State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

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Jars of Clay To Perform at The State Theatre

Jars of Clay, a Christian alternative rock band, are performing at The State Theatre on October 9th at 8PM. Tickets for general admission are $25 and VIP tickets are $35. The VIP tickets include merchandise and a meet and greet.

The Nashville group is celebrating two decades together with their 20th Anniversary Tour. Jars of Clay have released eleven studio albums over the span of their career and they have won three Grammy’s for their albums Much Afraid, If I Left the Zoo, and The Eleventh Hour. The band is widely known for their creative blending of folk, alternative, and R&B.

Check out their new song, “Fall Asleep” from their latest album, Inland.

Childish Gambino Releases Rough Cut of "Sober"


Yesterday, Childish Gambino released a new track, “Sober” via SoundCloud. The song is a rough cut from his upcoming mixtape, STN MTN/KAUAI, a Gansta Grillz project involving fellow rapper/actor Jaden Smith. According to an interview with Hot 97 last week, the tape will be released within the next two weeks. This track marks Gambino’s second release in the past three weeks alongside “Candler Road”.

In his new jam, Childish Gambino sings about sobriety, or lack thereof, over airy keys and a funky bass line. “Sober” features no rapping, an interesting change of pace for a musician that includes a verse in the majority of his popular songs. Near the three minute mark, the song breaks into a minimalist drop centered around drunken keys, a guitar solo, and some nasty fuzz bass reminiscent of the drop in “Zealots of Stockholm” from Gambino’s last studio effort, Because the Internet.

Tedeschi Trucks Band Is Coming To The BJC


Tedeschi Trucks Band is coming to the Bryce Jordan Center on Thursday, December 9th at 7:30pm. The band will be accompanied by special guest Alan Evans Playonbrother, featuring Alan Evans of Soulive.

The band was formed in 2010 by husband-and-wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and featuring two harmony singers, a three-piece horn section, keyboards, bass and a pair of drummers. The roots-rock powerhouse Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB) have toured extensively, co-headlining tours with the likes of B.B. King and The Black Crowes.

TTB’s debut release Revelator, produced at the couple’s Swamp Raga home studio, earned both a Grammy and Blues Music Award. Currently, the band is touring in support of its second studio effort, Made up Mind.

Tickets are $39.50 and $69.50 and go on-sale Friday, September 12 at 10am at the Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, online at, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Check out their new song “Made Up Mind” below.


"Return of the Native Sons and Daughters" at the State Theatre


On November 8, 2014, the State Theatre will be hosting “Return of the Native Sons and Daughters”, a concert that  features performances from local State College acts and musicians from all over Central Pennsylvania. Some of the better known acts of the event are Jmac & Junior, Pure Cane Sugar, and Ted McCloskey. The last “Return” took places in 2012 and, “If you’re not at this show, you will miss out on the best show this fall,” remarked Greg Ray, manager of the State Theatre.

The full line-up will be The Strayers, Erin Condo & the Hoofties, Jmac & Junior, Pure Cane Sugar, Ted McCloskey and the Hifi’s, Eric Ian Farmer, Chris Rattie & The Brush Valley Rumblers, Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, Hannah Bingman, and The Tommy Roberts.

For more information about the show or to purchase tickets visit or call 814-272-0606. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $20.

Check out “Things You Said” by Jmac and Junior below.


Borgore Brings Trap To Levels



It’s Friday and there isn’t a home football game tomorrow so many Penn State students are either heading home or driving to New Jersey for the Rutgers game. During non-home game weekends, Thursday nights tend to be a one evening substitution for an entire weekend of shenanigans for PSU students. This mentality was reflected with great fury and pride at the Borgore show last night at Levels.

Borgore has a large enough following that selling out a show at Levels isn’t much of a challenge. When I arrived at the venue several hours after the doors had opened, it was no surprise that there was still a line that stretched passed Jimmy John’s. Luckily, there were two entrances, one for the Happy Meal crowd and one for those of us over 21, so this thankful 22 year old reporter was able to make it in to Levels without any wait. To my surprise, even the opener, which is usually a pretty tame event, had the packed 1st floor crowd fist bumping and jumping for his whole set.

And then Borgore came out.

To me, the man, myth and legend that is Borgore is an exact embodiment of the music that he creates. The dude had Levels employees rushing shots out to him while he DJed. He jumped around, he fist bumped, he hollered at the audience. The man is trap.

The sound system and light show for Borgore were fantastic. The projector behind him juxtaposed images of twerking behinds next to Illuminati symbols, a fitting showing for a man with a discography of songs including “Illuminati” and “Ratchet”. During the first portion of his set, Borgore did a great job of hyping up the audience between songs, but when it became clear that ratchet levels were at max capacity, he didn’t even pause between songs, gliding seamlessly between tracks without breaks. Borgore played all his hits, from “Decisions” to “Wild Out” to “Nympho”, and threw in trap mixes of Queen, “Wiggle”, and Drake.

I don’t even remember how he mixed up that Queen song. It was crazy.

The dance floor on the first level was a force to be reckoned with. Symbolic American flags and Israeli banners waved overhead as both ratchet and civil alike gathered for a three hour fist bumping dance fest. The floor was packed from opener to encore and there was no way you were getting anywhere near the stage unless you were particularly violent in your dance moves or you arrived at 7. Those who survived the longest had chugged a few gallons of water prior to the concert.

How would I sum up the show in one sentence? It was the ratchetest, trapiest show I’ve ever been to and if you missed it, you will forever live your life in constant regret. That sounds about right. It was an amazing time and if I ever get the chance to see Borgore again, I will be in the front row.

Check out his new album #NEWGOREORDER.


Photo Credit: Alex Neal

The Ultimate Fall Playlist: 2014 Mix


Welcome back to school kids.

I know you’ve been busy with homework, wild antics at football games, and sanction based rallies, but it’s time for a music lesson.

First question.

What are the ten best songs of Fall 2014? You don’t know? Well then. Let me enlighten you.

I present, for your listening pleasure, the ultimate playlist for Fall 2014. Ten tracks from Fall 2014 all mixed and mashed into one beautiful playlist.


1. “Do You”, Spoon

2. “Best Friend”, Foster the People

3. “Chandler Road”, Childish Gambino

4. “Happy Idiot”, TV on the Radio

5. “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”, Drake

6. “Never Catch Me”, Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar

7. “King Of The Fall”, The Weeknd

8. “The Waters”, Mick Jenkins

9. “All The Rage Back Home”, Interpol

10. “Wonderful Everyday: Arthur” Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment