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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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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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'A Moon Shaped Pool' dropped on May 8.
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Review: ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ is Radiohead at its most intimate

British art-rock outfit Radiohead teased its ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool with a complete evisceration of the band’s social media presence, which was followed up with a cryptic video of a stop-motion puppet bird chirping in a tree. Moon, a follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs, was …

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Review: The Thermals return to Eugene for the first time in two years

Beginning their reign of lo-fi, power-pop glory in the early 2000s, The Thermals have easily become Portland’s hometown sweethearts. The trio of close friends returned to Eugene for the first time in two years last night at HiFi Music Hall to play an energetic and well-welcomed set. The band is …

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Review: Mike Posner’s ‘At Night, Alone’

Mike Posner’s new album, At Night, Alone, consists of 10 original tracks and six remixes. Posner originally found fame after his single “Cooler Than Me” took off as an international hit from his first album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff. After the stardom he earned from success, Posner dealt with mental health issues and …

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Blake's 'The Colour in Anything' was released May 6. (Creative Commons).
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Review: James Blake bares his soul on ‘The Colour In Anything’

English producer and singer/songwriter James Blake is a master of atmosphere. His past two full-length albums, his 2011 self-titled and 2013’s Overgrown, created environments that were cold, dark and intensely beautiful. His third, The Colour In Anything is no different, continuing his trend of using ambient sounds and his own soothing voice to fill the …

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Weekend Calendar: Nitro Circus Live invades Autzen Stadium

Nitro Circus Live If you aren’t spending this Mother’s Day weekend with your mom, the Nitro Circus is offering a total daredevil, wild action adventure this Saturday night at Autzen Stadium. The sports-action entertainment company is coming by Eugene for a night of freestyle motocross, BMX and, “Anything you can …

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Get to know some college town sounds at the Willamette Valley Music Festival

The Willamette Valley Music Festival only happens once every year—and you should take advantage of it since it’s all free. Here’s the low-down on some of the bands you’ll regret not going to see. Evergreen by Meerah Powell, @meerahpowell Makayla Meador, the electronic producer Evergreen, didn’t always know she was …

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Beach Slang performs at the Analog Cafe and Theater in Portland on Sunday, May 1. It was the band's second show following breakup rumors earlier in the week. (Liam Walker)
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Beach Slang returns to Portland in top shape after breakup rumors

After Philadelphia punk band Beach Slang’s Thursday night show in Salt Lake City, which ended with thrown guitars and a promise for a refund from singer James Alex, rumors began to fly that the band had broken up. Friday’s show in Boise was cancelled, fueling the speculation. Later in the …

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Bromfield: It doesn’t matter that Beyoncé doesn’t play instruments (and Radiohead does)

A couple days ago, when Beyoncé’s Lemonade had been out for about a week and Radiohead was ramping up the promotion for “Burn the Witch,” I wrote a tweet comparing the two albums’ cryptic rollouts. Quickly, a Twitter user responded: “The difference between Beyoncé and Radiohead is that the latter are musicians …

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Weekend Calendar: Oregon football returns with spring game

Here’s what’s happening in Eugene this weekend: Oregon spring football game: 11 a.m., Saturday, April 30 at Autzen Stadium. Bring non-perishable or canned foods for admission. This Saturday, students have a chance to preview the upcoming football season’s lineup with the spring game at 11 a.m. Anyone can show up …

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Adventurous country artist Sturgill Simpson returns with 'A Sailor's Guide To The Earth.' The album serves as a letter to his first son.
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Review: Sturgill Simpson welcomes first son with ‘A Sailor’s Guide To The Earth’

In 2014, Sturgill Simpson blended drug-induced psychedelic country with traditional outlaw tales in Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. The cosmos-inspired country sound proved to be one of the strongest and most interesting albums of the year. On A Sailor’s Guide To The Earth, the Kentucky native has continued to diversify …

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Review: ‘Miles Ahead’ is no biopic – but so what?

It’s a point of fact that a lot of the new Miles Davis movie is fiction. Miles Ahead isn’t a biopic. Most of its action centers around two days Davis (Don Cheadle) spends with made-up journalist David Braden (Ewan McGregor), who’s looking to write the famed artist’s “comeback story.” From …

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Getting into Prince: 5 albums to start with

No musician in the pop pantheon has made it harder to find their work than Prince, which is frustrating if his death last Thursday at age 57 piqued your interest in his discography. The Purple One’s music isn’t available on Spotify or YouTube — he’s on Tidal, of course — …

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Podcast: The folky camp of Lumineers’ album Cleopatra and remembering Prince

Emerald writers Emerson Malone, Craig Wright, Daniel Bromfield and guest contributor Alec Topkis review The Lumineers’ latest album Cleopatra and reflect on the life and career of legendary music icon Prince.

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Meechy Darko shakes his dreadlocks against the flourescent background during "Thug Waffle," one of the Flatbush Zombies' oldest songs that helped put them in the limelight. (Andrew Metzler/Emerald)
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Review: Flatbush Zombies astound at WOW Hall

The bass coming from the Flatbush Zombies concert at WOW Hall could be heard down the street. The line to get inside stretched around the block and local petitioners sparked conversations with the people in line about their voting involvement. It seemed fitting for the event due to the Flatbush …

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Video: Pancho + The Factory

  The Emerald sat down with Pancho + The Factory to talk about being divas and what it’s like being part of the Eugene music scene.

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Courtney Barnett at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland on Wednesday, April 20 (Hannah Steinkopf-Frank/Emerald).
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Review: Courtney Barnett takes a break from Coachella, stops in Portland

Taking a break between weekends at Coachella, Courtney Barnett brought her capricious and vital Aussie rock to Portland. Barnett is a great equalizer. It’s no short list of people who are drawn to her music and bounce on the trampoline-like floors of Portland’s Crystal Ballroom. This included middle-aged dads wearing …

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Preview: Flatbush Zombies to play WOW Hall on April 22

Striking a balance between strong lyricism and a captivating music is not easily accomplished in contemporary hip-hop. Many rappers opt for one or the other, which often means sacrificing money and fame in order to portray complex and thought-provoking lyrics, or sacrificing quality lyricism for a soundtrack that will appeal …

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Review: Frankie Cosmos tackles the uncertainty of growing up in her newest album “Next Thing”

From first listen to Next Thing, it’s clear that 22-year-old New York musician Greta Kline – or Frankie Cosmos – writes straight from the heart. Known for her adherence to DIY culture, releasing more than 40 bedroom-recorded demos and EPs through her Bandcamp since 2011, Frankie Cosmos easily retains the …

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Anthology Recordings’ Träd, Gräs och Stenar box set was released on April 8.
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Review: Träd, Gräs och Stenar’s live reissues are a great intro to Swedish psych-rock

The late 60s were a time of wondrous and rapid evolution in pop music with major and underground acts alike risking their commercial viability in the name of art-minded experimentation. But perhaps no one went further out than the Swedes. The “progg” scene that flourished in Sweden’s hippie-era communes and …

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Elvis Costello in concert. Costello brought his 'Detour' to Eugene's McDonald Theater for an intimate solo performance (Creative Commons)
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Review: Elvis Costello visits McDonald Theatre for intimate ‘Detour’

Elvis Costello made a trip to Eugene’s McDonald Theatre on Saturday night, April 16, as a part of his “Detour” tour. The solo tour featured Costello deconstructing his songs and taking a new approach to each. What made this show different than the standard concert was the storytelling. Costello is well …

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Review: Paul McCartney amazes in Portland yet again

The seemingly endless lines to enter Portland’s Moda Center stretched in every direction as far as the eye could see. Soapbox preachers standing under the shadow of the Moda Center’s fire and water fountain were armed with a megaphone and a GoPro camera, promising eternal damnation and venereal disease for …

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Hasan Minhaj (right) and DJ Khaled (left) on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. (Creative Commons).
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Weekend Calendar: Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj to bring stand-up act to UO

The University of Oregon Students of the Indian Subcontinent will host its 19th annual culture night, Utsav, with special guest Hasan Minhaj this Saturday at 5 p.m. in Straub Hall room 156. Minhaj, a correspondent from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, will host a stand-up comedy set. UO SIS …

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