Sounds – September 20, 2018

Sounds – September 20, 2018

Chromeo – ‘Head Over Heels’ 
THE GOOD: Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo comes back with a slick, star-studded fifth.
THE BAD: Progression? Hardly. Reliability? Hell yes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: These guys have a formula and stick to it. Chromeo has always been big into synth-heavy retro funk — ’80s throwbacks recalling Prince’s Minneapolis heyday, Rick James and a dash of Michael Jackson for the mall crowd. (Remember when kids hung out at the mall?)
But is it all genuine? Does that matter? Once the beats, basslines and goofy lyrics grab you, it’s all about switching off the brain, shutting up and dancing. Sure, tracks such as “Bad Decision” and “Room Service” may be shallow, but they’re also a lot of fun. And this time, the guys have vocalists including French Montana, the Dream and DRAM join the party. Legendary producers Raphael Saadiq (’80s) and Rodney Jenkins (’90s) also lend a hand or, should I say, groove.
Don’t over-think these jams, and “Head Over Heels” totally works. Totally.
BUY IT?: Sure.

Mobley — ‘Fresh Lies, Volume 1’
THE GOOD: Austin, Texas singer/songwriter/producer Mobley unleashes an ambitious project via “Fresh Lies, Volume 1.”
THE BAD: Not really.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Notice the “Volume 1” in the title. Mobley describes the work NOT as an album but as part of an ongoing “song cycle.” “Fresh Lies” will continue for an indefinite amount of time as the man continues to explore the central theme of his relationship (and the relationship of his ancestors and family) with our country at large.
On “Volume 1,” Mobley uses romantic/relationship tropes to describe the bigger picture. Musically, it’s a tight mix of soul and the electronic, with cool, catchy jams riding seamless beats and basslines while synths and harmonies fill in the gaps above. All of it creates a rich tapestry of indie pop/rock.
Mobley walks that fine line between the mainstream and the underground while never sounding contrived. Recalling everything from Gnarls Barkley to Mark Ronson to TV on the Radio, the music pushes forward and leaves us craving future volumes.
BUY IT?: Why not?

Gruff Rhys — ‘Babelsberg’
THE GOOD: Welsh singer/songwriter and former Super Furry Animals (has the group actually broken up?) frontman Gruff Rhys returns with an incendiary fifth solo effort.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The man has flirted with everything from straight indie rock to synth pop, his accomplished and fetching melodies shining through it all. “Babelsberg” continues that tradition, placing Rhys’ tunes in traditional pop/rock arrangements from circa 1969. There’s plenty of sweeping strings and regal horns amongst the tasteful guitars and steady, mid-tempo backbeats. Female back-up vocals add a graceful touch now and then, and opening cut “Frontier Man” even boasts a bit of Nashville country polish.
It all balances nicely against Rhys’ politically charged lyrics. The loose concept of “Babelsberg” is the man’s observations of a divided United States. Rhys peers from the outside and sees our “Drones in the City” and “Negative Vibes.” The messages sneak up from behind amid all the usual pleasantries. A cartoon Donald Trump even blends into the back cover artwork.
BUY IT?: I would.

Guitar aces bringing skills  to Scranton Cultural Center

Guitar aces bringing skills to Scranton Cultural Center

G.E. Smith’s storied career as a guitarist has earned him a number of accomplishments worth boasting about, from an Emmy award for his work as bandleader on “Saturday Night Live” to credits on studio albums by David Bowie and Mick Jagger to touring with Bob Dylan.
For the man born George Edward Haddad, it all started in Northeast Pennsylvania, where he was born in Scranton and raised in Stroudsburg.
On Friday, Sept. 21, Smith has a homecoming of sorts with a show at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave. “Masters of the Telecaster” also features guitarists Jim Weider and Tom Prinicipato, who each will play a set and join Smith in homage to the iconic instrument starting at 8 p.m.
During a recent phone interview from Long Island, New York, Smith recounted how his life changed when his mother bought him his first Fender guitar as an 11th birthday gift.
“We went to a store with used guitars, and there was a $100 one and a $200 one, and we got the $100 one,” he recalled. “Lucky for me, it turned out to be an old Fender Telecaster. It kind of really shaped my life. If we got a different guitar, things might not have gone the same way.
“Little things happen in our lives and change our direction, and we might not know it until years later. I’ve always played a Fender Telecaster.” 
From that fateful moment, Smith devoted himself to learning the ins and outs of creating sounds with his guitar. He got his start playing bars in and around the Stroudsburg area and later at resorts such as the former Mount Airy Lodge. He played songs from numerous eras and learned showmanship from an uncle who led a band in Scranton.
Smith’s own big break came with a six-year gig backing Hall & Oates on guitar, then fronting the live band on “SNL” from 1985 to 1995. During his time with the show, he was a familiar face on-screen and even helped compose pieces such as the theme for “Wayne’s World.”
When it comes to talking about his experiences playing with big guns such as Bowie, Dylan and Jagger, Smith said it was a natural place for him to blend into once he earned the spot.
“For some reason, ever since I was a kid, what I really enjoyed the most was playing behind a good singer. I never really wanted to be the front guy,” he said. “I wanted to be a sideman, somebody who was known that you can hire me and trust me to respect the song.
“That’s what was always important to me. So playing with those people, if you learn their music, you try to analyze, of course, the notes — but then you always want to get the feeling of what does this mean to them, and how can I best support that?”
His fellow featured performer Jim Weider has shared stages with his own list of top acts. The Woodstock, New York, native has toured with Keith Richards, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield, Dylan and Hot Tuna and played with the Band.
Tom Principato, meanwhile, is a standout blues frontman in his own right who hails from Washington, D.C.
“Each one of us gets a spot and picks things we’re gonna play,” Smith explained of the Scranton concert plan. “It’s a guitar-rific show. We do bluesy, rock kind of music. Up, dancing, fun kind of music. American music. There’s a little country flavor in there.”
Drummer/vocalist Randy Ciarlante and bassist/vocalist Lincoln Schleifer will join the three guitarists, rounding out the sound and helping them in their collaborative jamming. 
“I always thought of a band like a good basketball team. They don’t even really look at each other, they just throw the ball and know the other player is there. They make a pass,” Smith said. “We all know the basic outline, the road map of a song, but there’s places in there we can play off each other. That’s the most exciting part of music to me.”
Smith hopes to see some familiar hometown and distant relations in the Scranton audience as he shares his love for the Telecaster, but he expects a nice variety of musical tastes and ages in the crowd regardless.
“It’s always been important to me to always entertain people,” he said. “I like to go out there and play stuff that people can tap their feet to, that makes them think and feel good.
“A lot of other musicians aren’t the most socially adept, but you give them their instrument and they’re OK. They can communicate with that. That’s what I love about it. A lot of times people ask me, ‘Aren’t you nervous being up there in front of thousands?’ But when I put that guitar on, I’m not nervous anymore.”

Nightlife – September 20, 2018

Nightlife – September 20, 2018

Thursday, Sept. 20
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Asialena
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: Poets Live
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Open call hosted by Jami Kali
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Jeff Lewis
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music for Models Trio
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Mike Dougherty
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Sept. 21
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Rice Crew
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Hot Coffee
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: The Husty Bros.
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Pat McGlynn
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Friendly Fyre
Bottler’s Tavern, 200 Delaware St., Jermyn: Dashboard Mary
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Harlan Tucker Band
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Neil Nicastro Duo
The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: Bill and Donna Arnold
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: College Football Primetime: Penn State at Illinois
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Strawberry Jam
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: PSU Pregame Party
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Permanence, Idolizer and Ray Meoni
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Sugar Ray Solojam
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bill Hoffman
R & J’s Wild Rover Pub, 1315 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Consider the Source
Robert Christians Restaurant, 710 Route 940, Pocono Lake: The Classics
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Eric’s “popShop” featuring Eric Klein
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: D-West and Jay Luke
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Mace in Dickson
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Mike Dougherty
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Drew Fraser with Frank Vignola and Buddy Harris

Saturday, Sept. 22
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Jackson V and Lissa
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Leighann & Company
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Whiskey and Woods
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Pat & Mike Duo
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Threatpoint, Beyond Fallen, Slapjaw, These Idol Hands, Prosody, Royal Hell
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Mother Nature’s Sons
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: Sister Esther
Budd’s Pizza Cafe & Sports Hub, 134 Page Ave., Kingston: Whiskey Hill and Static in the Attic
Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top: Tori Viccica
County Seat Tavern, 134 Maple St., Montrose: Dashboard Mary
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Bark at the Moon
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Pry’momania
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: PnB Rock
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Fuzzy Park Duo
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Douglas
The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Classic Roots, Rave Syndicate, Tommy Capretto and Mutik
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Young N Dead
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Band
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Moodswing
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Black Tie Stereo and Ron Schoonover
VFW 7069, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit: Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Nowhere Slow
Wegmans, 220 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: The Classics
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Drew Fraser with Frank Vignola and Buddy Harris

Sunday, Sept. 23
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Woodloch Pines Resorts, 731 Welcome Lake Road, Hawley: Best of the Eagles

Monday, Sept. 24
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Sept. 25
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Know Limit Trivia
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, Sept. 26
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: DJ the DJ
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Bingo Night
Goodfellas Bar, 1212 Mulberry St., Scranton: Crazy Karaoke
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Village Idiots
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Magic Beans and Tweed
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Paul Martin

Concerts – September 20, 2018

Concerts – September 20, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Danny Gokey, Saturday, Sept. 29
Dwight Yoakam, Friday, Oct. 5
Wanda Sykes, Thursday, Nov. 1
Stayin’ Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees, Friday, Nov. 2
Joe Nardone Presents: The Command Performance of Chubby Checker and the Platters, Saturday, Nov. 3
Tommy James and the Shondells, Saturday, Nov. 10
Jo Koy, Sunday, Nov. 11
Todd Snider, Friday, Nov. 16
The Fast Lane — Eagles tribute, Saturday, Nov. 17
Ray LaMontagne, Sunday, Nov. 18

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Leann Rimes, Friday, Sept. 21 (Gypsies Lounge)
Drake White, Saturday, Sept. 22 (Gypsies Lounge)
Tony Orlando, Saturday, Oct. 13 (Gypsies Lounge)
Little River Band, Friday, Oct. 19 (Gypsies Lounge)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, Oct. 20 (Wet Nightclub)
Mike Marino, Friday, Nov. 2 (Gypsies Lounge)
ABBA the Concert, Saturday, Nov. 3 (Gypsies Lounge)
Mike Epps, Saturday, Nov. 24 (Gypsies Lounge)
Best of the Eagles, Saturday, Dec. 8 (Gypsies Lounge)
Sinbad, Sunday, Dec. 30 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
570-822-2992
Consider the Source, Friday, Sept. 21
Young n Dead, featuring Young at Heart doing Neil Young & Strawberry Jam & Village Idiots doing Grateful Dead, Saturday, Sept. 22
Magic Beans and Tweed, Wednesday, Sept. 26
Kung Fu, Thursday, Sept. 27
Souled Out, Friday, Sept. 28
Royal Scam, Saturday, Sept. 29
Lespecial with Rogue Chimp, Friday, Oct. 5
Solar Federation — Rush tribute, Saturday, Oct. 6
Miz and Serene Green, Friday, Oct. 12
Kluster Phunk, Saturday, Oct. 13

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
REO Speedwagon, Friday, Sept. 21
Real Diamond, Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Wednesday, Oct. 3
Blues Caravan, Sunday, Oct. 7
The Four Freshmen, Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 10
Island in the Stream, Thursday, Oct. 11, and Friday, Oct. 12
The Music of Cream, Sunday, Oct. 14
Rick K. & the Allnighters, Tuesday, Oct. 16
Eddie Bruce — Tony Bennett tribute, Wednesday, Oct. 17
Meat Loaf’s Neverland Band featuring Caleb Johnson, Friday, Oct. 19
Tesla, Sunday, Oct. 19
Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Blackberry Smoke, Friday, Sept. 21
Cabin Dogs, Saturday, Oct. 6
Three Dog Night, Friday, Oct. 12
Mike Shinoda, Monday, Oct. 15
Dirty Heads, Thursday, Oct. 18
Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, Friday, Oct. 19
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Friday, Oct. 26
Frontiers, Saturday, Oct. 27
Lanco, Friday, Nov. 2

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Boyce Avenue, Saturday, Sept. 22
The Englishtown Project, Thursday Sept. 27
Milky Chance, Friday, Sept. 28
Fruition, Wednesday, Oct. 3
The National Reserve, Thursday, Oct. 4
Rick Braun, Wednesday, Oct. 10
Maria Bamford, Sunday, Oct. 14
Wild Adriatic, Thursday, Oct. 25
The Mavericks, Saturday, Oct. 27
Splintered Sunlight, Wednesday, Oct. 31

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Zhu, Tuesday, Sept. 25
Social Distortion, Friday, Sept. 29
Bush, Thursday, Oct. 4
Thrice, Saturday, Oct. 6
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the
Conspirators, Wednesday, Oct. 10
Ja Rule, Friday, Oct. 12
Trivium, Saturday, Oct. 13
Chvrches, Friday, Oct. 19
Jessie J, Saturday, Oct. 20
Moon Taxi, Friday, Oct. 26

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Bruno Mars, Thursday, Sept. 20
Andre Rieu, Friday, Sept. 21
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, Tuesday, Oct. 2
J. Cole, Saturday, Oct. 6
Phil Collins, Monday, Oct. 8
Gorillaz, Thursday, Oct. 11
Maroon 5, Friday, Oct. 12
Florence and the Machine, Sunday, Oct. 14
Metallica, Thursday, Oct. 25
Twenty One Pilots, Sunday, Oct. 28

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Paul Simon, Thursday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21
Timbiriche, Thursday, Sept. 20
Ozuna, Saturday, Sept. 22
Philip Kirkorov, Sunday, Sept. 23
Kevin Hart, Thursday, Sept. 27
Billy Joel, Sunday, Sept. 30
J. Cole, Monday, Oct. 1
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, Wednesday, Oct. 3
Eric Clapton, Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7
The Eagles, Tuesday, Oct. 9

Easygoing ‘Outlaws’ Willie Nelson’s festival rolls into Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Easygoing ‘Outlaws’ Willie Nelson’s festival rolls into Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Harmonica player Mickey Raphael has stood by Willie Nelson’s side for 45 years. But no matter how much time passes, the view of the legend never gets old.
“From my vantage point, which is about six feet away, I’m a fan. At 85 (years old), Willie is still one of the most energetic guitar players there is,” Raphael said during a recent phone interview from Nashville, where he lives.
The longtime friends and collaborators come to town for the Outlaw Music Festival on Friday, Sept. 14. The concert, which also includes appearances by Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real and Particle Kid, begins at 3 p.m. at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton.
Watching the magic of Willie Nelson perform also keeps Raphael on his toes as a member of the band, thanks to the spontaneous nature of the classic country crooner’s style of playing.
“We don’t ever practice. It’s all improv. There’s no set list,” Raphael said. “The set follows a certain pattern, but we just follow Willie. He starts every song and then we come in, but he can change.
“He changes arrangements nightly, depending how he feels and how he reads the crowd. It’s a living, breathing thing.”
The fans in attendance hold sway over how the music progresses, too, Raphael noted. When the energy is high, the performers feed off their enthusiasm, and it affects the sets.
“When you have a crowd that’s present and involved, it pushes you to express yourself in different ways,” Raphael said. “You can look out there and see young people and older people — it crosses all generational lines — you can see that they’re getting into the music. There’s nobody sleepwalking through this thing.”
The easygoing vibe carries throughout Outlaw Music Festival, which originated in Scranton in 2016. This year’s collection of talent on stage, including much-celebrated Van Morrison, makes for a good time not just for the audience, but also for the artists, Raphael said.
“This tour is going to be great,” he said. “All the acts, they’re so much fun to watch that all the musicians are out there watching each other play. They’re not hanging out on tour buses.
“I start out just watching everyone else. Where can you see Van and Willie play? I grew up listening to Van Morrison. I’m such a fan. This is a whole day of music. Any one of these artists could play by themselves, but to have them all together in one venue on one day is a treat for everybody — not just the fans, but the musicians themselves.”
But as much as Raphael enjoys his point of view, he promised that nothing compares to being in the crowd before Willie Nelson when he’s in the moment.
“Willie is the kind of guy that when he’s singing, you feel like he’s singing right to you, and he is,” Raphael said. “He makes contact with the audience.”

Soul-searching leads therapist, songwriter to original music

Soul-searching leads therapist, songwriter to original music

Jessup native Jamie Lupini, aka Jamison Alley, released her first CD, “On the Inside,” in 2000, but her live performances in years since focused more on cover songs.
A recent period of “personal soul-searching” plus her work with adults in the mental health field moved the singer/songwriter to get back to her roots with original music. By sharing her own songs in therapeutic settings, Lupini’s confidence returned, and she re-established herself as Jamison Alley with the release of a music video for her song “Still Kickin’” this year.
The Charleston, South Carolina, resident recently went On the Record to talk about her origins in Northeast Pennsylvania and where her music has taken her now.

Q: Tell me about when you first discovered a love for music and your talent for singing.
A: I would have to say I never really initially discovered music, it just always seemed to “be” a part of my life. However, I formally started piano at age 7 and vocal lessons during high school.

Q: Who are some of your greatest influences as a performer?
A: Carole King, Barbra Streisand, Sugarland (and) Melissa Etheridge, and my overall vote for stage presence would be Pink.

Q: Describe the genre of music you perform.
A: I had a bit of a dilemma pinpointing a specific genre, so I created the term “therafusion” as my genre. “Fusion” comes from the mixture of styles of music including pop, rock, country, ballads and other categories in my lineup. By day I am an occupational and music therapist, so I integrate empowering lyrics to help others through difficult times, to remind them about positive circumstances or communicate valuable lessons.

Q: Describe a Jamison Alley show.
A: The first half of the set will start out with the full band playing a driving rock tune followed by a passively powerful pop/Latin song, then a sexy contemporary piece; an intense, heartbreaking ballad; and ending with an innately energizing beach tune. Next, I will perform two songs by myself on acoustic guitar before moving into two piano tunes, which include a vocally driven, thought-provoking ballad and pounding, controversial popular tune for those struggling with their identity. This leads us into the country realm with my song “Still Kickin’,” followed by a catchy rock tune which talks about me finally being able to share my original music (live) with everyone.

Q: What do you love about performing before audiences?
A: I love the connection, looking out and seeing the audience moving to the beat and watching them sing along to my songs.

Q: What has been the highlight of your journey as Jamison Alley?
A: The highlight is the making of the music video. Having my family and friends be a part of this endeavor was very important to me. During the video shoot, they effortlessly justified what the song was all about, and they made it easy to capture and transmit the song concepts.

Sounds – September 13, 2018

Sounds – September 13, 2018

SIREN SONGS FRANKIE COSMOS — ‘Vessel’
THE GOOD: Indie singer/songwriter and former Porches bassist Greta Kline (daughter of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates) releases her third album as Frankie Cosmos.
THE BAD: “Vessel” feels a bit scattershot in spots; Kline is a better poet than pop singer. You get 18 tracks in about 34 minutes, some no longer than a single verse. Just go with it.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Kline can make the mundane deeply emotional and intriguing. Her voice, not often rising above a sort of purring coo, also gives the record a sense of intimacy. We peek at her innermost feelings even when the band is bashing away in the background. Her words also hail from urban settings, so that tiny voice probably can cut through the sounds of a speeding subway, too.
The woman can either be playful or deadly serious but never off-putting. “Vessel” often feels like you’re just hanging out at Kline’s apartment as she tells you about her day. That’s the charm of it all.
BUY IT?: Yes.

DEAR ROUGE — ‘Phases’ 
THE GOOD: Canadian electronic duo Dear Rouge (husband-and-wife team Drew and Danielle McTaggart) dodges the sophomore slump on “Phases.”
THE BAD: Enjoyable? Yes. But also “nothing NEW to see here.”
THE NITTY GRITTY: “Phases” is pretty formulaic. We get 10 slices of electronic-leaning indie pop with just enough guitar muscle to satisfy the “rock” people. Danielle McTaggart’s vocals guide the soaring hooks above the even-paced din below. Most of the record is “up” with a couple of token slower bits. Tracks such as “Live through the Night” and “Stolen Days” are catchy and driven enough to liven up your morning run or the side stage at whatever random music festival you choose.
It’s hard to find fault with this stuff other than the fact we’ve been down this road many times before, and yeah, we’ll go down it many more times in the future. Probably on the NEXT Dear Rouge album. Simply adjust your expectations accordingly and enjoy the ride.
BUY IT?: Your call.

MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER — ‘Bon Voyage’
THE GOOD: French musician Melody Prochet finally releases her second album as Melody’s Echo Chamber.
THE BAD: Not really.
THE NITTY GRITTY: It’s been six long years since MEC’s self-titled debut (produced by Prochet’s boyfriend at the time, Kevin Parker of Tame Impala). Since then, the pair broke up, and Prochet suffered a near-fatal accident that pushed back the release of “Bon Voyage” for over a year.
Under those circumstances, you think the woman would play it safe musically. NOPE. The new album is wildly experimental, difficult to categorize and densely packed with a myriad of varying sounds. Singing in multiple languages and embracing more than a few eras, “Bon Voyage” attempts ALL things dreamy, flirtatious and infectious, and more often than not, it succeeds.
Bouncing amongst Deerhoof’s noisy melodic tendencies, Blonde Redhead’s multi-cultural peculiarities, and the classic charms of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Prochet touches upon everything from sunshine pop to garage rock to psychedelic freak-outs (often within the same song). You’ll uncover something new every time you play this record.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Clubs – September 13, 2018

Clubs – September 13, 2018

Thursday, Sept. 13
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Dustin Douglas
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Open call hosted by Jami Kali
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Bingo Night
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Know Limit Trivia
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Karaoke
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Poets Live
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Jeff Lewis
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music for Models Trio
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Sept. 14
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Bright Shiny Objects, Erich and Tyler Music Co. and Anytime Soon
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Suze
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Clarence Spady
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Acousticstein
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Ctrl-Alt-Del
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: End of the ‘Effing’ Summer Metal Show with the Hands Resist, Dour, Manikineter, With Words Unspoken and Traverse the Abyss
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Sage
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kira + Brooke
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
The Fireside Martini Grill Inc., 411 Chestnut St., Dunmore: Jim Carro and Jack Bordo
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Tompkins Street
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Liar, Liar
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: The Pickups Duo
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Rice Crew
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: 3 Love Records, Rob Santoro, Tier 15, Twisted Fantasy, Doubting Thoma$, AlphaAudio, Gods of Space and Sympotico
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Ed Cuozzo, Glassgrade, Assemble and The Ace and the King
McGrath’s Pub and Eatery, 112 E. Main St., Dalton: Jonny D
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: 30 Pack Lite
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: 40lb Head
The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Queens and Divas — A Queer NEPA Benefit
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Crowded Streets and Chris Zawatsky
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
The Speakeasy Lounge Bar & Grill, 390 Manor Drive, Pocono Manor: Dashboard Mary
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: M80
Susquehanna Brewing Co., 635 S. Main St., Pittston: Serene Green
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: David Cupano
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Paul Bond with Mike Stankiewicz and Zack Hammond

Saturday, Sept. 15
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Merely Players, Young Thieves and Black Tie Stereo
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Oakum, Gabby Borges Music, the Foxfires, Will Wood and the Tapeworms (Will Solo) and Knuckle Drag
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Late Last Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Strawberry Jam
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Doug and Sean
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Riley Loftus
The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton: Screaming Infidelities: EMO Night
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Chasing Ashlee
Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top: Music Room Trio
Crotti’s on Ash, 1431 Ash St., Scranton: Lauren Aimor, Katie Knight, Joe Craig, J.P. Williams, Anker and Grant Williams
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: The Crowning, Planning for Burial, (Damn) This Desert Air, Ripped Away, Black Hole Heart, the Aegean and Red Hymns
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Tyler Dempsey’s Electric Trio
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Crookshanks, Stay Loud, Gold Steps, Esta Coda, Seven Story Fall, E57 and Cheap Seats
McGrath’s Pub and Eatery, 112 E. Main St., Dalton: A Proud Monkey
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Luongo Brothers
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Paul Martin River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Big D and the Kids Table, Pietasters and Hub City Stompers
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Band
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Paul Bond with Mike Stankiewicz and Zack Hammond

Sunday, Sept. 16
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: The Queers
Villa Maria II, 1610 Washburn St., Scranton: Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars

Monday, Sept. 17
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Duffy’s Coffee Co., 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Sept. 18
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Know Limit Trivia
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, Sept. 19
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Barrett’s Pub, 474 Main St., Archbald: Dashboard Mary
Kildare’s, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: Seinfeld Trivia
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Village Idiots
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Concerts – September 13, 2018

Concerts – September 13, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Sebastian Maniscalco, Friday, Sept. 14
Danny Gokey, Saturday, Sept. 29
Dwight Yoakam, Friday, Oct. 5
Wanda Sykes, Thursday, Nov. 1
Stayin’ Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees, Friday, Nov. 2
Joe Nardone Presents: The Command Performance of Chubby Checker and the Platters, Saturday, Nov. 3
Tommy James and the Shondells, Saturday, Nov. 10
Jo Koy, Sunday, Nov. 11
Todd Snider, Friday, Nov. 16
The Fast Lane — Eagles tribute, Saturday, Nov. 17
Ray LaMontagne, Sunday, Nov. 18

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Leann Rimes, Friday, Sept. 21 (Gypsies Lounge)
Drake White, Saturday, Sept. 22 (Gypsies Lounge)
Tony Orlando, Saturday, Oct. 13 (Gypsies Lounge)
Little River Band, Friday, Oct. 19 (Gypsies Lounge)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, Oct. 20 (Wet Nightclub)
Mike Marino, Friday, Nov. 2 (Gypsies Lounge)
ABBA the Concert, Saturday, Nov. 3 (Gypsies Lounge)
Mike Epps, Saturday, Nov. 24 (Gypsies Lounge)
Best of the Eagles, Saturday, Dec. 8 (Gypsies Lounge)
Sinbad, Sunday, Dec. 30 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
570-822-2992
Crowded Streets, Friday, Sept. 14
Big D and the Kids Table, Pietasters and Hub City Stompers, Saturday, Sept. 15
Consider the Source, Friday, Sept. 21
Young n Dead, featuring Young at Heart doing Neil Young & Strawberry Jam & Village Idiots doing Grateful Dead, Saturday, Sept. 22
Magic Beans and Tweed, Wednesday, Sept. 26
Kung Fu, Thursday, Sept. 27
Souled Out, Friday, Sept. 28
Royal Scam, Saturday, Sept. 29
Lespecial with Rogue Chimp, Friday, Oct. 5
Solar Federation — Rush tribute, Saturday, Oct. 6
Miz and Serene Green, Friday, Oct. 12

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Friday, Sept. 14
Gary Allan, Saturday, Sept. 15
Ziggy Marley, Sunday, Sept. 16
REO Speedwagon, Friday, Sept. 21
Real Diamond, Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Wednesday, Oct. 3
Blues Caravan, Sunday, Oct. 7
The Four Freshmen, Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 10
Island in the Stream, Thursday, Oct. 11, and Friday, Oct. 12
The Music of Cream, Sunday, Oct. 14
Rick K. & the Allnighters, Tuesday, Oct. 16

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
The Cadillac Three, Friday, Sept. 14
Those Amazing Decades, Saturday, Sept. 15
Blackberry Smoke, Friday, Sept. 21
Cabin Dogs, Saturday, Oct. 6
Three Dog Night, Friday, Oct. 12
Mike Shinoda, Monday, Oct. 15
Dirty Heads, Thursday, Oct. 18
Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, Friday, Oct. 19
Lanco, Friday, Nov. 2

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Young the Giant, Tuesday, Sept. 18
An Evening with Nils Lofgren Acoustic Duo, Wednesday, Sept. 19
Boyce Avenue, Saturday, Sept. 22
The Englishtown Project, Thursday Sept. 27
Milky Chance, Friday, Sept. 28
Fruition, Wednesday, Oct. 3
The National Reserve, Thursday, Oct. 4
Rick Braun, Wednesday, Oct. 10
Maria Bamford, Sunday, Oct. 14
Music of Simon and Garfunkle performed by Swearingen and Kelli, Wednesday, Oct. 17

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Seether, Saturday, Sept. 15
Zhu, Tuesday, Sept. 25
Social Distortion, Friday, Sept. 29
Bush, Thursday, Oct. 4
Thrice, Saturday, Oct. 6
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the
Conspirators, Wednesday, Oct. 10
Ja Rule, Friday, Oct. 12
Trivium, Saturday, Oct. 13
Chvrches, Friday, Oct. 19
Jessie J, Saturday, Oct. 20
Moon Taxi, Friday, Oct. 26

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Sebastian Maniscalco, Thursday, Sept. 13
Drake with Migos, Saturday, Sept. 15
Childish Gambino, Tuesday, Sept. 18
Bruno Mars, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 19 and 20
Andre Rieu, Friday, Sept. 21
Game of Thrones, Tuesday, Oct. 2
J. Cole, Saturday, Oct. 6
Phil Collins, Monday, Oct. 8
Gorillaz, Thursday, Oct. 11

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Childish Gambino, Friday, Sept. 14
Paul Simon, Thursday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21
Ozuna, Saturday, Sept. 22
Philip Kirkorov, Sunday, Sept. 23
Kevin Hart, Thursday, Sept. 27
Billy Joel, Sunday, Sept. 30
J. Cole, Monday, Oct. 1
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, Wednesday, Oct. 3
Eric Clapton, Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7

Sounds – September 6, 2018

Sounds – September 6, 2018

ARCTIC MONKEYS — ‘Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino’ 
THE GOOD: English indie rock mainstay Arctic Monkeys makes a radical shift on its sixth.
THE BAD: Nothing bad, but “Tranquility Base” is sure to be polarizing among long-time fans.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Musically, the record is closer to frontman Alex Turner’s side project, Last Shadow Puppets, than any previous Arctic Monkeys set. Comparisons to both David Bowie and Serge Gainsbourg are warranted, with the album a heady mix of psychedelic rock, glam, lounge, jazz and chilly dance beats. Guitars aren’t nearly as important this time; the rhythms, switched-on keyboards and piano dominate the proceedings.
Lyrically, Turner goes the sci-fi route, creating a fictional world of recreation and escapism on either our own moon or some distant planet. The guy suffered a period of writer’s block and had to do SOMETHING different. Sending us off planet Earth was the inspired choice. Combine these fits of fancy with the bold new musical direction and Arctic Monkeys challenge us at every turn. Shockingly, they pull it off.
BUY IT?: Yes.

JOHNNY MARR — ‘Call the Comet’
THE GOOD: Ex-Smiths guitarist (not to mention former member of Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse and the Pretenders) Johnny Marr offers his third solo record.
THE BAD: Not really.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Marr is not the strongest frontman, but having played alongside Morrissey, Bernard Sumner and Chrissie Hynde, he never had to be. However, he’s now a SOLO act. One would think the man’s understated vocals would be detrimental, but that hasn’t been the case. The breath and scope of “Comet” also proves Marr is gaining confidence in his role out front and center.
The record’s loose concept asks the question, “What would life be like in a place where everyone is kinder and more forward-thinking?” Like those of his contemporaries, Marr’s lyrics reflect the crazy political climate here in the United States and his native United Kingdom. Musically, we’re given a healthy dose of Marr’s magnificent melodies alongside his powerful, but never flashy, playing. At this point, the man could easily rest on his laurels. He refuses.
BUY IT?: Sure.

STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS — ‘Sparkle Hard’ 
THE GOOD: Indie rock legend and ex-Pavement mastermind Stephen Malkmus gives us his seventh with current band the Jicks.
THE BAD: No.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Pavement was such an influential force throughout the ’90s, Malkmus probably will never fully escape that band’s shadow, even despite the fact that the Jicks has made music for twice as long. Thankfully, that doesn’t prevent the man from giving us a good reason to show up. He still has something relevant to offer two decades after the last Pavement record.
“Sparkle Hard” is lyrically timely, with Malkmus getting downright confrontational with some current events. Musically, it’s a mixed bag covering everything from raging guitar jams (“Bike Lane”) to ragged power pop (“Shiggy”). “Refute” swings by a smoky honky-tonk where Malkmus does a loose duet with fellow indie icon Kim Gordon. “Difficulties/Let Them Eat Vowels” closes the session with some weird prog vibes. Malkmus surprises us around every turn, his music never falling into long-term complacency or malaise.
BUY IT?: Surely.

Up in arms Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms pushes ahead after dropping album

Up in arms Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms pushes ahead after dropping album

Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms began as a solo project for Jami Kali.
In 2014, the Wilkes-Barre musician released her first album, “Holy Drone,” but hoped to expand her project into a full band.
“Ray Novitiski and I found one another,” the vocalist explained. “He brings artistry into his guitar playing by adding color and texture to sounds. He’s also one of my favorite songwriters. In 2017, Shiny Montini and Matt Chesney joined the crew and completed us. A solid rhythm section is essential for our musical vision.”
In July, the quartet released its debut, self-titled album, and the indie group recently went On the Record to discuss the creation of the album and what’s in store for the future.

Q: How did you choose your name, Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms?
Kali: At birth, my parents named me Kali, after the Hindu goddess of the same name. Almost two decades later, I dressed as the goddess herself for Halloween. Loaded with symbolism that I’ll leave for the reader to Google, heads are strung around Kali’s neck and, in a similar fashion, arms suspended around her waist. I decapitated and de-limbed some unfortunate Barbies and Kens, hung them on string, and my outfit was complete. At the Halloween dance party I attended, things got wild, and my garland of arms went missing. “Has anyone seen my garland of arms?” No one had. Years later, it was exposed that the garland was hanging on an acquaintance’s apartment wall in Philadelphia.

Q: What do you hope for your audiences to experience while seeing you perform?
Kali: When I sing to the audience, there is a sensation inside of me similar to the feelings that would accompany the pouring of one’s soul out into open ears, the type of ears that are willing to hear, not just listen. I hope this type of hearing accompanies feelings of satisfaction, bliss and oneness.
Novitski: We have a lot of alternating dynamics. You can expect it to be laid back in places and high energy in others. We put a lot of thought into each set list. The key and the mood of one song will dictate what we choose for the next song to create a flow. We want the crowd to feel as though they experienced something more than just a band playing a bunch of songs. When we aren’t up on the stage, we also just like to hang with everyone and have some drinks and laughs.

Q: You just released your self-titled debut. Can you talk about its creation and your process in writing and recording?
Kali: All four of us are songwriters, and the eclectic ideas we bring to the jam room really shape the songs we create. I’m so thankful to have crossed paths and begun collaborating with humans as talented and inspired as these three.
Novitski: Everything happened so fast. I can’t believe how easy it was. I can only assume having four song-smiths in one band was the factor. We record every new song in its infancy, listen to it later, critique ourselves, make improvements where needed, then build off of the foundations. We have a lot of fun while writing and recording. We get along very well, laughing and joking as much as we play our instruments. As for our debut album’s recording process, I recorded everything in a tiny room in our old apartment. I’m blown away by the high-quality sound we achieved in that little room. Making music with this band is like a holiday every week. I love these cool cats.

Q: Do you have any future goals for the band?
Kali: We shall continue to evolve together and offer to the world whatever magic we may possess. We wish to express ourselves, inspire others and to connect with the world we live in.

Concerts – September 6, 2018

Concerts – September 6, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100Sebastian Maniscalco, Friday, Sept. 14
Danny Gokey, Saturday, Sept. 29
Dwight Yoakam, Friday, Oct. 5
Wanda Sykes, Thursday, Nov. 1
Stayin’ Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees, Friday, Nov. 2
Joe Nardone Presents: The Command Performance of Chubby Checker and the Platters, Saturday, Nov. 3
Tommy James and the Shondells, Saturday, Nov. 10
Jo Koy, Sunday, Nov. 11
Todd Snider, Friday, Nov. 16
The Fast Lane — Eagles tribute, Saturday, Nov. 17

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Vic DiBitetto, Thursday, Sept. 6 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Alanis Morissette, Saturday, Sept. 8 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Leann Rimes, Friday, Sept. 21 (Gypsies Lounge)
Drake White, Saturday, Sept. 22 (Gypsies Lounge)
Tony Orlando, Saturday, Oct. 3 (Gypsies Lounge)
Little River Band, Friday, Oct. 19 (Gypsies Lounge)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, Oct. 20 (Wet Nightclub)
Mike Marino, Friday, Nov. 2 (Gypsies Lounge)
ABBA the Concert, Saturday, Nov. 3 (Gypsies Lounge)
Mike Epps, Saturday, Nov. 24 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Crowded Streets, Friday, Sept. 14
Big D and the Kids Table, Pietasters and Hub City Stompers, Saturday, Sept. 15
Consider the Source, Friday, Sept. 21
Young n Dead, featuring Young at Heart doing Neil Young & Strawberry Jam & Village Idiots doing Grateful Dead, Saturday, Sept. 22
Magic Beans and Tweed, Wednesday, Sept. 26
Kung Fu, Thursday, Sept. 27
Souled Out, Friday, Sept. 28
Royal Scam, Saturday, Sept. 29
Lespecial with Rogue Chimp, Friday, Oct. 5
Solar Federation — Rush tribute, Saturday, Oct. 6
Miz and Serene Green, Friday, Oct. 12

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Classic Deep Purple Live performed by Glenn Hughes, Saturday, Sept. 8
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Friday, Sept. 14
Gary Allan, Saturday, Sept. 15
Ziggy Marley, Sunday, Sept. 16
REO Speedwagon, Friday, Sept. 21
Real Diamond, Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Wednesday, Oct. 3
Blues Caravan, Sunday, Oct. 7
The Four Freshman, Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 10
Island in the Stream, Thursday, Oct. 11, and Friday, Oct. 12
The Music of Cream, Sunday, Oct. 14

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Vic DiBitetto, Thursday, Sept. 6
Turkuaz, Friday, Sept. 7
The Cadillac Three, Friday, Sept. 14
Those Amazing Decades, Saturday, Sept. 15
Blackberry Smoke, Sept. 21
Three Dog Night, Friday, Oct. 12
Mike Shinoda, Monday, Oct. 15
Dirty Heads, Thursday, Oct. 18
Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, Friday, Oct. 19
Lanco, Friday, Nov. 2

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
The Complete Rolling Stones Tribute Show, Friday, Sept. 7
The Stranger — Billy Joel tribute, Saturday, Sept. 8
Start Making Sense — Talking Heads tribute, Saturday, Sept. 8
Young the Giant, Tuesday, Sept. 18
An Evening with Nils Lofgren Acoustic Duo, Wednesday, Sept. 19
Boyce Avenue, Saturday, Sept. 22
The Englishtown Project, Thursday Sept. 27
Milky Chance, Friday, Sept. 28

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Blackberry Smoke and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Thursday, Sept. 6
Bernhoft and the Fashion Bruises, Friday, Sept. 7
Welcomes First Aid Kit, Saturday, Sept. 8
Strung Out, After the Fall and Make War, Sunday, Sept. 9
Donny McCaslin Group, Tuesday, Sept. 11
Vinyl Theatre, Wednesday, Sept. 12
Poolside, Thursday, Sept. 13
Angra, Friday, Sept. 14
Shakey Graves, Tuesday, Sept. 18
Andy Frasco and the U.N., Thursday, Sept. 20

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Seether, Saturday, Sept. 15
Zhu, Tuesday, Sept. 25
Social Distortion, Friday, Sept. 29
Bush, Thursday, Oct. 4
Thrice, Saturday, Oct. 6
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the
Conspirators, Wednesday, Oct. 10
Ja Rule, Friday, Oct. 12
Trivium, Saturday, Oct. 13
Chvrches, Friday, Oct. 19
Jessie J, Saturday, Oct. 20
Moon Taxi, Friday, Oct. 26
Minus the Bear, Saturday, Oct. 27

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Elton John, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 12
Sebastian Maniscalco, Thursday, Sept. 13
Drake with Migos, Saturday, Sept. 15
Childish Gambino, Tuesday, Sept. 18
Bruno Mars, Thursday, Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 20
Andre Rieu, Friday, Sept. 21
Game of Thrones, Tuesday, Oct. 2
J. Cole, Saturday, Oct. 6
Phil Collins, Monday, Oct. 8
Gorillaz, Thursday, Oct. 11

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Dierks Bentley, Saturday, Sept. 8
Childish Gambino, Friday, Sept. 14
Paul Simon, Thursday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21
Ozuna, Saturday, Sept. 22
Philip Kirkorov, Sunday, Sept. 23
Kevin Hart, Thursday, Sept. 27
Billy Joel, Sunday, Sept. 30
J. Cole, Monday, Oct. 1
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, Wednesday, Oct. 3
Eric Clapton, Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Alice Cooper, Thursday, Sept. 6
Eddie B. Teachers Only Comedy Tour, Saturday, Sept. 8
Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull 50th
Anniversary Tour, Tuesday, Sept. 11
Amos Lee, Friday, Sept. 14
The The, Monday, Sept. 17
James Bay, Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 19
Hozier, Monday, Sept. 24, through Wednesday, Sept. 26
The Gipsy Kings, Friday, Sept. 28
Celtic Thunder, Saturday, Sept. 29
Mandisa’s Girls Night Live, Sunday, Sept. 30
Simple Minds: Walk Between Worlds Tour, Tuesday, Oct. 2

Tom Flannery gives insight into latest album

Tom Flannery gives insight into latest album

Local musician and self-described broke, gleeful outsider Tom Flannery doesn’t sound like anyone else.
Flannery has made music since he was a teenager, when he wanted nothing more than to sound like the rockstars he looked up to. But the only person he has ever been able to sound like was Tom Flannery. It was upon this realization that he decided to write his own songs.
More than 10 albums later, Flannery continues to create his own unique music that strives to imitate no one. The Archbald resident recently went On the Record to discuss his recently released CD, which he created with fellow local musican, Bret Alexander.

Q: Did you always know you wanted to work in the music industry?
A: I always knew I wanted to write and record and perform my own songs. Making money at it is, thankfully, secondary.

Q: How has living in this area affected your music?
A: The ground you walk on becomes the building blocks for what you write. Woody Guthrie once said, “All you can write is what you see.” So it’s impossible for your own roots to not drive your own music.

Q: How would you describe your new CD?
A: “Tales from PA 6” is a series of vignettes, really. Little four-minute movies acted out with guitars and mandolins … with legal pads and pens. We plotted out a course from A to B, but that didn’t mean it had to be a straight line. There were loads of back roads, but we eventually got where we wanted to go. It was a true collaboration.

Q: Is this CD a divergence from your usual sound?
A: I think my sound has been pretty consistent over 10-plus records. Driven by acoustic instruments mainly. Mostly quiet noises but the occasional boom.

Q: What was it like working with Bret Alexander?
A: His talent is intimidating, but he isn’t. We’ve become friends and share much in common: The same world view, the same thoughts on work and family, the same thoughts on what constitutes good and what constitutes evil. We don’t disagree on much.

Q: Was it your first time working with him?
A: It’s our second release together. We recorded “Dupont Back Porches” in 2016. The response was very positive, and we thought, “Maybe it’s worth trying this again…”

Q: What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as an artist?
A: The good and the bad nuzzle up against each other nowadays. Technology is such that just about anybody with rudimentary technical skills can make a great-sounding record. It used to be it cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. Now you can make a record in your bedroom on your laptop for the cost of software and a good microphone. As a result, there’s TONS of music out there, and it’s all fighting against each other to be heard. So sometimes making new music is like climbing a mountain to punch an echo. But for me, and for Bret too, it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. I couldn’t stop writing songs any more than I could stop blinking my eyes.

Q: Who are your biggest musical influences?
A: Pete Townshend and Woody Guthrie.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?
A: To remain vertical, employable and word-hungry.

Sounds – August 30, 2018

Sounds – August 30, 2018

LET’S EAT GRANDMA — ‘I’m All Ears’
THE GOOD: British female teenage synth pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma dodges the sophomore slump on the sweeping “I’m All Ears.”
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth have been friends since nursery school. And at the age most teenagers are thinking about acquiring that all-precious driver’s license, the pair were releasing their first critically acclaimed album, 2016’s “I, Gemini.”
One could say “I’m All Ears” is more mature, but that might do the record a disservice. Change happens quickly during those late teenage years. So now that the ladies are 19, they can’t help but have a more grown-up outlook. Check out the harried swagger carrying “Snakes and Ladders.”
On the whole though, “Ears” remains a stirring, synth-heavy album, moving from pulsating poppers such as “Falling into Me” to more ambitious anthems, such as “Cool & Collected,” seamlessly. It’s all very driven, catchy and, most importantly, English. LEG remain kids too cool to crossover, the American mainstream be damned!
BUY IT?: Yes.

THIEVERY CORPORATION — ‘Treasures from the Temple’
THE GOOD: Washington, D.C., electronic duo Thievery Corporation scratches out a cool companion piece to last year’s “The Temple of I & I.”
THE BAD: ALL of the material isn’t necessarily NEW, but that’s OK.
THE NITTY GRITTY: “Treasures” is a heady combination of remixes, leftovers from the “I & I” sessions and new tracks. The collection leans heavy in reggae and dub, but there are a few bits of Europop and hip-hop, too. It all ends up an unpredictable mix tape capable of standing completely on its own merits, despite being connected to a prior release. This is NOT just a cash grab or disposable “lesser” album.
Guest vocalists include the in-your-face Racquel Jones, nuanced yet commanding Notch, and sultry and smooth-as-butter Lou Lou Ghelichakhani. Political in spots, dreamy in others, “Treasures” goes through more than a few hip-shaking mood swings before its conclusion. But ALL these jams are energetic and powerful in their own specific way. “Treasures” cooks.
BUY IT?: Yep.

STRANGE NAMES — ‘Data’
THE GOOD: Brooklyn electro-rockers Strange Names avoids the sophomore slump with “Data.”
THE BAD: Nah.
THE NITTY GRITTY: The self-produced album is an upbeat throwback to the skinny-tie sporting early ’80s. The guys hit that sweet spot where funky electric guitars and switched-on synthesizers co-exist in perfect neon harmony. And of course, everything rides a big, frothy backbeat. Place the band alongside contemporaries such as Yeasayer or vintage Aztec Camera, and neither comparison would be off the mark.
Tracks such as the seamlessly pulsating “People to Go,” the endlessly catchy “Circles” and the delicate, slightly melancholy “Head First” draw us in immediately. “Data” even revolves around a loose concept, the songs written from the perspective of aliens observing us from afar and collecting “data” about our planet. Play close attention, you’ll catch it. But the tunes still work if you ignore their framework.
BUY IT?: Surely. There’s barely an ounce of fat on this record, with 10 would-be singles leaving a feel-good impression in 35 minutes flat.

Concerts – August 30, 2018

Concerts – August 30, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Foghat and Savoy Brown, Saturday, Sept. 1
Sebastian Maniscalco, Friday, Sept. 14
Danny Gokey, Saturday, Sept. 29
Dwight Yoakam, Friday, Oct. 5
Wanda Sykes, Thursday, Nov. 1
Stayin’ Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees, Friday, Nov. 2
Joe Nardone Presents: The Command
Performance of Chubby Checker and the
Platters, Saturday, Nov. 3
Tommy James and the Shondells, Saturday, Nov. 10
Jo Koy, Sunday, Nov. 11
Todd Snider, Friday, Nov. 16
The Fast Lane — Eagles tribute, Saturday, Nov. 17

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw, Thursday, Aug. 30 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
The Isley Brothers, Saturday, Sept. 1 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Vic DiBitetto, Thursday, Sept. 6 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Alanis Morissette, Saturday, Sept. 8 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Leann Rimes, Friday, Sept. 21 (Gypsies Lounge)
Drake White, Saturday, Sept. 22 (Gypsies Lounge)
Tony Orlando, Saturday, Oct. 3 (Gypsies Lounge)
Little River Band, Friday, Oct. 19 (Gypsies Lounge)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, Oct. 20 (Wet Nightclub)
Mike Marino, Friday, Nov. 2 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
570-822-2992
Mike Dougherty Band, Friday, Aug. 31
Crowded Streets, Friday, Sept. 14
Big D and the Kids Table, Pietasters and Hub City Stompers, Saturday, Sept. 15
Consider the Source, Friday, Sept. 21
Young n Dead, featuring Young at Heart doing Neil Young & Strawberry Jam & Village Idiots doing Grateful Dead, Saturday, Sept. 22
Magic Beans and Tweed, Wednesday, Sept. 26
Kung Fu, Thursday, Sept. 27
Souled Out, Friday, Sept. 28
Royal Scam, Saturday, Sept. 29
Lespecial with Rogue Chimp, Friday, Oct. 5

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Craig Thatcher Band, Thursday, Aug. 30
Large Flowerheads, Friday, Aug. 31
Classic Deep Purple Live performed by Glenn Hughes, Saturday, Sept. 8
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Friday, Sept. 14
Gary Allan, Saturday, Sept. 15
Ziggy Marley, Sunday, Sept. 16
REO Speedwagon, Friday, Sept. 21
Real Diamond, Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Wednesday, Oct. 3
Blues Caravan, Sunday, Oct. 7
The Four Freshman, Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 10

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Philip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw, Thursday, Aug. 30
The Isley Brothers, Saturday, Sept. 1
Vic DiBitetto, Thursday, Sept. 6
Turkuaz, Friday, Sept. 7
The Cadillac Three, Friday, Sept. 14
Those Amazing Decades, Saturday, Sept. 15
Blackberry Smoke, Sept. 21
Three Dog Night, Friday, Oct. 12
Mike Shinoda, Monday, Oct. 15
Dirty Heads, Thursday, Oct. 18

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Brothers Osborne, Wednesday, Sept. 5
The Complete Rolling Stones Tribute Show, Friday, Sept. 7
The Stranger — Billy Joel tribute, Saturday, Sept. 8
Start Making Sense — Talking Heads tribute, Saturday, Sept. 8
The Stranger, Saturday, Sept. 8
Young the Giant, Tuesday, Sept. 18
An Evening with Nils Lofgren Acoustic Duo, Wednesday, Sept. 19
Boyce Avenue, Saturday, Sept. 22
The Englishtown Project, Thursday Sept. 27
Milky Chance, Friday, Sept. 28

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Flow Tribe, Thursday, Aug. 30
Mir Fontane, Sunday, Sept. 2
Blackberry Smoke and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Thursday, Sept. 6
Bernhoft and the Fashion Bruises, Friday, Sept. 7
Welcomes First Aid Kit, Saturday, Sept. 8
Strung Out, After the Fall and Make War, Sunday, Sept. 9
Donny McCaslin Group, Tuesday, Sept. 11
Vinyl Theatre, Wednesday, Sept. 12
Poolside, Thursday, Sept. 13
Angra, Friday, Sept. 14

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Bush, Thursday, Oct. 4
Thrice, Saturday, Oct. 6
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the
Conspirators, Wednesday, Oct. 10
Ja Rule, Friday, Oct. 12
Trivium, Saturday, Oct. 13
Chvrches, Friday, Oct. 19
Jessie J, Saturday, Oct. 20
Moon Taxi, Friday, Oct. 26
Minus the Bear, Saturday, Oct. 27

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Elton John, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and
Wednesday, Sept. 12
Sebastian Maniscalco, Thursday, Sept. 13
Drake with Migos, Saturday, Sept. 15
Childish Gambino, Tuesday, Sept. 18
Bruno Mars, Thursday, Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 20
Andre Rieu, Friday, Sept. 21
Game of Thrones, Tuesday, Oct. 2
J. Cole, Saturday, Oct. 6
Phil Collins, Monday, Oct. 8
Gorillaz, Thursday, Oct. 11

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Dierks Bentley, Saturday, Sept. 8
Childish Gambino, Friday, Sept. 14
Paul Simon, Thursday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21
Ozuna, Saturday, Sept. 22
Philip Kirkorov, Sunday, Sept. 23
Kevin Hart, Thursday, Sept. 27
Billy Joel, Sunday, Sept. 30
J. Cole, Monday, Oct. 1
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, Wednesday, Oct. 3
Eric Clapton, Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Alice Cooper, Thursday, Sept. 6
Eddie B. Teachers Only Comedy Tour, Saturday, Sept. 8
Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull 50th
Anniversary Tour, Tuesday, Sept. 11
Amos Lee, Friday, Sept. 14
The The, Monday, Sept. 17
James Bay, Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 19
Hozier, Monday, Sept. 24, through Wednesday, Sept. 26
The Gipsy Kings, Friday, Sept. 28
Celtic Thunder, Saturday, Sept. 29
Mandisa’s Girls Night Live, Sunday, Sept. 30
Simple Minds: Walk Between Worlds Tour, Tuesday, Oct. 2