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New project represents new possibilities for Wilkes-Barre musicians Kali Ra

New project represents new possibilities for Wilkes-Barre musicians Kali Ra

Jami Kali and Ray Novitski talk about their music as if it were a stoner friend from college — bouncy and trancy with repressed humor. The duo’s collaboration, Kali Ra, may have eventually reached this point naturally, but its progression was accelerated when the sun sat on another Wilkes Barre act. Kali Ra wasn’t given […]

Hazleton rapper, Animal Planit’s Lambo Lo releases new record Nov. 25

Hazleton rapper, Animal Planit’s Lambo Lo releases new record Nov. 25

With five emcees of distinct voice and style, Hazleton hip-hop troupe, Animal Planit, has a lot to offer, but the group’s most recent offering comes from its featured artist, Lambo Lo. Lo, nee Michael Loftus, releases “The Art of Lyricism: Vol. III” on Nov. 25 through various outlets, which fans can stay aware of by […]

Texas is the Reason’s Garrett Klahn stops in Wilkes-Barre Oct. 27

Texas is the Reason’s Garrett Klahn stops in Wilkes-Barre Oct. 27

Garrett Klahn’s Oct. 27 Wilkes-Barre stop comes in the middle of his fall tour, sandwiched between performances at New York venue Mercury Lounge and Cambridge, Mass.’s Middle East. Klahn plans to play songs he performed with Texas is the Reason, the influential ’90s emo act he fronted and still returns to on rare occasions, but […]

Dunmore singer/songwriter Meghan Kylie releases debut EP ‘Stop. Think.’

Dunmore singer/songwriter Meghan Kylie releases debut EP ‘Stop. Think.’

Somewhere in the Vestal, N.Y. home of 23-year-old Meghan Kylie’s parents are videos of her younger self singing lyrics off the top of her head. That improvisational spirit came through during piano lessons with a teacher Kylie described as “flexible,” so much so that her mother removed her for “not learning anything” and “entertaining the […]

New Wilkes-Barre band Mind Choir made up of familiar faces

New Wilkes-Barre band Mind Choir made up of familiar faces

While Mock Sun splintered after releasing their final full-length in May, the pieces themselves did anything but fall silent. Singer/keyboardist Jami Kali formed Kali Ra with fellow local musician Ray Novitski while her three former band mates — Mark Dimirco, DJ Tasselmyer and Mark Wohl — stuck together and rechristened themselves Mind Choir. According to […]

SUNY Oneonta band Catlike returns to Wilkes-Barre’s The Other Side Sept. 30

SUNY Oneonta band Catlike returns to Wilkes-Barre’s The Other Side Sept. 30

Catlike started as two people from the same two places. After guitarist/vocalist Karah Goldstein left Long Island, N.Y. for SUNY Oneonta in 2013, drummer Collin Ungerleider followed the next year. The two attended the same high school but hardly ever spoke — Ungerleider heard Goldstein’s (ironically) wordless demos before graduating high school and, after arriving […]

Hallowfest gets hardcore (and hip-hop) with Newark, New Jersey’s Sunny Gang

Hallowfest gets hardcore (and hip-hop) with Newark, New Jersey’s Sunny Gang

Hardcore and hip-hop are sonic cousins. The genres were birthed from rock ‘n’ roll and funk and soul, which both have blues and jazz to thank for their creation. That they play well together isn’t news — musicians have been putting the two together for years — but Newark, N.J. Sunny Gang do so with […]

New York City’s Burn bring unique brand of hardcore to The Other Side

New York City’s Burn bring unique brand of hardcore to The Other Side

A return to the stage was the spark that long-running New York City hardcore band Burn needed for “From the Ashes,” the group’s newest EP and first new music since 2002’s “Last Great Sea.” They’re hitting the road this fall to support the release, and on Sept. 18 they’ll play downtown Wilkes-Barre venue The Other […]

Six years in and Scranton’s Silhouette Lies is still going strong

Six years in and Scranton’s Silhouette Lies is still going strong

Scranton’s Silhouette Lies started as three guys armed with acoustic guitars and other people’s songs. Nick Van Wagenen, Raf Pimentel and Eric Manley got together in March 2010 and played, as Van Wagenen put it, “the ‘Wonderwalls’ and ‘Good Riddances’ of the world that everybody does.” Van Wagenen and childhood friends/guitarists Pimentel and Manley found […]

Scranton’s Black Hole Heart has strong NEPA music pedigree

Scranton’s Black Hole Heart has strong NEPA music pedigree

The Wilkes-Barre and Scranton music scene during 2005 through 2007 was a dynamic one — bands like Tigers Jaw, Three Man Cannon, Captain, We’re Sinking and The Menzingers cut their teeth at venues in the area. During that time, Kyle Lukasewicz shared the stage with his contemporaries as guitarist and singer in a band called […]