State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Joey Kadish

Fresh New Artist: Lorde

Meet Ella Yelich-O’Connor, otherwise known as Lorde, a sixteen-year-old pop songstress hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. The outback kiwi has already notched a number one single in her native land with the brilliant “Royals” and has gained even more success with her debut, The Love Club EP, which peaked at number 2. She’s definitely someone to watch — and she’s still in high school.

Lorde’s music is truly something different and she stands out in a sea of over-sexed and over-produced pop singers. Her sound is catchy enough to get your toes tapping, but cool enough to peak the interest of any indie snob. She’s soft and delicate yet somehow brazen.

The Love Club EP is available on iTunes now, and a new song, “Tennis Court,” is slated for release this summer. Listen to the track below:

Hold Onto Your Hats: We Just Found "Call Me Maybe" 2.0

At first glance, the cover art for this Megan & Liz track looks like the farthest thing from what you want to be listening to. But let’s be honest here: Carly Rae didn’t exactly have much appeal unless you were a 12-year-old girl and that shit stayed in your brain for months. Now, over a year and a half later, there’s a new pop tune gunning for Jeppy’s throne.

After achieving internet fame with their popular YouTube videos, twin sisters Megan & Liz have had a string of singles that haven’t gained them much attention — until now. “Release You” combines everything you loved about “Call Me Maybe” with the shouting of Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and the catchy guitar rifts of any Katy or Taylor song. Brought to them by Max Martin, Shellback and Savan Kotecha (what!?), this track is destined to infiltrate the radio waves and your iPod in the upcoming summer months. If you don’t believe us, have a listen below:

It’s okay; the feeling of guilt you’re experiencing will dissipate after a few more listens. Like it or not, you’ll probably be singing along by the time school starts. But hey — at least it’s better than that crap Miley is hawking.

Beyoncé's "Grown Woman" Leaks in Full

Welp, the wait is over folks. After being teased mercilessly with her Pepsi commercial, the full version of Mrs. Carter’s “Grown Woman” has leaked. The Timbaland-produced track is still rumored to be the first single lifted from her upcoming fifth studio album, however there is no official word from Queen B’s camp. Have a listen to the funky summer jam below:

The tribal infused track marks a new direction for the “Run the World (Girls)” chanteuse, and although it’s an excellent tune, we don’t think it has the hook to become a huge radio hit. What do you think?

Firefly Releases Full Festival Schedule

Festival goers everywhere can rejoice, as the official schedule for Firefly has finally been released. Get yourselves a pen and a planner folks, because it’s going to be a doozy figuring out the perfect way to see all your favorites. Check out the full thing below:

We don’t know about you, but ending the weekend with Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend and Foster the People back-to-back-to-back? Amazing.

A more detailed version can be found here.

LISTEN: Two New Tracks from Gatsby Soundtrack + Previews

Two songs from The Great Gatsby Soundtrack have leaked in full and they do not disappoint! First up is a little ditty called “Over The Love” performed by Florence + the Machine. The song is classic Flo, showcasing her wide range of vocals and emotional tone that tugs at your heart strings. It’s apparently sung from the point of view of Daisy, played by Carrie Mulligan in the upcoming film. Listen:

Up next is a collaboration between Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock, which explains why “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” sounds like “Party Rock Anthem” performed in a speakeasy. The track is pure fire, perfect for the upcoming summer season, but we’ll let you be the judge:

Interscope has also unveiled a preview of the entire soundtrack and it sounds like they are pulling out all the stops for this one. Have a listen to 30-second clips below, although Beyonce’s cover of “Back to Black” and a new track by Jay-Z are sadly not included.

Let us know what song you think sounds the best! Our vote is Emeli Sande’s cover of “Crazy in Love.”