Music

Review: Neil Young tackles pipeline, technology on ‘Peace Trail’

Review: Neil Young tackles pipeline, technology on ‘Peace Trail’

Prolific rocker Neil Young is at his curmudgeonly best on “Peace Trail,” bemoaning his place in the current generation while standing up for his decades-long commitment to fighting for the underdog. In that way, the largely acoustic “Peace Trail” is representative of late-career Young. It’s quirky, soulful, poignant and powerful — if not a little […]

Review: Childish Gambino Gets Immersed in the Funk

Review: Childish Gambino Gets Immersed in the Funk

It’s OK not to “get” Childish Gambino’s third studio album “Awaken, My Love!” With its lush soundscapes and sparse lyrics, one can only gather that the funk-drenched latest release from the multi-talented Donald Glover is a collection that is to be felt first and understood second — if understanding is possible at all. Outstanding first […]

Review: Madness CD offers carnival of sounds and characters

Review: Madness CD offers carnival of sounds and characters

“Can’t Touch Us Now” is an invitation into the Madness carnival of sounds, brimming with intriguing, colorful characters. One of the most British of bands and some energetic concert performers, Madness bring the goods in familiarly entertaining fashion, sustaining the strong resurgence on their third album since 2009. Having long expanded from their ska-punk beginnings, […]

Alexis P. Suter Ministers of Sound celebrate live CD with Kirby Center show

Alexis P. Suter Ministers of Sound celebrate live CD with Kirby Center show

WILKES-BARRE — Alexis P. Suter Ministers of Sound will celebrate the release of their recently recorded record “Live From Briggs Farm Blues Festival” with an event at F.M. Kirby Center. In July, Suter and her ministers teamed up with Briggs Farm Blues Records to release a live CD featuring songs from their set performed earlier […]

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 […]