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Watch Petal’s stripped down cover of “A Bitter Divorce”

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Petal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Before traveling across the country with Pity Sex and PWR BTTM on tour this summer, Scranton sweetheart Petal filmed a stripped down cover of “A Bitter Divorce” by Captain We’re Sinking with her label Run For Cover Records. In the video, singer-songwriter and guitarist Kiley Lotz says she chose the song by her labelmates and Scranton locals because they’re some of her closest friends. Written by singer Bobby Barnett, Lotz says in the video, “It’s one of my favorite that he’s ever written. It’s very beautiful and sad and dynamic.” Continue reading →

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The Menzingers to play special holiday show in Scranton, featuring Tigers Jaw, Petal, and more

Tigers Jaw | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Tigers Jaw | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Beloved Scranton four-piece group The Menzingers have announced their fifth-annual “Holiday Show,” which is to be performed at the Scranton Cultural Center on December 19th. The concert features a formidable lineup of the region’s best and brightest punk bands, including Tigers Jaw, Captain We’re Sinking, The Sw!ms, Three Man Cannon, and Petal. Continue reading →

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Run For Cover Records signs Scranton locals, Petal

Petal | Photo via Run For Cover Records

Run For Cover Records recently announced the signing of Scranton locals, Petal. Founded by Kiley Lotz in 2012, the band has a rotating lineup that consists of members from Tigers Jaw, Captain We’re Sinking, Three Man Cannon, Halfling, and Wicca Phase Springs EternalScout is the debut five song EP from Petal, consisting of songs that fall in right in place with the Scranton scene and the band’s new label. Featuring Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh of Tigers Jaw, the EP is somewhat laid back with an undertone of anger and frustration. This is a punk-influenced indie rock band that is worth keeping an eye on. Stream Scout below. Petal performs at The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw sold out holiday show this December 21st in Scranton, PA.

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The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw headlining hometown holiday show in Scranton on 12/21

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw recently announced that they will headline a holiday show in their hometown of Scranton on December 21st. Playing at the St Stanislaus Youth Center alongside other local acts like Captain We’re Sinking, Three Man Cannon, Halfling, and more, this is as much a holiday celebration as it is a celebration of how much good music has come out of the Philly burbs and eastern Pennsylvania in the past few years. Especially in the way of emo and indie punk, The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw are often cited as artists that are “bringing emo back.” Not that it ever really went away, but it is good to see these bands getting recognition and holding gatherings of this sort. There will be a total of nine bands playing on the lineup, and it is a mere $15, so it is sure to sell out by the day of the show. Plan ahead and get your tickets here.

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Review: The Menzingers kick off tour with sold out show at The Church

Philadelphia by-way-of Scranton punk four-piece The Menzingers started off their east cost summer tour the best way possible; with a sold out show at the First Unitarian Church. The show proved this tour is not one to miss – The Menzingers commanded crowd, getting everyone in the packed audience singing along.

The band was accompanied by four other bands. The first to hit the stage was Scranton’s Captain, We’re Sinking. Their catchy brand of punk music was a great way to start the show. Next up was Philadelphia favorites Restorations who had a few tricks in store for the show: they brought on a second drummer to preform with them. Their performance was definitely something to be seen. Fake Problems, the only non Pennsylvania natives on the tour, were the last to hit the stage before The Menzingers, who put on an excellent set (and even opened up the first mosh pit of the evening).

The Menzingers east coast tour will continue till June 12 and shortly after that they will embark on a European headlining tour for the remainder of the summer. Below, watch some videos of the show.

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Today’s Concert Picks: Work Drugs, City Rain, and Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s, Kite Party at Goldilocks Gallery, and Johnny Miles at FDR Park

Photo by Sarah Fry | SarahMakesPhotos.com

It’s Friday and what better way to kick off the weekend than with some good old-fashioned live music. First off, local bands Work Drugs, City Rain, and Cold Fronts are sharing a bill at Johnny Brenda’s for a night of indie vibes. The doors for the 21+ show open at 8 p.m. and the bands start at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 in advance here. Listen to Work Drugs’ song “Pluto” in the player below.

Philly alt rock band Kite Party is playing an all ages show at Goldilocks Gallery tonight with punk band Captain We’re Sinking! and support by Luther and Cayetano. The show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $5. Visit the event page here. Below, listen to Kite Party’s album “Baseball Season.”

Finally, if you’re looking for some free outdoor music, check out Johnny Miles and Ben Arnold playing at FDR Park tonight. The show is part of the FDR Park Summer Concert Series and also features performances by hosts Dani Mari and Reverend T.J. McGlinchey. Check out an interview the Key did with Dani Mari and Reverend T.J. McGlinchey about the FDR Park Summer Concert Series here.