Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: The Underground Saints go marching off to final gig at The Rattler in Pittston on March 23

ARCHIVES: The Underground Saints go marching off to final gig at The Rattler in Pittston on March 23

AJ Jump vividly remembers his first time playing with the Underground Saints, and for good reason. Lead vocalist and guitarist John Smith, lead guitarist and vocalist Pat Flynn, and bassist Mark Kiesinger formed the Northeast Pennsylvania-based alternative rock group in 2007, but they were without a drummer by their second gig. Jump was at the […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Scranton pop rock band The Great Party’s school (bus) of rock

ARCHIVES: Scranton pop rock band The Great Party’s school (bus) of rock

You may have rode on a party bus before, but certainly not one like this. Scranton’s favorite Ameri-pop act, The Great Party, is returning to their favorite Philadelphia venue, The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St., Philadelphia), and this time, they’re taking the Electric City with them in a big yellow school bus. For only $35, […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Cloudy with a chance of death – Scranton horror movie ‘Deatherman’ comes to VHS

ARCHIVES: Cloudy with a chance of death – Scranton horror movie ‘Deatherman’ comes to VHS

Many horror directors have gone down in cinema history for attempting to make a good, scary film and instead producing B-movie schlock. Bobby Keller, however, failed as a filmmaker in a much different way. “My original plan was to make a movie so bad that it was unwatchable, but I feel like I failed in […]

 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 […]