Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene comedy night with Thomas the Red and friends at Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre, 07/28/18

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene comedy night with Thomas the Red and friends at Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre, 07/28/18

Thomas the Red, the world’s only stand-up comedy viking, conquered Season 6 of the NEPA Scene Rising Talent open mic and talent contest at The V-Spot in Scranton by coming in first place in the Finals Showcase on Tuesday, June 26, so as part of the grand prize, he headlined a night of comedy and […]

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Scranton alternative rock band Permanence opens up personal ‘Wound’ on new EP

Scranton alternative rock band Permanence opens up personal ‘Wound’ on new EP

Making their debut last year with the well-received “Northeast” EP, Scranton’s Permanence is back with five more songs in 2018, along with the drive to continue producing alternative rock in a distinctly Northeastern Pennsylvania style. Embraced by the local music scene almost immediately in their first year as a band, one is hard-pressed to not […]

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Montage Mountain Moosic Festival canceled before its debut at Scranton water park

Montage Mountain Moosic Festival canceled before its debut at Scranton water park

Following Camp Bisco and the Peach Music Festival in July, Montage Mountain Waterpark was gearing up to host the brand new, smaller-scale Montage Mountain Moosic Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18 but quietly canceled the all-ages event before its debut. Set to feature live music by three renowned tribute acts – Start Making Sense (Talking Heads), […]

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Tigers Jaw moves hometown 10th anniversary show to Ritz Theater in Scranton on Oct. 19

Tigers Jaw moves hometown 10th anniversary show to Ritz Theater in Scranton on Oct. 19

First announced back in June, indie rock band Tigers Jaw is still ending their fall tour back in their hometown of Scranton, but the venue changed this week to a theater just a few miles away. Initially coming to Montage Mountain Resorts, Tigers Jaw will now be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakout self-titled […]

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MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES: Wilkes-Barre soul singer Jordan Ramirez debuts funky new band The Tribe with 3 songs

MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES: Wilkes-Barre soul singer Jordan Ramirez debuts funky new band The Tribe with 3 songs

Jordan Ramirez is well-known in the local music scene for his soulful voice and funky rhythms in Wilkes-Barre bands Half Dollar and Fake Fight, and with solo shows all over Northeastern Pennsylvania and the recordings and music videos he makes through Going Up? Records, you’d think that he couldn’t possibly have anything else up his […]

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Nick Coyle and Aaron Fink reunite for Lifer acoustic show in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 24

Nick Coyle and Aaron Fink reunite for Lifer acoustic show in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 24

Now about two decades removed from the era of nu metal, there’s no denying the impact the genre had on rock music, with many of those ’90s and early 2000s bands either fondly remembered or still active and touring today. As nostalgia currently rules the entertainment industry and bands revisit their seminal albums live on […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference announces 2018 venues, performers, and set times across Scranton area

EXCLUSIVE: Electric City Music Conference announces 2018 venues, performers, and set times across Scranton area

On Sunday night, organizers of the Electric City Music Conference held an announcement party at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, revealing all the nominees for the upcoming 2018 Steamtown Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 13 as well as the entire live music schedule at 13 different venues on Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15. […]

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EXCLUSIVE: 2018 Steamtown Music Award nominees announced in 37 categories

EXCLUSIVE: 2018 Steamtown Music Award nominees announced in 37 categories

Last night, the Electric City Music Conference held an announcement party at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant for the third year, revealing all the nominees for the 2018 Steamtown Music Awards, including those in new categories added this year. ECMC producers Joe Caviston and Ken Norton read off all the nominees between live […]

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PHOTOS: Briggs Farm Blues Festival with Mike Farris, Selwyn Birchwood, National Reserve, and more, 07/07-08/18

PHOTOS: Briggs Farm Blues Festival with Mike Farris, Selwyn Birchwood, National Reserve, and more, 07/07-08/18

After winning a Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee last year, the Briggs Farm Blues Festival proved once again why it’s deserving of those accolades at its 21st annual event on Thursday, July 5 through Sunday, July 8. With perfect weather and a strong lineup showcasing the diversity of […]

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SONG PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre pop punk band Stay Loud shouts ‘FCK YRSLF’ before last Warped Tour

SONG PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre pop punk band Stay Loud shouts ‘FCK YRSLF’ before last Warped Tour

With the Vans Warped Tour rolling into Pennsylvania for the final time this month, Wilkes-Barre pop punk/alternative rock band Stay Loud is appropriately releasing a very punk rock song called “FCK YRSLF” as they prepare to play Warped for the first and, unfortunately, last time as tour ends its 24-year run. Premiering exclusively on NEPA […]