
  • Games

    Review: Injustice 2 (PS4)

    Just like Quentin Tarantino’s assertion that every one of his generation is either a Beatles or Stones person, I’ve often surmised that most individuals fall under the banner of either Marvel or DC. Add the extra 90’s nerd layer of most that came of age in that era clearly identifying with either Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter and we’re brought to today’s subject: Injustice 2, a DC Comics Fighting Game from the creators of Mortal Kombat. Though I’ve invested heavily in Kombat over the years and love all the...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Russian Circles, Devin Townsend Project, Eagles of Death Metal, Gojira, Opeth and Mastodon at Electric Factory 5/6

    After arriving over an hour early to ensure I wouldn’t miss a single band in this planet aligning show, I walked up to a line that wrapped twice around the block. Fans kept it positive though, with endless compliments about the awesomeness of T-shirts, handing out high fives for obscure black metal bands, nods and smiles for great bands, and even taking pictures with people in shirts that matched or coordinated. The time passed quickly, and we were pleased to be able to hear (pretty clearly) Russian Circles play...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] Malmsteen at Starland Ballroom 5/5

    It was a memorable night of shredding and arpeggios at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville NJ. It’s a solid venue, and they run a tight ship and are pretty strict about everything. I was unfortunately only able to shoot one band up close, but was still able to capture most of the action throughout the night. The night started out with the band Ripped, “New Jersey’s best kept secret” (their words not mine). This salty crew jammed with a familiar hard rock sound. Overall an upbeat set with notes...
  • Local

    [RECAP] May The Fourth Be With You: A Star Wars Burlesque at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia 5/4/17

    During the first week of May there are two kinds of people. Those who think Cinco De Mayo is an actual holiday and those of us who know the true holiday is the day before and celebrates geek culture rather than appropriating a marginalized one, Star Wars Day, or as our favorite pun states, May The Fourth Be With You! While this particular date is of no importance to the sci-fi franchise itself and originated as a cheeky newspaper headline congratulating the U.K.’s newly elected Prime Minister in 1979,...
  • Games

    Review: Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (WiiU)

    The little Kickstarter game that could (The only Kickstarter game that could?) returns again with Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, another free campaign for early adopters (following 2015’s Plague of Shadows) that makes the original 2014 Shovel Knight not only one of the greatest games of the last, current, or any console generation, but a gift that (still) keeps on giving. SoT takes the form of a prequel, chronicling the grim reaper-esque Specter Knight’s quest to assemble the Order of No Quarter, the original game’s rogues gallery led by...
  • Local

    [RECAP] Awesome Mix Dance Party at The Barbary 4/29

    Hard to believe it’s been almost two weeks since we held our cosplay, music and dancing tribute to Guardians of the Galaxy, and with the new film out in theaters it’s time to reflect on the event with the help of local nightlife photography genius Influence. Thanks again to everyone who made this endeavor such a super fun success! Cosplay goddess and hostess extraordinaire Maki Roll, everyone at The Barbary, co-promoter Mario of Atomic City Comics, DJ John D, Influence for the awesome pictures, our amazingly talented friends Sarah,...
  • Local

    Preview: Riot Nerd and Atomic City Comics Present : Black Lodge Dance Party

    Get pumped for the new season of Twin Peaks by dancing the night away to Goth/Industrial/Darkwave spun by John Redden and Wassup Gina. We’ll have free donuts courtesy of Federal Donuts, and every time you buy one of our drink specials you’ll get 2 raffle tickets. We’ll announce the winner of the raffle at midnight so get there early for your chance to win three Twin Peaks Funko Pops and a $100 gift certificate to Northern Liberties Tattoo! The $5 drink specials will be a Joe Coffee Porter and...
  • Games

    Review: Fūun Super Combo (PS4)

    When last we checked in on SNK’s PS2 to PS4 initiative, we explored ADK Damashii, a 5 game compilation focusing on the work of Neo Geo 2nd party developer Alpha Denshi. In a similar vein, but with much less in the way of content and variety, is today’s subject, Fūun Super Combo (originally released on the Japanese PS2 in 2007 and foisted upon the American PS4 Store a few months back with as little fanfare as possible) combines the laughably amateurish Savage Reign with its much improved (almost to the point of being an...
  • Movies

    Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    To allay any fears about Marvel going to the proverbial well one too many times I’ll address the question on the minds of everyone who hasn’t seen it yet straight away by answering emphatically that yes, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is very good. With Marvel’s many triumphs now coalescing into a whiz bang blur of spinning star spangled shields and mystical hammers hurled across nearly 20 interconnected films at this point, it’s definitely becoming harder to pick a favorite after each release. Guardians of the Galaxy’s pitch...
  • Wrestling

    Review: WWE Payback 2017

    For a company whose myriad of poor choices has been most recently exemplified by their decision to name a Pay Per View (And seriously, why is it still called that?) “Great Balls of Fire” in 2017, WWE’s ascension of Braun Strowman from Wyatt Family also-ran to genuinely believable main event talent has been orchestrated nearly perfectly, with the “monster among men” rampaging through the Raw roster over the last few months and making his prime target #1 Internet whipping boy Roman Reigns. Share...
  • Music

    Review: Gatecreeper – Unleashed in the Middle East

    Arizona deathgrind crew Gatecreeper made a huge impact last year with their debut LP “Sonoran Depravation“, which was not only one of my favorite releases from 2016, but also, in my opinion, one of the strongest opening full length metal salvos I’ve heard from any band in quite a while. The quintet just wrapped up a tour with fellow metal gods Toxic Holocaust and Nails last month (which I sadly missed when it rolled through Philly), and just this week dropped a professionally recorded surprise release of their full...
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