Chris Hughes

CONCERT REVIEW: ’90s nostalgia rules during sold-out Polaris show in Philadelphia

CONCERT REVIEW: ’90s nostalgia rules during sold-out Polaris show in Philadelphia

There’s a strange kind of magic that happens when a band that existed solely in the realm of one of your favorite childhood shows appears as a real, viable touring act for the first time 20 years later. Wave after wave of nostalgia filled the space inside Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia) on Friday, […]

 Mark Uricheck

CONCERT REVIEW: Slayer ‘still reigning’ with brutal Bethlehem performance

CONCERT REVIEW: Slayer ‘still reigning’ with brutal Bethlehem performance

Several inches of snow and somewhat dicey road conditions in the Lehigh Valley couldn’t stop the metal faithful from amassing a near-capacity army at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 26. The triple attack of Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies, and Slayer made for a trampled-under-flying-bodies good time, and the crowd was anything but […]

 Rich Perry

ALBUM REVIEW: Ryan Kenton makes fun and energetic self-titled debut

ALBUM REVIEW: Ryan Kenton makes fun and energetic self-titled debut

Before I begin this album review, I’m going to take a quick trip down memory lane. I attended my first club when I was 15 years old (yes, NEPA used to have underage clubs), and soon after that, I attended my first party or rave, which baptized me into DJ culture and the world of […]

 Chris Hughes

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Hey! Listen! ‘Hyrule Warriors’ is addictive tribute to Zelda franchise

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Hey! Listen! ‘Hyrule Warriors’ is addictive tribute to Zelda franchise

They say admitting you have a problem is the first step to overcoming it. Well, my name is Chris, and I’m addicted to “Hyrule Warriors.” Having never played a “Dynasty Warriors” title or spinoff of the popular hack-and-slash franchise before, I can admit that I wasn’t initially drawn to the gameplay displayed in its all […]

 Sam Shockey

CONCERT REVIEW: Last date of Samhain 30-year reunion tour was a bloody good holiday

CONCERT REVIEW: Last date of Samhain 30-year reunion tour was a bloody good holiday

What better night to see Samhain than on the pagan holiday the band is named after? Samhain was joined by Goatwhore, Midnight, and YDi at the Best Buy Theater in Manhattan, New York on Nov. 1 as part of the “30 Bloody Years” reunion tour that began in September. Here’s a breakdown of each band […]

 Mark Uricheck

ALBUM REVIEW: Graces Downfall ‘Change. Adjust. Continue.’ and satisfy rock fans

ALBUM REVIEW: Graces Downfall ‘Change. Adjust. Continue.’ and satisfy rock fans

For their fourth studio album (fifth overall, if you count their live unplugged “A Night in the Woods” release), NEPA’s own Graces Downfall come out of the gate like a pack of wild horses, virtually daring the listener to bear the threshold of volume and metal-tinged intensity with which they threaten. In other words, it’d […]

 Stage Walker

THEATRE REVIEW: Two thumbs up for ‘A Behanding in Spokane’

THEATRE REVIEW: Two thumbs up for ‘A Behanding in Spokane’

What lengths do we go to recover what is rightfully ours? This question (among many) is examined in “A Behanding in Spokane,” a dark and twisted comedy by renowned Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. Set in “anywhere U.S.A.,” this piece takes a cruel, albeit intelligent satirical eye to the dark and cutthroat (or behanding, as it […]

 Chris Hughes

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Electrifying puzzle-platformer ‘Teslagrad’ is a welcome challenge

The hand-drawn graphics of “Teslagrad” are what initially drew me to the game, but the satisfaction of overcoming its charming-yet-wonderfully-difficult puzzles is what kept me playing. This is the unexpectedly challenging platformer you never knew you wanted. With just over 30 minutes clocked in the game, I had died countless times while poorly traversing chasms […]

 Stage Walker

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Cocktail Hour’ is a mixture that doesn’t quite go down right

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Cocktail Hour’ is a mixture that doesn’t quite go down right

Actors Circle, based at the Providence Playhouse (1256 Providence Rd., Scranton), opened their 33rd season with A.R Gurney’s 1988 comedy “The Cocktail Hour,” running Sept. 11-21. The play features four characters; Bradley and Ann (portrayed by John Arena and Patricia McAvoy) are an aging upper-class couple who are attempting to enjoy an evening of drinks […]

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