You Should Be Listening To

You Should Be Listening To highlights noteworthy local bands and solo musicians from Northeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas that deserve to be on your radar, handpicked by NEPA Scene’s editor. Look for it every Monday and support local music every day.

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton metal band Traverse the Abyss

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton metal band Traverse the Abyss

Traverse the Abyss City: Scranton Genre(s): Metal, heavy metal, hard rock Years active: 2016-present Sounds like: Traverse the Abyss takes a very modern approach to metal, so old school metalheads may have a hard time wrapping their headbanging around the band at first because they leap from sub-genre to sub-genre, but that’s not to say […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre reggae rock band Elephants Dancing

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre reggae rock band Elephants Dancing

Elephants Dancing City: Wilkes-Barre Genre(s): Reggae, rock, beach rock, hip-hop Years active: 2015-present Sounds like: As the weather gets warmer, you want some cool, funky sounds to jam out to with the windows rolled down as you head to your favorite vacation spot – Elephants Dancing has got you covered. You don’t even need to […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton indie folk punk band Old Charades

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton indie folk punk band Old Charades

Old Charades City: Scranton/Philadelphia Genre(s): Punk rock, indie rock, folk rock, alternative rock Years active: 2014-present Sounds like: “If Bruce Springsteen was 30 years younger and pissed off,” Old Charades is what he would sound like, according to bassist Tom Lopes, particularly if The Boss came from Scranton instead of New Jersey. They embrace that […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton grunge rock band Graces Downfall

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton grunge rock band Graces Downfall

Graces Downfall City: Scranton Genre(s): Rock, grunge, post-grunge, hard rock, alternative rock, metal Years active: 2005-present Sounds like: Graces Downfall is crowd-pleasing, made-for-radio rock that doesn’t feel forced or manufactured – it’s just genuinely catchy and kick-ass fun. After 12 years, they still know how to pack a place with tipsy dancers or metal-loving moshers […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton doom metal band Earthmouth

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton doom metal band Earthmouth

Earthmouth City: Scranton Genre(s): Doom metal, psychedelic metal, stoner metal Years active: 2012-present Sounds like: Earthmouth is an apt name, as their music would likely be the sound you would hear if the unforgiving earth rose up and swallowed you whole, dragging you down into the fabled depths of hell. The word “brutal” is thrown […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton grunge punk band Moral Code

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton grunge punk band Moral Code

Moral Code City: Scranton Genre(s): Grunge punk, punk rock, alternative rock, rock Years active: 2015-present Sounds like: With the energy of a pop or skate punk band but the grungy guitar and bass of alternative rock, Moral Code isn’t as stringent as their name, able to slip in and out of different rock genres with […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton hard rock band Hearts Unknown

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton hard rock band Hearts Unknown

Hearts Unknown City: Scranton/Duryea Genre(s): Hard rock, alternative rock, metal Years active: 2015-present Sounds like: Hearts Unknown takes the best elements of the early 2000s “nu-metal” era and builds on its melodic foundations to create crisp, clear, and catchy hard rock that feels fresh with youthful headbanging angst. With a new name and debut album […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre alternative rock band Inner Temple

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre alternative rock band Inner Temple

Inner Temple City: Wilkes-Barre Genre(s): Alternative rock, grunge, rock Years active: 2014-present Sounds like: The sound of Inner Temple envelopes you in a huge, thick wall of guitar tones with dark, fuzzy bass and pounding drums driving the emotionally charged lyrics forward. Like a hidden gem record from the ’90s grunge era given a modern […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton post-hardcore band Silhouette Lies

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton post-hardcore band Silhouette Lies

Silhouette Lies City: Scranton Genre(s): Post-hardcore, hard rock, metal Years active: 2010-2016 Sounds like: For six years, Silhouette Lies has played hundreds of shows and attended hundreds more as fans and supporters of the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene, but they have forged an accessible sound quite unlike any of their peers. These post-hardcore songs contain […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Kingston alternative rock band Westpoint

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Kingston alternative rock band Westpoint

Westpoint City: Kingston Genre(s): Alternative rock, punk rock, grunge, rock Years active: 2013-present Sounds like: If you ever descended a stranger’s staircase for a basement show wondering what you’re in for that night, this is the kind of loud, raucous rock music you’re hoping to hear. Westpoint strives to be a “to the point” band […]

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