Rich Howells

Zappa on Zappa – Dweezil Zappa plays the music of his father Frank in Wilkes-Barre on July 11

Zappa on Zappa – Dweezil Zappa plays the music of his father Frank in Wilkes-Barre on July 11

The name “Zappa” is instantly recognizable to older music fans, but Dweezil Zappa, son of the late, great Frank Zappa, found that many younger listeners were growing up not knowing who his father was or what his groundbreaking art did for music, so Zappa Plays Zappa was born. Eight years later, Dweezil (along with his […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Fans and band members relive the ’80s through Headbanger’s Ball in Wilkes-Barre on April 18

ARCHIVES: Fans and band members relive the ’80s through Headbanger’s Ball in Wilkes-Barre on April 18

Drummer Johnny Dee’s address may be in Conshohocken, but he rarely resides there. For the last month, he’s toured through South America and has been on a cruise “rocking out on a boat in the Caribbean for a couple days,” and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s been perpetually on tour since his […]

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ARCHIVES: The ‘Sounds’ of SUZE, Kingston’s jazz, funk, and blues band

ARCHIVES: The ‘Sounds’ of SUZE, Kingston’s jazz, funk, and blues band

For a band with a funny name that was formed “by accident,” SUZE has become a purposeful creative outlet for Adam McKinley and his bandmates and one of the area’s favorite rock acts. Founded in Kingston seven years ago, a friend he attended Penn State with asked if he would play a party for him […]

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ARCHIVES: People (and their boutiques) are strange – The Strange and Unusual Oddities Parlor opens in Kingston

ARCHIVES: People (and their boutiques) are strange – The Strange and Unusual Oddities Parlor opens in Kingston

The centerpiece on the coffee table in front of the door is a human skull under glass, accentuated by severed white mannequin arms reaching up for it from underneath. Heads of deer, a ram, and other expired animals line the deep purple walls alongside taxidermied wolves and birds. Butterflies and beetles are pinned behind elaborate […]

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ARCHIVES: Surviving the ‘Dead’ – ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Dawn of the Dead’ stars Infect Scranton Sept. 20-22

ARCHIVES: Surviving the ‘Dead’ – ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Dawn of the Dead’ stars Infect Scranton Sept. 20-22

Two years ago, a friend told actor Vincent Ward that he should be on AMC’s hit TV series “The Walking Dead.” “Why would I want to be on a show about zombies?” he replied. “A year later, I’m on a show about zombies.” Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Ward was a basketball star and […]

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ARCHIVES: ‘Blacklisted’ Culture Shock headliner Aayu finds new life in name, rap music in Scranton

ARCHIVES: ‘Blacklisted’ Culture Shock headliner Aayu finds new life in name, rap music in Scranton

Aayu, the indie rapper from Bucks County who relocated to Northeast Pennsylvania a few years ago, admits his name is “a pain the ass” because of its unusual pronunciation, but unlike many hip-hop artists, it’s no gimmick. “It’s a common boy and girl’s name in India, but it’s an old, old name that translates from […]

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ARCHIVES: ‘Hell yeah’ – Menzingers are back in Scranton for Steamtown Beer & Music Festival

ARCHIVES: ‘Hell yeah’ – Menzingers are back in Scranton for Steamtown Beer & Music Festival

When The Menzingers were asked if they’d like to play the first-ever Steamtown Beer & Music Festival, guitarist/vocalist Tom May felt the answer was obvious. “We love beer and Scranton, so hell yeah!” While the four punk rockers moved to Philadelphia over five years ago to better network with fellow bands, it was the Northeast […]

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ARCHIVES: Cafe Metro documentary captures final meaningful moments of Wilkes-Barre all-ages venue

ARCHIVES: Cafe Metro documentary captures final meaningful moments of Wilkes-Barre all-ages venue

Last September, the local music scene suffered a major loss when underground music venue Cafe Metropolis in downtown Wilkes-Barre closed its doors after 14 years. To lesson the blow, Stephanie Ogozaly has created a memento in documentary form called “The Metro,” set to premiere Saturday, January 15 at 8 p.m. at The Vintage Theater in […]

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