Concerts – March 22, 2018

Concerts – March 22, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
The Beach Boys, Saturday, March 24
Celtic Woman, Sunday, March 25
Christopher Cross, Wednesday, April 4
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, April, 6
Theresa Caputo, Tuesday, April 10
The Drifters, Saturday, April 14
T-Pain, Sunday, April 15
Nick Di Paolo, Saturday, April 28
Criss Angel Raw, Wednesday, May 2
Miranda Sings, Saturday, May 5

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Gary Owen, Saturday, March 31 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Vic Dibitetto, Friday, April 6 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Jessica Kirson, Saturday, May 5 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
I Love the ’90s Tour with Salt N Pepa, Saturday, May 26 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Earth, Wind & Fire, Saturday, June 2 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Third Eye Blind, Friday, June 8 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, June 23
Vic Latino’s Freestyle Live, Saturday, June 30
Huey Lewis and the News, Saturday, July 14
Lee Brice, Friday, July 20

Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton
Tickets: 570-955-1490
Joey Armino and the Family, Saturday, April 7
The Mahoney Brothers, Saturday, April 21

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Jay & the Americans and the Brooklyn Bride, Friday, March 23
Lorrie Morgan, Saturday, March 24
Daughtry, Sunday, March 25
Robin Trower, Wednesday, April 4
Lita Ford and Firehouse, Friday, April 6
The Devon Allman Project, Thursday, April 19
Live Wire — World’s Ultimate AC/DC Concert Experience, Friday, April 20
Next Best Thing Presents: Hollywood Nights, Friday, April 27
KIX with Autograph, Saturday, April 28
Branson Fever, Tuesday, May 1, through Thursday, May 3

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Clarence Spady Band with Tony Carfora, Friday, March 23
Tractorbear — Disco Biscuits tribute, Saturday, March 24
Hayley Jane and the Primates, Friday, March 24
Young and Dead — Neil Young & Grateful Dead tribute hosted by Strawberry Jam, Saturday, March 31
Soule Monde, Friday, April 6
Solar Federation, Saturday, April 7
MDB (Mike Dougherty Band), Friday, April 13
Halfway To Hell — AC/DC tribute, Saturday, April 14
Flux Capacitor & Starbird, Friday, April 20
The Lizards, Saturday, April 21

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
UnderGround Culture, Friday, March 23
Golden Gate Wingmen, Saturday, March 24
Rock 107 presents Zoso — The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Friday, March 30
Steel Panther — Sunset Strip Live, Saturday, March 31
America’s Bandstand, Saturday, April 7
Bush, Wednesday, April 11
Buckcherry, Friday, April 13
Puddle of Mudd, Saturday, April 14
Circa Survive, Friday, April 20
Twiddle, Saturday, April 21

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Son Lux, Friday, March 23
Walk off the Earth, Saturday, March 24
Red Sun Rising, Sunday, March 25
Lo Moon, Monday, March 26
Vinyl Theatre, Tuesday, March 27
Sunsquabi, Thursday, March 29
Billy Currington, Thursday, March 29
The Night Game, Monday, April 2
We Came as Romans, Tuesday, April 3
Nothing, Nowhere, Wednesday, April 4

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Between the Buried and Me, Saturday, March 31
Ja Rule, Saturday, April 7
As the Crow Flies, Wednesday, April 18
Built to Spill and the Afghan Whigs, Saturday, April 21
Matt and Kim, Sunday, April 22
Minus the Bear, Saturday, April, 28
Lord Huron, Tuesday, May, 1
Greta Van Fleet, Saturday, May 12
Sum 41, Monday, May 14
New Found Glory, Wednesday, May 23

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Demi Lovato with DJ Khaled and Kehlani, Friday, March 23
Lorde, Monday, April 2
Pink, Friday, April 13
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3
Justin Timberlake, Saturday, June 2
Depeche Mode, Sunday, June 3
Def Leppard, Monday, June 11
U2, Wednesday, June 13, and Thursday, June 14
Harry Styles, Friday, June 15
Paul Simon, Saturday, June 16

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Justin Timberlake, Thursday, March 22
Maluma, Sunday, March 25
Billy Joel, Wednesday, March 28
Pink, Wednesday, April 4, and Thursday, April 5
Bon Jovi, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10
Wisin & Yandel, Friday, June 8
Luis Miguel, Saturday, June 9
Def Leppard and Journey, Wednesday, June 13
Daryl Hall and John Oates and Train, Thursday, June 14
Bobby Tarantino vs. Everybody Tour with NF and Kyle, Saturday, June 16

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Concert for Dreams featuring O.A.R. and friends, Friday, March 23
Aska Yang, Saturday, March 24
K.D. Lang, Monday, March 26
Eckhart Tolle, Saturday, March 31
Brandi Carlile, Thursday, April 5, through Saturday, April 7
Panariello Conti Pieraccioni, Friday, April 13
Raphael, Wednesday, April 25
Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe Burlesque Revue, Tuesday, May 1
Lord Huron, Thursday, May 3
Steve Martin and Martin Short, Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Craig Thatcher band with G.E. Smith, Friday, March 23
The Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson, Saturday, March 24
Bobby Rush, Sunday, March 25
The Blues Brotherhood, Friday, March 30
Blair Crimmins & the Hookers, Saturday, March 31
Roy Wood Jr., Saturday, March 31
Steve Earle and the Dukes, Thursday, April 5
Freekbass, Friday, April 6
Kashmire, Friday, April 6
Yellow Brick Road — Elton John tribute, Friday, April 13

Scranton band Dour stays true to its name, looks forward to creating new music

Scranton band Dour stays true to its name, looks forward to creating new music

Dour — as classified in the dictionary — is an adjective that refers to something that is relentlessly severe, stern or gloomy in manner or appearance.
Chadd Jenkins of Scranton thinks that word suits his metal and punk band perfectly.
“It’s a very fitting name for the band and its lyrical and musical content,” Jenkins said.
The five-piece punk outfit includes Jenkins on guitar and vocals; vocalist Bobby Keller, Billy Breen on guitar, bassist Cory Casey and drummer Chris Baranowski. Jenkins recently went On the Record to discuss the band’s first performance together and how the Northeast Pennsylvania music scene influenced its sound over the years.

Q: How did you all meet?

A: We all met through the punk scene in Scranton years ago. The bands we have played in were Alfhole, Dead Radical, Bob and the Sagets and Cell 13, to name a few.

Q: How did you each get involved in music?
A: We have been in bands for a while.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together?
A: The first time we ever played out as Dour was the day we released our self-titled demo. We played two shows in one day. First in Wilkes-Barre at Curry Donuts and the other was at the Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton. No one heard us until these two shows. The reaction was very positive.

Q: What is your songwriting process?
A: One of the guitar players brings a riff to practice, and we build off of it. So, the input from each member is there. It’s definitely a group effort.

Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
A: We would have to say we haven’t changed that much, but we definitely excelled with our capabilities as musicians.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a part of this band?
A: Between shows and recording, and even just practice, it’s an adventure with us. It’s hard to say memories because we don’t really look back, we just keep moving forward.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
A: The music scene has changed quite a bit over the past years. There (aren’t) too many bands who are unique anymore. A lot of it sounds the same. But at the same time, there are really good bands in this area. Everyone just has to look harder.

Q: What music do you listen to — either for inspiration or that you just enjoy listening to?
A: We all listen to different things and some of the same; a lot of metal, punk, hardcore, grindcore — stuff like that.

Q: Have you faced any major challenges as a rising band?
A: No challenges. If we keep working as hard as we do, we’ll get to where we want to be.

Q: What are your future goals for the band?
A: We are going into the studio sometime in the spring to record a seven-inch, and then going on a small weekend tour in April with local shows scattered in the spring and summer.

Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to add that is important for people to know about the group?
A: Support local underground music.

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Meet Dour
Members: Bobby Keller, vocals; Chadd Jenkins, guitar and vocals; Billy Breen, guitar; Corey Casey, bass; and Chris Baranowski, drums.
Established: 2016
Genre: Metal and punk
Online: Find the group on Bandcamp and Facebook.
Up next: Friday, April 14, Jabber Jaws, Allentown; and Saturday, May 12, Irish Wolf Pub, Scranton

 

‘Office’ star Creed Bratton brings folk music to Kirby

‘Office’ star Creed Bratton brings folk music to Kirby

Fans of “The Office” may not believe that Creed Bratton found his way to acting through a speech disorder.
The actor, known for portraying a fictional version of himself on the hit NBC comedy, developed a stutter at a young age.
“I had a lot of insecurities and stuff because of moving around,” Bratton said. “I stuttered and had real low self-esteem because of it. They pulled me out of class when I was at the point where I nearly couldn’t talk, and I went to a stutter teacher. She told me the best thing to do was to get in front of people in the classroom, and acting too. … I did a bit of acting and found that I had a knack for it and really enjoyed it.”
The multifaceted artist brings his music to F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, March 21, to celebrate the upcoming release of his seventh solo folk album, “While the Young Punks Dance,” which hits record stores Friday, April 6.
Since he was surrounded by musicians growing up, taking an interest in music and songwriting seemed like a natural path for the California native. Bratton began to play guitar professionally by 17 and joined the well-known folk rock group, the Grass Roots, in his early 20s. 
Prior to “The Office,” Bratton worked on films such as “Mask” and “Heart Like a Wheel,” but his role on the popular television show allowed him to flex his comedic muscles.
Those hoping to see the fictional Creed on the Wilkes-Barre stage might be disappointed at first, but they’ll instead get to enjoy the charm and musicality of the real-life Bratton.
“They’re not going to see the character per se, but they’ll see a world traveler and an actor who has been through some amazing stuff,” he said. “I cannot believe what my life has been, really. … They will hear ‘The Office’ stories, funny bits in between songs relating to acting, the Grass Roots and things like that.”
Between older music and the Grass Roots tunes, Bratton plans to perform a number of songs off his new album, whose most notable songs include “Yes Indeed,” “Ready for You Now” and “Heart of Darkness.” He noted many people await the moment when he plays “All the Faces,” the song he performed in “The Office’s” series finale.
“It’s emotional,” Bratton said of the song. “It brings them right back to the finale, with the images of ‘The Office.’ How lucky was I to sing that on the show? Sometimes I have to pinch myself. The show changed my life.”
Bratton wrote “All the Faces” long before he ever dreamed of acting on primetime television. Just after he left the Grass Roots, he found himself sitting around a bonfire in Malibu with his wife and daughter. Unlike other songs, this one simply came out as he plucked away at the guitar and sang along.
The artist recently celebrated his 75th birthday, but he certainly doesn’t act his age — in the best ways possible.
“I am your typical 75-year-old guy,” Bratton said. “I jump out of planes, go hang gliding, zip lining, fishing. … And I’m not even joking. It keeps me young.”

 

Sounds – March 15, 2018

Sounds – March 15, 2018

ARY NUMAN — ‘Savage: Songs from a Broken World’
THE GOOD: British electronic pioneer Gary Numan gives us an epic 21st album.
THE BAD: “Broken World” is long. Across its second half, and the tempos slow down, moods get heavy, and the record drags.
THE NITTY GRITTY: This is a concept album. The Eastern and Western worlds have blurred together in a post-apocalyptic wasteland brought on by global warming. Imagine “Mad Max” with a beat.
On any GOOD concept album, the songs tell the story, but don’t rely upon it. You can pull the record apart (or even wholly ignore the storyline) and most of the tracks can stand on their own. That’s definitely the case with “Broken World.”
We get the usual buzzing and burning mid-tempo pieces drenched in sinister atmospherics and carried by Numan’s reserved singing. Songs such as “My Name Is Ruin” and “When the World Comes Apart” are fantastic examples of the man’s brand of heavy techno-pop. The guy just turned 60, but he hasn’t lost his touch.
BUY IT?: Yes.

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVERS IN THE DARK — ‘The Punishment of Luxury’
THE GOOD: British synth-pop legends OMD return with their 13th.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Ever since founding members Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey reunited about a decade ago, this pioneering band has been on a roll. “The Punishment of Luxury” is their third triumph in a row, following 2010’s “History of Modern” and 2013’s “English Electric.” Regaining relevance is not easy, but OMD have accomplished just that.
They continue to build upon their early, stripped-down, industrial-leaning work, icy albums such as “Architecture & Morality” (1981) and “Dazzle Ships” (1983). All the while, the guys look forward and create something equally retro and futuristic, music that transcends any particular era.
“Luxury” is a comment on our disposable culture, boasting tracks both pulsating and calculated (“Isotype”) and more delicate and introspective (“What Have We Done”). As usual, OMD finds the perfect balance of cold electronics and graceful melodies, bridging a gap between two disparate sensibilities and doing it WITHOUT pretentiousness.
BUY IT?: Definitely.

TRICKY — ‘Ununiform’
THE GOOD: British trip-hop pioneer Tricky churns out his 13th.
THE BAD: Like most post-2000 Tricky records, “Ununiform” is a work of highs and lows. Some of the tracks are stunning; others feel incomplete.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Conceived in Russia and recorded in Germany, the new album uses the usual sounds — the man’s guttural, emotional lead vocals; beats either abrasive or reserved (depending upon the situation); atmospheric, haunting keyboards; and metallic guitars. The set also boasts a bevy of female guest vocalists such as Asia Argento, Terra Lopez and long-time collaborator Martina Topley-Bird.
Most of it works. Tracks such as the sneaky, seamless “New Stole” and the popping, swirly “Armor” immediately click. Yet even when everything falls into place, we’re reminded that Tricky is not the innovator he once was. Though they’re good, these late-career albums aren’t breaking a hell of a lot of new ground. And there are some huge misfires. I recommend skipping over the smoky and wholly unnecessary retooling of Hole’s “Doll Parts.”
BUY IT?: Your choice.

Fiercer  than ever Think Judas Priest is done touring? You got another thing comin’

Fiercer than ever Think Judas Priest is done touring? You got another thing comin’

It’s been a long time since Judas Priest slept in a van outside of a London recording studio.
Vocalist Rob Halford explained that in the “vampire days of recording,” overnight rates in studios were cheaper to rent. So for the band’s first studio album, “Rocka Rolla,” they found themselves sleeping in the van during the day and recording overnight.
“I remember when we had our first record contract, we were tremendously excited and very ambitious,” Halford said. “We thought big time, big money — wrong. In the early days, it’s a slug. It’s really, you’ve got to pay your dues. Nothing comes fast and easy in life, as I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older, but you do whatever it takes to get through that journey.”
The heavy metal group has enjoyed nearly 50 years of success and is gearing up to release its 18th studio album, “Firepower,” which hits record stores Friday, March 9.
The Firepower 2018 tour kicks off Tuesday, March 13, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp., with opening acts Saxon and Black Star Riders.
“It’s the excitement and the anticipation; it’s all wrapped up into (the first night),” Halford said. “We’ve been building this tour for many months — the stages, the costumes, the lights and the special effects and everything … While that’s building, of course, our fans will finally be able to get their metal claws onto ‘Firepower’ and become associated with the songs.
“The launch of any project or any tour has to start at a specific spot. In this case, Wilkes-Barre is holding the torch for heavy metal as we take off.” 
Judas Priest originally formed in the 1970s in Birmingham, England. The band created some of heavy metal’s most notable records, including “British Steel” and “Screaming for Vengeance,” and also appeared at the legendary Live Aid in 1985.
The group was one of the first to exclusively wear leather and studs, a look that began during this era and was eventually embraced by metal fans across the globe.
Although fans can expect to hear the beloved Judas Priest sound at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. show, Halford emphasized that each of the band’s albums are created with the intention of writing something new and different.
“We treat them completely separately as the belief is all our records from ‘Rocka Rolla’ up to ‘Firepower’ — they all have their own metal legs to stand on in terms of identity and sound,” he said.
The title song — and opening track — on ‘Firepower’ resonates most with Halford, because he believes it speaks to the rest of the record.
“I think the opening track of any album, if you’re a fan of that band, it can be a make-or-break type of situation,” he said. “The impact, the energy, the ferocity, the overall feeling of ‘Firepower,’ is a very important song. It sends a lot of really good solid metal elements that Priest has maintained over the years.”
In February, the band announced that longtime lead guitarist Glenn Tipton would not be touring with the band after being diagnosed with late-stage Parkinson’s disease. He lived with the early stages of the degenerative disease for a decade, but its progression left him unable to play some of the band’s more complex material. Although he will not tour, he remains an active member in the group. “Firepower” producer Andy Sneap picks up the guitar in his stead.
“You’ll be seeing Priest as you want,” Halford said. “There will be a slight adjustment … but (Tipton) wants it to be a very successful ‘Firepower’ tour. And then we’ve got the blessing of Andy, who is one of producers of ‘Firepower,’ so he knows all the music. He’s also a hardcore Priest fan.
“I think a lot of people are going to be drawn to the show for the simple fact that they love Priest and they want to hear the songs again and again,” Halford added. “They want to hear the heavy metal acts, like (opening acts) Saxon and Black Star Riders, that they see only every three years or so. There’s a lot of positive love and support happening right now.”
In order to prepare for the show each night, Halford said he limits his speaking to a minimum to he can preserve his voice, and also tries to remain healthy so he can utilize his “instrument” to its fullest potential. At this point in his life, he said his voice is “more precious than ever.”
And although it’s been nearly five decades since the beginning of Judas Priest, Halford does not see an end in sight.
“You can’t really turn it off,” he said. “If you’re lucky enough to be a creative person that is still hungry and curious and has a sense of adventure … That’s the driving force in me, and that’s the same in Glenn and Scott and Richie and Ian. It’s something you can’t really switch off. It’s there within you.
“When you’re amongst like-minded people, that’s when the metal magic starts to happen. It’s really hard to ping down in words, because so much of it is internal.”

If you go
What: Judas Priest
When: Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m.
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.
Details: Tickets start at $36.75, plus fees, and can be purchased at the arena’s box office, by calling 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com. There is a $10 fee to park in the arena’s lot. For more information, visit judaspriest.com.

Sounds – March 8, 2018

Sounds – March 8, 2018

STARS – “There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light”
THE GOOD: Canadian indie pop band Stars shine on its captivating eighth.
THE BAD: No complaints.
THE NITTY GRITTY: As the band plays on, its sound gets slightly bigger while the formula never grows old. The focus remains the male-female vocal interplay between Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan; their distinct voices and differing singing styles complementing each other perfectly. We never exactly get traditional duets, but rather opposing viewpoints meeting somewhere in the middle. It’s like an appealing update of those classic Beautiful South records from the early 90’s.
Musically, Stars continue to drive its catchy songs with a divine combination of electro-pop and jangly rock ‘n’ roll. The beat is definitely front and center, but so is a genuine helping of human warmth. It’s tough to resist the immediate pull of glistening tracks such as “Hope Avenue” and “Real Thing.” Then again, why would you want to? “Fluorescent Light” is feel-good stuff without the sticky syrup.
BUY IT?: Sure.

DESTROYER — “Ken”
THE GOOD: Canadian indie rockers Destroyer deliver an 11th album that’s both elegant and dirty.
THE BAD: Destroyer has always been a polarizing force. You either tune into the brilliance or find it all so befuddling. That doesn’t change here.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Cleverly directed by frontman (and occasional New Pornographer) Dan Bejar, a guy who sings like a more reserved Robyn Hitchcock, Destroyer bring on a sophisticated mix comprised of dissimilar parts such as Berlin-era David Bowie, smoky jazz, stark early New Order and singer/songwriter folk.
If it weren’t for Bejar’s deft, guiding hand, “Ken” would be a muddled mess. Yet the man makes the record come off like some black-and-white art-house flick that forces you to think right from the very beginning and leaves you with conflicting emotions long after its conclusion. Whether it’s the steady techno buried beneath “Tinseltown Swimming in Blood” or the naked feelings spread over the intimate “Saw You at the Hospital,” “Ken” is guaranteed to captivate.
BUY IT?: Yes.

NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS — “Who Built the Moon?”
THE GOOD: British singer/songwriter and ex-Oasis mastermind Noel Gallagher comes back with his third.
THE BAD: No gripes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: So…who wins the SOLO war: Noel or brother Liam with his “As You Were” album? Noel of course. Liam has the distinct voice, but Noel was the driving songwriting force behind that former band formed over a quarter-century ago. He’ll always churn out the more satisfying and distinct material. And since Oasis’ breakup, Noel’s ability as a proper frontman has grown as well.
“Moon” is his finest post-Oasis hour yet. Produced by 90’s electronic star David Holmes, it’s a record with BIG vibrant sounds and an irresistible swagger. Whether it’s the punchy glam carrying “Holy Mountain,” the Chemical Brothers-like throwback “It’s a Beautiful World” or the sheer pop bliss smothering the divine “If Love Is the Law,” the album is both super confident and fun. Noel is having a great time here. Turn it up, and you’ll have a great time too.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Punk rock band Anytime Soon’ aims to create EP

Punk rock band Anytime Soon’ aims to create EP

For Scranton pop punk band Anytime Soon, releasing an EP has become one of its main focuses.
The group, comprised of Mitch Evans, vocals and bass; Adam Martin, guitar and vocals; and Rob Jones, drums, began as a cover band to cover expenses, but they always dreamed of writing their own music.
This dream is slowly becoming a reality.
Martin recently went On The Record to discuss the band’s past as a cover band, its current situation writing new music and what they hope to achieve in the future.

Q: How did you all meet?
A: Mitch and I (Adam) grew up and went to high school together. We found Rob on Craigslist.

Q: Where did your band name come from?
A: An old notebook Mitch had from middle school/high school comprised of musical ideas and notes including lyrics, progressions, etc.

Q: How did you each get involved in music?
A: At different points in our lives, we simply decided to pick up our respective instruments and aspire to be our musical idols.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together?
A: We were at an open mic night in front of an audience consisting of mostly people our parents ages and older, and we were nervous as hell. We played 2 or 3 songs, all we knew, and surprisingly the crowd response was great.

Q: How do you choose which songs to perform?
A: We chose a genre that we felt would be fitting for our target audience, kids our age just getting into the bar scene, and really just chose the songs we liked to listen to and play most.

Q: Do you write your own music? If so, what is the process?
A: We are currently in the process of writing and recording our first five to eight track EP. Mitch generally writes the lyrics and framework for the songs, records it solo and hands it off to me and I write the guitar parts. Then we all collaborate as a band to make any adjustments we feel fit. (It) tends to be a very iterative process.

Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
A: Over the past year, we’ve been exposed to many different performance situations and it’s helped us build our overall musicianship. A lot is learned by performing live that can’t be acquired from playing in the rehearsal room.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a part of this band?
A: Christmas Eve Eve at the Wildcat two years in a row — great times. Also road trips out to (New) Jersey where we’ve opened for bands like Metro Station, With Friends Like These and Carousel Kings.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
A: Since we’ve been a band for just over a year, it’s hard to answer that from a band standpoint. But we could attest from a listeners standpoint. Mitch and I grew up going to local and DIY shows around the Valley at venues including the Jessup Dome, Fagans, etc. That NEPA scene doesn’t really exist anymore, and it kind of sucks now in 2018 that our band is in the music scene and can’t be apart of that.

Q: What music do you listen to — either for inspiration or that you just enjoy listening to?
A: Collectively, as the punk band we are, we all enjoy punk rock music. Punk rock will never die because the underground scene is so strong and always has been. It’s amazing the amount of music out there that continues to be produced that you’ll never hear on the radio. Some of our favorites include The Menzingers, The Story So Far, The Wonder Years and Carousel Kings. More acclaimed artists include Blink-182, New Found Glory, A Day to Remember and Brand New.

Q: Have you faced any major challenges as a rising band?
A: We started the band with the crutch of being a cover band so we would be able to fund our musical journey. So it can be a challenge to maintain three-plus hours of cover material and keep it fresh to sustain our audience, on top of writing and recording originals after putting in eight-plus hours during the week at our day jobs.

Q: What are your future goals for the band?
A: Complete our EP and continue to spread our brand and gain recognition.

 

Concerts – March 8, 2018

Concerts – March 8, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Ron White, Thursday, March 8
Alice Cooper, Saturday, March 10
Creed Bratton, Wednesday, March 21
The Beach Boys, Saturday, March 24
Celtic Woman, Sunday, March 25
Christopher Cross, Wednesday, April 4
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, April, 6
Theresa Caputo, Tuesday, April 10
The Drifters, Saturday, April 14
T-Pain, Sunday, April 15

Peoples Security Bank Theater
at Lackawanna College, Scranton 570-955-1490
Joey Armino and the Family, Saturday, April 7
The Mahoney Brothers, Saturday, April 21

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Unforgettable Fire, Saturday, March 10 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Gary Owen, Saturday, March 31 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Vic Dibitetto, Friday, April, 6 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Jessica Kirson, Saturday, May 5 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
I Love the ‘90s Tour with Salt N Pepa, Saturday, May 26 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Earth, Wind & Fire, Saturday, June 2 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Third Eye Blind, Friday, June 8 (Outdoor Summer Stage)

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Friday, March 9
Jay & the Americans and the Brooklyn Bride, Friday, March 23
Lorrie Morgan, Saturday, March 24
Daughtry, Sunday, March 25
Robin Trower, Wednesday, April 4
Lita Ford and Firehouse, Friday, April 6
The Devon Allman Project, Thursday, April 19
Live Wire — World’s Ultimate AC/DC Concert Experience, Friday, April 20
Hollywood Nights, Friday, April 27
KIX with Autograph, Friday, April 27

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Jam Stampede featuring members of Zen Tricksters, Saturday, March 10
Goose and Dr. Slothclaw, Friday, March 16
Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth/Dylan Skursky of Cabinet and Serene Green, Saturday, March 17
Clarence Spady Band with Tony Carfora, Friday, March 23
Tractorbear: A Tribute to the Disco Biscuits, Saturday, March 24
Hayley Jane and the Primates, Friday, March 24
Young and Dead — Neil Young & Grateful Dead Tribute hosted by Strawberry Jam, Saturday, March 31

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Davey O., Friday, March 9
Dropkick Murphys, Monday, March 12
Judah & The Lion, Wednesday, March 14
Zion I, Friday, March 16
Golden Gate Wingmen, Saturday, March 24
Rock 107 presents Zoso — The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Friday, March 30
Steel Panther — Sunset Strip Live, Saturday, March 31
America’s Bandstand, Saturday, April 7
Bush, Wednesday, April 11
Buckcherry, Friday, April 13

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Crooked Colours, Friday, March 9
So Far Gone, Friday, March 9
J Boog, Saturday, March 10
Excision, Saturday, March 10
Amy Shark, Sunday, March 11
Saint Wknd and Jerry Folk, Tuesday, March 14
Coast Modern, Thursday, March 15
Autograf, Friday, March 16
Brasstracks, Saturday, March 17
Mat Kearney, Saturday, March 17

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Nightwish, Friday, March 16
MGMT, Tuesday, March 20
Between the Buried and Me, Saturday, March 31
Ja Rule, Saturday, April 7
As The Crow Flies, Wednesday, April 18
Built to Spill and the Afghan Whigs, Saturday, April 21
Matt and Kim, Sunday, April 22
Minus The Bear, Saturday, April, 28
Lord Huron, Tuesday, May, 1
Greta Van Fleet, Saturday, May 12
Sum 41, Monday, May 14

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Blake Shelton, Saturday, March 17
Demi Lovato with DJ Khaled and Kehlani, Friday, March 23
Lorde, Monday, April 2
Pink, Friday, April 13
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3
Justin Timberlake, Saturday, June 2
Depeche Mode, Sunday, June 3
Def Leppard, Monday, June 11
U2, Wednesday, June 13, and Thursday, June 14

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Justin Timberlake, Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22
Maluma, Sunday, March 25
Billy Joel, Wednesday, March 28

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
LOVE ROCKS NYC! benefitting God’s Love
We Deliver, Thursday, March 15
Concert For Dreams featuring O.A.R. and friends, Friday, March 23
Aska Yang, Saturday, March 24
K.d. Lang, Monday, March 26
An Evening with Eckhart Tolle, Saturday, March 31
Brandi Carlile, Thursday, April 5; Friday,
April 6; and Saturday, April 7

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
I Love a Piano: Kate and Dennis Varley Cabaret, Thursday, March 8
Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Records Revue featuring Jeff McCarty and Eric Johnson, Thursday, March 8
Jounce featuring Danny Tamberelli, Friday, March 9
Ryan Hamilton, Friday, March 9
Scythian, Saturday, March 10
The National Parks, Thursday, March 15
Cunningham & Associates featuring the music of the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen, Saturday, March 17
Craig Thatch band with GE Smith, Friday, March 23
The Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson, Saturday, March 24
Bobby Rush, Sunday, March 25

Sounds – March 1, 2018

Sounds – March 1, 2018

RECOVERY ROOMS ST. VINCENT – “Masseduction”
THE GOOD: St. Vincent (singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Annie Clark) comes back with a slick (but not-TOO-slick) fifth.
THE BAD: Not here.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Co-produced and (at times) co-written with current pop wunderkind Jack Antonoff, “Masseduction” is not exactly a bid for the mainstream. Yet the album finds Clark flirting with the whole pop aesthetic while bending and/or breaking it in a way that only she can.
One falls under the spell of dance beats, industrial noise, whirring synths, blazing guitars — all in the span of about 42 minutes. “Masseduction” is an airtight affair; an emotional rollercoaster that takes us from the ad-jingle satire of “Pills” to the sad intimacy of “Happy Birthday, Johnny” to the pounding apocalypse that is “Fear the Future” and back again.
By the time we reach the tragedies being wished upon throughout dramatic closer “Smoking Section,” you’re emotionally drained. But what a strange and divine trip it has been. And one you immediately want to embark upon again.
BUY IT?: Definitely.

COURTNEY BARNETT & KURT VILE – “Lotta Sea Lice”
THE GOOD: Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett teams up with American singer/songwriter Kurt Vile on an impromptu jam session.
THE BAD: Those clamoring for a proper follow-up to Barnett’s blazing 2015 debut “Sometimes I Sit and Think” may be somewhat disappointed. (That follow-up happens later this spring.)
THE NITTY GRITTY: Barnett and Vile meet somewhere towards the middle on “Sea Lice.” She has to calm down while he needs a shot of energy. Once they find common ground, Barnett comes off as slightly lethargic while Vile’s homespun charm becomes easier to swallow.
In lesser hands, this record would be a total disaster. However, these two click. Their casual raw sensibilities bring forth a loose set of songs both ragged and murky. But that’s how they SHOULD sound. Any attempt at smoothing out the rough edges would feel forced.
Yet “Sea Lice” is best when taken in small doses. Forty-five minutes can be a bit of a slog when you were craving something more focused.
BUY IT?: Your call.

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG – “Rest”
THE GOOD: French singer/songwriter (and actress) Charlotte Gainsbourg returns after a 6-year recording hiatus with the therapeutic “Rest.”
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Gainsbourg is purging pain throughout the record, having lost her half-sister earlier in the decade and still grappling with her famous father Serge Gainsbourg’s passing in the early ’90s. “Rest” visits dark territories yet the album is NOT a downer. Moody and atmospheric? Completely. Down-tempo and tuneless? Hardly.
Sung half in French and half in English, the songs find their brooding lyrics juxtaposed with graceful melodies and backdrops evoking everything from late night dance tracks (“Deadly Valentine”) to pop bliss (“Dans Vos Airs”). When Gainsbourg whispers in our ear during the bubbly “I’m a Lie,” she even sounds like her mom, Jane Birkin. Guided by French producer/DJ Sebastian Akchote, “Rest” is practically a perfect melding of icy electronics and warm raw human emotions. It’s a strong combination that doesn’t release its grip until the final note fades out.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Clubs – March 1, 2018

Clubs – March 1, 2018

Thursday, March 1
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
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: Karaoke with Edwin
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
Legend’s Saloon, 750 Boulevard Ave., Dickson City: Dashboard Mary
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Open mic
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jordan Ramirez
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, March 2
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Bill Hoffman
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: JP Williams Blues Band
ALT 92.1 Radio Theater, fifth floor, The Scranton Times Building, 149 Penn Ave., Scranton: Toothless
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Hot Coffee
Backdraft Sports Bar & Restaurant, 1256 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: The Mix
The Beaumont Inn, 4437 Route 309, Dallas: Steve Corcoran Duo
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Curious Dog
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dustin Switzer Duo
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Cruise Control Acoustic Duo
Ernie G’s Pub & Eatery, 1022 Main Ave., Avoca: The Cryptid
Evans Roadhouse, 330 N. Hunter Highway, Drums: Light Up The Moon
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: The Third Nut
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Vine Street
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: 7800 Fahrenheit
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Topcatt’s Cabaret, Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Eddie Appnel
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Girls Galore, Worst Ones, Das Black Milk and Billy From Electronics
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd,. Clarks Summit: Dashboard Mary.
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Flaxy Morgan
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Giants of Science
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Stronger Than Dirt
Shenanigans & Boomers Night Club, 98 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Mother Nature’s Sons
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Erich and Tyler Music Co. and JR Huff
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Molly Pitcher Path
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Anthony Zammit Duo
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sean Donnelly and Sergio Marzitelli
World of Brew Bar & Bottle Shop, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Mike Dougherty

Saturday, March 3
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Tori Viccica
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Neil Nicastro
Andrew Lawrence American Legion Post 644, 259 Shoemaker St., Swoyersville: Lloyd and Joel Duo
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Greg Palmer
Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton: Escaper
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Mace in Dickson
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Area 52
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: M80
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Iron Cowboy and Cathy Paty
Crabby’s Seafood Grill and Pipes Bar, 3159 Lower Demunds Road, Dallas: Strawberry Jam
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: John Strasburger
Four Hundred Club of Nanticoke, 1211 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke: DV8 and Dead GIveaway
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Bearlesque
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Bark at the Moon
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Bret Alexander
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Camp Rattler Spring Ceremony featuring Thunderbird Drive
Kilcoyne’s, 129 S. Main Ave., Scranton: Mickey Spain
McGrath’s Pub and Eatery, 112 E. Main St., Dalton: FullCircle
Minooka Pub, 2934 Birney Ave., Scranton: Q-Ball
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Ron Morgan Band
The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Two Inch Astronaut, Mr. Softee, Inner Temple, The Greater Victory and Doghouse Charlie
Plains Pub, 37 E. Carey St., Plains Twp.: The Lesser Knowns
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Snowblind
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Flux Capacitor
Rob’s Pub & Grub, 232 Nesbitt St., Larksville: Empire in Decline
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bosco & The Storm
The Summit, Route 11, New Milford: Graces Downfall
TC Riley’s, 405 Carverton Road, Wyoming: SUPE
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Drive and Ron Schoonover
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) No. 7069, 402 Winola Rd., Clarks Summit: Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Better Than Bad
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sean Donnelly and Sergio Marzitelli

Sunday, March 4
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Brett & Eddie
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Latewaves with West Means Home
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: DYNAMO and Kluster Phunk
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, March 5
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Trivia Night with Josh and Michael
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, March 6
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Bill Hoffman / Open Mic
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Mike Hagan
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Breathing Easy Duo

Wednesday, March 7
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Echo Creek
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Rob Palmitessa

Concerts – February 22, 2018

Concerts – February 22, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
An Evening with Poco and Jim Messina, Thursday, Feb. 22
Jim Breuer, Saturday, Feb. 24
Blues Traveler, Wednesday, Feb. 28
David Byrne, Sunday, March 4
Ron White, Thursday, March 8
Alice Cooper, Saturday, March 10
Creed Bratton, Wednesday, March 21
The Beach Boys, Saturday, March 24
Celtic Woman, Sunday, March 25
Christopher Cross, Wednesday, April 4

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Gin Blossoms, Friday, Feb. 23 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Tracy Morgan, Saturday, March 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Unforgettable Fire, Saturday, March 10 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Gary Owen, Saturday, March 31 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Vic Dibitetto, Friday, April, 6 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Jessica Kirson, Saturday, May 5 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Earth, Wind & Fire, Saturday, June 2 (Summer Outdoor Stage)
Third Eye Blind, Friday, June 8 (Summer Outdoor Stage)
Vic Latino’s Freestyle Live, Saturday, June 30 (Summer Outdoor Stage)
Huey Lewis and the News, Saturday, July 14 (Summer Outdoor Stage)

Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton
Tickets: 570-955-1490
Joey Armino and the Family, Saturday, April 7
The Mahoney Brothers, Saturday, April 21

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Next Big Thing presents Bruce in the USA, Saturday, Feb. 24
Lonestar, Friday, March 2
Melvin Seals and JGB, Saturday, March 3
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Friday, March 9
Jay and the Americans and the Brooklyn Bride, Friday, March 23
Lorrie Morgan, Saturday, March 24
Daughtry, Sunday, March 25
Robin Trower, Wednesday, April 4
Lita Ford and Firehouse, Friday, April 6
The Devon Allman Project, Thursday, April 19

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Lespecial with Electric Love Machine, Saturday, Feb. 24
Stronger Than Dirt, Friday, March 2
Flux Capacitor, Saturday, March 3
Delta Thunder — A tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers, Friday, March 9
Jam Stampede featuring members of Zen Tricksters, Saturday, March 10
Goose and Dr. Slothclaw, Friday, March 16
Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth/Dylan Skursky of Cabinet and Serene Green, Saturday, March 17
Clarence Spady Band with Tony Carfora, Friday, March 23
Tractorbear: a tribute to the Disco Biscuits, Saturday, March 24
Hayley Jane and the Primates, Friday, March 24

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
lespecial and Electric Love Machine, Friday, Feb. 23
Fetty Wap, Saturday, Feb. 24
Dropkick Murphys, Monday, March 12
Judah and The Lion, Wednesday, March 14
Keith Harkin and Joey Harkum, Sunday, March 18
Golden Gate Wingmen, Saturday, March 24
Rock 107 presents Zoso — The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Friday March 30
Steel Panther, Saturday, March 31
American’s Bandstand, Saturday, April 7,
Buckcherry, Friday, April 13

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Awolnation, Friday, Feb. 23
Jordan Rakei, Sunday, Feb. 25
Gabrielle Aplin, Tuesday, Feb. 27
The Mowgli’s, Wednesday, Feb. 28
Ferg, Wednesday, Feb. 28
Taylor Bennett, Thursday, March 1
Wallows, Friday, March 2
Carnage, Friday, March 2
Jeezy, Saturday, March 3
Cupcakke, Saturday, March 3

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Nightwish, Friday, March 16
MGMT, Tuesday, March 20
Between The Buried and Me, Saturday, March 31
As The Crow Flies, Wednesday, April 18
Built to Spill and the Afghan Whigs, Saturday, April 21
Matt and Kim, Sunday, April 22
Minus the Bear, Saturday, April 28
Lord Huron, Tuesday, May 1
Greta Van Fleet, Saturday, May 12
Sum 41, Monday, May 14

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Kid Rock, Friday, Feb. 23
Blake Shelton, Saturday, March 17
Demi Lovato with DJ Khaled and Kehlani, Friday, March 23
Lorde, Monday, April 2
Pink, Friday, April 13
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3
Justin Timerlake, Saturday, June 2
Depeche Mode, Sunday, June 3
Def Leppard with Journey, Monday, June 11

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Ricardo Arjona, Thursday, Feb. 22
Justin Timberlake, Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22
Maluma, Sunday, March 25
Billy Joel, Wednesday, March 28
Pink, Thursday, April 5, and Friday, April 6
Bon Jovi, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10
Luis Miguel, Saturday, June 9
Def Leppard with Journey, Wednesday, June 13
Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train, Thursday, June 14

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Googoosh: The Memory Makers Tour, Saturday, March 3
LOVE ROCKS NYC! benefitting God’s Love We Deliver, Thursday, March 15
Concert For Dreams featuring O.A.R. and friends, Friday, March 23
Aska Yang, Saturday, March 24
K.d. Lang, Monday, March 26
An Evening with Eckhart Tolle, Saturday, March 31
Brandi Carlile, Thursday, April 5; Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7
Miranda Sings Live… Your Welcome!, Sunday, April 8
Panariello Conti Pieraccioni, Friday, April 13

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
The James Hunter Six, Thursday, Feb. 22
The Amish Outlaws, Friday, Feb. 23
Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, Saturday, Feb. 24
MISSIO, Wednesday, Feb. 28
Low Cut Connie, Saturday, March 3
Deer Tick, Tuesday, March 6
I Love a Piano: Kate and Dennis Varley Cabaret, Thursday, March 8
Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Records Revue features Jeff McCarty and Eric Johnson, Thursday, March 8
Jounce featuring Danny Tamberelli, Friday, March 9
Ryan Hamilton, Friday, March 9

Sounds – February 22, 2018

Sounds – February 22, 2018

CHANGES IN ATTITUDES DEERHOOF – “Mountain Moves”
THE GOOD: California indie rockers Deerhoof come back with a varied fourteenth.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Written and recorded after our 2016 presidential election, “Mountain Moves” is another case of indie rock challenging the Right. When Deerhoof brings on its mix of bubble gum, noise rock and trashy funk though, any feelings of anger or frustration still sound merry and completely danceable. The record may begin in a dark place, but after 20 minutes, you get swept up in its sunny hopeful vibes.
Guest vocalists include Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier. The band even tackles a couple of cover tunes courtesy of Bob Marley and the Staple Singers (lead singer Satomi Matsuzaki’s joyful chirp throughout “Freedom Highway” will make your day).
So, politics or not, “Mountain Moves” is another Deerhoof triumph; a study in both simple melodies and wild unpredictability. And as the band approaches the 25-year mark, the unique sounds and fresh ideas remain abundant.
BUY IT?: Yep.

THE HORRORS – “V”
THE GOOD: British alt-rockers the Horrors continue to morph and progress on the band’s fifth.
THE BAD: Depends upon what you crave…
THE NITTY GRITTY: If you listened to 2007’s “Strange House” and then jumped straight to this new release, it would take some serious convincing to prove both were products of the same band. The two records hail from completely different planets.
What started as a noisy, trashy, goth-garage outfit has slowly developed into a more refined new wave act. Five albums over the past decade have seen the band exploring styles as disparate as punk, shoegaze, electro and 80s neo-romantic. Now on “V” (that’s “five”), the lads lock into multi-layered grooves and swirling psychedelic backdrops to bring forth melodic guitar/synth hybrids that can be classified as both experimental freak-outs and pop gems.
Combining mid-period Cure, prime Dandy Warhols and splashes of both the Stone Roses and New Order, “V” ends up another happy accident that leaves us clamoring for the band’s next unpredictable chapter.
BUY IT?: Surely.

WOLF ALICE – “Visions of a Life”
THE GOOD: British indie rock outfit Wolf Alice dodges the sophomore slump with a varied second.
THE BAD: “Visions” is so diverse, it practically lacks any cohesive direction. Go with it though, and enjoy the ride.
THE NITTY GRITTY: A few dire missteps aside (I can’t wholly embrace the juvenile stupidity spread across “Yuk Foo” or the prog-rock bombast dominating the title track), “Visions” is actually a decent alt-rock album that kind of doubles as a really cool mixtape.
Fronted by the always tough yet strangely charming Ellie Roswell, the band bounces from the dream pop of “Heavenward” to the cool funk carrying “Beautifully Unconventional” to the harmonious flirtations on “Don’t Delete the Kisses” effortlessly. They make the jagged transitions all sound so easy.
From there, it’s on to the Brit-pop stomp of “Space and Time” and the gentle coo that makes “After the Zero Hour” so damn irresistible. There are so many different flavors to savor. I suggest you get started.
BUY IT?: Surely.

Scranton band ‘Dour’ stays true to its name, looks forward to creating new music

Scranton band ‘Dour’ stays true to its name, looks forward to creating new music

Dour — as classified in the dictionary — is an adjective that refers to something that is relentlessly severe, stern or gloomy in manner or appearance.
Chadd Jenkins of Scranton thinks that word suits his metal and punk band perfectly.
“It’s a very fitting name for the band and its lyrical and musical content,” Jenkins said.
The five-piece punk outfit includes Jenkins on guitar and vocals; vocalist Bobby Keller; Billy Breen on guitar, bassist Cory Casey and drummer Chris Baranowski. Guitarist Jenkins recently went On the Record to discuss the band’s first performance together and how the Northeast Pennsylvania music scene influenced its sound over the years.

Q: How did you all meet?

A: We all met through the punk scene in Scranton years ago. The bands we have played in were Alfhole, Dead Radical, Bob and the Sagets and Cell 13, to name a few.

Q: How did you each get involved in music?
A: We have been in bands for a while.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together?
A: The first time we ever played out as DOUR was the day we released our self-titled demo. We played two shows in one day. First in Wilkes-Barre at Curry Donuts and the other was at the Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton. No one heard us until these two shows. The reaction was very positive.

Q: What is your songwriting process?
A: One of the guitar players bring a riff to practice, and we build off of it. So, the input from each member is there. It’s definitely a group effort.

Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
A: We would have to say we haven’t changed that much, but we definitely excelled with our capabilities as musicians.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories as a part of this band?
A: Between shows and recording, and even just practice, it’s an adventure with us. It’s hard to say memories because we don’t really look back, we just keep moving forward.

Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
A: The music scene has changed quite a bit over the past years. There (aren’t) too many bands who are unique anymore. A lot of it sounds the same. But at the same time, there are really good bands in this area. Everyone just has to look harder.

Q: What music do you listen to — either for inspiration or that you just enjoy listening to?
A: We all listen to different things and some of the same; a lot of metal, punk, hardcore, grindcore — stuff like that.

Q: Have you faced any major challenges as a rising band?
A: No challenges. If we keep working as hard as we do, we’ll get to where we want to be.

Q: What are your future goals for the band?
A: We are going into the studio sometime in the spring to record a seven- inch, and then going on a small weekend tour in April with local shows scattered in the spring and summer.

Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to add that is important for people to know about the group?
A: Support local underground music.

 

Clubs – February 22, 2018

Clubs – February 22, 2018

Thursday, Feb. 22
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Wanabees Trio
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Line dancing with Chris and Darlene
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: Karaoke with Edwin
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Lou+2 Jazz Trio
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, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Open mic with Keith Stone
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Marilyn Kennedy
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Asialena
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Feb. 23
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Jeanne Zano
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Kura!
American Legion Post 665, 901 Main St., Dickson City: Marilyn Kennedy
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Riley Loftus
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tribute Night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Double Shot Duo
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tommy Guns Trio
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: HeAdLoCk
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Frost
Gober’s Deco Lounge, 1248 Wyoming Ave., Exeter: Sperazza Duo
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Liar, Liar
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Wandering Aloud
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Always Undecided
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: DJ Magnum J
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Shelly’s Underground
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Psychodynamic, Crookshanks, The Mongols and Road Sodas
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: Duster Duo
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: E57, Jung Bergo and Brad Parks
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Jonny D
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tritide Duo
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Clarence Spady Band
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Let’s Danza
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Boomer Happy Hour with Frankie and Toby
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Antidepressants and John Andeoli
Tony’s Wine Cellar and Sports Bar, 1117 Main St., Pittston: John Smith and Jr. Huggins and his Diamond City D’Lites
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: 3lb
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Mike Dillon
The Wine Cellar, 815 Mulberry St., Scranton: Charles Havira Band
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Stephanie Peters, Matt Burke and John Ohrin

Saturday, Feb. 24
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Strawberry Jam Duo
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Eric Rudy
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Ken from Graces Downfall
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Q-Ball
Augustine’s Club 17, 518 N. Main St., Old Forge: Deja Vu
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Light Up The Moon Trio
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: The Music Room
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Flirtin’ With Yesterday
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: Zayre Mountain
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Kartune
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Bob Tellefsen
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Southside Bandits
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Doubting Thomas
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: NYC Comedy invades Scranton
Mendicino’s Pizza, Route 502, Covington Twp.: Dan Reynolds Duo
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: Outta the Blue
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: 20lb Head
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: D-West
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Lespecial with Electric Love Machine
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Sleepy Hollow Lounge at Idle Hour Lanes, 2008 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Dickson City: Marilyn Kennedy
Smiler’s Grill & Bar, 600 Main St., Dickson City: Dashboard Mary with James Barrett
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: 3IB and Buzz
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) No. 1227, 492 Stephenson St., Duryea: Sperazza Band
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: That ‘90s Band
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Stephanie Peters, Matt Burke and John Ohrin

Sunday, Feb. 25
Arlo’s Tavern, 10340 Route 171, Union Dale: Clarence Spady Band
Elk Mountain Ski Resort, 344 Elk Mountain Road, Union Dale: Dashboard Mary
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
The Lamp Post (at Downtown Arts), 47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre: Freedom, Trail of Lies, Wild Side, Nightfear, Push and Hank Throne
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Feb. 26
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: DJ APTRIK

Tuesday, Feb. 27
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Acousticstein, Know Limit Trivia
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Tyler Zeiss

Wednesday, Feb. 28
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Open mic night with Kenny from Graces Downfall
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Echo Creek

Concerts – February 15, 2018

Concerts – February 15, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Howard Gospel Choir, Saturday, Feb. 17
An Evening with Poco and Jim Messina, Thursday, Feb. 22
Jim Breuer, Saturday, Feb. 24
Blues Traveler, Wednesday, Feb. 28
David Byrne, Sunday, March 3
Ron White, Thursday, March 8
Alice Cooper, Saturday, March 10

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Grand Funk Railroad, Saturday, Feb. 17 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Gin Blossoms, Friday, Feb. 23 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Tracy Morgan, Saturday, March 3 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Unforgettable Fire, Saturday, March 10 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)

Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton
Tickets: 570-955-1490
Joey Armino and the Family, Saturday, April 7
The Mahoney Brothers, Saturday, April 21

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Rodney Atkins, Friday, Feb. 16
Next Big Thing presents Bruce in the USA, Saturday, Feb. 24
Lonestar, Friday, March 2
Melvin Seals and JGB, Saturday, March 3
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot, Friday, March 9
Jay & the Americans and the Brooklyn Bride, Friday, March 23
Lorrie Morgan, Saturday, March 24
Daughtry, Sunday, March 25

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Space Bacon with Newpy Hundo, Friday, Feb. 16
Hub City Stompers & Scofflaws with Starwood, Franchesco Marx Band and Keystone Ska Exchange, Saturday, Feb. 17
Lespecial with Electric Love Machine, Saturday, Feb. 24
Stronger Than Dirt, Friday, March 2
Flux Capacitor, Saturday, March 3
Delta Thunder — A tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd & the Allman Brothers, Friday, March 9

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Black Horizon, Saturday, Feb. 15
Open mic night featuring Woodrow, Sunday, Feb. 18
lespecial and Electric Love Machine, Friday, Feb. 23
Fetty Wap, Saturday, Feb. 24
Dropkick Murphys, Monday, March 12
Judah & The Lion, Wednesday, March 14
Keith Harkin & Joey Harkum, Sunday, March 18
Golden Gate Wingmen, Saturday, March 24

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
X Ambassadors, Thursday, Feb. 15
Big Something, Thursday, Feb. 15
Galactic Winter Tour, Friday, Feb. 16
Magic Giant, Saturday, Feb. 17
Los Amigos Invisibles, Sunday, Feb. 18
Intervals, Monday, Feb. 19
K. Michelle, Tuesday, Feb. 20
Awolnation, Friday, Feb. 23
Jordan Rakei, Sunday, Feb. 25

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Ganja White Night, Thursday, Feb. 15
BORNS, Saturday, Feb. 17
Nightwish, Friday, March 16
MGMT, Tuesday, March 20
Between The Buried and Me, Saturday, March 31
As The Crow Flies, Wednesday, April 18
Built to Spill and the Afghan Whigs, Saturday, April 21
Matt and Kim, Sunday, April 22
Minus the Bear, Saturday, April 28

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Kid Rock, Friday, Feb. 23
Blake Shelton, Saturday, March 17
Demi Lovato with DJ Khaled and Kehlani, Friday, March 23
Lorde, Monday, April 2
Pink, Friday, April 13
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Romeo Santos, Thursday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 17
Billy Joel, Wednesday, Feb. 21
Ricardo Arjona, Thursday, Feb. 22
Justin Timberlake, Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22
Maluma, Sunday, March 25
Pink, Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
G3 Satriani, Petrucci and Collen, Friday, Feb. 16
70’s Soul Jam Valentines Concert, Saturday, Feb. 17
Idan Raichel: Piano Songs, Wednesday, Feb. 21
Googoosh: The Memory Makers Tour, Saturday, March 3
LOVE ROCKS NYC! benefitting God’s Love We Deliver, Thursday, March 15

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Strawberry Fields, Saturday, Feb. 17
Uriah Heep, Tuesday, Feb. 20
The James Hunter Six, Thursday, Feb. 22
The Amish Outlaws, Friday, Feb. 23
Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, Saturday, Feb. 24
MISSIO, Wednesday, Feb. 28
Low Cut Connie, Saturday, March 3
Deer Tick, Tuesday, March 6
I Love a Piano: Kate and Dennis Varley Cabaret, Thursday, March 8
Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Records Revue features Jeff McCarty and Eric Johnson, Thursday, March 8