ASSORTED DECLARATIONS BY STAFF WRITER TOM GRAHAM
The 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands at Breakers Bar at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs semi-finals will continue on Thursday, May 17, with the final round taking place May 24. The remaining bands are competing for some serious cash ($10,000). Good luck to the remaining bands from the region taking part in the competition, further showcasing the vast amount of talent we are lucky enough to have in our area.
Keep it indie
Delaware based indie rockers The Spinto Band will come to Scranton this week touring in support of their third full-length album, Shy Pursuit. They’ll play at The Vintage Theater, 119 Penn Ave., Friday, May 18 along with A Social State, Halfling, Passing Through and Crock Pot Abduction. The Spinto Band’s latest video for the single “The Living Things,” directed by Phil Davis, combines the use of hand drawn animation and stop motion animation of humans, and was recently featured on National Public Radio’s online music spotlight. Tickets for the show are $8 at the door.
Scranton indie punk rock outfit Tigers Jaw will perform a show along with Philadelphia based Algernon Cadwallader and Electric City mates Halfling on Tuesday, May 22 at New Visions Studio and Gallery in Scranton at 7 p.m. This is an all-ages show and one not to be missed. There will be a $6 cover.
Train, say your prayers, and take your vitamins
I must admit that I haven’t a clue what is happening in the world of wrestling unless you wanted to talk about old-school wrestlers like WWF greats Jake “The Snake” Roberts, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and George “The Animal” Steele. That being said, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have the opportunity to watch two very different wrestling events this week.
WXW C4 will come to Three Kings in Mayfield on Saturday, May 19, for “Memorial Mayhem” featuring appearances by former WWE stars Samu, Manu and Sinsky. The card will also feature The Beautiful Niya, Tommy Rotten from the movie “The Wrestler,” local wrestler AJ Sabotage and more. Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.
The Big Show, the wrestler and the massive wresting entity known as the WWE, also come to town as Smackdown returns to Mohegan Sun Arena on Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. The Main Event for the evening features Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus in a triple threat match for the world heavyweight championship.
Catch all the sleeper holds, body slams and flying elbows this week — just don’t try this at home.
May is looking to be a pretty darn good month for grabbing some new music. Garbage is releasing Not Your Kind of People on May 22, their first release in years. Fresh off her success with Gotye, New Zealand singer/songwriter Kimbra will release her debut album, Vows, as well. May 28 will feature brand new releases from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (Here), Public Image Ltd (This Is PiL), Regina Spektor (What We Saw From the Cheap Seats), Sigur Ros (Valtari) and The Walkmen (Heaven). I hope you’re saving some of your money for the record store as well, as I am praying you still purchase music from the record store.
Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Justin Townes Earle Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot) 2012