Posted by Aaron Wynne on 12/22 at 04:51 PM
With the end of the Fall semester, here’s a rundown of my top three acts from this fall.
Posted by Aaron Wynne on 12/09 at 06:25 PM
When My Hero Zero took stage last Thursday, I found myself in a concerning situation. The band opened with a cover of “This Love,” and I sighed at the probable sight of a band fallen into the fallacious trend of hip-hop covers. When the second song started, it occurred to me that this could be something even more diabolical. “Sweet Caroline” should NEVER be the second song in a set-list. Don’t get me wrong, the song emanates a great atmosphere, but it is one best reserved for the end of a night, not the beginning.
Posted by Aaron Wynne on 12/03 at 01:00 PM
This Friday night, The Saloon will feature cover band My Hero Zero. The group will rock out to renditions of hit songs from State College’s favorite bands. Some songs that they often cover include Take Me Home Tonight, Sweet Caroline, and Shout.
Posted by Aaron Wynne on 11/18 at 04:31 PM
Take a walk around campus and notice how many people are plugged into their iPods or Zunes. A vast breadth of music from the mainstream to the underground rests in these music libraries. Penn State has the potential to blossom into a musical landscape that harnesses genres of all sorts and fosters a greater musical consciousness.
However, a few pieces seem to be missing from the puzzle. Here is a list that I have compiled, highlighting a few of the issues preventing State College from becoming a notable musical hub:
Posted by Aaron Wynne on 11/17 at 04:28 PM
Five bands took the stage Monday night at the Mezzanine as part of the Public Relations Student Society for America’s (PRSSA) Battle of the Bands competition. The event was well organized and orchestrated to benefit Toys For Tots. Here’s my ranking of the bands from “room for improvement” to the “top contenders.”
Posted by Aaron Wynne on 11/15 at 10:13 AM
Tonight the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) will be hosting a Battle of the Bands competition at the Mezzanine to benefit Toys for Tots. The fight for rock glory begins at 9pm. Tickets are $7 for ages 18-20 and $4 for those 21 and older.
Posted by Aaron Wynne on 10/29 at 10:08 AM
Rebelution, Tribal Seeds, and Zion I jammed out the State Theatre this past Wednesday night. It was a festive gathering fostering a friendly atmosphere. Even though I was a foreigner to the reggae scene, I quickly found myself synchronizing to the rhythms and enjoying the tranquil atmosphere.
Posted by Aaron Wynne on 10/27 at 12:37 PM
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Posted by Aaron Wynne on 10/22 at 09:51 AM
This Saturday night the Autoport will be featuring the five piece blue band, SkyTop Blues. The band rocks out an electric blues style. They cover artists such as the Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and others.
Posted by Aaron Wynne on 10/08 at 08:08 AM
It was a rainy, miserable day, and as the sun set, The Nightcrawlers emerged. Playing in front of a half full crowd in the musty tavern of the Phyrst, The Nightcrawlers infused the room with classic rock.
Let me just say, I was thoroughly impressed and content with this band’s performance. With a cover heavy set-list, they cleverly introduced some original songs throughout their performance.
Posted by Aaron Wynne on 10/05 at 03:25 PM
Indie, rock, and alternative fans come get your groove on Wednesday night at the Phyrst because The Nightcrawlers are back in State College. Lead guitarist and vocalist Noah Figlin has returned from L.A. and is returning to the band’s roots. Instilling fresh beats back into the area, the band prowls with their own original tunes, a refreshing blow of creativity amongst an overcrowded cover band scene.
Posted by Aaron Wynne on 10/01 at 02:43 PM
I’ve never had any experience with the horn nor have I even played in my high school’s band. But while sitting amongst the 15 or so students attending Ellen Campbell’s master class this past Thursday, I found myself in a friendly environment learning elements of music that transcend just the horn.
Posted by Aaron Wynne on 09/23 at 10:49 AM
Ellen Campbell is sharing her expertise in horn with the public on Thursday, September 30, in the Music Building II from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Posted by Aaron Wynne on 09/17 at 12:41 PM
When I arrived at Café 210 on Wednesday, Go Go Gadjet was setting up an extravagant light display and smoke machines. I had high expectations. When the band opened up with Boom Boom Pow from the Black Eyed Peas, I realized it was just another cover band performing in a pseudo-night club.
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