NEPA Scene Staff

Punk legends Circle Jerks take first tour in 15 years to Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on April 11

Punk legends Circle Jerks take first tour in 15 years to Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on April 11

From a press release: After a hiatus that lasted more than a decade, the Circle Jerks have returned to touring, hitting the stage of the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Monday, April 11 with fellow hardcore punk legends 7 Seconds and Negative Approach. “We are beyond excited for our first full North American tour in […]

 Guest Contributor

PHOTOS: Karl Hall reopening with Raw Brigade in Wilkes-Barre, 01/25/22

PHOTOS: Karl Hall reopening with Raw Brigade in Wilkes-Barre, 01/25/22

From the depths of downtown Wilkes-Barre, Karl Hall rose again. For the first time in nearly two years, the small basement music venue was able to let patrons through its doors for an indoor show that was as raw as its headliner. Raw Brigade, a Colombian straight edge group, performed with local hardcore bands Ripped […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

NEPA Horror Fest screens ‘Pet Sematary’ with star Miko Hughes at Circle Drive-In on June 25

NEPA Horror Fest screens ‘Pet Sematary’ with star Miko Hughes at Circle Drive-In on June 25

From a press release: On Saturday, June 25, the NEPA Horror Fest and Scranton DIY Punk Collective will host 2022’s scariest summer celebration, Spooky Summer II, from noon until midnight at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City. During the day, the bi-annual (June and October each year) NEPA Horror Fest combines a punk rock […]

 Rich Howells

Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre reopens with punk, hardcore, indie, and more all-ages shows

Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre reopens with punk, hardcore, indie, and more all-ages shows

After nearly two years, Karl Hall is finally ready to bring concerts back inside. COVID-19 closed the intimate all-ages venue in March of 2020, and while it hosted online shows as well as a massive drive-in concert with the Mohegan Sun Arena, the downtown Wilkes-Barre building remained closed into 2021, instead opting to hold a […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Massive ‘When We Were Young’ festival lineup includes Scranton’s Motionless In White

Massive ‘When We Were Young’ festival lineup includes Scranton’s Motionless In White

Boasting “an epic lineup of emo and rock bands from the past two decades,” the When We Were Young festival was announced seemingly out of nowhere yesterday, making waves on social media with a poster packed with big names slated to perform on the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Oct. 22. Headlined by My Chemical […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Plains pop punks Into Sunday play EP release show at Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre on March 12

Plains pop punks Into Sunday play EP release show at Karl Hall in Wilkes-Barre on March 12

From a press release: Wilkes-Barre music venue Karl Hall is reopening in January, which means Barnstorm Booking is returning as well. The local promoter’s first concert since February of 2020 will be a release show for “When It’s Over,” the new four-song EP by Plains pop punk band Into Sunday, on Saturday, March 12. “We’re […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Scranton emo rockers The Maguas stay ‘Evergreen’ on heartbreaking new EP

Scranton emo rockers The Maguas stay ‘Evergreen’ on heartbreaking new EP

From a press release: After building anticipation for months, releasing singles one by one, The Maguas debuted their full five-song EP “Evergreen” today as well as a new music video for the opening track, “Sour Hands.” The emo-leaning alternative rock outfit once again teamed up with director Alex Zarek to create a stunning video performance […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Dirty Nil and James Barrett open for Menzingers at Scranton Cultural Center on Black Friday

Dirty Nil and James Barrett open for Menzingers at Scranton Cultural Center on Black Friday

From a press release: Announced back in August, Philadelphia-based punk band The Menzingers will be return to their hometown to play a special all-ages Black Friday show at the Scranton Cultural Center on Nov. 26. Earlier this month, their current tourmates The Dirty Nil were added to the bill, along with Scranton indie rock singer/songwriter […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Folk punk singer Matt Pless records live album at WaxPax Records in Berwick on Oct. 28

Folk punk singer Matt Pless records live album at WaxPax Records in Berwick on Oct. 28

From a press release: Currently on his national fall tour, “hippie punk” folk rock singer/songwriter Matt Pless will stop at the newly opened WaxPax Records in Berwick to meet fans and record a live album on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. The intimate show is already sold out, but Pless will still be hanging […]

 Rich Howells

7 questions for Jess Meoni (Scranton Punk Rock Flea) and Bobby Keller (NEPA Horror Film Fest)

7 questions for Jess Meoni (Scranton Punk Rock Flea) and Bobby Keller (NEPA Horror Film Fest)

Over the last decade or so, Jess Meoni and Bobby Keller have been organizing all types of shows and events in the area, including the Scranton Punk Rock Flea Market & Zinefest and the NEPA Horror Film Festival, respectively. After combining both of them into one last year, they decided to do it twice this […]