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Hoodie Allen Coming to Penn State

The Student Programming Association will be bringing Hoodie Allen on Saturday, September

13th, 2014. The event will take place at 10 pm, with doors opening at 9:30 pm, in Alumni Hall of the

HUB-Robeson Center. This is a ticketless event; it will run on a first come, first serve basis. The

concert is open to Penn State University Park students only, and students must have a current PSU

Student Photo ID at the time of the show. Press passes will be allocated to organizations that request

them in advance; there is a limit of 2 press passes (1 for a photographer and 1 for a writer).

Hoodie Allen is an American pop-rapper best known for his billboard charting album All

American and mixtape singles: “Fame is for Assholes” and “You Are Not a Robot.” He began his

career as a part of the hip-hop duo Steve Witz and Obey City, a group that received nominations for

MTVU’s Best Music on Campus award in 2009.

Hoodie was raised in Long Island, and upon graduating in 2010 from University of Penn, took

a job with Google – but continued making music and performing in his spare time. In 2011, Hoodie

released his third mix tape Leap Year that he described as his “leap of faith” as he left Google to

pursue music fulltime. He has since released two more albums; All American and Americoustic as well

as the Crew Cuts mixtape. He has collaborated with various artists such as Chiddy, Shwayze, and

Chance the Rapper, and he plans to drop his newest album People Keep Talking October 14, 2014.

New Calvin Harris Song to Premiere Sunday

Calvin Harris, the DJ that won over our hearts this past summer with his infectious hit, “Summer”, will be releasing his next single on Sunday. Harris previewed a sample of the song on his Instagram earlier, but you will have to wait until Sunday to hear it in full. and no the song will not be called “Fall.”


The song, seemingly, called Blame will feature John Newman. The British singer will provide lyrics to the song. So set your clocks for Sunday and be ready to have your ears blown, in a good way, of course.


ICEAGE Stream Adventurous New Album

       ICEAGE have posted their new album, Plowing Into The Field of Love, on YouTube.  It’s available to stream in full, below.  The Danish quartet are plowing into fields of cowboy-ass punk with this new venture; cowpunk, if you will.  Listen below and watch for a full review post soon.  Plowing Into The Field of Love will be released October 6 in Europe and October 7 in the U.S.

80s Supergroup ASIA to Play The State Theatre

In 1981 a supergroup formed by four alumni of the leading 1970s British progressive rock bands exploded onto Top-40 radio, arena stages around the world, and then-emerging MTV with the hit singles “Only Time Will Tell” and “Heat of the Moment” from their quadruple-platinum self-titled debut album, Asia.  The original lineup of John Wetton (King Crimson), Steve Howe (Yes), Geoff Downes (The Buggles and Yes) and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) had a string of sellout concerts, radio hits, heavy-rotation MTV videos, and platinum-selling albums through the mid-1980s.

Subsequently ASIA went through multiple lineups, always retaining supergroup status by drawing new members from the ranks of leading bands, never completely fading from view but never quite duplicating their overwhelming early success. Then in 2006, the  four original members reunited to record new music and to show another generation of audiences what the excitement had been about in the beginning.

The State Theatre is proud to bring the original ASIA (with YouTube guitar sensation Sam Coulson replacing Howe) to its stage on September 18, 2014, at 8:00 PM. Concertgoers can expect to hear the hits, tunes from the new album Gravitas, and some classics from the members’ other bands played at astonishingly high levels of musicianship. If you enjoyed the State’s sellout shows with Kansas and Blue Oyster Cult, you won’t want to miss this showcase of classic arena rock in the intimate setting of Friedman Auditorium.

Tickets will be priced at $38 in the balcony, $43 in the orchestra, and $48 for the Gold Circle and are available from the Theatre’s box office (814-272-0606) or website. Complete concert information can be found at: .  For interviews, stories, press passes, and complimentary tickets please send all requests to

Afrobeat Stars Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 Come to The State Theatre

Oluseun Anikulapo (Seun) Kuti, the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, comes with his father’s band, Egypt 80, to the State Theatre stage on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 8:30 PM. Seun began playing with Egypt 80 at eight years old and became its leader upon his father’s death just six years later. About three-quarters of the current band consists of musicians who who played (and joined in political protests, and even went to jail) with Fela.

Seun Kuti and Egypt 80’s show combines homage to Fela’s catalog with Seun’s own compositions and musical innovations to the Afrobeat tradition. Like his father (who Will Hermes of NPR has described as a “weed-puffing folk hero, energetic polygamist, political rabble-rouser and all-around badass,” as well as a groundbreaking composer and bandleader) Seun is both a political activist and original musical voice. There’s thought-provoking content in his lyrics, but the audience is most likely to leave the Theatre thinking “irresistibly exuberant dance band.”

Recent attendees of the State Theatre’s thrilling Tinariwen and Afro-Cuban All-Stars shows will find this one a great followup. If you missed those, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 will be the perfect make-up introduction to World Music.

Tickets will be priced at $22 for students and $27 for the general public and are available from the Theatre’s box office (814-272-0606) or website. Complete concert information can be found at: For interviews, stories, press passes, and complimentary tickets please send all requests to

Alternative Press Hosts First Annual AP Music Awards

What do you do when someone has a huge party every year and doesn’t invite you or any of your friends? You throw your own. And that’s exactly what Alternative Press did in creating the first annual Alternative Press Music Awards. AP has always been on the forefront of covering underground and alternative music that often go unrecognized in the mainstream. Since many of the artists that they love would never be recognized by awards ceremonies like the Grammys, they created a show of their own to give them recognition. The event was hosted by the always funny Mark Hoppus, who explained why AP decided to have such an event: “Because no one was going to do it for them.”

The APMAS were held in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The event was outside, which was a gamble that worked out well for everyone. Nice weather and good music all around made for a great show for the 6000+ attendees. With appearances and performances from artists like Joan Jett, Slash, Billy Corgan, The Misfits, A Day to Remember, Pierce the Veil, Yellowcard, twenty|one|pilots, All Time Low, Every Time I Die, letlive., Sleeping with Sirens, and many, many more, the event was just that much better.

The focus of the show was the award portion. The award came in the form of a small statue called a “Skully.” Fans voted online in the weeks leading up to the show about who they thought should win each award. A number of talented bands and musicians won the 15 awards given out this year, and they were:

Best Vocalist – Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco
Best Live Band – Pierce The Veil
Breakthrough Band – Crown The Empire
Best Bassist – Jaime Preciado, Pierce The Veil
Best International Band – Bring Me The Horizon
Artist Philanthropic Award – All Time Low
Best Guitarist – Phil Manansala, Of Mice &Men
Vanguard Award – Billy Corgan
Best Drummer – Mike Fuentes, Pierce The Veil
Icon Award – Joan Jett
Most Dedicated Fans – Black Veil Brides
Guitar Legend Award – Slash
Song Of The Year – All Time Low w/Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil
Album Of The Year – Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal
Artist Of The Year – Fall Out Boy

While the awards were meant to be the focus of the show, there were incredible performances keeping the show going the entire night. Joan Jett performed on stage with Slash playing lead guitar. Twenty|one|pilots rocked the entire park when lead singer Tyler scaled the scaffolding and sung from above the lighting rig, while drummer Josh played on top of a board held up solely by audience members. All Time Low played multiple songs, joined by pop-punk veterans Yellowcard and New Found Glory. Sleeping with Sirens played their song “Alone,” joined by Cleveland-native Machine Gun Kelly. Body Count played a set with some angry words from Ice-T. A Day to Remember put on a performance that even Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry said he enjoyed greatly (my parents think it just sounds like noise). The Misfits got scary with their brand of horrorpunk once it was dark outside. All of their performances were brought together by the supportive playing of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.

The existence of this event is significant for the alternative music scene. For a long time, bands in underground and alternative scenes have gone unrecognized- not only by award shows, but by other big players, like record labels. There has always been a DIY ethic for many bands in underground music scenes, and AP has shown that it can stretch farther than just releasing music on your own. Instead of hoping you get invited to an award show (which you probably never will), throw your own. The fact that this show ran the way it did, and received as much support as it did, shows that this music scene is strong and tight-knit (it now gives us another thing to rally around). And the message, as many speakers repeated all night, was that this show was for us. For the fans. For the kids who love this music.

Not only was the award show in itself a victory for the scene- there were a number of other things that were well done about it as a standalone production. The inclusion of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra was extremely well orchestrated. They weren’t just introducing presenters and speakers with intro music. They were playing along with every performance, and it was done well. It added a great live element to performances that was unexpected.

AP also made an excellent choice of a host in Mark Hoppus. He’s experienced and funny, and didn’t take himself too seriously, which worked perfectly. One of the best parts of the entire show was Mark Hoppus bringing it all together.

The outdoor venue worked really well. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are usually held inside, so it was surprising to see that this event was completely outside. But with beautiful weather and the lake right next to us, the environment and show were that much better.

The history lesson was a nice touch as well. Many new readers of AP/fans of the bands nominated for awards are younger. A good portion of them are clueless about alternative bands and musicians that originally paved the way for bands that exist today. Having older musicians like Joan Jett, Slash, Billy Corgan and The Misfits speak and perform was nice, because it really reminded everyone where many of these bands came from (and gave something for parents accompanying their kids to enjoy during the night. One dad next to me was rocking out hard to The Misfits).

While I would say the APMAS were a big success, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t problems along the way. Early on in the show there were a number of mic problems. Backing audio tracks played before they were supposed to. The first award of the show was delayed in being announced because the presenters were sent on stage without the Skully or an envelope telling them who the winner was. The video screens went black a few times during the show. And while the screens worked most of the time, the videos prepared for the show were often incorrect or poorly prepared, showing the wrong band member for an award (ex: showing the band’s singer when the award was for Best Drummer), or in some cases, even showing the wrong band on screen (ex: I believe the video screen said All Time Low and showed a Pierce the Veil video, or visa-versa). The live audience also sometimes felt forgotten, when the show went to a commercial break and the audio cut out, leaving us in silence for a minute or two at times before the orchestra members started playing music after looking at each other confused during that time. Additionally, I thought it was odd that Fall Out Boy only played one song to close out the show, after they had just won the Artist of the Year award, and when almost every other band had been allowed to play two songs (some bands played four or five songs). (Also, since Joan Jett played all of her songs with a guest joining her on stage, I thought it was a missed opportunity that she didn’t play “I Love Rock n Roll” with a number of people on stage with her, but I digress.)

Even with the mishaps included, the show was a victory for our scene. The fact that one of the biggest magazines and tour production companies from the scene threw this event (Alternative Press and the company that produces Warped Tour) may seem a big incestuous, but they know what they’re doing and what they’re talking about. It was a quality production (that needs to work out a few kinks for next year) that recognizes and gives exposure to hard working bands in this alternative music scene, and it further enforces the DIY mentality. This scene has made a place for itself, and it’s here to stay.