Reviews from the Batcave: House of M

Brett Israel (’10)

March 24, 2009

Filed under Underground

The year is 2005 and the Marvel universe is about to be put completely upside-down. Everything thought to be right and wrong will be changed, because of one woman, and this change in the universe is in Brian Michael Bendis' House of M. The Marvel universe has been no stranger to universe crossovers like...

Wrath supplies more ammunition for Lamb of God

Jason Cominetto (’10)/Eastside Underground Editor

March 15, 2009

Filed under Underground

Lamb of God is one of the most successful metal bands in modern music. The band's albums are wildly successful for such an intense style of music (their third album, Ashes of the Wake, debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200, and their fourth release, Sacrament, debuted at number 8); Lamb of God has...

Online gaming journalism takes the isolation out of video games

Alex Krefetz ('10)/For Eastside

March 8, 2009

Filed under Underground

Those who consider the act of playing video games a solo activity have likely not picked up a controller in years. Nowadays, gamers are perhaps more connected than those in any other art medium. No longer does a player sit in a room and play alone: today, the modern gamer plays online with thousands...

Reviews From The Batcave: The Dark Phoenix Saga

Brett Israel (’10)/Eastside Comics Columnist

February 25, 2009

Filed under Underground

When you think comics, big names such as Batman, Superman, Spiderman, etc. come to mind. However, in the Marvel universe, the group of heroes with the most series has to be the X-men. Ever since their start in 1963 they have been one of Marvel's greatest super teams (with the only real competition coming...

Video games can be played for more than just fun

Jared Widman ('10)/For Eastside

February 16, 2009

Filed under Underground

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "I have Halo 3 at my house," or "I'm pretty good at Gears of War; I can get a Major League Gaming (MLG) team together, and we can kick butt. It's not like video games take any skill or anything." That would be your first mistake.  The competitive playing of...

How to find cult films

Laura Kane ('11)/Eastside Staff

February 9, 2009

Filed under Underground

Local video rental stores carry all of the new releases from comedy to horror, and most movies made in the last five years can be found on those many shelves. Cult films, however, can be harder to find. The best place to find cult films is online. One of the more popular websites is http://www.cultfilmz.com, created by Ron Altman. The website eval...

Album Review: “A Night in Tunisia” by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers

Aaron Sheehan ('10)/Eastside Underground Editor

January 31, 2009

Filed under Entertainment, Underground

Jazz. Just the sound of the word makes many high school students run for cover. However, if they were to just look past what is played on NPR right before the traffic reports, or the stereotypical "be-bop" and "scat" that they are taught about in their music classes, they just might find something they...

The gamer, not the game itself, responsible for violence

Noah Cohen ('09)/Eastside Editor-in-Chief

January 26, 2009

Filed under National Opinions, Opinions, Underground

When one enters the virtual world, one can feel an odd sense of freedom and uncertainty.  Video games today have grown to newer heights and the virtual world has become more intense as a result.  Often criticized for their harmful effects on their users, violent and sexual video games have become increasingly...

Fred Stein’s Pizza & Ice Cream album unbearable for a mature audience

Jason Cominetto ('10)/Eastside Underground Editor

January 18, 2009

Filed under Entertainment, Underground

There is a time in every man's life when he has to realize he is not a child anymore. Apparently, Jersey musician Fred Stein did not receive that memo, as evident on his album, Pizza & Ice Cream. If you didn't get the message from the title, this album is a lighthearted take on the long stale pop...

Top ten punk albums

Claire Hoffman (’12) and Jenna Yogel (’12)

December 17, 2008

Filed under Entertainment, Underground

From The Sex Pistols shouting for anarchy to The Clash fighting for people to think about the future, punk rock has given generations new ideals to process. The best of punk rock is not only entertaining music, but allows the listeners to expand their mind and express what they are feeling, as these...

A trip to America’s Video Game Expo goes a long way

Jason Cominetto ('10)/Eastside Underground Editor

November 23, 2008

Filed under Entertainment, Underground

I'm just going to get this out of the way - I'm a nerd. Being a nerd, when I caught wind that America's Video Game Expo was going to be taking place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia this weekend, I got excited. There was no way I was going to miss this one out, so I decided to trek...

Smiff exemplifying future of the music industry

Jason Cominetto ('10)/Eastside Underground Editor

November 21, 2008

Filed under Entertainment, Underground

Scooter Smiff is the new Bruce Springsteen. His coalescing of various instruments from multiple genres creates a sound that reaches depths the likes of which no listener has heard before. It is unfathomable to anyone who has not heard a track off of his sampler, Head Of My Class, to understand the musicia...

Witchcraft and Paganism do not go hand-and-hand

Jason Cominetto ('10)/Eastside Underground Editor

October 21, 2008

Filed under Underground

J = Jason Cominetto    P = Jennifer Lane                    Mention a witch and one will probably think of a pointy hat, broomstick and bubbling cauldrons. The truth is that while witches, or those with other spiritual beliefs, exist in modern day, this portrayal of horrored-up...

GWAR keeps shock rock alive

Jason Cominetto (’10)/Eastside Underground Editor

October 7, 2008

Filed under Underground

There are many types of genres in the world of music, but none may be as interesting as shock rock.  Shock rock is a subgenre to rock, where musicians combine their music with theatric shock value in their performances, pushing the modern limits of decency with their use of sex, violence and horror. ...

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