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 groove metal band Threatpoint

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton groove metal band Threatpoint

Threatpoint City: Scranton Genre(s): Metal, heavy metal, hard rock Years active: 2012-present Sounds like: From day one, Threatpoint has defined themselves as “Electric City groove metal,” and they’ve lived up to that label ever since, whipping up mosh pits across the country with aggressive vocals, frantic riffs, pounding drums, and hooks that sink into your […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton Americana singer/songwriter Tom Graham

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton Americana singer/songwriter Tom Graham

Tom Graham City: Scranton Genre(s): Americana, folk, blues, indie, rock Years active: 1997-present Sounds like: Whether you’re sitting in a small theater, around a campfire, on a back porch, or parked on a bar stool in your local pub, there’s nothing like hearing stories told in simple, yet poetic language from a good singer/songwriter – […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre heavy metal band Beyond Fallen

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre heavy metal band Beyond Fallen

Beyond Fallen City: Wilkes-Barre Genre(s): Metal, heavy metal, hard rock Years active: 2003-present Sounds like: If you wish more modern bands had the same epic feel of the classic metal rockers you grew up with, Beyond Fallen creates badass, mosh-ready music just for you. Sounding more like they came from Europe than Wilkes-Barre, their rebellious, […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Pottsville dirty groove rock band Crobot

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Pottsville dirty groove rock band Crobot

Crobot City: Pottsville Genre(s): Hard rock, heavy metal, stoner rock, groove rock, rock Years active: 2011-present Sounds like: Crobot is everything you miss about classic rock concerts – boundless energy, badass grooves, creative lyrics, and cool personas. Whether you’re experiencing their legendary live performances or spinning one of their records (because they look and sound […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Cortland/Carbondale heavy metal band The Rods

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Cortland/Carbondale heavy metal band The Rods

The Rods City: Cortland, New York; Carbondale Genre(s): Heavy metal, rock, hard rock Years active: 1980-present Sounds like: When most people remember ’80s rock bands, they think of big hair and cheesy power ballads, forgetting that many great heavy metal bands produced some badass music throughout that decade as well. The Rods are one such […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton indie folk singer/songwriter Patrick McGlynn

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton indie folk singer/songwriter Patrick McGlynn

Patrick McGlynn City: Scranton Genre(s): Americana, indie rock, folk rock, alternative Years active: 1999-present Sounds like: Influenced by some of America’s greatest singer/songwriters, Pat McGlynn writes radio-ready pop rock tunes with the heart of a thoughtful folk singer. Simple and straightforward, you won’t mind that these songs are stuck in your head all day because […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton bluegrass folk band The Dishonest Fiddlers

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton bluegrass folk band The Dishonest Fiddlers

The Dishonest Fiddlers City: Scranton Genre(s): Folk, bluegrass, Americana, country Years active: 2012-present Sounds like: If you enjoy drinking a cool beverage (or maybe some homemade moonshine) on a hot summer day on your back porch with friends or family, this is the kind of music you’re going to want to unwind to as you […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton post-punk band Clever Clever

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton post-punk band Clever Clever

Clever Clever City: Scranton Genre(s): Punk rock, post-punk, indie rock, post-hardcore Years active: 2014-present Sounds like: While maintaining the voice and edge of punk rock, Clever Clever tread into indie rock territory with a grungy pop undertone while steadfastly refusing to conform to any of those genres, leaving some listeners inspired to grab the mic […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton hardcore punk band Heart Out

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton hardcore punk band Heart Out

Heart Out City: Scranton Genre(s): Punk rock, hardcore, melodic hardcore, post-hardcore Years active: 2014-present Sounds like: Heart Out evokes the classic hardcore punk sound you haven’t heard since the late ’70s or early ’80s, yet there’s some modern indie and alternative influences mixed in that you may pick up on as the circle pit swirls […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton alternative punk rock band Emberá

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton alternative punk rock band Emberá

Emberá City: Scranton Genre(s): Alternative rock, punk rock, indie rock Years active: 2014-present Sounds like: Whether you’re leaving a relationship behind or deeply contemplating the one you’re in, this is the music that will get you through it – and haunt you as much as those painful memories do, though in a much more positive […]