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School’s Out: Alice Cooper talks shock rock, villains and success

When Alice Cooper is decapitated by a guillotine, put to death in an electric chair or hung in a straitjacket onstage, fans don’t just cheer. In fact, they pay more than $700 for a chance to be splattered with fake blood in the front rows. For nearly 50 years, the godfather …

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The Mountain Goats bring sorrow, memories and hope to the Crystal Ballroom

Photos and reporting contributed by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank. For the Mountain Goats, a concert in Portland is like a hometown show. Although he almost died of a drug overdose when he lived in the City of Roses in the 1980s, lead singer and songwriter John Darnielle still ended the show by saying …

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Double Take: Fleet Foxes bring their harmonies back to Portland for first time since 2012

Seattle band Fleet Foxes returned to Portland for the first time since July 2011. The band took a six-year hiatus following its tour for 2011’s “Helplessness Blues.” Since then, Josh Tillman left the band and became Father John Misty. Singer Robin Pecknold went to Columbia University. The Emerald attended the …

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Podcast: Weekly news wrap-up: Manzil Midrash and more faculty cuts

It is Saturday, May 6.  Here are this week’s biggest news stories. In this week’s Daily Emerald weekly news wrap-up, Alec Cowan, Sararosa Davies and Craig Wright discuss this week’s biggest news stories: Tuesday was the 69th anniversary of Israel’s independence, and Israeli and Palestinian students are talking about their …

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Review: The Damned bare it all in a stellar Portland performance

According to The Damned’s guitarist and founding member Captain Sensible, the last time the band played in town — a July 29, 2003 performance at the Crystal Ballroom — he ended the set by mooning the audience and walking offstage with his pants down. Some things just never change. After …

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Triple Take: Father John Misty’s ‘Pure Comedy’ is far from funny

Some albums are complex or polarizing enough to merit assigning two reviewers to fairly capture the essence of the work of art. Father John Misty’s “Pure Comedy” is an album brimming with enough symbolism, dread and social commentary that the Emerald assigned three reviewers to decipher what Father John Misty is …

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Podcast: Father John Misty’s ‘Pure Comedy’

Arts & Culture Editor Craig Wright joins arts writers Sararosa Davies and Dana Alston to discuss Father John Misty’s self-indulgent 75-minute folk-rock record “Pure Comedy.”

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Emerald Recommends: The best spring concerts in Eugene (that aren’t sold out)

With the arrival of spring term comes a new season of concerts and events across Eugene. Unfortunately, many of the best shows are already sold out, but if you missed a chance to score Snoop Dogg tickets, never fear. The Emerald has compiled a list of the best spring concerts and …

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Podcast: Winter term news wrap-up

The biggest University of Oregon news stories from winter 2017 term are unearthed and recapitulated by senior news reporter Max Thornberry in this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network. These stories include: why Ta-Nehisi Coates’ speech ended early; the tuition increase affecting all students starting fall 2017; UO student dining …

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Japandroids and Craig Finn don’t need an encore at Portland’s Revolution Hall

The Japandroids looked and sounded like an entirely different band when they last played in Portland in November 2012. At that Wonder Ballroom performance, guitarist Brian King was visibly nervous when he walked onstage. He was breathing heavily and had to scream into the microphone and strike a few power …

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Review: Elton John is all right on a Saturday night in Eugene

In 2017, it often seems that musicians need a political agenda to garner attention. But Elton John, whose repertoire does not boast any protest anthems, per se, seems to remain timelessly relevant. He’s professed a desire to make hip-hop with Kanye West and Pharrell Williams; he made a cameo on …

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Podcast: Weekly wrap-up: Tuition spikes, GPA inflation and our interview with Mike Watt

In this weekly wrap-up, Associate News Editor Max Thornberry explains why everyone will be paying so much to attend the University of Oregon next year and talks about Will Campbell’s exploration of inflated grades. Test out the Emerald Grade Tracker here. Arts and Culture Editor Craig Wright recaps his interview …

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Bass, flannel and ‘jamming econo’ to the end: Pioneering punk rocker Mike Watt to perform in Eugene Thursday

Mike Watt can’t stop playing bass. No matter what life throws at the punk rock icon, he is always drawn back to the four-stringed instrument that has developed into an extension of himself — so much so that his email signature reads, “on bass, watt.” In January 2000, Watt had …

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Things to do this week: Feb. 16-22: ‘The Fruit Stand’ reading, Dimond Saints, Free Speech

Thursday, Feb. 16: Play Reading: “The Fruit Stand” by Sravya Tadepelli at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (1430 Johnson Ln.), 4 p.m., free Political science major and playwright Sravya Tadepelli wrote “The Fruit Stand” in response to the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, North Carolina. The play’s events are fictionalized …

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Review: Japandroids’ ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’ is worth the four year wait

There are certain things the two-piece Canadian rock band Japandroids have always done on their records: release tightly crafted eight-song albums; create anthemic songs perfectly fit for adrenaline-fueled parties; and rely on sheer passion and sweat-drenched performances to power their songs. There are certain things Japandroids have never done on …

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Sasquatch! unveils its 2017 lineup: Frank Ocean, Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper to headline

Early this morning, the 2017 lineup for the Sasquatch! Music Festival was announced on its official website. Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper and Frank Ocean will be headlining the event. Other notable artists include alternative rock band The Shins, EDM duo Big Gigantic, Pittsburgh-area rapper Mac Miller and indie …

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Review: Louis C.K. unites crowd with divisive jokes in Portland

Around the same time Portland police were launching tear gas grenades toward anti-Donald Trump protesters near Pioneer Courthouse Square, comedian Louis C.K. was preparing to make the Moda Center’s Theater of the Clouds audience cry from laughter in the second night of three consecutive sold-out performances. In a city known …

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Franz Nicolay: Author, musician and “Professional Traveler”

On Friday, Jan. 13, author, musician and “professional traveler” Franz Nicolay will speak with fellow author Cari Luna at Powell’s City of Books in Portland. Nicolay is best known as the sharply-dressed multi-instrumentalist for bands such as The Hold Steady, The World/Inferno Friendship Society and Against Me!, but he recently …

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Vintage Guitar Heroes: Mckenzie River Music

With a dirty white cinder block exterior and a blue awning over the modest front entrance, Eugene’s nationally renowned guitar and instrument shop, Mckenzie River Music, boasts a large selection of vintage and high-end guitars, basses and various string instruments. Due to the recent snow and ice storm, two humidifiers …

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Emerald Recommends: The best albums of 2016

It’s likely that 2016 will be remembered as the year that proved no one is safe as David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and so many legends passed away. But as strange of a year as it may have been, there were many great releases that powered us through. Emerald writers have …

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Emerald Recommends: The best songs of 2016

Although 2016’s musical legacy is bound to be remembered more for the stars that died than the actual music itself, there was no shortage of great songs created. The Emerald’s music writers have selected their favorite songs of the recently concluded year. Craig Wright’s top songs: 5. “Easy Eating” by Naked Giants …

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Emerald Recommends: The best movies of 2016

The Emerald Recommends the best movies released in 2016. From low-brow comedies to hard hitting dramas, 2016 provided a wide-array of films. We have selected our favorites of the year — one list of solely superhero films included. A&C film critic Dana Alston’s top movies: 5. Hell Or High Water Chris Pine and …

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Emerald Recommends: The best concerts of 2016

No matter how strange of a year 2016 may have been, there is no denying the strength of touring musical acts this year. With industry giants touring across the world and up and comers proving their worth in tiny venues, there were great concerts everywhere you looked. The Emerald has enlisted its …

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Emerald Recommends: The best books of 2016

As college students, it’s tough to find spare time to read for pleasure between homework, midterms and term papers. The Emerald has enlisted its writers to recommend their favorite books they managed to read released in 2016. But What If We’re Wrong? By Chuck Klosterman Chuck Klosterman is the type of person who …

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Emerald Recommends: The most disappointing releases of 2016

Before the Emerald releases its best of 2016 lists of films, books, concerts, songs and albums, we felt it was important to balance praising the year’s best works of art with pointing out which let us down. These are not the worst pieces of the year; these are works that showed great potential and fell …

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Emerald Recommends: Last minute gift ideas for your parents

Update: 3:05 p.m. More last minute gift ideas have been added to the list. Let’s face it: our parents do a lot for us. In addition to being the reason we are in this world at all, our parents spent years loving us unconditionally, providing a home, feeding us, doing our …

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Emerald Recommends: Our 12 essential holiday movies

To celebrate the home-run stretch before Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season as a whole, the Emerald has enlisted every writer on the arts and culture desk to recommend his or her favorite holiday movie. With classic cartoons, comedies and a few oddball selections, these are the films Emerald staffers will be watching during winter …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends the songs that defined 2016

In this installment from the Emerald Podcast Network, arts and culture editor Craig Wright, music writer Sararosa Davies and Emerald associate podcast editor Emerson Malone join forces and share some of the songs that defined 2016 for them. This episode was produced by Emerson Malone. Our theme music was written by Evan …

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Review: Jim James’ voice mesmorizes the Roseland Theater

It was below freezing when the Roseland Theater opened its doors at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. Although few fans dared to brave the cold to wait in line, the venue slowly filled by the time headliner Jim James took the stage at 9:15. James is best known as the …

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Review: X shows Portland how a rock concert is supposed to sound

The majority of the founding fathers of punk have passed on touring or are doing so with replacement members after embodying the “live fast and die young” lifestyle. Fortunately, Los Angeles’ finest punk band, X, is still playing in top form with all of its original members. On Friday, singer …

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