State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Nate Spilman

Acid Rap by Chance the Rapper is a must-listen


If you’re looking for a feel-good mixtape for the end of summer, look no further than Acid Rap by Chance the Rapper. Chance the Rapper, at only 20 years old, was included in XXL Magazine’s 2013 Freshman Class nominees, and was highlighted in Complex Magazine as one of their “10 New Chicago Rappers to Watch Out For.”

Chance the Rapper is sure to be going places. Acid Rap, Chance’s second mixtape, features big names like Childish Gambino, Twista, Action Bronson, and Ab-Soul.

This mixtape makes me smile. Chance has said in interviews that he used to exclusively listen to jazz and soul,  and that College Dropout by Kanye West was the first hip-hop album he ever listened to. The influence both styles is evident in the unique combination of intricate wordplay and jazzy musicality. His flow is fast, rhythmic and varied. His voice is a bit high and whiny, but easy to adjust to.

Download Acid Rap along with his first mixtape 10 Day on Chance the Rapper’s website for FREE.


The Lonely Island takes on YOLO, Ft Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar

The Lonely Island are back with their new song “Yolo,” featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar. Not surprisingly, they interpret “You Only Live Once” in a different way. I think it’s pretty funny that Kendrick Lamar and Drake have worked with each other on a few songs (“Poetic Justice”, “Fuckin Problem”), and now Kendrick is making fun of Drake’s party-hard “moto.”



You Oughta Look Out also stands for YOLO.

Winter Break: New York City Concert Roundup

We’ve only got two weeks of break, so let’s try to pack as many concerts in as we can, shall we?

Sunday December 23nd

  •  Los Lobos at the City Winery at 6pm

Tuesday December 25th

  • Nicki Minaj hosting the Christmas Extravaganza at  Webster Hall at 10pm

Wednesday December 26th

  • Action Bronson at the Brooklyn Bowl at 9pm (21+)
  • The Disco Biscuits at the Best Buy Theater at 7pm

Thurday December 27th

  •  The White Panda at Webster Hall at 7:30pm
  • The Disco Biscuits at the Best Buy Theater at 7pm
  • Steve Aoki with Nervo at Pier 94 at 9pm

Friday December 28th

  •  Phish at Madison Sq Garden at 7:30pm

Saturday Dember 29th

  •  Jane’s Addiction at Terminal 5 at 7:30pm
  • They Might be Giants at the Music Hall of Williamsburg at 8pm
  • Phish at Madison Sq Garden at 7:30pm

Sunday December 30th

  • Coldplay with Naturally 7 at the Barclay’s Center at 7pm
  • Phish at Madison Sq Garden at 7:30pm
  • Afrojack, Diplo and Rusko at Peir 94 at 8pm
  • Pretty Lights at the Roseland Ballroom at 9pm

Monday December 31st

  •  Phish at Madison Sq Garden at 8pm
  • Coldplay and Jay-Z at the Barclay’s center at 9pm
  • Pretty Lights at the Roseland Ballroom at 9pm
  • Amanda Palmer at Terminal 5 at 8pm
  • Nas at the Radio City Music Hall at 9:30pm

Tuesday January 1st

  •  Rusted Room at Stage 48 at 8pm


For a full list of shows, and for shows past new years, check out this website!

Have a great break, everyone!

Free Rollercoaster releases Plaid Part of Town EP

Penn State folk band Free Rollercoaster has released their first EP, Plaid Part of Town. The EP includes five finished tracks and two demos, all recorded and mixed by Evan Whildin. This EP is the relaxing, melodic study music that I have been looking for. The vocal harmonies are spot on, and there is even a flute solo on one of the tracks.

Click here to get to Free Rollercoaster’s bandcamp page, where you can listen to and download the EP for free. You may also purchase the EP for as much as you are willing to give, if you so choose.

Free Rollercoaster to Play Farewell Show

Penn State’s own Free Rollercoaster, an original Folk band that utilizes almost every instrument known to man (only sort of exaggerating here), will play their final show this Saturday, December 15th at 157 East Park Ave. This is a FREE event, and Free Rollercoaster will be handing out copies of their newly recorded EP. The show starts at 9pm.

Topher Stephenson will open the show, followed by the talented Sharleen Chidiac, followed by the equally talented Eric Faust and Mike D Mulligan.

Check the Youtube video below to listen to one of their many original songs, “Pearly Gates.”

No really though. Listen. And click here for the Facebook event to let them know you’re coming!