Oregon sophomore theatre arts and German major Alex Mentzel's father is an Associate Professor of Voice here at the U of O, and Alex's longtime vocal coach. "My Dad and I get along really well," he said. "I haven’t always studied weekly with my Dad, but I have been working on my voice regularly with him. He's always been there to help me when I needed it." (Photo courtesy of Alex Mentzel)
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From screen to stage, Alex Mentzel is a star on the rise

When Alex Mentzel was just 11 years old, he came across an ad on Craigslist for a small role in a feature film. He auditioned, and was cast alongside Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear in Feast of Love. Today, as a sophomore theatre arts and German major at the University …

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Rock Band 4 will fill your living room with more plastic guitars this Fall.
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Acts that need to be in “Rock Band 4″

Harmonix is getting the band back together. Here’s who needs to be invited to Rock Band 4.

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No Cities To Love brings Carrie Brownstein’s signature guitar sound, Corin Tucker’s banshee-esque vocals and Janet Weiss’s thunderous drums back together for a production that can simply be described as near-perfection. (Courtesy of Sup Pop Records)
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Music to binge listen to during Spring Break

Enjoy your spring break with these song suggestions for the ultimate playlist.

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Kristian Nairn of Game of Thrones, who hosts the Rave of Thrones this Wednesday in SF.  Courtesy of kristiannairn.com
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The hottest shows to see in SF and Oakland this spring break

Those who live in the SF and Oakland area catch a concert or two this spring break. Here is a list of a few of the hottest shows to choose from.

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Tweedy performs at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland on Saturday night. The band delivered a three act set beginning with a full band arrangement, then a solo Jeff Tweedy portion full of Wilco classics and finally, a full band encore comprised of cover songs.
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Review: Tweedy delivers a fun, funny concert

Tweedy takes the father and son relationship to the stage with a unique and entertaining performance in Portland.

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Q&A: Scott Hansen of Tycho

Scott Hansen of Tycho talks about his creative process along with his current album Awake.

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The 27-minute, eight-song album breezes by with a variety of genres tossed into the mix that somehow blend together well. (Album cover courtesy of Amazon)
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Review: Will Butler’s solo album ‘Policy’ an easy, humorous respite for Arcade Fire

Will Butler adds to the Aracde Fire family of music with his debut solo album ‘Policy’. His bizarre choice of lyrics and various styling add dimension to the unique album.

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Eugene livetronica band Hamilton Beach releases its debut LP this Saturday at Luckey’s

Eugene-based band Hamilton Beach will debut ‘Dear Earth, Love Moon’ at Luckey’s Club on March 14.

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Mat Kearny dedicates one of his songs to an engaged couple. Parachute and Judah and the Lion open the concert for Mat Kearney at McDonald Theater in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, March 8, 2015. (Natsumi Seki/Emerald)
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Mat Kearney Q&A: ‘The Ducks were my heroes when I was growing up’

On Saturday March 7, Mat Kearney blew away his hometown with an incredibly personal and passionate performance that highlighted the things he loves about Eugene. After his Just Kids tour moved through the state, Kearney had some time to speak with The Emerald about making the transition from a Eugene kid …

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‘Jack U’ Review: Skrillex, Diplo and buddies bring the bass on debut collaboration effort

‘Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack U’ showcases the duo’s respective strengths: Skrillex’s skill with bass drops and Diplo’s genre-plundering.

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