Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: Who needs reality when you have ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition?’

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: Who needs reality when you have ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition?’

Hello there, and welcome to the second installment of my column, Wildly Frustrated! I’d like to discuss a serious issue with you today, dear readers. Video games have been around since the 1970s and have evolved remarkably over their 40+ years in existence. From the simple days of “virtual ping pong,” a kidnapping gorilla, heroic […]

 Nick DeMarco

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: ‘Dolphin Up’ recalls classic addictive gaming on the Wii U

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: ‘Dolphin Up’ recalls classic addictive gaming on the Wii U

It never ceases to amaze me, those young customers who come into my store and consistently question how anyone, never mind yours truly, could be entertained by some of the games of times long gone, and one of the things I always stress to them is that while these games may not have been pleasing […]

 Matt Mang

CONCERT REVIEW: Jack White keeps everyone on their toes for sold-out NYC show

CONCERT REVIEW: Jack White keeps everyone on their toes for sold-out NYC show

Like a fighter in a boxing match, Jack White came out swinging this past Friday night in Madison Square Garden. Instead of clenched fists, the Detroit born, multiple Grammy Award-winner assaulted the sold-out crowd with a barrage of big crashing chords most acts would reserve for the end of the show. This electric explosion heralded […]

 Rich Cicci

ALBUM REVIEW: HIM Retrospective: ‘Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666’ holds up as perfect ‘love metal’ intro

ALBUM REVIEW: HIM Retrospective: ‘Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666’ holds up as perfect ‘love metal’ intro

This reviewer has been a fan of Finnish metal band HIM since the early 2000s. Whether it was their dark metal styling, their lyricism, or the Shakespearean-like sensibility of tragic romanticism in those lyrics, it struck something in this listener. And the fact that HIM has been around since 1991 (with their first full-length album […]

 Corey Kime

REVIEW: 2015 Royal Rumble burned out quickly and ignited WWE fans’ rage

REVIEW: 2015 Royal Rumble burned out quickly and ignited WWE fans’ rage

The WWE’s 2015 “Royal Rumble” match, held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia last night, started out with a bang but quickly burned out – and the aftermath may prove to be even more disastrous. The kickoff match of the actual pay-per-view saw The New Age Outlaws – Jesse James and Billy Gunn – […]

 Mark Uricheck

CONCERT REVIEW: Fireball, Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio, and The Russello Project raise the bar for NEPA musicianship

CONCERT REVIEW: Fireball, Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio, and The Russello Project raise the bar for NEPA musicianship

Three of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most prominent guitarists, all currently leading very different, yet dynamically musical ensembles, combined for one of the most volatile axe-slinging evenings in recent memory at Diane’s Deli in Pittston on Saturday, Dec. 20. The heavy British blues-inspired Fireball, anchored by longtime NEPA six-string stalwart Butch Frable; the smarmy Chicago blues-infused Phyllis […]

 Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS/REVIEW: Dr. Dog at the Bowery Ballroom, 01/15/15

PHOTOS/REVIEW: Dr. Dog at the Bowery Ballroom, 01/15/15

Philadelphia indie rockers Dr. Dog are celebrating the release of their first live album, “Live from a Flamingo Hotel,” with a string of eight intimate sold-out shows over nine days in New York City. The shows, called the “4×4 Tour,” are being played at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg and the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan. […]

 Rich Cicci

CONCERT REVIEW: HIM dig into the ‘Love Metal Archives’ and come up with gold

CONCERT REVIEW: HIM dig into the ‘Love Metal Archives’ and come up with gold

The ultimate display of one’s fandom to any musician is to attend a live performance. It is at that point, while in an ocean of people, one can feel a connection to the artist on stage. Unfortunately, some concerts do not always live up to the hype. Shoddy vocals, a half-assed stage presence, and an […]

 Rich Howells

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Darling Core’ is as original and intriguing as its name

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Darling Core’ is as original and intriguing as its name

“The Darling Core” is a title that is both unusual and intriguing, which is also a fair description of what transpires over the next hour. It’s best not to enter this original one-act play knowing too much about it other than its basic premise – Adam and Lilith are a vaudeville duo called the Darling […]

 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, […]