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 progressive alt rock band Family Animals

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton progressive alt rock band Family Animals

Family Animals City: Scranton Genre(s): Psychedelic rock, progressive rock, alternative rock Years active: 2008-present Sounds like: This music sets the stage for an epic journey, telling a winding story that you don’t quite realize you’re following until you’re already immersed in it. These tunes take the sometimes overindulgent elements of progressive rock and replaces them […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre alternative rock band Down to Six

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre alternative rock band Down to Six

Down to Six City: Wilkes-Barre Genre(s): Alternative rock, indie rock, post-hardcore Years active: 2010-present Sounds like: Remember when the best rock music in the ’90s was kind of heavy, melodic, and catchy all at once? Down to Six encapsulates that balance perfectly with a little modern indie rock thrown in, sending crashing waves of sound […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton pop punk band GlowNovember

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton pop punk band GlowNovember

GlowNovember City: Scranton Genre(s): Pop punk, easycore Years active: 2014-present Sounds like: For those who remember the early 2000s explosion of pop punk, sweating in the midday sun in a Vans Warped Tour mosh pit as you bounced in unison with the crowd screaming lyrics of youthful heartbreak, the songs of GlowNovember will bring all […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton hard rock/metal band Behind the Grey

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton hard rock/metal band Behind the Grey

Behind the Grey City: Scranton Genre(s): Hard rock, metal Years active: 2012-present Sounds like: As the artwork on the cover of their debut album implies, this is hard rock that will rip your heart out and haunt the hollow cavity inside. With heavy, driving riffs pulling the soaring vocal melodies into the depths of despair, […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton electronic musician Quoth

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton electronic musician Quoth

Quoth City: Scranton Genre(s): Electronica, industrial, drum and bass, breakbeat, ambient Years active: 2008-present Sounds like: Combining several electronic sub-genres, these are storied soundscapes painted with a deep, dark brush, mixing in hip-hop and goth influences to make your head bob, your feet move, and your mind lost into the early hours of the morning. […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bluegrass folk rock band Cabinet

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bluegrass folk rock band Cabinet

Cabinet City: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Genre(s): Bluegrass, Americana, folk rock Years active: 2006-present Sounds like: This is bluegrass for people who didn’t know they loved bluegrass and for longtime fans of the genre who want to experience something more organic and experimental live, like a jam band with country roots. It’s the kind of music that makes […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre dream punk band Spur

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre dream punk band Spur

Spur City: Wilkes-Barre Genre(s): Dream punk rock Years active: 2014-present Sounds like: Spur is punk music to get lost in, tripping down echoing hallways of forgotten emotions and ending up dead center in a bouncing club crowd. As subdued as it is aggressive, this is rock with pop hooks surrounded by indie/alternative ambiance – dream […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre new wave alternative rock band Death Valley Dreams

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Wilkes-Barre new wave alternative rock band Death Valley Dreams

Death Valley Dreams City: Wilkes-Barre Genre(s): Indie new wave alternative rock Years active: November 2015-present Sounds like: At a recent show, a new fan told the band, “You guys sound like The Cars got David Bowie to sing and played something that could have been on ‘The Lost Boys’ soundtrack.” It’s an accurate description, with […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Lancaster indie punk rock band Worries

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Lancaster indie punk rock band Worries

Worries City: Lancaster, Pennsylvania; originally from the Brodheadsville area in the Poconos Genre(s): Indie punk rock Years active: 2009-present Sounds like: A mix of mid-tempo and upbeat indie tunes that draw from folk and punk rock with lots of harmonies that encourage sing-alongs. It’s the kind of memory-evoking music that keeps the heartbroken going in […]

 Rich Howells

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton alternative punk band Black Hole Heart

YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO: Scranton alternative punk band Black Hole Heart

Black Hole Heart City: Scranton, Pennsylvania Genre(s): Alternative punk rock Years active: Newly formed in 2016 Sounds like: A ’90s alternative rock band raised on 21st century Scranton punk music. Emotionally raw and forthright, these songs, recorded in The Menzingers’ practice space in South Philadelphia, have the familiarity of the pop punk and grunge playing […]