Clubs – September 13, 2018

Clubs – September 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concerts – September 13, 2018

Concerts – September 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sounds – September 6, 2018

Sounds – September 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concerts – September 6, 2018

Concerts – September 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Flannery gives insight into latest album

Tom Flannery gives insight into latest album

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sounds – August 30, 2018

Sounds – August 30, 2018

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

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

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

Concerts – August 30, 2018

Concerts – August 30, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take five – A cappella group Pentatonix headed to Pavilion

Take five – A cappella group Pentatonix headed to Pavilion

Through sheer force of vocal prowess, Pentatonix creates a full symphony of driving percussion, lush harmonies and musicality that recreates — and remixes — pop, hip-hop and R&B’s most recognizable hits.
The globally popular a capella group, which boasts more than 15 million YouTube subscribers and a trio of Grammy awards to its name, makes its way to the Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 8 p.m.
Mitch Grassi, one of the lead vocalists and the youngest member of Penatonix, recently spoke with The Times-Tribune via email while he was on vocal rest about how the group keeps audiences entertained and what they can expect at the Scranton show.

Q: From the stage show to the songs you’ve mastered for your repertoire, what will we see and hear during your upcoming concert?
A: This is the biggest stage production Pentatonix has ever put together! You can expect brilliant light shows, visuals and lots of never-before-heard ear candy. We’re performing a lot of our new material, as well as some fan favorites!

Q: When playing a large-scale venue like the Pavilion, how do you make sure the show feels big and bombastic, even for the people on lawn seats in the way back?
A: Our crew for this particular show has been amazing and so creative. They’ve really brought it to life in a whole new way. Plus, we’re giving 100 percent energy the entire time.

Q: Describe what a perfect night on stage feels like for you as the performer, and what you look for in the crowd to know they’re having a good time, too.
A: To me, a successful performance is one that I enjoy thoroughly. I have to make sure I feel good, and my voice feels good. If I feel like I’m not doing my best, I start getting really in my head. I love looking out at the crowd and seeing lots of dancing and singing along! That lets me know that the audience is enjoying themselves, which is very important. I think as long as we bring joy and light to the audience members’ nights, we’ve done our job. I love to make people happy with music.

Q: Why do you think presenting live music for audiences of all ages is important these days?
A: We’re very lucky to have a fan base that spans a wide range of ages (and other really amazing factors)! It’s actually so incredible to be able to bring the unlikeliest of people together, especially because they’re all there to watch us perform. Our audiences are just as diverse as our band members.

Send Request ready to entertain as new album drops

Send Request ready to entertain as new album drops

Hometown pride means a lot to Nanticoke-based band Send Request.
Images of parks, ice cream shops, diners and schools from across the Luzerne County town appear in the band’s most recent music video, “Falling to Pieces.”

“We wanted this video to showcase the places and people who made us who we are today,” the band wrote on its Facebook page. “This is where we call home.”

The pop-punk outfit comprised of Andrew Blank, vocals and guitar; Derek Holminski, guitar and vocals; bassist Aron Wood and drummer Jonathon Labenski, recently signed to SharpTone Records, which produces popular bands such as We Came As Romans and Miss May I.
The quartet recently went On the Record to discuss how the band came to fruition and its new album, “Perspectives,” which hits record stores Friday, Aug. 24.

Q: How did you choose your band name, Send Request?
Holminski: I was on Internet Explorer downloading Google Chrome, and in the bottom left corner it said “sending request.” I just dropped the “ing.” We ended up using the name by all of us writing five band names and mixing them up in a salad bowl. We drew each name and pinned them against each other tournament style, until Send Request won.

Q: What was the path that lead to the creation of Send Request, and how long have you been working together as a group?
Blank: We all went to the same high school. I was 16 and doing this cover band with Jon at the time but also sharing an interest with Derek about writing songs and touring. Ultimately, the cover band came to an end, and Send Request was created not long after that. Derek got in touch with Aron, and I got back in touch with Jon, and five years later here we are still riding the same wave. I can solidly say we have no plans to stop. Music is our passion.

Q: Do you perform outside of NEPA? If so, where have you toured, and how often?
Labenski: We make our way out of the Northeast occasionally. We have done a few shows in the Philadelphia area and the Allentown area. We have also had the pleasure of building a fan base in the Williamsport area. Throughout the years, we have also done shows in New Jersey and New York.

Q: Describe a Send Request live show. What do you hope for your audiences to experience while seeing you perform?
Wood: A Send Request live show in its purest form is best described as hitting up all your friends and just hanging out and having the best time you possibly can. As a band, we try to connect with our fans both on and offstage and are happy to say that we are friends with all of our fans new and old. Connecting through music is what we live for, and being able to meet all the amazing people we have through it makes it that much better.

Q: What do you enjoy about performing in and around NEPA? Has the music scene here affected your sound as a band?
Holminski: I mean, it’s always awesome to play in our home. Getting to see all the friends we have made over the years jam out with us is something extremely special. There isn’t much pop-punk in the area, so that is something we are definitely trying to change.

Q: Your album, “Perspectives” is coming out this month. What was the songwriting process like for this record? Do you have a favorite song on the album?
Blank: “Perspectives” is a conglomerate of different emotions all bundled into 10 tracks. Each song lyrically has a story that comes from personal experience, so the record almost feels like a diary to me. The songwriting process was slow, but I wanted everything to feel as natural and as relatable as it could be, and I’ve learned things like that take time, so I was patient and really let the songs write themselves in a way. I can honestly say I’m really happy with the album as a whole, so I can’t pick favorites when the whole thing is just that good.

Q: Has being signed with SharpTone Records affected your outlook for the future of the band?
Blank: If anything, it’s made us buckle down more. We want to be the best we can be, so we’ll just keep grinding.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add that you think people should know about Send Request or your upcoming record release?
Labenski: This new record is gonna hit really hard. All of it is emotionally driven, and that is definitely a different speed for this band. It is this band’s best work to date.

Find Send Request on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and www.sendrequestband.com

Sounds – August 23, 2018

Sounds – August 23, 2018

NAKED GIANTS — ‘Sluff’
THE GOOD: Seattle indie rock trio Naked Giants goes big on its debut.
THE BAD: “Sluff” is accomplished but flawed.
THE NITTY GRITTY: When these guys are focused, the end result is airtight, with brash, guitar-based rockers such as “We’re Alone” and the plucky title track. The songs break wide open with a nervous energy and copious amounts of volume. There’s a sense of fun permeating a number of cuts and a hidden sophistication lurking just beneath the surface — a classic rock/punk mish-mash that actually works.
Too bad the band occasionally goes off on tangents. “TV” is messy prog rock; “Slow Dance 2” offers an unnecessary bout of the blues. “Shredded Again” feels like extended acoustic wanking. It would be cool if these different sounds brought on more than just a change of pace. But all too often, they end up as missteps outside the comfort zone of a developing young band. Although, “Sluff” still leaves you with the impression that things will only improve on future records.
BUY IT?: Maybe.

NIHILIST CHEERLEADER — ‘Riot, Right?’
THE GOOD: Athens, Georgia, girl punks Nihilist Cheerleader bash out a ripping debut.
THE BAD: Nah.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Back in high school, I used to try to sneak out of mandatory pep rallies, but those teachers guarding the gymnasium doors were tough. “You’re gonna show your school spirit whether you like it or not!” Oh well. Whatever. Nevermind.
So I can definitely get behind the name Nihilist Cheerleader, although these women scream about more significant political and social issues as opposed to the “Friday Night Lights” nonsense I tried to escape in the late 1980s.
Musically, they offer a blistering mix of garage punk noise (“I’m Fine,” “Bleach Boy”) and slightly subdued and melodic indie rock (“Drenched In,” “& She Takes It”). Frontwoman Flynne Collins and her crew are equally adept at both extremes. The album is always fuzzed-out and noisy but never stuck on any particular mood for long. Get angry or thrash about for fun. It’s all good.
BUY IT?: Yeah.

WAX IDOLS — ‘Happy Ending’ 
THE GOOD: California goth rockers Wax Idols confront mortality while moving forward on their fourth.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Go all the way back to Siouxsie and the Banshees and you’ll find that goth bands usually progress slowly across albums, beginning in strident dark caves and eventually embracing at least SOME light. Their music tends to get bigger, more melodic and accessible in a good way. Wax Idols is following this very trajectory.
Thus far, “Happy Ending,” an album focusing on impending death and what comes after, is its most confident work. Frontwoman Hether Fortune is further developing as a commanding vocalist. The guitar work is bolder, the rhythm section more forceful. The record also displays the band’s ability to write compelling songs where dark overtones are only bolstered by the big pop melodies guiding them through the abyss. One hears echoes of everything from shoegaze to ’90s Britpop to post-punk. Dying rarely sounds this cool.
BUY IT?: Surely. And go for the limited-edition vinyl.

Concerts – August 23, 2018

Concerts – August 23, 2018

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

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Michael McDonald, Friday, Aug. 24
(Outdoor Summer Stage)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, Aug. 25 (Wet Nightclub)
Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw,
Thursday, Aug. 30 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
The Isley Brothers, Saturday, Sept. 1
(Outdoor Summer Stage)
Vic DiBitetto, Thursday, Sept. 6
(Outdoor Summer Stage)
Alanis Morissette, Saturday, Sept. 8
(Outdoor Summer Stage)
Leann Rimes, Friday, Sept. 21 (Gypsies Lounge)
Drake White, Saturday, Sept. 22 (Gypsies Lounge)
Tony Orlando, Saturday, Oct. 3 (Gypsies Lounge)
Little River Band, Friday, Oct. 19 (Gypsies Lounge)

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Jam Stampede, Friday, Aug. 24
Gatos Blancos, Saturday, Aug. 25
Mike Dougherty Band, Friday, Aug. 31
Crowded Streets, Friday, Sept. 14
Big D and the Kids Table,
Pietasters and Hub City Stompers, Saturday, Sept. 15
Consider the Source, Friday, Sept. 21
Young n Dead, featuring Young at Heart doing Neil Young & Strawberry Jam & Village Idiots
doing Grateful Dead, Saturday, Sept. 22
Magic Beans and Tweed, Wednesday, Sept. 26
Kung Fu, Thursday, Sept. 27
Souled Out, Friday, Sept. 28

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Band of Brothers, Thursday, Aug. 25
Diamond Rio, Friday, Aug. 24
Craig Thatcher Band, Thursday, Aug. 30
Large Flowerheads, Friday, Aug. 31
Classic Deep Purple Live performed by Glenn Hughes, Saturday, Sept. 8
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Friday, Sept. 14
Gary Allan, Saturday, Sept. 15
Ziggy Marley, Sunday, Sept. 16
REO Speedwagon, Friday, Sept. 21
Real Diamond, Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Wednesday, Oct. 3

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Michael McDonald, Friday, Aug. 24
Philip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw, Thursday, Aug. 30
The Isley Brothers, Saturday, Sept. 1
Vic DiBitetto, Thursday, Sept. 6
Turkuaz, Friday, Sept. 7
The Cadillac Three, Friday, Sept. 14
Those Amazing Decades, Saturday, Sept. 15
Blackberry Smoke, Sept. 21
Three Dog Night, Friday, Oct. 12
Mike Shinoda, Monday, Oct. 15

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

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Descendents, Thursday, Aug. 23
Dirty South Joe X Working on Dying Present:
Tear Drop, Thursday, Aug. 23
Passafire, Friday, Aug. 24
Striking Matches, Sunday, Aug. 26
Mike Taylor with DJs Cosmo Baker,
King Britt and DEL, Monday, Aug. 27
Flow Tribe, Thursday, Aug. 30
Mir Fontane, Sunday, Sept. 2
Blackberry Smoke and
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Thursday, Sept. 6
Bernhoft and the Fashion Bruises, Friday, Sept. 7
Welcomes First Aid Kit, Saturday, Sept. 8

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Seether, Saturday, Sept. 15
Zhu, Tuesday, Sept. 25
Social Distortion, Friday, Sept. 28
Lost ’80s Live, Saturday, Sept. 29
Bush, Thursday, Oct. 4
Thrice, Saturday, Oct. 6
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the
Conspirators, Wednesday, Oct. 10
Ja Rule, Friday, Oct. 12
Trivium, Saturday, Oct. 13
Chvrches, Friday, Oct. 19

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Friday, Aug. 24
Elton John, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 12
Sebastian Maniscalco, Thursday, Sept. 13
Drake with Migos, Saturday, Sept. 15
Childish Gambino, Tuesday, Sept. 18
Bruno Mars, Thursday, Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 20
Andre Rieu, Friday, Sept. 21
Game of Thrones, Tuesday, Oct. 2

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Drake and Migos, Friday, Aug. 24,
through Tuesday, Aug. 28
Dierks Bentley, Saturday, Sept. 8
Childish Gambino, Friday, Sept. 14
Paul Simon, Thursday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21
Ozuna, Saturday, Sept. 22
Philip Kirkorov, Sunday, Sept. 23
Kevin Hart, Thursday, Sept. 27
Billy Joel, Sunday, Sept. 30
J. Cole, Monday, Oct. 1
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, Wednesday, Oct. 3

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Alice Cooper, Thursday, Sept. 6
Eddie B. Teachers Only Comedy Tour, Saturday, Sept. 8
Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull 50th
Anniversary Tour, Tuesday, Sept. 11
Amos Lee, Friday, Sept. 14
The The, Monday, Sept. 17
James Bay, Tuesday, Sept. 18,
and Wednesday, Sept. 19
Hozier, Monday, Sept. 24, through Wednesday, Sept. 26
The Gipsy Kings, Friday, Sept. 28
Celtic Thunder, Saturday, Sept. 29

Hit parade Jessie’s Girl to bring back the ’80s at Leonard Theater

Hit parade Jessie’s Girl to bring back the ’80s at Leonard Theater

Forget the flux capacitor and clock tower. All you need to travel back in time this weekend is a trip to downtown Scranton.
On Friday, Aug. 17, Rock 107 presents Back to the Eighties with Jessie’s Girl, the premier New York tribute band.
Originally set to happen at Scranton’s Iron Furnaces, the show has been moved to the Leonard Theater, 335 Adams Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., music starts at 7:30, and Jessie’s Girl takes the stage at 9:30. 
The group pays homage to synth-pop, New Wave and rock hits of the 1980s, and its 21-and-older concert will feature special guest Manny Cabo of NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice.”
“It’s the same show, just indoors. Because of the flooding and the rain and having to set up right next to the river, everybody decided it would be best to make the move,” explained Terry Deitz, general manager of NEPA Radio, Digital & Outdoor for Times-Shamrock Communications, which also owns The Times-Tribune. “Jessie’s Girl is going to put on a great show no matter where they are.”
Paul “Sky” Armento, keyboardist and musical director for Jessie’s Girl, said during a recent phone interview that the music of the ’80s transcends generations, whether it finds fans in the people who lived through those years, the younger listeners who heard the songs thanks to their parents and even millennials who were introduced to hits via the soundtracks of popular video games and television shows.
“The influence of ’80s music has been constant from the last four decades,” Armento said. “What people can expect is to connect to it no matter their age. Everybody loves ’80s music.”
Among his bandmates, who include three singers, the audience will see numerous full costume changes that amp up the nostalgia factor of a Jessie’s Girl performance.
“I have a theater background, and when I started this, I wanted to bring in more theatricality,” Armento said. “It’s the songs you heard, but super-charged. I think looking the part, it’s important, because it sells it and makes it more fun for the audience and the performers themselves.”
The show originally was scheduled to take place at the Scranton Iron Furnaces on Cedar Avenue as part of a pair of outdoor concerts the radio station was hosting this weekend. Heavy rains that pummeled the area, however, left the site soggy, and organizers decided to move the show indoors.

Summer soundtrack Harlan/Tucker Band stays faithful to favorite covers

Summer soundtrack Harlan/Tucker Band stays faithful to favorite covers

From bike nights to pig roasts to bikini car washes, the Harlan/Tucker Band provides the perfect soundtrack to a variety of summertime events and bashes.
The Albrightsville-based rock band is best known for its faithful covers of Southern rock, blues and country tunes — new and old. Audiences at Harlan/Tucker Band gigs, which happen throughout Northeast Pennsylvania, can’t help but sing along and stomp their boots to the band’s lively sets.
Co-lead singer Rita Tucker went On the Record to talk about what fans love about her band, and what her band loves about its fans.

Q: Tell us about the kind of show the Harlan/Tucker Band puts on.
A: We pride ourselves on being a unique band for the area. With a variety of lead instruments, we are able to reproduce the sounds of so many various genres of music. We are unique also in that we feature a stand-out female singer who can adapt seemlessly to any genre. We perform classic rock, classic and new country, blues and Southern rock bouncing lead vocals back and forth between myself and Harlan. We offer a huge variety and an unmatched versatility to the people with almost all high-energy tunes with equally high-energy, grab-your-attention stage presence.

Q: Do you play any original songs in addition to covers?
A: Once in a while, we will throw in an original tune of Harlan’s — he has numerous great tunes — but not often. We are a primarily a cover band in this project.

Q: What do you hope audiences take away from one of your performances?
A: Feeling energized, thinking what a talented band with a very tight, well-meshed group of musicians they saw, and remembering what fun they had dancing.

Q: What do you love about playing live in NEPA?
A: The people! All the people. We sincerely love all our followers and relish the newcomers to our band. We always hope they will return for future shows, and many of them do.

Concerts – August 16, 2018

Concerts – August 16, 2018

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

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
MADEINTYO, Saturday, Aug. 18 (Wet Nightclub)
Michael McDonald, Friday, Aug. 24 (Outdoor Summer Pavilion)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, Aug. 25 (Wet Nightclub)
Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw, Thursday, Aug. 30 (Outdoor Summer Pavilion)
The Isley Brothers, Saturday, Sept. 1 (Outdoor Summer Pavilion)
Vic Bibitetto, Thursday, Sept. 6
Alanis Morissette, Saturday, Sept. 8 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Leann Rimes, Friday, Sept. 21 (Gypsies Lounge)
Drake White, Saturday, Sept. 22 (Gypsies Lounge)
Tony Orlando, Saturday, Oct. 3

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
570-822-2992
Galatic Cowboy Orchestra, Thursday, Aug. 16
An Evening with the Quebe Sisters, Friday, Aug. 17
Jam Stampede, Friday, Aug. 24
Gatos Blancos, Saturday, Aug. 25
Mike Dougherty Band, Friday, Aug. 31
Crowded Streets, Friday, Sept. 14
Big D and the Kids Table, Pietasters and Hub City Stompers, Saturday, Sept. 15
Young n Dead, featuring Young at Heart doing Neil Young & Strawberry Jam & Village Idiots doing Grateful Dead, Saturday, Sept. 22
Kung Fu, Thursday, Sept. 27
Souled Out, Friday, Sept. 28

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Chris Isaak, Thursday, Aug. 16
Fuel & Soul Asylum with Adelitas Way, Friday, Aug. 17
Dave Mason and Steve Cropper, Saturday, Aug. 18
Band of Brothers, Thursday, Aug. 25
Diamond Rio, Friday, Aug. 24
Craig Thatcher Band, Thursday, Aug. 30
Large Flowerheads, Friday, Aug. 31
Classic Deep Purple Live performed by
Glenn Hughes, Saturday, Sept. 8

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Acoustic Pursuit EP release show, Friday, Aug. 17
Stereo Jo, Saturday, Aug. 18
Bloom and Bleacher Days, Tuesday, Aug. 21
Michael McDonald, Friday, Aug. 24
Philip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw, Thursday, Aug. 30
The Isley Brothers, Saturday, Sept. 1
Vic DiBitetto, Thursday, Sept. 6

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
The Avett Brothers, Friday, Aug. 17
The Menzingers, Saturday, Aug. 18
Kyle Kinane, Tuesday, Aug. 21
Brothers Osborne, Wednesday, Sept. 5
The Complete Rolling Stones Tribute Show, Friday, Sept. 7
The Stranger — Billy Joel tribute, Saturday, Sept. 8
Start Making Sense — Talking Heads tribute, Saturday, Sept. 8
Max Swan, Saturday, Sept. 8
Vin Mott’s Rhythm and Blues Band, Tuesday, Sept. 11
Sea Rae, Friday, Sept. 14

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
No Place Like Home, Saturday, Aug. 18
DK the Drummer and Sucre, Sunday, Aug. 18
Descendents, Thursday, Aug. 23
Dirty South Joe X Working on Dying Present: Tear Drop, Thursday, Aug. 23
Passafire, Friday, Aug. 24
Striking Matches, Sunday, Aug. 26
Mike Taylor with DJs Cosmo Baker, King Britt and DEL, Monday, Aug. 27
Flow Tribe, Thursday, Aug. 30

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Alkaline Trio, Sunday, Aug. 19
Seether, Saturday, Sept. 15
Zhu, Tuesday, Sept. 25
Social Distortion, Friday, Sept. 28
Lost ’80s Live, Saturday, Sept. 29
Trice, Saturday, Oct. 6
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the
Conspirators, Wednesday, Oct. 10
Ja Rule, Friday, Oct. 12
Trivium, Saturday, Oct. 13

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Super Freestyle Explosion 15th Anniversary Concert, Saturday, Aug. 18
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Friday, Aug. 24
Elton John, Tuesday, Sept. 11, and
Wednesday, Sept. 12
Sebastian Maniscalco, Thursday, Sept. 13
Drake with Migos, Saturday, Sept. 15
Childish Gambino, Tuesday, Sept. 18
Bruno Mars, Thursday, Sept. 19, and Friday, Sept. 20
Andre Rieu, Friday, Sept. 21
Game of Thrones, Tuesday, Oct. 2

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug. 22
Drake and Migos, Friday, Aug. 24, through Tuesday, Aug. 28
Dierks Bentley, Saturday, Sept. 8
Childish Gambino, Friday, Sept. 14
Paul Simon, Thursday, Sept. 20, and Friday, Sept. 21
Ozuna, Saturday, Sept. 22
Philip Kirkorov, Sunday, Sept. 23

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Alice Cooper, Thursday, Sept. 6
Eddie B. Teachers Only Comedy Tour, Saturday, Sept. 8
Ian Anderson presents Jethro Tull 50th
Anniversary Tour, Tuesday, Sept. 11
Amos Lee, Friday, Sept. 14
The The, Monday, Sept. 17
James Bay, Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 19
Hozier, Monday, Sept. 24, through Wednesday, Sept. 26
The Gipsy Kings, Friday, Sept. 28
Celtic Thunder, Saturday, Sept. 29