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Scranton musician Riley Loftus lands distribution deal with Blingnot Media

Scranton musician Riley Loftus lands distribution deal with Blingnot Media

With two parents in the radio industry, Riley Loftus grew up around music. The Scranton-native has been performing across the area for several years, and recently landed a distribution deal for her upcoming original music. “It’s hard work,” the 21-year-old said, but that hasn’t caused the musician to slow down. Loftus currently attends St. Joseph’s […]

Godinez brothers to perform New Year’s Eve show with Good Stew at Jazz Cafe

Godinez brothers to perform New Year’s Eve show with Good Stew at Jazz Cafe

Musical siblings who made their mark in the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene but stepped away for several years are poised to introduce to the Wyoming Valley their latest sonic concoction. Good Stew, a genre-defying five-piece outfit out of Lancaster that features longtime NEPA mainstays Jonathan and Rodney Godinez, will perform at 10 p.m. on New […]

Pittston rapper J. Merrick chases music career ‘full-sail’

Pittston rapper J. Merrick chases music career ‘full-sail’

A local hip-hop artist’s decision to focus on his music full-time has been paying off in small dividends. Pittston resident Jonathon Merrick, who creates under the name J. Merrick, has received positive reviews from both music industry professionals and followers on social media in response to songs he’s released recently. The 33-year-old takes on subjects […]

Inaugural Snow Show to feature Tigers Jaw, Dashboard Confessional at Kirby

Inaugural Snow Show to feature Tigers Jaw, Dashboard Confessional at Kirby

The F.M. Kirby Center announced today that in conjunction with radio station Alt 92.1 it will present the inaugural Snow Show beginning at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 28. Indie rockers Dashboard Confessional will headline the evening of music, which will be held at the downtown theater, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, and will also feature opening acts […]

Hairology: Curly perms, natural looks big in November

Hairology: Curly perms, natural looks big in November

Even though it soon will be winter, everything is in full bloom — in clothing that is. Flowers still abound as well as retro hairstyles. Curly perms are big, and so is everything natural no matter the haircut. Of course vivid red, yellow, green, blue and violet won’t let go. I believe it is because […]

Hendrix ‘production’ Kiss the Sky to perform at Jazz Cafe in Plains Township

Hendrix ‘production’ Kiss the Sky to perform at Jazz Cafe in Plains Township

For New York musician Jimy Bleu, a lifelong dedication to the music of Jimi Hendrix began when he was a school-age music student. Now the frontman of critically-acclaimed Hendrix project Kiss The Sky brings the music of the iconic ’60s songwriter and guitarist to audiences all over the country, and he’ll lead the ensemble during […]

Bishop Briggs, others to open for Bleachers at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre

Bishop Briggs, others to open for Bleachers at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre

With sheer vocal power, eerily forlorn lyricism and a knack for weaving old soul sounds into her brand of alternative pop, Bishop Briggs has become a rising star on the radio waves and the touring circuit. The London-born artist who spent formative years in Tokyo and Hong Kong before moving to Los Angeles has had […]

Look what you missed at The Woodlands/Weekender Nuclear Happy Hour!

Look what you missed at The Woodlands/Weekender Nuclear Happy Hour!

The 50 Shades of Men invaded The Woodlands Friday night and performed for a packed house. Afterward, the crowd migrated to the official after-party hosted by the Weekender in conjunction with The Woodlands. Look what you missed … Stop by next week to hang with the Woodlands and Weekender staffs at the all-new Nuclear Happy […]

Indie rock weirdos Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett team up on ‘Lotta Sea Lice’

Indie rock weirdos Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett team up on ‘Lotta Sea Lice’

I’ll be honest: When Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett announced their collaborative album, “Lotta Sea Lice,” I really didn’t think it would work. Their styles just seemed too far apart. Vile, a former member of the Philadelphia-based band War on Drugs, has always stuck close to that band’s style, focusing on a swirling mix of […]

The NEPA Creative Series: Scranton artist produces mixed media pieces

The NEPA Creative Series: Scranton artist produces mixed media pieces

Sam Kuchwara, of Scranton, is the 43rd #NEPACreative of 2017. He brings creativity to the area primarily through visual art, especially painting and mixed media work. For the visual art, especially mixed media pieces, Sam tries to use as much found material as possible. He also tries to combine somewhat opposite materials, such as electronic […]