Inside Stories

Ask Phil: Don’t be the comma in Earth, Wind & Fire

Ask Phil: Don’t be the comma in Earth, Wind & Fire

Dear Phil, My best friend and I have been thick as thieves — going as far back as elementary school. Whenever one of us had an idea, usually a crazy one, the other was there. Well, now my friend has the craziest of ideas. He wants to open a psychic detective agency! I KNOW! But […]

Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ is the record he was always capable of

Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ is the record he was always capable of

Since he released his debut full-length record “Rodeo” in 2015, I’ve had a bit of a weird fascination with Travis Scott. Back then, when he still stylized his name as Travi$ Scott, the emcee seemed like a really exciting anomaly. Scott was a well-known acolyte of Kanye’s, and that influence was obvious, but Scott’s woozy, […]

Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ is the record he was always capable of

Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ is the record he was always capable of

Since he released his debut full-length record “Rodeo” in 2015, I’ve had a bit of a weird fascination with Travis Scott. Back then, when he still stylized his name as Travi$ Scott, the emcee seemed like a really exciting anomaly. Scott was a well-known acolyte of Kanye’s, and that influence was obvious, but Scott’s woozy, […]

A second life: Yankees’ Bernie Williams finds musical success after baseball

A second life: Yankees’ Bernie Williams finds musical success after baseball

Not every professional athlete has a backup plan for after their playing career ends — especially if that career is cut short for one reason or another. When Bernie Williams’ tenure with the New York Yankees ended after the 2006 season and his baseball career ended shortly after that, the five-time all-star outfielder was looking […]

Warped Tour makes last stop at Montage Mountain in Scranton

Warped Tour makes last stop at Montage Mountain in Scranton

SCRANTON — Thousands ascended Montage Mountain last week for the final Vans Warped Tour stop in the area. The music festival, which has visited Scranton since 2005, announced last year that 2018 would be the last cross-country tour. “I must admit hearing that 2018 would be the final Vans Warped Tour was a blow to […]

10 Things You Didn’t Know About: Janson Harris

10 Things You Didn’t Know About: Janson Harris

Janson Harris is a multi-instrumentalist from Wilkes-Barre. 1. I love burnt coffee. 2. I cannot stand the “majority rules” mentality. 3. I like strong-minded people, people that think for themselves 100 percent. 4. I do not support any political group. 5. I am awake 20 hours a day. 6. I love cartoons, all types (still). […]

Exhibits: Aug. 1 through 7

Exhibits: Aug. 1 through 7

This Week: Aug. 1 through 7 ONGOING EXHIBITS Wyoming Valley Art League Member’s Exhibit, featuring recent two- and three-dimensional works by WVAL members in a variety of mediums and styles, will be on display through Aug. 9 at the Circle Centre for the Arts, rear 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Free admission; donations accepted. Moscow […]

Rants and Raves: Settling down not on my agenda

Rants and Raves: Settling down not on my agenda

For the longest time, there has been a societal standard on settling — go to school, meet someone, get married, have babies, buy a house, get old and die. I probably could have left the last one out, but that’s life. Anyway. I haven’t settled down. As a matter of fact, I wince every time […]

Denzel Curry leads listeners to dark places on ‘TA13OO’

Denzel Curry leads listeners to dark places on ‘TA13OO’

The SoundCloud rap scene is a crowded one, and, like most scenes inundated with artists, much of it is less than good. That’s putting it kindly. “SoundCloud rap,” for as difficult to define as it is, is filled to the brim with rappers just looking to go dumb over a hot beat. And the voices […]

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band to perform at F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band to perform at F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre

Kenny Wayne Shepherd doesn’t like to repeat himself. The renowned blues guitarist’s latest record, 2017’s “Lay It On Down,” is proof of that predilection with its country balladry and subtle soul injections, and the seasoned axman is bringing his genre-blending catalog to Wilkes-Barre. Shepherd and his band will perform during an evening of music that […]