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 […]

 Rich Howells

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: The Sorters, Terry Childers, Patrick McGlynn, No Take Backs, Joe Craig, and more

NEPA MUSIC NOTES: The Sorters, Terry Childers, Patrick McGlynn, No Take Backs, Joe Craig, and more

It’s been a while for NEPA Music Notes, but that’s not to say that there hasn’t been local music to talk about – there’s often too much to cover, so I fell behind on writing this column since I’m the only editor and full-time writer for NEPA Scene. Instead, I’ve been writing larger feature pieces […]

 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 […]

 Rich Howells

Curry Donuts in Wilkes-Barre hosts free Halloween show and Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31

Curry Donuts in Wilkes-Barre hosts free Halloween show and Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31

For years, the Curry Donuts of South Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre has hosted free DIY concerts in its parking lot. In March, the coronavirus pandemic canceled the first shows of the season and kept the summer quiet, but now that government restrictions have loosened a bit, it will squeeze in at least one day of […]

 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

Hazleton folk punk Tedd Hazard declares ‘Marshall Law’ and releases George Floyd protest EP

Hazleton folk punk Tedd Hazard declares ‘Marshall Law’ and releases George Floyd protest EP

With protests against racial injustice, riots tearing cities apart, eroding trust in law enforcement and government, an ongoing global pandemic, a shutdown causing businesses to collapse while unemployment rises, and political division at an all-time high, there may be no better time for some punk rock music. Just two months after releasing the strangely prophetic […]

 Rich Howells

Bazaar of the Bizarre gathers horror, punk, and tattoo culture at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 18

Bazaar of the Bizarre gathers horror, punk, and tattoo culture at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 18

While most summer gatherings have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, it seems like people can still look forward to the fall and the unique events it will bring as Northeastern Pennsylvania transitions into the yellow and green phases of reopening. One such event is Bazaar of the Bizarre, which is set for Sunday, […]

 Rich Howells

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton pop punk band Anytime Soon reaches ‘End of an Era’ with new music

SONG PREMIERE: Scranton pop punk band Anytime Soon reaches ‘End of an Era’ with new music

Like many musicians around the world right now, singer/songwriter Mitch Evans had to put any springtime plans on hold because of the coronavirus. In the meantime, his band Anytime Soon is moving forward with the release of the first single from their upcoming EP of “unadulterated Pennsylvania pop punk.” Premiering today exclusively on NEPA Scene […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Against Me! and Baroness co-headline punk/metal show at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on May 30

Against Me! and Baroness co-headline punk/metal show at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on May 30

From a press release: It was announced today that Florida punk rock band Against Me! and Georgia metal band Baroness will co-headline a North American tour this spring that stops at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Saturday, May 30. Special guests Drug Church, a New York hardcore punk band, will open the all-ages show. […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Hub City Stompers headline ska/punk show at River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on March 28

Hub City Stompers headline ska/punk show at River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on March 28

From a press release: New Jersey ska band Hub City Stompers will return to the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Saturday, March 28 for a night of ska, punk, and rock and roll with Philadelphia favorites Duffy’s Cut and Wilkes-Barre’s own punk/oi trio Diamond Dogz. Doors at the Jazz Cafe (667 N. River […]

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