Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: ’60s rock band Glass Prism resurrected for live ‘Rock Opera’ in Scranton

ARCHIVES: ’60s rock band Glass Prism resurrected for live ‘Rock Opera’ in Scranton

For a band that broke up in 1971, the Glass Prism are definitely four busy guys. In between recent interviews for various newspapers, local and college radio, and television, guitarist and pianist Tom Varano caught up with NEPA Scene to tell the story of his Scranton-based progressive rock band once again, one that he has […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Inspired by a flourishing scene, Kingston punk heroes Title Fight grow with ‘Floral Green’

ARCHIVES: Inspired by a flourishing scene, Kingston punk heroes Title Fight grow with ‘Floral Green’

With his shoulder-length hair pushed behind his ears, wearing a white Floorpunch T-shirt and rolled up jeans, 22-year-old Ned Russin is easily identifiable as the bassist/vocalist of local punk band Title Fight as NEPA Scene meets him outside his Kingston home. The beautiful, well-furnished household he leads us into, however, isn’t exactly the abode one […]

 Rich Howells

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: Peter Mayhew reflects on Chewbacca and a Wookiee-sized life before Wizard World Philadelphia

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: Peter Mayhew reflects on Chewbacca and a Wookiee-sized life before Wizard World Philadelphia

It’s hard to believe that “Star Wars” just turned 35 this past week and it’s still as culturally relevant and significant to all of us as ever. Like most young boys, I grew up watching the original saga on television and my worn-out trilogy of VHS tapes – I still have a “Return of the […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton college band Eye on Attraction looking for progressive rock perfection – and fun

Scranton college band Eye on Attraction looking for progressive rock perfection – and fun

Progressive rock band Eye on Attraction may be made up of three University of Scranton students and one Marywood University student, but a typical college band they are not. “Frantically” wanting to form a band, enthusiastic drummer Andrew Merkle, a senior, met bassist Joe Joules Quincy, a junior, during Quincy’s first class. He was wearing […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: With members of Scranton’s Felix Sarco and Alien Red, Starwood is out of this world

ARCHIVES: With members of Scranton’s Felix Sarco and Alien Red, Starwood is out of this world

The Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene hasn’t seen anything quite like the psychedelic Felix Sarco, a group formed to “destroy” conventional rock ‘n’ roll, since they disbanded in 2007, but they will have a chance to witness a new form of singer Gavin Robb’s avant-garde performance art when he brings Starwood to Scranton. The Philadelphia-based “cyber […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Celebrating 40 years of funk, War is good for Scranton Jazz Festival

ARCHIVES: Celebrating 40 years of funk, War is good for Scranton Jazz Festival

War may have made their indelible mark on the American music scene in the ‘60s and ‘70s, yet they are still as vibrant and relevant as ever, celebrating their 40th anniversary of the band with performances across the country. The California funk group will be headlining the 2011 Scranton Jazz Festival on Friday, Aug. 5 […]

 Rich Howells

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: Goodbye, Felix Sarco – commencing Starwood protocol

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: Goodbye, Felix Sarco – commencing Starwood protocol

History is usually best left in the past, but there are always those moments in life that you wish you could experience over and over again. Many of mine were spent in cramped basements, smoke-filled bars, grand ballrooms, cheap concert venues, and echoing arenas, each time to watch something created that night than can never […]

 Rich Howells

The Queers still ‘schlepping it’ in their own way, stopping at Eleanor Rigby’s in Jermyn on May 25

The Queers still ‘schlepping it’ in their own way, stopping at Eleanor Rigby’s in Jermyn on May 25

Many of the pop punk bands touring today can say they were influenced by the Ramones, but few can say they knew them personally. The Queers, however, can not only say they were there, but have also continued that rebellious, independent tradition for decades. The legendary band, on tour with their friends in The-Front, will […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: While filming documentary in Scranton, Rocky impersonator is ‘living the dream’

ARCHIVES: While filming documentary in Scranton, Rocky impersonator is ‘living the dream’

Sylvester Stallone may have shot his last “Rocky” film, but another Rocky’s story has just begun. Last Saturday morning, a small film crew drove into Scranton to embark on their second day of shooting an as-yet-untitled documentary inspired by “Cue the Rocky Music,” a memoir written by city native Mike Kunda. The book recounts Kunda’s […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Cafe Metro documentary captures final meaningful moments of Wilkes-Barre all-ages venue

ARCHIVES: Cafe Metro documentary captures final meaningful moments of Wilkes-Barre all-ages venue

Last September, the local music scene suffered a major loss when underground music venue Cafe Metropolis in downtown Wilkes-Barre closed its doors after 14 years. To lesson the blow, Stephanie Ogozaly has created a memento in documentary form called “The Metro,” set to premiere Saturday, January 15 at 8 p.m. at The Vintage Theater in […]