Matt Mang

CONCERT REVIEW: I survived Muse in NYC and all you get is this lousy review

CONCERT REVIEW: I survived Muse in NYC and all you get is this lousy review

I’ve been to plenty of concerts, certainly ones with much more menacing crowds. But not even two minutes after Muse began playing, I was afraid I wasn’t going to make it out of this one alive. The band opened with one of their newest singles, the chunky riff-rocker “Psycho” and, appropriately enough, the crowd went […]

 Rich Cicci

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is another successful successor by Marvel

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is another successful successor by Marvel

Do you want your summer blockbusters to balance spectacular action and drama with character development and a few laughs along the way? If so, then you may want to check out this little quasi-independent film by a virtual Hollywood unknown that was just released. Can you taste the hyperbole? We hope so, as we’re clearly […]

 Corey Kime

CONCERT REVIEW: Breaking Benjamin frontman Ben Burnley and company blow Philadelphia crowd away

CONCERT REVIEW: Breaking Benjamin frontman Ben Burnley and company blow Philadelphia crowd away

As we pulled into the parking lot of Bull Shooters Saloon in Philadelphia at 6 p.m., roughly two and a half hours before show time, the line was already wrapped around the building. It was filled with loyal fans sporting their Breaking Benjamin gear proudly, and even a few people sitting in their cars blasting […]

 Nick DeMarco

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: ‘Citizens of Earth’ plays like a cult classic SNES RPG, but is it as fun?

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: ‘Citizens of Earth’ plays like a cult classic SNES RPG, but is it as fun?

Every now and then in the realm of gaming, something comes along that reminds you of something, a particular game or feeling, that you thought you had forgotten. Chances are you’ve forgotten all of this because you, like this writer, feel that the industry has passed you by and no longer cares about those games […]

 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 […]