Ken Jones

REVIEW: Russello Project transports Scranton crowd to another world with introspective tunes

REVIEW: Russello Project transports Scranton crowd to another world with introspective tunes

It was a cool autumn night in downtown Scranton, and I entered Finnegan’s Irish Rock Club shivering not from the cold, but anticipation. Due to the ever-long pandemic and the trials and tribulations of raising a newborn at the same time, Saturday, Sept. 25 would be my first time attending a live music performance in […]

 Scott Kucharski

PHOTOS: Judas Priest and Sabaton at Santander Arena in Reading, 09/08/21

PHOTOS: Judas Priest and Sabaton at Santander Arena in Reading, 09/08/21

The legendary Judas Priest kicked off their U.S. Firepower Tour in Wilkes-Barre in 2018, and they returned to Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Sept. 8 to begin their 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour at the Santander Arena in Reading. The madness of opening night started with Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton and their raucous 12-song set featuring […]

 Scott Kucharski

PHOTOS: Skillet and Switchfoot at Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury, 08/28/21

PHOTOS: Skillet and Switchfoot at Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury, 08/28/21

Most fans gathered at the Spyglass Ridge Winery on Saturday, Aug. 28 probably didn’t realize it at the onset, but vocalist John Cooper of the headlining act Skillet eventually informed them during a break between songs that he was “fairly sure” this was the first time his band ever played with their good friends Switchfoot […]

 Rich Howells

BEER REVIEW: Project Happy Hole-idayz, brewed with Sheetz donut holes by Wicked Weed Brewing

BEER REVIEW: Project Happy Hole-idayz, brewed with Sheetz donut holes by Wicked Weed Brewing

Just for the holiday season, Altoona-based convenience store chain Sheetz partnered with Wicked Weed Brewing Company in North Carolina to produce a limited edition beer called Project Happy Hole-idayz that was brewed with Shweetz Glazed Vanilla Donut Holes. Four packs of 16-ounce cans are only $7.99 at select Sheetz locations, and once they’re sold out, […]

 Rich Howells

REVIEW/PHOTOS: ‘Come Together’ benefit concert represents the best of NEPA music and resilience

REVIEW/PHOTOS: ‘Come Together’ benefit concert represents the best of NEPA music and resilience

For those who love local music, last Thursday was like a long-overdue family gathering after a hard year. And while it has only been about four months since bars, restaurants, and music venues shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has felt like a year for many musicians and their friends who come out […]

 Scott Kucharski

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Bob Mould rips through Hüsker Dü and solo songs in passionate Bethlehem set

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Bob Mould rips through Hüsker Dü and solo songs in passionate Bethlehem set

A packed room at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem was treated to a unique performance from one of alternative music’s most widely acclaimed influences on Sunday, Jan. 26. Bob Mould, who is best known for his work as the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for ’80s and ’90s punk/alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar, played […]

 Rich Howells

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ wraps sequel trilogy well but falls short as ‘Star Wars’ saga closer

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rise of Skywalker’ wraps sequel trilogy well but falls short as ‘Star Wars’ saga closer

Editor’s note: This review is spoiler-free and does not reveal any major plot details. Much like its protagonist Rey, “The Rise of Skywalker” has nearly impossible expectations to live up to. As Disney’s marketing campaign has repeated again and again, this movie is not only the end of the sequel trilogy, but the entire Skywalker […]

 Rich Howells

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Irishman’ paints Scorsese mob film legacy with mature brush

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Irishman’ paints Scorsese mob film legacy with mature brush

Before an advance screening of “The Irishman” began last Monday at R/C Movies 14 in Wilkes-Barre, filmmaker Robert May stood in the same theater where his directorial debut, “Kids for Cash,” premiered locally and told the crowd that he felt it was important to have a local screening in addition to those planned at the […]

 Rich Howells

REVIEW/PHOTOS: We are your kind – Slipknot celebrates 20 years with Scranton

REVIEW/PHOTOS: We are your kind – Slipknot celebrates 20 years with Scranton

When Slipknot first broke out as national artists in 1999, many dismissed the nine masked maniacs as a gimmicky novelty act whose popularity would soon fade along with the nu metal genre of the early 2000s. But 20 years later, as they top Billboard with the No. 1 album in the United States and the […]

 Jason Riedmiller

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Weezer + Musikfest = ‘Happy Together’ in Bethlehem

REVIEW/PHOTOS: Weezer + Musikfest = ‘Happy Together’ in Bethlehem

No matter which side of the old versus new Weezer divide fans fall on (hi, Matt Damon), they all agree that live Weezer is the best Weezer, and fans attending the 36th annual Musikfest at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem Monday evening were treated with an especially epic performance. Following garage punks White Reaper, the Wind […]

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