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Movin’ On: Meet the Battling Bands

Twelve artists will be given the opportunity to open for MGMT at this year’s Movin’ On Battle of the Bands. With genres ranging from classic rock to heavy metal to electro-house, this year’s lineup will bring some of central Pennsylvania’s best talent to Penn State for one night to battle it out. While some of these artists are household names in the Penn State music scene, others may be unknown to the majority of students. So here’s your chance to get a first look at this year’s lineup before they take the stage tomorrow at 9 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

Chester Berks

This local rapper gets his name from his roots in the Berks/Chester County area, Pennsylvania. Influenced by artists such as Kanye West, The Roots, and Mos Def, Chester Berks sets his sights on taking over the Penn State rap scene.

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Pantomime Dame

With lo-fi indie influences, Pantomime Dame is one of the best up and coming local artists at Penn State. They just released their first EP, Airplane, and are looking to make the big time by playing Movin’ On.

The Wondershop Showdown

One of Penn State’s favorite bar bands, and fresh off a high energy performance at THON, The Wondershop Showdown looks to take their ska-influenced rock to the student music festival for the second time after performing at Movin’ On 2012.

Jesse Baker Band

While not a State College local, this Lancaster based alternative rocker has certainly gained the attention of central Pennsylvania’s music scene. Check out this video of Jesse Baker Band‘s latest single, “Let Me Go”.

Automatic Habit

This independent pop-punk band started in Philly but has recently spread their music around the northeast. Check out their first single, “Play It Again”.

Flashback Forward

Inspired by artists such as U2, Coldplay, and The Beatles, these Penn State alt rockers have been hitting the downtown bar scene for the past year. As one of Penn State’s up and coming artists, Flashback Forward hopes to take their music from the basement to the big stage at Movin’ On.

Keegan Tawa

A crowd favorite at Penn State, electro-house producer Keegan Tawa looks to make his second Movin’ On appearance after winning last year’s Battle of the Bands and opening for Ludacris at Movin’ On 2012.

Hybrid Sessions

Hailing from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, this jam band takes influences from everything from ska to alternative to classic rock. With guitars backed by a vibrant brass section, Hybrid Sessions is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The Fairweather Pilots

A collaboration between Penn State artists Ryan Fox and Olivia Price, this indie band is looking to break out of the studio and perform some of their soulful acoustic rock for Penn State music fans.


These State College rockers have been playing the downtown bar scene for a while. With influences in alternative, classic, and jam rock, LoveStain looks to bring their catchy tunes to Penn State’s biggest music festival.

Dark Tower

It wouldn’t be a proper battle without a heavy metal band. Penn State’s Dark Tower was formed by five friends from State College High School, and have influences from metal icons like Iron Maiden and Megadeath.


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Zack Rutstein

Penn State 5th-year Materials Science and Engineering student, Onward State Arts Editor, Musician

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