Local H to Play 20th Anniversary Show
Aug 2016 16

Local H will be appearing at the Ready Room on Thursday, August 18, for the “As Good As Dead” 20th Anniversary show.

The band has been around for just over 25 years now, having released 11 albums; one greatest hits record and a live album in 2005. While many bands from the 90s have come and gone, Local H has managed to maintain a relatively strong following. Reviewstl.com recently talked with Scott Lucas, lead singer and guitarist of Local H.

The band has been around for just over 25 years now. What do you think has been the driving force that has kept the band relevant with older fans and attracted new ones?

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“I don’t know. I think there’s something about the way we do things that connects with a certain group of people. It’s very, uh, I want to say cultish. I think they go to our show for a more personal connection than if you go see a band that you’re not gonna get to talk to or even be in the same room with. I think that’s it. It’s hard to say.”

Is there an album that you’re more proud of over others?

“Yeah, I was really proud of ‘Pack Up The Cats,’ when we made that. ‘Whatever Happened To PJ Soles’, I think there’s a nice hand-made quality to that record that I’m not sure I realized would happen while we were making it. It really doesn’t feel manufactured. I’m really proud of our new record (Hey Killer). When I heard the mixes of it, I was like wow, this is pretty good.”

The band has put out a good amount of cover songs. How do you choose a particular song to cover?

“Number one, it’s just whether or not you like the song. Then you ask yourself if we can add something to this so we won’t just sound like a shitty cover band. That’s usually it, whether or not we can actually make it your own or not. That’s why I like covering songs that don’t really sound anything like you.”

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Movie Review: ‘Central Intelligence’ Starring Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson
Jun 2016 17

central-intelligence-movie-2016-posterI must admit that my expectations were low for the new buddy-cop movie Central Intelligence.

Despite starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, the trailer just seemed kind of dull.

As probably one of the biggest fans of Dwayne Johnson on the planet, and a pretty huge Kevin Hart fan, I’m happy to report that Central Intelligence not only exceeded my expectations, but it blew them out of the water.

Hart and Johnson are comedic gold in the film, as the charisma that the pair share shines on the big screen.

Hart, who has made a name for himself, playing pretty much the same character in each film, is, yet again up to his old tricks of screaming, yelling and acting scared to death like in just about every film he is in.

Johnson, on the other hand, has become an action superstar. While he sees his fair share of action in the film, he also shows that he has some comedic chops. Both actors are solid in their respective roles.

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Movie Review: ‘The Conjuring 2’ Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Jun 2016 10

The-Conjuring-2-2-600x865Just when it looked like sequels were going to scare everyone away from the movie theater, along comes The Conjuring 2 – and it literally scared some out of the theater.

James Wan’s latest effort is not just a great scariest, it’s a great piece of acting, as Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga have great chemistry together.

After seeing the sequel to 2013’s surprise hit, it was hard to go to sleep. Make no mistake about it, the based on a true story sequel, delivers on all cylinders. Once again, The Conjuring 2 proves that you don’t need gore and guts to put a legitimate scare into moviegoers.

Wilson and Farming play Ed and Lorraine Warren, real-life paranormal investigators. This film picks up around six years after the first.

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Former WWE Intercontinental Champion Joanie “Chyna” Laurer Passes Away At 45
Apr 2016 21

Chyna WWE SuperstarOver the past few years, the wrestling world has lost many of the superstars who made the product great. These amazing individuals have been dying far too young and often.

Just last week, Ballz Mahoney, known for his time in ECW, passed away in his home. Mahoney was just 44 years old. Then last night, the wrestling world was once again rocked as Joanie Laurer, better known as Chyna, passed away at only 46.

While her death is still under investigation, Chyna made headlines recently for wanting to be put in the WWE Hall of Fame. Former boyfriend, Triple H, released a statement at the time saying that Chyna’s involvement in the adult film industry thwarted any chances of her being in the hall of fame.

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Movie Review: ‘Kilo Two Bravo’ Will Blow You Away
Mar 2016 31

KB2 posterNot since Saving Private Ryan have I seen a fact-based war movie more difficult to watch.

Kilo Two Bravo is one of those rare films, where the audience feels every uncomfortable move that the characters make.

Directed by Paul Katis, KTB tells the horrifying story of a squad of British paratroopers who unknowingly stumble into a section of Russian landmines during a 2006 mission to Afghanistan. The mines had been forgotten from decades earlier.

One soldier after another is horrifically wounded, as the tension is almost unbearable for viewers.

I found myself covering my eyes at times, wrenched in fear as I watched, waiting for the next explosive to detonate with each step the soldiers take.

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