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 […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Larksville noise rockers Vulturepeak break free of daily banality with ‘Wraith’

In these chaotic times, Vulturepeak is more prolific than ever with their anarchic mix of post-hardcore, metal, and noise, releasing their second album this year alone, “Snake Body,” this Sunday, March 25 through No Less Records, with more music planned for 2018. Before the Larksville duo rips up stages with Dead Empires, Terrorize This, and […]

 Rich Howells

Roastmaster Jeff Ross on open mics, Northeast audiences, and his bromance with Dave Attell

Roastmaster Jeff Ross on open mics, Northeast audiences, and his bromance with Dave Attell

Comedian Jeffrey Ross has been dubbed the “Roastmaster General” for a reason – his quick-witted insult comedy has made him one of the best in the business, feared by big celebrities and common hecklers alike. He never misses an opportunity to offend sensibilities and bust balls, reaching new heights of fame with his brutal takedowns […]

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Wilkes-Barre photographer Keith Perks releases local music ‘SCENE’ compilation at April 6 show in Scranton

Wilkes-Barre photographer Keith Perks releases local music ‘SCENE’ compilation at April 6 show in Scranton

Wilkes-Barre photographer and 1120 Studios founder Keith Perks is taking First Friday art shows to a new level with the creation of “SCENE,” a photography exhibition 10 years in the making that includes live local music and the release of a new compilation CD that shows just how talented and diverse the Northeastern Pennsylvania music […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Watch and download 3 acoustic songs by Irish folk singer Mickey Spain for St. Patrick’s Day

EXCLUSIVE: Watch and download 3 acoustic songs by Irish folk singer Mickey Spain for St. Patrick’s Day

A few weeks ago during the live recording of Episode 49 of the NEPA Scene Podcast at Coal Creative’s production studio in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Irish folk singer/songwriter Mickey Spain of Makem & Spain fame opened and closed the show with some acoustic songs, so with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we’re offering these […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: New Jersey avant-pop rock band Will Wood and the Tapeworms

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: New Jersey avant-pop rock band Will Wood and the Tapeworms

Will Wood and the Tapeworms City: Rockaway, New Jersey Genre(s): Avant-pop, experimental rock, gypsy rock, anti-folk, alternative rock Years active: 2015-present Sounds like: Will Wood and the Tapeworms is a constant balancing act between catchy pop and insane outbursts of artistic emotion, presented in a strange cabaret of sights and sounds that combine piano balladry […]

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New downtown Wilkes-Barre music venue Karl Hall announces first shows

New downtown Wilkes-Barre music venue Karl Hall announces first shows

In the basement of the Polish Union Building in downtown Wilkes-Barre, a new music venue is emerging to bring weekly all-ages shows back to the local music scene. First announced last fall, Karl Hall is finally ready to open its doors to the general public after holding a soft opening concert with Northeastern Pennsylvania rock […]