'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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Photo courtesy of Joe Powers.
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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 prepares to take a bow after a performance/ Creative Commons)
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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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Dan Vidmar of Shy Girls sings with ODESZA. ODESZA performed at the Historical McDonald Theater in Eugene, Oregon on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. (Kenneth Osborn/Emerald)
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Shy Girls is the best local band you haven’t heard yet, and they’re performing this Friday

The dreamy electronic/pop/R&B music project from Portland was born in the bedroom of its talented lead vocalist and producer, Dan Vidmar. Here’s our Q&A.

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In the 1990s, a small group of German producers pioneered dub techno, a far more experimental and ambient genre of techno than most prevalent at the time. (Photo courtesy of Modern Love Records)
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Playlist: Enter the beguiling world of dub techno

Dub techno is a more experimental and ambient subgenre of techno. Here are the Emerald’s recommendations from the best of the genre.

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The Nouns played in Portland, but they’re focused on Eugene at the moment, gigging at house shows as well as bigger venues like Cozmic Pizza, where they won $200 in cash after competing in the Phi Psi Battle of the Bands. (Photo courtesy of Justina Oland)
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Student band The Nouns bring jazz, hip hop to the Eugene music scene

The six University of Oregon students who comprise The Nouns have only been a unit for three months. But in that time, they’ve acquired an enviable following for any student band. They’ve played in Portland, but they’re focused on Eugene at the moment, gigging at house shows as well as bigger …

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Ryan Adams performs a "Norwegian metal" version of the Whiskeytown classic "16 Days" at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon.
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Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis team up in Bend

It’s not everyday that a performer earns one of the largest cheers of the night by telling a crowd member, “Fuck you from the bottom of my beautiful heart.” While it may seem funny for people in the crowd to yell out for “Summer of ‘69,” the 1984 hit from …

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"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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Sasquatch goers know there is no better view!  Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 22 to Monday, May 25, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Photos: Fans gather at The Gorge for day 1 of Sasquatch! Music Festival

Sasquatch attendees enjoy an awesome view of the gorge from one of the many beer gardens. The Gorge host the 14th Annual Sasquatch! Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend from May 22-25. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)

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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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