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  • Movies

    Trail Mix: Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving

    Trail Mix takes a look at classic movie trailers from years past to explore their relationship (however sometimes tenuous) to the films themselves and to the movie promotion of today. When is a trailer more than a trailer? How about when there’s only a trailer? Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s 2007 interesting failure “Grindhouse” famously included faux trailers sandwiched between its pre-packaged B Horror double feature, and though Rodriguez’s “Machete” eventually, questionably, became a franchise of its own and Edgar Wright’s “Don’t” and Rob Zombie’s “Werewolf Women of the...
  • Games

    Review: Luminist – Super Metroid: Resynthesized

    In honor of all of the SNES Classic systems that we won’t be seeing under Christmas trees this holiday season, the world is once again in love with Nintendo’s often yellowed little purple and gray (arguably) best system of all time. Adding to this SNES fever, UK composer Luminist has unleashed his highly enjoyable take on the Super Metroid soundtrack, following his awesome reimagining of the OG NES Metroid that we loved so much earlier this year. The SNES’ graphical and sound fidelity famously both added and subtracted to...
  • Wrestling

    Review: NXT Takeover: War Games

    When a wrestling show opens with verbose master linguist Mauro Ranallo’s call for us to “Marvel” at fantastic old school monster heel and “Jack Kirby illustration come to life” Lars Sullivan, you know you’re not in basic bitch main roster WWE Kansas anymore. That’s always been NXT’s forte though, it’s small scale bouts between indie darlings and performance center graduates calling to mind the oddball pro graps soup of the old Saturday morning WWF Superstars shows or the dearly beloved WCW Saturday Night. No wonder then that NXT mastermind...
  • Music

    Review: APMD – Hostage Animal

    As politics at home and abroad become an irreparable dumpster fire and sexual assault allegations against the rich and powerful dominate the 24 hour news cycle, 2017 is going to be remembered for a lot of horrible, unspeakable things, but I’ll choose to remember it as the year of Ben Koller. Between the genius hardcore-as-Shakespearian-tragedy of Converge’s “The Dusk In Us” and the Van Halen worshipping party metal excellence of Mutoid Man’s “War Moans” lies All Pigs Must Die, Koller’s other, other band, with members of The Hope Conspiracy...
  • Toys

    Review: Loki (Marvel Legends Thor: Ragnarok)

    Just like most audiences are going to come out of Justice League this weekend needing an Irish Coffee and questioning their life choices, you KNOW you came out of Thor: Ragnarok wanting a Loki action figure, Tom Hiddleston’s rabble rousing half frost giant having arguably the most fun out of all the established characters in Taika Waititi’s soft reboot of the Thunder God’s Asgardian adventures. Aside from Sideshow and Hot Toys offerings large in both scale and price tag, the MCU iteration of Laufey’s son hasn’t had much in...
  • Local

    Preview: Riot Nerd Brunch & Bazaar at Buzz Café 11/18

    Join Riot Nerd at Buzz Café this Saturday from 11am to 2pm for a nerdy brunch and craft bazaar! We’ll have 8 to 10 handpicked vendors selling pop-culture inspired pins, magnets, patches, and other small craft items! Start your holiday shopping early and grab a coffee and bite to eat!  All ages! Free admission! Vendors: Meldar16 Batty Boutique The METAQuest NecroFX Brutal Squid Comix Gab MarfDazeGeek Wicked Queer Share...
  • Music

    [RECAP] Tegan and Sara at The Tower Theatre 11/10/17

    There were two reasons for Tegan and Sara’s The Con X Tour. The first was that their album, The Con, was released 10 years ago. The album about was released during difficult times in their professional and personal life and addressed those difficulties. It also gave a huge push to their career. The second reason for The Con X Tour  was to support their new project: Tegan and Sara Foundation. The foundation plans to support organizations that help LGBTQ girls and women in different aspects from health to representation....
  • Music

    Review: Gatecreeper – Sweltering Madness

    Seething with a restless energy and boundless capacity for bare bones, no bullshit death metal at its finest, Arizona’s Gatecreeper return with another dose of roughhewn brutality on “Sweltering Madness”, two brand new tracks that see the desert dwelling death dealers leaning hard into the doomier, sludgier aspects of 2016’s near-flawless “Sonoran Depravation”. Lead track “Sweltering Madness” is harsh and foreboding, vocalist Chase Mason employing a rawer, drier style here as a tempest of speed picking and double bass rages behind him. “Mastery of Power” may be even better,...
  • Music

    Review: Converge – The Dusk In Us

    There’s a free form, almost improvisational flow to the song ‘Arkhiprov Calm” from New England hardcore institution Converge’s absolute beast of a new record “The Dusk In Us”, the whiplash inducing tempest of aural relentlessness at odds with the tightness and precision of the musicianship on display. That’s been Converge’s forte for what feels like forever now though, or at least since the release of 2001’s earth shattering monument “Jane Doe”. Converge possesses a demonic weight, an unrivaled heaviness, yet with production wizard Kurt Ballou, he of world famous...
  • Movies

    Review: Thor: Ragnarok

    Marvel Studios had a Thor problem. Most people (again, not us) seemed to not enjoy the solo Thor films, at least not as much as they did Chris Hemsworth’s swashbuckling, somewhat dunderheaded but good hearted badass thunder god in the Avengers films. Similarly, Marvel Studios had a Hulk problem. Depending upon who you ask, Marvel either lacks confidence in Mark Ruffalo’s green goliath to carry his own standalone project or doesn’t want to have to cut Universal (who still owns part of the film rights to the character) in on...
  • LocalMusic

    [RECAP] U.S. Bastards, Ghoul and GWAR at The Trocadero 10/29/17

    Despite what the outcome may ultimately be, there’s always those celebrity couples that everybody roots for, be it Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, Chris Pratt and Anna Farris or Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy. Added to that list a few months back were Ghoul and GWAR, who announced their way into the hearts of millions a with a fall tour together, one that would bleed and squirm its way through Philadelphia just two nights before Halloween. Hollywood’s new It couple were joined by Richmond, VA three piece U.S....
  • TV

    Review: Stranger Things 2

    Mild spoilers follow… When the opening sequence of Stranger Things 2 (or Stranger Things: Season 2, definitely not 2 Stranger 2 Things) takes place in Pittsburgh and features some central casting 80’s street punks doing some central casting 80’s street punk shit (seriously, I half expected The Terminator to come and steal their clothes), you know that Stranger Things has, for better or worse, taken it’s Luke Skywalker-esque first step into a larger world. Aliens might be the better science fiction analogy though, and not just because Paul Reiser...
  • Music

    Review: Metz – Strange Peace

    While the brand of 90’s revivalist bands we typically eat up here at Riot Nerd World Headquarters usually slather a heavy dose of sludge, stoner, prog, doom or goth onto their Clinton era sonic expertise, Canadian power trio Metz brings a noise punk prowess to the table that shakes itself free of such darker trappings, a propulsive burst of sweaty, sardonically hooky energy that reaches a sort of zen state on their new record “Strange Peace”. Produced by notoriously prickly alt-luminary Steve Albini, you’d expect Metz to adopt a...
  • Toys

    Review: Gladiator Thor (Marvel Legends Thor Ragnarok)

    Thor is back, y’all. After sitting out Civil War, the Odinson (and the Hulk!) return early next month in Thor: Ragnarok. Set to be a more retro inclined, sort of swashbuckling science fiction-y adventure in the Guardians of the Galaxy mold, Ragnarok is largely seen as a course correction for those that didn’t care for Thor’s previous solo outings (not us, we love those movies) from What We Do In The Shadows director Taika Waititi. A new MCU flick means a new series of Hasbro’s deathless litany of 6...
  • Music

    [RECAP] Nekromantix at Voltage Lounge 10/17/17

    October is hands down my favorite time of the year.  Anybody who knows me, knows I spend the month trying to do all the things.  From shows to parties and anything in between, I am down for anything that gives me a chance to celebrate the season.  I’ve done everything from working at a haunted house, to attending horror themed weddings and witchy parties, to Rocky Horror screenings, you name it!  Needless to say, when given the opportunity to attend a live performance by my favorite psychobilly band, The...
  • LocalMusic

    Review: Plaque Marks – Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship

    Armed to the teeth like a fully combined Voltron of Philly’s well respected post punk underground, featuring members of stoner psych outfit Ecstatic Vision, spacey new wavers Powder Room, shoegaze-y grungers Creepoid and dearly departed ultra-catchy, supremely 90’s alterna-sludge gods Fight Amp, the recently established Plaque Marks attacks in a gloriously abrasive and grinding crust punk uproar, both somewhat unexpected and wholly appreciated. Their soon to be released debut EP “Anxiety Driven Nervous Worship” a perfect moniker for the noise manifesto they’ve created, all perfectly delivered nail biting, edge-of-the-seat...
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