State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Kristin Consorti

A Solid Debut: Tapestries

With their debut single, Colliding, Tapestries has hit the ground running since coming together. You may have seen this indie folk-rock trio around the State College area. The group is comprised of Olivia Price, Rashmit Arora and Zach Kramer.


If you have not listened to Colliding, you’re behind schedule. Sometimes there is just nothing better than a softly played indie-folk song like this one. The lyrics are full of the groups poised smooth vocals. You see it all the time when production and instruments overpower talented voices. I can say confidently this did not happen in Colliding.

This is not a song, that you role down your windows, scream at the top of your lungs, and speed down the highway in, but this is the type that’s enjoyable laying by tree with your favorite book and some apple cider. With Tapestries, it’s not about virtuosity or overt intensity, it’s about the human element, the story, and the lives of people. This is a group you will surely want to look out for.

They were one of many acts to perform in the Palmer Art Museum this past May at Arts Crawl. Each has been playing their own music for awhile now, and have successfully merged into writing music together. You may have even recently seen them earlier this week at Picnic at the Folk Bazaar. Make sure you check out their Facebook page for upcoming events and listen to their song posted in this article!

Album Review: Suffer in Peace by Tyler Farr

1035x1035-UnknownTyler Farr debuted his new album, “Suffer in Peace,” this past week and it sits for anyone who’s had a broken heart. The title track, “Suffer and Peace” and “Withdrawals” are two other standout tracks.

Four of the eleven tracks on the album cover heartbreak. “A Guy Walks Into a Bar” is often just one of the heartbreak songs that appears frequently on the radio.

I’ve been told by many that I am one to choose sad, slow songs, but with summer approaching I’m not completely sure how an album like this will stick out.

Farr is a classically trained singer that shows off a high rock end most fans are not aware of. With country-pop songs often climbing the charts, Farr sticks out with his rough sound. He is often compared to other artists like Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert.

Not too surprisingly, “I Don’t Even Want This Beer” stumbles and staggers around in anguish and depression. It even makes reference to getting drunk on a Tuesday… “Here I am getting tore up on a Tuesday.” But in all, the song features lyrics that definitely hit a cord for any guy who’s ever screwed up.

“I wonder if she’s alone tonight
Thinkin’ ’bout all I didn’t do right
Or is she out on the town in my favorite dress
With some ol’ boy tryin’ his best
To get her buzzin’ just enough she might say yes”

However, he does take a break from the heartbreak tunes to a more playful sound with two of his tracks, “Better in Boots” and “Poor Boy.” The album definitely needed to take this shift to what would have been an emotional roller coaster of an album. “Poor Boy” tended to be my pick of songs to continue to listen too overall.

Two hard rock country anthems sit on each end of the album. “C.O.U.N.T.R.Y” is a rough tune and is set to a pace that is not seen again on the album. “Why We Live Here” pays tribute to the military, but not in outright blaring way that many country listeners are used to. Farr makes it clear that he is a strong supporter of the U.S. military, but many of the tracks also steer toward the edges of what people consider country these days. Overall all the songs, even the more upbeat ones, swing low and sharp.

Arts Crawl 2015 Wrap Up

This past Friday local bands, which included many Penn State students, gathered together to put on performances at the north campus art buildings. Student Organizing the Multiple Arts (SOMA) has made Arts Crawl an annual event. Arts Crawl included 30 performances throughout the day, along with an art showcase from different art clubs and organizations here on campus. Here’s a wrap up of some of the fantastic student performances that went on:

Tapestries is a two piece acoustic folk act consisting of Penn Staters Olivia Price and Rashmit Arora. They were one of many acts to perform in the Acoustic Room of the Palmer Art Museum. For the event they were also accompanied by percussionist Zach Kramer. Each has been playing their own music for awhile now, and have now breached into writing music together.


Mute Cities, the Battle of the Bands winner and upcoming “Movin’ On” opener, is a indie-pop band that started putting out music last spring. They have recently released their “Strong Work” EP, and if you have not heard it yet, it’s definitely worth listening too!




Coahoma Soul is an American blues and folk band out of Philadelphia, and even includes Penn State student Tim Mayo. Make sure to look out for the upcoming album, it’s something you won’t want to miss!




Keegan Tawa, is an EDM producer and has been putting out electronic music for quite some time now. His set lasted two hours and kept the crowd entertained and upbeat. His music can often be heard at local clubs in the area. Some of his songs feature vocalists, others feature his jazz saxophone, and some even feature both. He even recently released an EP entitled “Sunlight” as well!16591084364_8f8fc211b1_o

SOMA Announces Line Up for Arts Crawl

Photo provided by Arts Crawl Facebook page


SOMA, the student run organization that organizes events for the multiple arts plans to hold their annual Art Crawl event on campus Friday, April 17, 2015.

SOMA aims to create a community for both artists and art appreciators. SOMA’s annual event, Arts Crawl is an event that helps showcase local art and music.

Arts Crawl will headline with Tobacco, the electronic music star from Allegheny County. The event will also include the ‘Battle of the Bands’ winner, Mute Cities, who will also later perform at Movin’ On on May 1st.



The entire line up for the event includes:

  • Abi Reimold
  • Allen Kohn
  • Ambler
  • Bat Zuppel
  • Bread Pilot
  • Cabbage C***
  • Casino Smoker
  • Cecil Blutcher
  • Coahoma Soul
  • Crater and the Catalyst
  • Echo
  • Furnsss
  • Gottem
  • Keegan Tawa
  • The Magic Fountain
  • Myrrh Myrrh
  • Nam Le
  • Newman
  • Open Wide
  • Peacefeather
  • Pill Friends
  • Pinegrove
  • Princess Barbara
  • Reid Menard
  • Seagulls
  • Steamboat
  • Tapestries
  • Teenage Halloween
  • The Tommy Roberts
  • The Warmingtons.

The event will also showcase art from groups such as, the Clay Club, Ceramics Club, Drawing & Painting Club, Printmaking Club, Student Film Organization, and Sculpture Club.

Arts Crawl will be held April 17th from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the North Campus Arts Buildings and is free to the public.