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ALBUM REVIEW: Analyzing loss and death in ‘Clear’ by Scranton alternative rock band University Drive

ALBUM REVIEW: Analyzing loss and death in ‘Clear’ by Scranton alternative rock band University Drive

The record starts in static waves. During a week in early February, in between moments of huddling under as many blankets as possible before tossing them off again (rinse and repeat), due to fluctuations of temperature and flu-induced discomfort, hoarding tissues and popping antibiotics to fight off an infection – all while trying to decipher […]

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REVIEW/PHOTOS: Scranton’s Menzingers deliver Clash-style punk show at Musikfest Café in Bethlehem

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Scranton’s Menzingers deliver Clash-style punk show at Musikfest Café in Bethlehem

In recent times, punk bands have gravitated toward two styles – speedy thrash and Ramones-style poppy punk. But the style that really pushed punk forward to the masses, and which is all but missing today, was that of The Clash. It also was fast and hard, but had a deeper musical sensibility and lyrical content. […]

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Gilbert Gottfried chats with Scranton comedian about stealing toiletries, selfies with Nazis, and more hilarity

Gilbert Gottfried chats with Scranton comedian about stealing toiletries, selfies with Nazis, and more hilarity

While it was an honor and a blast chatting with Gilbert Gottfried before his gig at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in 2015, when it was announced that he would return to Scranton to perform at the Ritz Theater on Friday, April 27, the NEPA Scene team wanted to try something different this time around […]

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Catching up with 5 NEPA bands playing for free at Arts on the Square in Scranton on July 30

Catching up with 5 NEPA bands playing for free at Arts on the Square in Scranton on July 30

This year’s roster of bands performing at the fourth annual Arts on the Square, Scranton’s largest arts festival, is sure to represent the diversity of the local independent music scene. Among the many arts and crafts vendors that will wrap around Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown on Saturday, July 30 from noon-8 p.m., […]

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Are Cirque du Soleil and Philadelphia wrestling promotion CHIKARA spiritual cousins?

Are Cirque du Soleil and Philadelphia wrestling promotion CHIKARA spiritual cousins?

Global juggernaut Cirque du Soleil has revolutionized the circus arts in the last three decades, but it had less lofty aspirations at its start. Street performer, accordionist, and fire-breather Guy Laliberté joined forces with Gilles Ste-Croix and Daniel Gauthier after leaving college, and the earliest incarnations of what would one day be Cirque started marching […]

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Club Funny presents steampunk post-apocalyptic night of improv comedy in Honesdale Feb. 20

Club Funny presents steampunk post-apocalyptic night of improv comedy in Honesdale Feb. 20

The Black Box Players of Club Funny only need a few audience suggestions to create a new production with original characters and unique situations, and they’ll be introducing a new world at Dateless Date Night, a steampunk post-apocalyptic night of comedic skits and improvisational games. The evening of laughter will be hosted at Basin and […]

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Laughter is the best medicine on World Laughter Day at McDade Park in Scranton

Laughter is the best medicine on World Laughter Day at McDade Park in Scranton

Pennsylvania winters can seem grueling, bleak, and downright depressing. Now that the ice has thawed and the sun is out, it is time to warm your heart with the power of laughter. Scranton business Laugh to Live will sponsor two events this year that celebrate World Laughter Day. The World Laughter Day celebration, started by […]

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CONCERT REVIEW: The Wailers transcend traditional concert experience

CONCERT REVIEW: The Wailers transcend traditional concert experience

Review submitted by Giovanna Arcadu It was undeniable that hundreds of excited audience members came to hear The Wailers perform Bob Marley‘s songs of love and peace at the F.M. Kirby Center on Friday night, Oct. 10, and while the legend himself could not be there, it felt like he was performing that night, brought […]