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Down For Some Electrical Sound? Look No Further Than Sleigh Bells

Posted by Brittany Barth on 09/29 at 09:00 AM

When MTV began to preview their adaptation of the British television show Skins back in 2011, I had no interest in seeing the show. The only reason I ever paid any attention to the preview was because of a particular song that was being featured in the show’s promo. It was a song that I had never heard before and I was desperate to find out what it was and who the band was behind it.

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

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 09/29 at 12:04 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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It’s the Busiest Time of the Year

Posted by Tony Ricci on 09/26 at 07:13 PM

It’s official. The “we’ve crossed the threshold of the autumn equinox and stepped into what should be a leisurely stroll towards winter.”

Most people think this is the end of the growing season, but for farmers, it’s really the busiest time of year.

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Sunday, 9/30, SOMA and Roustabout! Team Up to Bring Crocodiles to Chronic Town

Posted by Mike Moynahan on 09/26 at 03:35 PM

The State College-based promotional company Roustabout! has joined with Penn State student organization Students Organizing the Multiple Arts (“SOMA”) to host indie pop band Crocodiles. The band hails from San Diego and are fresh off the release of their latest album Endless Flowers, out now on Frenchkiss Records.

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Old Meets New: John Mayer Since Heavier Things

Posted by Brittany Barth on 09/26 at 03:12 PM

Mayer has produced eleven albums, both live and studio since he debuted back in 2000, proving to the world he was a star on the rise. He was identified as a singer with soul, who could play the guitar just as well (if not better IMO) than Eric Clapton.

His 2001 album Room for Squares includes some of his most famous singles such as “Why Georgia”, “No Such Thing”, and “Your Body is a Wonderland”. Perhaps this last single is one he’d like to forget, but I’ve fantasized about being the girl he serenades in that video many-a-time.

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Album Review: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Kiss”

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 09/25 at 08:00 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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Mike’s Song of the Week: “Forest Whitaker” by Bad Books

Posted by Mike Moynahan on 09/24 at 09:07 AM

Bad Books is somewhat of an Indie/Alternative super group consisting of members from Manchester Orchestra and singer/songwriter Kevin Devine. The group released their debut self-titled album in 2010 on Favorite Gentleman Recordings, the record label Manchester Orchestra started themselves. It was well-received but was not as popular as the albums Manchester Orchestra and Devine released on their own. Their new album, appropriately titled II (referred to by some as Bad Books II) has already seen a bit more prominence, as the first single from the album, “Forest Whitaker,” was debuted by Rolling Stone on their website this past August.

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An Artist That’s Sure To Tempt You: Anjulie

Posted by Brittany Barth on 09/24 at 12:28 AM

Let me first preface this review by stating that if you’re searching for new music, look no further than the Spotify Radio App. I have been introduced to a world of incredible artists that I would not have experienced otherwise.

One of those artists is Canadian based singer-songwriter, Anjulie.

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Canadian Duo, Japandroids’ “Celebration Rock” is Spectacular

Posted by Mike Moynahan on 09/19 at 04:56 PM


Grade: A+

Japandroids, the Canadian indie-rock duo, released their new album, Celebration Rock, this past June 5th on Polyvinyl Record Co. Clocking in at just over thirty-five minutes and consisting of only eight tracks, one might think this record wouldn’t have much to offer. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. From opening guitar riffs on the opening track, “The Nights of Wine and Roses” the group - made up of guitarist-vocalist Brian King and drummer-vocalist David Prowse - doesn’t slow down. It’s a classic rock album that just happened to be recorded in 2011, and released worldwide on June 5, 2012. “Don’t we have anything to live for?,” they ask in their opener: “Well of course we do, but until they come true we’re drinking. “ So begins an idea that continues with each track on the album: Enjoy being young while you are young.

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A Female Powerhouse: Florence Welch and her Machine

Posted by Brittany Barth on 09/19 at 08:30 AM

Florence Welch, the driving force behind Florence and the Machine, is a powerhouse. Her vocals are unmatched. Every word she sings is performed determinedly. Every band currently lead by a female singer pales in comparison to Florence Welch. Her voice is truly a force to be reckoned with. And so is her music.

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

Posted by Karen Marchuska on 09/18 at 03:41 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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Our Town

Thank you Ridgway!

Posted by Jessica on 09/18 at 02:34 PM

I think that it is safe to say that Our Town: Ridgway’s 2012 edition was a success! What a fantastic night we had in the studio on 9/13. We had a total of 226 people call in with their pledges of support to WPSU. We also had special challenges from the Elks, the Moose, and Cullys, as well as a special promotion happening through Fox’s Pizza, which added additional funds to our total.

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Boalsburg Farmers Market to Sponsor First Annual “Plow to Plate” Harvest Dinner

Posted by Emily Wiley on 09/18 at 01:48 PM

Fall in central Pennsylvania brings with it the bounty, beauty, and variety of the harvest. To celebrate the fall harvest, the Boalsburg Farmers Market is sponsoring a dinner on Wednesday, October 10th featuring the best of late summer and early fall, including eggplant, peppers, okra, butternut squash, pumpkins, kale, and apples.

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Artist on the Rise: The Front Bottoms

Posted by Mike Moynahan on 09/15 at 06:00 PM

“Please fall asleep so I can take pictures of you and hang them in my room,” begins “Flashlight,” the opening track on the self-titled debut album from New Jersey indie-rock-pop-punk outfit The Front Bottoms.  These lyrics may come off as a little creepy at first, but they turn into something beautiful.  “So when I wake I’ll feel like everything is alright,” the song continues. It’s a song about a lover who has moved on and how the one left behind is trying to cope. With this opening track, the listener gets the idea of what The Front Bottoms are all about. These lyrics will be personal, they might get uncomfortable but you can be sure they will always end up being meaningful.

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Introducing The Most Down-to-Earth Band You’ll Ever Meet: Pomplamoose

Posted by Brittany Barth on 09/15 at 12:43 AM

I was recently at a staff meeting where there were several new members present. The student who was leading the meeting decided that we should do an “icebreaker” in order to get to know everyone. We passed around a large, purple bouncy ball with several questions listed on it and we were to select one of them and answer it. Several people kept landing on the same question, “If you could hang out with one celebrity/musician for the day, who would it be?” It got me to thinking about which band I would hang out with given the chance. And then it came to me: Pomplamoose. Chances are you’ve never heard of the San Francisco based duo, so allow me to introduce you.

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