Check out Alex Ruby's picks for this week's best new indie albums due out this week. (Brandon Montes-Nguyen/Emerald)
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Eye on Indie: The best albums to look for this week include Bon Iver, Danny Brown, Jenny Hval and Regina Spektor

Eye on Indie is a weekly column in which Emerald writer Alex Ruby provides his picks for the best indie albums to watch for in the upcoming week. This week’s selections include releases from Bon Iver, Danny Brown, Jenny Hval and Regina Spektor. All titles are set for release on Sept. 30. …

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Avery Tare of Animal Collective sings during the group's performance at the McDonald Theater in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 26, 2016. (Aaron Nelson/Emerald)
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Review: A night with Animal Collective at McDonald Theatre

For most people, Monday evening primarily gravitated around a very specific debate between two people, both of whom are competing for the same job. The conversation included whether one believes that climate change was a hoax concocted by the Chinese, how to alleviate the relationship between the black community and …

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Campbell Club co-oper makes “guttery” folk music as Cigarettes and Milk

If you’re passing through the Campbell Club co-op and see any chocolate milk laying around, you’d be advised not to drink it so as not to incur the wrath of Waldo Przekop. “If you drink my chocolate milk, I’ll get really mad,” he laughs. The 23-year-old singer-songwriter, who records as …

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Fruit Bats played the HiFi Music Lounge on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (Emerson Malone/Emerald).
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Review: Fruit Bats’ blissful show at HiFi Music Hall

The Portland-based indie-rock band Fruit Bats certainly deserves your attention, even if the name doesn’t always ring a bell. Even the HiFi doorman cordially greeted me: “’Sup, man? You here to see Fruit Flies?” In terms of masterful, textured arrangements and poetic, elegant lyrics, Fruit Bats are arguably the closest …

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Review: What So Not, Tkay Maidza and Graves impress at WOW Hall

Australian electronic music producer What So Not performed at WOW Hall on Wednesday night, bringing Eugene electronic music fans one of the best shows since Mad Decent Block Party. The man behind What So Not, Emoh Instead, brought amazing energy to the hall which was filled with passionate fans. The show …

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Preoccupations' self-titled album came out Sept. 16 on Jagjaguwar.
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Review: Preoccupations’ self-titled album an exercise in adult angst

The self-titled album from Preoccupations begins with more than a minute of feedback noise and nasal radiator drone as a foreboding preamble. In the opening track, “Anxiety,” bassist-vocalist Matt Flegel murmurs cryptic, paranoiac verses (“I’m spinning in a vacuum, deteriorating to great acclaim”), but his frayed voice never comes across …

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Eugene rockers Dick Dägger prepare to drop equally absurdly named debut album

Dick Dägger haven’t even released their debut full-length album yet and they’re already planning a second. They’d like it to be a concept album. “There have been a few good concept albums lately, but it’s one of those things that always gets lost,” says Mick Dägger, the band’s singer, guitarist, and …

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Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats, performing at Pickathon Music Festival in Happy Valley, OR earlier this summer. (Emerson Malone/Emerald).
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Preview: Fruit Bats coming to HiFi Music Hall this Friday

In the last three albums from Fruit Bats, an indie-folk band previously based in Chicago, then Seattle and now Portland, singer-songwriter Eric D. Johnson knits restless tales about feelings of inadequacy and homesickness, processing moods of malaise and solitude. As such: Fruit Bats’ Tripper is an excellent record to drink …

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Things to do this week: Carl Verheyen at WOW Hall, Beer 101, Get The Led Out at McDonald Theatre

Featured: Monday, Sept. 12 — Carl Verheyen Band at WOW Hall (291 W 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401) The Carl Verheyen Band will be making their third appearance at WOW Hall this week as part of their The Grand Design Tour 2016. The tour will continue all along the west …

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Ezra Furman's 'Big Fugitive Life' EP came out on July 19 on Bella Union Records.
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Review: Ezra Furman’s Big Fugitive Life a bipolar, captivating listen

Earlier this summer, Ezra Furman played a show with his backing band The Boy-Friends at Pickathon Music Festival, adorned in a red floral dress, a pearl necklace and Kool Aid-blue dyed hair. His self-deprecating stage presence was loud and palpable. While most musicians would relish the cheers between songs, Furman …

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Ice Cube performs at Musicfest Northwest presents Project Pabst on Saturday, August 27 in Portland. (Meerah Powell/Emerald)
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Photos from Project Pabst 2016: Ice Cube, Tame Impala, stripper astronauts

Musicfest Northwest presents Project Pabst offered an interesting and eclectic lineup this year: Ice Cube, Duran Duran, irreverent rock group Ween, psych-electronic titans Tame Impala, Brooklyn slacker rock Parquet Courts, Portland’s own Unknown Mortal Orchestra and plenty of others. The annual music festival, which took place in Portland this past …

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Dakota Prukop (9) and Head Coach Mark Helfrich talk in between plays. The Oregon Ducks hold the annual spring game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Things to do this week: Aggies vs Ducks, Malala Yousafzai, Wilco

Featured: Oregon Ducks vs. UC Davis Aggies at Autzen Stadium (2700 MLK Jr. Blvd) — Game begins at 2 p.m. The University of California – Davis Aggies (2-9 in the 2015 season) are facing off with the Oregon Ducks (2015 record: 9-4) at Autzen Stadium this Saturday in the first game …

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Members of the band Soccer Babes — Matt Harman, Myles Field and Kevin McDonald (left to right) — played a house show at Ant House on Feb. 13. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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A few pointers for getting into Eugene’s music scene

Eugene doesn’t see as much live music as it should; a lot of major bands skip over our humble town, stopping in Portland and San Francisco but nowhere in between. But scanning the local music listings to see what’s coming to bars and venues will only give you a cursory …

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Things to do this week: Project Pabst, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Thomas Mapfumo

Featured: MusicFest Northwest Presents Project Pabst this weekend in Portland, Aug. 26-28. This weekend marks the first collaboration between Portland’s two biggest music festivals, Project Pabst and Musicfest Northwest, which are joining forces for an epic lineup as one entity, MFNW Presents Project Pabst. The two-day, two-stage festival takes place …

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VCR: Made In Summer

On a cool April night, the band members of VCR — Chase Clark, Emma Hurt and Tyler Howard — climb into Clark’s 1994 Buick Regal Sport. This ride has a purpose. The Eugene group has just finished recording its first album Season One! and wants to experience it on the …

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Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor during a Aug. 12 show at the WOW Hall in Eugene, Ore. (Emerson Malone/Emerald).
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Photos: Dandy Warhols make a scene at the WOW Hall

If you associate any image with Dandy Warhols, it’s almost certainly the unzipping banana. It’s printed onto the band’s drumhead and the cover for the 2003 album Welcome to the Monkey House, named for the Kurt Vonnegut short story of the same name. The Warhols’ stage at the WOW Hall …

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Shana Cleveland of La Luz at W.O.W. Hall on Thursday, August 11. (Emerson Malone/Emerald).
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Review: La Luz shine during W.O.W. Hall show

Eugene’s own Egotones and Snow White joined Seattle’s La Luz for an impressive lineup of Pacific Northwest-based surf-rock bands that played the W.O.W. Hall last night. The instrumental-heavy genre has some basic ingredients — bass, guitar, drum and organ/keyboard — which is a short checklist, but the different approaches that …

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Review: Eugene’s Face for Radio delivers on debut album “I Can Explain…”

If you’re sick of college bands writing about doing drugs and being lazy — and it seems like just about every college band on earth can’t think of much more to write about — it’s easy to dismiss Face for Radio. Couches, booze, pot, girls, jobs, Netflix, quarter-life anxiety, copious …

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Five of the most memorable Olympic anthems

The Summer Olympic Games are underway once again, bringing the excitement of sport to the forefront of the world’s attention. For as long as there have been Olympics, there have been songs that defined them. Be they fitting of the sacrifice and prestige required of the event or not, these …

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Jeff Tweedy of Wilco plays at Pickathon (Meerah Powell/Emerald)
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Photos from Pickathon: Ty Segall, Jeff Tweedy, Beach House, Mac DeMarco

Even in the secluded woodland utopia of Pendarvis Farms in Happy Valley, Ore., where the 18th Annual Pickathon Music Festival took place this past weekend, you can’t escape the 2016 presidential election. From the guy wearing the “A Vote For Donald Is a Vote For Fun” t-shirt to the fairly …

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Review: 50 years later, Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ feels like a snapshot of a band in transition

In retrospect, it’s hard to see Revolver as anything but transitional. “Strawberry Fields Forever” was still six months off — an eon by the standards of the assembly-line pace at which the ‘60s pop industry worked. Its studio experiments, exemplified on “Tomorrow Never Knows,” were only baby steps compared to …

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Preview: Whiteaker Block Party celebrates its 10th anniversary with a bang and lots of beer

It’s been ten years since the first Whiteaker Block Party. Since then, it’s blossomed from a small community gathering to “Eugene’s Biggest Summer Event”: an extravaganza with 11 (!) music stages and everything else from carnival games to spoken word to lots and lots of beer. This year’s event will …

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Eugene acoustic band STEEL WOOL plays at Goodbye July concert at Kesey Square. (Will Campbell/Emerald)
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Goodbye July draws vibrant crowd to Kesey Square

A vibrant crowd of about 150 trickled into Kesey Square for the “Goodbye July” concert on Saturday night. The free concert aimed to raise money for White Bird Clinic in Eugene. Next door to Kesey Square, Voodoo Doughnuts offered custom doughnuts, donating a portion of the proceeds to White Bird. …

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"Weird Al" Yankovic performing "Wanna B Ur Lovr" at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre on Friday, July 29. (Emerson Malone/Emerald).
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Review: Weird Al enforces ‘Mandatory Fun’ into Eugene regiment

In a little under two hours, Weird Al played thirty tracks, both parody and original, spanning his 33-year career. That, alone, is really something to behold. There’s no single demographic that is drawn to Al’s music, as demonstrated by the vast array that came to the Cuthbert Amphitheatre for his …

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‘Pon Farr,’ Trek Theatre’s first Star Trek musical, takes song and dance to the final frontier

Have you ever watched Star Trek and wondered: “Why is no one singing? Why is no one dancing?” If so, you’re in luck. Trek Theatre, the beloved Eugene theater troupe known for its public performances of Star Trek episodes, is about to debut its first musical. Pon Farr: A Green-Blooded …

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Weird Al on fans with song ideas, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Comedy Bang! Bang!

It’s especially poignant whenever satire eclipses the thing that it was meant to spoof. Take, for example, when you hear the nimble strings from the 1876 ballet “Dance of the Hours.” You likely don’t think of Italian composer Amilcare Ponchielli, but rather Allan Sherman’s perky lines: “All the counselors / …

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Wildflower is Avalanches' first album in 16 years.
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Review: The Avalanches cast off their mystique on the excellent ‘Wildflower’

The Avalanches’ second album Wildflower will invariably be compared to its predecessor, Since I Left You, which came out 16 years ago and has since become one of the most revered electronic albums of all time. But Wildflower is more concerned with erasing that record’s baggage than reinforcing it. It …

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Gene Simmons (stage persona The Demon) during the KISS show in Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday night. (Emerson Malone/Emerald.)
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Review: KISS, aptly excessive, brings Freedom to Rock tour to MKA

Sometime during sound check, a towering black curtain with the massive KISS insignia dropped before the stage in epic fashion. The audience roared. It was immediately apparent this would be no humble night. “The suspense,” whispered one audience member, who wore Paul Stanley’s Starchild makeup with a black star covering …

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Preview: KISS to make a stop in Eugene Rock City

Matthew Knight Arena is on a tear of head-banging nostalgia, with eminent heavy metal acts regularly paying a visit: a year ago this month, Alice Cooper and Mötley Crüe stopped by the arena; this September, Def Leppard will play the venue as well. This Saturday, July 9, the New York …

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Review: Israeli trio A-WA’s ‘Habib Galbi’ is hyper-specific music with broad appeal

The three sisters in A-WA share the last name Haim, which might lead one to make premature comparisons with another group of three sisters named Haim. But finding a Western reference point for their debut album Habib Galbi is futile and, frankly, beside the point. Tair, Liron, and Tagel Haim …

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