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Marvin Gaye's revolutionary impact on music can easily be heard today

Marvin Gaye’s revolutionary impact on music can easily be heard today

April 21, 2021

If called upon, an overwhelming majority of Americans would likely recognize their country’s national anthem.  Not really by choice as the sluggish...

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BROCKHAMPTON member Kevin Abstract

Quick Take: New albums by BROCKHAMPTON and Lana Del Rey showcase duality of music styles

April 21, 2021

There are two contrasting varieties of sound in music, and many far in between. Like yin and yang, the healing power of loud and quiet music represents...

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The 20th anniversary of the original

Celebrating 20 years of “Shrek” and its influence on pop culture

April 14, 2021

We all know the classic fairy tales. Centuries-old stories where the heroes always prevail and the cruel villains meet their rightful end. Rapunzel cascading...

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Nursing junior Gillian Werolin, along with classmates Jenny Yuan and Lisa Phan, are one of nearly 300 SDSU nursing students partnering with local health nonprofits to help vaccinate San Diegans against COVID-19.

SDSU Nursing Students partner with San Diego County to assist in local COVID-19 vaccination effort

March 30, 2021

Currently, there are over 25 vaccination sites throughout San Diego County and with more locations opening soon, the county is looking for qualified volunteers...

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Minnie Riperton gave us flowers, it's time we give her flowers too

Minnie Riperton gave us flowers, it’s time we give her flowers too

March 30, 2021

The abundance of music laced with resilient, socially-conscious themes canvassing the mid-1960s through the early 1970s will likely never be matched again.  Even...

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More films should be made about the NFL’s weaknesses

More films should be made about the NFL’s weaknesses

March 17, 2021

Last Sunday I was watching Oliver Stone’s lengthy, adrenaline-fueled caricature of the National Football League, “Any Given Sunday,” when it dawned...

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Quick Take: What makes Silk Sonic’s “Leave the door open” so nostalgic?

Quick Take: What makes Silk Sonic’s “Leave the door open” so nostalgic?

March 17, 2021

What happens when you combine two of the best R&B singers, live performers, and soulful beings that music has ever seen? Let’s dive in.  Begun...

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Eddie Murphy stars in COMING 2 AMERICA 
© (Photo Courtesy of Amazon Studios)

Review: “Coming 2 America” doesn’t live up to hype of 1988 predecessor

March 17, 2021

“Coming 2 America” perfectly illustrates the fundamental problem with any and every sequel: having to live up to the film before it.   Since “Coming...

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Fans deserve satisfying season finales

Fans deserve satisfying season finales

March 10, 2021

There are few things on this earth I despise more than disappointing television show finales.  To me, a satisfying television show finale is one that...

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Rapper Kalan.FrFr was a defensive back for San Diego State football from 2013-2016.

SDSU football alum and rapper Kalan.FrFr signs with music label Roc Nation

March 10, 2021

It’s time to add another name to the list of famous former students at San Diego State University. The alumni most recognized at SDSU include sports...

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Quick Take: Best recent R&B releases to revive your playlist

Quick Take: Best recent R&B releases to revive your playlist

March 3, 2021

So far in 2021, music releases have been slow and steady.  Electronic, rap and alternative artists have had a few worthwhile showings, but many of...

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Opinion: Lumet's 'The Wiz' is still a trailblazing film in Black culture

Opinion: Lumet’s ‘The Wiz’ is still a trailblazing film in Black culture

February 25, 2021

Decades after its original release on Oct. 24, 1978, no film has distinctly defined Black culture and shaped the structure of a musical genre quite like...

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Despite most classes being virtual because of COVID-19, campus custodians still have to continue the cleanup.

Despite COVID-19, campus custodians still continue the cleanup

February 24, 2021

As a student who lived on San Diego State’s campus for the bulk of two years, and attended class in a majority of buildings on campus, I’ll admit that...

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The Daily Aztec Music podcast is where DA arts & culture lives. It's a working title, but it tells you all you need to know. Every week we'll be talking tunes.

Daily Aztec Music!: Meet the hosts

February 19, 2021

On this week's episode of The Daily Aztec Music (DAM!) podcast, hosts Jason Freund and Ryan Hardison formally introduce themselves, and what better way...

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Hank Aaron's impact on baseball changed the world

Hank Aaron’s impact on baseball changed the world

February 10, 2021

In his 1992 film, “A League of Their Own,” Tom Hanks famously said, “there is no crying in baseball,” but nearly 30 years later, he was proven...

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Artists such as H.E.R., Beyonce, Lil Baby and Leon Bridges used social justice movements as inspiration for their latest music.

Quick Take: Artists draw inspiration from social justice movements of 2020

February 9, 2021

Protesting and music have long overlapped in the United States, dating back to the days of 20th-century union strikes and Billie Holliday’s poetic rendition...

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Lana Del Rey, Drake and Weezer are a few artists who could be releasing albums in 2021.

Quick Take: Here’s some albums to expect in the new year

February 9, 2021

One of the countless lessons to be learned from COVD-19 is that the future can’t be perfectly predicted, and it’s clear this same ideal applies to...

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Screenshot from Olivia Rodrigo's Instagram showing her celebrating the release of

Quick Take: Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Driver’s License’ showcases TikTok’s explosive influence in music industry

January 27, 2021

Amassing a loyal fanbase is one of the biggest hurdles standing between musicians and achieving commercial success, but at least it's getting easier. Contemporary...

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Column: Grammy nominations are not always reflective of music’s best

December 11, 2020

To keep your sanity during the Grammy award season, heed one crucial piece of advice: take the nominations and results with a grain of salt. Every year...

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Music artists Chloe x Halle, Alicia Keys, Giveon, Rina Sawayama and UMI highlight part one of The Daily Aztec's Albums of The Year.

DA Staff Picks: The Best Albums of 2020, Part One

December 9, 2020

After a stressful year exacerbated by a devastating pandemic, a tense presidential election, and the increasing effects of climate change, the year 2020...

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A set of instructions for how to make Native Frybread.

Cooking with Chefs experiments with Native Frybread

December 7, 2020

Looking for a tasty traditional meal? Or a savory dessert to warm you up as the days get colder? Well, look no further than to Native frybread. For...

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U.S. territories deserve more political representation

U.S. territories deserve more political representation

November 19, 2020

In the United States, Election Day is seen as the peak of democracy, as citizens far and wide 18 years and older cast their vote for president and other...

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Quick Take: Music to Ease Your Mind During Exams

November 12, 2020

Midterm season is upon us, and though many students have already braved through the storm of exams, essays and Zoom lectures, there’s a lot of work left...

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SDSU Bookstore makes changes to accommodate for COVID-19

SDSU Bookstore makes changes to accommodate for COVID-19

October 26, 2020

You never truly appreciate things until they’re gone. Before the anxiety and restriction of in-person activities at the beginning of the COVID-19...

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Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett, younger brother of Chance The Rapper, performed virtually for students during Music Appreciation Night.

Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett puts on a show in Music Appreciation Night

October 21, 2020

What does self-acceptance mean to you?  The answer is probably different for a lot of people, but for Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett – it means making...

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The Indigenous People's Day Kickoff Celebration was held as part of the Native Resource Center's

Native Resource Center hosts celebration for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 15, 2020

To commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, San Diego State’s Native Resource Center hosted Indigenous Peoples’ Day Kickoff Celebration on Monday, Oct....

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JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON stars in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action epic

Warner Brothers Studios hosts college roundtable for Christopher Nolan’s new movie “Tenet”

September 25, 2020

“What the hell are we doing, what did I just read?” This was John David Washington’s first impression when he read for the role of “The Protagonist,”...

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Tiffany Haddish gets candid about her upbringings and dealing with COVID-19.

Tiffany Haddish and Joesph Tran bring the fun at ‘A Night of Laughter’

September 11, 2020

While students continue adjusting to online classes and searching for safe entertainment, Aztec Nights presented Aztec Comedy Night, promoted as “A Night...

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Lianne La Havas released her own self-titled album, which explores romance and relationships.

Quick Take: The best albums of July 2020

August 19, 2020
From surprise mainstream projects (Taylor Swift’s “Folklore”) to under-the-radar successes (Flo Milli’s “Ho, Why is You Here”) to emotional swan songs (Logic’s “No Pressure”), this past month has delivered an abundance of great albums to indulge in. 
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Freddie Gibbs performs at the Adult Swim festival on November 16, 2019

Quick Take: best new albums worth listening to this summer

June 25, 2020

Music can be a helpful distraction from everything going on outside, but musicians are finding stunning and creative ways to integrate real-world issues...

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Fiona Apple released her latest album

Quarantine’s best albums, chosen by The Daily Aztec’s Instagram followers

May 15, 2020

The extent of the COVID-19 virus in the music industry is still uncertain because concerts and festivals have been postponed, canceled or switched to virtual...

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Beabadoobee sung

Asian American music collective hosts uplifting Youtube concert

May 9, 2020

In celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage month, a YouTube live stream was held Wednesday night to showcase the most exciting Asian...

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Reality TV gets a little hotter with the new Netflix reality drama

Reality TV gets “Too Hot to Handle”

April 30, 2020

What happens when a group of gorgeous and irresponsible adults ends up on a luxurious island resort with a chance to win $100,000? A month full of drama,...

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Grammy winning singer-songwriter Ambré was in a Zoom meeting with SDSU students.

Grammy winner singer-songwriter spoke with SDSU music students over Zoom

April 29, 2020

Students may be going a little stir crazy, but San Diego State is offering interactive virtual events to help students stay sane. On Monday evening,...

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