State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Nate Spilman

Amnesty International to host Jamnesty concert TONIGHT

Amnesty International is hosting Jamnesty, a concert for human rights, on Saturday December 8th, at 123 High Street (Across the street from Kildaires) at 6pm!

The concert will consist of five acts, including  local artists DJ Keegan Tawa, Flashback Forward and Naked Mondays.  The event is strictly BYOB, there is a $3 cover at the door to Amnesty International, and baked goods will be sold.

Come out for some great music for a great cause!

Click HERE for the facebook event!


Staff Pick – Music I'm Thankful For: Death Cab for Cutie

Nate: I’m thankful for Death Cab for Cutie because, with seven studio albums, they have a song for nearly every situation. The lyrics of Ben Gibbard make statements that are so obviously true, even though you’ve never thought of what he’s saying it in that way before. Death Cab’s songs vary musically from simple melodies to intricate chord structures and rhythms.

As an aspiring songwriter myself, Death Cab for Cutie serves as endless inspiration. They are just regular guys, making great music.

Here are some of my favorites:

Topher: I’m thankful for Death Cab for Cutie in ways that I can’t accurately describe with words. And I think part of what I love about them is that their songs often put into words things that I’ve never been able to say.

I’ve been listening to Death Cab for over 8 years now, and I can vividly remember the first time that I listened to their album Transatlantacism straight through. I was in the car on the way home from a camping trip, and it was 2 weeks before starting high school. I don’t remember ever being relate to someone’s lyrics quite in that way before. What was even stranger was that I felt like I could relate to the songs about situations I had never even experienced, but somehow knew that I would at some point in the next few years. My amazement in the tunes actually had me genuinely excited to experience the shitty romantic situations that Gibbard was describing. And sure enough, Death Cab’s ability to describe things that no one else can seem to put into words helped me through the endless trivial crap that comes with being in high school, as well any of my woes with college hoes.

I think Co-Founder, Matt Andersen summed it up best: “Having a bad day? Listen to Death Cab. Having a great day? Listen to Death Cab.” Most days, no matter what I’m doing, you’ll find me blasting Death Cab in my headphones.

Heres a few of my favorites:

Thanksgiving Break: NYC Concert Roundup

For those in the NYC metropolitan area for Thanksgiving break, here is a list of this week’s concerts!

Tuesday 11/20:

  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza. 7:00PM
  • Asher Roth at The Gramercy. 7:00PM
  • Of Monsters and Men at Terminal 5. 7:00PM
  • Aerosmith and Cheap Trick at Madison Sq Garden. 7:30 PM

Wednesday 11/21:

  •  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza. 7:00PM
  • Bob Dylan at the Barclays Center. 7:00PM
  • Of Monsters and Men at Terminal 5. 7:00PM

Thursday 11/22:

  • ASAP Twelvyy at the Highline Ballroom. 7>00PM

Friday 11/23:

  • Dance Gavin Dance at Irving Plaza. 5:00PM
  • Scott McCreery at the Beacon Theater. 5:30PM
  • Taking Back Sunday at Terminal 5. 7:00PM
  • Hoodie Allen at Webster Hall. 7:30PM
  • R Kelly at Madison Sq Garden. 8:00PM.

Saturday 11/24:

  • Citizen Cope at the Beacon Theater. 7:00PM
  • Taking Back Sunday at Terminal 5. 7PM.


Have a great Thanksgiving Break, and keep on rockin’!

Penn State student Griffin Boustany produces video for Potent Da Rockstar

Looking for a new party anthem? Then check out Bassplease by Potent Da Rockstar. With a flow similar to rapper MC Chris, Potent Da Rockstar lays down a track all about having a good time.

While watching the video, you might think to yourself “Is that University Terrace?” The answer is yes. Penn State student Griffin Boustany shot the party scene music video in and right outside an apartment in University Terrace.

We hope you like silly string.

Like the video? Check our Griffin Boustany Production’s facebook page!

Childish Gambino and Turquoise Jeep release collab track

Cult favorites unite! “Fuck Your Blog” by Childish Gambino ft. Flynt Flossy & Yung Humma (members of cult rap craze Turquoise Jeep) dropped recently, and let me just say, it’s everything fans could ask for. Those familiar with Turquoise Jeep will see a different side to their favorite rappers. In the song, they have moved away from comedy, and demonstrate their excellent and unique rap flows. Childish Gambino fans on the other hand will get exactly what they expect from one of the best punchline rappers in the game.

The song’s only flaw is that it is only 2:28. But that’s okay. You can just listen to it four times.




Dum Dum Girls and Dead Channel set to rock Chronic Town TONIGHT

ROUSTABOUT! and SOMA present Dum Dum Girls and Dead Channel, tonight at Chronic Town. Tickets are $15 at the door, and the show is 18+.

Special guest Dead Channel is a post-punk band from right here in State College. They are regarded highly for their steady bass lines, fast and precise drumming, along with their coordination and confidence on the stage.

Dum Dum Girls is an American Noise Pop/Dream Pop group from Los Angeles, consisting of four women with an fresh, upbeat and cheery sound, reminiscent of the 1960s.

For more information, click here for the Facebook event.

Enjoy, because I sure did: