Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERES: NEPA alt rockers Permanence and Alma Mater team up for split EP

SONG PREMIERES: NEPA alt rockers Permanence and Alma Mater team up for split EP

As they announced during NEPA Scene’s red carpet interview at the Steamtown Music Awards last month, two local alternative rock bands are releasing a split EP together on Saturday, Oct. 14, and we’ve got an exclusive first listen to singles from both acts. Both Scranton’s Permanence and Wilkes-Barre’s Alma Mater are following up their respective […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton’s A Fire With Friends ready new album while ‘Cat Sitting, LA’

A Fire With Friends is almost 10 years old, which is not only a milestone for most local bands, but a particularly special one for a group that has had up to seven members at one time. Since releasing the four-song EP “It’s Nice to See You Again” in 2015, the follow-up to 2014’s “Ghost […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: ‘Opioid Nation’ documentary tackles NEPA drug epidemic

After NEPA Scene premiered Scranton filmmaker Kenny Luck’s first documentary, “Half Empty: Life in America’s Unhappiest City,” the 15-minute video went viral, garnering over 23,000 views and sparking debate about whether or not the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area is really as bad as polls and studies say it is. In 2017, he’s back with a new topical […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton alternative punk band Black Hole Heart comes ‘Full Circle’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton alternative punk band Black Hole Heart comes ‘Full Circle’

NEPA Scene was the first publication to cover Black Hole Heart soon after their early 2016 debut and the release of their demo. We’ve followed their progress since, listening to “The View from the Floor” EP often and catching another riveting live performance from the Scranton alternative punk rock band just two weeks ago at […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton solo project Luna Soltera is ‘Shattered’ during eclipse

As the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States since 1979 captures everyone’s attention, NEPA Scene is exclusively premiering a brand new song and lyric video to serve as its soundtrack from a solo project appropriately titled Luna Soltera. Introduced as “The Lonely Moon” at its debut show in April, former guitarist […]

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SONG PREMIERE: Scranton metal band Behind the Grey commits ‘Treason’ with new EP

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton metal band Behind the Grey commits ‘Treason’ with new EP

For a year now, rising Scranton metal band Behind the Grey has been working hard on the follow-up to their 2015 debut album, “Through the Grip of Tyrants.” Rather than make fans wait any longer for their next full-length record, they’re releasing a four-song EP – their first recording with new singer Dom Vito and […]

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SONG PREMIERE: Scranton’s Patrick McGlynn plans beach getaway with ‘In the Waves’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton’s Patrick McGlynn plans beach getaway with ‘In the Waves’

The last time NEPA Scene heard from Scranton singer/songwriter Patrick McGlynn, he released a satirical Christmas song called “Why Can’t Santa Be the President?” following a contentious election season. Now, with summer in full swing, he’s taking it easier with a lighter tune called “In the Waves” that sounds like it was inspired by a […]

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Rappers Aayu and King Magnetic show Pennsylvania pride in ‘State I’m In’

Once a hardcore punk musician, Bucks County indie rapper Aayu embraced hip-hip in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since. No matter what style of music Mark Ciccone created over the years, however, it was always made with a love for his hometown roots, which has never been more evident than in the new music video […]

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton alt rock band Just Blush debuts moody ‘And Your Mother Too’

After a contentious election and with a general state of unrest across the world these days, the “us vs. them” mentality is rampant, which is embodied in the moody new single by Scranton alternative rock band Just Blush. The band’s current lineup – Nick Barno (drums), Andrew Bryant (guitar), Abby Vail (bass), and Todd Oravic […]

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton bassist Grant Williams reaches for the stars in ‘Alpha Centauri’

When Scranton solo bassist Grant Williams plays, he takes the listener on a journey as he gets lost in the music himself. In the case of his latest music video, that trip is just over four light years away. Alpha Centauri is our closest neighboring star system, and while the video takes place right here […]

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