Music

 Matt Mang

CONCERT REVIEW: Jack White keeps everyone on their toes for sold-out NYC show

CONCERT REVIEW: Jack White keeps everyone on their toes for sold-out NYC show

Like a fighter in a boxing match, Jack White came out swinging this past Friday night in Madison Square Garden. Instead of clenched fists, the Detroit born, multiple Grammy Award-winner assaulted the sold-out crowd with a barrage of big crashing chords most acts would reserve for the end of the show. This electric explosion heralded […]

 Michelle Beck

PHOTOS: Vice Grip, Final Descent, Nothing Left, and Being, 01/31/15

PHOTOS: Vice Grip, Final Descent, Nothing Left, and Being, 01/31/15

For a show billed as “Escape from NEPA,” four young bands and their fans packed into the small space in Embassy Vinyl in downtown Scranton for a big night of punk, hardcore, and powerviolence on Saturday, Jan. 31. Being, Final Descent, Nothing Left, and Vice Grip tore things up and inspired plenty of sing-alongs. Unfortunately, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA Scene hosts Mid-Winter Talent Showcase at The Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 27

NEPA Scene hosts Mid-Winter Talent Showcase at The Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 27

Comedians, musicians, poets, and magicians join together to highlight homegrown talent

The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre and NEPA Scene are partnering up to present a local talent showcase on Friday, Feb. 27, featuring some of the very best comedians, musicians, poets, and magicians that the area has to offer. The NEPA Scene Mid-Winter Talent Showcase aims to highlight homegrown talent and expose these performers to new […]

 Rich Cicci

ALBUM REVIEW: HIM Retrospective: ‘Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666’ holds up as perfect ‘love metal’ intro

ALBUM REVIEW: HIM Retrospective: ‘Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666’ holds up as perfect ‘love metal’ intro

This reviewer has been a fan of Finnish metal band HIM since the early 2000s. Whether it was their dark metal styling, their lyricism, or the Shakespearean-like sensibility of tragic romanticism in those lyrics, it struck something in this listener. And the fact that HIM has been around since 1991 (with their first full-length album […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Female rapper/producer K.Flay performing at The Other Side in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 13

Female rapper/producer K.Flay performing at The Other Side in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 13

From a press release: Wilkes-Barre arts and entertainment collective Get Cryptic has announced that female rapper and producer K.Flay will be performing at The Other Side (119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre) on Friday, Feb. 13. The 21+ show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are only $5. Born in Wilmette, Illinois, the 29-year-old alumnus of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Frank Sinatra Jr. performs his father’s music for 100th birthday celebration in Wilkes-Barre

Frank Sinatra Jr. performs his father’s music for 100th birthday celebration in Wilkes-Barre

From a press release: As we inch closer to what would have been his 100th birthday, the timeless songs of the legendary Frank Sinatra need to be sung. Frank Sinatra Jr. has inherited that honor. It was announced today that Sinatra Jr. will celebrate his father with a multimedia centennial concert at the F.M. Kirby […]

 Brittany Boote

PHOTOS: ‘Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall’ All-Star Tribute at the River Street Jazz Cafe, 01/23/15

PHOTOS: ‘Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall’ All-Star Tribute at the River Street Jazz Cafe, 01/23/15

A handful of the most talented musicians in the area paid tribute to the “Troubadour of Soul” on a snowy Friday night at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, performing their own take on “Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall.” Withers, best known for songs like “Lean on Me,” “Just the Two of Us,” […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Scranton’s Eye on Attraction covers ‘Panic Station’ by Muse

When Eye on Attraction covered “Number City” by Coheed and Cambria in a fun YouTube video back in October, they considered it a success when Coheed retweeted it. Will they receive the same approval from Muse? The Scranton prog/alternative rock band has covered Muse’s single “Panic Station” from their 2012 album “The 2nd Law” this […]

 Cory Wolff

PUTTING IN WORK: Musicians, please stop using the word ‘viral’

PUTTING IN WORK: Musicians, please stop using the word ‘viral’

“Yo, man, I’m trying to get this to go viral.” Ugh. I receive e-mails like this all the time. Listen, I know it’s tough to be a musician. My path in the music business was, and still is, very similar to what an aspiring artist would encounter. I know you want your music to be […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Events happening this week in downtown Wilkes-Barre: Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Events happening this week in downtown Wilkes-Barre: Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Every Tuesday, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association and Diamond City Partnership release a list of events happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Subscribe here to receive this list via e-mail or just check NEPA Scene each week. Downtown events Thursday, Jan. 29 Event: Artist’s Opening Reception for Dale Threlkeld: End of Illusion Time: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Location: […]