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Review: Diet Cig packs a powerful punch at the Boreal

New York two-piece Diet Cig’s debut album, “Swear I’m Good at This,” is a rally cry for self-love and safe spaces — a bubbly pop-punk look at the current political moment in all its confusion. Drummer Noah Bowman and guitar and vocalist Alex Luciano stopped in Eugene to play a …

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Things to do this week: ‘The Cuisine of Mali’ exhibit, Futurebirds at Hi-Fi and ‘Mystery’ of Easter Island lecture

Thursday, April 27: Across the Table, Around the World, The Cuisine of Mali (The Museum of Natural and Cultural History), 6 p.m., $35 with pre-registration This weekend presents a unique opportunity to improve your cultural culinary skill at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. This event explores the “staples and …

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Concert preview: Jahkoy says he can be the face of a new genre of music

At just 23 years old, Toronto-native Jahkoy Palmer has already tasked himself with creating the next popular genre of music. His wide variety of musical influences, international perspective and everyday life experiences all contribute to his unique genre-blending sound that he says will help him achieve his ambitious goals. “I …

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Review: Solange Knowles brings her triumphant stage show to Portland

The unsinkable Solange Knowles played the headlining slot for Soul’d Out Music Fest, a soul and R&B music festival based in multiple venues around Portland, on Friday, April 21, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The festival’s events from April 19–23 have included Travis Scott (who brought Drake out to get …

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Q&A: Rapper Nick Grant talks touring with Ab-Soul, rap battles and directing horror movies

On Saturday, April 21, Atlanta rapper Nick Grant opened for Ab-Soul in front of a lively audience at WOW Hall. Grant is currently touring with Ab-Soul to promote his recently released EP “The Return of the Cool.” Grant first gained mainstream attention after  freestyling on the popular radio talk show, …

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Q&A: Alex Luciano from Diet Cig talks writing while touring and ‘Swear I’m Good at This’

Sometimes you need to scream about all that’s wrong with the world. Diet Cig, a two-piece band from New York, will be there when you need to let it all out. It’s hard not to dance when singer and guitarist Alex Luciano yelps and Noah Bowman’s drumming provides a cathartic …

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Things to do this week: April 20-26: Let’s Talk Food, Duck baseball, Record Store Day, Ira Glass, Quack Chats

Thursday, April 20: Let’s Talk Food: Conversations with Oregon food writers at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (1680 E. 15th Ave.), 5:30 p.m., $5-10 If you’re a foodie who holds a genuine interest for where your food is sourced, join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History this …

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Review: Jeremy Messersmith’s ’11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs for Ukulele’ delivers positivity in 15 minutes

Minneapolis musician Jeremy Messersmith can be a little macabre, often spending his songwriting power on graveyards and suburbia. But when the world becomes dark, his music turns to the overtly positive to provide comfort. He is often compared to Portland’s Elliott Smith, but Messersmith has created his own brand of …

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Ab-Soul and Nick Grant gave Eugene a taste of “real hip-hop” Saturday night

When DJ Kerosene took the stage at WOW Hall on Saturday night, he introduced himself then asked the crowd, “Eugene, are you ready for some real hip-hop tonight?” Only half the venue was full at that point, but those who arrived early were in for a treat. Opening act Nick …

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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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Photos: of Montreal’s exotic, erotic ball at Hi-Fi Music Hall

Good news: the Soviet Union and the United States have made up. They also made out. All it took was of Montreal’s candy-pop and a little help from LGBT rights. Of Montreal’s Friday night show at the Hi-Fi Music Hall was a well-orchestrated theatrical performance that regularly featured the band’s …

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Indie band Whitney remains steady in the face of audience shenanigans

Last night, Smith Westerns-alumni-band-turned-indie-rock-darlings Whitney played WOW Hall to a rambunctious crowd. Though based in Chicago, vocalist/drummer Julien Ehrlich and bassist Josiah Marshall are both Portland natives. Ehrlich said he has wanted to play WOW Hall since he was a senior in high school who used to come to Eugene …

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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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Things to do this week: Annual Hope Conference, Light Up the Night Bike Ride and Ab-Soul at WOW Hall

Thursday, April 13 through Saturday, April 15: 23rd Annual Hopes Conference at the UO School of Allied Arts and Architecture (1206 University St.), 12-8 p.m., free The theme of the 23rd Annual Hopes Conference is displacement, specifically the global displacement of resources, populations and natural rights. Each panel, workshop, speaker and …

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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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Review: Moon Hooch bring their cracked-out jazz to Hi-Fi

Apart from the novelty riffs of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” and its countless copycats — Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” and Fifth Harmony’s “Worth It” — there isn’t enough saxophone in modern pop. Luckily, Moon Hooch — which just played at the Hi-Fi Music Hall Saturday night — is …

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Preview: Solange, Giorgio Moroder and more coming to Portland for Soul’d Out

Spring term means music festival season, and the most impressive lineup of them all may be at the eighth annual Soul’d Out Music Festival. Multiple Portland venues will host a remarkable array of talent for the music festival, which will take over the city from April 19-23. Solange Knowles, The …

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Benefit concert to raise money for Ugandan motorcycle ambulance

On Friday, the University of Oregon Students for Global Health Club is hosting a benefit concert to raise money for a rural Ugandan village. The club is working with a Ugandan organization called the Kigezi Healthcare Foundation to raise $5,000 for a motorcycle ambulance. The concert will be held at …

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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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Double Takes: Drake ups his game on ‘More Life’

On Saturday, March 18, Toronto-based rapper/singer Drake released More Life, a playlist that serves as his latest project. Drake fans rejoiced. Others groaned. On this double-take, Emerald writers Cassandra Brady, an avid fan, and Dana Alston, unabashed hater, offer their thoughts on Drizzy’s sprawling 81-minute effort. Dana’s take: Drake (born Aubrey …

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STRFKR to play the Roseland Theater on Saturday night

On Saturday night, indie-pop band STRFKR will perform a hometown show in Portland at the Roseland Theater. Brooklyn duo Psychic Twins will open the show. The band’s frontman, Joshua Hodges, originally founded the band as a solo project in 2007. Hodges added bassist/keyboardist Shawn Glassford and drummer Keil Corcoran after …

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Q&A: Cameron Avery, Tame Impala touring bassist, is ‘totally uncompromising’ on first solo record

On Friday night, multi-instrumentalist Cameron Avery will perform at the Holocene in Portland in support of his first solo record, “Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams.” Avery is best known as the current touring bassist for Kevin Parker’s main project, Tame Impala, and as the former drummer of Australian psych-rock band POND. Unlike his …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends songs for your spring break

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, podcast editor Emerson Malone and arts and culture writer Sararosa Davies dish out their recommendations for what tunes to play this spring break. Here are the songs you’ll hear in this episode: “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell “Something for your M.I.N.D.” …

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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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Flea steals the show at the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Portland concert

The legendary Los Angeles-based group the Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently touring in support of their 11th studio album “The Gateway.” This is the second album that the band has released since guitarist Josh Klinghoffer replaced long-time member John Frusciante in 2009. Many fans worried that the band’s material …

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Things to do this week: March 16-22: Fish Tales, Zero Waste Crafting, Beard and Mustache Competition, Reggae Night, Healing Gardens

Thursday, March 16: Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (1680 E 15th Ave.), 5:30 p.m., free for UO students with I.D. and museum members The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is sponsoring a conversation on Oregon seafood as …

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Laura Marling’s ‘Semper Femina’ expands on the legacy of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’

“Semper Femina,” the title of British folk artist Laura Marling’s latest album, means “always woman” in Latin. Marling is a prolific songwriter. In recent years, she’s explored themes of introversion and anxiety in her work. In an interview with Clash Music, Marling said that her new album is “me looking …

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