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Karen’s Song of the Week: “Guilty Pleasure” by Cobra Starship

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 10/03 at 04:28 PM

With Cobra Starship invading the Bryce Jordan Center tonight as part of the truthLIVE Tour, this week’s song is one of the band’s first highly exposed singles: “Guilty Pleasure.” This track was the first single from their 2007 release ¡Viva la Cobra!, which was the first album that the band members actually wrote collectively as opposed to lead singer Gabe Saporta writing it all by himself. Since then, they’ve released two more albums that produced the Top 40 radio mainstays “Good Girls Go Bad,” “You Make Me Feel…,” and “Middle Finger.”

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Karen’s Song of the Week: “Oppa Space Jam Style” mashup

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 09/29 at 01:04 AM

This mashup was just too good to pass up.  It’s a mix of the recent viral video by Korean artist PSY, “Gangnam Style,” and a song from the 90s we all probably know very well, from the Space Jam movie, by the Quad City DJs.

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Album Review: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Kiss”

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 09/25 at 09:00 AM

The first time I heard “Call Me Maybe” in that stupid video Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber posted, I was hooked.  When I heard the Carly Rae Jepsen/Owl City collaboration, “Good Time,” I just knew it was going to be stuck in my head.  And now, Ms. Jepsen has decided to release an album full of these suckers that we have no choice but to sing along to, constantly.

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Karen’s Song of the Week: “Days Go By” by Keith Urban

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 09/18 at 04:41 PM

Although most people hate to admit it, everybody still watches American Idol.  Even after 11 seasons we still find ourselves glued to the TV to watch the hilariously terrible open auditions and see Ryan Seacrest, so I’m sure you’ve all heard about the new judges - Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Keith Urban - that were announced earlier this week.  Since most people are pretty familiar with the work of Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, as they’re all over Top-40 radio, I decided to put a nice little spotlight onto country crooner Keith Urban.

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Karen’s Song of the Week: “Oh Love” by Green Day

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 09/11 at 04:39 PM

In honor of the Bryce Jordan Center announcing a Green Day concert in January, and their latest release coming out in a mere two weeks, this week’s song is the first single from that album Oh Love.

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Karen’s Song of the Week: “Feel the Love” by Hoodie Allen

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 09/04 at 08:08 PM

Earlier in the summer I profiled two rising rap artists, and one of them debuted a brand new song last week.  Hoodie Allen dropped the track “Feel the Love” and it’s definitely one of his best yet.

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Album Review: Southern Air by Yellowcard

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 08/29 at 12:47 PM

Grade: A+


After being a band for 10 years, you would think Yellowcard might run out of things to write about.  Instead, they took all those experiences from the decade that they’ve been making music together and turned it into an album full of songs about believing in yourself and overcoming anything, both of which they’ve had to do plenty of.  Though their sound has morphed and matured through the years, this album is very reminiscent of their major label debut from 2003, Ocean Avenue, with the soaring violin solos and their scathingly personal, but oh-so-relatable lyrics.  With that album they challenged the genre of pop-rock, and with this new release they personally hammer the last nail into the coffin of conformity.  Instead of infusing their tracks with overly produced pop synths and beats, they sprinkle in some violin and intense rock’n’roll drumming, making the sound uniquely theirs.

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Local Artist Profile: Annelise

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 08/09 at 03:07 PM


Penn State junior Annelise Gaus didn’t realize she was holding onto a talent until it burst out of her. She thought that her writing wasn’t anything special, until she posted an original song on her Facebook to get back at an ex-boyfriend. And while the online diss felt good, all the praise she got for her song felt way better.

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Vans Warped Tour Preview - July 12: Pittsburgh, July 18: Scranton, July 20: Camden, NJ

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 07/12 at 02:15 PM

The 17th annual Vans Warped Tour will be rolling into Pittsburgh this Thursday, and bringing with it lots of great bands and memories.  This tour showcases the best alternative and punk bands of the day, but this year they have outdone themselves with a lineup of impressive bands on the rise as well as some old favorites that will take the twenty-somethings back to their pre-teen years.  Here’s a quick guide to the must-see bands playing this year’s Warped Tour:

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Summer Song Feature: Good Time

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 06/29 at 10:19 AM

What do you get when you put together two one-hit wonders who have spent a combined 48 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?  Most likely a new summer smash, in the form of “Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen.

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Album Review: The Rocket Summer - Life Will Write the Words

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 06/19 at 01:03 PM

A-

Bryce Avary, otherwise known as The Rocket Summer, has been making waves in the pop-punk music scene since the early 2000s. But after parting from his major label, Island Def Jam, in 2009 many fans were uncertain what turn Avary’s music would take next. His latest release, Life Will Write the Words, he has put this uncertainty to rest as it solidifies his musical prowess. Every one of the 46 minutes on this record was written and performed by Avary himself, where he plays all the instruments - from guitars to synthesizers to an organ to trashcans, and to even a typewriter. With the release of this empowering self-produced album, nobody should be uncertain about what The Rocket Summer is capable of. The whole album is a testament to his growth as a musician since his breakout piano pop music. He produces without the help of an auto-tuner, and uses full takes on drums and guitar, as opposed to cutting and pasting the best sounding pieces from each take, giving a live feel to the album.

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Rising Hip Hop Artists: Mac Miller & Hoodie Allen

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 06/02 at 10:05 PM

The Basics:

Both of these rappers are young white kids trying to bust into the rap scene. Mac Miller hails from Pittsburgh, PA and got his start while he was still in school at Taylor Allderdice High School- the same school Wiz Khalifa attended. At just 17, Miller released two mixtapes, The Jukebox: Prelude to Class Clown and The High Life, before getting signed to Rostrum Records in early 2010. Since then he has released four mixtapes, an EP, and BlueSlide Park- an album that debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.

 


Hoodie Allen was born and raised in New York, but he really got his rap game going while he was in college at University of Pennsylvania. It was there that he met his producer, RJ Ferguson. After graduating he got a full-time job at Google and pushed his rap career to his after-work hours. Eventually it got to be too much, and he chose to focus solely on his music. He has independently released four mixtapes and two EPs- the most recent of which, All American, made it to #1 on iTunes within hours of release and #10 on Billboard’s Top Albums.  Though his unique name may seem like a play on Woody Allen, he actually had the nickname “Hoodie” when he was growing up and wanted his stage name to be something memorable, so he settled on Hoodie Allen.

 

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Cimorelli: The Next YouTube Sensation

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 05/28 at 02:27 PM

We all know the story of Justin Bieber’s rise to fame by being discovered on YouTube, but six sisters from California are taking it to a whole new level through their covers.  Cimorelli - comprised of Christina (21), Katherine (19), Lisa (17), Amy (16), Lauren (13), and Dani (11), has over 650,000 subscribers to its YouTube channel, is currently working on a full-length album, and just won Ryan Seacrest’s“Bieber-Off” contest that was hosted on his website.  And to think it all started with one Miley Cyrus song.

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