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Philadelphia’s ‘Avenue Eight’ doesn’t let college stop its promising musical career

As many students would agree, finding a way to balance time between academics and playing music is no easy task. Members of indie-funk band Avenue Eight are no different. The group is comprised of ten college students from five different universities in the Northeastern United States. “Scheduling is probably the …

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Album speculation for 2017: What’s known, what’s expected

Many other genres seemed to fall by the wayside as hip-hop artists filled the music scene with new releases and top hits last year. But now that 2016 has ended, it’s time to take a look at some of the albums that are set to be released in the upcoming …

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Franz Nicolay: Author, musician and “Professional Traveler”

On Friday, Jan. 13, author, musician and “professional traveler” Franz Nicolay will speak with fellow author Cari Luna at Powell’s City of Books in Portland. Nicolay is best known as the sharply-dressed multi-instrumentalist for bands such as The Hold Steady, The World/Inferno Friendship Society and Against Me!, but he recently …

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Vintage Guitar Heroes: Mckenzie River Music

With a dirty white cinder block exterior and a blue awning over the modest front entrance, Eugene’s nationally renowned guitar and instrument shop, Mckenzie River Music, boasts a large selection of vintage and high-end guitars, basses and various string instruments. Due to the recent snow and ice storm, two humidifiers …

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Emerald Recommends: The best albums of 2016

It’s likely that 2016 will be remembered as the year that proved no one is safe as David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and so many legends passed away. But as strange of a year as it may have been, there were many great releases that powered us through. Emerald writers have …

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Video: The New Year’s Eve Psychedelic Ball at WOW Hall

This New Year’s Eve rock fans packed into the WOW Hall for the first Eugene Psychedelic Ball. Eugene Musicians Against Sexual Violence hosted the event, designating it as a safe space. MAD ALCHEMY provided liquid light projections, and the party lasted from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This event featured …

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Emerald Recommends: The best songs of 2016

Although 2016’s musical legacy is bound to be remembered more for the stars that died than the actual music itself, there was no shortage of great songs created. The Emerald’s music writers have selected their favorite songs of the recently concluded year. Craig Wright’s top songs: 5. “Easy Eating” by Naked Giants …

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Preview: Eugene Musicians Against Sexual Violence host New Year’s Psychedelic Ball at WOW Hall

This New Year’s Eve WOW Hall will hold the Eugene Psychedelic Ball, hosted by Eugene Musicians Against Sexual Violence (EMASV) and sponsored by Oregon Herbal Remedies and High Lights Garden Supply. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the first band performing at 7:20 p.m, and the music will last until …

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Emerald Recommends: The best concerts of 2016

No matter how strange of a year 2016 may have been, there is no denying the strength of touring musical acts this year. With industry giants touring across the world and up and comers proving their worth in tiny venues, there were great concerts everywhere you looked. The Emerald has enlisted its …

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Emerald Recommends: The most disappointing releases of 2016

Before the Emerald releases its best of 2016 lists of films, books, concerts, songs and albums, we felt it was important to balance praising the year’s best works of art with pointing out which let us down. These are not the worst pieces of the year; these are works that showed great potential and fell …

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J. Cole addresses race in America with ‘4 Your Eyez Only’

J. Cole’s new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, was released this week with little publicity (only one tweet from Cole himself), yet songs from the album instantly rose to the tops of the charts. 4 Your Eyez Only is Cole’s fourth studio album, and it is a major deviation from his extremely popular …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends the songs that defined 2016

In this installment from the Emerald Podcast Network, arts and culture editor Craig Wright, music writer Sararosa Davies and Emerald associate podcast editor Emerson Malone join forces and share some of the songs that defined 2016 for them. This episode was produced by Emerson Malone. Our theme music was written by Evan …

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What to look forward to in 2017 music

With the loss of legends like David Bowie and Prince among many others, 2016 has been a surreal year for music fans. Musicians paid tribute to and built on the legacies of those who passed while also crafting their own voices.  Though it may have been a sad one, this …

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Review: Jim James’ voice mesmorizes the Roseland Theater

It was below freezing when the Roseland Theater opened its doors at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. Although few fans dared to brave the cold to wait in line, the venue slowly filled by the time headliner Jim James took the stage at 9:15. James is best known as the …

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Double Take: Childish Gambino’s ‘Awaken, My Love!’

Emerald writers Dana Alston and Casey Miller give their takes on Childish Gambino’s newest album, Awaken, My Love! Dana’s Take: Donald Glover made a career out of being unpredictable. Originally an actor and writer known for his role in Community, Glover rose to musical prominence with 2011’s Camp, the first album …

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Review: Louis The Child gives Eugene a glimpse into the future of EDM

On Saturday night, Louis The Child members Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennetta filled a crowded and sweaty WOW Hall with good vibes and an excellent set of their unique blend of EDM. The show kicked off with a performance by the mysterious DJ Elohim. Using a set of keyboards and synthesizers, …

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Review: X shows Portland how a rock concert is supposed to sound

The majority of the founding fathers of punk have passed on touring or are doing so with replacement members after embodying the “live fast and die young” lifestyle. Fortunately, Los Angeles’ finest punk band, X, is still playing in top form with all of its original members. On Friday, singer …

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Video: SoMo Live in Portland, Nov. 23, 2016

R&B and singer/songwriter SoMo recently visited Portland on his “Less Stress More Love” tour. The Emerald sat down with SoMo to discuss his loyal fan base, his songwriting process, and more. During the concert, it was very apparent that the fans of SoMo had nothing but love for the artist. …

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Exene Cervenka talks 40 years of X and L.A. punk

Punk rock erupted in 1977. As bands like The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Television and The Damned pushed the boundaries of what it meant to play fast and loud music, the genre’s counterculture appeal to societal outcasts and misfits sprouted a series of DIY punk communities across the world. In …

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Still Spinning: House of Records celebrates 45 years of music

A standard vinyl single spins at 45 revolutions per minute on a turntable. As the needle hits the groove and, with each revolution, makes its way around the disc, listeners are treated to the weathered sounds of music as history — every scratch, bend and pop. In the 45 years …

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Things to do this week: Dec. 1-7: Sleigh’r Ball, Louis the Child and Toruk – The First Flight

Friday, Dec. 2: Fall Dance Loft at the Dougherty Dance Theatre (1484 University St.), 8 p.m., students $5, general $10 The University of Oregon Dance Department will host the 2016 Fall Dance Loft, a night of dance showcasing multiple works. The event will include a diverse range of performances and …

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Things to do this week: Nov. 24-30 Turkey Trot, German Fall Festival, Nutcracker, Grateful Dead jam

Thursday, Nov. 24: Turkey Trot Eugene starting at Valley River Center (293 Valley River Center), 9 a.m., $25 registration at event On Thanksgiving morning, before you get weighed down with a belly full of turkey and stuffing, Valley River Center will be hosting the Turkey Trot Eugene. The event will …

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Portugal. The Man makes Evil Friends at WOW Hall on final tour stop

The sound of YG’s “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)” blared through stage monitors and reverberated against every anxious body that packed a sold out WOW Hall Saturday night, in a playful homage to the rapper performing at the McDonald Theatre just a half-mile away.  It would have been a disorienting preface …

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Car Seat Headrest delivers joyous performance at WOW Hall

It’s highly unlikely 2016 will be remembered as a good year for music by any measure. David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen’s deaths are only the beginning of a long list of celebrities who have passed on this year. Luckily, Seattle’s Car Seat Headrest has been the year’s saving grace …

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Review: Flower Girl’s ‘Tuck In Your Tie-Dye’

On Nov. 11, Flower Girl, an indie band from Brooklyn, released its latest album, Tuck In Your Tie-Dye. This is the band’s fourth album and can be found with its first three on bandcamp. Sticking to its established surfy sound, Tuck In Your Tie-Dye is fairly low-fi with a light indie tone. Unlike …

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Q&A: ‘On the Banks of the Tigris’ to deliver hidden history at Temple Beth Israel

On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music is a film about cultural ties and the ways in which history can hide them, according to director Marsha Emerman. It features musicians like the Iraqi-Israeli Yair Dalal, Maqam singer Farida and Ahmed Mukhtar. The Emerald sat down …

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Eye on Indie: Justice, Thee Oh Sees, and Kevin Abstract

Eye on Indie is a weekly column in which Emerald writer Alex Ruby provides his picks for the best indie albums to watch for in the coming week. This week’s selections include releases from Justice, Thee Oh Sees and Kevin Abstract. Justice: Woman (Ed Banger Records) The French electronic duo Justice has …

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Musicians Against Sexual Violence to host benefit concert at Luckey’s Club on Friday

By Kathryn Martinez On Friday, Nov. 18, Musicians Against Sexual Violence (MASV) is hosting a benefit concert at Luckey’s Club for Lane County Sexual Assault Support Services. Local bands Pancho + The Factory, Holler House, VCR and Surfs Drugs will perform at the event. MASV, formerly known as Eugene Musicians …

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Eye On Indie: Wolf People, GUM, The Japanese House and David Bazan

Eye on Indie is a weekly column in which Emerald writer Alex Ruby provides his picks for the best indie albums to watch for in the coming week. This week’s selections include releases from Wolf People, GUM, The Japanese House, and David Bazan. Wolf People: Ruins (Jagjaguwar) Wolf People’s music isn’t for …

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Goldroom and Autograf Perform for a Small Audience in an Intimate Venue

The small gathering of only 23 people made Goldroom and Autograf’s concert at HiFi Music Hall very intimate and lighthearted on the day after the 2016 election. While protests have been occurring around town and certainly across the nation last night, the mood inside of HiFi was carefree and friendly …

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