Rich Howells

Bazaar of the Bizarre gathers horror, punk, and tattoo culture at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 24

Bazaar of the Bizarre gathers horror, punk, and tattoo culture at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 24

Strange… dark… odd… unusual… and now bizarre. A Bazaar of the Bizarre will haunt the F.M. Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, Oct. 24, “bringing together the style of horror, punk rock, oddities, and tattoo culture.” No one in Northeastern Pennsylvania may be more qualified to do that than Josh Balz, the owner of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Wilkes-Barre hardcore band One Step Closer debuts ‘This Place You Know’ on Run for Cover Records

Wilkes-Barre hardcore band One Step Closer debuts ‘This Place You Know’ on Run for Cover Records

From a press release: “This place you know, sometimes it hides the truth and it lets people go.” One Step Closer vocalist Ryan Savitski cries out this declaration just over halfway through the opening track on the band’s new album, the aptly titled “This Place You Know” that was released today via Run for Cover […]

 Rich Howells

Title Fight’s Wilkes-Barre mural may be covered by billboard as fans try to save ‘Hyperview’ artwork

Title Fight’s Wilkes-Barre mural may be covered by billboard as fans try to save ‘Hyperview’ artwork

In 2014, Kingston punk/shoegaze band Title Fight worked with their friend and album cover artist John Slaby to create a reflective mural on the side of a building on South Main Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Located near the former Cafe Metro, a venue they often played with other breakout local bands like The Menzingers and […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

New Wilkes-Barre soda brand Parlor Beverages taking pre-orders for root beer and birch beer

New Wilkes-Barre soda brand Parlor Beverages taking pre-orders for root beer and birch beer

From a press release: In March, a new company called Parlor Beverages announced that it would be creating craft sodas in Wilkes-Barre. Now, this lifestyle brand built on nostalgia and rock ‘n’ roll is telling soda drinkers to “get ready for a mouthful of madness” – $10 four-packs of root beer, butterscotch root beer, and […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Mayors of NEPA unite against consumer fireworks in letter to legislators

Mayors of NEPA unite against consumer fireworks in letter to legislators

From a press release: During the pandemic, Wilkes-Barre Mayor George C. Brown began meeting with other Northeast Pennsylvania mayors to pool resources and work on common issues in the area. On June 24, they joined together under the banner of “Mayors of Northeastern Pennsylvania” to write a letter to express their distress with the increased […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NYC comedian Solo Jones headlines stand-up show at Scranton Comedy Club in Dunmore on June 18

NYC comedian Solo Jones headlines stand-up show at Scranton Comedy Club in Dunmore on June 18

Indoor entertainment is back, so the Scranton Comedy Club is selling season passes along with individual tickets to its next monthly stand-up show at the Holiday Inn Scranton East in Dunmore. The first show of the summer will be held this Friday, June 18 with New York City headliner Solo Jones, who has opened for […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA rock stars and business owners create new Wilkes-Barre soda brand Parlor Beverages

NEPA rock stars and business owners create new Wilkes-Barre soda brand Parlor Beverages

From a press release: Nostalgia and rock ‘n’ roll – these two things commonly appear together but rarely do they intertwine into a craft beverage moniker. Parlor Beverages in Wilkes-Barre seeks to alter that perspective as it enters the market offering lifestyle brand craft sodas, kicking off with both root beer and butterscotch flavors that […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Title Fight’s Ned Russin, a.k.a. Kingston post-punk artist Glitterer, releases 2nd album, ‘Life Is Not a Lesson’

Title Fight’s Ned Russin, a.k.a. Kingston post-punk artist Glitterer, releases 2nd album, ‘Life Is Not a Lesson’

From a press release: Glitterer, the post-punk solo project of Title Fight bassist/vocalist Ned Russin, released his sophomore album, “Life Is Not a Lesson,” today on Anti- Records. The A.V. Club wrote, “Russin delivers full-throated testaments to the struggles of living through each day without curling up into the fetal position on the ground. It’s […]

 James Callahan

A Camp Rattler profile: Cult visionary and Noir Dark Spirits proprietor Josh Balz

A Camp Rattler profile: Cult visionary and Noir Dark Spirits proprietor Josh Balz

My initial interaction with Josh Balz began sometime after he had chosen to leave Motionless In White to pursue other endeavors and my trashy little rock bar, The Rattler in Pittston, had closed due to structural difficulties. Well… the back fell off the building. I found myself venue-less and saddled with several storage units, crammed […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

VIDEO: Scranton indie rockers Tigers Jaw document DIY making of ‘Hesitation’ music video

VIDEO: Scranton indie rockers Tigers Jaw document DIY making of ‘Hesitation’ music video

From a press release: Following the release of their new single at the beginning of the month, Scranton indie rock band Tigers Jaw has been uploading homemade videos chronicling the fun creative process behind the music video for “Hesitation.” Kingston native Dana Takacs, who compiled the footage into four episodes that are available now, was […]

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