Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference releases 2017 aftermovie, announces 2018 dates

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference releases 2017 aftermovie, announces 2018 dates

Today, the Electric City Music Conference is announcing the dates for its fifth annual event and premiering the 2017 aftermovie exclusively through NEPA Scene, a longtime media sponsor of the ECMC. Last year’s conference featured performances by over 150 bands from eight states in 11 venues throughout the Scranton area, the Steamtown Music Awards celemony […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre folk rockers Charming Beards mourn ‘Jakob’ and celebrate new EP

SONG PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre folk rockers Charming Beards mourn ‘Jakob’ and celebrate new EP

As we look back at 2017 and remember those we’ve lost, The Charming Beards have the perfect mournful, but beautiful song to memorialize those who have passed on. Before the Wilkes-Barre folk rock band plays their EP release party at The Keys in downtown Scranton and makes a special radio appearance this Friday, Jan. 5, […]

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VIDEO PREMIERE: ‘The Flood’ captures Scranton bassist Grant Williams in stop motion story

After winning Video of the Year at the Steamtown Music Awards earlier this year for “Alpha Centauri” (which premiered on NEPA Scene in April), Scranton solo bass player Grant Williams had to follow it up with something special, which he has certainly done with “The Flood,” an artistic stop motion-style video premiering exclusively here with […]

 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 […]

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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 […]

 Rich Howells

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 […]

 Rich Howells

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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