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Music Monday: Post-Grammys Playlist

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Who to go see this week.


Fat Tuesday at Kildare’s | Facebook
Penn State’s very own Mardi Gras party is coming to Kildare’s this Tuesday. The event will be hosted by The LION NM (@TheLION907fm) and will feature music from PSU rapper Mike Wallz (@Mike_Wallz) and electro-house DJ MXBB (@TheMxbb). Listen the newest Mike Wallz track, “Say My Name.”


Showtime at the Apollo | Facebook
Penn State’s NAACP is hosting a night of students dance, poetry, hip hop and song at Heritage Hall in the HUB on Valentine’s Day at 7 p.m. The event will be hosting by the Stupid Dope Moves founder, Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod).


Reggae Music Night at Levels | Facebook
Jamaica makes it’s way to State College this Friday for Reggae Nation at Levels (@LevelsBar).
There will be performances by The Perkolators and DJ Rasta. If you’re in for a chill Friday night, get up, stand up, put down the blunt, and stroll over to 420 East College Ave.


Sunday Music Brunch | Listen
Wake up early on Sunday and enjoy breakfast to the tun of Chris Brenne at noon at Webster’s Cafe and Bookstore.

For a complete listing of bands playing at bars in Happy Valley this week, check out the State bar tour page.

Breaking Concert Announcements:
Who to look forward to.

Founder’s Day with Imagine Dragons | Facebook
In the most highly anticipated SPA (@psu_spa) event this year, breakout rock group Imagine Dragons (@ImagineDragons) will rock out in the HUB on Wednesday, February 20th. Although the free tickets sold out hours after they went on sale, you may be able to get in if the show isn’t at capacity at 8 p.m.

Penn State Music Awards
PSU music promotions group Open Mic (@OpenMic_Psu) presents a night of the best Penn State music. On top of all the great local music, Big K.R.I.T. (@BigKRIT) will perform to cap off the night with a bang. Be sure to come catch this show on Thursday, February 28th at Alumni Hall in the HUB.

Grammy Award Playlist:
The winners, the losers and the performances from last night’s Grammys.

It seems like music is getting back to music from the unfolding of the 55th annual Grammy Awards. From Alicia Keys banging on drums and singing a capella, to Jack White performing in an old, blues-ey, duet style fashion with a soulful female vocalist to the rock duo, The Black Keys, being accompanied by a brass ensemble; the art of music is beginning to look more like actual art rather than a factory-farmed hit machine. Here are the music highlights of last night’s Grammy Awards.


Dance music pretty much gets brushed aside by being celebrated with pre-Grammy awards. So to give some accolades to the EDM scene — a movement that has had tremendous impact of the pop music being celebrated during prime time — here’s the winner of the best Best Dance Recording, Skrillex, with “Bangarang.”

Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and The-Dream win Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “No Church in the Wild.” After winning the award, Hova celebrated backstage by sipping cognac from his Grammy.

via @Nigel_D

Sweeping the rock categories, The Black Keys had one hell of a night last night. They also had an equally as killer performance.

Paying homage to the stoner icon, Rastafarian activist and legendary reggae artist, Bob Marley; Bruno Mars, Sting, Rhianna and Damian and Ziggy Marley performed “Could You Be Love.” The combined vocal capacity of all the artists breathed a new life into the classics island rebellion hit. Rhianna looked sleek and sexy in a revealing, 2-piece dress and luscious extensions.

A humble Nate Ruess and members of Fun. stood awkwardly at the microphone accepting the award for Best New Artist. Instead of thanking god or his producers, Ruess joked about having to take a piss. It was awkward because Fun. is being called a “new” artist, but Ruess’s vocals have been celebrated in cult circles for years when he was the front man of The Format. Not to mention, Fun. had a great album BEFORE “We Are Young” was in every commercial. “We’re so old!” Ruess said as he bowed off of the stage. Ironic for the year’s best “new” artist. But that’s enough of my hipster rant, this is an amazing band who deserves every ounce of praise they receive.

Pre-Some Nights:

Opening up for performer, Carrie Underwood, was country’s Bieber, Hunter Haze — who does have an amazing voice but lacks that extra-oomph of a star with sticking potential. Underwood looked stunning in a dress that became illuminated with floods of color and loose blonde curls. She also won Best Solo Country Performance for “Blown Away.”

With an awkardly long acceptance speech, Gotye brandished a Gerammy for Best Alternative Music Album even though no one knows anything except for “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

I’m sorry, but I like this version so much better…

Stroking the keys of a piano caped in a TV screen playing visualizations of legs walking down a lonely highway, Frank Ocean performed the intimate track, “Forest Gump.” Besides the visual elements, Ocean performed a basically stripped-down set with nothing more than soaring vocals, minimalist Mo-Town keys and even a whistle solo.

Frank Ocean 2013 Grammys performance by dm_5118ea58b33d8

Taking advantage of the post-show buzz, Justin Timberlake — who also had a killer performance — released a new song titled Mirrors.

The coveted Album of the Year award went to the British/Americana band, Mumford & Sons. The folk sensations also performed earlier in the night with Sir Elton John.

But all-in-all, despite the ups and downs, the winner of the night’s best performance goes to…Katy Perry’s tits.

Evan Ponter (@evanponter), Leo Dillinger (@LeoDillingerIV), and Zack Rutstein (@zackrutstein) contributed to this post. If you think their taste in music sucks, let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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