Music

 Ken Jones

The Russello Project headlining Halloween show in Scranton, giving away Queensrÿche tickets

The Russello Project headlining Halloween show in Scranton, giving away Queensrÿche tickets

Just coming off the Steamtown Music Awards, where Charlie Russello won Best Guitarist and his band The Russello Project won the popular vote for Best Jam Band/Jazz Fusion Act, The Russello Project will be headlining their first show at the V-Spot in Scranton on Saturday, Oct. 25. After decades of local as well as some […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Jam with the Village Idiots to help a little girl with a rare heart defect

Jam with the Village Idiots to help a little girl with a rare heart defect

The Village Idiots and friends will be performing at a fundraising event for Ella, a little girl born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare heart defect in which the left ventricle never fully develops. According to the Facebook event page: Ella is now 3 years old and has gone through the three stages of […]

 Mark Uricheck

Prosody keep metal alive with Black Crown Initiate, debut new music

Prosody keep metal alive with Black Crown Initiate, debut new music

NEPA’s own steel-belted boot to the head, Prosody, will open the show for Black Crown Initiate at The Factory: Underground in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Oct. 24. Guitarist Chris Stroud and vocalist Ken Ebersole couldn’t be happier to give the boys from Reading a proper metallic welcome. “I’m not a fan of seven-string guitar players unless […]

 Mark Uricheck

Black Crown Initiate vent heavy, emotional metal in Wilkes-Barre

Black Crown Initiate vent heavy, emotional metal in Wilkes-Barre

Reading rockers play The Factory: Underground on Friday, Oct. 24

Black Crown Initiate’s bio is as heavy as their sound. The Reading, Pennsylvania-based progressive death metal band, which recently signed to eOne Music for the release of their album “The Wreckage of Stars,” describes their sound as “a sentient being at war with itself and everything else; an entity holding on for dear life as […]

 Sara Pokorny

Scranton will ‘Thrill the World’ to break world record and fund youth scholarships

Scranton will ‘Thrill the World’ to break world record and fund youth scholarships

Flash mobs, while fun, are also something that fizzled out as quickly as they rolled into your local mall – if you’ve seen one group of awkward dancers, you’ve seen them all. Exceptions can be made, however, especially when it involves breaking a world record. Though it’s in its eighth year globally, this is the […]

 Rich Howells

STREAMING: Heavy Blonde – ‘Johnny Got Fangs’

STREAMING: Heavy Blonde – ‘Johnny Got Fangs’

Heavy Blonde just debuted a new single, “Johnny Got Fangs,” from their upcoming free “Sun” EP, and it definitely has the bite the title promises. While they’re a relatively new band from Scranton, the players are all familiar names to the local music scene. And the Moneynotes members Mike Williams, his brother Roy Williams, and […]

 Cory Wolff

PUTTING IN WORK: The best social networks ranked for musicians

PUTTING IN WORK: The best social networks ranked for musicians

A few weeks ago, I was part of a panel at the Electric City Music Conference focusing on band promotion, and many of the audience questions were about the best social media websites for bands. Since I’m asked about which platforms artists should be using quite often, I thought I would rank the best social […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Top 40 albums in NEPA, 10/21/14

The Top 40 albums in NEPA, 10/21/14

Each week, Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound provides NEPA Scene with the Top 40 best-selling albums in its Northeastern Pennsylvania stores from the previous week. Every album is followed by its rank from the week before. “D” indicates a debut this week.

 Mark Uricheck

ALBUM REVIEW: Graces Downfall ‘Change. Adjust. Continue.’ and satisfy rock fans

ALBUM REVIEW: Graces Downfall ‘Change. Adjust. Continue.’ and satisfy rock fans

For their fourth studio album (fifth overall, if you count their live unplugged “A Night in the Woods” release), NEPA’s own Graces Downfall come out of the gate like a pack of wild horses, virtually daring the listener to bear the threshold of volume and metal-tinged intensity with which they threaten. In other words, it’d […]

 Keith Perks

PHOTOS: Bring the Heat, 10/18/14

PHOTOS: Bring the Heat, 10/18/14

After forming in 2009 and playing throughout the tri-state area, Bring the Heat took a few years off. When they came back from hiatus on Oct. 18 with new members and new music, they certainly lived up to their name and made a triumphant return. The Wilkes-Barre hardcore band was just one of several acts […]