Sounds – November 1, 2018

Sounds – November 1, 2018

Nine Inch Nails shines as Gorillaz, Orbital serve tepid sequels

Nine Inch Nails — ‘Bad Witch’
THE GOOD: Nine Inch Nails’ ninth finds mastermind Trent Reznor taking some serious musical chances.
THE BAD: Six tracks in 30 minutes blurs the lines between EP and LP. Or does “Bad Witch” simply leave you craving more darkness?
THE NITTY GRITTY: If Reznor ever attempted to make a loose SOUL album, this might be it. The man plays copious amounts of saxophone within the mix, which detracts some power from the usual electronic buzz and hum. Some moments even find Reznor channeling his dearly departed friend and collaborator David Bowie. Smoky bits such as “God Break Down the Door” or the funky “Over and Out” wouldn’t feel out of place during that artist’s mid-’80s rhythmic period.
The affair also works seamlessly as a whole, jumping from the traditional NIN angst of “S— Mirror” to the aforementioned Bowie-isms to haunting instrumentals such as “I’m Not from This World.” It’s a record that feels both strikingly human and eerily detached all at once.
BUY IT?: Surely.

Gorillaz — ‘The Now Now’ 
THE GOOD: British virtual band Gorillaz comes back (already) with its sixth.
THE BAD: If last year’s “Humanz” had too many guests and not enough Damon Albarn out front, “Now Now” is the exact opposite. Now it’s 90 percent Albarn and a lack of fresh ideas. Maybe if we MERGE the two albums. Hmmmm…
THE NITTY GRITTY: There are some satisfying moments here. The slick electropop carrying “Humility,” the urban swagger of “Hollywood,” the simple beauty that is “Idaho” — they all work. Too bad other parts feel unfinished. “Lake Zurich” gets off to a funky start but fizzles. “Fire Flies” and “One Percent” are tepid, half-baked jams that would have once been B-sides.
Albarn has released a LOT of new music over the past half-decade — a Blur reunion record, a solo album and now two Gorillaz sets. Maybe it’s time to relax and recharge the batteries. Last year, I called the Gorillaz catalog one of diminishing returns. For the time being, it’s leveled off.
BUY IT?: Your choice.

Orbital — ‘Monsters Exist’
THE GOOD: British electronic duo Orbital (brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll) get together AGAIN for their ninth.
THE BAD: “Monsters” makes no bold leaps forward. Still…
THE NITTY GRITTY: The album could be considered a welcome return to form. Orbital first called it quits around 2004, just as the ’90s electronic golden age was shutting down for good. It reformed briefly around the turn of the decade, and then again last year. A series of live shows got the creative juices flowing, and “Monsters” is the result.
The proper set is a tight, nine-song opus that sees the brothers using their old tricks — multi-layered seamless beats and basslines, ethereal vocal loops, whirring hypnotic synths, and a clean and shiny mix. There’s also a bonus disc of “leftovers,” some of which are just as infectious as the main show.
The record’s only drawback is a lack of differentiation from the existing catalog. “Monsters” ends up an enjoyable run through familiar grooves, but maybe it’s just for the diehards.
BUY IT?: Your call.

Nightlife – November 1, 2018

Nightlife – November 1, 2018

Thursday, Nov. 1
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
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: Mark Sutorka
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Jay Luke
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Nov. 2
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Brian and John
Backdraft Sports Bar & Restaurant, 1256 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel: Marilyn Kennedy
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
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: Vice City
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Joe O’Malley
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tritide Duo
Dunn’s Tavern, 905 S. Main Ave., Scranton: Karaoke
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Bret Alexander
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Cultic, Funeral Bastard and Video Massacre
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Delta Thunder
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Chasing Ashlee Duo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Jazz Cafe 25th anniversary hosted by Sax Great Tony Carfora
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.: Frankie & Toby
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Always Undecided and Rick Gillette
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Old Friends
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Mike Dougherty
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dan Wilson, Joe Bublewicz and Sergio Marzitelli
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Romeo Delight, Romeo Delight: A tribute to Van Halen

Saturday, Nov. 3
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Ali Baba Liquor Lounge
Andy Gavin’s, 1392 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Heads Up Duo
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Until Sunrise
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Riptide
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.
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Mike Dougherty
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Counting Stars
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Flowers for Taco
Dunn’s Tavern, 905 S. Main Ave., Scranton: Karaoke
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Halloween Party with Rockstar Revolution
Honky Tonk Restaurant & Saloon, 763 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Tommy Guns Band
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Boys of Fall and In Her Own Words
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Babel Map, Ruckzuck Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms, and Gypsy-Valley
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: The J.O.B.
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover with Kluster Phunk
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.: Hoopla
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Hostile Authority and Ron Schoonover
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Jugdish
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dan Wilson, Joe Bublewicz and Sergio Marzitelli

Sunday, Nov. 4
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Castle Black, Holtzmann Effect, Bear Bones and Kali Ma
Villa Maria II, 1610 Washburn St., Scranton: Fab Three
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Nov. 5
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Whiskey Hill Project
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Trivia Night with Josh and Michael
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Parasites, Jeepers Creepers and the Squalors
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, Nov. 6
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Know Limit Trivia
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Eddie Appnel
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, Nov. 7
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Bingo Night
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Keith
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
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Riley Loftus

Concerts – November 1, 2018

Concerts – November 1, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
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
The National Reserve and MiZ, Thursday, Nov. 8
Tommy James and the Shondells, Saturday, Nov. 10
Jo Koy, Sunday, Sunday, Nov. 11
Petula Clark, Wednesday, Nov. 14
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
Mike Marino, Friday, Nov. 2 (Gypsies Lounge)
ABBA: The Concert, Saturday, Nov. 3 (Gypsies Lounge)
The Clairvoyants Christmas, Friday, Nov. 23 (Gypsies Lounge)
Mike Epps, Saturday, Nov. 24 (Gypsies Lounge)
Best of the Eagles, Saturday, Dec. 8 (Gypsies Lounge)
The Amish Outlaws, Friday, Dec. 28 (Gypsies Lounge)
Carlos Mencia, Saturday, Dec. 29 (Gypsies Lounge)
Sinbad, Sunday, Dec. 30 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
570-822-2992
Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover with Kluster Phunk, Saturday, Nov. 3
The Grass Is Dead, Friday, Nov. 9
7800 Fahrenheit — Bon Jovi tribute, Saturday, Nov. 10
Boote Family Benefit, Sunday, Nov. 11
The Lizard, Friday, Nov. 16
Dean Ford & the Beautiful Ones, Saturday, Nov. 17
MiZ and Mazer with Professor Louie and the Crowmatix and the Woodstock Horns, Wednesday, Nov. 21
Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe, Thursday, Nov. 22
Subnotics, Friday, Nov. 23
Mark Rose of Spitalfield, Friday, Nov. 30

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Gordon Lightfoot, Thursday, Nov. 1
Josh Turner, Friday, Nov. 2
The Land of Ozz, Saturday, Nov. 3
Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Thursday, Nov. 8
Charlie Daniels Band with the Outlaws, Nov. 9
The Official Blues Brothers Revue, Saturday, Nov. 10
An Evening with Air Supply, Sunday, Nov. 11
Blue Oyster Cult, Friday, Nov. 16
Slightly Stoopif, Saturday, Nov. 17
Dark Star Orchestra, Wednesday, Nov. 21

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Lanco, Friday, Nov. 2
GWAR, Tuesday, Nov. 6
Jay Critch, Friday, Nov. 9
Humble Pie, Saturday, Nov. 10
Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour 2018, Wednesday, Nov. 21
Kitchen Dwellers, Saturday, Nov. 24
The Definitive Tribute to the Original Allman Brothers Band, Saturday, Dec. 1
Ghost, Wednesday, Dec. 5

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Josh Ritter, Thursday, Nov. 1
The Wood Brothers, Sunday, Nov. 4
Katharine McPhee, Wednesday, Nov. 7
The Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed Brothers, Friday, Nov. 9
Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Friday, Nov. 9
Tony Lucca, Thursday, Nov. 15
Billy Bauer Band Tribute to Dave Matthews Band, Friday, Nov. 16
The Aardvarks and the Sofa Kings, Saturday, Nov. 17
Philadelphia Funk Authority, Wednesday, Nov. 21
TUSK, Friday, Nov. 23

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Kamasi Washington, Friday, Nov. 9
REZZ, Saturday, Nov. 9
H.E.R., Friday, Nov. 16
The Story So Far, Saturday, Nov. 17
San Holo, Wednesday, Nov. 21
Thom Yorke, Friday, Nov. 23
Streetlight Manifesto, Friday, Nov. 30
Adam Conover, Saturday, Dec. 1
Joe Perry featuring Brad Whitford and Gary Cherone, Wednesday, Dec. 5
Get the Led Out, Friday, Dec. 7

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Josh Groban, Monday, Nov. 12
Kevin Hart, Saturday, Nov. 24
Travis Scott, Saturday, Dec. 1
Jingle Ball, Wednesday, Dec. 5
Mumford and Sons, Friday, Dec. 7
Dave Matthews Band, Tuesday, Dec. 11
Justin Timberlake, Monday, Dec. 17
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Friday, Dec. 21

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Chris Stapleton, Friday, Nov. 2
Bill Burr, Wednesday, Nov. 7
Elton John, Thursday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 9.
Josh Groban, Sunday, Nov. 16
Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, Monday, Nov. 19
Travis Scott, Tuesday, Nov. 27, and Wednesday, Nov. 28
Dave Matthews Band, Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30
John Legend, Monday, Dec. 3
Jimmy V Classic, Tuesday, Dec. 4
Mega Bash 2018, Wednesday, Dec. 5

Sounds – October 25, 2018

Sounds – October 25, 2018

Sequels take listeners in new directions

Father John Misty — ‘God’s Favorite Customer’
THE GOOD: Singer/songwriter Josh Tillman takes his fourth album as Father John Misty in a new direction.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Released a mere 14 months after the 2017 epic “Pure Comedy,” “Customer” was written during a prolific two months Tillman spent holed up in a New York City hotel room. It also peels away some of the past’s pretentiousness. “Customer” probably is the closest we’re ever getting to Misty indie POP.
This is one tight affair, with 10 songs in just under 40 minutes. Practically every cut boasts a dedicated hook that grabs you immediately. One might even consider a tune such as “Mr. Tillman” — dare I say it — bouncy. Most of the time, a full band augments Misty, and not just guitars and drums but woodwinds, too. I’m not sure if the guy wanted to lighten the mood, but he certainly does just that during “Customer,” the man’s most easily approachable record to date.
BUY IT?: Definitely.

Dawes — ‘Passwords’
THE GOOD: California folk-rock group Dawes get somewhat political on its sixth.
THE BAD: “Passwords” is musically interchangeable with past albums. Still, long-time fans simply looking for their bi-annual fix should be cool.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Most bands have dabbled in world events since our 2016 presidential election and Brexit. Add Dawes to that conscientious list. Here, though, in typical mellow California style, the group tries to see matters from both sides and arrive at some sort of middle ground (“Declare no winners or losers/And forgive our shared mistakes”). Conflict resolution is key.
Arrangements are smooth and calculated. Frontman Taylor Goldsmith offers a fine and sometimes reserved voice throughout, with steady backbeats, tasteful guitar, pedal steel in all the right places, string flourishes for added color, etc. Both the musical direction and lyrics put “Passwords” literally in the middle of the road.
So, this will NOT be the most exciting record you hear this year. But that doesn’t mean the enjoyable set isn’t worth the effort.
BUY IT?: Your call.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever — ‘Hope Downs’
THE GOOD: After teasing us with a couple of solid EPs, Australian indie rock group Rolling Blackouts C.F. delivers its first full-length LP.
THE BAD: No gripes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Listening to “Hope Downs,” one is immediately transformed back in time circa 1987. That is, IF you listened to music that mattered — I.R.S.-era R.E.M., jangly Go-Betweens, Replacements after it tightened up, fellow Aussies the Hoodoo Gurus and the decorative guitar prowess of the Church. All those elements get shoved into these contemporary tunes and sound FRESH again, especially if you’re a 15-year-old kid just discovering these dynamics. By the way, if that is the case, do your homework, go back and check out all of those aforementioned bands. You’re welcome.
In the meantime, the rest of us will relish in a modern group defying expectations and playing by its own rules. “Hope Downs” is both guitar pop bliss and slightly agitated, noisy jams. And Rolling Blackouts C.F. makes it all marvelous.
BUY IT?: Yep.

 

Nightlife – October 25, 2018

Nightlife – October 25, 2018

Thursday, Oct. 25
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Shelly’s Underground Duo
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: College Night Halloween Party
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
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
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Mechanical Bull Riding
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Open Mic Circus
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Jeff Lewis
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Halloween Triple play (the Garcia Project, Flux Capacitor and Hayley Jane and the Primates)
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, Oct. 26
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Friendly Fyre
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Eric Rudy
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: LGBT Takes Over Biggest Halloween Party
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Riley Loftus
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Popstar Drive
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
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: ‘80s to the Grave
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Harlan Tucker Band
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Mike & Mike
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Rockstar Revolution: Chacko’s Halloween Rock Show
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
Executive Lounge at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Frankie and Toby, the Jeffrey James Band
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Always Undecided
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Halloween Party Elvis Tribute with Leigh Joel Fierman
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Asialena Duo
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Line of Scrimmage, Gloves Off, Dissent, Third Rail (Final Show), On Sight, Before I Had Wings, Ripped Away and Dread
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Traverse the Abyss Halloween Bash featuring Stay Loud, Terrorize This and Willrow Hood
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Flaxy Morgan
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sugar Ray
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Paul LaQuintano and Flatland Ruckus
Poor Richard’s Pub, 125 Beech St., Scranton: Karaoke Competition
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
The SpeakEasy Saloon and Resort, 9207 Route 171, Union Dale: Dashboard Mary
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Light Weight Duo and Tyler Zeiss
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Patrick McGlynn, Project ’90s
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Adam McKinley

Saturday, Oct. 27
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: John Shemo
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Streetlife Serenaders
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Juelz Santana Live
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tophat: A Tribute to Slash and Friends
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Chester Avenue Band
Bean and Vine Cafe & Wine Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Piano Night
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Swalloween Costume Party with These Idol Hands
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Stage
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Ostrich Hat
Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top: Cavanaugh’s annual Halloween Party
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Samhain Fest: Multi-Genre Halloween Show
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Rosary Guild album release show featuring Doghouse Charlie and Noxen
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Costume Party
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: 40 Head Halloween Bash
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: A Proud Monkey Solo
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Shamrock Duo and DJ Famous
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Hayley Jane and the Primates
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
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Better Than Bad and Bryan Banks Halloween Costume Party
Veterans of Foreign Wars 7069, 402 Winola Road, Clarks Summit: FullCircle
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Nowhere Slow
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Chatter

Sunday, Oct. 28
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Oct. 29
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, Oct. 30
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, Oct. 31
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
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Halloween Bash
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: I Love Death, the Cryptid, BLK LLC and Exciser
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Keith, Reapers Revenge costume party
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Edwin Velez 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 – October 25, 2018

Concerts – October 25, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Jay Leno, Thursday, Oct. 25
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
The National Reserve and MiZ, Thursday, Nov. 8
Tommy James and the Shondells, Saturday, Nov. 10
Jo Koy, Sunday, Sunday, Nov. 11
Petula Clark, Wednesday, Nov. 14
Todd Snider, Friday, Nov. 16
The Fast Lane — Eagles tribute, Saturday, Nov. 17

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Mike Marino, Friday, Nov. 2 (Gypsies Lounge)
ABBA: The Concert, Saturday, Nov. 3 (Gypsies Lounge)
The Clairvoyants Christmas, Friday, Nov. 23 (Gypsies Lounge)
Mike Epps, Saturday, Nov. 24 (Gypsies Lounge)
Best of the Eagles, Saturday, Dec. 8 (Gypsies Lounge)
Carlos Mencia, Saturday, Dec. 29 (Gypsies Lounge)
Sinbad, Sunday, Dec. 30 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
570-822-2992
The Garcia Project, Flux Capacitor and Hayley Jane & the Primates, Thursday, Oct. 25
Flux Capacitor, Friday, Oct. 26
Hayley Jane and the Primates, Saturday, Oct. 27
Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover with Kluster Phunk, Saturday, Nov. 3
The Grass Is Dead, Friday, Nov. 9
7800 Fahrenheit — Bon Jovi tribute, Saturday, Nov. 10
Boote Family Benefit, Sunday, Nov. 11
The Lizard, Friday, Nov. 16
Dean Ford & the Beautiful Ones, Saturday, Nov. 17
MiZ and Mazer with Professor Louie and the Crowmatix and the Woodstock Horns, Wednesday, Nov. 21

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Thursday, Oct. 25
The Psychedelic Furs, Sunday, Oct. 28
Bill Haley’s Comets, Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 31
Gordon Lightfoot, Thursday, Nov. 1
Josh Turner, Friday, Nov. 2
The Land of Ozz, Saturday, Nov. 3
Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Thursday, Nov. 8
Charlie Daniels Band with the Outlaws, Nov. 9
The Official Blues Brothers Revue, Saturday, Nov. 10

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Friday, Oct. 26
Frontiers — Journey tribute, Saturday, Oct. 27
Lanco, Friday, Nov. 2
GWAR, Tuesday, Nov. 6
Jay Critch, Friday, Nov. 9
Humble Pie, Saturday, Nov. 10
Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour 2018, Wednesday, Nov. 21
Kitchen Dwellers, Saturday, Nov. 24
The Definitive Tribute to the Original Allman Brothers Band, Saturday, Dec. 1
Ghost, Wednesday, Dec. 5

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Wild Adriatic, Thursday, Oct. 25
The Mavericks, Saturday, Oct. 27
Splintered Sunlight, Wednesday, Oct. 31
Josh Ritter, Thursday, Nov. 1
The Wood Brothers, Sunday, Nov. 4
Katharine McPhee, Wednesday, Nov. 7
The Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed Brothers, Friday, Nov. 9
Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Friday, Nov. 9
Tony Lucca, Thursday, Nov. 15
Billy Bauer Band Tribute to Dave Matthrews Band, Friday, Nov. 16
The Aardvarks and the Sofa Kings, Saturday, Nov. 17

Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Moon Taxi, Friday, Oct. 26
Minus the Bear, Saturday, Oct. 27
Clutch, Sunday, Oct. 28
Kamasi Washington, Friday, Nov. 9
REZZ, Saturday, Nov. 9
H.E.R., Friday, Nov. 16
The Story So Far, Saturday, Nov. 17
San Holo, Wednesday, Nov. 21
Thom Yorke, Friday, Nov. 23
Streetlight Manifesto, Friday, Nov. 30

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Metallica, Thursday, Oct. 25
Powerhouse 2018, Friday, Oct. 26
Twenty One Pilots, Sunday, Oct. 28
Josh Groban, Monday, Nov. 12
Kevin Hart, Saturday, Nov. 24
Michelle Obama, Thursday, Nov. 29
Travis Scott, Saturday, Dec. 1
Jingle Ball, Wednesday, Dec. 5
Mumford and Sons, Friday, Dec. 7
Dave Matthews Band, Tuesday, Dec. 11

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Billy Joel, Saturday, Oct. 27
Marc Anthony, Sunday, Oct. 28
Twenty One Pilots, Tuesday, Oct. 30
Chris Stapleton, Friday, Nov. 2
Bill Burr, Wednesday, Nov. 7
Elton John, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 9.
Josh Groban, Sunday, Nov. 16
Travis Scott, Tuesday, Nov. 27, and Wednesday, Nov. 28
Dave Matthews Band, Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30

Sounds – October 18, 2018

Sounds – October 18, 2018

Artists from variety of genres turn out must-listen sequels

Parquet Courts — ‘Wide Awake!’
THE GOOD: New York indie rock band Parquet Courts comes back with a varied sixth.
THE BAD: The group turns in more than a few unexpected musical directions. Not “bad,” but be prepared.
THE NITTY GRITTY: “Wide Awake” is a post-punk record with a social conscience. The band is fighting for its rights and yours, drawing attention to everything from class structures to violence in our city streets. Lyrically, it’s an album firmly grounded in 2018.
Musically, the guys unexpectedly hired Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells, Black Keys) to produce. He brings the chaos under semi-control. Classic influences run amok within a frenetic, eclectic blend that recalls only the coolest of record collections. Debut Devo, “London Calling”-era Clash, early Jam, Wire and the Buzzcocks at their absolute peak, a smattering of early ’80s West Coast punk — all those sounds come together during a set that can be either highly aggressive or surprisingly melodic (or both) at different points. Fascinating.
BUY IT?: You should.

King Tuff — ‘The Other’ 
THE GOOD: Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kyle Thomas (stage name King Tuff) switches gears (matures?) on his fourth.
THE BAD: The garage rock and party elements of past records are toned down. It’s not bad, but be ready for the shift.
THE NITTY GRITTY: These days, Thomas seems more concerned about the environment, our over-dependence on technology and real relationships as opposed to what to do with the weekend. Musically, he’s broadening his horizons too, experimenting with intimate mood pieces (the title cut), psychedelic bits carried by subtle country swaggers (“Thru the Cracks”) and multi-layered, Beck-like fits of funk (“Birds of Paradise”).
Thomas wants to create something bigger and more meaningful, and his progressions are off to a good start. The spirit behind “The Other” certainly is something worthy of expanding on in future releases. The man even keeps good company these days. Old friend and collaborator Ty Segall helps out on drums and backing vocals. Jenny Lewis makes an understated appearance. So come join the party — excuse me — gathering.
BUY IT?: Sure.

The Presets — ‘Hi Viz’
THE GOOD: Australian electronic duo the Presets shows us a great time on its fourth album (first in six years).
THE BAD: Shallow at points? You bet. However, there’s no bad in having nothing but a good time.
THE NITTY GRITTY: “Hi Viz” plays less like a proper album and more like a hyper DJ set. Some songs follow traditional pop structures; others are designed strictly to make you move. The guys manage to avoid the dated trappings of electronic music in general. Nothing here feels out of place in 2018. And there are long stretches where the individual tracks mix into each other seamlessly. So if you’re downloading as opposed to picking up the CD or vinyl, go for the WHOLE EXPERIENCE.
Standout cuts include the immediately slamming opener “Knuckles,” funky “Downtown Shutdown,” graceful yet pulsating “Feel Alone” and densely packed, hypnotic “14U + 14ME.” There really isn’t a weak moment here; “Hi Viz” never languishes or loses its all-too-important momentum.
BUY IT?: Yeah.

Concerts – October 18, 2018

Concerts – October 18, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, Thursday, Oct. 18
Jay Leno, Thursday, Oct. 25
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
The National Reserve and MiZ, Thursday, Nov. 8
Tommy James and the Shondells, Saturday, Nov. 10
Jo Koy, Sunday, Sunday, Nov. 11
Petula Clark, Wednesday, Nov. 14
Todd Snider, Friday, Nov. 16

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
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)
The Clairvoyants Christmas, Friday, Nov. 23 (Gypsies Lounge)
Mike Epps, Saturday, Nov. 24 (Gypsies Lounge)
Best of the Eagles, Saturday, Dec. 8 (Gypsies Lounge)
Carlos Mencia, Saturday, Dec. 29 (Gypsies Lounge)
Sinbad, Sunday, Dec. 30 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
570-822-2992
Dustin Douglas & the Electric Gentlemen with Brendan Brisk Blues Band, Friday, Oct. 19
King Jeremy — Pearl Jam tribute, Saturday, Oct. 20
The Garcia Project, Flux Capacitor and Hayley Jane & the Primates, Thursday, Oct. 25
Flux Capacitor, Friday, Oct. 26
Hayley Jane and the Primates, Saturday, Oct. 27
Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover with Kluster Phunk, Saturday, Nov. 3
The Grass Is Dead, Friday, Nov. 9
7800 Fahrenheit — Bon Jovi tribute, Saturday, Nov. 10
Boote Family Benefit, Sunday, Nov. 11
The Lizard, Friday, Nov. 16

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Meat Loaf’s Neverland Band featuring Caleb Johnson, Friday, Oct. 19
Tesla, Sunday, Oct. 21
The Everly Brothers Experience, Tuesday, Oct. 23
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Thursday, Oct. 25
The Psychedelic Furs, Sunday, Oct. 28
Bill Haley’s Comets, Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 31
Gordon Lighfoot, Thursday, Nov. 1
Josh Turner, Friday, Nov. 2
The Land of Ozz, Saturday, Nov. 3
Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Thursday, Nov. 8

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Dirty Heads, Thursday, Oct. 18
Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, Friday, Oct. 19
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Friday, Oct. 26
Frontiers — Journey tribute, Saturday, Oct. 27
Lanco, Friday, Nov. 2
GWAR, Tuesday, Nov. 6
Jay Critch, Friday, Nov. 9
Humble Pie, Saturday, Nov. 10
Tech N9ne’s Independent Grind Tour 2018, Wednesday, Nov. 21
Kitchen Dwellers, Saturday, Nov. 24

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Wild Adriatic, Thursday, Oct. 25
The Mavericks, Saturday, Oct. 27
Splintered Sunlight, Wednesday, Oct. 31
Josh Ritter, Thursday, Nov. 1
The Wood Brothers, Sunday, Nov. 4
Katharine McPhee, Wednesday, Nov. 7
The Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed Brothers, Friday, Nov. 9
Richard Thompson Electric Trio, Friday, Nov. 9
Tony Lucca, Thursday, Nov. 15
Billy Bauer Band Tribute to Dave Matthrews Band, Friday, Nov. 16
The Aardvarks and the Sofa Kings, Saturday, Nov. 17

North Seventh, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Chvrches, Friday, Oct. 19
Jessie J, Saturday, Oct. 20
Moon Taxi, Friday, Oct. 26
Minus the Bear, Saturday, Oct. 27
Clutch, Sunday, Oct. 28
Kamasi Washington, Friday, Nov. 9
REZZ, Saturday, Nov. 9
H.E.R., Friday, Nov. 16
The Story So Far, Saturday, Nov. 17
San Holo, Wednesday, Nov. 21

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Metallica, Thursday, Oct. 25
Powerhouse 2018, Friday, Oct. 26
Twenty One Pilots, Sunday, Oct. 28
Josh Groban, Monday, Nov. 12
Kevin Hart, Saturday, Nov. 24
Michelle Obama, Thursday, Nov. 29
Travis Scott, Saturday, Dec. 1
Jingle Ball, Wednesday, Dec. 5
Mumford and Sons, Friday, Dec. 7
Dave Matthews Band, Tuesday, Dec. 11

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Elton John, Thursday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 19
Justin Timberlake, Monday, Oct. 22, and Wednesday, Oct. 24
Billy Joel, Saturday, Oct. 27
Marc Anthony, Sunday, Oct. 28
Twenty One Pilots, Tuesday, Oct. 30
Chris Stapleton, Friday, Nov. 2
Bill Burr, Wednesday, Nov. 7
Elton John, Thursday, Nov. 8, and Friday, Nov. 9
Josh Groban, Sunday, Nov. 16
Dave Matthews Band, Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30

Nightlife – October 18, 2018

Nightlife – October 18, 2018

Thursday, Oct. 18
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Frank Marcinkowski
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Ty Baby
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
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Camp Rattler Beer Garden, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Jami Kali of Kali Ma & the Garland of Arms hosts open call
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
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Open Mic 64
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: Dustin Drevitch
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Oct. 19
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: The Violet Sisters
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: John Strasburger
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tiffany and Jon
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Jeffrey James Band
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.
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Crimson Tears
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Frost
Case Quattro Winery, 1542 Main St., Peckville: Jimmy Cullen and Jack Bordo
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Ostrich Hat
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: Dashboard Mary
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Hotshots Band
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: The Third Nut
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Shelly’s Underground
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Inventure and Renegades
Lucchi Family Wine Cellars, 134 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Dani-elle
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: Acousticstein
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Adam McKinley
Poor Richard’s Pub, 125 Beech St., Scranton: Karaoke Competition
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentlemen with Brendan Brisk Blues Band
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
The SpeakEasy Saloon and Resort, 9207 Route 171, Union Dale: Zack Savage
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Molly Pitcher Path
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: 3rd Degree Acoustic David Abraham
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Julia Scotti, Mark Riccadonna and John Ager
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Eric’s Popshop featuring Eric Klein

Saturday, Oct. 20
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: The Wanabees
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: The Frost
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Shake X3
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: The Music Room
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: 20 lb. Head
Bongo Road House, 2136 Lake Ariel Highway, Lake Ariel: Bill and Donna Arnold
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Third Nut
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Until Sunrise
The Brew House Mini-Mart Cafe, 38 Sturges Road, Peckville: Dashboard Mary
Budd’s Pizza Cafe & Sports Hub, 134 Page Ave., Kingston: The Seekers
Camp Rattler Beer Garden, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: A Celebration of Motorhead
Crotti’s on Ash, 1431 Ash St., Scranton: A Proud Monkey
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: The Loons
Honky Tonk Restaurant & Saloon, 763 E. Drinker St., Dunmore: Toby Creek
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Assayer, Beyond Fallen, Pave the Way and League of Pity
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: J.P. Biondo and Chris Kearney, Everything Turned to Color and Emily Mure
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Post Bonfire Comedy Bonanza
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Alden: North of 40
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: John Strasburger
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: uMan ERA, Gypsy-Valley Kings and the Scripts
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: King Jeremy: The Ultimate Pearl Jam Tribute Band
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
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Flaxy Morgan
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Julia Scotti, Mark Riccadonna and John Ager

Sunday, Oct. 21
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Oct. 22
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, Oct. 23
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Know Limit Trivia
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Dave Abraham
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Erin McClelland

Wednesday, Oct. 24
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
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Keith
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
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Eric Rudy

Sounds – October 11, 2018

Sounds – October 11, 2018

Women soloists turn out must-have sequels

Eleanor Friedberger — ‘Rebound’ 
The Good: Former (assuming the group has actually broken up) Fiery Furnaces frontwoman Eleanor Friedberger releases her fourth solo outing.
The Bad: Nah.
The Nitty Gritty: Friedberger wrote the record in Greece, where she currently resides, and named the album after a favorite hometown club. Stylistically, it’s a throwback to the gothic and romantic new wave records of the 1980s, with her echoing singers such as Alison Moyet, Shakespeare’s Sister and Tracey Thorn (found elsewhere on this page if you feel like checking out TWO new albums this week). “Rebound” is soulful indie pop built on electronics with just the slightest hint of jazzy overtones.
Not every song is a gem, but the album works incredibly well as a whole, as Friedberger bounces around among tempos and moods. You can casually drink in bubbly, mid-tempo stuff such as “The Letter” and “Everything” or groove to slightly more “down” tracks such as “Nice to be Nowhere.” Not a bad day at the beach or night at the bar.
Buy It?: Surely.

Tracey Thorn — ‘Record’
The Good: English singer/songwriter and ex-Everything but the Girl vocalist Tracey Thorn comes back with a strong fifth solo set.
The Bad: Nothing.
The Nitty Gritty: Thorn’s past solo stuff is good, but “Record” is truly GREAT. She offers up a feminist album that finds the 55-year-old redefining her place in the world. She’s been a daughter, wife, mother and creative force and now remains tough as nails. When she sings, “And I fight like a girl,” you should feel genuinely threatened.
Musically, “Record” recalls the last couple of EBTG sets in spirit, with those beat-heavy albums that found the pair switching gears from indie jazz/pop to house music immediately after the Todd Terry remix of “Missing” set worldwide charts ablaze. “Queen” and “Dancefloor” recall New Order at its absolute peak. The extended “Sister” rides a rock-solid LCD Soundsystem-like funk. Big rhythms still intact, “Guitar” and “Babies” don’t shy away from melodic pop overtones.
The entire affair is intoxicating. “Record” is some of Thorn’s best work EVER.
Buy It?: Yes.

Natalie Prass — ‘The Future and the Past’ 
The Good: American singer/songwriter Natalie Prass gets tougher on her second.
The Bad: No gripes. However, expect more deep grooves and blue-eyed soul this time. Hey, that’s not bad.
The Nitty Gritty: The album’s title hails from the lyrics of “Hot for the Mountain,” an anthem for feminists, the oppressed, the bullied or whoever really needs it — “No we don’t hold back/Break down the door/We’ll beat a path.”
That’s the vibe spread over the entire album, yet another semi-politicized set written in the shadow of the 2016 presidential election. Don’t be fooled by Prass’ somewhat gentle vocal delivery. She’s mad, determined and not giving up.
Yet, she realizes you can’t be uptight all the time; one also needs to kick back and let loose. So, “The Future” also is a mostly upbeat affair, featuring tight indie pop with big, fat basslines and dedicated beats sneaking into the mix beneath the slick guitars and warm pianos. It’s a righteous blend.
Buy It?: Sure.

Nightlife – October 11, 2018

Nightlife – October 11, 2018

Thursday, Oct. 11
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Lissa K
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
Dunn’s Tavern, 905 S. Main Ave., Scranton: Karaoke hosted by DJ Naomi Strasburger
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
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Open Mic Circus
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: Live Poet Society
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: Erin McClleland
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, Oct. 12
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Joe and Roger
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Matt Filer
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Leighann
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: Dashboard Mary
Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Friendly Fire
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Rob Zona
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Lissa and Jackson Vee
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: The Frost
The Club at the Highlands, 2700 Highland Blvd., Archbald: Revolution 3 with John Lewis
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
Executive Lounge at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Frankie and Toby
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Shamrock Duo
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: Whiskey ‘N Woods Duo
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: A Pair of Nuts
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Tori Viccia
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Jordan Ramirez and the Tribe, Porter and Sayles
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: The Jay Orrell Band (JOB)
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Cruise Control Duo
New Penny, 1827 N. Main Ave., Scranton: DJ Ham Birthday Bash
Poor Richard’s Pub, 125 Beech St., Scranton: Karaoke Competition
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: MiZ and Serene Green
Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Ruth’s Chris Jazz Trio
The SpeakEasy Saloon and Resort, 9207 Route 171, Union Dale: Chris Mullineaux
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Drive and J.R. Huffsmith
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Mountain Sky Orchestra
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: Broken Road Duo
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Billy Garan with Ian Fidance and Brad Todd
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: M80

Saturday, Oct. 13
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Sperazza Duo
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: AriJae
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: The Lox Live
Arcaro’s The Next Generation, 47 N. Main St., Pittston: Bill and Donna Arnold
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Gypsy — A True Stevie Nicks Experience
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 Blennd with Steve Skiro
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Counting Stars
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Chasing Ashlee
Camp Rattler Beer Garden, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston: Turned-Up Fest with AK Boys, Markie So Wavy, Kid Ace, Yung Su and Jai
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: Dance Party
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Better Than Bad Jeff’s 40th Birthday Bash
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 Route 93, Berwick: Myal Soul
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: P.A.D.M. Fall Bash with VEDIC Hans Gruber and the Die Hards, Since the Fire and Riverside Odds
Karl Hall, 57B N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Tacoma Narrows, Charles Havira Band and the Currys
The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton: Halloween Fest IV with Burial Fog, Strange Neighbors, the Front End, Earthmouth and the Cryptid
Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Neil Nicastro Duo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Kluster Phunk and Solar Circuit
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
The SpeakEasy Saloon and Resort, 9207 Route 171, Union Dale: Mace in Dickson
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Coast 2 Coast
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Project ’90s, Kevin Reverand and TimTom Vest
Tomaino’s Lounge, 273 Main St., Archbald: Halfway to Hell
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Another Day Dawns
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Billy Garan with Ian Fidance and Brad Todd

Sunday, Oct. 14
HEAT Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Karaoke with DJ Huff

Monday, Oct. 15
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, Oct. 16
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, Oct. 17
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
Kildare’s Irish Pub, 119 Jefferson Ave., Scranton: Harry Potter Trivia
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre: Horror Movie Night
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

The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Light Weight Duo

Concerts – October 11, 2018

Concerts – October 11, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Franie Valli & the Four Seasons, Sunday, Oct. 14
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, Thursday, Oct. 18
Jay Leno, Thursday, Oct. 25
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
The National Reserve and MiZ, Thursday, Nov. 8
Tommy James and the Shondells, Saturday, Nov. 10
Jo Koy, Sunday, Sunday, Nov. 11
Petula Clark, Wednesday, Nov. 14

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
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)
The Clairvoyants Christmas, Friday, Nov. 23 (Gypsies Lounge)
Mike Epps, Saturday, Nov. 24 (Gypsies Lounge)
Best of the Eagles, Saturday, Dec. 8 (Gypsies Lounge)
Carlos Mencia, Saturday, Dec. 29 (Gypsies Lounge)
Sinbad, Sunday, Dec. 30 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
570-822-2992
MiZ and Serene Green, Friday, Oct. 12
Kluster Phunk and Solar Circuit, Saturday, Oct. 13
Dustin Douglas & the Electric Gentlemen with Brendan Brisk Blues Band, Friday, Oct. 19
King Jeremy — Pearl Jam tribute, Saturday, Oct. 20
The Garcia Project, Flux Capacitor and Hayley Jane & the Primates, Thursday, Oct. 25
Flux Capacitor, Friday, Oct. 26
Hayley Jane and the Primates, Saturday, Oct. 27

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Islands in the Stream: An Evening with Dolly & Kenny, 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. 21
The Everly Brothers Experience, Tuesday, Oct. 23
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Thursday, Oct. 25

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Sympotico album release show, Friday, Oct. 12
Three Dog Night, Friday, Oct. 12
Rome Hero Foxes, Saturday, Oct. 13
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 — Journey tribute, Saturday, Oct. 27
Lanco, Friday, Nov. 2
GWAR, Tuesday, Nov. 6
Jay Critch, Friday, Nov. 9

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Maria Bamford, Sunday, Oct. 14
Swearingen and Kelli — Simon & Garfunkel tribute, Wednesday, Oct. 17
Wild Adriatic, Thursday, Oct. 25
The Mavericks, Saturday, Oct. 27
Splintered Sunlight, Wednesday, Oct. 31
Josh Ritter, Thursday, Nov. 1
The Wood Brothers, Sunday, Nov. 4
Katharine McPhee, Wednesday, Nov. 7
The Everly Brothers Experience featuring the Zmed Brothers, Friday, Nov. 9

North Seventh, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Ja Rule with Method Man and Redman, 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
Clutch, Sunday, Oct. 28
Kamasi Washington, Friday, Nov. 9

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Gorillaz, Thursday, Oct. 11
Maroon 5, Friday, Oct. 12
Florence and the Machine, Sunday, Oct. 14
Metallica, Thursday, Oct. 25
Powerhouse 2018, Friday, Oct. 26
Twenty One Pilots, Sunday, Oct. 28
Josh Groban, Monday, Nov. 12
Kevin Hart, Saturday, Nov. 24
Michelle Obama, Thursday, Nov. 29

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Maroon 5, Sunday, Oct. 14, and Monday, Oct. 15
Elton John, Thursday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 19
Justin Timberlake, Monday, Oct. 22, and Wednesday, Oct. 24
Billy Joel, Saturday, Oct. 27
Marc Anthony, Sunday, Oct. 28
Twenty One Pilots, Tuesday, Oct. 30
Chris Stapleton, Friday, Nov. 2
Bill Burr, Wednesday, Nov. 7

Sounds – October 4, 2018

Sounds – October 4, 2018

Female-fronted albums leave listeners wanting more

Speedy Ortiz – ‘Twerp Verse’
THE GOOD: New England indie rockers Speedy Ortiz release a confident third.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Fronted by guitarist/lyricist Sadie Dupuis, a woman blessed with a voice crossing Bettie Seveert’s Carol Van Dijk with early Liz Phair, Speedy Ortiz is a rare band whose music is complex and catchy at the same time. The players adore bizarre tempo changes, alternate guitar tunings and hazy atmospherics. Dupuis excels at painting vivid (sometimes foreboding) pictures and utilizing clever wordplay.
Throughout most of these songs though, just when you think the band is treading in some seriously self-indulgent waters, a glorious hook or riff will sneak up from behind and catch you off guard. Almost instantaneously, you’re taken from the incomprehensible to the infectious. Tracks like “Lucky 88” and “Alone with Girls” are prime examples of the band’s intellectual ear candy. And the more times you revisit “Twerp Verse,” the more often welcome surprises pop up; the album demanding repeat listens.
BUY IT?: Oh yeah.

Camp Cope – ‘How to Socialize and Make Friends’ 
THE GOOD: Female Australian indie trio Camp Cope dodge the sophomore slump with the deadly serious, extremely poignant and tough-as-nails “How to Socialize.”
THE BAD: No.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Singer/guitarist Georgia McDonald is fed up with indie rock dudes, uneven relationships, social injustices both big and small and a myriad of other stuff. And she brings all these frustrations to the table with much vigor and emotion. Like the lyrics in “Anna” say: “Just get it all out/Put it in a song.”
The vivid observations make the fuzzed out, slightly punk arrangements all the more visceral, even during several mid-tempo bits. Bassist Kelly Hellmrich and drummer Sarah Thompson make sure the energy level never wavers.
Musically, these women aren’t far removed from fellow Aussie Courtney Barnett. They give us a basic yet layered mix of guitar/bass/drums that falls somewhere between punk’s spontaneity and prog’s unpredictable tendencies. Some sounds and structures recall that other female indie powerhouse Warpaint.
BUY IT?: Definitely.

Soccer Mommy – ‘Clean’
THE GOOD: Soccer Mommy (Nashville singer/songwriter/guitarist Sophie Allison) releases a fresh and focused debut.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Barely in her 20s, Allison embraces a couple of different styles at the same time. First, her songs feel intimate, like a girl with a guitar quietly strumming in the corner and setting the mood at some neighborhood bar. But the tunes also possess a clear and definite edge. There’s an aggression rearing its not-too-ugly head at points, especially when the drums and bass kick in. That’s when we go from “folk night” to full-blown indie rock in all its ragged glory.
After pulling us in with the tranquil yet grainy “Still Clean,” Allison lets the rhythm section have a bash on the buzzing “Cool.” Later moments such as “Last Girl” and “Scorpio Rising” show off the woman’s pop chops; Allison bringing some big memorable melodies to the fuzzed-out proceedings. “Clean” is accomplished and concise, and definitely leaves you wanting more.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Concerts – October 4, 2018

Concerts – October 4, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
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
Kansas, Friday, Nov. 23
Johnny Rivers, Sunday, Dec. 2

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
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)
The Clairvoyants Christmas, Friday, Nov. 23 (Gypsies Lounge)
Best of the Eagles, Saturday, Dec. 8 (Gypsies Lounge)
Carlos Mencia, Saturday, Dec. 29 (Gypsies Lounge)
Sinbad, Sunday, Dec. 30 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
570-822-2992
Lespecial with Rogue Chimp, Friday, Oct. 5
Solar Federation — Rush tribute, Saturday, Oct. 6
Miz and Serene Green, Friday, Oct. 12
Kluster Phunk and Solar Circuit, Saturday, Oct. 13
Dustin Douglas & the Electric Gentlemen, Friday, Oct. 19
King Jeremy, Saturday, Saturday, Oct. 20
The Garcia Project, Thursday, Oct. 25
Flux Capacitor, Friday, Oct. 26
Hayley Jane and The Primates, Saturday, Oct. 27

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
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
The Everly Brothers Experience, Tuesday, Oct. 23

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
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
GWAR, Tuesday, Nov. 6
Humble Pie, Saturday, Nov. 10

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
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
Josh Ritter, Thursday, Nov. 1
The Wood Brothers, Sunday, Nov. 4
Katharine McPhee, Wednesday, Nov. 7
The Everly Brothers Experience featuring The Zmed Brothers, Friday, Nov. 9

North Seventh, 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
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
Josh Groban, Monday, Nov. 12
Kevin Hart, Saturday, Nov. 24

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Eric Clapton, Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7
The Eagles, Tuesday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 10
Maroon 5, Monday, Oct. 15
Elton John, Thursday, Oct. 18, and Friday, Oct. 19
Justin Timberlake, Monday, Oct. 22, and Wednesday, Oct. 24
Twenty One Pilots, Tuesday, Oct. 30
Chris Stapleton, Friday, Nov. 2

Sounds – September 27, 2018

Sounds – September 27, 2018

Solo projects, collective have much to offer

Phosphenes — ‘Find Us Where We’re Hiding’ 
THE GOOD: German collective Phosphenes (primarily producer Harry Starbuck and vocalist Julee Bee) gives us an otherworldly debut.
THE BAD: Pull apart the individual pieces, and you might think the record doesn’t have much to offer. However…
THE NITTY GRITTY: Take in “Find Us” as a whole, and the work is mesmerizing. Upbeat, frothy single “Girls Trip” almost feels out of place, since the remainder of the album sounds much more ambient and “chill.” Close your eyes, drift, and you won’t know where one track ends and another begins. The record is split between songs with traditional structures (sung in English, not German) and more placid, mysterious, instrumental bits.
The mix harkens back to late-period Cocteau Twins and many of those electronic male/female ’90s duos that were all the rage during the latter half of that decade (Olive, Hooverphonic, Mono, etc.). One also detects M83 during the wordless moments. Yet, “Find Us” feels fresh and contemporary, and the band leaves space in which to branch out in the future.
BUY IT?: Surely.

Lykke Li — ‘So Sad So Sexy’
THE GOOD: Swedish singer/songwriter and electronic artist Lykke Li comes back with her fourth.
THE BAD: It’s a definite shift that may alienate some longtime fans. “So Sad” is a far cry from her first couple of gloriously quirky records, particularly 2008’s “Youth Novels.”
THE NITTY GRITTY: Yes, every artist SHOULD progress. Li, however, gives us a trap-influenced album, much of it co-written by collaborator Ilsey Juber (Shawn Mendes, Beyonce, Drake). Not exactly “edgy,” is it?
Cry “sell out” all you want, but the end results aren’t THAT dull. “So Sad” boasts 10 tightly focused tracks exploring relationships, heartbreak and perhaps a new beginning or two. Li’s conversion to this new style doesn’t feel forced; her voice still thrives in a more hip-hop/R&B-influenced setting. And she hasn’t gone full pop, at least not yet.
Li comfortably but carefully walks that fine line between the underground and the mainstream, giving those on both sides of the fence something to embrace.
BUY IT?: Your call.

Mitski — ‘Be the Cowboy’
THE GOOD: Japanese-American indie rocker Mitski comes back with a larger-than-life fifth.
THE BAD: Nothing.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Mitski possesses more than a few mad skills. First, she makes a point rather succinctly and economically. The majority of the songs on “Cowboy” hover around the 2-minute mark (14 tracks fly by in about 33 minutes). But she packs a lot of emotion in those brief moments.
Second, she’s not afraid to turn pop structures and rock arrangements inside out and upside down. You never know when a track is going to suddenly switch directions, get claustrophobic or burst wide open.
Third, she’s the consummate singer/songwriter. Not only are her songs good, but Mitski’s voice also is distinct — lovely in spots, unforgiving in others. Whatever the song needs, she brings. It could be the delicate sing-song of “Old Friend”; the cool funk carrying “Nobody”; the banging, synth-heavy “Washing Machine Heart”; or the stark intimacy painting “Two Slow Dancers.” The woman immediately rises to the occasion within any setting.
BUY IT?: Yes.