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SUNY Oneonta band Catlike returns to Wilkes-Barre’s The Other Side Sept. 30

SUNY Oneonta band Catlike returns to Wilkes-Barre’s The Other Side Sept. 30

Catlike started as two people from the same two places. After guitarist/vocalist Karah Goldstein left Long Island, N.Y. for SUNY Oneonta in 2013, drummer Collin Ungerleider followed the next year. The two attended the same high school but hardly ever spoke — Ungerleider heard Goldstein’s (ironically) wordless demos before graduating high school and, after arriving […]

Hallowfest gets hardcore (and hip-hop) with Newark, New Jersey’s Sunny Gang

Hallowfest gets hardcore (and hip-hop) with Newark, New Jersey’s Sunny Gang

Hardcore and hip-hop are sonic cousins. The genres were birthed from rock ‘n’ roll and funk and soul, which both have blues and jazz to thank for their creation. That they play well together isn’t news — musicians have been putting the two together for years — but Newark, N.J. Sunny Gang do so with […]

New York City’s Burn bring unique brand of hardcore to The Other Side

New York City’s Burn bring unique brand of hardcore to The Other Side

A return to the stage was the spark that long-running New York City hardcore band Burn needed for “From the Ashes,” the group’s newest EP and first new music since 2002’s “Last Great Sea.” They’re hitting the road this fall to support the release, and on Sept. 18 they’ll play downtown Wilkes-Barre venue The Other […]

Six years in and Scranton’s Silhouette Lies is still going strong

Six years in and Scranton’s Silhouette Lies is still going strong

Scranton’s Silhouette Lies started as three guys armed with acoustic guitars and other people’s songs. Nick Van Wagenen, Raf Pimentel and Eric Manley got together in March 2010 and played, as Van Wagenen put it, “the ‘Wonderwalls’ and ‘Good Riddances’ of the world that everybody does.” Van Wagenen and childhood friends/guitarists Pimentel and Manley found […]

Scranton’s Black Hole Heart has strong NEPA music pedigree

Scranton’s Black Hole Heart has strong NEPA music pedigree

The Wilkes-Barre and Scranton music scene during 2005 through 2007 was a dynamic one — bands like Tigers Jaw, Three Man Cannon, Captain, We’re Sinking and The Menzingers cut their teeth at venues in the area. During that time, Kyle Lukasewicz shared the stage with his contemporaries as guitarist and singer in a band called […]

For GlowNovember vocalist Kyle Taylor, practice makes not terrible

For GlowNovember vocalist Kyle Taylor, practice makes not terrible

GlowNovember vocalist Kyle Taylor had one word to describe his early singing: terrible. Apparently, the general consensus echoed him. “Even family, they were like, ‘dude you suck, straight up,’” Taylor said. “Now I just kind of learned how to use my voice and what works for me. When you find your voice you kind of […]

Wilkes-Barre’s Daniel ‘Source4Prez’ Valentin releases personal debut tape

Wilkes-Barre’s Daniel ‘Source4Prez’ Valentin releases personal debut tape

Daniel Valentin didn’t take a break after he graduated from Luzerne County Community College — he put his degree in music recording technology to use by building a studio and finding his sound. He wanted to find a way to reach people in unfortunate circumstances through music and make a change. “I’ve been in these […]

Scranton’s Das Black Milk hit the road again, play hometown show Aug. 20

Scranton’s Das Black Milk hit the road again, play hometown show Aug. 20

Scranton’s Das Black Milk are putting the final touches on a four-song EP titled “Mid-Level Blues,” their first release in almost six years, and they’ve already hit the road to places like New York, Virginia and Philadelphia to support it. Brian Emmert and Nathaniel Kane started DBM in 2006 and toured when and where they […]

Scranton’s Behind the Grey soldier on with new-look lineup

Scranton’s Behind the Grey soldier on with new-look lineup

When Behind the Grey’s vocalist Eric Katchmore could no longer practice, tour or perform due to his battle with cancer, the band was faced with a dilemma. After learning about their brother-through-music’s illness in April and holding a benefit concert in June, the band had to make a decision to either end what they started […]

Bloomsburg’s Jonah Whale pulls prog rock inspiration from dreams

Bloomsburg’s Jonah Whale pulls prog rock inspiration from dreams

The idea of bringing something over from the dreamscape to our world and giving it substance may seem like an idea reserved for far-flung fantasy fiction, but Michael Plevyak, front man of progressive rock band Jonah Whale, says he’s prone to draw influence from the land he visits in his sleep. “Generally I’m just listening,” […]