The Daily Aztec

SDSU Open Air Theatre hosts indie classics

by Conner Cox

September 28, 2011

Last Saturday was an exciting night at the San Diego State Open Air Theatre, where an unusual collection of bands performed: Smith Westerns, Arctic Monkeys and TV On The Radio. Arctic Monkeys has been on tour for several months, supporting its latest album, controvers...

Beirut lifts itself to new heights

by Conner Cox

September 21, 2011

Beirut has triumphantly returned to the indie rock scene with its new album, “The Rip Tide.” Although Beirut isn’t even close to gaining the success Arcade Fire has achieved, the band’s profile has risen greatly since 2007. In fact, this summer lead singer of the Strokes, Julian...

Two Door Cinema Club coming to San Diego

by Courtney Rogin

September 21, 2011

Dancing shoes are the only footwear appropriate for Saturday’s show at House of Blues. Indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club are stopping in town while on tour with Grouplove. Ireland based Two Door Cinema Club, comprised of Kevin...

Systems Officer to rock Casbah

by John Anderson

September 20, 2011

Local San Diego band Pinback has enjoyed modest national success with its quirky and undeniably catchy tunes. Founding member and genius behind the band’s distinctive bass lines, Armistead Burwell Smith IV (aka Zach Smith),...

Wilco never disappoints

by Conner Cox

September 20, 2011

Some critics have called Wilco the “American Radiohead,” not because of any musical similarities, but because both bands have a constantly evolving sound. Having transformed from its mid-’90s alternative country soun...

Tiësto attacks college campuses with beats

by Tanya Huang

September 15, 2011

Insomniac Events, eventvibe.com and Amplified Access are at it again, bringing the world’s best disc jockeys to the most unforgettable music festivals. The world’s No. 1 DJ, Tiësto, aka Tijs Michiel Verwest, is finally bringing his beats to San Diego from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Oct. 2 at Valley View Casino Center. And his prodigy, 19...

Plot reveals more than fighting in ‘Warrior’

by David Dixon

September 13, 2011

The new drama “Warrior” will not change a person’s opinion about mixed martial arts. It is an intense and violent sport that plays a big part in this particular modern parable, but writer and director Gavin O’Connor is far more interested in the two men fighting than the actual action itself. I...

Explosions dazzles SOMA

by Andrew Younger

September 6, 2011

As the lilting, melodramatic theme from “Twin Peaks” faded from the PA system, members of the post-rock instrumental quartet Explosions in the Sky emerged onto SOMA’s main stage last Friday. Against an austere black backd...

Two nights of Thievery (Win Tickets!)

by Courtney Rogin

September 6, 2011

Style-blending trip-hop veteran Thievery Corporation returns to San Diego this week for two nights of shows at The House of Blues. The band is touring this fall in support of its new album, “Culture of Fear,” released in June....

Twin shows style

by Antonio Zaragoza

September 6, 2011

Opening for Explosions in the Sky last Friday was an exciting new band from Long Island called Twin Sister. The voice of lead vocalist, Andrea Estella, coupled with the ardent blend of music from bandmates Bryan Ujueta, Er...

Chili Peppers’ sound evolves through roots

by Conner Cox

August 31, 2011

It has been more than five years since the Red Hot Chili Peppers released its last album, so expectations are high for its forthcoming 10th studio album, “I’m With You.” Written and recorded throughout the last two years, the album is the Chili Peppers’ first in 15...

Explosions in the Sky ignites SD

by Andrew Younger

August 31, 2011

Touring in support of its first album in four years, the delay-laden soundscapes of experimental outfit Explosions in the Sky are set to wash over SOMA’s main stage this Friday. Explosions in the Sky, a fixture in the Austin, Texas music scene since ...