Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton indie pop band Black Tie Stereo looks for ‘Somebody Like You’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton indie pop band Black Tie Stereo looks for ‘Somebody Like You’

Like a lot of young bands hoping to break out on a national level, Scranton indie pop band Black Tie Stereo has begun a Kickstarter campaign to fund their next album. But unlike many others, they’re going into it with several advantages. The first is that they’ve run a successful crowdfunding campaign before to fund […]

 Rich Howells

Taking Back Sunday guitarist plays at The Keys in Scranton with new band Fate’s Got a Driver on Aug. 3

Taking Back Sunday guitarist plays at The Keys in Scranton with new band Fate’s Got a Driver on Aug. 3

Fate’s Got a Driver, a new post-hardcore band featuring guitarist Eddie Reyes of platinum emo rock group Taking Back Sunday, was forced to postpone their first Scranton show in March “due to an unforeseen medical emergency.” Now they have announced that the makeup date will be Saturday, Aug. 3 at The Keys in downtown Scranton. […]

 Rich Howells

Cold debuts new song with Berwick musician Nick Coyle of Lifer, will release new album Sept. 13

Cold debuts new song with Berwick musician Nick Coyle of Lifer, will release new album Sept. 13

In early 2017, NEPA Scene broke the news that Berwick native Nick Coyle, a singer/songwriter who fronted various local bands over the years like Lifer, The Drama Club, Stardog Champion, and Death Valley Dreams, had joined alternative rock band Cold as their new guitarist. Now, the gold-selling national act has released the first single from […]

 Rich Howells

Lehighton hard rock band Another Day Dawns makes Billboard Heatseekers chart debut with ‘A Different Life’

Lehighton hard rock band Another Day Dawns makes Billboard Heatseekers chart debut with ‘A Different Life’

Four months after Another Day Dawns released their debut EP, the hard rock band from Lehighton has begun charting on Billboard. This past weekend, “A Different Life” hit No. 10 on Billboard’s Northeast Heatseekers chart, an impressive feat considering the five-song album was released independently with no major label backing them up. The chart is […]

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5 NEPA bands reunite to celebrate 10th anniversary of Vintage Theater in Scranton on Nov. 22

5 NEPA bands reunite to celebrate 10th anniversary of Vintage Theater in Scranton on Nov. 22

Five years after one of Scranton’s greatest all-ages art and event spaces closed its doors, bands and actors who often performed at The Vintage will be new again for one night only. It was announced today that, to celebrate the nonprofit venue’s 10th anniversary, popular local bands that played during The Vintage’s five-year history will […]

 Rich Howells

Support NEPA cancer patients with buzz cuts at Mick’s Buzz Off in Honesdale on June 29

Support NEPA cancer patients with buzz cuts at Mick’s Buzz Off in Honesdale on June 29

From a press release: Mick’s Barber Shop in Honesdale will host the fifth biennial Mick’s Buzz Off for Cancer on Saturday, June 29 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Ask family and friends to make a donation in exchange for your promise to have your hair buzzed, and if you can’t brave the buzz, you can sponsor […]

 Rich Howells

EXCLUSIVE: Scranton horror comedy ‘Deatherman’ calls for VHS re-release, sequel announcement, and trailer at NEPA Horror Film Festival

EXCLUSIVE: Scranton horror comedy ‘Deatherman’ calls for VHS re-release, sequel announcement, and trailer at NEPA Horror Film Festival

Much like its undead protagonist, the “Deatherman” is back… in more ways than one. The low-budget horror comedy was shot on tape in Scranton and first released on VHS in 2012, long after the video format’s decline in popularity. That was by design – writer/director Bobby Keller and actor John Kasper, who stars as the […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton punk rockers Willrow Hood say ‘You Can’t Piss on Hospitality’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton punk rockers Willrow Hood say ‘You Can’t Piss on Hospitality’

In dark times, when everything seems hopeless, a hero will rise and… run away with an ice cream maker? In the classic 1980 “Star Wars” sequel “The Empire Strikes Back,” Willrow Hood is an obscure background character with only seconds of screen time as he flees Cloud City with a silly prop under his arm, […]

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton metal band Traverse the Abyss inspires new fans with ‘Blink’

When Scranton metal band Traverse the Abyss released their self-titled EP last August, they didn’t know that, just a few months later, they would be playing one of their best shows yet with one of the biggest bands to ever come out of their hometown. On Dec. 22, Motionless In White returned to the Electric […]

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Italian circus pops up in Taylor Walmart parking lot from May 17-May 26 on first U.S. tour

Italian circus pops up in Taylor Walmart parking lot from May 17-May 26 on first U.S. tour

Scranton residents and shoppers of the Walmart Supercenter in Taylor may have noticed some large tents popping up in the parking lot over the last few days. It’s easy to assume that it’s just another flower tent or carnival that commonly set up next to local businesses and shopping centers, but what’s underneath here is […]