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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 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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0 Your Guide to 2012 4th Fest

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.

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0 The Man in the Mirror, Onstage

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.

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0 John Mulaney: Great Comedian, Even Better Person

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.

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2 10 Questions with Young The Giant’s Eric Cannata

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.

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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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