SOMA Announces Japanese Breakfast Will Headline Fall Concert

Students Organizing the Multiple Arts (SOMA) announced Tuesday afternoon it will present indie rock soloist Japanese Breakfast as the headliner for its annual fall concert on October 13.

Pennsylvania natives APHRA and Honeydiu are set to open for Zauner.  Honeydui made their debut in State College last fall, and APHRA performed at Chronic Town last April.

Flyer courtesy of SOMA

Tickets will cost just $5 for students with a Penn State ID,and $7 for the public. Doors at Chronic Town will open at 8 p.m. and the show is set to begin at 9 p.m. SOMA will sell tickets at the door on the day of the event; however, the club said it will likely announce a presale date on its Facebook event page for the concert.

Philadelphia musician Michelle Zauner, who performs under the alias Japanese Breakfast, has released two studio albums, Psychopomp (2016) and Soft Sounds from Another Planet (2017). Zauner formerly founded and fronted the Philadelphia punk group Little Big League. However, she returned to her family home in Oregon upon receiving the news that her mother had been diagnosed with cancer. Her mother’s diagnosis would be the impetus for beginning Japanese Breakfast, and much of her music confronts disenchantment and melancholy both lyrically and sonically. Last week, Zauner dropped a new track in collaboration with electronic music producer Giraffage called “Maybes“.

Frank Cosmos performing at the 2017 SOMA Arts Crawl (Photo: Rebecca Aronow)

The annual fall concert is just one of several events SOMA organizes each school year. The student group strives to create a community where lovers of the arts can gather and appreciate local art in the form of music, galleries, film, and more. Their hallmark event, Arts Crawl, takes place in the spring and features live bands, art exhibits, and interactive art activities.

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Melissa is a sophomore majoring in International Politics and Print Journalism with a French minor. She is from Devon, PA just outside of Philadelphia. She loves all the music that your dad does, and in her free time, she enjoys watching Action Bronson cook things. Melissa cares about public transportation, Joan Didion, and pasta. She can be seen donning culottes and riding her bike Althea around campus. You can contact Melissa via email at [email protected], or follow her on Instagram at @mclopezzz for a daily, unsolicited music recommendation.


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