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Metal duo Vulturepeak chooses to roost in Northeastern Pennsylvania scene

Metal duo Vulturepeak chooses to roost in Northeastern Pennsylvania scene

In 2005, Rob Holodick moved from Southwestern Pennsylvania to Sweet Valley to start a new life. He said he was in a “bad scene” in Waynesburg, a small college town about an hour south of Pittsburgh. His change of scenery must have done him good, because his friend Jeff Hartley followed him to the opposite […]

A new singer prompted a new direction for Scranton’s Dreamers, Like Us

A new singer prompted a new direction for Scranton’s Dreamers, Like Us

Tony Malec’s song “Don’t Speak” is about the end – a relationship fraying with both parties holding onto the last threads. When he performed it during his audition for the band Dreamers, Like Us, it became a beginning. After a successful tryout, the 25-year-old Kingston resident joined the band as its new frontman in October […]

Calling all vocalists — ’80s-inspired Wilkes-Barre band Terraformer wants you

Calling all vocalists — ’80s-inspired Wilkes-Barre band Terraformer wants you

Wilkes-Barre band seeks vocalist. Must be willing to live the dream. Terraformer is a two-man operation that began in 2012. Kyle Kuligowski, 33, and Kenneth Bly, 38, have a friendship that stretches back 16 years and was solidified in Wilkes-Barre music scene monuments like Cafe Metropolis. The two formed their band as an instrumental outfit […]

Lymphoma almost killed this Scranton musician — and his unrecorded music

Lymphoma almost killed this Scranton musician — and his unrecorded music

Charles Russello said the guitar has always fascinated him — he has a photograph of himself at 5, toy guitar in-hand, and after a short stint with drums early in life, he replaced his toy six-string with the real thing at 15. Russello began writing songs and began to grow a considerable catalog of original […]

Condition Oakland learns to let go while holding onto what’s important

Condition Oakland learns to let go while holding onto what’s important

Learn to let go. That’s the prevailing theme of Condition Oakland’s upcoming full-length release, “Burial Ground.” “I’d say most of the songs are about letting go of stuff that kind of haunts you, like relationships, places you’ve worked, places you’ve lived, stuff like that,” said CO guitarist/vocalist Tyler Troutman. The songs are wrapped in a […]

Metal Duo I Trust You to Kill Me provides creative outlet for Dallas man

Metal Duo I Trust You to Kill Me provides creative outlet for Dallas man

Jonathan Pall was tired of false starts. He was tired of commissioning designs, ordering shirts and building fan bases for bands that prematurely folded, so he decided to start his own creative outlet, I Trust You to Kill Me, and take the moniker with him wherever he went. “I made a promise to myself that […]

Music saved Wilkes-Barre’s Ervasa — now the metalcore band’s coming for you

Music saved Wilkes-Barre’s Ervasa — now the metalcore band’s coming for you

Music equals life. It’s a phrase music fans wear on shirts, bags and buttons, but for Wilkes-Barre metalcore quintet Ervasa, it couldn’t be further from the truth. “If we didn’t have music there is a chance we may not be here,” said Ervasa bassist Jeremy Melton, 23. “Without this medium for us to release our […]

Quick Chord: Westpoint put their own hazy spin on punk and hardcore with self-titled LP

Quick Chord: Westpoint put their own hazy spin on punk and hardcore with self-titled LP

Westpoint’s new self-titled album is a hazy love letter to the genres that defined its members, written in a handwriting distinctly its own. Drummer Jonah Kramer said the new effort isn’t like the first record — it’s not as easy to lump in with genre contemporaries. It’s different. “We just tried to really get out […]

Quick Chord: Wilkes-Barre based alternative rock band Inner Temple develops its sound

Quick Chord: Wilkes-Barre based alternative rock band Inner Temple develops its sound

According to Dustin Schumacher his band, Inner Temple, is just hitting its stride. The 22-year-old Benton native founded the Wilkes-Barre based band as a trio in 2014, and after a few lineup changes, he is still looking for a permanent bass player. But Inner Temple has a new EP to showcase, and Schumacher is excited […]

James Barrett isn’t living a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ novel — he’s writing the chapters

James Barrett isn’t living a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ novel — he’s writing the chapters

James Barrett had a good 2016. That’s what he’ll tell you in conversation, but his music takes a different tone. Earlier this year, the Clarks Summit resident traveled to Hammonton, N.J. to record at the new LumberYard Studios, co-owned by The Early November’s Ace Enders and Man Overboard’s Nik Bruzzese. It was one of the […]