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 […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: The ClamStompers tell the funny tale of ‘Dwane (Every Time My Baby Lies, I Lose a Tooth)’

SONG PREMIERE: The ClamStompers tell the funny tale of ‘Dwane (Every Time My Baby Lies, I Lose a Tooth)’

Aaron McCurdy and Katie Kelly have been performing together for six or seven years in a variety of bands that have ranged from rock to outerfolk, playing most recently as a duo simply named Katie & Aaron. For their debut EP, however, the Wilkes-Barre singer/songwriters have branded themselves The ClamStompers, and with just one listen, […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Get tangled up like ‘Christmas Lights in June’ with Patrick McGlynn

SONG PREMIERE: Get tangled up like ‘Christmas Lights in June’ with Patrick McGlynn

By now, just four days from Christmas, you’re probably tired of hearing the same old holiday songs echoing through every store over and over again even before Thanksgiving passed. It’s time for some new tunes, so NEPA Scene is happy to premiere the latest track from Scranton singer/songwriter Patrick McGlynn, “Christmas Lights in June!” Well-known […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: ‘I’m a Wreck’ takes Scranton rockers Jung Bergo in catchy, poppy new direction

SONG PREMIERE: ‘I’m a Wreck’ takes Scranton rockers Jung Bergo in catchy, poppy new direction

Jung Bergo is working on their second full-length album for release in early 2016, but you don’t have to wait until then to hear new music from the Scranton indie alternative rock band – they’ve asked NEPA Scene to bring you the exclusive online premiere their brand new song, “I’m a Wreck,” today! The group […]

 Rich Howells

ALBUM PREMIERE: Scranton rock band Crock Pot Abduction says ‘Bye’ with full-length debut

ALBUM PREMIERE: Scranton rock band Crock Pot Abduction says ‘Bye’ with full-length debut

Crock Pot Abduction will be releasing their debut full-length album, “Bye,” on Black Friday, but the Scranton rock band is giving fans a sneak peek inside this early Christmas gift by streaming several tracks now exclusively on NEPA Scene. Formed in the fall of 2010, most of the five West Scranton High School graduates that […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Singer/songwriter James Barrett opens up ‘The Window’

SONG PREMIERE: Singer/songwriter James Barrett opens up ‘The Window’

There’s an undeniable passion in the music of James Barrett, so much so that, after finishing the recording of his latest song just last night, he asked NEPA Scene to premiere it exclusively right away, and we were more than happy to oblige today. The young singer/songwriter from Clarks Summit recorded a demo of “The […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO PREMIERE: Bassist Grant Williams unleashes the haunting ‘Bloody Mary’

Scranton musician Grant Williams is continuing his series of videos for each of his new solo bass compositions, so with Halloween just around the corner, we’re premiering his next song, “Bloody Mary,” exclusively right here on NEPA Scene. “There are multiple versions of the “Bloody Mary” story in folklore, but they all have the same […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton’s Old Charades release honest new single ‘When Countless Days Get Numbered’ for free

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton’s Old Charades release honest new single ‘When Countless Days Get Numbered’ for free

Scranton indie rock band Old Charades plan to release their debut full-length album “End Together/Start Together” by the end of 2015 or early next year, but they’re giving NEPA Scene readers an exclusive early listen to the truthful and personal first single, “When Countless Days Get Numbered.” “This song is kind of like a combination […]