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Review: Man Man and The Apples in stereo

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/28 at 11:08 AM

Sometimes it takes a few songs for a performance to truly start, to move past the preliminaries and engage an audience. Maybe it was the dismal Monday evening weather or the mountainous pre-finals week workload weighing on our minds. But the rain didn’t hamper SOMA‘s final concert of the year in Heritage Hall, after the show began to warm up.

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Jason Reeves at Sozo this Sunday

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/22 at 05:08 PM

Sozo’s concert schedule has been sparse this year, but the venue will hold a folk-rock concert this Sunday, April 25th at 7pm featuring Jason Reeves, T.J. Cornwall, Find Vienna, and Rosi Golan. The show, organized by Drusky Entertainment and Nittany Booking, will be open to all ages.

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Pete Francis to play Heritage Hall 4/27

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/22 at 01:58 PM

Just a few days before his former Dispatch bandmates will play the Last Stop festival, singer/songwriter Pete Francis will play Penn State’s Heritage Hall. The concert will start at 8pm on Tuesday night, with the doors opening to students with ID (no tickets) at 7:30pm. The event will be hosted by the Student Programming Association.

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Los Campesinos!/Cymbals Eat Guitars Replaced

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/22 at 10:02 AM

Blame Eyjafjallajokull, that pesky volcano up in Iceland. Ash clouds resulting from its eruption a few days ago are hovering over the northern hemisphere, grounding flights all over Europe.

Unfortunately, Los Campesinos! and Cymbals Eat Guitars have re-scheduled much of their tour and cancelled the show at Penn State on Monday April 26th. (If you really want to see them, they’ll be playing in New York City and various other locations in the northeast in a few weeks.)

But volcanic activity won’t stop the music.

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The Show Must Move On

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/20 at 09:39 AM

Last Saturday the artists and crew of Movin’ On upheld the festival’s spirit in a way they may not have been expecting. It was a literal moving on, facing difficulties and continuing despite the challenges. There was snow, hail, a little rain, an injured drummer, tuning problems, and malfunctioning sound equipment. But the show went on.

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Free Concert - Los Campesinos + Cymbals Eat Guitars—-April 26th

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/20 at 09:34 AM

The music of Los Campesinos is like warm weather - it feeds the itch to frolic and jump around a little in the sun, to walk down the street and smile. Yes, this sounds silly and childish. But Los Campesinos’ cheery back and forth vocal style and high energy pop songs emanate such a carefree happiness. Their bright guitars and brisk percussion aren’t immature, but exuberant.

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Record Store to Continue City Lights’ Legacy

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/20 at 09:25 AM

When City Lights Records closed earlier this year, the State College music scene lost a valuable resource. For years, local residents had gone to the independent store to buy vinyl, CDs, and memorabilia and maybe strike up a conversation with Greg Gabbard, the man who became the face of the business. It was a place where old and new music met and concerts and albums were promoted. It was the musical epicenter for local artists.

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No Age, Local Acts Rock Arts Crawl

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/20 at 09:18 AM

From classrooms and hallways, young musicians and artists practiced their craft for a nomadic crowd on Friday, April 9th. The fourth annual Arts Crawl, a five and a half hour synthesis of student art and music, brought an audience of all ages to listen to bands, watch performing artists, and create something to take home (there were even pillowcase superhero capes to make).

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The Flobots to play Celebrate State April 23rd

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/20 at 08:42 AM

Yet another festival will spring up on the green lawns of University Park this Friday. Less than a week after Movin’ On, a coalition of student organizations will present Celebrate State.

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Sounds of Summer - Generationals and Fiddlercrabs 4/19

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/18 at 10:44 PM

Roustabout! and SOMA are bringing a little New Orleans to State College on Monday April 19th. The local surf-rocking Fiddlercrabs will perform with Louisiana quartet Generationals at Chronic Town. The doors will open at 9pm to those over 18 and the show will start at 9:30pm.

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A Modern Jazz Marvel

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/14 at 12:06 PM

Terence Blanchard has often been called a “contemporary cool cat,” a trumpeter, composer, and bandleader born from the vibrant history of New Orleans jazz.

Accompanied by his quintet, the jazz trumpeter will perform in the Schwab Auditorium at 7:30pm. Before the concert, ticket-holders can attend an informal conversation with the artists as part of the Artistic Viewpoints series.

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Less Than Jake to Headline Movin’ On

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/14 at 12:00 PM

Saturday April 17th will be a day full of music (and hopefully sunshine). The 36th annual, absolutely free Movin’ On festival will be held on the HUB lawn starting at 11:30am.

The festival, hosted by the Association of Residence Hall Students, was born in 1974 as “Gentle Thursday.” The artists and genres have changed a bit since then, but the spirit abides: one last day before the semester ends spent lounging on the green grass, listening to music, and getting free stuff.

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Local Music and United Way Benefit

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/05 at 11:31 PM

A benefit concert for Haiti, hosted by the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, will be held in Alumni Hall (in the HUB) from 11am - 2pm on Thursday. There’s a suggested donation of $3, which will go straight to the folks at the United Way for their relief operations in Haiti and Chile through the Worldwide Disaster Fund.

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Techno Meets Classical at the State Theatre

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/05 at 11:29 PM

What kind of music would Mozart write if he were alive today? Would he stick with string quartets and sonatas or throw in a few synth tracks and electric guitars?

That’s the question Professor Max Fomitchev, known in the underground dance/techno scene as Ultramax, would like to answer.

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No Age To Headline Arts Crawl 4/9

Posted by Charlee Redman on 04/05 at 11:23 PM

Strolling minstrels, music emanating from classrooms, hands-on activities, and performance art undulating through hallways. What do all of these things have in common? They are the essence of Arts Crawl.

SOMA (Students Organizing the Multiple Arts) and VASA (Visual Art Student Alliance) will be hosting the 4th annual FREE festival celebrating and showcasing multiple art forms and music in the Arts Buildings on the University Park campus.

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