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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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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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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Meiko performing at Portland's Doug Fir Lounge in 2008. (Creative Commons).
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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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Screenshot from Divisi's '11:59' music video (YouTube).
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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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Dan Bejar, frontman of Destroyer. (Creative Commons).
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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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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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The Cuthbert Amphitheater  looms over a large crowd on August 8, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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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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“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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Fans Enjoy Ty Segall at the wood stage.  (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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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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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 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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The “Crüecifly” roller coaster from which Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee performs his drum solo. (Craig Wright / Emerald).
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Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper make The Final Tour an explosive experience in Eugene

Mötley Crüe, the beloved hard rock band from Los Angeles, has been touring the world for the last time on what has been declared “The Final Tour.” The slogan “All Bad Things Must Come To An End,” has been the basis of the tour, as the band has signed a …

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Pabst enthusiasts  at Project Pabst reveled in the bounty of beer. (Scott Greenstone / Emerald).
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PBR stains the mountaintops in 2015 Project Pabst music fest

The second annual incarnation of Project Pabst finished last night in southwest Portland’s Zidell Yards. Weezer, Blondie, Run the Jewels and Passion Pit were among the acts that played during the two-day music festival. Temperatures lingered in the high 90s both Saturday and Sunday (July 18-19.) For most attendees, the …

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Passion Pit lead singer Michael Angelakos thrusts his microphone into the crowd during the band's second song. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)
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Weezer, Blondie, Passion Pit headline Project Pabst 2015 music fest in Portland

Passion Pit, Blondie, Run the Jewels and Weezer are among the big names performing this weekend at the Project Pabst music festival in Portland. Saturday’s lineup includes Against Me!, Thee Oh Sees, TV On the Radio, Run the Jewels, and Blondie, while The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), Buzzcocks, Passion Pit and Weezer will …

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UO graduate pioneers new musical genre with his harmonica

When Joe Powers was two years old, his aunt bought him his first harmonica. He still has the photo from that Christmas Day, in his Captain America pajamas with the harmonica in his hands. As a teenager, he’d play it endlessly, walking down the street and waiting at bus stops. …

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The 46th annual OCF takes place this weekend on July 10–12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Emerson Malone/Emerald.)
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Wknd Calendar: as Oregon Bach Festival comes to a close, Oregon Country Fair ramps up

The Oregon Bach Festival (OBF), which the Wall Street Journal has called “one of the world’s leading music festivals,” is coming to a close this weekend. The donor-supported program of the University of Oregon has received international attention, drawing musicians from all over the world to participate in its events. One of the most …

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Van Halen far exceeds expectations in show near Portland

When Van Halen, whose founding members are all past the age of 60, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel in late March to announce a new live album and summer tour, it looked as if the best days of the band had long passed. Lead singer David Lee Roth hit himself in …

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Morning/Evening cover. (Photo courtesy of fourtet.bandcamp.com)
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Review: Four Tet’s soft-spoken ‘Morning/Evening’ cleanses the EDM palate

In an EDM culture saturated with artists who construct their tracks with grimy beats and filthy bass drops, it’s refreshing to have someone like Four Tet. The English musician, who’s responsible for 2010’s exceptional album “There Is Love In You”, 2013’s “Beautiful Rewind”, and collaborations with Burial and Thom Yorke, shared his …

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Tim McLaughlin performing at the Saturday Market. (Cooper Green/Emerald)
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Fresh sounds at the Eugene Saturday Market

A passerby is bound to hear a different breed of music on 8th Avenue and Oak Street in Eugene. The city’s Saturday Market hosts a myriad of vendors peddling a wide range of items. But the market is also host to a cultural platter of music. The curbs are stages …

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Donato Dozzy & Neel's 2012 album "Voices From The Lake" is a techno-inspired album sure to please those new and aware of ambient music
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The best ambient albums of the decade so far

Here’s a list of five wonderfully unique ambient albums to listen to.

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Here are a few of the best shows to see in Eugene this summer

Whether you’re a native or a college student staying here while your friends disperse, Eugene is the place to be during summer. This is in no small part thanks to the touring acts that come by during the hot months. These are just a few of the acts that will …

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These are the 12 songs you won’t be able to escape this summer

Summer is in clear sight and so are the songs you will hear all summer. Here is a list of 12 songs that you can’t escape this summer but could possibly become obsessed with.

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Agalloch and YOB’s W.O.W gig June 5 showcases the best of Northwest metal

June 5 the W.O.W Hall will be hosting a Northwest metal showcase. Expect to see headliner Agalloch and YOB and Ufomammut opening up the show.

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The Mountain Goats performed at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Oregon on May 30 in support of their 15th studio album, 'Beat the Champ.' (Merge Records)
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The Mountain Goats return to Portland

This Saturday, the Mountain Goats performed at the Wonder Ballroom, with a mixed setlist featuring both fan favorites and tracks off the band’s latest studio release, ‘Beat the Champ.’

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