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Both State College and Penn State offer a wide variety of entertainment options, from 26 bars and clubs in the downtown area to a number of music and performance venues, including the Bryce Jordan Center and The State Theatre. Happy Valley has hosted such performing greats as Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, Florida Georgia Line, and The Weeknd. Student groups like SOMA and SPA also provide both national acts and student art and entertainment on campus and the community is home to an up-and-coming local music scene.

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0 Jazz Meets Bluegrass at Eisenhower Auditorium

The Center for the Performing Arts kicked off its 2012-13 season on Friday with a collaborative performance that showcased diverse types of music coming together as one. Sharing the stage was the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, hailing from New Orleans, and The Del McCoury Band, from Nashville. Both groups have been touring for more than 50 years, and the combined talent lit up the stage at Eisenhower Auditorium.

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1 Nvrsoft Throws Dubstep, D&B and Breaks Into the Mix

Within the Penn State community lives an Electronic Dance Music subculture that many students either tend to overlook or don’t even know exists. But with EDM ever increasing in popularity, that subculture is now scratching its way into the mainstream conscious. Read more about one DJ within this family of music lovers who goes by the stage name, “Nvrsoft.”

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0 Update: Tiësto Concert Rescheduled

It’s official, Penn State. Get your neon clothing, lollipops, and drug of choice ready — because Tiësto is coming to town. That’s right, the world-renowned Dutch house producer and DJ will be performing at the Bryce Jordan Center this fall according to the BJC’s Facebook page.

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4 The Slay List

There are 16 contestants competing at Cafe 210 West’s “Red Bull Play & Destroy” Penn State Edition battle. Each contestant will play 30 seconds of a song for each category, appropriately named, battlegories.

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0 Crocodiles Crawl Into State College

Indie-punk outfit Crocodiles are coming to State College. The show at Chronic Town on September 30th — presented by Penn State’s Students Organizing the Multiple Arts (SOMA) and local music promoter Roustabout — will feature the San Diego-based Crocodiles, State College local rockers Flashback Forward (who made moves over the summer), and the little-known Philly indie band Swiss Alps.

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0 First Movin’ On 2013 Survey Released

Students have already begun planning for next year’s annual Movin’ On festival, set to take place April 26. The first step that the student body can be a part of is an online survey, which can be found here. The survey includes a comments box to specify a desired headliner, and 16 music genres to rank in order of preference.

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0 Topher Stephenson Translates Summertime Into Music

Onward State sits down with student musician and co-creator of State in the Real, Topher Stephenson, to discus the release of his newest acoustic jam, Shameless Self Promotion, as well as dig into the summertime theme behind Stephenson’s soon-to-be released EP, Warm Weather Music. Listen to Shameless Self Promotion and let us know what you think in the comments after the jump.

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3 The Ready Set to Headline SPA Block Party

The Penn State Student Programming Association will kick off the new school year with their second annual Nittany Block Party next week with special guest, The Ready Set. The show will take place next Friday, September 7, at 5:30 p.m. on Pollock Road in front of the HUB. There will also be performances from various student groups and organizations, as well as food and other activities.

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10 A Capella Group Sheds “JoePas” Moniker

The all-male a cappella group formerly known as “The JoePas” joined organizations such as NittanyVille, Nike, and Penn State itself in their cutting of ties with the condemned former coach, formally announcing a name change to “The Statesmen” on August 24th. Read more after the jump to understand how they came to this decision.

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2 Making Moves in Summer: Tawa & Atomisk

Blips, wubs, bass drops and pounding four-on-the-floor beats were once primarily reserved for sweaty basement raves and underground city nightclubs—but not anymore. Progressive house DJs and Penn State students, Keegan Tawa and Andy Fitton, are determined to capitalize off of the rising fame of electronic music while clinging to the musical talent that seems to be lost as genres bleed into the mainstream. Listen to Tawa & Atomisk’s new song, Matter, and an analysis of the piece after the jump.

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1 Making Moves Over Summer: Flashback Forward

Pulling styles from many spectrum of rock, jazz and classical; Flashback Forward weaves together a diverse troupe of musical pasts into a mulch-faceted musical product that plays off inspiration from bands such as U2, Muse, Coldplay, The Who, Michael Buble, State Radio and John Mayer. But The Passenger isn’t simply a re-issuing of the band’s scattered styles and influences, a clear lineage of cut-out-the-fat straight rock-your-face-off attitude runs like a freight trains through their album. Learn more about Flashback Forward’s debut EP and where you can see the band perform live after the jump.

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4 Mayday Parade Returns to PSU With The Maine

Infectious pop-punk acts, The Maine and Mayday Parade, are set to make a Penn State appearance on October 20th according to a leaked tour schedule published by AltPress. But this isn’t the first stop in Happy Valley for the Fearless Records rockers, Mayday Parade. The Florida five-piece performed at Penn State back in 2010 for that year’s Movin’ On to a less than favorable response. Learn more about the artists to perform in Happy Valley–or at least add some new music to your Spotify playlist–after the jump.

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9 Rapper Marc-Jean Releases “Run This Town” Remix

Although he’s been writing raps and poetry since 8th grade, Marc-Jean began his rapping career in high school, when he started making up raps in his head on the way to school. One night at a house party he rapped over the music playing for 3 hours while people kept yelling topics at him. Afterwards, someone told him to take his career to the next level, and he began recording the next weekend.

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0 #MusicMonday: Our Favorite Road Trip Tracks

Welcome to this week’s edition of #MusicMonday, featuring an assortment of tunes that will be perfect for your next road trip, or even your daily drive to work. These selections are brought to you by Maddy Pryor, Catie Simpson, Meghin Moore, Bobby Chen, Matt Westlake, Evan Ponter, and Hannah Lane.

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