Music

 Rich Howells

The Menzingers’ Tom May on a year of growth, punk rock socks, New Year’s blackmail, and Scranton beer and pizza

The Menzingers’ Tom May on a year of growth, punk rock socks, New Year’s blackmail, and Scranton beer and pizza

Philadelphia punk band returns to Scranton for sold-out Holiday Show tonight

On paper, The Menzingers have had one of the best years of their career, releasing an incredible album on a major label and touring the country – and the world – yet again with some of the biggest and best names in the business, but personally, they’ve experienced the kind of success in 2014 that […]

 Rich Howells

Wilkes-Barre’s Cherokee Red close busy 2014 with Lewis & Clarke show in Scranton

Wilkes-Barre’s Cherokee Red close busy 2014 with Lewis & Clarke show in Scranton

Dream-pop band already scheduling 2015 dates

At this point in their musical career, for Cherokee Red, the world is indeed their oyster. Just returning from a successful three-week East Coast tour, the dream-pop band is back home in Wilkes-Barre for a set of concerts that includes the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains tonight with DJ Big Nate and a special […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: HIM and Motionless In White, 12/11/14

PHOTOS: HIM and Motionless In White, 12/11/14

After making an appearance in their hometown area just days before, Scranton’s Motionless In White opened for one of their favorite bands, Finnish rockers HIM, on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. Wounds kicked the night off as only an Irish rock band can, followed by a solid set from […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Peculiar Pop Up Restaurant with Skribe and Kaleigh Baker, 12/10/14

PHOTOS: Peculiar Pop Up Restaurant with Skribe and Kaleigh Baker, 12/10/14

Peculiar Culinary Company, who have been making headlines lately after chef/owner Gene Philbin won “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Food Network and announced that he’d be competing on CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup” in January, held one of their popular pop-up dinners at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The inventive à la […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: No Vacancy – ‘Face of This Town’

Local country rock band No Vacancy is working on their sophomore album for release next year, so to give everyone a preview of what’s to come, they’re premiering the title track in a brand new music video exclusively on NEPA Scene. After playing in a three-piece cover band, guitarist/vocalist Jim Kindler and bassist/vocalist Tony Olean […]

 Cory Wolff

PUTTING IN WORK: Presskits – the gateway to PR and booking agents

PUTTING IN WORK: Presskits – the gateway to PR and booking agents

There’s one rule that I always follow – make it as easy as possible for people to learn more about you, listen to your music, and ultimately buy it. I truly believe that if you apply this rule to everything you do when it comes to your career in music, you’ll be successful. So with […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Esta Coda – ‘Rain’

SONG PREMIERE: Esta Coda – ‘Rain’

Many local music fans are anticipating for The Menzingers’ annual Holiday Show this weekend, but few are more excited for it than Esta Coda. The Scranton indie rock band will be one of several opening acts welcoming The Menzingers home that night, including Tigers Jaw; Captain, We’re Sinking; Three Man Cannon; Petal; and The Red […]

 Rich Howells

This collection of retro Christmas music videos by Scranton’s The Push is funnier than an ugly sweater

This collection of retro Christmas music videos by Scranton’s The Push is funnier than an ugly sweater

What better way to prepare for Christmas and a rare live performance from The Push tonight than by watching a collection of their holiday music videos? Years before the satirical Scranton duo released their debut album of ’70s and ’80s-style throwback singles, “Greatest Hits Volume One,” they created a series of annual Christmas videos, offering […]

 Chris Hughes

CONCERT REVIEW: ’90s nostalgia rules during sold-out Polaris show in Philadelphia

CONCERT REVIEW: ’90s nostalgia rules during sold-out Polaris show in Philadelphia

There’s a strange kind of magic that happens when a band that existed solely in the realm of one of your favorite childhood shows appears as a real, viable touring act for the first time 20 years later. Wave after wave of nostalgia filled the space inside Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia) on Friday, […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen, 12/06/14

PHOTOS: Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen, 12/06/14

Back in October, Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen released their debut album, “Black Skies and Starlight,” at the River Street Jazz Cafe, and they returned to the Plains venue on Saturday, Dec. 6 for another round of badass rock ‘n’ roll. NEPA Scene photographer Robb Malloy captured the Wilkes-Barre band in their element that […]