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

It’s especially poignant when 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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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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Berg: Yes, Fall Out Boy’s Ghostbusters theme is bad. But there’s more to it.

It seems like everyone has an axe to grind with Paul Feig’s reboot of Ghostbusters. Whether you find the notion of an all-female cast pandering, or considering the use of African-American stereotype to be uncouth, negative emotions have prematurely surrounded the film. This week, the cycle of outrage extended to …

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10 years later, Nelly Furtado’s ‘Loose’ is as strange and sensual as ever

When Nelly Furtado released Loose in June 2006, it was a curve ball. Just three years before, she had been collaborating with people like Caetano Veloso and the Kronos Quartet on polite, artsy folk-pop songs. Then suddenly she was singing about sex over blaring beats from Timbaland. It could only have been …

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Matt Shultz of Cage The Elephant screams to the front row during a performance at McMenamin's Edgefield on Sat. June 18. (Craig Wright/Emerald)
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Photos: Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man and Twin Peaks team up for a stacked triple bill at the Edgefield

On Saturday night McMenamin’s Edgefield venue hosted a stacked triple bill featuring Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man (the self-proclaimed “Lords of Portland”) and Twin Peaks. Held a few days after the summer equinox, all three bands were able to finish their performances before the sun had completely set, which …

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Cage The Elephant will play at McMenamin's Edgefield on Saturday, June 18. The Emerald spoke with guitarist Brad Shultz before the sold out show which will also feature Portugal. The Man and Twin Peaks.
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Q&A: Cage the Elephant’s Brad Shultz talks new album, brotherhood and Dan Auerbach

After blasting onto the music scene with “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” from their self-titled album in 2009, Cage The Elephant has found its footing as one of the most popular rock bands of the era. The band is currently touring in support of Tell Me I’m Pretty, which …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends the best music of 2016 (so far)

The first six months of 2016 have already yielded some beautiful, unforgettable songs. In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald writers Daniel Bromfield, Emerson Malone and Craig Wright share some of their favorites. Listen to the podcast here and check out the playlist below. Here’s what we hear: …

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Review: Car Seat Headrest reaches greatness with ‘Teens Of Denial’

Will Toledo was no newcomer to the music scene when the so called “first” Car Seat Headrest album, Teens of Style was released last year through Matador Records. Toledo had already completed 11 self-released albums on his Bandcamp page and attracted a small cult following. Their first official album, Teens Of Style, …

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Tim Heidecker played from his new album 'In Glendale' during the fifteenth annual Sasquatch! Music Festival on Monday, May 30. (Emerson Malone/Emerald).
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Dispatch from Sasquatch, day four – Thunderpussy, Tim Heidecker, Titus Andronicus

Monday marks the day of Sasquatch’s most emotionally manipulative lineup, with the hardcore Jersey boys Titus Andronicus, the heavy metal outfit Baroness from Savannah, GA and the electronic combo Jamie xx back-to-back with Caribou and Eugene homeboy Sufjan Stevens. Highlights from today: • Hard rock band Thunderpussy was the first …

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Mac Demarco enjoys the the Gorge. The Gorge hosts the 15th Annual Sasquatch! Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 27-30. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Dispatch from Sasquatch, day three – Mac DeMarco, Alabama Shakes, Shamir

High winds closed Sasquatch’s main stage on Sunday, which meant at 9 p.m., Alabama Shakes was the first band of the day to take the stage. The day’s lineup was light and youthful, from the nicotine bluegrass of Mac DeMarco to the masterful southern blues of the Shakes. BAIO’s delightful …

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats play on the main stage. The Gorge hosts the 15th Annual Sasquatch! Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 27-30. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Dispatch from Sasquatch, day two – M83, John C. Reilly, and the band formerly known as Viet Cong

Day two of the 15th annual Sasquatch music fest in George, Washington yielded strong indie acts from Seattle, irreverent comedy from Moshe Kasher, melodramatic space opera from M83 and plenty of middle-aged men screaming. Check out more photos from day two here. Early Saturday afternoon yielded at least two promising …

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Review: Saint Motel starts summer off right with new tunes and retro flair

Memorial Day weekend kicked off with a burst of fresh summer heat courtesy of Saint Motel. The California-based pop-rockers have been hanging around the Pacific Northwest for a few weeks, finishing up their long-awaited second album. Their visit to the Hi-Fi Music Hall last Friday marked their first stop in …

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Festive goer Saxton enjoys Vic Mensa. The Gorge hosts the 15th Annual Sasquatch! Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 27-30. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Dispatch from Sasquatch, day one – A$AP Rocky, Yeasayer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

The gates to the festival grounds wouldn’t open until 3 p.m., atypically later from Sasquatches prior, which bought a lot of free time for the campers. Some elected to play games — cornhole, Bocce ball, croquet and Frisbee were a common sight. Others played cards on blankets outside their tents. …

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Chromeo graces the crowd with groovy Canadian electronic as the sun sets. The Gorge hosts the 14th Annual Sasquatch! Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 22 to Monday, May 25, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Surviving at Sasquatch: Festival Camping 101

So you spent the money from your work study job on tickets to your favorite festival. Whether it’s Sasquatch, Coachella or Bonnaroo, one thing is certain: you will be camping. This isn’t your childhood summer trip with your parents. This is the time to pretend you know how to camp …

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Weekend Calendar 5/27-5/29: See student art at the Spring Storm

Featured Event: Spring Storm This Friday, University of Oregon students and art aficionados can enjoy pieces straight from the minds of UO art students. The 2016 Spring Storm will display the work of graduating students of the art, digital arts and product design majors. The reception for the public will be …

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Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio on Bowie, iconic album art, and geography

Geography always played a big role for Vampire Weekend, from the smoggy New York City skyline cover of 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City to the international references in their lyrics, which reaches from Berkeley to Angkor Wat to Dar es Salaam. But the sense of place is more ambiguous …

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Review: Ariana Grande spins great sex narratives on ‘Dangerous Woman’

It makes sense that Ariana Grande would go full raunch queen on her third album Dangerous Woman. Though she debuted as a Nickelodeon star, Grande’s never been interested in kid-friendly shit, and she was quick to disown her bubblegum-as-fuck debut single “Put Your Hearts Up.” Alas, the Nick baggage has …

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What will be 2016’s Song of the Summer?

Each year has its definitive Song of the Summer. It’s chiefly defined by two things: (a) its earwormy nature and (b) its ubiquity. 2014 was the summer of that “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo (feat. Snoop Dogg) was ubiquitous and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj was …

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Ducks Taste Test Beyonce’s Lemonade

In Beyoncé’s video accompaniment to her album Lemonade, she outlines various emotions through song and through prose. She implies that her grandmother’s lemonade is a source of healing, emphasizing the metaphor that although someone may receive lemons, they can make sweet lemonade with them. We made the lemonade recipe Beyonce recited …

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Coloring Book is Chance the Rapper's third album.
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Review: Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” is one of the year’s best rap albums

Chance the Rapper is undeniably independent. He’s not signed to any label, and he puts out all his music for free, albeit through premium music services like Apple Music. Chance’s third mixtape, Coloring Book, is also undeniably independent. These songs are full of beautiful children’s choirs, empowering gospel singers and, of course, Chance’s …

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Andrew Bird played at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday, May 18 (Hannah Steinkopf-Frank/Emerald).
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Review: Indie-rock patron saint Andrew Bird stops in Portland

Indie-rock patron saint Andrew Bird, along with inimitable opener John Grant, stopped for a sublime show at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday, May 18. Grant, a musician from Iceland-by-way-of-Colorado-by-way-of-Michigan, is opening for Bird since his recent album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure came out in late 2015. He took …

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Review: The Who Hits 50, Townshend hits 71

The Who were scheduled to perform in Portland as a part of the Who Hits 50 tour, but Roger Daltrey was hospitalized due to a case of viral meningitis which forced the band to postpone the tour. They promised to come back stronger than ever, which seems unbelievable for anyone …

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Preview: Andrew Bird is coming to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall tomorrow

Some musicians are on a different level of consciousness, which becomes obvious during a live performance; such is the case for indie virtuoso Andrew Bird. While Bird is a master of the violin — which you’ll often hear accompany his tremolo whistling — his insatiable appetite for other instruments keeps …

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