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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According to a promo video that launched on web today, Crystal Seth is debuting a single from his upcoming album, District XXIII, with a video with the white dude in ‘Ms. New Booty,’ Bubba Sparxxx. Learn more about the Penn State rapper’s move to the prime time after the jump.
Bay Area punk-act, Green Day, will be bringing their the UNO, DOS, TRE, TOUR! to the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, January 11. Find out when tickets go on sale and how you can snag a free copy of the band’s new album after the jump.
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.
102 Paterno Library will be hosting two free events this Thursday and Friday to celebrate the music of Folk legend Woody Guthrie, who would’ve turned 100 years old this July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paper planes will be flying over Happy Valley this fall as Taylor Gang makes the trek from the 412 to the 814 for hazy eyed, hip-hop heavyweight, Wiz Khalifa, to roll one up on the stage of the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, October 12th.
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.
Breaking from the bass-heavy, neon EDM shows that have been filling the Bryce Jordan Center of late, Penn State will play host to The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen and the legendary E Street Band will bring their Wrecking Ball tour to State College on November 1st.
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.
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.
Enter Primary Element, a young hip-hop group based out of Silver Springs, Maryland (an unincorporated area of DC). Having the previous mindset, I was not ready for what I was going to experience. The group actually has something different from all these other kids: talent.
Well, it’s that time of year when Americans will be out in force with block parties, cookouts, and all other ways of living it up on a Wednesday to honor some pretty ballsy dudes who signed a piece of paper 236 years ago. If you’re in the State College area, here’s what you need to know to make the best of the Central PA 4th Fest.
Every year, the Center for the Performing Arts brings some of the best acts in theatre, dance, and music to State College, for relatively affordable prices. Now, their 2012-2013 season has been announced. Here are some of the highlights.
Throughout the semester, our staff has put together a short playlist of relevant music each Monday for your listening pleasure during the week. For the last Monday of spring 2012, Onward State has compiled a Spotify playlist with all the Music Monday tunes from the semester. Enjoy!
Though Michael Jackson wasn’t at the show last night at the Bryce Jordan Center, his spirit definitely was. “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,” Cirque du Soleil’s tribute to the famous singer featured his music, his choreography, and themes from his life, from childhood to saving the world from environmental harm and dictatorships. A live band accompanied Jackson’s voice, while a cast of 60 dancers and acrobats displayed his style and interpreted his songs.
When I heard that John Mulaney was coming to Penn State, I called dibs on dibs on dibs on writing the review. As a self-entitled comedy groupie, I was ecstatic. I had seen the debut of his Comedy Central special, New In Town, and I was sold on what is definitely going to be a huge mainstream success. More on Mulaney’s set, Joe Mande’s opener and my really high expectations, after the jump.
With Movin’ On fast approaching, one act to look out for is Young The Giant, an indie rock band out of California. After bursting out on to the scene after their self-titled debut album, the band has garnered a lot of attention, and has played major festivals such as Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits in 2011. I had the chance to talk with guitarist Eric Cannata, and here’s what he had to say about Young The Giant, dinosaurs, and everything in between.
Penn State graduate The ‘U’ released a mixtape titled #NoDaysOff last week. I listened to this mixtape in full as a long time hip- hop head. Before you dismiss me as some hipster (I am), know that I can elaborate in great detail on the different styles of Big Pun, Big L, and Biggie Smalls. Now that credibility is out of the way, on to the actual music.
Here we are. It’s the final week of the semester. For many of us, it’s crunch time, with final projects and papers coming due, and finals week approaching fast. Or maybe you’re just spending your last days in State College dicking around, drinking on the porch of Café 210, daylonging or lying in the grass. Either way, you’re going to want some sweet tunes to accompany your plans. Lucky for you, you’ve got Music Monday. This week’s selections are brought to you by Meghin Moore, Alex Federman, Drew Balis, Bobby Chen, Zach Berger and Matt D’Ippolito.