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Photos: Alvvays, The Courtneys and Candace bring “she shreds” rock to the Wonder Ballroom

By Emerald contributor Hannah Steinkopf-Frank “You seem to be into everything. Were you paid to be here?” Alvvays singer and guitarist Molly Rankin asked the enthusiastic audience during the Canadian indie group’s concert on May 18 at the Wonder Ballroom. The show was the opening of the Red Bull Sound …

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Podcast: Music festival survival guide

Days ahead of Sasquatch! Music Festival this weekend, let us remind you that the trials of attending a music festival are catastrophically underestimated. In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, podcast editor Emerson Malone, digital managing editor Meerah Powell and managing editor of Ethos Hannah Steinkopf-Frank discuss the best …

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Q&A: Klangstof lead singer Koen Van der Wardt talks living in isolated Norway and being the first Dutch band to play Coachella

There are plenty of bands who write songs about isolation and loneliness, but few bands truly embrace those motifs as much as Dutch indie band Klangstof. The group’s lead singer and founder, Koen Van de Wardt, spent the majority of his teenage years living in an isolated part of Norway …

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Double Take: Fleet Foxes bring their harmonies back to Portland for first time since 2012

Seattle band Fleet Foxes returned to Portland for the first time since July 2011. The band took a six-year hiatus following its tour for 2011’s “Helplessness Blues.” Since then, Josh Tillman left the band and became Father John Misty. Singer Robin Pecknold went to Columbia University. The Emerald attended the …

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Things to do this week: May 18-24: JSMA book sale, Nike wear test, National Geographic photo exhibit, Chris Orsinger Trio, Bark in the Park

Friday, May 19: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Book Sale at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Museum Store, (1430 Johnson Lane), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free. The JSMA is holding its annual book sale this weekend. It runs during museum hours Friday through Sunday and will feature books related …

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Preview: African dance and drumming ensemble Dema prepares for year-end performances

As the members of the Dema African Dance and Drumming Ensemble filed into one of their final practices before their year-end performance on Friday and Saturday, the pressure of their upcoming shows didn’t seem to phase them. The second floor of the Gerlinger Annex was buzzing with conversation while participants happily …

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Review: Harry Styles channels Mick Jagger on debut solo album

With his self-titled debut album finally out, Harry Styles has nearly completed his transformation into a young Mick Jagger replica. Styles already wears funky patterned suits to his promotional events, maintains his soft locks in a long and wavy fashion, and lives the bachelor lifestyle of a young Rolling Stone in …

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Review: Mac DeMarco’s ‘This Old Dog’ delivers an anticipated evolution

Just as Mac DeMarco’s consistent, electronic-indie sound was growing stale, the outlandish artist evolved his music, pushing it, once again, to the forefront of his genre. In addition to his always welcome somber songwriting, “This Old Dog” is more acoustic, more electronically tasteful and more cohesive, making the record a …

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Things to do this week: May 11-17: Spring Student Dance Concert, Zepparella at Hi-Fi and Dogs at the Duck Nest

Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 13: Spring Student Dance Concert (1484 University St.), 8 p.m., students/seniors $8, general admission $12 The University of Oregon’s dance program will present a spring performance in the Gerlinger Annex’s Dougherty Dance Theatre as a culmination of the year’s work from multiple advanced student …

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L.A. indie duo Girlpool discusses its second album, “Powerplant,” the importance of collaboration and why songs are like children

By Emerald contributor Hannah Steinkopf-Frank Harmony Tividad, one half of the L.A. indie-rock band Girlpool, was sitting in the Brooklyn warehouse she called home, writing a song in her loft and crying as a harsh summer storm raged outside. She had just returned from Philadelphia to see a romantic interest, …

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Review: Pond evolve further with psychedelic new album ‘The Weather’

Since forming in 2008, the only thing that’s been consistent about Australian rock group Pond is its high quality of music.Throughout its lifespan,  the band has featured a rotating cast of musicians  — which includes Tame Impala founder Kevin Parker and Tame touring bassist Cameron Avery — and a wide …

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Q&A: Producer Pomo talks staying inspired after winning the Juno award for best electronic album

While last year saw a slew of musicians breakthrough into the mainstream spotlight, Canadian producer David Pimentel had possibly the quietest, but most successful year of his career. As the rest of the world continued to run per usual, the producer from British Columbia helped write some of 2016’s biggest …

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Review: Com Truise and Clark vibe out at WOW Hall

Synth-wave and electronica veterans Com Truise and Clark continued their 2017 co-headlining tour at the simple yet effectively-decorated WOW Hall on Sunday night in an impressively cool fashion. With no opener necessary, Clark’s dissonant, bass-heavy tracks set the tone for the show and energized the beginning crowd of about 80 …

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Q&A: Eva Hendricks from Charly Bliss talks mental health and musical theatre

Eva Hendricks, lead singer of Brooklyn grunge-pop band Charly Bliss, approaches her mental health with a quirky, uncommon sense of humor. She doesn’t just lightly brush off anxiety or panic in her lyrics but instead dives into what makes her uncomfortable. The resulting music is both personal and much bigger …

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Sasquatch! announces LCD Soundsystem to replace Frank Ocean as headliner three weeks before festival

R&B singer Frank Ocean will not perform at this year’s Sasquatch! music festival due to “production issues beyond his control,” the festival’s website announced Friday morning. Electronic rock group LCD Soundsystem will replace Ocean as the festival’s Friday closing act.  Ocean, whose long-awaited sophomore album, “Blonde,” hit number 1 on …

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Oddisee talks uniting people through music on his new album ‘The Iceberg’

Amir Mohamed, better known by his stage name, Oddisee, is a member of a rare breed of rapper that seems to be dying out with every passing year: He produces all of his own music, his lyrics focus on social issues and he’s never used the n-word on a track. …

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Review: Gorillaz returns to somber form with the disappointing ‘Humanz’

Damon Albarn has a lot on his mind. Since co-founding the “virtual band” Gorillaz in 1999 with artist Jamie Hewlett, he has demonstrated an acute sense of lyrical anxiety. Each of the project’s past four albums have made it clear that the world was ending somehow. “Demon Days,” their most …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends: Family reunion edition

In this special family reunion edition of the Emerald Recommends series, Emerald writers Emerson Malone and Sararosa Davies are joined by a very special guest: Sararosa’s mom! Here’s what we recommend in this episode: ‘Swear I’m Good At This’ by Diet Cig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by …

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Q&A: Gregory Alan Isakov talks YouTube, songwriting and touring

Gregory Alan Isakov is a touring musician among many other things. His songs sound like a cold water creek, flowing calmly and smoothly as they invoke a variety of emotions with his moving lyrics. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Isakov moved to the U.S. when he was 6 years old. …

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Kehlani, Ella Mai and Jahkoy deliver an emotional, memorable WOW Hall performance

In what may have been the best night WOW Hall has seen this year, Kehlani blew minds with her soulful music and inspirational words on Friday with her first performance in Eugene. Not only did Kehlani bring her best to the stage for the Eugene stop on her “SweetSexySavage” tour, …

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Review: Diet Cig packs a powerful punch at the Boreal

New York two-piece Diet Cig’s debut album, “Swear I’m Good at This,” is a rally cry for self-love and safe spaces — a bubbly pop-punk look at the current political moment in all its confusion. Drummer Noah Bowman and guitar and vocalist Alex Luciano stopped in Eugene to play a …

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Things to do this week: ‘The Cuisine of Mali’ exhibit, Futurebirds at Hi-Fi and ‘Mystery’ of Easter Island lecture

Thursday, April 27: Across the Table, Around the World, The Cuisine of Mali (The Museum of Natural and Cultural History), 6 p.m., $35 with pre-registration This weekend presents a unique opportunity to improve your cultural culinary skill at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. This event explores the “staples and …

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Concert preview: Jahkoy says he can be the face of a new genre of music

At just 23 years old, Toronto-native Jahkoy Palmer has already tasked himself with creating the next popular genre of music. His wide variety of musical influences, international perspective and everyday life experiences all contribute to his unique genre-blending sound that he says will help him achieve his ambitious goals. “I …

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Review: Solange Knowles brings her triumphant stage show to Portland

The unsinkable Solange Knowles played the headlining slot for Soul’d Out Music Fest, a soul and R&B music festival based in multiple venues around Portland, on Friday, April 21, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The festival’s events from April 19–23 have included Travis Scott (who brought Drake out to get …

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Q&A: Rapper Nick Grant talks touring with Ab-Soul, rap battles and directing horror movies

On Saturday, April 21, Atlanta rapper Nick Grant opened for Ab-Soul in front of a lively audience at WOW Hall. Grant is currently touring with Ab-Soul to promote his recently released EP “The Return of the Cool.” Grant first gained mainstream attention after  freestyling on the popular radio talk show, …

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Q&A: Alex Luciano from Diet Cig talks writing while touring and ‘Swear I’m Good at This’

Sometimes you need to scream about all that’s wrong with the world. Diet Cig, a two-piece band from New York, will be there when you need to let it all out. It’s hard not to dance when singer and guitarist Alex Luciano yelps and Noah Bowman’s drumming provides a cathartic …

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Things to do this week: April 20-26: Let’s Talk Food, Duck baseball, Record Store Day, Ira Glass, Quack Chats

Thursday, April 20: Let’s Talk Food: Conversations with Oregon food writers at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (1680 E. 15th Ave.), 5:30 p.m., $5-10 If you’re a foodie who holds a genuine interest for where your food is sourced, join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History this …

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