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‘Circles,’ Mac Miller’s final record, is a heartbreaking examination of the late artist’s psyche

‘Circles,’ Mac Miller’s final record, is a heartbreaking examination of the late artist’s psyche

One of my biggest musical regrets is not having enough respect for Mac Miller during the late artist’s all too short life. To be clear, I don’t feel this way any longer, but when Miller was first coming up in popularity, I lumped him in with other lame, white dude rappers like Asher Roth and […]

That’s A Wrap: This is how Pitt wins

That’s A Wrap: This is how Pitt wins

Editor’s Note: This column is part of Gold Trot, a series on the Academy Awards until the Feb. 9 telecast. Standing before his peers at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Brad Pitt never looked more comfortable. Tieless with his hair slicked back, Pitt accepted the supporting actor award for his work in “Once […]

That’s A Wrap: Superheroines, horror will rule 2020 theaters

That’s A Wrap: Superheroines, horror will rule 2020 theaters

A video game icon makes his big-screen debut, the Invisible Man comes back to life, and Tom Cruise flies back into the sky. These are some of the lures movie studios are using to bait people to return to the cinema in 2020. That’s A Wrap looks at some of the top movies that will […]

Leadership Lackawanna team hosting sip and paint event to benefit Griffin Pond

Leadership Lackawanna team hosting sip and paint event to benefit Griffin Pond

SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — An upcoming event sponsored by Leadership Lackawanna well let you unleash your creative side, while helping some animals who need a home in the process. A sip and paint event will be held at the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, located in South Abington Township, on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. […]

Comedy benefit to be held to help family of W-B homicide victim

Comedy benefit to be held to help family of W-B homicide victim

PITTSTON — To benefit the family of the victim of a recent Wilkes-Barre homicide, one local woman sought to organize a benefit to bring some happiness. The Benefit for Brittney, held to benefit Brittney Reynolds, will be held at Pittston’s Border Bar on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2 to 6 p.m. The event was organized […]

‘Parasite,’ The Irishman’ among early favorites for Oscar nods

‘Parasite,’ The Irishman’ among early favorites for Oscar nods

Editor’s note: This column is part of an ongoing series called the Awards Shuffle, a look at awards season up until the Academy Award nominations are announced on Jan. 13. In less than two weeks, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences will announce the nominees for the 2020 Oscars. What’s different this year is […]

Gratz brings back the dream of yacht rock on ‘1979’

Gratz brings back the dream of yacht rock on ‘1979’

Local performer Christian Gratz wanted to make a record that sounded like what you would have heard on the radio in the late 1970s. So, that’s exactly what he did. Gratz’s debut solo record, entitled “1979,” will drop on Jan. 31, 2020. According to Gratz, there’s a unifying concept behind the record. “The concept behind […]

The Boastfuls set to premier first single ‘Tequila’ at Stage West show Friday

The Boastfuls set to premier first single ‘Tequila’ at Stage West show Friday

SCRANTON — Electric City-based rock band The Boastfuls will be throwing a party this Friday to celebrate the release of their debut single, and they want you to be there. The Boastfuls are made up of Martin Monahan on vocals and guitar, Chris Benitez on bass and Chad Wescott on drums. They’ve been making a […]

The 2010s: one of the best decades for music in recent memory?

The 2010s: one of the best decades for music in recent memory?

I don’t think I’m alone in saying this: the 2010s have been the most wild decade of my (admittedly still fairly short) life. And no small part of that has been thanks to the shifting, turning musical landscapes of the decade. The 2010s saw the rise of hip-hop to sales dominance, the corresponding decline of […]

That’s A Wrap: The top 25 movies of the decade

That’s A Wrap: The top 25 movies of the decade

According to my Letterboxd profile, I have watched more than 1,000 movies released in the 2010s. That means a lot of good films, some stinkers and many minutes updating the Netflix queue. And when I determined my top films of the 2010s, that meant going through all the reviews and lists I have logged over […]

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