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PAX Prime primer: How to survive Seattle’s video game convention

This weekend, Seattle will host PAX Prime, one of the biggest video game fan conventions in the U.S.. The Penny Arcade Expo has been running for more than ten years, expanding into an empire of panels, demos and cosplay for four days of insane, nerdy fun. To help get you …

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Beach House performs at McDonald Theatre in Eugene, Ore. in 2012. (Meerah Powell/ Emerald)
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Beach House’s “Depression Cherry” a sweeping, cinematic voyage

For a successful band, selling out and going commercial may seem like an easy path to take, but Beach House has made it clear that they are not in the game for anyone but themselves and their fans. The band proclaims in a statement released by its label, SubPop, “[…] …

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Law School Edition: Well, I guess we can’t use Atticus Finch in our law school apps anymore

America needs its heroes. Our heroes are confident, but not cocky. Wise, but not pedantic. Charismatic, but soft spoken. This summer, an American hero’s legacy was crushed under the weight of his own bigotry. With the publication of Go Set a Watchman, the To Kill a Mockingbird sequel published 55 …

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Review: Meiko wins the weekend at the Doug Fir Lounge

Aug. 23, Meiko played an intimate acoustic show at the Doug Fir Lounge in East Portland. Starting promptly at 9:30 p.m., Meiko took the stage in a black acid-wash babydoll dress and black leggings with just her guitar, a microphone and a rum and coke – her signature pre-show drink, she …

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Fans found a way to see over the large crowd at MusicfestNW on Friday night. (Cooper Green/Emerald)
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Modest Mouse, Beirut, and more bring the heat to a smoky MusicfestNW

On a gorgeous Friday afternoon, Aug. 21, the second annual Musicfest Northwest graced Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park. A clear sky welcomed two main stages, dozens of vendors and countless indie/alternative music fans. Boasting a wide variety of genres, and with acts both local and national — this was the perfect cap for a …

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Law School Edition: Great Courtroom Dramas

Twelve Angry Men Sometimes a classic is held in high esteem for a simple reason: it’s worth the hype. Twelve Angry Men has been around for nearly 60 years, having been adapted and revised many times. Yet Sidney Lumet’s 1957 original still stands out as the must-see version. And why wouldn’t it? Angry …

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Destroyer’s ‘Poison Season’ is the sound of an artist on the warpath

Dan Bejar is on the warpath. “I really despise pop music these days,” he said in a recent interview after allegedly cutting the two catchiest songs from his latest Destroyer album Poison Season. The reason for his ire is likely 2011’s deservedly acclaimed Kaputt, which shot the former cult hero …

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Preview: Singer-songwriter Meiko to play Portland’s Doug Fir

Most Georgia musicians have their roots in Athens, the hip home of several alt-rock bands, such as R.E.M., The B-52s and Of Montreal. The latter shares a producer with Meiko. But Meiko Sheppard comes from Roberta, a 1000-person town whose motto claims it to be “A small town with a big …

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Michael Franti recognizes UO a capella group’s cover of ’11:59′

Raking in 3,000 YouTube views in just twelve hours on a song cover, or any video, for that matter, is an impressive feat, but having that cover reach the original artist is an entirely different triumph in itself. Both were achievements that the University of Oregon’s all-female a cappella group Divisi …

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"Straight Outta Compton," which came out Aug. 14, depicts the rise of the '90s hip-hop outfit N.W.A.
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Review: The beautiful, intense accomplishments of ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Music biopics are a difficult genre to sell. While countless artists have lived lives practically written for the screen, only a handful of movies have excelled at telling their story. Straight Outta Compton defines the history of N.W.A., the rap supergroup that launched the careers of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E …

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Gaming Week In Review: You won’t be playing single-player campaign on Battlefront

Resident Evil 2 tapped for current-generation remake Last week, Resident Evil producer Yoshiaki Hirabyashi took to social media, looking to gather support for a remake of Resident Evil 2. It wasn’t quite an announcement, but rather a rallying call – proof that the masses hungered for a return to Raccoon City. Well, …

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Emerald Recommends The Best Songs of Summer 2015

If some things tangibly define a season (the changing leaves and pumpkin lattes for fall; the punishing cold and perennial mood disorders for winter; the earth laughing in flowers for spring), summer, then, is the season inextricably tied to music. In his book Sex, Drugs & Cocoa Puffs, author Chuck Klosterman wrote, “Without a soundtrack, human interaction …

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At 50, The Beatles’ ‘Help’ is great as both a listen and a piece of history

The easiest way to split up the Beatles’ career is into two parts: the early moptop days and their “art” period. Harder is figuring out which record marks the transition. Rubber Soul is the most obvious candidate, with its layered, sardonic songs. A more conservative choice is Revolver, by which …

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10 DIY ideas to hype you up for football season

With the summer winding down and fall term right around the corner, it’s easy to feel stuck in a rut between the two seasons. You’ve exhausted all of your crafty project ideas for “Summer 2k15,” and it still feels too early to move on to decorating your apartment with autumn leaves and …

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Jeff Alworth, author of 'The Beer Bible' will visit Eugene's Ninkasi Breweries on Aug. 15 during his national book tour. (Image courtesy of Workman Publishing Company).
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Q&A with Jeff Alworth, author of ‘The Beer Bible’

Goose Island Sofie. Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. Dogfish Head Midas Touch. Firestone Walker Parabola. If you suffer from vertigo when you walk down mesmerically long beer aisles, Portland author Jeff Alworth can help you navigate the shelves and learn to read the idiosyncratic labels with his guide, The Beer Bible. Formerly a beer columnist for Willamette …

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Will Doughty of Slightly Stoopid entertaining the crowd during their performance at the Cuthbert Amphitheater on August 8, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Review: Slightly Stoopid, the Dirty Heads and Stick Figure play at Eugene’s Cuthbert Amphitheater

Slightly Stoopid fans are not afraid to dance. Last night, Stick Figure, Dirty Heads and Slightly Stoopid stopped at Eugene’s Cuthbert Amphitheater as part of their Everything Is Awesome summer tour, and the concert left me with a happy heart and bobbing head. The crowd at this show was unlike …

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Slightly Stoopid Performs at the Cuthbert Amphitheater

Reggae bands Stick Figure, The Dirty Heads, and Slightly Stoopid entertained crowds at the Cuthbert Amphitheater on Saturday, August 8, 2015.      

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Review: Fantastic Four is a testament to the power of Hollywood incompetence

It’s no secret that Hollywood is currently in the midst of a major superhero high. Studios are seeing stars from the insane profits coming out of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. We’re all buzzing on the hype for DC’s coming Justice League revival. The entire industry is at the peak of its …

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Gaming Week In Review: Gamescom 2015

Microsoft teases their 2016 catalog Early Tuesday morning the head of Xbox took to the stage in Cologne, Germany to showcase and debut the biggest games hitting the Xbox One in 2016. Promising the “greatest lineup in Xbox history,” Phil Spencer opened the show with Quantum Break, the latest from Remedy …

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Martin, alias Mortiz Stamm (played by Jonas Nay), in a scene from 'Deutschland 83' (YouTube).
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Of spies and men: ‘Deutschland 83’ is “wunderbar”

History books can often be the ultimate spoilers for television’s period pieces, be it AMC’s Mad Men or FX’s The Americans. In Deutschland 83, an eight-part program airing on SundanceTV and set in Germany in 1983, warheads are poised and aimed at other countries in a worldwide standoff while Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” is droning on …

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Wknd Calendar: Eugene and Springfield’s LGBTQA community to gather for annual Pride Day

Put together music, face painting and emceeing drag queens. What do all of these things have in common? They are just a few of the things you will find at the Annual Eugene Pride Festival. This popular event will be back to celebrate community pride August 8 at Alton Baker …

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“Another One” by Mac DeMarco is set to officially release on August 6 though is currently available on Spotify as well as other online streaming sources. (Creative Commons).
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Mac DeMarco releases new mini-LP ‘Another One’

25-year-old slacker-rock prince and proclaimed “Pepperoni Playboy” Mac DeMarco has done it again. Originally from Canada, DeMarco made his first prominent step onto the scene right out of high school under the moniker Makeout Videotape and was joined by a full band shortly after. A few years later, DeMarco returned …

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Oregon music lovers gather at Pickathon

Portland music lovers flocked to Pendarvis Farms for the 17th annual Pickathon music festival from July 31- August 2.

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Tom Cruise is a dedicated maniac in ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’

How many times can one franchise cover the same genre, and still come up with new ways to express it? While plenty of series have been around longer than Mission: Impossible, few have felt as fresh by the time they hit their fifth iteration. This is a series that has always given …

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Bike Around the Bomb event in Washington, D.C. last summer (photo courtesy of Global Zero).
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Cyclists to ‘Bike Around the Bomb’ on anniversary of Japan bombings

Like many other University of Oregon students born in a post-Cold War generation, Liz Vargas says that nuclear warfare was never part of the dialogue growing up. When she took a 300-level political science course “Nuclear Proliferation and Terrorism,” Vargas realized that the threat of nuclear war still looms today. …

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The four members of Hemlock Lane include (from left to right) John Queant, Natty Burmeister, Nate Hansen and Isaac Brickner. (Jamie Perry/Emerald)
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Student band Hemlock Lane releases new single Halfway There with famed producer Mark Needham

In the summer of 2011, four boys from Roseburg, Oregon, started a band in the attic of one of their houses on Hemlock Lane — the street that later became their name. What originated from casual jam sessions morphed into an unofficial John Mayer tribute band, and later grew into something no one …

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Langhorne Slim will be at Hifi Music Hall on August 4. (Image courtesy of All Eyes Media).
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Langhorne Slim & The Law are coming to Hifi Music Hall

For those seeking an antidote to the radio-tailored, Mumford and Sons purgatory that befalls most folk music, read on: Langhorne Slim and The Law are coming to Eugene. Langhorne Slim’s work has been lauded by several big leaguers. In 2008, The Guardian called him “one of the greatest live acts.” …

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The prismatic art installation is located at the corner of West 3rd Ave. and Van Buren St. during the 9th Annual Whiteaker Block Party in Eugene's  Whiteaker neighborhood. (Samuel Marshall / Emerald).
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Photos: The Whiteaker Block Party is Decadent and Pretty Dope

It’s been a busy summer for festivals in Eugene. In the past month, we’ve seen the 46th Oregon Country Fair in Veneta and the Lane County Fair at the fairgrounds. Last week, downtown was shut down for vehicle traffic for Eugene Sunday Streets – an occasion designed with pedestrians and cyclists in …

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Gaming Week In Review: Big debuts ahead at Gamescom

Gamescom brings the industry’s finest to Europe, here’s what to expect. Next week in Cologne, Germany is Gamescom – the biggest gaming trade show and convention in Europe. The show isn’t quite as massive as E3, but will still promise some major updates and reveals from some of the biggest names …

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'The Most Lamentable Tragedy' from Titus Andronicus came out July 28.
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Titus Andronicus explores new aesthetic of anxiety in ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’

Somewhere in the middle of The Most Lamentable Tragedy – a 93-minute, 29-song monolith – it becomes clear that New Jersey punk-rock outfit Titus Andronicus isn’t really into the whole brevity thing. But as frontman Patrick Stickles rightfully told Grantland in an interview, the record can be enjoyed on a macro level, as well …

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