Concerts – May 3, 2018

Concerts – May 3, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Criss Angel Raw, Wednesday, May 2
Miranda Sings, Saturday, May 5
Art Garfunkel, Tuesday, May 8
Ani DiFranco, Friday, May 11
The New York Bee Gees, Saturday, May 12
Montgomery Gentry, Friday, May 18
Guitars and Stars, Tuesday, May 22
Joe Nardone presents the Ultimate Doo Wop and Rock Show, Saturday, June 9

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Jessica Kirson, Saturday, May 5 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
I Love the ’90s Tour with Salt N Pepa, Saturday, May 26 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Dai Nhac Hoi Da Vu Memorial Day, Sunday, May 27 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Earth, Wind and Fire, Saturday, June 2
(Outdoor Summer Stage)
Third Eye Blind, Friday, June 8 (Summer Outdoor Stage)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, June 23 (Wet Nightclub)
Vic Latino’s Freestyle Live, Saturday, June 30 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Huey Lewis and the News, Saturday, July 14 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Lee Brice, Friday, July 20 (Outdoor Summer Stage)

Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College
Tickets: 570-955-1490
The Cameos, Saturday, June 16

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Get the Led Out, Friday, May 4
The Mavericks, Saturday, May 5
Queensryche, Sunday, May 6
Eric Kearns, Tuesday, May 8
Sinatra: Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back, starring Tony Sands & the comedy of Bob Goss, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Friday, May 18
Dark Star Orchestra, Saturday, May 19
Michael McDonald, Sunday, May 20
The Machine performs Pink Floyd, Friday, June 1
Satisfaction, Saturday, June 1

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Of Good Nature, Thursday, May 3
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, May 4
MiZ, Saturday, May 5
Starman, Friday, May 11
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentleman present the Stevie Ray Vaughn Retrospective, Saturday, May 12
The Dishonest Fiddlers with Clarence Spady, Friday, May 18
Dean Ford and the Beautiful Ones —
Prince tribute, Saturday, May 19
Subnotics, Friday, May 25

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
The Used, Friday, May 4
’70s Flashback — Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania benefit, Saturday, May 5
Stone Sour, Sunday, May 6
Stone Temple Pilots, Tuesday, May 8
Eaglemania, Saturday, May 12
Open Mic Night featuring Wilbium, Sunday, May 13
Bullet for My Valentine, Friday, May 18
Allen Daniel, Saturday, May 19

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Company of Thieves, Thursday, May 3
Mir Fontane presents More Macaroni, Friday, May 4
Craig Wedren, Monday, May 7
Iron Maidens with Live Evil, Wednesday, May 9
Saint Jhn, Thursday, May 10
Lake Street Dive, Saturday, May 12
Mo Lowda and the Humble, Saturday, May 12
Madison Beer, Wednesday, May 16
Elvana, Thurday, May 17
Bokante, Friday, May 18

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Greta Van Fleet, Saturday, May 12
Sum 41, Monday, May 14
New Found Glory, Wednesday, May 23
Old Crow Medicine Show, Tuesday, July 24
Sleep, Wednesday, July 25
This Is Hardcore Fest, Friday, July 27
Glassjaw and Quicksand, Wednesday, Aug. 1

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3
Justin Timberlake, Saturday, June 2
Depeche Mode, Sunday, June 3
Def Leppard, Monday, June 11
U2, Wednesday, June 13, and Thursday, June 14
Harry Styles, Friday, June 15
Paul Simon, Saturday, June 16
Sam Smith, Wednesday, July 4
Shania Twain, Thursday, July 12
Panic! At the Disco, Friday, July 27

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Bon Jovi, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10
Billy Joel, Wednesday, May 23, and Saturday, June 2
Wisin & Yandel, Friday, June 8
Luis Miguel, Saturday, June 9
Def Leppard and Journey, Wednesday, June 13
Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train, Thursday, June 14
Imagine Dragons, Tuesday, June 19
Thirty Seconds to Mars, Wednesday, June 20
Harry Styles, Thursday, June 21, and Friday, June 22
U2, Monday, June 25, and Tuesday, June 26

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Lord Huron, Thursday, May 3
Steve Martin and Martin Short, Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5
Jackson Browne, Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18
Third Day, Saturday, June 9
Kryptonite Tour with John Bevere and Bethel Music, Friday, June 15
The Monkees present the Mike and Micky Show, Friday, June 22

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Carbon Lead, Thursday, May 10
Simone on Simone: Lisa Simone with the Rob Stoneback Big, Sunday, May 13
Renaissance, Thursday, May 17
Mingo Fishtrap, Thursday, May 17
Spyro Gyra, Wednesday, May 23
Philadelphia Funk Authority 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert, Friday, May 25
Almost Queen, Saturday, June 2
Bria Skonberg, Wednesday, June 6
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Thursday, June 7

Sounds – May 3, 2018

Sounds – May 3, 2018

MAKING GLORIOUS MESSES NO AGE – ‘Snares Like A Haircut’
THE GOOD: L.A. noise/punk duo No Age (drummer/vocalist Dean Allen Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall) comes back after a half-decade away with its fourth full-length (and first since leaving Sub Pop for Drag City).
THE BAD: No gripes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Expect a bit of everything this time. One could classify “Haircut” as a loud straight-up indie set, but it’s much more multi-dimensional. The ripping “Cruise Control” kicks things off with a tuneful explosion. From there, we plow through the harsh blues of “Send Me,” the loopy instrumental psychedelics forming the title track, and the catchy stomping grunge throwback “Tidal.”
Further twists and turns include the feedback symphony “Third Grade Rave” and the tawdry D.I.Y. electronics carrying “Squashed.” You often forget there are only two guys behind this brew that’s both abrasive and vulnerable (often at the same time). No Age sticks to loud territories, yet its naked emotions always bubble to the surface. It can penetrate a wall of sound with a feather.
BUY IT?: Yep.

DJANGO DJANGO – ‘Marble Skies’ 
THE GOOD: British indie pop outfit Django Django gives us a precious third.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: These guys have always smashed together a bevy of influences transcending all decades – psychedelic ’60s, funky ’70s, synth-soaked ’80s, underground ’90s – they’re all here. The trick is making all these different sounds actually WORK together. Django Django does that.
“Marble Skies” is its unabashed pop record. Sure, past indulgences remain intact. Only now, the familiar sounds are coated with big melodies, galloping rhythms and shiny guitar/synth duels that bring on the stinging riffs and engaging countermelodies.
The title track immediately sucks you in and from then on, all bets are off. Django Django has never been this much FUN before. However, “Marble Skies” is more than just a slick, disposable ear candy collection. Pull these tracks apart, and you’ll notice that the aforementioned complex meshing of eras hasn’t been abandoned. This band still believes in multi-faceted pleasures. Lucky us.
BUY IT?: OK

BORN RUFFIANS – ‘Uncle, Duke and the Chief’
THE GOOD: Canadian indie outfit Born Ruffians releases its fifth.
THE BAD: Same as it ever was … but is that bad?
THE NITTY GRITTY: If you liked the first four albums, you won’t find much to gripe about here … except maybe a 30-minute running time. Frontman/guitarist Luke Lalonde and his crew deliver another dose of rag-tag, catchy and slightly quirky indie rock. Hand-clappers such as “Fade to Black,” sloppy blues-tinged numbers such as “Side Tracked,” disposable stompers a la “Ring That Bell” – they all leave a mark and they all click.
“Uncle” is the type of record that sounds as if it were tossed off in a single afternoon. Then you play it a couple of times, peel back all the murky layers and slowly realize these songs are much more accomplished and smarter than the jagged first impressions. Be careful. Spin “Uncle” a few MORE times, and you might start looking forward to the NEXT Born Ruffians outing. That’s how they get ya!
BUY IT?: Sure … why not?

Sounds – April 26, 2018

Sounds – April 26, 2018

FEVER RAY — ‘Plunge’
THE GOOD: Swedish singer-songwriter and electronic artist Karin Dreijer (half of the Knife with her brother Olof) comes back with a long overdue (nine years) second solo album under the moniker Fever Ray.
THE BAD: Not here.
THE NITTY GRITTY: A lot has happened musically, culturally and politically since Ray’s eponymous debut in early 2009. Because of all that advancement, “Plunge” could have come off as immediately dated or behind the times. No worries — Dreijer has weathered every storm and kept up brilliantly.
“Plunge” is a triumph. Much more focused and tighter than the Knife’s work, the album is a buzzing, clicking, pulsating collection of electronic pop songs — GLORIOUSLY WEIRD AND SEDUCTIVE electronic pop songs. Lyrically half political and half in love (lust?), these tracks ride rhythms both pounding and fragile while the melodies across the top are either graceful or sing-song simple.
“Plunge” ends up a varied, unpredictable set where not one experiment comes up short. The almost decade-long wait was worth it.
BUY IT?: Yes.

PORCHES — ‘The House’ 
THE GOOD: Porches — essentially New York-based musician Aaron Maine and some rotating musicians — delves deeper into electronic pop on its third.
THE BAD: “The House” has its share of great songs but also succumbs to a fair amount of mini-tunes that feel unfinished (can you say “filler”?). You take the strong with the weak.
THE NITTY GRITTY: But when Maine truly focuses, the end results are stunning. Driven tracks such as the shimmering and slightly paranoid “Find Me” and the snappy yet delicate “Anymore” immediately pull you in with their seamless beats and confident melodies.
But just as the momentum builds, it also crashes sooner or later. Varying moods and tempos usually work. Here, however, they detract from the album’s overall clout. At times, “The House” comes off like a better-than-most B-sides collection instead of an accomplished, proper album.
Despite its shortcomings, though, the record is worth your time and still makes us hopeful for Porches’ future. We’ll gladly take more Maine somewhere down the line.
BUY IT?: Your decision.

MOBY — ‘Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt’
THE GOOD: DJ/producer/electronic artist Moby releases his 15th full-length album.
THE BAD: Sequencing?
THE NITTY GRITTY: “Nothing Hurt” gets off to such a strong start that you begin to think this may be the man’s best album since 1999 masterpiece “Play.” The multi-layered, sinister shuffle carrying epic opener “Mere Anarchy,” the angelic overtones coloring the seamless “The Waste of Suns,” the brooding funk pulling us into “Like a Motherless Child” — all of it is simply brilliant. Somewhere around track five or six, however, things begin to fizzle.
Once you hit its middle, “Nothing Hurt” becomes one mood, one tempo, one outlook — all of it pretty down and bleak. “The Sorrow Tree” ramps up slightly, but it’s not enough to keep the momentum from almost dying off completely. Moby’s not happy in Trump’s America; we get it. Without even the slightest change in tone or form, though, these trip-hop-flavored electronic pieces begin to bleed together, and some of the messages get lost.
BUY IT?: Your call.

Concerts – April 26, 2018

Concerts – April 26, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Josh Wolf, Thursday, April 26
Nick Di Paolo, Saturday, April 28
Criss Angel Raw, Wednesday, May 2
Miranda Sings, Saturday, May 5
Art Garfunkel, Tuesday, May 8
Ani DiFranco, Friday, May 11
The New York Bee Gees, Saturday, May 12
Montgomery Gentry, Friday, May 18
Guitars and Stars, Tuesday, May 22
Joe Nardone presents the Ultimate Doo Wop and Rock Show, Saturday, June 9

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, April 28 (Wet Nightclub)
Jessica Kirson, Saturday, May 5 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
I Love the ’90s Tour with Salt N Pepa, Saturday, May 26 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Dai Nhac Hoi Da Vu Memorial Day, Sunday, May 27 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Earth, Wind and Fire, Saturday, June 2
(Outdoor Summer Stage)
Third Eye Blind, Friday, June 8 (Summer Outdoor Stage)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, June 23 (Wet Nightclub)
Vic Latino’s Freestyle Live, Saturday, June 30 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Huey Lewis and the News, Saturday, July 14 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Lee Brice, Friday, July 20 (Outdoor Summer Stage)

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Next Best Thing Presents: Hollywood Nights, Friday, April 27
KIX with Autograph, Saturday, April 28
Branson Fever, Tuesday, May 1, through Thursday, May 3
Get the Led Out, Friday, May 4
The Mavericks, Saturday, May 5
Queensryche, Sunday, May 6
Eric Kearns, Tuesday, May 8
Sinatra: Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back, Starring Tony Sands & the Comedy of Bob Goss, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Friday, May 18
Dark Star Orchestra, Saturday, May 19

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Billy Strings with J.P. Biondo, Friday, April 27
7800 Fahrenheit, Saturday, April 28
Of Good Nature, Thursday, May 3
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, May 4
MiZ, Saturday, May 5
Starman, Friday, May 11
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentleman present the Stevie Ray Vaughn Retrospective, Saturday, May 12
The Dishonest Fiddler with Clarence Spady, Friday, May 18
Dean Ford and the Beautiful Ones — Prince tribute, Saturday, May 19
Subnotics, Friday, May 25

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Dreams with Mountain Sky Orchestra, Saturday, April 28
Parkway Drive, Wednesday, May 2
The Used, Friday, May 4
’70s Flashback — Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania benefit, Saturday, May 5
Stone Sour, Sunday, May 6
Stone Temple Pilots, Tuesday, May 8
Eaglemania, Saturday, May 12
Open Mic Night featuring Wilbium, Sunday, May 13
Bullet for My Valentine, Friday, May 18
Allen Daniel, Saturday, May 19

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
The Residents, Tuesday, April 26
Assembly of Dust, Saturday, April 28
Jeremy Loops, Sunday, April 29
Zahsosaa and Gang, Tuesday, May 1
Camila Cabello, Tuesday, May 1
King Krule, Wednesday, May 2
Company of Thieves, Thursday, May 3
Mir Fontane presents More Macaroni, Friday, May 4
Craig Wedren, Monday, May 7
Alt Nation’s Advance Placement Tour, Tuesday, May 8

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Minus the Bear, Saturday, April 28
Lord Huron, Tuesday, May 1
Greta Van Fleet, Saturday, May 12
Sum 41, Monday, May 14
New Found Glory, Wednesday, May 23
Old Crow Medicine Show, Tuesday, July 24
Sleep, Wednesday, July 25
This Is Hardcore Fest, Friday, July 27
Glassjaw and Quicksand, Wednesday, Aug. 1

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3
Justin Timberlake, Saturday, June 2
Depeche Mode, Sunday, June 3
Def Leppard, Monday, June 11
U2, Wednesday, June 13, and Thursday, June 14
Harry Styles, Friday, June 15
Paul Simon, Saturday, June 16
Sam Smith, Wednesday, July 4
Shania Twain, Thursday, July 12
Panic! At the Disco, Friday, July 27

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Bon Jovi, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10
Billy Joel, Wednesday, May 23, and Saturday, June 2
Wisin & Yandel, Friday, June 8
Luis Miguel, Saturday, June 9
Def Leppard and Journey, Wednesday, June 13
Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train, Thursday, June 14
Imagine Dragons, Tuesday, June 19
Thirty Seconds to Mars, Wednesday, June 20
Harry Styles, Thursday, June 21, and Friday, June 22
U2, Monday, June 25, and Tuesday, June 26

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe Burlesque Revue, Tuesday, May 1
Lord Huron, Thursday, May 3
Steve Martin and Martin Short, Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5
Jackson Browne, Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18
Third Day, Saturday, June 9
Kryptonite Tour with John Bevere and Bethel Music, Friday, June 15
The Monkees present the Mike and Micky Show, Friday, June 22

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
John Popper, Wednesday, May 2
Carbon Lead, Thursday, May 10
Simone on Simone: Lisa Simone with the Rob Stoneback Big, Sunday, May 13
Renaissance, Thursday, May 17
Mingo Fishtrap, Thursday, May 17
Spyro Gyra, Wednesday, May 23
Philadelphia Funk Authority 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert, Friday, May 25
Almost Queen, Saturday, June 2
Bria Skonberg, Wednesday, June 6
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Thursday, June 7

Show of talent PSU displays range of musical groups, styles with free performance

Show of talent PSU displays range of musical groups, styles with free performance

A free concert will show off Penn State Worthington Scranton’s growing music program and its wide range of musical styles this weekend.
Worthington Scranton Chorale, the Roc[k]tet show choir and Campus Jazz Band all will perform in the college’s annual spring concert Saturday, April 21, at 4 p.m. at the Theater at North, 1539 N. Main Ave., Scranton.
Sharon Ann Toman, director of music and assistant teaching professor in music, began holding the spring concerts a few years after she joined the staff in 2000. The groups performed on campus on many years, but as the years went on, the groups grew and so did the audiences for the shows. The campus auditorium can accommodate 200 people, and after the concert reached capacity two years ago, Toman knew they needed a new venue. They shifted to the Theater at North in 2017 and packed that, too, she said.

Toman

Toman has watched the groups grow since she arrived, with the chorus up to 40 members from just a dozen back then. The band, too, started small but has grown to about 20 to 25 members, she added. Some faculty and staff also sing in the chorus and play in band, which Toman called “nice because then faculty and students and staff can interact.”
“All of them have a love for music,” Toman said of her students. “They like to sing; they like to play. … I always say we work hard but we also laugh hard.
“The rehearsals are interesting. They’re light-hearted, and the students have a good time, and I think that’s important. And above everything else, while they’re having a good time, they’re learning.”
In Saturday’s four-part concert, audiences will hear the eight-member mixed show choir perform “How Far I’ll Go” from the Disney cartoon “Moana,” “Stand by Me” and “Forget You.” The chorale, a mixed chorus of about 40 voices, will perform a traditional spiritual, “Peace Like a River”; “Candle on the Water,” from “Pete’s Dragon”; Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” and Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me.”
“We do fun stuff. … And of course we always sing the Penn State alma mater,” Toman said.
The 25-piece campus jazz band, meanwhile, will play “everything and anything” from “Smoke on the Water” to the Blues Brothers, Toman said. 
“They play about seven songs, which is enough to show off their talents,” she added.
Under the direction of Deano Noto, Abington Heights Middle School’s eighth-grade chorus also will perform at the concert, continuing a tradition Worthington Scranton began three years ago when it invited a local school group to perform, too. The choir will perform two songs on its own and then join the college performers for a patriotic song.
People sometimes are surprised to hear Worthington Scranton has such a thriving music program, Toman said, “because when you think of music in higher-education places, you really think of Marywood (University) as well as the University of Scranton.” But her students can stand on level with those music students, she insisted.
“The unique spin on this is the fact that none of these students are music majors,” Toman said. “They could be science, they could be English, they could be business. They’re all from different majors. I don’t have music majors on campus. I’m a graduate (of) Marywood, (and my students) can keep up with the people from Marywood and the University of Scranton. I’m very blessed with a lot of talent here on campus.”

Old-school sound Record Store Day celebrates vinyl with specials, live music

Old-school sound Record Store Day celebrates vinyl with specials, live music

Eleven years ago, Joe Nardone Jr. participated along with fellow independent record store owners across the country in celebrating a special day for music lovers.
Today, hundreds of stores across the globe celebrate the annual Record Store Day, which takes place this Saturday, April 21. This record fanatic’s holiday always features special vinyl and CD releases, exclusive promotional products and in-store concerts in area stores.
Much like prior years, Nardone’s Gallery of Sound, 186 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre, features several bands performing in-store starting at noon that day. For the first time, Dickson City’s Gallery of Sound also will host solo acoustic artists, beginning at 1 p.m.
Each year at Embassy Vinyl, 352 Adams Ave., Scranton, the store raffles off a turntable for customers who buy an item on Record Store Day. It also does T-shirt and bag giveaways.
“It’s a good day to come down to a store like mine, or any independent record store where you can come down, experience new live music you’ve never heard and find something you’ve never heard of, or something you’ve always been looking for,” Embassy Vinyl owner R.J. Harrington said. “It’s a good day to actually get from behind the curtain of digital media and just actually get down there and, especially in a store like mine, you get your hands dirty. You gotta dig through stuff to find what you’re looking for.” 
Jay Notartomaso, owner of Musical Energi, 24 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, decided to stretch his store’s celebration beyond the day, dubbing it “Record Store Weekend.” He will keep the sales and giveaways to Saturday and then host musicians Sunday, April 22.
“It’s just kind of hard to manage both, because once the music starts, it’s hard for people to move around the store,” Notartomaso said. “So I thought maybe we just have the live entertainment part (Sunday). A lot of people would come just for that … and not really for the releases.”
Depending on how sales go on Record Store Day, Musical Energi may have specials on merchandise Sunday as well, he said.
Both Gallery of Sound locations and Musical Energi give away items such as the Record Store Day-branded bags, posters, pins and compilation CDs. Notartomaso said his store also raffles off gift cards each year to customers making purchases.
Nardone said that between traffic and sales, Record Store Day is “the biggest day of the year for any record store. It’s fueled the whole growth of vinyl.”
A 2017 end-year report the Recording Industry Association of America published revealed that, for the first time since 2011, music sales in physical formats — vinyl and CDs — exceeded digital ones. That’s thanks in part to streaming services, which account for 65 percent of music industry revenue, but also because of the resurgence of vinyl usage among the younger generation.
“Vinyl sales are still strong. The fad is over, and it’s a thing,” Nardone said. “People are buying records. Anyone can consume music on the internet. But the people who are collectors and into music long-term want to have a collection of records.”
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If you go
What: Record Store Day
When: Saturday, April 21
Online: Visit recordstoreday.com for a full list of releases.

Local events
Embassy Vinyl, 352 Adams Ave., Scranton
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Live performers to be announced at the event’s Facebook page and embassyvinyl.com.

Gallery of Sound, Fashion Mall, Dickson City
Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
1 p.m. — Daniel Rolser (Esta Coda/A Fire with Friends)
1:35 p.m. — Jordan Ramirez (Half Dollar)
2:10 p.m. — George Yurchak (Eibes)
2:45 p.m. — Sean Flynn (American Buffalo Ghost)
3:30 p.m. — Doug Griffiths (Purcell)
4:15 p.m. — Charles Davis (Dog House Charlie)
5 p.m. — David Hagel (Coal Miner Canary)
galleryofsound.com

Gallery of Sound, 186 Mundy St., Wilkes-Barre
Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Noon — Bret Alexander
1 p.m. — Indigo Moon Brass Band
2 p.m. — Rockology Music Academy student bands
3 p.m. — Jackknife Stiletto
4 p.m. — Aaron Fink & the Fury
5 p.m. — Trippy Switch
6 p.m. — Rockology Music Academy staff jam

Musical Energi, 24 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre
Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Record store day deals
Sunday, April 22, 2 to 6 p.m.
Live music from Brendan Brisk, Tori V and DJ Matt Rat
musicalenergi.com

Sounds – April 19, 2018

Sounds – April 19, 2018

FIRST AID KIT — ‘Ruins’
THE GOOD: Harmonizing Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg return with another lush songbook.
THE BAD: Nope.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Produced by Tucker Martine (Case Lang Veirs, Decemberists, Camera Obscura), “Ruins” finds the ladies bringing their precious vocals to another set of songs swimming in introspection and heartbreak. It STILL amazes me that two Scandinavians who grew up nowhere near the Deep South (or any part of the United States) can sound more authentic than anything pouring out of Nashville these days.
Add a little pre-Beatles rock ‘n’ roll sway here, an echo-drenched pedal steel guitar there, and the picture becomes complete — gorgeous country crossover tunes straight out of 1963. The slow-dancing “Fireworks,” the rousing campfire singalong “Hem of Her Dress,” the melancholy-soaked title cut — these songs are all about the sentiment emanating from those spellbinding voices, and of course “Ruins” packs an emotional wallop. You may shed a tear or two, but you’ll also smile before it’s all over.
BUY IT?: Definitely.

TUNEYARDS — “I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life”
THE GOOD: Singer/songwriter/percussionist Merrill Garbus (she IS Tuneyards) comes back with a confrontational fourth.
THE BAD: No gripes.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Even the in-your-face politics (Garbus chiming in about feminism, racism and other hot-button Trump-era topics) can’t totally squelch the power of the grooves contained within. “Private Life” is the most electronic-leaning of all her works.
Tracks such “ABC 123” and “Colonizer” bang, pulsate and ride chugging basslines while Garbus tries to either understand or at least apologize for the world raging on around her. Heavy-handed messages? Doesn’t matter. You’ll still feel compelled to body-pop to a track like “Look at Your Hands” or clap along to the borrowed (stolen?) island rhythms carrying “Hammer.”
Sure, Garbus grew up in a Connecticut suburb, but her music has a streak of authenticity running right down its middle. The echoes of disco and R&B drag us back into the city after dark — not a bad place to feel accepted.
BUY IT?: Oh yeah.

THE SUFIS — “After Hours”
THE GOOD: Neo-psychedelic indie duo the Sufis comes back with a low-key (and slightly lo-fi) third.
THE BAD: No issues. Expect a slight shift in sound though.
THE NITTY GRITTY: This time, Calvin Laporte and Evan Smith embrace synths, tightly compressed live drums and reserved vocal deliveries. Cool and calculated, the record bangs and crashes while still retaining a mellow vibe throughout its all-too-brief running time (always leave ’em wanting more, right?).
For the uninitiated, try to imagine some catchy ’90s Swedish indie pop crashing into a dose of sloppy garage rock. Spread a few prog overtones across the top, and that’s Sufis. You won’t be able to resist the cozy melodies on “Anymore” or the drunken reggae swagger carrying “Till I Get Home.” Embrace the weird on the squiggly “Crispy Grapes 2” or the sly, sinister vibes making up “Watch Out.”
“After Hours” ends up a bizarre mixed bag that zooms in, hypnotizes and is gone in a tight 28-minute flash. Dig it.
BUY IT?: Surely.

Concerts – April 19, 2018

Concerts – April 19, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Josh Wolf, Thursday, April 26
Nick Di Paolo, Saturday, April 28
Criss Angel Raw, Wednesday, May 2
Miranda Sings, Saturday, May 5
Art Garfunkel, Tuesday, May 8
Ani DiFranco, Friday, May 11
The New York Bee Gees, Saturday, May 12
Montgomery Gentry, Friday, May 18
Guitars and Stars, Tuesday, May 22
Joe Nardone presents the Ultimate Doo Wop and Rock Show, Saturday, June 9

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, April 28 (Wet Nightclub)
Jessica Kirson, Saturday, May 5 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
I Love the ’90s Tour with Salt N Pepa, Saturday, May 26 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Dai Nhac Hoi Da Vu Memorial Day, Sunday, May 27 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Earth, Wind and Fire, Saturday, June 2
(Outdoor Summer Stage)
Third Eye Blind, Friday, June 8 (Summer Outdoor Stage)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, June 23 (Wet Nightclub)
Vic Latino’s Freestyle Live, Saturday, June 30 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Huey Lewis and the News, Saturday, July 14 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Lee Brice, Friday, July 20 (Outdoor Summer Stage)

Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton
Tickets: 570-955-1490
The Mahoney Brothers, Saturday, April 21

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
The Devon Allman Project, Thursday, April 19
Live Wire — World’s Ultimate AC/DC Concert Experience, Friday, April 20
Next Best Thing Presents: Hollywood Nights, Friday, April 27
KIX with Autograph, Saturday, April 28
Branson Fever, Tuesday, May 1, through Thursday, May 3
Get the Led Out, Friday, May 4
The Mavericks, Saturday, May 5
Queensryche, Sunday, May 6
Eric Kearns, Tuesday, May 8
Sinatra: Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back, Starring Tony Sands & the Comedy of Bob Goss, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Flux Capacitor & Starbird, Friday, April 20
The Lizards, Saturday, April 21
Billy Strings with J.P. Biondo, Friday, April 27
7800 Fahrenheit, Saturday, April 28
Of Good Nature, Thursday, May 3
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, May 4
MiZ, Saturday, May 5
Starman, Friday, May 11
Dustin Douglas and the Electric Gentleman present the Stevie Ray Vaughn Retrospective, Saturday, May 12
The Dishonest Fiddler with Clarence Spady, Friday, May 18

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Circa Survive, Friday, April 20
Twiddle, Saturday, April 21
Badfish — Sublime tribute, Sunday, April 22
Dreams with Mountain Sky Orchestra, Saturday, April 28
Parkway Drive, Wednesday, May 2
The Used, Friday, May 4
’70s Flashback — Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania benefit, Saturday, May 5
Stone Sour, Sunday, May 6
Stone Temple Pilots, Tuesday, May 8
Eaglemania, Saturday, May 12

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
The Disco Biscuits, Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 21
Baths, Friday, April 20
Perpetual Groove, Sunday, April 22
Rasputina, Monday, April 23
Huanes, Tuesday, April 24
Hawthorne Heights, Tuesday, April 24
George Ezra, Wednesday, April 25
The Residents, Tuesday, April 26
Assembly of Dust, Saturday, April 28
Jeremy Loops, Sunday, April 29

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Built to Spill and the Afghan Whigs, Saturday, April 21
Matt and Kim, Sunday, April 22
Minus the Bear, Saturday, April 28
Lord Huron, Tuesday, May 1
Greta Van Fleet, Saturday, May 12
Sum 41, Monday, May 14
New Found Glory, Wednesday, May 23

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3
Justin Timberlake, Saturday, June 2
Depeche Mode, Sunday, June 3
Def Leppard, Monday, June 11
U2, Wednesday, June 13, and Thursday, June 14
Harry Styles, Friday, June 15
Paul Simon, Saturday, June 16
Sam Smith, Wednesday, July 4
Shania Twain, Thursday, July 12

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Bon Jovi, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10
Wisin & Yandel, Friday, June 8
Luis Miguel, Saturday, June 9
Def Leppard and Journey, Wednesday, June 13
Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train, Thursday, June 14
Imagine Dragons, Tuesday, June 19
Thirty Seconds to Mars, Wednesday, June 20

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Raphael, Wednesday, April 25
Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe Burlesque Revue, Tuesday, May 1
Lord Huron, Thursday, May 3
Steve Martin and Martin Short, Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5
Jackson Browne, Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18
Third Day, Saturday, June 9

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy — Emerson, Lake and Palmer Lives On, Wednesday, April 18
Here Come the Mummies, Thursday, April 19
Mike Mains, Friday, April 20
Mr. Sipp, Friday, April 20
The Infamous Stringdusters, Friday, April 20
The Novel Ideas, Saturday, April 21
Delta Rae, Saturday, April 21
Start Making Sense, Saturday, April 21
John Popper, Wednesday, May 2
Carbon Lead, Thursday, May 10
Simone on Simone: Lisa Simone with the Rob Stoneback Big, Sunday, May 13

Sounds – April 12, 2018

Sounds – April 12, 2018

STILL AROUND: PART TWO

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB — ‘Wrong Creatures’
THE GOOD: American alt-rockers BRMC are still plugging away on their eighth.
THE BAD: “Creatures” is highly predictable but not bad.
THE NITTY GRITTY: These guys have been reliable since the turn of the century, a working ROCK band ripping off Velvet Underground’s bleakness, the fuzzy grind found on mid-period Jesus & Mary Chain records and the guitar-fueled haze that fogged up just about any shoegaze catalog you may remember.
The formula remains just intriguing enough to make any hour-long session with the guys NOT seem like an exercise in repetitious excess. “Wrong Creatures” is no exception. Even when we’re hit with a bunch of mid-tempo sludge-fests across its middle, the album resonates. The growling session conjures up images of any American desert or lost highway after dark. Warm, dusty and a little dangerous, these moody tunes roar and simmer in all the right places. Progress be damned — BRMC is the same as it ever was, but that’s cool.
BUY IT?: Your call.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS — ‘I Like Fun’ 
THE GOOD: The New York Johns (Flansburgh and Linnell) return with another quirky, infectious, indie pop playlist.
THE BAD: It’s business as usual, but with TMBG, that’s never bad.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Buy pretty much ANY of the group’s album’s and you know what you’ll get — jingle writers gone mad and penning tiny pop masterpieces instead of pesky commercials. They’ve done it rather prolifically for more than three sing-song decades now.
This time, you can groove to the seamless funk carrying “Push Back the Hands,” swim in the fuzzy surf guitar slathered all over the stomping “An Insult to the Fact Checkers” and revel in the downright weirdness that is the title track. Personally, I’m quite smitten with the rolling and tumbling urgency of “When the Lights Come On.”
Longtime fans won’t be disappointed. And newbies (I’m sure there are still SOME at this point) probably will be encouraged to delve into the back catalog after a few sessions of “Fun.”
BUY IT?: Oh yeah.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN — ‘How to Solve Our Human Problems’
THE GOOD: Scottish indie pop collective Belle and Sebastian returns with its 10th full-length (sort of) work.
THE BAD: The 69-minute long player actually compiles three five-song “Human Problems” EPs the group released sporadically since November. That’s only bad if you shelled out a few pennies for some of those smaller collections. The track listing of all the EPs and this compilation are identical.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Technicalities aside, the new record is typical modern B&S. The band continues to progress and shed its pure “twee pop” roots, maintaining the gentle melodies while expanding the musical palette to include bigger rhythms and bolder arrangements.
Whether it’s the forceful and jumpy “The Girl Doesn’t Get It,” the quaint Baroque tones coloring “I’ll Be Your Pilot” or the country musings adding charm to “There Is an Everlasting Song,” mastermind Stuart Murdoch and company are in fine spirits, delivering another exquisite collection that only gets better the more times you indulge.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Concerts – April 12, 2018

Concerts – April 12, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
The Drifters, Saturday, April 14
T-Pain, Sunday, April 15
Nick Di Paolo, Saturday, April 28
Criss Angel Raw, Wednesday, May 2
Miranda Sings, Saturday, May 5
Art Garfunkel, Tuesday, May 8
Ani DiFranco, Friday, May 11
The New York Bee Gees, Saturday, May 12
Montgomery Gentry, Friday, May 18

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, April 28 (Wet Nightclub)
Jessica Kirson, Saturday, May 5 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
I Love the ’90s Tour with Salt N Pepa, Saturday, May 26 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Dai Nhac Hoi Da Vu Memorial Day, Sunday, May 27 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Earth, Wind and Fire, Saturday, June 2 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Third Eye Blind, Friday, June 8 (Summer Outdoor Stage)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, June 23 (Wet Nightclub)
Vic Latino’s Freestyle Live, Saturday, June 30 (Summer Outdoor Stage)
Huey Lewis and the News, Saturday, July 14
Lee Brice, Friday, July 20 (Summer Outdoor Stage)
Peoples Security Bank Theater
at Lackawanna College, Scranton
Tickets: 570-955-1490
The Mahoney Brothers, Saturday, April 21

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
The Devon Allman Project, Thursday, April 19
Live Wire — World’s Ultimate AC/DC Concert Experience, Friday, April 20
Next Best Thing Presents: Hollywood Nights, Friday, April 27
KIX with Autograph, Saturday, April 28
Branson Fever, Tuesday, May 1, through Thursday, May 3
Get the Led Out, Friday, May 4
The Mavericks, Saturday, May 5
Queensryche, Sunday, May 6
Eric Kearns, Tuesday, May 8
Sinatra: Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back, Starring Tony Sands & the Comedy of Bob Goss, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
MDB (Mike Dougherty Band), Friday, April 13
Halfway To Hell — AC/DC tribute, Saturday, April 14
Flux Capacitor & Starbird, Friday, April 20
The Lizards, Saturday, April 21
Billy Strings with J.P. Biondo, Friday, April 27
7800 Fahrenheit, Saturday, April 28
Of Good Nature, Thursday, May 3
Clarence Spady Band, Friday, May 4
MiZ, Saturday, May 5
Starman, Friday, May 11

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Buckcherry, Friday, April 13
Puddle of Mudd, Saturday, April 14
Circa Survive, Friday, April 20
Twiddle, Saturday, April 21
Badfish — Sublime tribute, Sunday, April 22
Dreams with Mountain Sky Orchestra, Saturday, April 28
Parkway Drive, Wednesday, May 2
The Used, Friday, May 4
’70s Flashback — Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania benefit, Saturday, May 5

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Gramatik, Thursday, April 12
Pale Waves, Thursday, April 12
Franz Ferdinand, Friday, April 13
The Hunna and Coasts, Sunday, April 15
The Garden, Tuesday, April 17
The Disco Biscuits, Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 21
Baths, Friday, April 20
Perpetual Groove, Sunday, April 22
Rasputina, Monday, April 23
Hawthorne Heights, Tuesday, April 24

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

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Pink, Friday, April 13
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3
Justin Timberlake, Saturday, June 2
Depeche Mode, Sunday, June 3
Def Leppard, Monday, June 11
U2, Wednesday, June 13, and Thursday, June 14
Harry Styles, Friday, June 15
Paul Simon, Saturday, June 16
Sam Smith, Wednesday, July 4
Shania Twain, Thursday, July 12

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Billy Joel, Friday, April 13
Bon Jovi, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10
Wisin & Yandel, Friday, June 8
Luis Miguel, Saturday, June 9
Def Leppard and Journey, Wednesday, June 13
Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train, Thursday, June 14
Imagine Dragons, Tuesday, June 19
Thirty Seconds to Mars, Wednesday, June 20

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Panariello Conti Pieraccioni, Friday, April 13
Raphael, Wednesday, April 25
Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe Burlesque Revue, Tuesday, May 1
Lord Huron, Thursday, May 3
Steve Martin and Martin Short, Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5
Jackson Browne, Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18
Third Day, Saturday, June 9

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Yellow Brick Road — Elton John tribute, Friday, April 13
Tommy Emmanuel, Sunday, April 15
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy — Emerson, Lake and Palmer Lives On, Wednesday, April 18
Here Come the Mummies, Thursday, April 19
Mike Mains, Friday, April 20
Mr. Sipp, Friday, April 20
The Infamous Stringdusters, Friday, April 20
The Novel Ideas, Saturday, April 21
Delta Rae, Saturday, April 21

Sounds – April 5, 2018

Sounds – April 5, 2018

STILL AROUND – PART ONE BJöRK — ‘Utopia’
THE GOOD: Icelandic singer/songwriter/producer Bjork gives us an epic ninth.
THE BAD: “Utopia” requires time and serious effort. It’s worth the work.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Here the indie legend creates an entire world made of sweeping orchestral arrangements, electronic rhythms, magnificent choirs, nature sounds and lots of flutes. If 2015’s “Vulnicura” was a break-up album, “Utopia” is a record of new beginnings and rediscovering love. Yes, these are love songs, but not in the traditional “simplistic” sense. Bjork prefers to take us on a journey of discovery as opposed to three chords and straight-forward declarations of affection.
There are a few hard-driven moments across the middle, such as the crackling “Courtship” and the thumping, aggressive “Sue Me.” Most of the album, though, is tranquil, down-tempo and atmospheric. Tracks such as the delicate, graceful title cut and the stark, intimate closer “Future Forever” set the overall tone. It leaves us with a multi-dimensional headphones record capable of keeping harsh reality at bay, if only for just over 70 glorious minutes.
BUY IT?: Yes.

EMINEM — ‘Revival’
THE GOOD: Hip-hop artist Eminem releases a huge ninth.
THE BAD: Still stuck in a creative rut?
THE NITTY GRITTY: The man has yet to match the brilliance of his first four groundbreaking releases, all unleashed between 1996 and 2002. Since 2004’s “Encore,” Eminem has been giving us stuff reminiscent of past glories, but never equaling them. 2013’s “Marshall Mathers LP 2” came close, but now “Revival” takes another unfortunate step backward.
He brings in Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Alicia Keys to sing some hooks. Too bad the Cheech and Chong, Joan Jett and “Boogie Nights” samples also found here are all more interesting than those guest appearances. Sure, he goes after Donald Trump and the police, but it all seems so tired at this point. And is it genuine? Slim Shady used to care about nothing or no one. Now he’s middle-aged with a conscience? Guess so.
“Revival” isn’t a total loss, and there are some slick jams here. But are there any verses worth committing to memory?
BUY IT?: Your choice.

MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO — ‘Impossible Star’
THE GOOD: British electronic legend Jack Dangers (he still is MBM) comes back with his 12th full-length and first in eight years.
THE BAD: Not exactly his most innovative record, “Star” is a pulsating throwback to the man’s ’90s heyday. Some of these sounds are vaguely familiar.
THE NITTY GRITTY: Yet, the album still finds inspiration in our current topsy-turvy, semi-gloomy cultural and political landscape. Dangers once again employs an eclectic mix of eerie ambient sounds, heavy beats, atomic age samples, funky bass lines, abrasive melodies and a plethora of electronic blips and noise. Creepy in some spots (the haunting opening ramp-up “One”) and outright banging in others (the relentless pops and grooves carrying “Nereus Rov”), “Star” covers a lot of emotional (and hip-shaking) territory in just over an hour.
This new set proves just how much we missed this guy. There have been many imitators over the years, but few (if any) have been able to surpass Dangers since the late ’80s.
BUY IT?: Yes.

Concerts – April 5, 2018

Concerts – April 5, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, April, 6
Theresa Caputo, Tuesday, April 10
The Drifters, Saturday, April 14
T-Pain, Sunday, April 15
Nick Di Paolo, Saturday, April 28
Criss Angel Raw, Wednesday, May 2
Miranda Sings, Saturday, May 5
Art Garfunkel, Tuesday, May 8
Ani DiFranco, Friday, May 11

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Vic Dibitetto, Friday, April 6 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, April 28 (Wet Nightclub)
Jessica Kirson, Saturday, May 5 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
I Love the ’90s Tour with Salt N Pepa, Saturday, May 26 (Outdoor Summer Stage)

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

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Lita Ford and Firehouse, Friday, April 6
The Devon Allman Project, Thursday, April 19
Live Wire — World’s Ultimate AC/DC Concert Experience, Friday, April 20
Next Best Thing Presents: Hollywood Nights, Friday, April 27
KIX with Autograph, Saturday, April 28

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Soule Monde, Friday, April 6
Solar Federation, Saturday, April 7
MDB (Mike Dougherty Band), Friday, April 13
Halfway To Hell — AC/DC tribute, Saturday, April 14
Flux Capacitor & Starbird, Friday, April 20
The Lizards, Saturday, April 21
Billy Strings with J.P. Biondo, Friday, April 27
7800 Fahrenheit — Bon Jovi tribute, Saturday, April 28

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
America’s Bandstand, Saturday, April 7
Bush, Wednesday, April 11
Buckcherry, Friday, April 13
Puddle of Mudd, Saturday, April 14
Circa Survive, Friday, April 20
Twiddle, Saturday, April 21
Badfish — Sublime tribute, Sunday, April 22

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Ripe, Thursday, April 5
Fozzy, Friday, April 6
So Far Gone, Friday, April 6
Cub Sport, Saturday, April 7
Wallows, Sunday, April 8
Why Don’t We, Tuesday, April 10
Saba, Wednesday, April 11
Gramatik, Thursday, April 12
Pale Waves, Thursday, April 12
Franz Ferdinand, Friday, April 13

Electric Factory, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-627-1332
Ja Rule, Saturday, April 7
As the Crow Flies, Wednesday, April 18
Built to Spill and the Afghan Whigs, Saturday, April 21
Matt and Kim, Sunday, April 22
Minus the Bear, Saturday, April, 28

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Tickets: 800-298-4200
Pink, Friday, April 13
Bon Jovi, Thursday, May 3

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Tickets: 212-307-7171
Pink, Thursday, April 5
Bon Jovi, Wednesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 10

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Brandi Carlile, Thursday, April 5, through Saturday, April 7
Panariello Conti Pieraccioni, Friday, April 13
Raphael, Wednesday, April 25
Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe Burlesque Revue, Tuesday, May 1
Lord Huron, Thursday, May 3
Steve Martin and Martin Short, Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5
Jackson Browne, Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18
Third Day, Saturday, June 9

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
Steve Earle and the Dukes, Thursday, April 5
Freekbass, Friday, April 6
Kashmire, Friday, April 6
Yellow Brick Road — Elton John tribute, Friday, April 13
Tommy Emmanuel, Sunday, April 15
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy — Emerson, Lake and Palmer Lives On, Wednesday, April 18
Here Come the Mummies, Thursday, April 19
Mike Mains, Friday, April 20
Mr. Sipp, Friday, April 20

Hip-hop/rap artist Lucas Hex emerges with new sound, style

Hip-hop/rap artist Lucas Hex emerges with new sound, style

Archbald resident Andrew Merwine burst onto the local music scene in 2011 armed with a collection of hip-hop/rap tunes full of fierce lyrics and plenty of emotion.
Back then, he went by the stage name Drew Breeze, under which he released five albums. Merwine battled a “staggering” case of writer’s block over the subsequent years, and even stopped performing all the way up until 2015. After experimenting with his sound, he took some time to channel his frustrations into a new batch of songs and re-emerged as Lucas Hex in 2017.
Having just completed a four-city tour in Pennsylvania and New York in support of his new EP, “Sermons,” Merwine took some time to go On the Record about what’s different with this album and his approach to getting his music out there.

Q: You used to perform as Drew Breeze but switched your stage persona to Lucas Hex. Tell us what this name means to you, and how this change reflects you as an artist.
A: The name means more to me, because Lucas has a personal meaning as far as my family goes, and Hex fits more of my personal philosophy. I won’t pretend I’m some high priest or anything, but I’ve always had an interest in the occult and “chaos magik” specifically, so it makes sense. Drew Breeze was literally a pick out of a hat when I was a kid and had a mixtape, but no name.

Q: Who’s the biggest influence on your sound?
A: This is where people are going to hate me even more than they already do: as far as influences go, I love early Drake, and I can’t help it, it’s so catchy. I love all the obvious ones that everyone says, like Tupac, Biggie, etc., but I’m super influenced by Waka Flocka Flame, Vince Staples, Ghostemane, Slipknot and any dumb thing I’ve done before I became a settled adult.

Q: How has living in Northeast Pennsylvania affected your music?
A: Living in NEPA made me thicker-skinned to criticism, which is important. People here are willing to tell you point blank if they hate you, and people have. That helped when I started getting actual meetings with bookers, bigger blogs, etc., because they have no time to sugarcoat, and I’m already thick-skinned enough to accept a “No” or a “We’ll see down the road” and keep moving.

Q: Tellus about your new EP, “Sermons.”
A: Lyrically, you can hear me tell stories about situations I didn’t need to put myself in — in an obnoxious way — and me dealing with my own mortality. The style is hard to describe because I think it’s super aggressive, but I still tried to keep it catchy, because that’s what I enjoy. I have a beat on the album produced by Nedarb, who’s worked with Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Ghostemane, Lil Peep and a ton of others — which might not seem like much to someone on the outside, but it’s a big deal, and it’s awesome.

Q: Describe Lucas Hex live on stage.
A: Live is where I thrive. There was a long time when my recorded songs didn’t translate as well live, which I finally think I fixed with “Sermons.” But all I can say is — as humble as I like to be — I truly believe if you see me live, I can convert you.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish in 2018?
A: My biggest hope is more tours. Touring this year was already the highlight of my “career.” Seeing strangers’ reactions to me and buying my merch, asking where they could get my music online, all of it — and the meetings and interest that came from it — was an eye-opening experience that this thing really has a shot at happening if I keep my nose to the grindstone.
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Meet Lucas Hex
Based out of: Archbald
Established: 2011
Genre: Hip-hop/rap
Up next: Slam Jam Car Show & Music Festival,
Saturday, Sept. 1, 3 to 8 p.m., Seamans Airport, 65 Windsock Lane, Factoryville
Online: Visit the Lucas Hex pages on Facebook, Spotify, iTunes, bandcamp.com and SoundCloud.com or follow @LucasHex570 on Instagram and Twitter.

Clubs – March 29, 2018

Clubs – March 29, 2018

Thursday, March 29

279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Dustin Douglas
Back Breakers Pro Wrestling Training Center, 1008 N. Washington Ave., Scranton: Alma Mater
Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Trivia Night
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Open Mic with Big Al and Billy Edwards
Bobby Keen’s, 117 W. Market St., Scranton: Karaoke with Edwin
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Strawberry Jam
Chacko’s Memory Lane Lounge, 195 N. Wilkes-Barre Blvd., Wilkes-Barre: Kartune
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Leighann & Company
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
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: A Brilliant Lie with the Greater Victory and Death Wish Birdie
Levels Bar & Grill, 519 Linden St., Scranton: DJ NRG
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Mike Dougherty
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: The Lab — Comedy Showcase

Friday, March 30
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Bill Hoffman
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Eric Rudy
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Albee Al
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Karaoke
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Area 52
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: The Husty Bros
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: The Third Nut
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: The Lesser Knowns
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Dumm & Drummer
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Fake Uncle Jack
Evolution Nightclub at the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Twp.: DJ NRG
Grotto Pizza, 36 Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville: Liar, Liar
Grotto Pizza/Grand Slam Sports Bar, RR 415, Harveys Lake: The Frost
Grotto Pizza/Skybox Sports Bar, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Twp.: Triple Fret
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Inferno Drag Show
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Mike Hagan & Lynette
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: A Display of Balance, Disortion, Leland Sundries, Esta Coda, Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms, the Boneflowers, Mr. Softee and Doghouse Charlie
JC’s Tavern, 963 Prescott Ave., Scranton: Ron Morgan
JJ Bridjes Restaurant, 925 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit: The Wanabees
McGrath’s Pub and Eatery, 112 E. Main St., Dalton: Graces Downfall Duo
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Tritide Duo
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Fuzzy Mudd Band
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Dance Hall Devils
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Hayley Jane & the Primates
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: Black Tie Stereo and Lily Maopolski
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Mountain Sky Orchestra
Wildflowers New York Bistro, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre: David Cupano
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Ben Hague, David Beck and Teri Granahan

Saturday, March 31
279 Bar & Grill, 279 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Jackson V and Lissa
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender, 126 Franklin Ave., Scranton: Jay Luke
Ali Baba Liquor Lounge, 219 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Maino
Bar Louie at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Shake 3x
Bartolai Winery, Route 92 and Coolidge Avenue, Falls: Crimson Tears and Black Fawn Forest
Benny Brewing Co., 1429 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre: Gone Crazy
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Flirtin’ With Yesterday
Bradley’s Sports Bar, 462 W. State St., Larksville: SUPE
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: UUU
Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top: Rice Crew Music
Elixir Bistro Bar at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Sugar Ray
Harry’s Bar, 302 Penn Ave., Scranton: Dance Hall Devils
Hog’s Hollow Saloon, 1459 State Route 93, Berwick: Kartune
Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton: Alex O’Brien
Mil & Jim’s Parkway Inn, 24 W. Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke: 40LB Head
Molly O’Sheas at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Pop Rox
O’Leary’s Pub, 514 Ash St., Scranton: Echo Creek
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: DJ Famous
The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Walau-Eh, Three Imaginary Boys, Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms
Polish Falcon, 631 Main St., Duryea: Heads Up Duo
River Street Jazz Cafe, 665 N. River St., Plains Twp.: Young & Dead — Neil Young and Grateful Dead tribute
Shells at the Stacks, 1174 Memorial Highway, Dallas: Sending It, Sunlight Overhead and Send Request
Skytop Lodge, 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop: Doug Smith Orchestra
Streamside Bandstand at the Woodlands, 1073 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Hoopla
Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant: The Molly Pitcher Path and Ron Schoonover
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Nowhere Slow
Waldo’s Tavern, 406 Green Ridge St., Scranton: Pink Slip
Wise Crackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Ben Hague, David Beck and Teri Granahan

Sunday, April 1
Carey’s Pub, 147 Division St., Kingston: Karaoke Night
Heat Bar & Nightclub, 69-71 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre: Not Yo Granny’s Bingo
North Slope Brewing Co., 33 Tunkhannock Highway, Dallas: The Dishonest Fiddlers

Monday, April 2
American Legion Post No. 495, 575 Route 239, Shickshinny: Country Heat
Boulder View Tavern, 123 Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony: Trivia Night with Josh and Michael
Duffy’s Coffee House, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Open jam session

Tuesday, April 3
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.: Music on the Menu with MiZ
III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant, 11 Garbutt Ave., Dallas: Mike Hagan
State Street Grill, 114 S. State St., Clarks Summit: Lucy Isabel

Wednesday, April 4
BADS, 415 Main St., Luzerne: Open mic night
Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant & Pub, 31 S. River St., Plains Twp.: Karaoke
OSE (Oak Street Express), 601 N. Main Ave., Taylor: Karaoke with DJ Edwin Velez
Pour Boys Bar, 932 Wyoming Ave., Scranton: Village Idiots
The V-Spot Bar, 906 Providence Road, Scranton: Always Undecided

Concerts – March 29, 2018

Concerts – March 29, 2018

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Tickets: 570-826-1100
Christopher Cross, Wednesday, April 4
Jerry Seinfeld, Friday, April, 6
Theresa Caputo, Tuesday, April 10
The Drifters, Saturday, April 14
T-Pain, Sunday, April 15
Nick Di Paolo, Saturday, April 28
Criss Angel Raw, Wednesday, May 2
Miranda Sings, Saturday, May 5
Art Garfunkel, Tuesday, May 8
Ani DiFranco, Friday, May 11

Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono
Tickets: 877-682-4791
Gary Owen, Saturday, March 31 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
Vic Dibitetto, Friday, April 6 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, April 28 (Wet Nightclub)
Jessica Kirson, Saturday, May 5 (Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub)
I Love the ’90s Tour with Salt N Pepa, Saturday, May 26 (Outdoor Summer Stage)
Earth, Wind & Fire, Saturday, June 2 (outdoor summer stage)
Third Eye Blind, Friday, June 8 (outdoor summer stage)
DJ Pauly D, Saturday, June 23 (Wet Nightclub)
Vic Latino’s Freestyle Live, Saturday, June 30 (outdoor summer stage)
Huey Lewis and the News, Saturday, July 14 (outdoor summer stage)
Lee Brice, Friday, July 20 (outdoor summer stage)

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

Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe
Tickets: 570-325-0371
Robin Trower, Wednesday, April 4
Lita Ford and Firehouse, Friday, April 6
The Devon Allman Project, Thursday, April 19
Live Wire — World’s Ultimate AC/DC Concert Experience, Friday, April 20
Next Best Thing Presents: Hollywood Nights, Friday, April 27
KIX with Autograph, Saturday, April 28
Branson Fever, Tuesday, May 1, through Thursday, May 3
Get the Led Out, Friday, May 4
The Mavericks, Saturday, May 5
Queensryche, Sunday, May 6

River Street Jazz Cafe, Plains Twp.
Tickets: 570-822-2992
Young and Dead — Neil Young & Grateful Dead tribute hosted by Strawberry Jam, Saturday, March 31
Soule Monde, Friday, April 6
Solar Federation, Saturday, April 7
MDB (Mike Dougherty Band), Friday, April 13
Halfway To Hell — AC/DC tribute, Saturday, April 14
Flux Capacitor & Starbird, Friday, April 20
The Lizards, Saturday, April 21
Billy Strings with J.P. Biondo, Friday, April 27
7800 Fahrenheit — Bon Jovi tribute, Saturday, April 28
Of Good Nature with Jordan Ramirez and Mike Stec, Thursday, May 3

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg
Tickets: 570-420-2808
Rock 107 presents Zoso — The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, Friday, March 30
Steel Panther — Sunset Strip Live, Saturday, March 31
America’s Bandstand, Saturday, April 7
Bush, Wednesday, April 11
Buckcherry, Friday, April 13
Puddle of Mudd, Saturday, April 14
Circa Survive, Friday, April 20
Twiddle, Saturday, April 21
Badfish — Sublime tribute, Sunday, April 22
Dreams, Saturday, April 28

The Fillmore, Philadelphia
Tickets: 215-625-3681
Sunsquabi, Thursday, March 29
Billy Currington, Thursday, March 29
The Night Game, Monday, April 2
We Came as Romans, Tuesday, April 3
Nothing, Nowhere, Wednesday, April 4
Ripe, Thursday, April 5
Fozzy, Friday, April 6
So Far Gone, Friday, April 6
Cub Sport, Saturday, April 7
Wallows, Sunday, April 8

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

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

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

Beacon Theatre, New York City
Tickets: 212-465-6500
Eckhart Tolle, Saturday, March 31
Brandi Carlile, Thursday, April 5, through Saturday, April 7
Panariello Conti Pieraccioni, Friday, April 13
Raphael, Wednesday, April 25
Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe Burlesque Revue, Tuesday, May 1
Lord Huron, Thursday, May 3
Steve Martin and Martin Short, Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5

SteelStacks, Bethlehem
Tickets: 610-332-1300
The Blues Brotherhood, Friday, March 30
Blair Crimmins & the Hookers, Saturday, March 31
Roy Wood Jr., Saturday, March 31
Steve Earle and the Dukes, Thursday, April 5
Freekbass, Friday, April 6
Kashmire, Friday, April 6
Yellow Brick Road — Elton John tribute, Friday, April 13
Tommy Emmanuel, Sunday, April 15
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy — Emerson, Lake and Palmer Lives On, Wednesday, April 18
Here Come the Mummies, Thursday, April 19