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Album Review: “Almost Sentimental” by Ted McCloskey

Posted by Samantha Hatfield on 09/01 at 10:20 AM

Grade: A-

Almost Sentimental is the sixth album from State College musician, Ted McCloskey. Within the confines of its 15 tracks, the many musical sides of the veteran musician are not so discretely exposed. From its inception, the album is a representation of McCloskey’s dichotomous musical personality.

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Album Review: Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs

Posted by Samantha Hatfield on 08/05 at 08:57 AM

Grade: A

His voice is unique.  That is to say that there is not another voice that can inspire the same feeling within a listener.  Gruff without being harsh, his voice was strong enough to champion the alternative rock genre.  Eddie Vedder made his mark on the music industry as the lead singer of Pearl Jam and produced some of the most prolific music of the 90s.  From “Even Flow” to “Better Man,” Vedder has a voice that will never be forgotten, and he is sharing his voice with his second studio album, Ukulele Songs.

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Zak Sobel Band at Arts Fest 2011

Posted by Samantha Hatfield on 07/22 at 12:15 PM

When I said I would be back for more, I meant it.  After seeing local musician Zak Sobel perform at Summer’s Best Music Fest, I was anxious to see him again.  This past Arts Fest weekend, I attended another live show by Zak Sobel. However, this time he brought a band with him.  It was a six man band equipped with drums, keys, electric guitar, bass, and sax with Zak on acoustic guitar.  The band was prepped to play to a full crowd on Allen Street on the Saturday of the Festival.

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Album Review: Noah and the Whale, Last Night on Earth

Posted by Samantha Hatfield on 07/12 at 09:38 AM

Grade: B-

With their third studio album Last Night on Earth, Noah and the Whale has produced an album with luscious hints of nostalgia and beautiful messages tucked within the narrative verses of the 10-track album that can at times get bogged down in the throwback style. The album opens with “Life is Life,” a track that is strikingly different in style to the bands usual aesthetic. With synth-beats opening the song, the catchy ballad fills listeners with the optimism that resides in the rest of the album.

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Zak Sobel Duo at Summer’s Best - Concert Review

Posted by Samantha Hatfield on 06/28 at 09:55 AM

It was an overcast Saturday in State College, but that didn’t stop folks from coming out for the 2011 Summer’s Best Music Fest. After passing through the various street vendors and stopping into McLanahan’s for an iced-tea, I took my seat in front of the Allen Street stage. With Jack Johnson streaming through the speakers, the Zak Sobel Duo was tuning their guitars and warming up in preparation for their set. Zak, dressed in relaxed jeans and flip-flops, and lead guitar Isaac Bishop, sporting a “Sublime” t-shirt, seemed ready for a laid-back jam session.

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Zak Sobel Duo to play Summer’s Best Music Fest, 3pm on Saturday, Allen Street

Posted by Samantha Hatfield on 06/24 at 03:19 PM

This Saturday, June 25th, is State College’s annual Summer’s Best Music Fest: a day-long street bazaar featuring musical acts spread throughout downtown State College between three stages and several other venues. While flipping through the featured acts there was one that caught my eye. The Zak Sobel Duo is scheduled to play on the Allen Street Stage at 3pm, and I will definitely be in attendance.

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Album Review: “Bon Iver” by Bon Iver

Posted by Samantha Hatfield on 06/06 at 12:49 PM

Grade: A-

In the realm of indie music folklore, there exists the story of Bon Iver. Bon Iver is a band born out of heartbreak, but one that has succeeded through an insane amount of heart, talent, and love.

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Album Review: “Helplessness Blues” by Fleet Foxes

Posted by Samantha Hatfield on 05/20 at 09:34 AM

When I listen to Fleet Foxes, I imagine myself lying on the forest floor of a lush green forest staring up through the leaves as the sunlight filters down and warms my whole body.  The sounds of Fleet Foxes’ original self-titled album and the Sun Giant EP are earthy.  Their early music has a warmth that radiates through every chord, every chorus.

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