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M. Ward back on the road in the ‘Wasteland’

by John Anderson

April 15, 2012

M. Ward is back on the road. The folk singer-songwriter from Portland, Ore. released his seventh full-length album last week, titled “A Wasteland Companion,” via Merge Records. The album starts upbeat and remarkably poppy before slowly shifting back into the folk stylings Ward is best known for. The most exper...

Mercer reunites with The Shins, sort of

by Conner Cox

March 21, 2012

It has been five years since The Shins released its breakthrough record “Wincing the Night Away” and fans have been eagerly awaiting its follow-up. It is surprising the indie-rock pioneers have sustained a high level of anticipation and name recognition considering the fr...

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...

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...

Tyler, The Creator explores his dark nature

by Andrew Scoggins

May 12, 2011

I ’d like to take a bit of time out of your normal The Daily Aztec experience to talk about a little rap collective called Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All and its ringleader’s newest release titled “Goblin.” The only way I have been able...

‘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...

BFS’ eleventh CD is more lighthearted fun

by Allie Daugherty

April 26, 2011

If Bowling for Soup has proved anything in its past 16 years of existence, it’s that rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t have to be serious to be good. Its new album “Fishin’ for Woos” continues to support this. The first single, “S-S-S-Saturday,” is a ...

‘Limbs’ showcases soft-spoken brilliance

by Andrew Younger

March 9, 2011

What’s fascinating about Radiohead is that each album serves as a snapshot of a transitory moment in its musical evolution. The thematic range of “The Bends” gave way to the expansive musical range of “OK Computer.” The electronic sound in “OK Compute...

Lykke Li impresses

by Jack Crane

March 8, 2011

Anthemic for those nights when one can do nothing but curl into a fetal ball and get lost in the darkness, Lykke Li’s “Wounded Rhymes” is a pulsing lullaby for those broken souls. Lykke Li’s second album was written...

Painfully honest, ‘21’ is a brilliant release

by Jack Crane

March 3, 2011

Heart-wrenching barely begins to describe the songwriting on Adele’s sophomore LP. The album titled “21” takes the fluttering love songs of her previous album, “19,” drags them through the gravel, beats a cinder block into their c...