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Interview with Tallah's Max Portnoy

Nu-Metal is back and better than ever, and at the helm of it, is PA-based "Tallah" Tallah is the definition of "Hardcore nu-metal" or, as their social media describes it, "nu-core" Alonna caught up with founding member and drummer, Max Portnoy, son of original Dream Theater drummer, Mike Portnoy, to discuss humble beginnings, influences, the story behind the unique band name, the next five years, and much more!

Credit: Tallah's facebook.

A: Let's start with a general introduction! M: I’m Max Portnoy, I play drums in Tallah, we’re kind of like a nu-metal/hardcore band.
A: What is the significance behind band name, who thought of it? M: Back when the band was starting we were trying to find a cool name, we had lists of different ideas, and they were either all taken or we couldn’t agree on a name that everyone liked.  I was filling in on drums for Dollskin, and we were in Texas, and I had a sign up on their merch table that said “Help me name my band” …

Marshall Law by Tedd Hazard Album Review

So, I'm sitting at my sister's kitchen table, surrounded by nursing paperwork, a half eaten bologna sandwich, and a six year old's sock (just one) while having a cup of hot chocolate at 130 in the afternoon. I've been meaning to listen to this new album Marshall Law, recently released by Tedd Hazard, and I figure, “Now works”. See, I've never heard Hazard's music before, or met him, but a good friend of mine is an old buddy of his and she told me that he's super talented, so I hit play. Completely not what I was expecting, but I'm guessing that's a lot of what Hazard likes to do (given his style and his lyrics). If you're looking for the sweet, sultry voice of your usual indie rock singers, move along. Hazard's vocals, like the rest of his music, are gritty and honest. This isn't the album you asked for, but it's definitely one you need. This album's energy reads clearly: I'm sick and tired of the bullshit, I'm calling all …

Interview with Gods of Space

Source: Jake Waxmonsky

Have you ever wondered what happens when psychedelia, stoners, and metal mix together? Well, the answer is spine-crushing band Gods of Space, based in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The band classifies their genre as “stoner space metal”, which is prominent throughout their music. This fusion makes this band stand out to me more than regular metal bands have in previous years. I was able to conduct an email interview with them, and here is what they had to say!

1.) Let’s start off with a general introduction to your band! Gods Of Space is a heavy metal trio hailing from Wilkes-Barre, PA which dabbles  in Psychedelia, Heavy Metal and classic sci-fi works. Together, the band continues to meld these influences into Stoner Space Metal.
2.) How did you become a band? - In the winter of 2012, Matt Hannon (bass) put out an ad for a stoner-doom project on a local Craigslist page. Jake Waxmonsky (guitar, vocals) replied to the ad, having just come off one of his earlier bands. The two quick…

Ex-Misfit to play intimate show in Wilkes-Barre on February 29.

WILKES BARRE, PA- Former Misfits singer Michale Graves will be playing an intimate show in Wilkes-Barre on Leap Day this year! Wilkes-Barre based booking agency Barnstorm Booking announced yesterday that the former Misfit and solo artist will play an all acoustic show for the first time in a few years at Keystone Rampworks, LLC, in Wilkes Barre Township on February 29th. Opening for Graves in the lounge is folk punk band, Condition Oakland. Doors will open at 6 PM, and tickets can be purchased online for $25 at, or at the door on the day of the show for $30. Food and drink vouchers can be added to your tickets for an extra $10.

Final Interview with Grey Mourning

It's the end of an era! Bloomsburg-based rock band Grey Mourning has decided after fifteen years off and on, to take a different approach and go on an indefinite hiatus! However, the band members sat down with Alonna for the second time to discuss beginnings, the end of Grey Mourning, and future plans for themselves as musicians, and as a band.

*Sunday, December 29th, 2019*

1.)Can you give us a general introduction to your band?

Rob:  I came into the band relatively late. So I can't really give a valid answer to this lol

Jay: Grey Mourning is a 5 piece rock/alternative/metal band based out of the Bloomsburg/Berwick area.

2.) How did you become a band?

Jay: After more line up changes than Spinal Tap had drummers, I met Dan McGann and he helped finalize the recordings of “Between Darkness and Light” From there, Dan joined the band in a live capacity, brought on his best friend Cory Ash on bass. We met Aaron through Aaron Kennedy. Rob joined the group about 7 months afterwards. After a…

Sounds of the Season: Penn State's A Capella Group

Photo: Penn State

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Holidays, time with family, and most importantly: Music. At Penn State Main Campus, in University Park, Pennsylvania, you can catch their amazing a capella group at the beginning and end of each semester, it’s something that you definitely will not want to miss! The a capella group is a group of students from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds who all have one thing in common, a passion for music. They’re ultimate goal is to be a creative outlet for everyone involved, especially those who aren’t typically involved in music or performing arts aside from the group. The group is composed of all students, with one advisor, who helps with logistics (applying for funding, etc), helps advertise, and is “just overall lovely and supportive, treating us all like we’re her own family” said Haley Casperson, the director of the group. 
The group is comprised of multiple soloists, who are determined at rehearsals via auditions. A song …

Hidden Treasures: Interview with Alfie Picone of La Dolce Casa

Photo: La Dolce Casa La Dolce Casa is Italian for "Home Sweet Home" and Tamaqua's own La Dolce Casa(DiMaggio's) most definitely lives up to its name. In business since 1987, the restaurant offers genuine Italian cuisine that you won't find anywhere else. From the moment you step in the door, you are immediately greeted with open arms and a smile. The atmosphere is inviting, and welcoming, as if the owner himself, Mr. Alfie Picone, is inviting you into his own home. From the intricate paintings, to the decoratively painted windows every Christmas, (which includes a massive tree displayed on the sidewalk on West Broad Street), to the live music, to the warm and inviting atmosphere, it is clear that when you are at La Dolce Casa, you are most definitely family.  Alonna has been coming to La Dolce Casa since she was a toddler, and it has always been, and will continue to be a favorite of hers, which is why she was able to catch up with Alfie for a couple short questi…