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Author - Monica Consbruck

Ellie Goulding Teases Her New Album

Ellie Goulding has been busy busy busy: performing at several festivals including Firefly and Lollapalooza, headlining the upcoming iTunes festival in England, touring with Bruno Mars, and, in a little over a week, releasing her album Halcyon Days. The 28-track album will include a reissued version of her 2012 LP, Halcyon, in addition to 10 new songs, including her latest single “Burn” and collaborations with fun. frontman Nate Ruess, French house producer Madeon and British drum & bass star DJ Fresh. Needless to say, we are super anxious for the album and all the greatness it will entail. Fortunately, dear old Ellie was kind enough to put out a sampler of the some of the new songs on the album, which already have us hooked. Listen to the brief selections of the songs below and try not to die of anticipation, as the album doesn’t come out until August 27th. In the meantime, you can join us in playing the sampler repeatedly and being blown away at the amazing virtuoso that is Ellie Goulding.


Also, here are full versions of some of the songs we were lucky enough to hear before her album is released:


New Video – CHVRCHES "Mother We Share"

Almost 11 months after the song was initially released, Chvrches has finally made a video for their super catchy, electropop song “Mother We Share.” We don’t know what took them so long, but we’re glad they finally compiled a video that magnifies the trance-y feel of the song. The video is simple, saying a lot by only showing a little, but the visual effects are pretty awesome and the song is, of course, still as good as ever. Check out the video below and lose yourself for a few minutes in Chvrches’ world.

New Video: Mumford and Sons – Hopeless Wanderer


Since the release of their album, Babel, Mumford and Sons has taken their time putting out videos for songs on the album. This is not without a good excuse though, what with them traveling on tour and with the health issues of one band member. It’s safe to say Mumford and Sons has been through a lot this year and grown as musicians and a band. Maybe that’s why they look so different in their latest video for “Hopeless Wanderer,” one of my personal favorites off of Babel. Check out the video for yourself and see if you can put your finger on why the band looks and feels a little different this time around:


Tiesto Makes Ellie Goulding's "Burn" Better Than It Already Was

A few weeks ago, Ellie Goulding released a little number called “Burn” which blew us all away.

Then, Tiesto decided he’d give it a little make-over which not only blows us away, but knocks us right off our feet. The slowed down tempo mixed with Tiesto’s awesome powerhouse beats makes this song impossible to resist or dance to. Not that dear old Ellie ever needs any help creating a massive hit and excellent song, but we’re glad Tiesto came around to shake things up a bit and remind us all what he’s made of. Check it out for yourself below!

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas is coming to Penn State!


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis Comes to the Bryce Jordan Center for the First Time!

Friday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Get a jump on the holidays when America’s favorite holiday celebration, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis brings the best the holiday has to offer to the Bryce Jordan Centeron Friday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m.

The Mannheim Steamroller tour, now in its 27th year, is still met by sold-out audiences and was one of the top 20 concert tours in the nation last year.

 Grammy Award winner Chip Davis will direct and co-produce the performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. The shows will feature the favorite Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with state-of-the-art multimedia effects in an intimate setting.

 In 1984, Mannheim Steamroller released Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, an album that changed the sounds of Christmas. Already a multi-platinum recording artist through its Fresh Aire series, Davis decided to record an album of Christmas music combining the group’s signature mix of Renaissance instruments with rock & roll beats.  The resulting album was a runaway hit and Mannheim Steamroller went on to become the biggest selling Christmas music artist in history. The group’s Christmas tour has become an annual holiday tradition right along with decorating the tree, exchanging presents and creating unforgettable moments with friends and family.

 Tickets are $49.75, $59.75 for reserved theatre seating and go on-sale Monday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, Altoona Campus Ticket Outlet, Walmart Ticketmaster kiosks, online at or, or by phone at (800) 745-3000.  VIP seating is also available.

Tupac is coming to broadway?


Think, Across the Universe, Tupac style.

Kenny Francis, director of broadway shows The Mountaintop and Fences, is working on his latest project, Holla If Ya Hear Me, a musical consisting of all Tupac Shakur songs. The musical is set in a Midwestern industrial city, telling the tale of two childhood friends and their struggle to deal with the hardships and challenges of their lives, while trying to accomplish their dreams and ambitions.

Tupac’s very own mother, Afeni Shakur, will be producing the show, along with Todd Kreidler (Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean) and choreography by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento (Wicked and Sweet Charity). No casting information has been announced yet, which means we can only imagine who they’re going to have play what parts. How is this all going to unfold? We certainly don’t know, but we’re excited to find out. Here’s some of the songs we’re thinking we’ll see on the big stage: