Jason Riedmiller

PHOTOS: Beautiful People, 2021 New York Comic Con Edition

PHOTOS: Beautiful People, 2021 New York Comic Con Edition

After a strange year, it was an even stranger New York Comic Con on Oct. 7-10. Strange isn’t always a bad thing, though – I myself am strange and unusual. The Jacob K. Javits Center in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan wasn’t as crowded this time due to COVID-19 restrictions, so it was simultaneously weird and delightful […]

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Interdisciplinary artist J. Morgan Puett speaks at Marywood University in Scranton on Oct. 20

Interdisciplinary artist J. Morgan Puett speaks at Marywood University in Scranton on Oct. 20

From a press release: The Marywood University Art Department will present a lecture by award-winning interdisciplinary artist J. Morgan Puett as part of its Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture Series on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. The event will take place in the Comerford Theater, located in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences (206 […]

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Scranton emo rockers The Maguas get aggressive on ‘Shapeless’ before hometown show on Oct. 15

Scranton emo rockers The Maguas get aggressive on ‘Shapeless’ before hometown show on Oct. 15

From a press release: Before The Maguas head out on their first official fall U.S. tour, the emo-leaning alternative rock outfit has released “Shapeless,” the second single from their upcoming album and their “most aggressive song to date.” Establishing their roots in Scranton in 2018, the band – Erik Miller (vocals), Matthew Jenkins (lead guitar), […]

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Iconic blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa returns to F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on March 14, 2022

Iconic blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa returns to F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on March 14, 2022

From a press release: Today, two-time Grammy Award nominee, 24-time Billboard chart topper, and blues rock superstar Joe Bonamassa announced a run of shows for the spring of 2022, including a stop at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Monday, March 14. The 24-date tour across the United States is in support of his […]

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In place of Wilkes-Barre show, Tool performs in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 20, 2022

In place of Wilkes-Barre show, Tool performs in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on Feb. 20, 2022

From a press release: Today, Tool announced a mammoth 2022 tour, with the progressive metal band spending three months traversing the United States, followed by a month of European dates. Unfortunately, a makeup date for their planned stop at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township on May 1, 2020 is not […]

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Before Spill Canvas tour, alt pop artist Kulick performs at Stage West in Scranton on Sept. 1

Before Spill Canvas tour, alt pop artist Kulick performs at Stage West in Scranton on Sept. 1

From a press release: Before Schuylkill County singer/songwriter Kulick heads out on an East Coast tour supporting alternative emo rockers The Spill Canvas, the fast-rising modern pop rock act will headline three shows of his own, including a local stop at Stage West in Scranton on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Scranton-based alternative rock band The Boastfuls […]

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Scranton metal band Motionless In White sets off ‘Timebomb’ before tour and festival appearances

Scranton metal band Motionless In White sets off ‘Timebomb’ before tour and festival appearances

From a press release: Today, Scranton metal band Motionless In White dropped “Timebomb,” a new single to light the fuse before their next national tour that already has several sold-out dates. “We are really excited to release a new piece of music to bridge the gap between all of the COVID downtime and our next […]

 Jason Riedmiller

RAILRIDERS PHOTOBLOG: Checking in with Hoy Jun Park with the Pittsburgh Pirates

RAILRIDERS PHOTOBLOG: Checking in with Hoy Jun Park with the Pittsburgh Pirates

Ahoy, matey! Since being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates and promoted to the Majors, former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders offensive standout Hoy Jun Park has continued to produce results, as seen here at PNC Park last weekend. The lefty is hitting .235 in 51 at bats with one home run, five RBIs, and four runs on 12 […]

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Seasoned NEPA musicians debut pop country band New Moon Rising with single ‘No Regrets’

Seasoned NEPA musicians debut pop country band New Moon Rising with single ‘No Regrets’

From a press release: Lake Ariel singer/songwriter Adolfo Busillo, a former Atlantic Records recording artist and frontman of the band Abuss, has unveiled a new project that he describes as “traditional rock and country music infused with modern pop elements.” New Moon Rising, a seven-piece rock/country/pop band that incorporates traditional instrumentation (guitar, bass, keyboard, and […]

 The Conversation

Congress declares Aug. 11 ‘Hip-Hop Celebration Day,’ a turning point in American music history

Congress declares Aug. 11 ‘Hip-Hop Celebration Day,’ a turning point in American music history

Whenever I teach courses on hip-hop at the University of Virginia, I provide a brief overview of where hip-hop music began. One of the important dates I use is Aug. 11, 1973. That’s when DJ Kool Herc, who was 18 at the time, threw a “Back to School Jam” for his sister Cindy in the […]

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