Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Get ‘Lightheaded’ in basement show with Wilkes-Barre’s Alma Mater

As the fall gets colder and turns to winter, you may be missing the summertime and those hot, sweaty basement shows packed with all your friends, watching with your favorite local band. Wilkes-Barre alternative rock band Alma Mater captures that feeling in their debut music video for “Lightheaded,” premiering exclusively on NEPA Scene. Guitarist/vocalist Vinny […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Young singer/songwriter James Barrett cuts deep into the ‘Marrow’

SONG PREMIERE: Young singer/songwriter James Barrett cuts deep into the ‘Marrow’

Over the past year, NEPA Scene has followed the rising career of young singer/songwriter James Barrett, seeing him perform at our events, having him as a guest on our podcast, and premiering two songs from his debut album. Just a few months after its release, the ambitious 19-year-old Clarks Summit native is already back with […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Fly away on a ‘Photo Hunt’ with psychedelic rockers Polly Anna

SONG PREMIERE: Fly away on a ‘Photo Hunt’ with psychedelic rockers Polly Anna

People often wonder what it would be like to be a fly on the wall in different situations – Polly Anna took that concept a step further, following a fly through a jam-filled journey in their brand new song, “Photo Hunt,” premiering exclusively here on NEPA Scene. The local psychedelic rock band, which features Stan […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Take the first dark turn down University Drive with ‘Only in the Way’ lyric video

When we last featured Scranton singer/songwriter Edward Cuozzo back in January, he had released his first solo acoustic album, “The Silvia EP,” and was hard at work on a full-length electric record. Since then, the project, while still written and performed by Cuozzo on all instruments, has turned into something else entirely – University Drive. […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Turn up ‘ShhShhShh,’ the imaginative new single from Scranton’s Jung Bergo

SONG PREMIERE: Turn up ‘ShhShhShh,’ the imaginative new single from Scranton’s Jung Bergo

Just a few weeks ago, we told you to listen to Scranton alternative roots rock band Jung Bergo – now we’ve got something brand new for you to hear as we exclusively premiere the first single from their new album, “Everything New Is Old Again,” an abstract track titled “ShhShhShh.” Formed in 2009, Jung Bergo […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton indie soul band Umbriel light up empowering debut single ‘Funeral Pyres’

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton indie soul band Umbriel light up empowering debut single ‘Funeral Pyres’

NEPA Scene was first introduced to Umbriel back in September when the new Scranton-based band won the audience vote during Week 2 of Season 2 of NEPA Scene’s Got Talent. We’ve been anticipating some recorded music from them ever since, so we’re thrilled to premiere their very first single, “Funeral Pyres,” exclusively on nepascene.com. Formed […]

 Bill Thomas

SONG PREMIERE: Kali Ra plays with pulsing darkness in rhythmic ‘Toy Void’

SONG PREMIERE: Kali Ra plays with pulsing darkness in rhythmic ‘Toy Void’

It has been months, but Kali Ra is finally done. Or, rather, “Re: Done.” Back in October, NEPA Scene reported that local artists Jami Kali (of dreamy folk pop act Mock Sun) and Ray Novitski (of psychedelic prog rockers Signs & Wonders) had formed a new music project called Kali Ra and that they were […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Scranton documentary ‘Half Empty’ explores ‘Life in America’s Unhappiest City’

An oft-cited study of the “unhappiest” cities in the country by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Harvard University, released in 2014 by the National Bureau of Economic Research, placed Scranton at No. 1 in a list of “the least happy American regions.” How can someone find happiness in America’s unhappiest city? Do […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Singer/songwriter James Barrett faces uncertainty under ‘The Lamp Post’

SONG PREMIERE: Singer/songwriter James Barrett faces uncertainty under ‘The Lamp Post’

Back in November, NEPA Scene premiered “The Window,” the first song by singer/songwriter James Barrett from his upcoming album, “One More,” and we’ve been following his progress on the record ever since. Now, we’re happy to premiere another track, “The Lamp Post,” about a month out from the album’s release. Featured in his live performances […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Family Animals explore ‘A World Within a World’ in the NEPA outdoors

If you’re missing the great outdoors and warm weather in Northeastern Pennsylvania right now, the new music video for “A World Within a World” by Scranton alternative rock band Family Animals will take you right back there. The trio – Jesse Viola (guitar, vocals), Anthony Viola (drums, vocals), and Frank DeSando (bass, vocals) – used […]