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Condition Oakland learns to let go while holding onto what’s important

Condition Oakland learns to let go while holding onto what’s important

Learn to let go. That’s the prevailing theme of Condition Oakland’s upcoming full-length release, “Burial Ground.” “I’d say most of the songs are about letting go of stuff that kind of haunts you, like relationships, places you’ve worked, places you’ve lived, stuff like that,” said CO guitarist/vocalist Tyler Troutman. The songs are wrapped in a […]

Metal Duo I Trust You to Kill Me provides creative outlet for Dallas man

Metal Duo I Trust You to Kill Me provides creative outlet for Dallas man

Jonathan Pall was tired of false starts. He was tired of commissioning designs, ordering shirts and building fan bases for bands that prematurely folded, so he decided to start his own creative outlet, I Trust You to Kill Me, and take the moniker with him wherever he went. “I made a promise to myself that […]

Music saved Wilkes-Barre’s Ervasa — now the metalcore band’s coming for you

Music saved Wilkes-Barre’s Ervasa — now the metalcore band’s coming for you

Music equals life. It’s a phrase music fans wear on shirts, bags and buttons, but for Wilkes-Barre metalcore quintet Ervasa, it couldn’t be further from the truth. “If we didn’t have music there is a chance we may not be here,” said Ervasa bassist Jeremy Melton, 23. “Without this medium for us to release our […]

Quick Chord: Westpoint put their own hazy spin on punk and hardcore with self-titled LP

Quick Chord: Westpoint put their own hazy spin on punk and hardcore with self-titled LP

Westpoint’s new self-titled album is a hazy love letter to the genres that defined its members, written in a handwriting distinctly its own. Drummer Jonah Kramer said the new effort isn’t like the first record — it’s not as easy to lump in with genre contemporaries. It’s different. “We just tried to really get out […]

Quick Chord: Wilkes-Barre based alternative rock band Inner Temple develops its sound

Quick Chord: Wilkes-Barre based alternative rock band Inner Temple develops its sound

According to Dustin Schumacher his band, Inner Temple, is just hitting its stride. The 22-year-old Benton native founded the Wilkes-Barre based band as a trio in 2014, and after a few lineup changes, he is still looking for a permanent bass player. But Inner Temple has a new EP to showcase, and Schumacher is excited […]

James Barrett isn’t living a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ novel — he’s writing the chapters

James Barrett isn’t living a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ novel — he’s writing the chapters

James Barrett had a good 2016. That’s what he’ll tell you in conversation, but his music takes a different tone. Earlier this year, the Clarks Summit resident traveled to Hammonton, N.J. to record at the new LumberYard Studios, co-owned by The Early November’s Ace Enders and Man Overboard’s Nik Bruzzese. It was one of the […]

Members of Angel Du$t, In Between come together in Dizzy Pleasure Club

Members of Angel Du$t, In Between come together in Dizzy Pleasure Club

From the opening moments of Dizzy Pleasure Club’s self-titled EP, the band members wear their love for power chord driven pop-punk on their collective sleeve. Their’s is a new, unfaded sleeve — DPC’s Dec. 11 Wilkes-Barre date will be their second-ever performance. “I think we all grew up on pop-punk and have an instinct to […]

Kingston emo four-piece Hymn fueled by fresh perspective

Kingston emo four-piece Hymn fueled by fresh perspective

It was September 2015 and Tyler Chau needed a change. The vocalist/guitarist and his band Sunning were breaking up after playing its final set together in Chau’s hometown of Long Island, N.Y., and like so many others raised on pop-punk and pizza, he knew hometowns were meant for leaving. After the show, Chau hopped in […]

Doghouse Charlie & The Buck Knife cut into the NEPA music collective scene

Doghouse Charlie & The Buck Knife cut into the NEPA music collective scene

When Charles Davis’ main musical endeavor, Cherokee Red, became an increasingly difficult ship to maintain, he and fellow members Andrew Sgarlat and Matt Rattigan formed a band called The Buck Knife to fill in their time between Cherokee Red dates. Davis said the band’s first sets were “very exploratory,” but as Cherokee Red began to […]

Scranton metal band Threatpoint releases new album Nov. 18 at the V-Spot

Scranton metal band Threatpoint releases new album Nov. 18 at the V-Spot

Scranton groove-metal band Threatpoint gets around. Last year, the four piece toured to Texas, Idaho and California and hit big cities like Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Denver, Colo. Their second West Coast tour brought them to Seattle and Spokane, Wash. and throughout Montana this year, but the release of Threatpoint’s latest studio […]

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