Album Reviews

Scranton-based A Friend with Fire releases new EP

Scranton-based A Friend with Fire releases new EP

Some albums you can crank up in the car as open-windowed cruising juice — a little aural merriment to accompany you for the ride. Others are just so enthralling they’ll actually make you pull over and reflect upon what you’re hearing. A Fire With Friends’ “It’s Nice To See You Again” falls under the latter […]

Nanticoke-based band makes their move

Nanticoke-based band makes their move

NANTICOKE — Send Request is back with their second album, “Make Your Move” – a quick follow-up to 2014’s debut EP, “Beyond The Ordinary.” Much like their first stab at original music, the new tunes follow a delightfully bright and boisterous formula of sing-a-long saccharine anthems and filler-free guitar crunchers. Since their 2013 inception, the […]

Chris Barnes releases new album, talks about comedic career

Chris Barnes releases new album, talks about comedic career

Chris Barnes plays his blues by planting tongue firmly in cheek, and then biting that tongue with heaping sarcasm and wit. Add in a dash of topical social commentary alongside the funky grooves and thunderous rhythmic assault and you’ve got the foundations of one of the most entertaining, if not pertinent, blues/roots releases in recent […]

Etheridge releases CD/Blu-ray combo

Etheridge releases CD/Blu-ray combo

Melissa Etheridge, “A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A” (Shout Factory) — This Blu-Ray/CD package captures 2014 performance by Melissa Etheridge and her excellent band playing a set that includes songs from “This is M.E.,” her most recent album, along with hits like “I Want to Come Over” and “Like The Way I Do.” […]

PA hard rock icon, Jack Pyers, finds acoustic voice

PA hard rock icon, Jack Pyers, finds acoustic voice

Jack Pyers is building his collection for a debut album By Mark Uricheck | For Weekender http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_jackpyers1.jpg Sitting in the lobby of a Pittston hotel on a drab and rainy Sunday for an impromptu interview following a recording session with the inimitable Bret Alexander, Jack Pyers’ casually toned-down appearance couldn’t be any further from the […]

There’s a ‘Heatwave’ rolling in this summer

There’s a ‘Heatwave’ rolling in this summer

With soulfully trampling horn flourishes culled from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes’ 70’s best, and a delicately melodic guitar solo on par with Brian May’s instantly recognizable curling leads all thrown at you within the first few minutes of the listening experience, you’re immediately aware that you’re in for a vibrant listen. Digging a […]

Scranton-based Esta Coda releases second EP, ‘Miles Away’

Scranton-based Esta Coda releases second EP, ‘Miles Away’

Esta Coda’s newest EP, “Miles Away” has sheer songwriting weight. Scranton’s Esta Coda’s second release, the EP “Miles Away,” is another blast of melodically contorted indie jangle pop that relies on sheer songwriting weight, an unblemished, transparent production value, and understated jubilation to serve up its three-minute slices of ambrosia. The follow-up to the band’s […]

“Cause of Affliction” rises above sophomore jinx

“Cause of Affliction” rises above sophomore jinx

Cause of Affliction will debut its second album on June 5 at Bar on Oak in Pittston. You haven’t lived until you’ve witnessed Gary Edrington smashing an empty beer keg with a baseball bat in perfect syncopation to a deliciously devilish groove-metal assault. Since their inception in 2011, NEPA’s own Cause of Affliction, has provided […]