Rich Howells

NEPA comics Zack Hammond and Dan Hoppel wrap up national tour in Dunmore on July 31

NEPA comics Zack Hammond and Dan Hoppel wrap up national tour in Dunmore on July 31

As venues began to open again in the spring, Northeastern Pennsylvania comedians Zack Hammond and Dan Hoppel wasted no time getting back on the road to give people what they need most after the worst year in living memory – a really good laugh. Friends and fans back home have been following their cross-country exploits […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton indie/alt rocker James Barrett comes out of 2020 stronger with new music and fall concert

Scranton indie/alt rocker James Barrett comes out of 2020 stronger with new music and fall concert

When your dream is to become a full-time musician, a global pandemic is a nightmare scenario. Over the last year, though, James Barrett took his already emotional and introspective approach to songwriting and used the anxiety and loneliness of the quarantine to dig deeper into what he started with his debut full band album, “The […]

 Rich Howells

Title Fight’s Wilkes-Barre mural may be covered by billboard as fans try to save ‘Hyperview’ artwork

Title Fight’s Wilkes-Barre mural may be covered by billboard as fans try to save ‘Hyperview’ artwork

In 2014, Kingston punk/shoegaze band Title Fight worked with their friend and album cover artist John Slaby to create a reflective mural on the side of a building on South Main Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Located near the former Cafe Metro, a venue they often played with other breakout local bands like The Menzingers and […]

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Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton saved from demolition after outpouring of online support

Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton saved from demolition after outpouring of online support

Joe Bob Briggs often says, “The drive in will never die,” and today, he is more right than ever before. As the cult film critic, television host, and well-known drive-in supporter prepares to kick off his inaugural Joe Bob’s Jamboree this weekend at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater, the historic Lehighton venue is celebrating a personal […]

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Planned solar farm threatens to ‘demolish’ historic Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton

Planned solar farm threatens to ‘demolish’ historic Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton

Over the past year, drive-in theaters went from rare relics of a bygone era to essential venues for entertainment and social gatherings, providing safe ways to enjoy movies, live music, graduations, and other events during the pandemic and reminding everyone of the historic and cultural significance of these outdoor venues. How quickly people forget. Yesterday, […]

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Wilkes-Barre nu metal band Lifer celebrates 20th anniversary of debut album in Berwick on July 31

Wilkes-Barre nu metal band Lifer celebrates 20th anniversary of debut album in Berwick on July 31

In the late 1990s and into the early 2000s, a new musical genre broadly labeled as “nu metal” gave rise to a variety of heavier rock and metal bands that sold millions of CDs, from Slipknot, Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Godsmack to Linkin Park, System of a Down, Disturbed, and Staind. Many of those artists […]

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Q&A: Singer Brian Langan muses about The SW!MS before reunion at Spooky Summer at Circle Drive-In on June 12

Q&A: Singer Brian Langan muses about The SW!MS before reunion at Spooky Summer at Circle Drive-In on June 12

In the early 2000s, The SW!MS created the kind of psychedelic indie pop rock that was undeniably quirky, catchy, and fun, crafting unique musical fantasy adventures that could only otherwise be captured in the colorful artwork of vocalist/guitarist Brian Langan. Garnering a loyal following and national attention, the acclaimed Scranton band made a lasting impact […]

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Stroudsburg pop punks Don’t Panic won’t waste time with ‘Woe I’

VIDEO PREMIERE: Stroudsburg pop punks Don’t Panic won’t waste time with ‘Woe I’

In 2020, the best laid plans didn’t just go awry – they went right out the window. However, living up to their name, Stroudsburg power pop/punk rock band Don’t Panic managed to keep calm and carry on during the pandemic, releasing their debut album and several music videos, playing full band and acoustic live streams, […]

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Disco Biscuits cancel 2021 Camp Bisco in Scranton, play City Bisco shows in Philadelphia instead

Disco Biscuits cancel 2021 Camp Bisco in Scranton, play City Bisco shows in Philadelphia instead

While the Peach Music Festival is going on as scheduled, it was announced today that The Pavilion at Montage Mountain’s other major music festival, Camp Bisco, will not be held in Scranton this year. On their social media pages, Philadelphia electronica/jam fusion band and festival founders The Disco Biscuits posted a message to fans saying […]

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Wilkes-Barre rockers Gods of Space break down new sci-fi album ‘Against a Falling Sky’ track by track

Wilkes-Barre rockers Gods of Space break down new sci-fi album ‘Against a Falling Sky’ track by track

On April 20, Wilkes-Barre sci-fi stoner rock band Gods of Space released an epic concept album titled “Against a Falling Sky.” Listeners can enjoy looking at the gorgeously detailed cover artwork of a spaceship breaking into pieces over the swirling atmosphere of a blue and green planet while hearing the soaring tenor voice of vocalist/guitarist […]

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