A few gems can’t quite save a muddled, incohesive album

By the genre’s standards, Pusha T is practically ancient at 36, but the coke-rap veteran’s long-awaited official solo debut, My Name Is My Name, leaves his identity frustratingly undecided.

The top five albums you missed this summer

Musically speaking, 2013 has been an embarrassment of riches and this summer we were treated to some brilliant albums spanning a wide breadth of genres.

Outside Lands 2013: San Francisco’s time to shine

San Francisco doesn’t need to answer to Coachella. The character of the Bay pushes brightly enough through the fog without having to borrow from its more popular SoCal sister and for one weekend in August, it’s San Francisco’s time to shine on the music stage and the city does so effortlessly.

Fall comes early with new Camera Obscura record

Summer is traditionally the territory of the titanic pop song. Daft Punk’s instant classic throwback “Get Lucky” unofficially began the season when windows-down, sing-along anthems by Katy Perry and Black Eyed Peas rule the airwaves.

Google tunes in to music streaming

If you’re using a music subscription service these days, it’s hard not to feel like a pirate. Spotify and Rdio offer access to tens of millions of songs — everything from Alabama Shakes to Zulu Winter — for the cost of a Chipotle meal per month.

Music and movies: a match made in … Hollywood?

“The Great Gatsby,” as interpreted by the always-subtle and understated Baz Luhrmann, presents the whirlwind of Roaring ’20s opulence.

Underground scene’s new odd couple drops uneven debut

Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson aren’t likely to show up on the same Pandora station.

Five must-see music fests

Kyle Loomis is a journalism senior and Mustang Daily music columnist.  If you’ve been keeping up with the latest news from the music industry, then you’ve probably heard festival season unofficially began with the first weekend of Coachella Music and…

NEXT EXIT: SLO — Big-name acts to come through

Kyle Loomis is a journalism senior and Mustang Daily music columnist. The coming of spring means many things: new classes for a new quarter, warmer weather and the soon-to-be arrival of summer vacation. But for me, springtime translates to concert…

January record roundup

Kyle Loomis is a journalism senior and Mustang Daily music columnist. With a new year comes more new music, and 2013 has kicked off with some exciting new albums from talented artists. From the indie scene, Tegan and Sara and…

Columnist cheers and jeers Coachella lineup

Kyle Loomis is a journalism senior and Mustang Daily music columnist. In case you haven’t heard yet, the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup was revealed Thursday night. My first impression was mixed. As expected, the festival organizers…