Rich Howells

After 5 years, punk band Captain, We’re Sinking reunites at new Scranton music festival on Aug. 6

After 5 years, punk band Captain, We’re Sinking reunites at new Scranton music festival on Aug. 6

For local fans of punk rock, the future isn’t canceled and good things are right around the corner. Recently announced on NEPA Scene, the first-ever Good Things Are Happening Fest at the Scranton Iron Furnaces will be headlined by Captain, We’re Sinking, who are reuniting for their first show in nearly five years on Saturday, […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Scranton alt rockers University Drive ‘Heal’ with album release show at Jazz Cafe on Aug. 26

EXCLUSIVE: Scranton alt rockers University Drive ‘Heal’ with album release show at Jazz Cafe on Aug. 26

Two years filled with “an insane amount of work,” buckets of “blood, sweat, and tears,” and two months of touring the country supporting Cold are finally culminating in August when University Drive releases their third album with a hometown event announced today. This afternoon, Scranton-based alt rock outfit revealed the title of the anticipated record, […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton comedian Samantha Ruddy performs on ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

Scranton comedian Samantha Ruddy performs on ‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

Last night, Scranton-born comedian Samantha Ruddy returned to the national stage for a coveted set on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on NBC. Performing at Studio 6B at Rockefeller Center in her current home of New York City, she joked about flying on a tiny plane, accidentally getting a “Karen” haircut, violent video games, […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Good Things Are Happening music festival debuts at Scranton Iron Furnaces on Aug. 6

EXCLUSIVE: Good Things Are Happening music festival debuts at Scranton Iron Furnaces on Aug. 6

As if the past two years of a global pandemic and political unrest wasn’t enough for the average person to deal with, inflation has driven the cost of living to new heights in 2022. As so many struggle to make ends meet, particularly in the working class city of Scranton, it may be difficult to […]

 Rich Howells

Camp Punksylvania sells out of camping passes at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City as hype builds

Camp Punksylvania sells out of camping passes at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City as hype builds

The first Camp Punksylvania in Northeastern Pennsylvania is shaping up to be one of the biggest music festivals in the area. While it won’t be held until the end of the summer at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City, camping passes have already sold out. Single day tickets and weekend passes are still available […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton hard rock band The Holtzmann Effect leaves impact with ‘Asteroid’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton hard rock band The Holtzmann Effect leaves impact with ‘Asteroid’

Ever since they debuted at the NEPA Scene Open Mic in the spring of 2018, The Holtzmann Effect has emerged as a natural force to be reckoned with in the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene. The Scranton-based hard rock band – consisting of vocalist/guitarist Tyler “Beef” Zeiss, drummer Cody Sibio, guitarist Tyler Salak, and bassist Grant […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton PorchFest returns with free live music and decorated homes and businesses on March 26

Scranton PorchFest returns with free live music and decorated homes and businesses on March 26

When Scranton’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade was canceled in 2020 and postponed in 2021 due to the pandemic, residents of the city’s historic Hill Section celebrated in their own way with the first-ever Scranton PorchFest. Around 78 homes and small businesses became colorful “floats” under the direction of Scranton Fringe Festival organizers, and live music […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton alt rock band University Drive supports Cold on full U.S. tour

Scranton alt rock band University Drive supports Cold on full U.S. tour

Over the last few days, gold-certified alternative rock band Cold, best known for hits like “Stupid Girl” and “Just Got Wicked,” has announced their coast-to-coast Black Sunday Tour, and Scranton’s own alt rockers University Drive will be sharing stages with them on every date. UD toured the country with Cold in 2019 as one of […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton pop punks Anytime Soon visit Castle Bam before ‘Holding My Breath Through the Lehigh Tunnel’

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton pop punks Anytime Soon visit Castle Bam before ‘Holding My Breath Through the Lehigh Tunnel’

The music of Anytime Soon often captures the sound of growing up on early 2000s punk and emo tunes, Vans Warped Tour, MTV, CKY DVDs, “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater,” “Jackass,” and “Viva La Bam,” so when it came time for the Scranton band to search for shooting locations for their next music video, what better […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton alt rock band University Drive lines up together for ‘Execution’

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton alt rock band University Drive lines up together for ‘Execution’

Anyone who has seen University Drive knows what a tight band they are, and behind the scenes, the group has become even tighter. Since premiering their first-ever music video on NEPA Scene last October, the Scranton-based alternative rockers have continually rehearsed while playing only a select few shows as they plan to announce something big […]

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