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Young the Giant crafts relatable, catchy gems

by Chris Pocock

July 10, 2011

Normally it takes at least a few good listens of an album before its greatness can be determined. In the case of Young the Giant’s self-titled album, it takes all of 10 seconds. And for good reason: The CD is ripe with harmonies, thoughtful ly...

Taming the mythic beast that is Sasquatch

by Chris Pocock

June 12, 2011

It wasn’t until Friday that the truth of what we had gotten ourselves into finally sank in. By then my car was already a canvas of the preceding nights: Remnants of spilled red wine splotched my Camry like liver spots, candle wax dripped do...

Soulive comes together at the Belly Up

by Paul Hernandez

May 23, 2011

Fusion is the best way to describe the New York-based band, Soulive, who incorporates all genres of music the past to present. The trio builds its foundation of sound around keys (Neal Evans), drums (Alan Evans), and guitar...

Freddie Highmore speaks about latest movie ‘Getting By’

by Staff

May 12, 2011

Daily Aztec: How did you get your start in acting? Freddie Highmore: I started off doing a few small things, really, just one day now and then in England, but it was nothing really very serious, I guess.  Then the first big thing I did was “Finding Neverland.” So that was the first — the b...

‘Simple Math’ is anything but simple

by Andrew Scoggins

May 5, 2011

When speaking about Manchester Orchestra’s newest album “Simple Math,” lead singer Andy Hull outlined the concept of the album as being a way to work through the problems he and his wife faced in their first two years of...

Get tough with ‘Sucker Punch’

by Staff

April 28, 2011

“Sucker Punch” is not a very good movie. At best, it’s more like a never-ending music video, complete with robot samurai, dragons and, of course, scantily clad women hauling dangerous weapons. So it should come a...

Emancipator frees clouded minds

by Andrew Scoggins

April 28, 2011

An awkward looking twenty something stands alone on stage with a pair of headphones halfway over his ears. He gives a shy self aware smile at the audience before launching into every beautiful sound combination known to mankind. The so...

Hip hop ya don’t stop

by Paul Hernandez

April 28, 2011

A cornerstone in rap was established when Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet” rallied in the streets of 1989. Already known for pushing and creating new boundaries in the Burroughs of music, Chuck D’s master vocalizi...

Rock the bells tour

by Erika Cueva

April 28, 2011

Summertime in Southern California brings highlights to some of life’s most treasured pleasures. Reprieve from the grind of school coupled with the best weather in the country makes the season the perfect time to enjoy live hip-hop....

Wu Tang: Real rap

by Erika Cueva

April 28, 2011

The success of a musical act these days is measured by the number of albums sold, its debut on music charts or the extent to which an artist is popularized or scandalized in the media. Rewind to 1993 when the Wu-Tang Clan made its un...

When Kanye West was a lyricist

by Carmen Splane

April 28, 2011

Blasting into the public eye after a car accident that almost destroyed his jaw, Kanye West’s mouth is still making headlines. Once known for taking old R&B samples and turning them into 21st century gold, these days ...