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The Phyrst Jam Sesh Week 2: Tonight at the Phyrst! – April 8th

(Atlas Soundtrack)

Its that time of the week again! Every Monday of April, 4 Penn State bands are battling it out at the Phyrst!

Last weeks winner was the classic college cover group, Henney and the Mitts.

Tonight the lineup is

9:00-10:00 – The Pete and Duff Band
10:15-11:15 – The Red Eyes
11:30-12:30 – Big Feast
12:45-1:45 – Atlas Soundtrack

Come out at 9:00PM for $3 Red Bull Bacardi drinks and some of the best bands in State College!

You can also join the facebook event to see who will be playing the following week, and who wins each Monday.

And check out this live rendition of Bad Seed, an original song from Atlas Soundtrack

Penn State Rapper, Marc-Jean, Launches KickStarter

Local raper, Marc-jean has recently started a Kickstarter campaign to fund his upcoming mixtape; Green Gold.

Marc-jeans last mixtape, Purple Drink hit almost 6000 downloads, and he’s hoping that Green Gold will make even more of a splash in the PSU music scene. Marc is trying to raise a target goal of $1000, and for donating as little as $20 you will receive a Green Gold Street Team T-Shirt and a signed copy of both the Green Gold and Purple Drink mixtapes.

Go to this link to donate to the campaign!

And check out his Penn State Remix below

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Mixtape –

Twitter – @marc_jean_d

The Phyrst Jam Sesh: Round 2 Begins Tonight!


Tonight, 4 of the best bands/musicians in State College are throwing down a live set in front of a packed house to see who has what it takes to play a paid gig at the Phyrst. This competition will take place every Monday from in April with the winner of each Monday duking it out for the grand prize on the 29nth.

If you were around for this competition last year, you know that it showcased some of the best talent at Penn State and that there was an endless supply of good tunes pumping out of the Phyrst.

Tonights bands are:

No Chump Change, Henney and the Mitts, Keegan Tawa, And LoveStain

Here is the description from the facebook event..

The Phyrst Jam Sesh is an opportunity for State College bands and musicians of all genres to showcase their skills to as they battle it out in front of a packed house.

Beginning Monday April 1st, four bands will go head to head every Monday for a spot in the final event on Monday April 29th. The winner of the final showdown will get the grand prize: A gig at the Phyrst, a cash prize, and a year’s supply of Red Bull to keep the jam’s flowing!

The winners will be decided by both the fans, by voting for your favorite bands with Red Bull Tabs, and by a panel of judges!

This competition will have everything from smooth acoustic tunes to the hard-rocking grooves that the Phyrst is known for.

Let the tunes begin!


Monday April 1st

9:00-10:00 – No Chump Change
10:15-11:15 – Henney and the Mitts
11:30-12:30 – Keegan Tawa
12:45-1:45 – LoveStain


9:00-10:00 – The Pete and Duff Band
10:15-11:15 – The Red Eyes
11:30-12:30 – Big Feast
12:45-1:45 – Atlas Soundtrack


9:00-9:45 – The Chenoweth Project
10:00-10:45 – Cully
11:00-11:45 – Annelise Gaus
12:00-12:45 – ChrisTopher
1:00-1:45 – Tim Harakal


9:00-10:00 – Lenina Crown
10:15-11:15 – Fair Weather Pilots
11:30-12:30 – OHM
12:45-1:45 – The Hot Sauce


Check out this video from the Jam Sesh Last Year!

Talib Kweli Performing at PSU Tonight – March 27th

Lovers of underground hiphop rejoice! Talib Kweli is performing in the HUB Robeson Center tonight as part of the International Student Council’s World Culture Festival.

This particular event will take place at 7:00 PM in Alumni Hall.

Here is an old favorite from Black Star (Talib Kweli + Mos Def,) to get ou in the mood!

Interview with PSU Alumni DJ and Thre3Style Judge, Pete Butta

Photo Credit: Rahav Segev/Getty Images North America

State In The Real recently talked with Pete Butta, a PSU alum and DJ. He has a weekly residency at the Lion’s Den, and will be in town tonight to play an opening set at the Red Bull Thre3Style competition. After his set, he will help judge the event. Check out the interview below!

When did you first start your DJ career?
Pete: I started DJing when I was 16, but it wasn’t a career until my senior year of high school, when I got my first weekly residency.

When did you graduate from Penn State/what did you study?
Pete: December 2010 – I got a telecommunications degree, but mostly studied DJing on my own.

What are the main differences between the music scene in State College and Pittsburgh?
Pete: At Penn State, a lot of musicians and DJs are from different areas. I think that causes less collaboration and sharing of resources, where as in Pittsburgh that’s less of the case.

Who are the biggest influences on your music?
Pete: My biggest influences on my music are definitely my mentors. I also appreciate DJs like Diplo, DJ MOS, Fashen, and of course the king DJ AM.

What is your favorite music to spin? Does it vary with the venue?
Pete: It very much depends on venue and crowd. I enjoy playing all music, whatever makes the people dance!

What do you miss most about PSU?
Pete: I can’t pinpoint one thing I miss most – there are so many amazing things about Penn State.

What sets Thre3Style apart from regular DJ competitions?
Pete: DJing in Thre3style is different from any other situation!

What 3 genres did you spin when you competed and why?
Pete: I think I actually spun around 7 genres – Rap, Electronic, Eighties, Rock, Trap, Indie, & House. I wanted to go beyond playing just “3 styles” of music, while keeping it danceable.

What advice would you give to the competing DJs?
Pete: Be confident and show what you can do!!


Red Bull Thre3Style U Comes To Indigo – This Thursday (3/21)

On Thursday March 21st, Red Bull, in association with Antak Entertainment, is bringing Thre3Style U to Penn State. Thre3Style is a national DJ competition that combines creativity, mixing skills, and the ability to rock the house using 3 different genres of music in the same set! 2 days from now, Penn State’s best and brightest DJs will go head to head as they step out to the challenge.

“Each DJ will get one 15 minute performance where they have to play a minimum of 3 genres. Anything goes – from house anthems to old school hip hop to Top 40 remixes! BUT, repeating an already played track will result in a penalty. Judging categories are:
– Track Selection
– Originality & Creativity
– Mixing Skills
– Stage Presence
– Audience Response”

The winner will win the grand prize of $1000 and perform for the rest of the evening!

The DJs



Keegan Tawa


DJ Keigo


Mike Ginger


Mikey Lin

The competition will be hosted by Pittsburghs DJ Nugget and open up with a set from Pete Butta, PSU Alumni and professional DJ.  And to top everything off Indigo has some awesome drink specials to keep the Red Bull flowing all night. The specials will feature $2 Red Bull cans, $3 bombs from 10-12, $4 Red Bull & Smirnoff, and 5$ Red Bull Bacardi.

Doors open at 9 and admission is $3 but free before 10!

Check out this video we found of a recent Thre3Style winner throwing down his competition winning set!