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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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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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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