BioShock Infinite To Be Released October 16th

posted by Andrew Cross

The title that has every game critic chomping at the bit to get their hands on has gotten a drop date. October 16th, 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

Assassin’s Creed III Is Set In America

posted by Andrew Cross

Colonial America to be exact, American Revolution style. The reveal of the game’s box art today shows that the series will be crossing the pond and heading for the states (or colonies).

Assassin’s Creed III is scheduled for an October 31st, 2012 release on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Ghost Will Prove They Are Better Than Mastodon at the Brick

posted by MP Johnson

The popularity of the bands on the Heritage Hunter tour (How the hell do you hunt heritage?) is inversely proportional to the excitement the bands bring to the stage, which means you’ll be able to go home early on a Monday night when the tour stops at the Brick in Minneapolis.

I used to be really psyched about Mastodon, having discovered them when the rhythm section was in the far superior and painfully overlooked Today is the Day. Now that they’re firmly entrenched in their psychedelic shit metal phase, their shows have turned into endless yawnpocolypses.

When Ghost played Station 4, their pop music in the guise of metal would have kept my interest even if they weren’t dressed up as skullfaces and hoodbeasts (although I’m not going to deny that I enjoy that kind of shit immensely). I was in awe of their precision and power, and they bring a level of fun that Mastodon hasn’t provided for years.

Monday, May 7
The Brick
7:30 PM | $30 | 18+

Anticipated Films: THE AVENGERS

posted by Rolocop

I know I’m jumping on the band wagon here, but….. yes please!

The Faust Questionnaire: Brain Tumors

posted by MP Johnson

Have you heard of the Proust Questionnaire? This is the same thing, but a little more evil. Who cares about favorite colors anyway? Every Wednesday, Switchblade Comb will feature bands, authors, filmmakers and artists providing answers to much better questions. This week features Drew, the singer of Brain Tumors.

If you made a deal with the devil, what would you get out of it?

I would like to have the ability to play guitar and sing at the same time with as much talent as Dave Mustaine from Megadeth.

What would the devil get out of it?

I’d imagine we could get a regularly occurring gig at a local barbeque restaurant so he could probably get into shows for free and have access to burnt-out groupies in acid washed pants. Likely the devil would also curse me with the same rampant xenophobia and homophobia that Dave Mustaine has. I dunno if he’d give me hair or not.

What does your hell look like?

That stupid fucking black and white guitar that Zakk Wylde plays.

What is your favorite sin? Why?

Gluttony. Everything, all the time, forever.

What historical or contemporary figure would you choose to fight for your honor against the devil? Why?

Like when the Karate Kid had to fight Steve Vai for his soul? I dunno, me and Pat (guitar) were talking the other day about how we wanna beat the shit out of Joe Satriani because all of his songs sound like the soundtrack to Powerpoint Presentations at business meetings.

If you haven’t heard Brain Tumors yet, you really should change that. They’re one of the best things happening in hardcore right now. They’ve just released an extremely limited LP and their 7″ has been out for awhile. Find them. Buy them. Support local hardcore.

How Can You Not Love a Band Called RapeDoor?

posted by MP Johnson

I’m a sucker for shock rock. In fact, “Shock Rock” is one of my favorite Impaler songs. So of course I love RapeDoor. They have songs with lyrics like “Satan is my Master” and “This is the last song I’ll ever write, gonna kill myself tonight.” Both of those songs are featured in this long form music video, which is actually more like a gruesome B-movie musical. Don’t quit watching before you get to the end or you’ll miss all the good stuff. If you’ve been missing the glittery perversion Faggot brought to Twin Cities stages, this is your new fix.

RapeDoor plays around the Twin Cities a lot. Tomorrow, they will be at the Kitty Kat club, freaking people out and screening this video.

Tuesday, February 28
Kitty Kat Club
Nighttime | Free | 21+

Ticket Giveaway: The Del Fuegos at the Varsity Theater

posted by MP Johnson

“I miss my sister, why’d she go? She’s the one who would have taken me to my first all-ages show. It was the Violent Femmes and the Del Fuegos.” – Juliana Hatfield.

Thanks to the Varsity Theater, one lucky winner (and a friend (or sister)) is going to witness some college rock at Tuesday’s show for free. To enter, send an email with the subject line “I’d really prefer to see Juliana Hatfield but I guess this is pretty awesome too” and I’ll randomly pick a winner Monday afternoon. Good luck!

Blur – Under The Westway

posted by Andrew Cross

After “reuniting” in 2009, Blur has slowly begun resurfacing with new material. Whether or not Fool’s Day or this recent premier of Under The Westway is only the tip of a new album iceberg, has yet to officially be seen.

The Weekend Movie Recap: 2/24/12

posted by Rolocop

RAMPART – Woody Harrelson reunites with director Oren Moverman (THE MESSENGERS) for this dark character study of a bad cop.  Taking place in 1999, Harrelson plays Officer David Brown, who has been working for the LAPD for 20 years or so.  He’s a womanizer (he lives with his 2 ex-wives), a neglectful father, an alcoholic, a drug user, and has violent fits of rage.  He finds himself in the midst of a scandal due to him being a hard-ass cop.  His job and life is on the line as he tries to figure out his life.

This isn’t one of those movies where an asshole slowly comes to a realization that he needs to change his life.  David doesn’t change, and in some ways he becomes worse as the story goes on.  But the reason to see this is Woody Harrelson.  He gives a tour de force performance here, and was definitely robbed of an Oscar nomination.  Harrelson completely embodies this dreadful man as he cusses his way through scenes with a beer in his hand.  We see that there is a hint of good inside him, but the monster he has become won’t let it out.  It’s not an easy role to tackle and Woody succeeds enormously.

Those looking for something like TRAINING DAY will be sorely disappointed.  There’s really not any action.  This is more like LEAVING LAS VEGAS.  Not quite THAT depressing, but pretty close.  The free form structure allows the story to wander from scene to scene aimlessly, but this approach actually works for the lead character.  He’s walking around aimlessly too.  Director Moverman has done a great job creating a tension-filled atmosphere (where it feels like violence can break out at any moment) by using several different types of filming techniques and odd camera angles.  The supporting cast is very strong.  It was a pleasure seeing Ned Beatty as a sleazy cop friend of David.  Cynthia Nixon, Anne Heche, Robin Wright, Ice Cube, Ben Foster, and Steve Buscemi all do good work as well.

If you’re down for a dark character study that will bring you on a journey to the hell that is the life of David Brown, give it a whirl.  It’s not quite as good as THE MESSENGERS, and I’m not sure if I would watch it again anytime soon.  But I’m very glad I saw it, if only to see the greatness of Harrelson’s performance.  Showing at The Lagoon.  Rating:



CHICO & RITA – This Oscar-nominated animated film takes place during the late 40’s music scene in Cuba.  Chico is a fantastic piano player.  He meets singer Rita in a club one night and the two start a love affair.  However, their lifestyles don’t really mesh together all too well, as Rita likes to party and Chico is a bit of a womanizer.  The rest of the film chronicles their relationship as their music brings them to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas.

This story isn’t new.  It’s the classic tragic tale of destined lovers who can’t find a way to be together.  But the way it’s told is fresh and unique.  This isn’t the typical animated story.  It’s not sugar coated for kids either as this is an R rated cartoon, complete with sex, nudity and a bit of violence.  The animation reminded me of that one show called Daria, but a bit more polished.  I love the way the cars looked as they drove through the blue tinted streets in Havana.  It’s a crude type of animation, but after constantly seeing the flawless animation of the Pixar-style generation, it’s a welcome change of pace. The music in this movie crackles as many of the jazz numbers made me tap my toes.  Seeing the music mixed with this odd looking animation really made the experience enjoyable.

Like I said, the story isn’t anything new as you’ll probably be able to tell what’s going to happen within the first 5 minutes, but to me that didn’t matter.  It was all about the experience.  It’s wonderful to look at and fun to listen to.  If you like adult animation or love Latin jazz, be prepared for a terrific time.  At the Lagoon.  Rating:


Also opening in theaters:

ACT OF VALOR – The marketing for this movie is really pushing the fact that they used “real” active Navy Seals for this routine action thriller.  The acting isn’t awful, but not great.  There are some good action scenes (especially the first one which ends with a great car chase through the jungle), but occasionally I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, since several soldiers looked alike.  The story is something out of a Cannon Pictures movie from the 80’s, though not quite as fun.  It was a bit too pro-military for me.  Every soldier is shown as flawless individuals and American as apple pie.  And at times it felt so much like a propaganda video that I almost expected army recruiters to be outside of the theater after the screening.  Fans of Call of Duty (there are many POV shots in this), people in the Military, and Republicans are going to love it.  It was just okay for me.  Should’ve been better.  Wide release. Rating:

BULLHEAD – I noticed on a lot of fanboy sites that this Oscar-Nominated Foreign Film is getting enormous buzz.  Well, I saw it and it’s easily my least favorite of the nominees.  It’s about a dude with no testicles who works for the mob and has fits of rage.  It’s really well directed, but I found the story to be uninvolving and a bit indulgent.  Tried way to hard to be the next hip violent film (like the overrated BRONSON).  Opens at St. Anthony  Rating:

WANDERLUST – From the director of the mediocre ROLE MODELS comes this awful comedy that has Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston living in a commune.  Lots of nudists jokes, hippie jokes, and yuppie jokes.  At least I think they were trying to have jokes in this.  The filmmaking is sloppy (many shots don’t match up with one another) and the writing is almost non-existent.  It just seemed like the filmmaker got all his comedic acting friends together and started messing around in front of the camera.  I’m sure it was fun to make,  but besides a few mild chuckles, it’s horrendous. Wide release.  Rating:

GONE – Not screened for critics. Wide release

GOOD DEEDS – Tyler Perry doesn’t allow for critics to screen his films, and this film is no exception.  Can’t say I’m too disappointed.  Wide release.

Alfred Hitchcock’s MARNIE at The Heights Theater on March 8th

posted by Rolocop

As a part of Turner Classic Movies’ Road to Hollywood Tour, Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 drama MARNIE will be shown at the Heights Theater with lead actress Tippi Hedren making an appearance.  It’s also going to be hosted by National Film Critic Leonard Maltin.

Sure, it’s not Hitchcock’s best movie, but it’s solid enough to see it once or twice.  But I am pretty excited to see Maltin because I have been reading his reviews since I was 8 years old, and one of the biggest reasons why I began writing reviews.

The tickets are free to the general public.  All you have to do is go to this link: and print out a ticket. Showtime is 730pm.  However, seating is not guaranteed, so get there early.  I’m talking hours before the theater opens.  I already know people who will be waiting early in the afternoon (okay, so it’s my dad, but he counts).  “Reel” movie buffs won’t want to miss this!!!

Ticket Giveaway: The Sklar Brothers at the Varsity Theater

posted by MP Johnson

The Sklar Brothers would be better if they were called the Skar Brothers and they were actually a team of barbarians that fought alien tigers in the future. And by better, I mean not really better at all. If you like the Oblongs, you should go to this.

Thanks to the Varsity Theater, two lucky winners (and one friend each) are going to laugh their way through one of tomorrow night’s shows for free. To enter, send an email with the subject line “Hey, I do like the Oblongs and I’d like to go to the late show/early show” and I’ll randomly pick a couple winners bright and early tomorrow morning. Good luck!

The Faust Questionnaire: Nato Coles

posted by MP Johnson

Have you heard of the Proust Questionnaire? This is the same thing, but a little more evil. Who cares about favorite colors anyway? Every Wednesday, Switchblade Comb will feature bands, authors, filmmakers and artists providing answers to much better questions. This week features Nato Coles.

If you made a deal with the devil, what would you get out of it?

The power of flight, the intelligence of twelve Stephen Hawkings, the hitting prowess of Ted Williams in 1949, and the ability to destroy the devil without affecting deals which the devil has made.

What would the devil get out of it?

Well, I’d promise him my soul… and then I’d destroy him a la the terms I laid out in the answer I just gave. So basically, the devil would get massively ripped off.

What does your hell look like?

Chicago rush hour on I-94 between Dempster and the merge with I-90.

What is your favorite sin? Why?

Envy, because wanting stuff leads to getting stuff.

What historical or contemporary figure would you choose to fight for your honor against the devil? Why?

The recently-deceased writer and journalist Christopher Hitchens, because he would correctly inform the devil that he doesn’t exist, and that would be the end of that.

Nato Coles plays around the Twin Cities all the time, either solo or in the Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band configuration. Check out the tail end of February’s Grumpy’s residency or buy the newish 7″. Support local rock ‘n’ rollage.

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