NEPA Scene Staff

Exeter heavy metal band Royal Hell signs with Heaven and Hell Records to release sophomore album

Exeter heavy metal band Royal Hell signs with Heaven and Hell Records to release sophomore album

From a press release: It’s a match made in hell – Heaven and Hell Records announced that Royal Hell has been signed to the label as they prepare their forthcoming album, “Second Sight of the Grand Seer,” for release this September. Hailing from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Royal Hell grew up in and around the small Luzerne […]

 James Callahan

VIDEO PREMIERE: Markus A. D. croons haunting doo-wop heartache over ‘Ms. Sery’

VIDEO PREMIERE: Markus A. D. croons haunting doo-wop heartache over ‘Ms. Sery’

Late last year, the Camp Rattler crew helped Wilkes-Barre singer/songwriter and Plains native Markus A. D. debut a moody little folk punk ballad called “Sharing a Breath” on this page, and today we’re back with a new emotional number called “Ms. Sery,” recorded at JL Studios in Olyphant. For the accompanying black-and-white music video, I’ll […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton hard rock band The Holtzmann Effect leaves impact with ‘Asteroid’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton hard rock band The Holtzmann Effect leaves impact with ‘Asteroid’

Ever since they debuted at the NEPA Scene Open Mic in the spring of 2018, The Holtzmann Effect has emerged as a natural force to be reckoned with in the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene. The Scranton-based hard rock band – consisting of vocalist/guitarist Tyler “Beef” Zeiss, drummer Cody Sibio, guitarist Tyler Salak, and bassist Grant […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Lackawanna Historical Society hosts Ukrainian pysanky-making workshop in Scranton on April 3

Lackawanna Historical Society hosts Ukrainian pysanky-making workshop in Scranton on April 3

From a press release: As many are currently thinking about Ukraine, the Lackawanna Historical Society will teach a traditional Ukrainian craft that also ties into Easter. Dating back to prehistoric Ukraine, folklore claims that pysanky, elaborately decorated eggs, can help ward off evil from overtaking the world. Intricate patterns are drawn on the eggs with […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton pop punks Anytime Soon visit Castle Bam before ‘Holding My Breath Through the Lehigh Tunnel’

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton pop punks Anytime Soon visit Castle Bam before ‘Holding My Breath Through the Lehigh Tunnel’

The music of Anytime Soon often captures the sound of growing up on early 2000s punk and emo tunes, Vans Warped Tour, MTV, CKY DVDs, “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater,” “Jackass,” and “Viva La Bam,” so when it came time for the Scranton band to search for shooting locations for their next music video, what better […]

 Rich Howells

EP PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre thrash metal band Cruel Bomb drops ‘Man Made’ destruction

EP PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre thrash metal band Cruel Bomb drops ‘Man Made’ destruction

Much like the destructive weapon they are named after, Cruel Bomb packs a lot into a little package. The Wilkes-Barre band’s new EP, “Man Made,” has only five tracks, but it contains all the fierce firepower of a full album of old school trash metal with only three members – vocalist/guitarist Brandon James, bassist Kennie […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

EXCLUSIVE: Scranton alt rockers The Boastfuls ‘Medicate’ with emotional and aggressive single

EXCLUSIVE: Scranton alt rockers The Boastfuls ‘Medicate’ with emotional and aggressive single

Today, Scranton alternative rock band The Boastfuls released their second single, “Medicate,” on all major streaming platforms. The song speaks about the frustration of relying on medication, trying to discover the true root of a problem, and explaining the emptiness that dependency leaves on everyone around it. It is for anyone that has dealt with […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Telco, Don’t Panic, Eric Best, 5-7-Zero, Flowers for You, Crooked Ways, John Hahn, and more

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: Telco, Don’t Panic, Eric Best, 5-7-Zero, Flowers for You, Crooked Ways, John Hahn, and more

After a few years away, the NEPA Music Notes column received a warm welcome back last week, so I’ll take that as a sign that you want to see more roundups of new and noteworthy local songs, albums, and shows. Let’s dive right in! 🎶🎶 Schuylkill Haven guitarist John Hahn, who got his start touring […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA comedians perform in stand-up showcases in Olyphant on Jan. 29 and Emmaus on Jan. 30

NEPA comedians perform in stand-up showcases in Olyphant on Jan. 29 and Emmaus on Jan. 30

From a press release: Since the coronavirus pandemic largely shut down live entertainment, comedy shows have been few and far between. Laughs are sorely needed in these trying times, so several Northeastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia comics are coming together for three back-to-back stand-up comedy showcases at the end of the month. The first features Brendan […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton emo rock band The Maguas tell the glum but hopeful truth in ‘One of Us Is Lying’

Scranton emo rock band The Maguas tell the glum but hopeful truth in ‘One of Us Is Lying’

The Maguas may not have had the year that they were looking forward to, but they certainly have the perfect record for these sad and self-reflective times. The Scranton emo rock band released “One of Us Is Lying” on Nov. 20 and it already has over 200,000 streams on Spotify, which speaks to their rapidly […]

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