Music

Kacey Musgraves takes Wilkes-Barre’s Kirby Center back to Christmas past

Kacey Musgraves takes Wilkes-Barre’s Kirby Center back to Christmas past

WILKES-BARRE — From the moment the curtain went up Friday night, the audience at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts was transported to a more simple time – when Lawrence Welk holiday specials and Bing Crosby movies defined Christmas entertainment. Kacey Musgraves kept attendees enthralled with her renditions of classic Christmas songs, new […]

Local doo-wop fans ready for Joe Nardone’s Holiday Doo-wop Extravaganza

WILKES-BARRE — Joe Nardone knows doo-wop, and this weekend another of his genre-centric shows will take over the F.M. Kirby Center. The show begins 7 p.m. Dec. 10 with The Skyliners, Larry Chance & The Earls, The Dubs, La La Brooks and Jimmy Gallagher & The Classic Sounds taking the stage and performing for doo-wop […]

Rockology Music Academy opens doors for memorial open mic Dec. 9

Rockology Music Academy opens doors for memorial open mic Dec. 9

WILKES-BARRE — Eric Timlin wants to rock. The now 13-year-old took bass guitar lessons for three years with instructor Rich Stochla until the Exeter resident succumbed to colon cancer in December 2015. After a year without their instructor, Timlin and other young musicians taught by Stochla will have the opportunity to honor him during a […]

Review: Musgraves’ take on Christmas tunes is just what Santa ordered

Review: Musgraves’ take on Christmas tunes is just what Santa ordered

Kacey Musgraves’ girlish voice and bouncy beats bring some much needed levity to this year’s holiday season. The 12 tracks are an eclectic mix of old — “Rudolph” and “Let it Snow” — and new, including four self-penned tunes. The highlight is “A Willie Nice Christmas,” honoring fellow Texan Willie Nelson, who adds trademark picking […]

Review: Garth Brooks’ aim is off on the too-safe ‘Gunslinger’

Review: Garth Brooks’ aim is off on the too-safe ‘Gunslinger’

Surely, the machine wasn’t supposed to win. When Garth Brooks returned to record-making in 2014, the country superstar made it clear his decade away hadn’t dulled his famous nonconformist streak. “Man Against Machine,” he called his big comeback album, and the record showcased a unique talent — radically sincere yet with an instinct for melodrama […]

Review: Bruno Mars channels ’90s R&B grooves on ‘24K Magic’

Review: Bruno Mars channels ’90s R&B grooves on ‘24K Magic’

Bruno Mars pays homage to his musical influences with a groovy, R&B-inspired collection that sounds straight outta the ’90s. “24K Magic” is a party album that recalls Michael Jackson, James Brown, New Edition and retro boy-band harmonies. It’s just a shame it’s only 34 minutes long. Mars has said he hopes his first album in […]

Wilkes-Barre’s F.M. Kirby Center levels up with Video Games Live

Wilkes-Barre’s F.M. Kirby Center levels up with Video Games Live

WILKES-BARRE — Video game music may have started as bleeps and bloops, but as the industry evolved its soundtracks became orchestrated affairs worthy of their own CD releases. The orchestral event Video Games Live! celebrates arrangements from a number of franchises throughout gaming history, and on May 19, 2017, the show is coming to Wilkes-Barre’s […]

Country star Martina McBride adds 2017 Wilkes-Barre date

Country star Martina McBride adds 2017 Wilkes-Barre date

WILKES-BARRE — Martina McBride has extended her current tour into the first half of 2017, and a March 11 engagement at F.M. Kirby Center is among the country star’s newest dates. Her newest album, “Reckless,” was released earlier this year and debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. McBride, along with special […]

Review: Metallica loses way in revisiting past on ‘Hardwired to Self-Destruct’

Review: Metallica loses way in revisiting past on ‘Hardwired to Self-Destruct’

With “Hardwired … to Self-Destruct,” Metallica issues its once-a-decade reminder that it’s time to hit the stadium-rock circuit and make millions on tour. It’s more an act of commerce than an artistic imperative. That doesn’t mean Metallica has gone belly up. With 12 songs spread across 78 minutes and two discs, “Hardwired” contains some tightly […]

Review: 44 years late, a posthumous debut for Dolan

Review: 44 years late, a posthumous debut for Dolan

This Age of Aquarius artifact sounded old in 1972, when it was recorded, because the vibe is more ’60s than ’70s. On the other hand, Terry Dolan serves up a soundtrack for 2016 when he sings “Rainbow, rainbow, God knows we need a rainbow.” Dolan’s debut album is both new and old, because it took […]

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