Rich Howells

VIDEO: Scranton briefly referenced again by John Oliver on HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight’

VIDEO: Scranton briefly referenced again by John Oliver on HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight’

While it has been seven months since comedian John Oliver’s news satire program “Last Week Tonight” featured Scranton on HBO, but it’s clear that the Electric City left an impression on him. Oliver ended last night’s show with a segment on some of the last remaining brick-and-mortar Blockbusters in Alaska. With business dwindling at these […]

 Rich Howells

MUSIC VIDEO: Breaking Benjamin is ‘Torn in Two’ as dark story continues and new album arrives

As the real-life story of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s biggest band continues today with the release of their sixth studio album, “Ember,” so does the dark tale Breaking Benjamin began telling in the “Red Cold River” music video released in January from Emmy Award-winning director Kyle Cogan. Just after midnight, the video for the new song “Torn […]

 Rich Howells

STREAMING: ‘Save Yourself’ with new Breaking Benjamin single before album drops on April 13

STREAMING: ‘Save Yourself’ with new Breaking Benjamin single before album drops on April 13

In just one week, multi-platinum rock band Breaking Benjamin will release their long-awaited new album, “Ember.” Since January, they’ve been uploading singles and a music video to build up to Friday, April 13. Late last night, the Wilkes-Barre quintet debuted their fifth new song, “Save Yourself,” a good mix of their melodic side with the […]

 Rich Howells

MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE: Death Valley Dreams ‘Turn Out Those Eyes’ for ‘Baby Frankenstein’ film shot in NEPA

As the Northeastern Pennsylvania filmmakers behind “Baby Frankenstein” begin screening their comedic drama in film festivals worldwide, they recently turned to Wilkes-Barre indie/alternative rock band Death Valley Dreams to lead the soundtrack with “Turn Out Those Eyes,” a new song with the throwback feel of an ’80s tune complete with a music video that is […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: March for Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C., 03/24/18

PHOTOS: March for Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C., 03/24/18

Wherever you stand on the prevailing issue of gun control, there’s no denying that history was made with the massive March for Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 24. Organized by students after a mass shooting with an AR-15 at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14 took the […]

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Breaking Benjamin will meet hometown fans at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre on April 14

Breaking Benjamin will meet hometown fans at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre on April 14

One day after their anticipated new album hits record stores everywhere, multi-platinum rock band Breaking Benjamin will visit their hometown record store, the Gallery of Sound in Wilkes-Barre, to meet fans and sign autographs on Saturday, April 14 at 4 p.m. As with previous Gallery of Sound meet and greet events, it is free, but […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO INTERVIEW/PHOTOS: Hayley Jane and the Primates return to NEPA for Jazz Cafe and Peach Music Festival shows

VIDEO INTERVIEW/PHOTOS: Hayley Jane and the Primates return to NEPA for Jazz Cafe and Peach Music Festival shows

Following their first appearance at the Peach Music Festival in Scranton last summer, up-and-coming Boston rock band Hayley Jane and the Primates performed a special concert at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains in October, followed by another show at Mountain Sky in Jermyn the next day. In between those gigs, they stopped at […]

 Rich Howells

From wrestling to music, Back Breakers Training Center in Scranton now hosting all-ages concerts

From wrestling to music, Back Breakers Training Center in Scranton now hosting all-ages concerts

Art galleries and old storefronts have served as music venues for Scranton shows for decades, so why not a professional wrestling training facility? Located just on the outskirts of the downtown area, Back Breakers Training Center (1008 N. Washington Ave., Scranton) trains athletes for the big time in a 16×16-foot wrestling ring and hosts wrestling […]

 Rich Howells

STREAMING: Wilkes-Barre’s Breaking Benjamin goes ‘Psycho’ on new single

STREAMING: Wilkes-Barre’s Breaking Benjamin goes ‘Psycho’ on new single

With less than a month until their new album drops, multi-platinum rock band Breaking Benjamin has released another track from “Ember” that reveals where the title of the self-produced record comes from in its lyrics. Debuting on Spotify and digital music retailers early this morning, “Psycho” isn’t quite as hard as the Wilkes-Barre band’s first […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: 5th annual Electric City Music Conference announces initial 65 performers in Scranton

EXCLUSIVE: 5th annual Electric City Music Conference announces initial 65 performers in Scranton

Following the opening of artist submissions last month, the Electric City Music Conference has announced the names of 65 acts that will perform live at the fifth annual Scranton music conference. The Steamtown Music Awards will kick off the 2018 Electric City Music Conference on Thursday, Sept. 13, and the rest of the conference takes […]