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Weekend Music Junkie: Arts Round-Up

Like clinics handing out needles to tar-heads, State College is shipping in a host of great artists for all the music junkies to feed their live show addictions this weekend.

First to kick off the weekend of shows is this week’s installment of SPA’s Noontime Concert Series with singer/songwriter Joy Ike. Pulling her inspiration from the human condition and searching for meaning, Ike gives listeners a deep introspective experience at each show. Her soulful voice has been compared to singers such as Fiona Apple with a signature croon that dances elegantly through the musical scale. However, to Ike, it isn’t necessarily the sound that makes a song but “the emotion behind it.”

Multi-instrumentalists, Cuddle Magic, will be performing at Chronic Town Friday night at 8 p.m. thanks to SOMA and Roustabout!. The whimsical folk ensemble creates lush, wold sounds with an arsenal of musical gear from the generic and unorthodox string instruments to trumpets, keyboards and cello. The off-beat sextet (extra emphasis on sex) is perfect for those who are awkwardly high to introspect to a sound-scape of unique and intriguing styles. Opening acts include the West Chester vocal duet, Tutlie, and experimental artist, Is And Of The.

Philly soft-rocker, Ryan Tennis, will be playing a house show at 7pm on Saturday as part of the Songwriters Clubs…well just a shits and giggles show. If you used to be into VH1 music videos in the ’90s you’ll love Tennis’s alternative style and his Bell and Sebastian indie voice.

The Schlow Library will be tossing out the “shh” signs and welcoming “the best guitarist you never heard of,” Glenn Jones at 7:30 p.m. His style is relaxed avant garde with a blues twinge tossed into the mix. With the walls of books and assuming and older crowd, this can either be a really chill time or as awkward as being too blazed in public.

Hungry for some original hip-hop? State College locals, Atlas Soundtrack will be serving up their unique blend of rock and rhymes at Cafe 210 West at 10 p.m. They’ll share the stage with New York’s brand of frat rap, Sophistafunk. You may spend a lot of money buying drinks and dancing your ass off to this dudes…but is that really a bad thing?

On-campus music club, The Asylum, is hosting a fund raining show for Haiti relief on Sunday 6pm at Waring Commons in West. The bill includes bands ranging from edgy pop-punk to something that sounds like an obscure young Jesse Lacey vibe. This is a cool way to end your weekend of binge jamming. You’ll be supporting local music and a great humanitarian cause.

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