James Callahan

VIDEO PREMIERE: Pittston metal band Black River’s Edge takes down brutal ‘2020’

VIDEO PREMIERE: Pittston metal band Black River’s Edge takes down brutal ‘2020’

The last time NEPA Scene talked to Black River’s Edge, the Pittston hard rock/metal band was making their live debut at Diane’s Deli & Internet Cafe in 2015. A lot has changed since then, including the closing of their hometown venue, but 2020 has made everything seem like a cakewalk in comparison. From the dark […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: From Scranton to Boston, indie rockers Lesser Animals are back ‘For Real’

SONG PREMIERE: From Scranton to Boston, indie rockers Lesser Animals are back ‘For Real’

For those who were part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene about a decade ago, attending or playing shows at small venues like The Vintage Theater, the name Lesser Animals may sound familiar. The Scranton-based indie rock band was formed in 2008 by Clarks Summit native James Sanderson, the vocalist of Awkward Silence, another name […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton indie pop band Modern Ties is haunted by ‘Ghost’ on debut album

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton indie pop band Modern Ties is haunted by ‘Ghost’ on debut album

With slick production, teen magazine good looks, and the kind of mainstream appeal that many artists wish they had, Modern Ties may seem like the kind of band that would be driven by egos and fake personalities, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. When we had the opportunity to sit down with the […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton band catches a psychedelic Great Wave under the dreamy ‘Autumn Sun’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton band catches a psychedelic Great Wave under the dreamy ‘Autumn Sun’

“Avant pop. Dream alt. Noise folk. Psychedelic jazz punk.” These are some of the ways Great Wave describes their sound as it floats towards your ears and envelops you in an otherworldly atmosphere of beautiful and mysterious echoes. Much like these ethereal sounds and their enigmatic vibes, vocalist/guitarist Charles Davis gives cryptic answers when asked […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: High school nostalgia hits Scranton pop punks Anytime Soon in ‘Jelly Donut Season’

VIDEO PREMIERE: High school nostalgia hits Scranton pop punks Anytime Soon in ‘Jelly Donut Season’

COVID-19 prevented most people from having one of those fun summers with friends you never forget, but it didn’t stop Anytime Soon from recreating that feeling in their new music video, despite all the extra work it would take to produce during the pandemic. The Scranton-based band released their latest single, “Jelly Donut Season,” on […]

 James Callahan

VIDEO PREMIERE: Infamous Philly hardcore band Bad Luck 13 releases 3-song Halloween extravaganza

VIDEO PREMIERE: Infamous Philly hardcore band Bad Luck 13 releases 3-song Halloween extravaganza

The mere mention of this flaming nail bomb of a band from the “City of Brotherly Love” can strike terror in the souls of promoters, venue owners, and aggressive music fans alike. Born in Philadelphia in 1996, Bad Luck 13 Riot Extravaganza has become the thing of mosh pit legend – a fiery, multi-headed hardcore/metal […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Alt-country singer Alex Culbreth spins humorous trucker’s tale in ‘Up in the Truck Cab’

VIDEO PREMIERE: Alt-country singer Alex Culbreth spins humorous trucker’s tale in ‘Up in the Truck Cab’

For the last decade, alt-country singer/songwriter Alex Culbreth has toured the United States, and some of his first runs were in Pennsylvania. “I’ve played in a couple bands but have been playing as a one-man-band solo act the last few years. I play guitar, sing, and bang a kick drum and tambourine rigged up to […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Wilkes-Barre horror punks Cut Up Naked Teenagers clown around with the ‘Monster Squad’

In the fall, Wilkes-Barre horror punk band Cut Up Naked Teenagers were riding high on the release of their debut album, “Gray Matter Splatter,” with killer shows, creative music videos, a glowing review in HorrorHound magazine, and radio play in several states and even South America. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and it all came […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton singer Jay Luke warns against addictive tech in ‘Trapped in Your Cell’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton singer Jay Luke warns against addictive tech in ‘Trapped in Your Cell’

Cell phones have become such an essential part of life for so many people that it’s becoming difficult to remember a time without them in the modern world. Scranton singer/songwriter Jay Luke not only remembers that time but often captures it in his 1970s and ‘80s-influenced rock music, particularly on his latest single premiering today […]

 Rich Howells

ALBUM PREMIERE: Scranton indie folk singer Patrick McGlynn embraces ‘Parallel Hearts’ in uncertain times

ALBUM PREMIERE: Scranton indie folk singer Patrick McGlynn embraces ‘Parallel Hearts’ in uncertain times

In a time when melancholy and pessimism are stronger than ever, Patrick McGlynn has chosen to release a bit of positivity into the world. Today, the indie folk singer/songwriter from Scranton is debuting his fourth solo album, “Parallel Hearts,” exclusively on NEPA Scene, a record of nostalgia, experimentation, social change, and love. “‘Parallel Hearts’ is […]

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