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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

 Rich Howells

Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre reopens with punk, hardcore, indie, and more all-ages shows

Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre reopens with punk, hardcore, indie, and more all-ages shows

After nearly two years, Karl Hall is finally ready to bring concerts back inside. COVID-19 closed the intimate all-ages venue in March of 2020, and while it hosted online shows as well as a massive drive-in concert with the Mohegan Sun Arena, the downtown Wilkes-Barre building remained closed into 2021, instead opting to hold a […]

 Rich Howells

Breaking down ‘The Big Break’ contest – NEPA musicians compete at 4 venues on Jan. 21-Feb. 11

Breaking down ‘The Big Break’ contest – NEPA musicians compete at 4 venues on Jan. 21-Feb. 11

The contest is called “The Big Break,” where seven acts will compete across four stages for some major prizes, but the real challenge has been behind the scenes where Eyal Filkovsky is hoping this experience doesn’t break him. With just days until the first night of live performances is set to begin, musicians have been […]

 Rich Howells

EP PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre thrash metal band Cruel Bomb drops ‘Man Made’ destruction

EP PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre thrash metal band Cruel Bomb drops ‘Man Made’ destruction

Much like the destructive weapon they are named after, Cruel Bomb packs a lot into a little package. The Wilkes-Barre band’s new EP, “Man Made,” has only five tracks, but it contains all the fierce firepower of a full album of old school trash metal with only three members – vocalist/guitarist Brandon James, bassist Kennie […]

 Rich Howells

Stage West in Scranton will host one last kinky Noir Nights event before closing on Jan. 1

Stage West in Scranton will host one last kinky Noir Nights event before closing on Jan. 1

Stage West has announced its final event, and it’s as unconventional as the three-year life of the West Scranton music venue. The corner bar will turn the lights down low to host one more sexy Noir Nights event on Saturday, Jan. 1 before the lights go off for good. Created by The Strange and Unusual […]

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