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The Tommy Roberts Strike Again With 'The Moon'

Remember about a month ago when we debuted The Tommy Roberts‘ single ‘Walking Back?’ Remember how awesome it was? Well, following the release of their self-entitled album, these fine lads are back at it again, generously releasing yet another single entitled ‘The Moon.’

A departure from their characteristic American roots rock sound, the song presents a whole new funk dynamic to the duo. From the very beginning of the song, you know you’re in for a treat. The intro is comprised of a musical conversation between an acoustic guitar and what I can only describe as a “popping bubble” electric guitar effect that Brian Cleary contributes. Soon after, Nathan Cutshall’s vocals make an entrance in the form of a smooth, rhythmic rap…and the song only gets better from there.

Cutshall explains that the song was inspired by a friend (shout-out to Christian Fetterman) who wrote the repeated line “how you get to the moon.” A year later, Cutshall decided to further develop Fetterman’s idea into a full story, drawing upon inspirations from one of his favorite musicians, G. Love.

The Tommy Roberts have a lot to offer the local music scene in State College, and this song is just one more example of their adaptability and creativity. I can’t wait to see what else Cleary and Cutshall have in store for us.  But hey, don’t take my word for it.  Give it a listen, and fall in love with it yourselves.  The locals’ lauded album is currently available for purchase on CD Baby and Bandcamp.

And if you’re someone who appreciates the art of live performances, the group has a show coming up at the State Theater on November 8 with the Return of the Native Sons and Daughters.

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