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: Less labels mean more for Scranton/Boston rock band Lesser Animals

ARCHIVES: Less labels mean more for Scranton/Boston rock band Lesser Animals

“Whenever I show my friends this music, the first question they ask me is, ‘What would you call this?’ I’m really at a loss. You can call it millions of kinds of things. You can call it rock, and you pretty much call it every single subgenre,” bassist Zach Bilson replied when asked to describe […]

 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

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

ARCHIVES: 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

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: ‘Pete and Pete’ cast reunion celebrated the weirdness of Wellsville – and childhood

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: ‘Pete and Pete’ cast reunion celebrated the weirdness of Wellsville – and childhood

I had this bizarre dream the other day that one of my best friends, my boss, and I were hanging out in some ballroom with the entire cast of “The Adventures of Pete and Pete,” chatting about the ‘90s Nickelodeon show and snapping pictures until the wee hours of the following morning. Oh wait, that […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Scranton indie rock band A Fire With Friends is an ‘unconventional’ but ‘beautiful thing’

ARCHIVES: Scranton indie rock band A Fire With Friends is an ‘unconventional’ but ‘beautiful thing’

Even when vocalist/guitarist Dan Rosler was practicing his acoustic guitar in his mother’s minivan with a friend in early 2008, he knew that someday this would turn into something bigger. The 23-year-old Archbald resident was playing in a few different local bands at the time when he began collaborating with Ed Cuozzo from A Social […]