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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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47 Mixtape Review: #NoDaysOff – The ‘U’

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.

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0 #MusicMonday: The Last Week of School

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.

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0 The Cirque Comes To Town: An Interview with Maxime Charbonneau

As you may know, the Cirque du Soleil is coming to State College on Tuesday, April 24, to perform “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour”. This show is the largest production ever at the BJC, and will combine the traditional Cirque du Soleil acrobatics and gymnastics with live music to create an experience unlike any other show yet. I had the chance to sit down with Maxime Charbonneau, the main publicist for the tour, to ask him more about the show.

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1 Every Time I Die Rips Up Heritage Hall

Blast beats, mosh pits, and a surge of kids who wore studded belts in high school descended upon Heritage Hall last night for a performance by aggressive metal-core veterans, Every Time I Die. The hardcore scene that is noticeably absent at Penn State crawled from the corners of campus and joined together for a night of sludgy breakdowns, blasting at deafeningly loud decibels.

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1 EOTO Fires Up at the State Theatre

EOTO, a side project of two members of the String Cheese Incident, played a razor-sharp bass blasting performance at the State Theatre on part of their Bass Invaders tour. Although only roughly 150 tickets were sold for Thursday Night’s show, Michael Travis and Jason Hann acted more like DJs than musicians with the sound they produced.

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0 #MusicMonday: Get Pumped Up for Blue & White Weekend

Blue & White Weekend is this weekend and that means you’re going to need some sweet tunes to jam out to while you’re out grilling, daylonging and eating your funnel cake. So we’ve set up this short playlist to get you ready for the fun. This week’s selections are brought to you by Meghin Moore, Sam Cooper, Melanie Versaw, Zach Berger and Matthew D’Ippolito.

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3 Onward State Goes to American Reunion

A few weeks ago, the State Theatre held an advanced screening of American Reunion, the fourth installment in the original American Pie series. Several Onward State writers attended the free screening, which was filled to capacity nearly 30 minutes before the movie started. Below are some of our thoughts.

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0 Thespians to Put On “Aida” as 200th Show

The Penn State Thespians were founded in 1897 by Dr. Fred Lewis Pattee and Dr. John H. Leete, making them the university’s oldest student organization as they have reached their 115th year. But that’s not the only landmark that they reached in 2012, as their premiere of “Aida” next Thursday will mark their their 200th show.

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0 Movin’ On Battle of the Bands Felt Stale

If you were present or paying attention to social media this weekend, you know by now that ska band Wondershop Showdown and DJ Keegan Tawa won Battle of the Bands and will be opening for the Avett Brothers and Ludacris at Movin’ On. These two acts are each talented in their own right, but were clearly not the right decision when measured up with all the other performers Saturday night. If you missed it, allow me to recap the evening and explain.

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0 SPA Noontime Student Showcase Auditions On Tuesday

Have you been wondering what happened to the weekly Friday afternoon concerts in the HUB’s first floor lounge? Well, after a short hiatus, the SPA Student Noontime Showcase will be back in action this week. It’s time to break out your acoustic guitars and put on a little show for anyone that makes their way to the HUB on Friday, April 13 between 12 and 2 p.m.

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0 Professor Matt Toronto’s “The Pact,” A Story of Brotherhood and Love

Brothers Grant (Neil Brookshire) and Ancel (Aaron Toronto) Fox make a pact, no, “The Pact”, swearing off females for a year in this short film directed by Penn State School of Theatre professor Matt Toronto. Written along with his brother, Aaron, who also stars in the film, and a little help from his wife Jordan, it was based off of a real pact that the Toronto brothers had made during their college days. Filmed in Brookings, South Dakota, “The Pact” has been shown at 13 festivals and is now being screened at the State Theatre.

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3 Nothing is Safe from Lewis Black

Nothing was safe last night when stand-up comic/angry old jewish bastard, Lewis Black, took to the stage at the Eisenhower auditorium. The veteran to the comedy game went after Mark Zuckerberg, the GOP candidates and even the newest social media activism icon, Treyvon Martin. Read more about Black’s controversial stand-up act after the jump.

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1 Meet the Battling Bands

Twelve student musical acts will compete in Movin’ On’s Battle of the Bands this Saturday at 9 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Two winners will be opening for the 2012 lineup on Friday, April 27. Find out more about the competitors after the jump.

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1 Mord Fustang Headlines EDMC’s Energetic Alumni Hall Show

It’s not everyday that the HUB’s Alumni Hall hosts a rave, but on Monday, Penn State’s Electronic Dance Music Club (EDMC) did just that, bringing in a great lineup of DJ’s for an energetic night of beats and lasers. The event, titled BassDROP in the Valley, featured headliner Mord Fustang, an Estonian electro-house and dubstep producer who had just played Miami’s Ultra Music Festival over the weekend.

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0 Penn State EDMC Presents “BassDROP in the Valley”

The Penn State Electronic Dance Music Club (EDMC) has put together a killer show Monday night in Alumni Hall, featuring Estonian electro house/dubstep producer Mord Fustang. Sure, the name is cheesy, but Mord is gaining a lot of recognition in the electronic dance music world. He played Ultra Music Festival in Miami this weekend and is making his way to State College for “BassDROP in the Valley”.

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2 #MusicMonday Covers Your Listening Needs Until Arts Crawl

Arts Crawl is this weekend and it looks like an exciting one. Ramona Falls is headlining, and plenty of local bands will be rocking out around the arts buildings on campus. In fact, this year there’s even going to be a few DJs performing. But until then, you might need some new jams to occupy your mind. We offer this set to help you out. This week’s suggestions come from Shawn Christ, Meghin Moore, Sam Cooper and a pair from Matthew D’Ippolito.

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0 BJC Announces Macadelic Freestyle Competition

If you’re lyrical mastermind with mad flow who also happens to be a Mac Miller fan, then your dream night might be just around the corner. The Bryce Jordan Center has announced the Macadelic Freestyle Competition, a chance for fans to submit a video of themselves rapping over one of one of Mac’s beats. The best submission, as judged by Mac himself, will win two tickets to his April 3rd show at the BJC and a meet-and-greet with him following the show.

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