State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Devon Wescott

Local band ellipsis takes a break




Breaking into the music scene is difficult, no matter what stage of the game you’re in.  Whether you’re an artist trying to make it big in LA, a band playing shows across the country, or even a local band in a small college town, the life of a musician is not an easy one.  State College and its music scene is no different.  In a small town with a plethora of bars and nightlife entertainment, there’s no shortage of bands or late night sounds to be heard.  However, the top choice of bar music these days have been cover bands.  My Hero Zero and Go Go Gadget have built popular reputations for themselves, yet most of the music played at their shows are covers or compilations of popular songs on the radio.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with this choice of musical style, and I myself have had many a fun night jamming along to these bands.  But in a scene where most of us are content to have a local band simply put their own spin on popular songs, where is the hope for local bands trying to introduce us to their own original music?  This is the issue local band “ellipsis” has encountered, and is the reason behind his recently announced hiatus.  Seemingly frustrated with State College’s contentment with cover bands and regurgitated radio hits, ellipsis has decided to move on from our little town in search of venues more supportive of up-and-coming artists with their own original music.  We at State in the Real, as a supporter of all local music, wish him the best in his future endeavors.


ellipsis’ last show will be tonight at the Arena Sports & Entertainment Bar & Grill.  Be sure to come out and support them.  Check out ellipsis’s message to their fans on his Facebook page link below

New Borgore Waka Flocka Flame and Paige Track


Prepare yourself for the track that’s sure to become the latest EDM banger of the fall.  Borgore’s latest song “Wild Out” is a genre collab of epic proportions.  Featuring the rap skills of Waka Flocka Flame pinned against the angelic voice of pop singer Paige, “Wild Out” is a unique blend of genres.  Of course, a Borgore song wouldn’t be the same without his signature heavy dubstep influences.  The drop is sick, to say the least, and the bass will shake your brain.  The song flows from synthetics, rap lyrics, silky smooth chorus lines, and heavy hitting bass drops, and will be sure to have your head bouncing the whole time you listen.  The track will be available on October 15th, and both Borgore and Waka Flaka Flame  will be on tour with Steve Aoki this winter.  Check out the track below!

New Krewella Song ft. Patrick Stump and Travis Barker

Prepare for an eargasm of epic proportions.  The unlikeliest of collabs is here to blow your mind.  Krewella dropped a sick new song called “Dancing with the Devil” featuring Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy as well as Travis Barker, the well-known and widely respected drummer of Blink-182.

The song does not disappoint, that’s for sure.  Starting out with a quick up-tempo intro, the song features female vocals in the beginning, segwaying into a blend of Patrick Stump’s easily recognizable voice intertwined with the lighter vocals.  Amidst the synths and heavy bass, you can hear Travis Barker’s awesome drums in the background.  The unlikely combination of artists and genres gives us a fresh new sound to get the weekend started off right.  Prepare your headphones and check out the track below.


Punk Goes Christmas!!


Christmas came early this year for punk fans, as the track list for “Punk Goes Christmas” was just released today. The album will be out November 5th, just in time to get you in the Christmas spirit.


Check out the full tracklist below:

New Found Glory- Nothing for Christmas

All Time Low- Fool’s Holiday

Real Friends- I Had a Heart

Man Overboard- Father Christmas

The Summer Set- This Christmas

Crown The Empire- There Will Be No Christmas

Yellowcard- Christmas Lights

Issues- Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

Jason Lancaster (of Go Radio)- All I Can Give You

Set It Off- This Christmas Day (I’ll Burn It To The Ground)

The Ready Set- I Don’t Wanna Spend Another Christmas Without You

William Beckett- Do You Hear What I Hear


New A Day to Remember Song!!

A Day to Remember fans, rejoice!  Despite being embroiled in a legal battle with Victory Records, the self-proclaimed “popcore” band from Ocala, Florida has promised fans they won’t let the situation keep their music down.  A Day to Remember has been involved in a legal dispute with record label, but the band has recently announced they plan to release the album themselves, and the expected drop date for their fifth album, Common Courtesy, is October 8th.

The band has kept their promise of not letting anyone get in the way of their music, and have debuted a song off their new album while on their most recent tour, the House Party Tour.

The song, titled “Dead and Buried”, features heavy riffs, breakdowns, and plenty of headbanging. “Dead and Buried” sounds surprisingly like the classic A Day to Remember sound that fans love and miss. The song features Jeremy’s classic guttural scream on the verses complemented by a clean, lyrical chorus, and provides a glimmer of hope that this newest album might be a return to the old style that ADTR fans have so long been missing.  Check it out for yourself below!