Music

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Down to Six – ‘Oceans’

SONG PREMIERE: Down to Six – ‘Oceans’

After undergoing lineup changes back in September, Wilkes-Barre alt rock band Down to Six has a new album coming out next month, so in anticipation of that release, NEPA Scene teamed up with the group to offer an exclusive first listen to the lead single, “Oceans.” “The song is about losing your way and realizing […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene Open Mic Night, 11/18/14

PHOTOS: NEPA Scene Open Mic Night, 11/18/14

NEPA Scene held its first-ever Open Mic Night at The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, Nov. 18, and while all types of artists were welcome to participate, comedians filled six of the eight available slots that evening, turning it into a fun and hilarious comedy night. Kevin Lepka, Zack Hammond, Nick Potoeski, Checkout Joe, […]

 Cory Wolff

PUTTING IN WORK: Preparing your elevator pitch and bio

PUTTING IN WORK: Preparing your elevator pitch and bio

Just like with any other industry, musicians need to have their elevator pitch ready to go at a moment’s notice. An elevator pitch is a short (usually 30 seconds or less), straightforward description of who you are, what your music sounds like, and what project you’re currently working on. One of the best ways that […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Florida Georgia Line crosses into Wilkes-Barre with Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard

Florida Georgia Line crosses into Wilkes-Barre with Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard

From a press release: Reigning Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line will bring their “Anything Goes Tour” to Northeastern Pennsylvania on Sunday, May 3 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre). Tickets for the show, priced at $34.75 and $54.75, plus fees, go […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Top 40 albums in NEPA, 11/18/14

The Top 40 albums in NEPA, 11/18/14

Each week, Joe Nardone’s Gallery of Sound provides NEPA Scene with the Top 40 best-selling albums in its Northeastern Pennsylvania stores from the previous week. Every album is followed by its rank from the week before. “D” indicates a debut this week.

 Mark Uricheck

Are Black Veil Brides ‘the future of metal’ or just a ‘rock ‘n’ roll band?’ Maybe they’re both.

Are Black Veil Brides ‘the future of metal’ or just a ‘rock ‘n’ roll band?’ Maybe they’re both.

Controversial young metal group plays the Sherman Theater this Friday

lack Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack has been quite the polarizing figure in the rock world since his band’s 2010 debut record, “We Stitch These Wounds.” For starters, the band is often written off by “serious” metal fans as a somewhat “mallcore” alternative to their definition of what metal should be; the cushy “whoa, oh, […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Fresh from Peach Fest, Tedeschi Trucks Band heads to Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 15

Fresh from Peach Fest, Tedeschi Trucks Band heads to Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 15

From a press release: They have a “made up mind;” Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are bringing the band to Wilkes-Barre. It was announced today that Tedeschi Trucks Band will visit the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Nov. 20 at 10 […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

The Crackers host night of Americana, country, roots, and bluegrass to benefit Toys for Tots

The Crackers host night of Americana, country, roots, and bluegrass to benefit Toys for Tots

From a press release: The Crackers, Wayne County’s own Americana roots band, will host the second annual “Christmas with The Crackers” benefit concert, which will help support Toys for Tots of Wayne and Pike Counties. The show will be held at The Cooperage (1030 Main St., Honesdale) on Friday, Nov. 21 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. […]

 Rich Howells

The fun, excitement, and uncertainty of throwing a Pity Party in Scranton

The fun, excitement, and uncertainty of throwing a Pity Party in Scranton

New band, featuring members of A Fire with Friends, The Fox Method, and The Window Shoppers, plays their first show tonight at the Keys

hen NEPA Scene first arrives at The Keys in downtown Scranton, the members of Pity Party seem nervous and unsure of us as they practice in the empty bar, the sounds of echoing indie rock enveloping the small but colorful space. We soon learn that this is because it is the first time that anyone, […]

 Rich Howells

The steady rise of electronic music in NEPA

The steady rise of electronic music in NEPA

Industrial, ambient, soundscape, and other genres are introduced to the area through NEPA Electrotribe

or the past year, electronic music has slowly infiltrated the local music scene, an underground movement that has started to leave basements and darkened bedrooms and gain traction in small venues across NEPA. This emergence from behind personal computer screens onto public stages began when Ron Boyle, who calls himself Hypnotik Infekted Bloodline, encouraged fellow […]