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Music to Rock You Through 2011

Posted by Marcus Correll on 01/20 at 02:04 PM

So 2010 has come and passed, leaving us with a variety of musicians who may be nobodies when the next music phenomena hit.  But if Ke$ha and Lady Gaga can maintain their weirdo facades for another album, and Lil’ Wayne and T.I. can stay out of prison (whoops, nevermind T.I.), maybe 2011 will shine as another great year for the music industry.

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Circa Survive Rock HUB

Posted by Marcus Correll on 12/10 at 10:07 AM

PSMA hosted an end of the semester concert this week to give students one final breather before they have to undergo a weekend of cramming for useless gen-eds.

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Circa Survive to Play Alumni Hall in the HUB, 7pm Tonight

Posted by Marcus Correll on 12/08 at 10:34 AM

Circa Survive, an alternative-rock band stemming from the mind of Anthony Green, will rock the HUB’s Alumni Hall tonight at 7pm. The show, sponsored by the Penn State Marketing Association (PSMA) and for dedicated music-lovers, will provide a nice distraction for students before finals ensue. Tickets cost $5 for Penn State students (with ID) and $10 for non-Penn State students. Tickets may be purchased in the HUB today until 2pm, or at the door if tickets are still available.

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Into It. Over It. Rocked It

Posted by Marcus Correll on 12/06 at 03:16 PM

Last Tuesday Penn State’s Asylum club put on another house show at La Casa Blanca, 221 E. Park Ave.

Supported by local acts, the show kicked off around 9pm with Sean Kapy and Edward Longo. Both artists praised the crowd with heartfelt “thank yous.”

After the State College musicians performed, Last Full Measure, another Pennsylvania band, played. Last Full Measure is Brendan Walsleben’s project and is currently touring and gathering fans. While Walsleben is fairly new to the music scene, his talent and vocal range made for an impressive musical package. He is working on a future full-length that should be available sometime next year.

La Casa Blanca, no stranger to diverse bands, was warmed up and ready for the final show of the night: Into It. Over It. This one-person band is more of a pop-punk act. Playing with as much soul as exuberantly possible, Evan Thomas Weiss—the face behind Into It. Over It.—serenaded those in attendance.

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Secret Show Kicks Off Thanksgiving Break

Posted by Marcus Correll on 12/01 at 10:10 AM

Before the Thanksgiving break, a special show was held for a select group of students.

For many, secret shows are only a rumored idea from movies and gossip websites. Are there really artists who are so popular and so overwhelmed that they would rather play an apartment rather than a concert hall? Apparently, yes.

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The Asylum Hosts ‘Back to School’ Show Tonight

Posted by Marcus Correll on 11/30 at 09:27 AM

Tonight, The Asylum, a student-run group that sponsors rock shows and events, will once again bring music to State College. The show is at La Casa Blanca, 221 E. Park Ave., and begins at 9pm.

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Mr. Tambourine Man to Play State College

Posted by Marcus Correll on 11/08 at 04:07 PM

Tomorrow night students and concert-goers alike will have a rare opportunity to see one of the last living rock legends: Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan and His Band take the stage of the Bryce Jordan Center at 8pm. Tickets are available for $47.50 for the public and $25 for any college student with a valid ID.

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Tips for the Local Music Scene

Posted by Marcus Correll on 11/01 at 10:26 AM

So you went to the indie rock shows at Chronic Town, hit up every show at the State Theatre, and even went to the Bryce Jordan Center a few times. This semester has been packed with events of all sizes. Elf Power played a few blocks from the Disco Biscuits. The Goo Goo Dolls, Hanson, and Reel Big Fish came to campus.

But, with no recent announcements of events, it makes one wonder if State College will continue its climb as a music town? Yes, Bon Jovi is coming. But other than that, there are no winter shows to look forward to. Here are a few musicians I think would be perfect for State College.

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Such Gold Glitters in State College

Posted by Marcus Correll on 10/28 at 09:22 AM

Last Thursday, Asylum and the Songwriters Club organized another house show at La Casa Blanca. This one featured amps and a PA system; this house was literally rockin’.

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House Show, Redux: La Blanca Casa, 10/21, 8PM

Posted by Marcus Correll on 10/20 at 12:46 PM

Tomorrow night (10/21), La Blanca Casa at 221 E Park Avenue will play host to another house show called Such Gold. This time it features three different bands.  A few weeks ago the same house, along with on-campus groups the Songwriter’s Club and The Asylum, put on an acoustic show featuring Run-For-Cover Records artist, Koji.

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Passion Pit: Playing Pop with Passion

Posted by Marcus Correll on 10/20 at 11:17 AM

Last Friday night—October 15—was the kick-off for many students’ weekends as The Campus Consciousness Tour made a stop at University Park.

The night began with some rap courtesy of K.Flay and a heavy dose of blues and funk from Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. Joe Lewis and his seven-piece band were the perfect start to the tour. Obviously inspired by James Brown, the Texas-based band played for almost an hour.

Joe Lewis made it apparent what is missing in the State College area: blues.  With more bands like this, the ever-dying music scene could make a vital comeback.

By the time 10 rolled around, Passion Pit fans were ready to get their groove on and dance the night away. And that is exactly what happened.

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Passion Pit to Perform

Posted by Marcus Correll on 10/13 at 10:48 AM

This Friday at 8pm, Passion Pit—an electro-pop dance band—will perform at the Bryce Jordan Center. The concert is the second big college show the BJC will host, the first being the B.o.B show held at the beginning of the semester. Tickets for the public are $32.50, but General Admission has already sold out. Tickets for students with a University Park ID are just $20.

The concert is part of the “Campus Consciousness Tour” that promotes environmentally helpful activities, as well as music. For those unfamiliar with Passion Pit, think a faster version of MGMT with a little sprinkle of some dub-step, all blended together. Hit songs from the band include “Moth’s Wings,” “Sleepyhead,” and ‘To Kingdom Come”—songs that are bound to the get the crowd dancing.

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Koji Finds a New Home

Posted by Marcus Correll on 10/12 at 09:37 AM

This was no ordinary show. The black-lit fraternity house on East Park Avenue felt more like a miniature concert hall than a house. I think this was the vision behind the house-show fueled by Run-for Cover Records’ newest artist, Koji.

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Koji to Rock the House, Literally

Posted by Marcus Correll on 10/05 at 03:21 PM

Whoever said house shows were dead is wrong when it comes to this week’s performance of Koji. The songwriter/activist is playing an underground show with some local artists tomorrow, Oct. 6. It’ll take place at 221 E Park Ave at 8pm.

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Mash Bros. Play Super Show

Posted by Marcus Correll on 10/05 at 09:35 AM

The show started like a stereotypical frat party scene from Old School or Animal House. As student IDs were flashed to pseudo-security guards, the music began to funnel people into the fenced-in Delta Upsilon lawn on Friday night. Drunken sorority girls escorted by even drunker fraternity boys proved this night was going to be one heck of a show.

Everyone was waiting for Super Mash Bros., a three-piece DJing group similar to DJ Girltalk, to “mash” or combine multiple songs into a new song. That new song usually has some current rap song accompanied with a slower, more rhythmic beat, as well as enough effects and fading on the tracks to create an entirely new sound.

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