State In The Real – Penn State Music Scene

Author - Monica Consbruck

Demi Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me Has Me Screaming “I Love You!”


If you’ve talked to me at all in the past two weeks or so, you’ve heard me talk about Demi Lovato’s new album, Tell Me You Love Me.

I have to say, I was never really a super huge fan of Lovato, her music being a little too radio for me. Don’t get me wrong, she’s always been a guilty pop pleasure, but nothing I would write home about.

Until now. Now I’m writing home, work, New York City, and reviving State in the Real to talk about Demi Lovato’s latest album.

Since it came out, I’ve been listening to it on repeat. While I get ready in the morning. On the train. At work. On the train. While I get ready for bed. You get the idea. Hear me when I say this album is one for the books.

This is all I need to say about it: Demi Lovato has a killer voice. We always knew she could sing, but DAMN. This girl full on belts it from “Sorry Not Sorry,” to “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore,” to “Ruin the Friendship,” to “Hitchhiker.” Each song has its own powerful moment where you’re like,

“Woah, ok!!!”

“Wait, who is this?”

“This is Demi Lovato?”

“Ugh, I love this song,” (all actual reaction quotes I’ve heard (ok the last one was an actual quote from me during just about every song)). Seriously though, Tell Me You Love Me gives you feels.

Ok so let’s start with the obvious, the first track, “Sorry Not Sorry.” Great party song, gets stuck in your head all day, and literally anyone and everyone will dance to it. Test it out. I’ve tried it with my coworkers and I catch them all singing it when they think no one is looking (gotcha ;P). Bop #1.

Now, let’s talk about my favorite track. I’ve been dying to get here. “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore,” is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time. This ultimate breakup song will move you to tears even if you’ve been in a solid relationship for 3 years (hi). Demi takes you on this roller coaster of emotion with her rich, beautiful voice. Towards the end you’ll be full out rocking back and forth on the verge of screaming, “Yeah! What’d I ever see in that douche bag anyway?!!” Give it a listen, you’ll see what I mean. Everyone I’ve played it for stops in their tracks and is like “Oh, migod. Wow.” Don’t feel guilty if you find yourself listening to it on repeat again and again (also, hi). Bop #2.

Next up is “Daddy Issues,” and while I don’t necessarily love it there are a few people out there that have demanded I not skip it in their presence. And admittedly, I’m liking it more and more. See what you think.

“Ruin the Friendship,” is definitely Bop. Number. 3. This funky song is what we’ve all thought when someone has said to us, “I don’t want to risk losing you as a friend.” Lovato is straight up like, “Screw the friendship, let’s bang,” which is what we’re all thinking anyway. Also another song where Lovato’s vocal range is also supremely showcased. Bravo, Miss.

Picture this: You’re sitting in the dark corner of a bar and you hear this rustic sounding broken hearted love song that resonates with your soul, because your relationship has brought you to tears once again…the song you’re listening to is “Cry Baby,” Bop #4. This is one of the songs on the album that has you completely belting with Demi by the end of it in a full on sway. For anyone going through an emotional push and pull in their relationship, this one’s for you.

I feel inclined to talk about the guests on this album, as they are notable and worth mentioning. Lil Wayne pops up in “Lonely,” giving us a kind of sultry, intoxicating vibe that snarls “screw you for leaving me.” On the deluxe album we get Jax Jones and Cheat Codes songs featuring Demi which were already summer smash hits, “Instruction” and “No Promises.”

Listen. Bottom line is this album is amazing! But I’m sure you’re bored of reading at this point, and are so stoked to go listen to the album that you want me to wrap this up. So in short, believe me. Go to Apple Music (quick plug) and download the album. Feel free to totally disagree with me or come over and listen to the album with me all day. Either way, I got my fix and for that I’m all cheers for Little Miss Demi. Consider me hooked.

Ladies and Gentleman, Prepare Yourself for DyHard Entertainment

Step aside, Young Money, there’s a new crew in town…

Based in Williamsport, Pa, DyHard Entertainment was founded by Chris “Crisis” Hayes and features a number of extremely talented hip hop artists on the label.



Before you dismiss these new kids on the block, know that they are in it to win it. Each artist is uniquely talented in their sound and writing styles. Unlike some hip hop labels, there’s something distinctive about each artist that sets them apart from each other. The songs actually have messages behind them, but not in a preachy way – rather, in a subtle, catchy, singing every word before you know them kind of way. But don’t take my word for it. The label plans to release videos for some of the singles within the next month or two, so keep your eyes peeled for those. In the meantime, meet the crew below and see why I predict they will be the hottest thing on the scene in a year, tops.

Kick Off Next Semester With Foster The People!



with special guest THE VELVET TEEN


Friday, September 5 at 8pm


Formed in Los Angeles in 2009 by multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Mark Foster, indie rock trioFoster the People is known for their melodic and atmospheric, dance-oriented pop.  Their single “Pumped Up Kicks” picked up considerable buzz online and alongside packed performances at Texas music showcase SXSW.  This inevitably garnered the attention of major labels, which they signed to Columbia’s Startime International.  The song became a worldwide hit and was featured on television shows including Gossip GirlHomeland, and a host of commercials.

The band released its debut record, Torches, and then embarked on tours across North America and Europe to support its release and were even invited to play at the Coachella Music Festival.  In 2012 they took home the Billboard Music Awards’ Top Rock Song accolade, and were nominated for a host of others honors, including Grammy, BRIT, NME, and Teen Choice awards.

In 2014, Foster the People returned with their sophomore album Supermodel and are currently touring in Europe in support of that release.

They will be at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, September 5 at 8pm.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 27 at 10am at the Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, online at, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Tickets for GA and reserved theatre seats are $39 and 35.50. University Park students are $20 with valid Penn State ID courtesy of UPAC.

A UPAC presale will be Wednesday, June 25 from 10am until Thursday, June 26 at 6pm at the Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, and Penn State Downtown Theatre only.  Note: Only a limited amount of UPAC tickets are available.

"Everything We Need" is Everything YOU Need Right Now…


Keegan Tawa has done it again with the help of Kelly Letter and Myles Billard in their latest collaboration, “Everything We Need,” a slower, more melodic-trancey song produced and composed by Tawa himself. The soothing, chilling sound of Letter’s voice singing Billard’s lyrics are paired with Tawa’s notorious mix of different beats and sounds to create a subtle, yet powerful, wave of music that is easy to get lost and transported away in. Leaving the sax behind this time, Tawa takes on a “celestial” sound that still makes you want to get up and dance. So dim the lights, turn up the speakers and let Tawa, Letter, and Billard escort you into a magical place that is “Everything We Need”…

CHER Scheduled to Take BJC Stage




With Special Guests:

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo 

September 24

Bryce Jordan Center


Pop superstar, Cher has announced new dates for her D2K tour that will include Penn State’sBryce Jordan Center on Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for Cher are $39.50, $97, or $131.50 and will be available Monday, May 19 at 10:00am at, Bryce Jordan Center Box Office, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Movin' On Battle of the Bands Artist Spotlight: LullaNAs

LullaNAs is a Pennsylvania-based singer/songwriter twin duo. They are often accompanied by Jonathan Yuko on guitar. Some of their musical influences include the Civil Wars, the Lumineers, Kacey Musgraves, and Ingrid Michaelson. The duo has been playing together since their senior year of high school and their guitarist Jon joined their band about three years ago. All three of the band members are graduating this year.

Participating in the Movin On Battle is a really nice opportunity for them to play one last show here at Penn State. This will be the first show where they will be purely playing original music! LullaNAs spends most of their free time song writing and posting covers of their favorite songs on their YouTube channel. They are very used to performing behind a camera, but love every opportunity they receive to perform in front of a live audience. Check out some of their videos below!