Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Cloudy with a chance of death – Scranton horror movie ‘Deatherman’ comes to VHS

ARCHIVES: Cloudy with a chance of death – Scranton horror movie ‘Deatherman’ comes to VHS

Many horror directors have gone down in cinema history for attempting to make a good, scary film and instead producing B-movie schlock. Bobby Keller, however, failed as a filmmaker in a much different way. “My original plan was to make a movie so bad that it was unwatchable, but I feel like I failed in […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: ’60s rock band Glass Prism resurrected for live ‘Rock Opera’ in Scranton

ARCHIVES: ’60s rock band Glass Prism resurrected for live ‘Rock Opera’ in Scranton

For a band that broke up in 1971, the Glass Prism are definitely four busy guys. In between recent interviews for various newspapers, local and college radio, and television, guitarist and pianist Tom Varano caught up with NEPA Scene to tell the story of his Scranton-based progressive rock band once again, one that he has […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Scranton college band Eye on Attraction looking for progressive rock perfection – and fun

ARCHIVES: Scranton college band Eye on Attraction looking for progressive rock perfection – and fun

Progressive rock band Eye on Attraction may be made up of three University of Scranton students and one Marywood University student, but a typical college band they are not. “Frantically” wanting to form a band, enthusiastic drummer Andrew Merkle, a senior, met bassist Joe Joules Quincy, a junior, during Quincy’s first class. He was wearing […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Scranton indie rock band A Fire With Friends is an ‘unconventional’ but ‘beautiful thing’

ARCHIVES: Scranton indie rock band A Fire With Friends is an ‘unconventional’ but ‘beautiful thing’

Even when vocalist/guitarist Dan Rosler was practicing his acoustic guitar in his mother’s minivan with a friend in early 2008, he knew that someday this would turn into something bigger. The 23-year-old Archbald resident was playing in a few different local bands at the time when he began collaborating with Ed Cuozzo from A Social […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: With members of Scranton’s Felix Sarco and Alien Red, Starwood is out of this world

ARCHIVES: With members of Scranton’s Felix Sarco and Alien Red, Starwood is out of this world

The Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene hasn’t seen anything quite like the psychedelic Felix Sarco, a group formed to “destroy” conventional rock ‘n’ roll, since they disbanded in 2007, but they will have a chance to witness a new form of singer Gavin Robb’s avant-garde performance art when he brings Starwood to Scranton. The Philadelphia-based “cyber […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: ‘Scranton After Dark’ tour and ‘Trolley of Terror’ ride join forces to scare up downtown history

ARCHIVES: ‘Scranton After Dark’ tour and ‘Trolley of Terror’ ride join forces to scare up downtown history

The only thing scarier than hearing ghost stories may be experiencing one for yourself, which is why the Lackawanna Historical Society is teaming up with the Electric City Trolley Museum Association this year to add a new twist to their previous Halloween traditions. The annual “Scranton After Dark” walking tour will be combined with the […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: Celebrating 40 years of funk, War is good for Scranton Jazz Festival

ARCHIVES: Celebrating 40 years of funk, War is good for Scranton Jazz Festival

War may have made their indelible mark on the American music scene in the ‘60s and ‘70s, yet they are still as vibrant and relevant as ever, celebrating their 40th anniversary of the band with performances across the country. The California funk group will be headlining the 2011 Scranton Jazz Festival on Friday, Aug. 5 […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: All dolled up for Scranton, legendary New York Dolls as cheeky and rebellious as ever

ARCHIVES: All dolled up for Scranton, legendary New York Dolls as cheeky and rebellious as ever

Some may see Mötley Crüe and Poison’s current tour as a throwback to classic rock ‘n’ roll, but it’s the New York Dolls that will truly take audiences back to the roots of modern rock music this summer. All three bands will be playing in Scranton at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Sunday, […]

 Rich Howells

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: Goodbye, Felix Sarco – commencing Starwood protocol

INFINITE IMPROBABILITY: Goodbye, Felix Sarco – commencing Starwood protocol

History is usually best left in the past, but there are always those moments in life that you wish you could experience over and over again. Many of mine were spent in cramped basements, smoke-filled bars, grand ballrooms, cheap concert venues, and echoing arenas, each time to watch something created that night than can never […]

 Rich Howells

ARCHIVES: While filming documentary in Scranton, Rocky impersonator is ‘living the dream’

ARCHIVES: While filming documentary in Scranton, Rocky impersonator is ‘living the dream’

Sylvester Stallone may have shot his last “Rocky” film, but another Rocky’s story has just begun. Last Saturday morning, a small film crew drove into Scranton to embark on their second day of shooting an as-yet-untitled documentary inspired by “Cue the Rocky Music,” a memoir written by city native Mike Kunda. The book recounts Kunda’s […]