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Odd Future: The Wave of the Future?

Posted by Mike Hobson on 04/04 at 03:58 PM

It seems as if recent discussion of independent music always veers toward some great tech-fueled triumph of the artist over antiquated industrial burdens. Visions of languishing music industry suits lamenting the downfall of commodified intellectual property in the broadband age seem to overpower that of the struggling artist.  The artist has proven immeasurably more agile in using technology to his/her advantage. The chains of the music business have been broken! Our tastes will no longer be at the mercy of the fat cat corporate label A&R types!

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Album Review: King of Limbs by Radiohead

Posted by Mike Hobson on 03/03 at 05:05 PM

Radiohead’s eighth studio album was self released on February 18th, a day earlier than scheduled. This event, one that many would take great interest in given the band’s global renown, was largely unforeseen until four days before the 18th. The album had a remarkably short window of time for pre-release hype—it has unsurprisingly still managed to generate a vast influx of response.

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Local Artist Profile: Greg Falatek

Posted by Mike Hobson on 02/11 at 11:14 AM

As State College anticipates the arrival of Lil Wayne’s “I Am Music II” tour at the Bryce Jordan Center this spring, rap music is very much in the collective musical consciousness of Penn State. Often overlooked, however, are local up-and-coming acts in the genre. One of these artists, Greg Falatek, has a mix tape titled “Higher Education” slated for arrival later this month. Material released thus far points to a promising future for the State College hip hop scene.

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John Scofield and Joe Lovano Play Schwab Auditorium

Posted by Mike Hobson on 02/01 at 03:39 PM

Last Thursday night, a packed Schwab Auditorium was treated to a unique live jazz experience by the John Scofield and Joe Lovano Quartet. John Scofield is considered one of the “big three” living jazz guitarists along with Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell. Saxophonist Joe Lovano, in addition to releasing Grammy nominated works with the Blue Note label, is the chair of Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was in this city that the two first started collaborating in 1971.

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