Shwayze’s California-style concert delayed by California-style traffic

The plaza was glowing from the slowly sinking sun, there were unbuttoned Hawaiian shirts and colorful tribal print skirts everywhere, and just about everyone was smiling and enjoying the warm, late-afternoon air.

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.

Misery loves company: the tragic beauty of The National’s ‘Trouble Will Find Me’

By all accounts, Matt Berninger is a happy man. He’s married with a daughter, and between all the interviews and Reddit AMAs leading up to the album release, The National seems to be content.

Beats, dancing, crowd surfing and chaos at ‘No Big Deal’ concert

The giant room that once hosted Jack Johnson, Sugar Ray, Steve Miller Band, Incubus and Bob Dylan reopened on Thursday night with a series of alternative bands and artists like Cal Poly has never seen.

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.

El Ten Eleven intrigues with big sounds from small band

Kyle Loomis is a journalism senior and Mustang Daily music columnist.  Indie rock duo El Ten Eleven kicked off its 2012 winter tour Thursday at SLO Brewing Co., bringing its awe-inspiring sounds — soaked in jaw-dropping effects — to the…

A “Skinny Dip” infused with a hilarious dose of danger

Jamaican pot, attempted murder, lies, sex and blackmail. Carl Hiaasen’s “Skinny Dip” covers all of this and more, offering a perfect combination of high comedy and subtle social commentary.

Woods’ album takes listener back to distant memories and emotions

Woods, for me, has always been a go-to band, no matter the mood. They are astoundingly good.

“Because I am Furniture” examines consequences of emotional abuse

What is a good novel? Does it have to have beautiful, lengthy prose? Something that has complex sentence structure?

Firestone Walker Brewery provides a variety of tastes

Once upon a time, there was a little boy. This little boy had big dreams. Dreams of exploration, fame, fortune — being a columnist who talks about different kinds of beers and exbeeriences.

SLO residents can Chow at new Asian eatery

At first glance, the simplified, bright blue façade of the restaurant lends its appeal to something other than traditional Chinese, Vietnamese or Southeast Asian eatery.