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Quinn XCII Experiences A ‘Change Of Scenery’ In SPA Day Performance

Quinn XCII and My Hero Zero added an exclamation point to SPA Day and got the spring semester off to a strong start with their performances in the HUB’s Alumni Hall Friday night. 

My Hero Zero got things started, taking the stage just after 9 p.m. The State College-based four-piece band generally performs in bars downtown but has toured all over the east coast. Frontman Jason Olcese led covers of “Stay” by The Kid Laroi, 3OH!3’s “DONTTRUSTME” (a rather meta moment), and the ever-popular “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers. 

Quinn XCII (pronounced “ninety-two”), took the stage just after the crowd cheered for a sound engineer who helped to set his equipment up.

XCII, whose real name Mikael Temrowski, is a pop singer from Detroit, Michigan, who incorporates elements of rap and EDM into his music. XCII broke out as a college student in 2015 with his debut EP, Change of Scenery. He has gone on to release four studio albums and three RIAA certified-gold hits.

XCII stepped up to the mic wearing a red-and-white Kellogg’s hat and a t-shirt bearing the Penn State seal, later mentioning that it was his first time in State College. He kicked off his set with “Full Circle” and “Stacy,” before stopping to thank the “fucking awesome” crowd. He followed up with “Always Been You,” a track that he called “one for all my stoners in the crowd tonight.”

As XCII delved into the depths of his back catalog, the crowd grew more and more eager to get his attention.

“Quinn, I love you!” screamed someone who loved him. “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” proclaimed someone who understandably thought it was Sunday and not Friday. 

“Keep doing that. I like that,” XCII responded. 

XCII also made sure to keep his fans hydrated, stopping the show twice to pass out water bottles, the last of which he launched into the crowd to mimic a “Sean Clifford pass.” 

XCII seemed as pleased with his performance as everyone else. After hitting a particularly high note to end “Coffee,” he marveled, “These vocal lessons are fucking paying off. I’ll tell you what!” 

XCII implored his fans to “fucking turn up” as his set wound down, finishing the night with “Flare Guns” and “Stay Next To Me.”

XCII’s next album, The People’s Champ, comes out on January 27.

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Adam Babetski

Adam Babetski is a senior double majoring in communications and medieval history, and is one of Onward State's associate editors. He's from the only part of Virginia without tractors and southern accents, except Richmond (reportedly). You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBabetski for hot takes about sports. For serious inquiries, email [email protected]

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