Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton alt rock band University Drive assesses the emotional ‘Damage’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton alt rock band University Drive assesses the emotional ‘Damage’

When Scranton singer/songwriter Ed Cuozzo lost his mother unexpectedly last year, the local music community came together in an unprecedented way, organizing a three-day music festival in her memory at The Keys called She’s the One: A Weekend for Doreen, which included several performances from Cuozzo himself as a solo artist, a reunion of his […]

 Rich Howells

Documentary on Scranton-born Rocky impersonator gets NEPA premiere at Ritz Theater on March 23

Documentary on Scranton-born Rocky impersonator gets NEPA premiere at Ritz Theater on March 23

Rocky Balboa, the fictional boxer created and played by Sylvester Stallone in a long-running film franchise, has inspired many to pursue their dreams, but none have followed in the Italian Stallion’s footsteps quite like West Scranton native Mike Kunda. From his childhood into adulthood, he has always wanted to be Rocky, but how does one […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton solo artist Patrick McGlynn decries our divide in ‘Pills and Guns’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton solo artist Patrick McGlynn decries our divide in ‘Pills and Guns’

It’s difficult to turn on the television or scroll through social media and not feel like we’re all being divided by focusing on every one of our differences. Thankfully, one thing can often bring us together – music. Sure, there’s some petty bickering over that too, but the personal, emotional tunes of Scranton indie/folk singer/songwriter […]

 Rich Howells

Taking Back Sunday guitarist plays with new band Fate’s Got a Driver at The Keys in Scranton on March 31

Taking Back Sunday guitarist plays with new band Fate’s Got a Driver at The Keys in Scranton on March 31

Fate’s Got a Driver, a new post-hardcore band featuring guitarist Eddie Reyes of platinum emo rock group Taking Back Sunday, is currently traveling the country on their Happy to Be Sad Tour. They will stop at The Keys in downtown Scranton to headline a show dubbed Taking Back Sunday Funday on Sunday, March 31. Scranton […]

 Rich Howells

After ‘Late Show’ debut, NEPA comedian Samantha Ruddy performs at Scranton Cultural Center on March 23

After ‘Late Show’ debut, NEPA comedian Samantha Ruddy performs at Scranton Cultural Center on March 23

Following her network television debut on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS in January, Scranton-born comedian Samantha Ruddy is returning home from New York City to headline a night of stand-up comedy in Shopland Hall at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple on Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m. She will […]

 Rich Howells

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Starwood, Disposable, and These Idol Hands channel alien energy at Jazz Cafe in Plains

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Starwood, Disposable, and These Idol Hands channel alien energy at Jazz Cafe in Plains

It’s no surprise that when Philadelphia’s resident alien rock band Starwood landed in the Wilkes-Barre area, they brought with them a diverse musical lineup that would strike most crowds as strange, but those gathered at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains were ready for a strangely fun night on Saturday, Feb. 9. A week […]

 Rich Howells

MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE: Throop solo artist Jay Luke encourages you to ‘Keep Your Head Up Kid’

Throop singer/songwriter Jay Luke has been performing live since 2003, but it wasn’t until 2018 that he finally released his first solo album, aptly named “It’s About Time.” Now, nearly a year later, he is wasting no time in releasing a follow-up, “Vandalized Memories,” soon after its completion. As a preview, the 40-year-old artist is […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton psych rock trio Family Animals cause ‘Nuclear Confusion’ in space

For over a decade, Family Animals have established themselves as one of the most experimental and creative bands to ever come out of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Playing an ever-changing mix of psychedelic, alternative, progressive, funk, folk, indie, and punk rock, the Scranton-based trio continues to surprise longtime fans and newcomers alike with each inimitable album, though […]

 Rich Howells

Easton rock band Doubting Thomas celebrates new EP at V-Spot in Scranton on March 2

Easton rock band Doubting Thomas celebrates new EP at V-Spot in Scranton on March 2

From a press release: Returning to Scranton from the Lehigh Valley, Easton modern rock band Doubting Thomas will celebrate the release of their new EP, “Waste of Time,” at The V-Spot this Saturday, March 2 at 9 p.m. In addition to bringing new original music from their third studio album and new merchandise, the band […]

 Rich Howells

Applications to play 2019 Electric City Music Conference in Scranton are now open

Applications to play 2019 Electric City Music Conference in Scranton are now open

After announcing its 2019 dates last week, artist submissions for the Electric City Music Conference are now open. The sixth annual music conference, festival, and Steamtown Music Awards ceremony will return to Scranton on Thursday, Sept. 12 through Saturday, Sept. 14. Local artists from the 570 area code can apply for free through the Electric […]

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