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Angel Olsen’s humor and heart shine at the Crystal Ballroom

This article was written by Emerald contributor Hannah Steinkopf-Frank In high school, North Carolina-based musician Angel Olsen was a cheerleader. Then she realized she wanted to be in a rock band, like Gwen Stefani. “And so this is what I’m doing right now, like Gwen Stefani. That wasn’t a joke. …

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Dimond Saints impressive performance overshadowed by lack of visual effects Friday night

Oakland-based EDM duo Dimond Saints drew a sizeable audience at WOW Hall on Friday night. The group just kicked off the tour after releasing its third studio album “Prism In The Dark” earlier this month. Dimond Saints comprises DJs An-ten-nae and Releece. The duo has made a significant impact on the …

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‘Telefone’ delight: Chicago rapper Noname brings hometown pride to Portland

This article was written by Emerald contributor Hannah Steinkopf-Frank. “Y’all know my name,” said Chicago rapper Noname during her Feb. 16 show at the Doug Fir Lounge after she had the audience repeat her name in a growing chant. Of course, the irony is that despite having a moniker shrouded …

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Things to do this week: Feb. 16-22: ‘The Fruit Stand’ reading, Dimond Saints, Free Speech

Thursday, Feb. 16: Play Reading: “The Fruit Stand” by Sravya Tadepelli at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (1430 Johnson Ln.), 4 p.m., free Political science major and playwright Sravya Tadepelli wrote “The Fruit Stand” in response to the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, North Carolina. The play’s events are fictionalized …

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Sallie Ford: Exploring how to be alone with ‘Soul Sick,’ life without the Sound Outside

The ‘60s-inspired Portland-based band Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside formed in 2007 and reached prominence in 2011 when they performed on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2013 the group broke up, but Sallie Ford has not dropped out of the music scene; instead she has sought to …

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Q&A: Evan Stephens Hall from Pinegrove – ‘Being alive is very weird and being weird is very alive’

On Friday night, about 20 people piled into a house on Alder Street for an intimate performance with Evan Stephens Hall of the up-and-coming alt-country band Pinegrove. Hall is the lead singer and songwriter behind the Montclair, New Jersey, based band. The audience sat on the floor singing along as …

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‘Wayne’s World’ celebrates its 25th anniversary

On this day in 1992, Saturday Night Live’s iconic film Wayne’s World first appeared in theaters across the U.S. Based on the long-time SNL sketch hosted by cast members Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, the film captured the post-rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia that many young adults felt in the early …

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Who were the winners and losers of the 2017 Grammys?

In a word, the 59th Annual Grammy Awards show was complicated. This year’s show was filled with both subtle and overt political protests, major snubs to what should have been obvious winners and plenty of Adele; it was overwhelming and genuinely entertaining. James Corden of Late Late Night on CBS, hosted …

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The Music Man: Tony Glausi – living for jazz

When Tony Glausi meets someone for the first time, he introduces himself by saying, “I teach jazz” or “I play trumpet.” The response generally goes one of two ways.  “Oh, yeah! Dave Brubeck, right?” the stranger might say, grasping for the closest jazz touchstone he or she can muster. “‘Take …

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Kehlani’s debut album ‘SweetSexySavage’ amazes

Oakland-raised artist Kehlani is bringing R&B’s roots back to the industry, with a soul-gripping debut album tracklist that will top the charts if its cool intimacy and dark lyrics don’t intimidate the national audience. SweetSexySavage, a nod to TLC’s CrazySexyCool, is easily one of the best debut albums to come …

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Ranking the top five music festival lineups of 2017

The recent release of this year’s lineup for the Columbia River Gorge’s annual Sasquatch! Music Festival can only mean one thing: It’s time to look at which upcoming music festivals have the best lineups.  There are over 100 music festivals that take place in the U.S. throughout the spring and …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends songs for the rain

In this episode of Emerald Recommends from the Emerald Podcast Network, podcast editor Emerson Malone and music writer Sararosa Davies share the songs that they turn to when the rain won’t stop pouring. With everything from Ann Peebles to Vampire Weekend to Chopin, this podcast explores music that can help …

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Review: Japandroids’ ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’ is worth the four year wait

There are certain things the two-piece Canadian rock band Japandroids have always done on their records: release tightly crafted eight-song albums; create anthemic songs perfectly fit for adrenaline-fueled parties; and rely on sheer passion and sweat-drenched performances to power their songs. There are certain things Japandroids have never done on …

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Things to do this week: Masquerade Ball, Drew Shirley/Switchfoot and Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Friday, Jan. 27: Blues to Cure the Blues at Ninkasi Brewing Company (155 Blair Blvd.) 7 p.m., $60, 21+ This weekend, Ninkasi Brewing Company will host a live blues performance to raise money to benefit a local nonprofit called WellMama. The night will consist of live country blues and bluegrass music, …

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The Shivas: From the living room to the Moon Base

The Shivas set up their gear in the practice space referred to as The Moon Base. Their playful banter ranges from Dirty Dancing references and jokes about the blow-up doll by the ceiling and its deflated male companion, to speculations on where missing equipment has ended up. Large Christmas lights …

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Video: The Shivas

The Shivas began as three 15-year-olds playing music in their parents’ garages in Vancouver, Washington. Now, Jared Molyneux as lead guitarist, Kristen Leonard on drums and Eric Shanafelt on bass, are based in Portland. The three of them have been playing together for ten years and have toured worldwide, spending …

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Sasquatch! unveils its 2017 lineup: Frank Ocean, Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper to headline

Early this morning, the 2017 lineup for the Sasquatch! Music Festival was announced on its official website. Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper and Frank Ocean will be headlining the event. Other notable artists include alternative rock band The Shins, EDM duo Big Gigantic, Pittsburgh-area rapper Mac Miller and indie …

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Which breakthrough artists from 2016 will last?

From Desiigner to Lil’ Yachty, there were many artists who had breakout performances in 2016; however, history shows that not all of these breakout artists will continue to have the same success in the coming year. Here are the artists expected to continue on their path to stardom, as well …

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Review: The xx find new confidence and a richer sound on the expansive ‘I See You’

“They say we’re in danger/But I disagree,” coos The xx’s Oliver Sim on “Dangerous,” the opening cut on the trio’s startling third album, I See You. The declaration feels at home within the song’s instrumentals, a thumping bassline and synthesized horns adding to the song’s triumphant defiance. But the sentiment …

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Things to do this week: Jan. 19-25: Inside Science with Robert Krulwich, Eugene Women’s March, Hell’s Belles with Brownout, and The Greatest Pirate Story (N)ever Told

Saturday, Jan. 21: Inside Science with Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich at Hult Center for Performing Arts (1 Eugene Center), 8 p.m., $23-43, all ages Robert Krulwich from NPR’s Radiolab will be giving a talk at the Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center for Performing Arts, detailing his work on the …

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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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