"The language is a bit sexist, though not terrible compared to most male-sung pop tunes (give Maroon 5's V a spin and cringe)." (Photo courtesy of Andy Grammer media)
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Bromfield: Why Andy Grammer’s “Honey, I’m Good” is a great pop song

Andy Grammer’s “Honey, I’m Good” is rapidly becoming one of my favorite pop songs of the year — meaning the song has accomplished exactly what it wants. I’ve never heard a pop song that tries to make you love it as much as this one does. Grammer trades in on …

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The 2015 Sasquatch lineup includes everything from the famous Lana Del Rey and Kendrick Lamar, to less popular (but equally as talented) Cashmere Cat and Courtney Barnett. (Photo provided by Flickr user Dalton Reed.)
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11 hidden gems of this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival lineup

TWO. MORE. DAYS. As you impatiently create your schedule for Sasquatch this weekend, be sure to check out the following artists who are not quite as well-known as some of the headliners , but just as talented. You know, the kinds of artists you may hear on the radio later and cooly say to …

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"Allen and Reinhart first met at a bimonthly improv event hosted by the Maize Lounge, a music club owned by the Cornucopia diner franchise that lasted from 2011 to 2012." (Courtesy of Track Town Records)
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Eugene electronic duo Octonaut on the perks of playing to students

Electronic music duo Octonaut believes that playing for college students is very beneficial to them.

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In the tradition of the greatest queer pop, from Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" to Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy," Shamir talks a lot about how awesome he is on his debut album Ratchet. (Courtesy of Shamir)
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‘Ratchet’ Review: Shamir’s debut is a promising coming-out party for a rising pop star

Shamir Bailey is a 20-year-old singer from Las Vegas with “no gender, no sexuality, and no fucks to give.” He’s the most interesting queer pop artist (in the potential Top 40 sense) to emerge since Lady Gaga rose out of a swimming pool seven years ago. And he follows in …

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Sasquatch! Music Festival will be held May 22-26 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. (Creative Commons Archive)
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Sasquatch Survival Guide: 4 important tips to make it through the weekend

Three more days. The countdown continues, and the packing begins. This may be one of the best weekends of your life, as long as you’re prepared. Coming from someone who is going for the fourth year in a row, here’s what you need to know: 1. Pack right and pack …

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Taylor Swift swept the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on May 17, picking up eight awards. (Creative Commons Archive)
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Billboard Music Awards recap: Swift sweeps as other memorable performances fill in the blank space

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards live from Las Vegas hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigan brought together all the popular artists of this year for one night of awards and music. Performances from Mariah Carey, Imagine Dragons and a duet from Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea were just a few on the list of performances for the night.

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"My Morning Jacket's album 'The Waterfall' feels like the pseudo-sequel to 2011’s Circuital, as it sticks more closely to a unifying album sound, centered around the themes of waterfalls, belief and love." (Courtesy of albumoftheyear.com)
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Review: My Morning Jacket’s ‘The Waterfall’ is a cohesive journey of belief

My Morning Jacket’s new album “The Waterfall” is now available.

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The DJ duo Sugarbeats performs at the main stage in front of the Lillis Business Complex during Willamette Valley Music Festival in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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45th annual Willamette Valley Music Festival delivers on a tried-and-true formula

This year’s Willamette Valley Music Festival was a tame–but viable–alternative to the boozier Saturday night activites.

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‘Begging Please’ Review: Samo Sound Boy brings emotion (and a piano) to EDM

Samo Sound Boy’s debut album ‘Begging Please’ makes giant sounds feel introspective.

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Sing and dance at the Out/Loud Queer & Trans Women’s Music Festival

The Out/Loud Women’s Music Festival will rock Cozmic Pizza for the 15th time on May 15.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra plays WOW Hall tomorrow May 7 at 8pm. (Courtesy of Pitch Perfect PR. Photo by Dusdin Condren.)
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Q & A with Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra talks about his upcoming show in Eugene, his music, and more in this Q&A.

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Sleater-Kinney plays at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss and Corin Tucker returned to the Crystal Ballroom for the first time since reuniting earlier this year. (Courtesy of Craig Wright.)
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Concert Review: Sleater-Kinney energetically returns to Portland in peak form

Nine years ago, Sleater-Kinney (SK) played its final show, and it was widely believed until this past year that the riot grrrl group originating from Olympia, Washington would never reform. The release of a new album and guitarist Carrie Brownstein’s time spent on Portlandia with Fred Armisen, generated a newfound …

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Two years ago BLAU was the headline performance at Willamette Valley Music Festival on Oregon's campus. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Your budget-friendly Oregon music festival guide

Sasquatch, Coachella, Paradiso and Stage Coach are not the only music festival to check out. Oregon hosts a vast range of different genre music festivals sure to please all music lovers.

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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck provides intimate look at rocker’s tortured life

Two years before his death, Kurt Cobain was pushed onstage at the 1992 Reading Festival, hunched over in a wheelchair, wearing a white hospital gown, a long blond wig and a look of frailty. After feebly attempting to sing to the masses gathered, he collapsed spread eagle on the stage, …

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Pioneered by the Principe Discos label, the genre has no official name yet, and it’s been referred to as “batida,” “the ghetto sound of Lisbon,” or simply “Afro-Portuguese club music.” (Photo courtesy of Principe Discos)
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Playlists: Enter the fascinating world of Afro-Portuguese club music

Dance music is in the middle of a major commercial and stylistic revolution right now, and as a result, music consumers are becoming increasingly attuned to regional scenes across the globe. Among these is a club style that’s developed in Lisbon’s Afro-Portuguese community as a fusion of African dance styles …

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Review: Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color avoids sophomore slump

Alabama Shakes debuts their second album “Sound & Color” after a long anticipated three years from their first album “Boys & Girls”. Brittany Howard’s vocals have since matured and come on strong to give great feeling to all of their songs.

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UO Opera Ensemble’s “Hänsel und Gretel” impresses and entertains

The UO Opera Ensemble presents the German opera adaption of “Hänsel und Gretel”. The opera shows a different take on a fairytale classic with a difficult language, witty characters and a clip-art image of a witch.

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Old Nick's Pub opened its doors at the beginning of April. (Photograph courtesy of Old Nick's Pub)
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Eugene’s newest venue Old Nick’s Pub is open for business

A new pub has opened up in Eugene. It is called Old Nick’s Pub and most of the bands that perform there are metal rock bands.

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TIDAL is a music streaming service that boasts HI-FI sound quality and compensation for artists. (TIDAL)
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Is TIDAL worth paying for?

A new music streaming service called TIDAL has launched and might be drafting some Spotify customers to enjoy a “higher quality” of music.

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Hi-Fi Music Hall soon to open in Eugene

HiFi, a new concert hall is opening soon in downtown Eugene.

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ODESZA performed at the Historical McDonald Theater in Eugene, Oregon on Tuesday, April 7, and the duo will also be performing at Outside Lands. (Kenneth Osborn/Emerald)
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Going to Outside Lands? Here are 10 acts you can’t miss!

Taking a trip home or traveling for the music, here are the hottest acts to not miss at the Bay Area’s Outside Lands in August.

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Flying Lotus is Los Angeles's king of instrumental hip hop, and his phenomenal breakout LP Cosmogramma is an album that should be listened to on 4/20. (Album cover courtesy of Flying Lotus)
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Stoned? Here are the essential 4/20 albums

The ultimate music guide to help aide 4/20 with sounds that is sure to make you feel something.

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‘Adventure’ Review: Madeon’s debut internalizes the sounds of 2010s pop

On his debut album, Madeon translates this decade’s hallmarks into his own brand of pop music.

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Dr. Rocket's self-titled album, slated for a July release, is the culmination of Nick Noemi (pictured) and Mason Kline's musical partnership. The Eugene natives have been buddies since high school, when they played in jazz band together. (Screenshot courtesy of Dr. Rocket)
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Dr. Rocket brings a classic glam sound to the diverse Eugene music scene

Dr. Rocket is a ’60s and ’70s-inspired rock duo, composed of Eugene natives Nick Noemi and Mason Kline.

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DJ Victor steps out from behind the campus bar turn tables

This week DJ Victor Boc put down the headphones and spoke to the Emerald about life, hip-hop and keeping it current. Emerald: Something distinct about you as a DJ is your age. Would you agree? Victor Boc: I never say my age in interviews. I never have and I don’t think I ever …

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"If you're a Sufjan megafan planning a pilgrimage, there are plenty of locales to visit; if you just want to understand the oblique, personal references scattered throughout Carrie & Lowell, this is the place to start." (Photo courtesy of carrieandlowell.com)
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Here’s every Oregon reference on Sufjan Stevens’ new ‘Carrie & Lowell’

Sufjan Steven’s latest album “Carrie & Lowell” is named after his parents and the endless summers spent in Oregon. The songs hold many references to Oregon and of course a few shout outs to Eugene.

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The Replacements play at the Crystal Ballroom, returning to Portland for the first time since 1991. Paul Westerberg has called Portland a cursed city, as the band's alleged worst show happened in 1987 at the Pine Street Theater. (Emerson Malone/Emerald)
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The Replacements return to Portland. Oh no

The Replacements performed at the Crystal Ballroom on Friday, April 10, resulting in a very different show than the last time the band graced Portland.

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Legend has it that The Replacements played their worst show ever in Portland, Oregon on Dec. 7, 1987.  The show inspired the outtake "Portland," a formal apology to the city.
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The Replacements — Portland, 1987: Was it the band’s worst show ever?

On Dec. 7, 1987, The Replacements performed in Portland, a show that some have deemed the band’s worst ever.

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