This years Penn States student-run Movin On committee thought outside the box.
The artists scheduled to perform in the annual end-of-spring semester concert display a tendency to collage different genres, and frequently take 180-degree turns in musical direction.
The Movin On committee also aimed high, booking two national acts Big Boi of Outkast and MGMT that rarely make central Pennsylvania a tour stop, and another Brand New that was rumored to have broken up.
The concert, scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. April 26 at IM Field West, near Beaver Stadium, is free to Penn State students, staff, faculty, State College residents and visitors.
Heres a preview of this years lineup:
• MGMT: The elusive psychedelic dance-rock duo scored a hat trick in 2010 with the catchy hits Time To Pretend, Kids and Electric Feel, and have ran far in the opposite direction ever sense. They recently released a new song, Alien Days, in anticipation of their third album, due for release in June.
• Big Boi: Rapper Antwon Big Boi Patton, one half of the Grammy-winning duo Outkast, certainly has carte blanche to do whatever he wants. His 2012 release Viscous Lies & Dangerous Rumours, however, still managed to confound hip-hop heads with forays into electronic pop and indie rock. Live, expect Patton to deliver the hits, from Rosa Parks to The Way You Move.
• Brand New: After quickly detouring from pop punk following its 2001 debut, Long Island, N.Y.s Brand New have pushed the post-hardcore genre into places both passionately cathartic (Jesus) and abrasively unpleasant (Sink). Theres no official confirmation yet if the band will release new music this year; if they do, expect a demanding, emotionally resonating listen.
• Gloriana: This band perfects top 40 country-pop with good guy-girl vocal dynamics, similar to Lady Antebellum, though some of the creek-side folk numbers (Carolina Rose) might go over well with the Americana crowd, too.
• Kids These Days: Chicago hip hop produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco? Surprisingly, it works, as this young ensemble comes out swinging with live instrumentation (including a full horn section), and a sound that draws equally on rap, rock, and jazz. You cant help but nod your head to tracks such as LeAfrique and the Pixies-appropriating Doo-Wah.
• Automatic Habit: One of the collegiate Battle of the Band winners invited on the bill, this emo-punk quartet with Philly roots recently recorded under the supervision of Ace Enders, from the band Early November.
• The Wondershop Showdown: The frenetic ska-punk act hits the Movin On stage for a second straight year after faring successfully at the Battle of the Bands. The octet is skanking high after a successful Thon appearance and the recent release of its first album, A Night at the Movies.