Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: New emo folk duo Twin Lakes from Milford come to terms with loss and ‘Forget’

SONG PREMIERE: New emo folk duo Twin Lakes from Milford come to terms with loss and ‘Forget’

So many great bands come out of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre that the surrounding towns and boroughs are often overlooked – or Northeastern Pennsylvania musicians just say they’re from one of those two so they don’t have to explain where their hometown is by pulling out a map. The indie folk/emo rock duo Twin Lakes, however, […]

 Rich Howells

Motionless In White frontman Chris Cerulli recalls band’s early days in Scranton area with old photos

Motionless In White frontman Chris Cerulli recalls band’s early days in Scranton area with old photos

While stuck at home in quarantine, many people are posting old photos and videos on social media to cheer themselves and others up until the coronavirus pandemic has subsided. Motionless In White vocalist Chris “Motionless” Cerulli uploaded a series of photos and a short video yesterday that is a special treat for their hometown fans […]

 Rich Howells

10 years ago today, Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele died in Scranton

10 years ago today, Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele died in Scranton

On the 10th anniversary of his death, many articles have been published today memorializing Peter Steele, the singer, songwriter, and bassist of gothic metal band Type O Negative, but only a few mention that he passed away in Scranton. That may seem like an unlikely place for a rock star to reside, but public records […]

 Rich Howells

Classic heavy metal band The Rods announce new lineup and album with Scranton and Carbondale musicians

Classic heavy metal band The Rods announce new lineup and album with Scranton and Carbondale musicians

Last year, legendary heavy metal band The Rods released their first full-length album of original material in eight years, “Brotherhood of Metal,” and drummer Carl Canedy debuted a new band for his solo project, Canedy. This year, The Rods are changing things up even more, announcing a new lineup and album that sees the departure […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton comedian Samantha Ruddy releases debut comedy album while working on ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’

Scranton comedian Samantha Ruddy releases debut comedy album while working on ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’

For seven years, Samantha Ruddy’s career in stand-up comedy has built up to this moment. After her big break on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and landing a job on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” she released her debut comedy album one month ago… the same day a national emergency was declared in the […]

 Rich Howells

Sylvester Stallone endorses documentary on Scranton Rocky impersonator now trending on Amazon Prime

Sylvester Stallone endorses documentary on Scranton Rocky impersonator now trending on Amazon Prime

“The Pretender,” a documentary that follows the quirky story of a daydreamer from Scranton who became a Rocky Balboa impersonator and tour guide in Philadelphia, has been available to stream on Amazon Prime since last October, but a recent endorsement from Sylvester Stallone himself has caused the movie to trend and find a wider audience […]

 Rich Howells

Centralia’s Graffiti Highway is closed and covered with dirt to drive away visitors during coronavirus pandemic

Centralia’s Graffiti Highway is closed and covered with dirt to drive away visitors during coronavirus pandemic

In the past month, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home order and closed non-essential businesses due to the coronavirus, so many people are looking for ways to spend their time. Centralia fire chief and EMA director Tom Hynoski told The Daily Item that large groups have been visiting the Graffiti Highway, a stretch of […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre becomes twisted Oz in rapper Doc Not’s ‘Stay Weird’ feat. Syx Trismegistus

VIDEO PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre becomes twisted Oz in rapper Doc Not’s ‘Stay Weird’ feat. Syx Trismegistus

Camp Rattler doesn’t need an excuse to get weird, but when the local music promotion and production team was tapped by masked rapper Doc Not to create a music video for his song “Stay Weird,” they saw it as an invitation to take their eccentricity up a notch. They first met when Doc Not performed […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre nu metal band Lifer debuts first new song in 18 years, ‘The Start of Something Else’

SONG PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre nu metal band Lifer debuts first new song in 18 years, ‘The Start of Something Else’

When Lifer broke up like so many other nu metal bands in the early 2000s, the chances that the Wilkes-Barre group would ever record together again were slim, especially after its members moved on to other projects like Breaking Benjamin, The Drama Club, and later Cold. Their dedicated fan base in Northeastern Pennsylvania, however, never […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre rockers Zayre Mountain salute those jumping ‘Into the Fire’ of coronavirus pandemic

VIDEO PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre rockers Zayre Mountain salute those jumping ‘Into the Fire’ of coronavirus pandemic

Music is often as much a comfort during hard times as it is a reflection of the period it was created in. Zayre Mountain is expressing both with a new song and music video premiering today on NEPA Scene. While millions of people are quarantined at home to avoid exposure to the coronavirus as it […]

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