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Nsilo’s wordplay, beats bring Chicago-style positivity to Scranton hip-hop

Nsilo’s wordplay, beats bring Chicago-style positivity to Scranton hip-hop

SCRANTON — Nsilo didn’t have to look hard to find his rap name. The 21-year-old rapper from Scranton, whose real name is Terry Thompson, just ended up picking his middle name. The name came from his uncle, who was shot and killed at a young age in Michigan. The name came to the rapper when […]

Wilkes-Barre soul-rockers Half Dollar to play Stroudsburg’s Sherman Theater

Wilkes-Barre soul-rockers Half Dollar to play Stroudsburg’s Sherman Theater

When Wilkes-Barre rock quartet Half Dollar performs live, local music fans get their money’s worth. Show-goers in Stroudsburg will have that opportunity when Half Dollar opens for the nationally-recognized Sublime tribute act Badfish on April 21 at the Sherman Theater. Bethlehem jamgrass outfit The Stray Seeds will also share the bill. Formed nearly three years […]

Wilkes-Barre drummer Ben Travers works as tech, engineer for renowned acts

Wilkes-Barre drummer Ben Travers works as tech, engineer for renowned acts

In terms of building a viable career in the music industry, Ben Travers is quietly killing it. The 30-year-old Wilkes-Barre drummer is currently the touring audio engineer for renowned guitarist and songwriter Steve Kimock and the drum tech for the Mike Gordon Band, which was assembled by and named after the bassist and founding member […]

Wilkes-Barre band Alma Mater gets harmonious with debut EP ‘Cloud Cover’

Wilkes-Barre band Alma Mater gets harmonious with debut EP ‘Cloud Cover’

Debut releases are a tricky thing. They’re not unlike first dates — a great initial impression sets the tone, while memorable goodbyes leave listeners wanting more. “Lightheaded,” the first single released from Alma Mater’s debut EP “Cloud Cover,” comes out of the corner swinging with songwriting prowess beyond the band’s tenure together. Guitarist/vocalist Vinny Amarando, […]

Metal duo Vulturepeak chooses to roost in Northeastern Pennsylvania scene

Metal duo Vulturepeak chooses to roost in Northeastern Pennsylvania scene

In 2005, Rob Holodick moved from Southwestern Pennsylvania to Sweet Valley to start a new life. He said he was in a “bad scene” in Waynesburg, a small college town about an hour south of Pittsburgh. His change of scenery must have done him good, because his friend Jeff Hartley followed him to the opposite […]

A new singer prompted a new direction for Scranton’s Dreamers, Like Us

A new singer prompted a new direction for Scranton’s Dreamers, Like Us

Tony Malec’s song “Don’t Speak” is about the end – a relationship fraying with both parties holding onto the last threads. When he performed it during his audition for the band Dreamers, Like Us, it became a beginning. After a successful tryout, the 25-year-old Kingston resident joined the band as its new frontman in October […]

Calling all vocalists — ’80s-inspired Wilkes-Barre band Terraformer wants you

Calling all vocalists — ’80s-inspired Wilkes-Barre band Terraformer wants you

Wilkes-Barre band seeks vocalist. Must be willing to live the dream. Terraformer is a two-man operation that began in 2012. Kyle Kuligowski, 33, and Kenneth Bly, 38, have a friendship that stretches back 16 years and was solidified in Wilkes-Barre music scene monuments like Cafe Metropolis. The two formed their band as an instrumental outfit […]

Lymphoma almost killed this Scranton musician — and his unrecorded music

Lymphoma almost killed this Scranton musician — and his unrecorded music

Charles Russello said the guitar has always fascinated him — he has a photograph of himself at 5, toy guitar in-hand, and after a short stint with drums early in life, he replaced his toy six-string with the real thing at 15. Russello began writing songs and began to grow a considerable catalog of original […]

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 […]

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