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I have a confession to make…

I have a confession to make… I used to be a music hoarder.. or maybe an artist or band hoarder is a more correct term to use. This wretched disease caused me to seek out awesome new bands and learn all about them (mostly through their wiki page). Then, I would hide them from the world. I would do everything in my power to make sure no one else found out about them. This attempt was mostly in vein, since you can’t really hide a band, that is signed to a label, from the world, forever. They would stay neatly stashed in my stockpile until inevitably, at some point, someone would find one of my secret bands and out them to the whole world, or at least my whole tenth grade, high school world. This made me so uneasy. That was MY band, that I worked so hard to find and conceal, that you just told everyone and their mother to listen to because they are ‘sooooo good’. How in gods earth am I supposed to continue to listen to a band that everyone else is now obsessing over. I’m not.

Then, one day, I found out that everyone was secretly listening to my absolute favorite band. I tried to deny to myself that everyone knew about MY favorite “secret” band but when one of my friends posted their lyrics on social media, I could deny it no longer. That was the last straw. I could no longer obsess over having my secret bands. I wouldn’t freely go round suggesting them to everyone but I would also strive to not have negative feelings toward the fact that others enjoyed these bands too.

It took me another 3 years or so to come to the point where I would openly discuss new bands with my friends. Discussions with strangers and newcomers, however, were out of the question. These artists were scared to me. They made me feel things that no other human could.  The words they spoke and the melody’s they play were for my ears only, like a private concert with an album of songs that were written just for my soul. How could I know that these strangers were worthy of being graced with the angelic tunes of my precious bands. I couldn’t. So I didn’t.

Over the next couple years and a few big life changes later (moving to college, meeting the song writers club kids, and spending a summer at an organic camp with a bunch of hippie kids) I became comfortable discussing music with anyone and everyone. I would freely share bands, songs and albums like it was my job…. Then it became my job. I joined State in The Real and was required to inform the world about all the new music that was released every Tuesday, including some albums by my old favorite ‘stockpile’ bands. Soon I was promoted to the position of local music chair and now it’s my responsibility to connect local, up and coming bands, with the writers that can promote them and spread their name far and wide.

It took some time and a lot of personal growth until I became “musically mature”. I was a long hard road but I overcame it. Now I share music freely and even yearn to share new music with anyone and everyone. I think that it is important for us to support artists by spreading their content, especially if it is good. Stop being afraid that they are going to sell out because you told one person about them. (#protip If a band is going to sell out they are going to do it with or without your help). So knock it of. Stop being a music hoarder and get your sweet self some help. Reevaluate your life. Have a moment of silence. Meditate or something. Whatever you need to do to snap yourself out of this weird, egotistical habit and share freely.

If you or someone you know has a music hoarding problem, help is available. Please contact your local State in The Real writer and ask them to post an article about your favorite ‘stockpiled’ band or artist in a “music you should be listening to” post. I’m Not kidding. Go do it.



Cheap drinks and good music is what punk is all about, at its core.  This Thursday night you can find both at the Brewery (223 E Beaver Ave, State College, Pennsylvania 16801).  The open mic starts at 10pm and bands begin at 11pm.

The Facebook event page can be found here

open mic:
Derek Demarco – (acoustic) 10:00 – 10:15pm
Matt Chrisopher – (TCYK, sprwws) 10:20 – 10:35pm
Elizebeth Findley – (pianist) 10:40 – 10:55pm

Kevo Can’t Dance (acoustacore) 11:00 – 11:20pm
The Eastern Portrait (pop punk) 11:30 – 12:15am
Hot Jam Factory (freak out) 12:30 – 1:30am

SPA Presents: MTV's Girl Code and Guy Code Comedians

The Student Programming Association Announces Performances from Girl Code and Guy Code Comedians

Three Comics from the Hit MTV Shows will Appear at Alumni Hall

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (October 30, 2014) – The Student Programming Association

LateNight committee is excited to announce that Kevin Barnett, Nicole Byer and Alice

Wetterlund, three comics from the successful MTV shows Girl Code and Guy Code, will

perform in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center on Saturday Nov. 15 at 10 p.m.. The event

is free and ticketless as guests only need their student IDs for entrance.

Guy Code, the most-watched original series in MTV2 history, is a popular comedy television

series that features athletes, comedians, celebrities and other notable figures commenting on a

code of conduct that exists between men. Kevin Barnett is a series regular and has appeared in

films and videos for College Humor, Funny as Hell and Adam Devine’s House Party.

Following the 2011 debut of Guy Code, MTV premiered a spinoff series entitled Girl Code in

April 2013. Girl Code includes many notable female comics, actresses and musicians discussing

sisterhood and the code of conduct that exists between women. Nicole Byer, an MTV favorite, is

a comedian who has worked on shows such as 30 Rock and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Alice

Wetterlund, another Girl Code regular, has featured in the popular shows New Girl and Betas.

SPA’s LateNight committee is thrilled to bring another diverse and entertaining act to Penn

State. To learn more about the Girl Code, Guy Code event, as well as other upcoming SPA

performances, lectures and activities, visit

Contact: Amy Hopf

Student Programming Association Marketing Chair, (267)-319-4799

Autumn Strausbaugh

Student Programming Association Late Night Chair, (814)-671-4829

Billy Joel to Perform at BJC




Public on-sale Friday, October 31 at 10am


Live Nation has announced that Billy Joel will perform at the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, December 5, 2014.  The performance marks Billy Joel’s first solo headlining appearance at the Jordan Center since 1997.

Billy Joel is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world.  Having sold over 150 million albums globally, his music has remained among the most popular in the world.  The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist.

Recently, Joel was honored by Steinway & Sons with a painted portrait that hangs in Steinway Hall in Manhattan, the first non-classical pianist to be immortalized in the collection.  He played to more than 110,000 fans when he performed the final concerts at Shea Stadium, featured in the 2010 documentary film “The Last Play At Shea.”  This week, Joel will receive The Kennedy Center Honor, one of the United States’ top cultural awards.

Billy Joel has received six GRAMMY® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. He has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards. His music has also served as the inspiration and score for the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway play “Movin’ Out.”

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 at 10:00 AM through THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 10:00 PM. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public beginning 10 AM on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 via, all Bryce Jordan Center ticket outlets, and by calling 800-745-3000.

Penn State Alum "The U" announced as opener for Kid Ink: EXCLUSIVE Interview

State in the Real has just been exclusively informed that Ugochukwu Onyianta better known as “The U” has been asked to be an opener for Kid Ink’s December 2nd show at Eisenhower auditorium. The concert was just announced today, and tickets are on sale now at

During his time at Happy Valley, The ‘U’ was a heavyweight in Penn State’s Underground Music Circuit, and is now currently signed to Williamsport PA based record label “Dyhard Entertainment”. We talked about his excitement to open for Kid Ink, his musical inspirations and his dream collaborations.

What are you most excited about to open for Kid Ink?

I’m just excited to do what I do and share the stage with one of the hottest artists in the game hopefully we can set up a collab because my fans would go nuts if I could pull that off.

What does your love of music stem from? 

I always loved music from a young age. I wasn’t allowed to listen to Rap Music as a kid so I would watch MTV and VH1 and become obsessed with Pop, Alternative, and Rock Music. Beck, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, The Mighty Mighty Boss Stones, Meredith Brooks, Aerosmith etc were all in heavy rotations when I was a kid and when I eventually got into rap when I was older in Middle and Prep School, my world changed.

What are your musical influences?

Beck, Anthony Kiedis, Jimi Hendrix, Wale, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco, Lloyd Banks, Fabolous, and Jay-Z.

What would you describe your sound as?

My sound/style is often classified as Alternative/Back-Pack/Hipster Rap. I just call it words like: undeniable, honest, real, eclectic, vivid, and original. I don’t sound like anybody and nobody sounds like me at the end of the day.


What inspires you to write? 

Life, Sports, Pop Culture, Mainstream Culture, Race, Family, Love, Joy, Heartbreak, Pain, Struggle, Journey,Triumph, and basically anything I have seen or experienced in my brief time on Earth. I pray to make it to 90 like my Grandfather because there’s so much more out there for me to experience.

You have been making music for quite a while now, how do you think your sound has evolved? And how do you think State College’s music scene has helped you jump start your career?

My sound is on another level right now and its both exciting and gratifying. I have amazing world-class producers like Crisis, Jungle Noise Productions, CinaMatics, Killa Kake, Oren Spiegel, and Tyler Barnes who have taken The ‘U’ sound to places I never would’ve imagined. My time at Penn State from 2009-2011 taught me how to perform, interact with a crowd, command a stage, and manage a following. The majority of my fans are comprised of people people from Philly & Pittsburgh thanks to my Penn State Years.

What is your favorite part about performing?

The energy and fire the crowd provides is probably my favorite aspect. As well as I absolutely love rapping my words. I write all of my own music and its all original so its straight from the heart and is an out of body experience at times on stage.

If you could collaborate with any one musician who would it be? 

I have to say three people because I cant pick one, sorry! Kanye West who’s one of my biggest heroes and changed the rap game forever when he went from producer to MC. Wale who lit the fuse in me to start rapping and showed me its ok to love what you do and be yourself. And finally, Katy Perry. Besides the fact that I’m in love with her, shes got so much swag and she’s an amazing singer and artist and I know we would make a once in a generation type record if we got together!

We at State in the Real are tremendously excited to see The ‘U’ perform as an opener for Kid Ink, and thank him for this interview.

Check out The ‘U’ and his fellow artists from Dyhard Entertainement on their Facebook, Youtube and Sound Cloud!