State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Alanna Yao

Jay-Z and Coldplay Set To Co-Headline New Year's Eve Concert


On December 31st, Jay-Z and Coldplay will be ringing in the new year by co-headlining a special concert together at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. What could be better than celebrating 2013 by jamming out to your favorite Jay-Z and Coldplay tracks? I couldn’t tell you. The two are no strangers to playing together, as they both performed in London at the 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony and in Las Vegas for New Years two years ago. This concert seems like it’s going to be one unforgettable night, so don’t miss out! Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 17th at 10 A.M. EST.

Ellie Goulding Announces North American Tour


That’s right, kids! English pop darling Ellie Goulding released her North American tour dates today, and it looks like us Penn Staters are going to have to make the trip out to Philadelphia to see her. The Halcyon Days Tour kicks off on Wednesday, January 16th in Miami, FL and finishes off in Los Angeles, CA mid-February. We can expect to see Ellie belting out tunes from her latest album, Halcyon, which was released in the US on October 9th. Hopefully she’ll throw in some hits from her debut album, Lights as well! Check out the full listing of tour dates below:


Wed 16th Jan 2013 – The Fillmore Miami Beach – Miami, FL

Thu 17th Jan 2013 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL

Fri 18th Jan 2013 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

Sun 20th Jan 2013  – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD

Mon 21st Jan 2013 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY

Wed 23rd Jan 2013 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA

Fri 25th Jan 2013 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA

Sat 26th Jan 2013 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC

Mon 28th Jan 2013 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI

Tue 29th Jan 2013 – Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

Wed 30th Jan 2013 – The Pageant – St Louis, MO

Fri 1st Feb 2013 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO

Sat 2nd Feb 2013 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT

Mon 4th Feb 2013 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

Tue 5th Feb 2013 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC

Wed 6th Feb 2013 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR

Fri 8th Feb 2013 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA

Tue 12th Feb 2013 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA

The xx Gets Wet In New Music Video

Indie pop band The xx released a brand new music video for their song “Chained” today. The trio from London spent two days underwater filming this video, which was directed by Young Replicant. The track is from the band’s sophomore album, Coexist, which was released last month on September 5th.


Official Track Listing for Taylor Swift's Red

T-Swizzle just released the track listing for her fourth album, entitled Red. Are you guys ready for 16 new songs about heartbreak and falling in love? I know I am! So far, Taylor has already released three of the 16 album tracks as singles. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, “Begin Again” and “Red” are all available on iTunes, while Red will be available in stores on Monday, October 22!

1. State Of Grace
2. Red
3. Treacherous
4. I Knew You Were Trouble.
5. All Too Well
6. 22
7. I Almost Do
8. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
9. Stay Stay Stay
10. The Last Time
11. Holy Ground
12. Sad Beautiful Tragic
13. The Lucky One
14. Everything Has Changed
15. Starlight
16. Begin Again

Lana Del Rey Drops Two New Singles

Self-proclaimed “gangster Nancy Sinatra,” Lana Del Rey, just recently dropped two new singles leading up to the release of Born To Die – The Paradise Edition. The Paradise Edition features 9 new tracks from the New York City native. “Ride” and “Blue Velvet” are both songs featured on the album, which drops on November 13th. Lana fans, you will not be disappointed! On these two singles, Lana manages to maintain her retro vibe and dark, broody sound. I don’t know about you guys, but these new tracks have me ridiculously excited for the special edition release! Hopefully they will tide you over until next month.

Two Door Cinema Club's Beacon Album Review

Irish indie rockers, Two Door Cinema Club, dropped their sophomore album this past week and let’s just say that they did not disappoint. After the success of their debut album, Tourist History, released in 2010, fans were highly anticipating some great new indie pop tracks from the boys. The new album, entitled Beacon, was produced by U2 producer Jacknife Lee and delivers with the same old upbeat, catchy, electro guitar tunes we know and love, but with a new level of maturity. The band wanted to delve deeper into the emotions on their sophomore album which they definitely achieved. The opening song, “Next Year,” is one of my favorites because it possesses some solid guitar, electronics and optimistic lyrics. The trio also managed to show off their versatility by taking some of their tracks down a notch. My choice mellow track from the album is definitely “Sun” with its addictive chorus and lyrics of being in love (don’t judge me). Overall, the boys of Two Door Cinema Club delivered on their sophomore album by providing listeners with a new fresh sound along with their signature electro-pop vibe. I will definitely be picking this album up! If you want to take a listen to the full album before deciding to purchase it, check out the stream at the end of this post.

Choice Mellow Track: “Sun”