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May 1, 2015

CONCERT ANNOUNCMENT: Movin’ On Brings the Flames



Movin’ On, the free, student run, mini music festival here at the Pennsylvania State University has out done themselves this year. The lineup is loaded with talent and is offering up some huge names. Headlined by popular Indie Electronic band Passion Pit, with strong supporting acts by notable G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean and weird EDM-type-group Big Gigantic, will lead to what might be their biggest turn out by students to date.


Passion Pit will be coming by right after dropping their newest album Kindred which is set to release in April. Already appearing with popular DJ Madeon on a new track called “Pay No Mind” you can see that Passion Pit is back stronger than ever. Mostly known for their hits “Sleepyhead,” “Little Secrets,” and “Take a Walk,” Passion Pit will bring their up-tempo, mega falsetto, sound to the IM Fields this may to lift everyone’s spirits. Lead singer, Michael Angelakos, is scene with a much more mature, almost happier tone of voice that has sparked a new fire in Passion Pit fans’ hearts. Just listening to their newest single,“Lifted Up (1985),” will have you dancing your heart out already. Passion Pit will surely bring favorites from their last two album as well,  look for there to be a crazy dance party and light show happening once their performance starts.


Big Sean is next and the Kanye West protege will not disappoint. Just coming off his new album: Dark Sky Paradise’s release, get ready to bump some intense beats when Sean hits the stage. Popular songs like “I Don’t Fuck With You” and “Blessings” should have Penn State student’s excited for Sean’s show. He’s going to bring a ton of energy and look for him to blast through everyone’s expectations.




Big Gigantic, an unusual electronic group that combines saxophone and other live instruments into their music. They sort of give off Girl Talk vibes although in the end they have very large differences that separate them. Still another great band to dance to, that will have everyone pumped up for the headliners that will be next to come. Movin’ On did great booking these guys as they will be the perfect compliment to get Penn State warmed up and moving.


New Politics, an up and coming Danish alternative band, is hear to uplift everyone’s spirits and add a nice exciting act to Movin’ On. They offer popular hits “Harlem” and “Yeah Yeah Yeah” to the mix and will bring energy to their performance (you see a common theme here yet?). A nice way to help start the day and a strong fourth band for sure.

Although Atmosphere might not be the most recognizable band being shown at Movin’ On this year they are still a force to be reckoned with. Having gained a slight cult following they will definitely bring their fans from Happy Valley out to Movin’ On this year. This hip hop group from Minneapolis, Minnesota, although not huge is definitely a big opening act to kick of this years festival.

All in all, Movin’ On has absolutely killed it booking awesome bands sure to make this 40 year anniversary definitely a special outing. It is a must go for all Penn State students looking to have a great weekend right before finals week. So come out and dance on May 1st with the rest of us. The music will be good and there is nothing else anyone could possibly ask for.

Start: May 1, 2015
End: May 2, 2015
Venue: IM Fields
University Park, PA, United States, 16802
Cost: FREE!

April 27, 2015

Songwriters Club Presents: An Evening with Shane Henderson & Mark Rose


Much like the Koffee with Koji event Songwriters Club held last semester, this event is sure to be a wonderful, intimate night of cafe-style food/beverages, music, and great conversation.  The night will be headlined by solo artists Shane Henderson (of Valencia) and Mark Rose (of Spitalfield,) with student openers Nicole Schaefer and Jake Baker.  Henderson and Rose will be performing original acoustic music amidst an industry workshop for aspiring musicians.

Mark Rose, former frontman of the indie/emo rock band Spitalfield, is the co-founder of an original music commissioning website, called Downwrite.  Topping the successes of his previous band may be difficult (Spitalfield toured for 10 years alongside  major acts, such as Fall Out Boy and Minus the Bear) However, he is well on his way to becoming a highly regarded singer-songwriter, with Alternative Press Magazine calling him a musician with the “style and emotion of a John Hughes movie soundtrack.” (Trust me, that’s a compliment.)

Shane Henderson is the former lead singer of rock/pop-punk band Valencia.  Hits like “The Spaces in Between” and “Where Did You Go” allowed the band to tour alongside Blink 182, Billy Talent, We the Kings, and the Cab.  Henderson continues to excel in his solo career, with AbsolutePunk lauding his first EP for “the quality guitar work, the melodic intricacies, the crisp percussion, and all the other details that make Control an essential listen.”

These two have a lot to say about their experiences with the music industry, so make sure to mark this on your calendars. All are welcome!


Start: April 27, 2015
End: April 27, 2015
Venue: The
244 E. Nittany Avenue, State College, PA, United States, 16801
Cost: $5

April 24, 2015

Lenina Crowne EP Release Party

Lenina Crowne has been busy off creating its secret weapon this semester, and after a lot of hard work and a lot of assistance from Kickstarter funding, the band is finally ready to unleash it.

Come on out to Chronic Town this Friday, April 24th to celebrate the release of Lenina Crowne’s long-awaited EP, Try a Gramme! An $8 charge at the door gets you in for the good times and sets you up with a digital download key code.  If you’re feeling extra supportive, bring extra cash to get your hands on some fresh, funky Lenina Crowne merch.



Start: April 24, 2015 9:00 pm
End: April 24, 2015 11:55 pm
Venue: Chronic Town
224 W College Ave., State College, PA, United States, 16801
Cost: $8

April 17, 2015

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.

Start: April 17, 2015
End: April 17, 2015
Venue: North Campus Arts Buildings
University Park

Passion Pit “Pinning” Contest on April 21st

Passion Pit's Kindred 4/21

A monumental online contest for Passion Pit is set to take place on April 21st on Penn State’s campus to promote Passion Pit’s highly anticipated album, Kindred, as well as their upcoming show on May 1st. The contest will take place April 21st starting at 10 a.m., the day of Kindred’s release.

The contest itself is a unique and fun way for students to be sneaky, while easily entering themselves into a social media contest to win a Passion Pit prize pack. All a student has to do to enter is find or get pinned with a “Passion Pit Pin.” A Passion Pit Pin is a clothespin that reads on one side, “Kindred 4/21 #PassionPitPSU.” The other side will read “Pic it, # &  Post it, Pass it on!” 100 pins will be distributed the day of the event randomly to students and will circulate around campus.

Passion Pit Pins

Passion Pit Pins

After a student finds or is clipped with a Passion Pit Pin they must take a photo of it, and put it onto any of their social media pages with the hashtag “#PassoinPitPSU.” Once someone takes a photo of the pin they are supposed to sneakily pin one of their friends or another unsuspecting victim.

A winner will be chosen from all those who entered at 10 a.m. on April 22nd, and announced through State in the Real’s social media accounts. The winner must be following State in the Real’s Facebook or Twitter account to be direct messaged.

Be sure to join the Facebook event for Passion Pit Pinning to keep up to date on an locations of the pins as well as our announced winner!

For more information regarding the Passion Pit Pin event, contact Sony Music Entertainment State College Representative, Brittany Hicks, at

Start: April 17, 2015
End: April 17, 2015
Venue: Penn State's Campus

March 29, 2015

Kevin Hart is Coming to the BJC



Set your calendars now, Kevin Hart is coming to the BJC on Sunday March 29, at 7:30.


Tickets are $47.50 and go on-sale this Friday at 10am at the Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, Altoona Campus Ticket Outlet, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.  VIP tickets are also available.

UNIVERSITY PARK STUDENTS – A special UPAC presale will begin this Wednesday, January 28 at Noon at the HUB Lounge, Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, and online at  A limited amount of tickets will be priced at $19.50 courtesy of UPAC. Regular student pricing will be $34.50



If there’s one thing KEVIN HART can do, it’s sell shoes.  If there’s one thing Kevin Hart can do better than sell shoes, it’s explode into one of the foremost comedians and entertainers in the industry today.


Hart has continued to work non-stop and 2015 is no exception.  Kevin will be seen in three comedies – Screen Gem’s The Wedding Ringer was just released January 16, Get Hard, opposite Will Farrell will be released March 27, and Ride Along 2, the sequel to last year’s one-hundred-million-dollar blockbuster hit of the same name will be released later this year.  The consummate worker, Hart is a force in television too, Executive Producing the show, Real Husbands of Hollywood which premiered its third season last September.  He also recently hosted Saturday Night Live on NBC.  With his passion for stand-up and entertainment Kevin also continues to tour his live stand-up to sold-out audiences around the country.


Kevin Hart began his career sizing men and women for footwear, when a chance, electrifying performance at amateur night in a Philadelphia comedy club changed his life.  Kevin quit his shoe salesman job and began performing full time at such venues as The Boston Comedy Club, Caroline’s, Stand-Up NY, The Laugh Factory, and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.  However, it was his first appearance at the “Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival” that led Kevin into roles in feature films such as Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3, and Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston.


In 2012, Hart was tapped to host the 2012 MTV VMA’s, garnering much industry praise for his appearance, before his next comedy tour, “Let Me Explain” took him to 90 American cities along with Europe and Africa.  Records have not withstood under his LME tour either, as Kevin became only the second American in history to sell out London’s O2 Arena. Kevin spent the fall of 2012 filming two movies back to back: Screen Gem’s re-make of Sexual Perversity titled About Last Night, and Universal’s buddy cop movie Ride Along, opposite Ice Cube.  Kevin continued his incredible run with a starring role in Screen Gem’s Think Like A Man, a comedy based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling book, which grossed $95 Million worldwide, and had a supporting role in the Universal, Nick Stoller comedy, Five Year Engagement, produced by Judd Apatow.


In September, 2011 Hart released “Laugh At My Pain,” the feature film version of his comedy tour (under the same name).   The movie grossed over $7 million, and was 2011’s most successful film of those released in less than 300 theaters.  The LAMP tour was so successful, it catapulted Hart to 2011’s number one comedian on Ticketmaster, and in February, 2011, he sold out the Nokia Theater for two nights in a row, breaking the record previously set by Eddie Murphy. This lead to the LAMP DVD hitting double platinum in February 2012, after being on sale for only a month.


In 2009, Hart’s one-hour Comedy Central special I’m A Grown Little Man became one of the highest rated specials for the network, and in 2010, Hart’s DVD Seriously…Funny was one of the fastest selling DVDs, going triple Platinum, aided by and the Comedy Central special of the same name, which was the highest rated comedy special of 2010.



Start: March 29, 2015 7:30 pm
End: March 29, 2015 7:30 pm