From the Archives

From the Archives reprints articles and photos that were published before this website was established and backdates them to their original publication date to preserve a little local history.

 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 […]

 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: ‘Scranton After Dark’ tour and ‘Trolley of Terror’ ride join forces to scare up downtown history

ARCHIVES: ‘Scranton After Dark’ tour and ‘Trolley of Terror’ ride join forces to scare up downtown history

The only thing scarier than hearing ghost stories may be experiencing one for yourself, which is why the Lackawanna Historical Society is teaming up with the Electric City Trolley Museum Association this year to add a new twist to their previous Halloween traditions. The annual “Scranton After Dark” walking tour will be combined with the […]

 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

ARCHIVES: All dolled up for Scranton, legendary New York Dolls as cheeky and rebellious as ever

ARCHIVES: All dolled up for Scranton, legendary New York Dolls as cheeky and rebellious as ever

Some may see Mötley Crüe and Poison’s current tour as a throwback to classic rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s the New York Dolls that will truly take audiences back to the roots of modern rock music this summer. All three bands will be playing in Scranton at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Sunday, […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: The Queers still ‘schlepping it’ in their own way, stopping at Eleanor Rigby’s in Jermyn on May 25

ARCHIVES: The Queers still ‘schlepping it’ in their own way, stopping at Eleanor Rigby’s in Jermyn on May 25

Many of the pop punk bands touring today can say they were influenced by the Ramones, but few can say they knew them personally. The Queers, however, can not only say they were there, but have also continued that rebellious, independent tradition for decades. The legendary band, on tour with their friends in The-Front, will […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: While filming documentary in Scranton, Rocky impersonator is ‘living the dream’

ARCHIVES: While filming documentary in Scranton, Rocky impersonator is ‘living the dream’

Sylvester Stallone may have shot his last “Rocky” film, but another Rocky’s story has just begun. Last Saturday morning, a small film crew drove into Scranton to embark on their second day of shooting an as-yet-untitled documentary inspired by “Cue the Rocky Music,” a memoir written by city native Mike Kunda. The book recounts Kunda’s […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Jason Miller documentary ‘Miller’s Tale’ premieres as Broadway revives ‘That Championship Season’

ARCHIVES: Jason Miller documentary ‘Miller’s Tale’ premieres as Broadway revives ‘That Championship Season’

Before actor and playwright Jason Miller was directed by award-winning filmmakers like William Friedkin, he was the star of a short film by an inexperienced college student. As he often shied away from the national spotlight, Miller probably enjoyed the latter more. Rebecca Ferris, founder of Cottage Films in New Orleans, grew up in Scranton […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Cafe Metro documentary captures final meaningful moments of Wilkes-Barre all-ages venue

ARCHIVES: Cafe Metro documentary captures final meaningful moments of Wilkes-Barre all-ages venue

Last September, the local music scene suffered a major loss when underground music venue Cafe Metropolis in downtown Wilkes-Barre closed its doors after 14 years. To lesson the blow, Stephanie Ogozaly has created a memento in documentary form called “The Metro,” set to premiere Saturday, January 15 at 8 p.m. at The Vintage Theater in […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: ‘Cue the Rocky Music’ for the Rocky Balboa of West Scranton

ARCHIVES: ‘Cue the Rocky Music’ for the Rocky Balboa of West Scranton

A familiar theme song begins to run through Mike Kunda’s head as he ascends the front steps of West Scranton High School. When he reaches the top, he turns around and raises his hands in the air triumphantly. Sporting a leather jacket, black fedora, and fingerless gloves, he is no longer the scrawny little kid […]