This year’s Penn State’s 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.
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Here’s a preview of this year’s 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”). There’s 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 can’t help but nod your head to tracks such as “Le’Afrique” 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.”