State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Leya Ramer

The Freakin Weekend House Show – September 28th

On Saturday September 28th, State College will play host to the second stop on the Boxer // Cardinal Freakin Weekend 2013! The night will kick off at the Mr. Lahey’s House around 8:30 PM. The first set, punk rock band Cardinal will go on at 9 PM. Boxer will be playing at 9:35 PM and local band, Eyes Wide will end the night with a set starting at 10:10 PM. There will be a $5 cover at the door and if you plan on driving to the event you can park near South Garner.

It is going to be intense… so be there, or be square!

Lenina Crowne and Razz Tazz B’Gazz House Show – September 28th

On Saturday, September 28th, State College will once again be tapping and clapping along when
Lenina Crowne takes the stage with special guests Razz Tazz B’Gazz and Vic’s Machine. The show will be taking place on Park Avenue at the Had Knots House. The first band, Vic’s Machine, will go on at 8pm, followed by Razz Tazz B’Gazz and Lenina Crowne. This event is free so put on your best listening ears, grab a friend and come join in on the excitement.

Check out the video from Lenina Crowne’s last performance at the Liza Minnelli house!

New Music Tuesdays – September 17th, 2013

Today, September 17th, five highly anticipated albums were released; MGMT’s self titled album, The Devil Wears Prada’s 8:18, Saves The Day’s self titled album, Twin Forks EP and Avicii’s True.



MGMT’s highly anticipated, self titled, album was released today. I had the pleasure of listening to this album with the visual effects at the MGMT new album listening session held by State In The Real and the Songwriters Club last week. This album is unique to say the least. It starts out with a song titled ‘Alien Days’, which slightly resembles their previous albums, but it only continues to unravel from there. The album becomes increasingly strange with layers upon layers of electronic sound and synths. While this album ends up sounding nothing like what we have come to expect from MGMT, it may be exactly the change that fans want to hear.


The Devil Wears Prada – 8:18

The Christian metalcore band, The Devil Wears Prada released their album titled, 8:18. The title of the album is derived from a bible verse which foreshadows the fact that, although it comes from a dark place, the songs are filled with hope. The clean vocals are an awesome counterbalance to the brutal death wails that have come to be expected from the band. This album’s hard dynamic shifts and massive choruses make it an epic whirlwind of metalcore goodness.


Saves The Day – Saves The Day

The alternative rock band, Saves The Day, is back at it with a new self-titled album, which is affectionately referred to as the grapefruit album because of the artwork featured on the album cover. This is the album we have all been waiting for since the day the band announced they were making a new record in November of 2012. This album is different in many ways, the first of which is that the band got fans involved in the creation of the album by offering free downloads, album updates, free tee-shirts, tickets to shows and even playing a few private house shows. Another way this album is different is that it is far removed from the old Stay What You Are and Sound the Alarm days. In the old days the band rocked about the realities of socially awkward youth, however, Saves the Day begins with a power pop riff and loses no momentum throughout the album. Although this album has something different to offer from what we are used to, it is still sure to please.


Twin Forks EP

Chris Carrabba, a former member/frontman of Dashboard Confessional,  kicks off his new project, Twin Forks, with the release of their self-titled EP under Dine Alone Records. This EP has a happy, foot stomping, hand waving, indie-folk sound that makes you want to put flowers in your hair and sway to the tune. With the new wave of modern folk music sweeping the nation this project is sure to be a huge success.


Avicii – True

Avicii’s first full length album titled True came out today. Avicii is a unique experimental artist who likes to mix folky acoustic guitar parts, clean striking vocals and beat sounds, which seems like it shouldn’t mesh but it does. The acoustics just flow gracefully into an EDM dance beat and back again, flawlessly. If you need further proof of the unique intrigue Avicci provides, the song “Wake Me Up”, the lead single off the new album True, landed in the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. This artist is nearly as unique as you can get and the folk- EDM that he produced is definitely worth a listen.

Tune in for next week’s ‘New Music Tuesdays’ article!!

Lenina Crowne and Fairweather Pilots Acoustic Coffee House

On Saturday, September 21st, the Liza Minnelli House will be hosting the first, of what is expected to be, a series of house shows. To kick off the series an acoustic coffee house show will be held featuring many local acoustic bands and artists. Coffee and espresso will be freshly brewed, for a small fee, from 6:30-7:30pm before the show starts; be sure to bring your own mug. The bands will begin playing around 7:30 starting off with Patrick Nolasco, Ricky Jab, Salt and Pepper, Fairweather Pilots and the headlining act for the evening, the indie-folk band, Lenina Crowne.

The show will be located at 623 W College Ave. The event is free but small donations would be appreciated. Come out and enjoy some freshly brewed coffee and listen to some great local bands.

House Party Tour Underway- Featuring Headlining Band A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember recently kicked off their headlining House Party Tour in Broomfield, Colorado. The tour features  Pierce The Veil, All Time Low, and the most recent addition to the lineup, The Wonder Years.

Two of the featured bands, All Time Low and A Day to Remember, will be releasing new albums in the coming months. All Time Low is expected to release their newest album Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now! on September 30th and, despite their ongoing conflict with Victory Records,  A Day to Remember’s much anticipated fifth album Common Courtesy is expected to drop on October 8th.

As exciting as it is for ADTR to be back on tour and to be releasing a highly anticipated new album, their issues with Victory Records still linger in our minds. After the many delays in releasing their fourth album, What Separates Me From You and the poor reviews it received from many diehard fans, we are all wondering, will the album be released on time; will it affect the House Party Tour; and the biggest question, will the new album be any good!? We will all keep our hopes up high and our heads down low.

To give fans a small taste of what the new album brings to the table, ADTR will be playing a few songs off of the new album on tour. Most recently, they played their new song “Dead and Buried” at the first stop on the House Party tour. This song exudes a classic ADTR sound and if the rest of the tracks on the album resemble this one in the least, ADTR fans should be very pleased.

The House Party Tour will be making stops in Pittsburgh and Bethlehem, PA as well as Trenton, NJ and Columbus, OH. Because of the anticipation of the new album releases, tickets for the tour are selling fast, with some venues already sold out. If you can’t live without hearing the new songs from ADTR and All Time Low first, then haste is in order if you expect to get tickets at all.