ODESZA performed at the Historical McDonald Theater in Eugene, Oregon on Tuesday, April 7, and the duo will also be performing at Outside Lands. (Kenneth Osborn/Emerald)
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Going to Outside Lands? Here are 10 acts you can’t miss!

Taking a trip home or traveling for the music, here are the hottest acts to not miss at the Bay Area’s Outside Lands in August.

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Flying Lotus is Los Angeles's king of instrumental hip hop, and his phenomenal breakout LP Cosmogramma is an album that should be listened to on 4/20. (Album cover courtesy of Flying Lotus)
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Stoned? Here are the essential 4/20 albums

The ultimate music guide to help aide 4/20 with sounds that is sure to make you feel something.

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‘Adventure’ Review: Madeon’s debut internalizes the sounds of 2010s pop

On his debut album, Madeon translates this decade’s hallmarks into his own brand of pop music.

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Dr. Rocket's self-titled album, slated for a July release, is the culmination of Nick Noemi (pictured) and Mason Kline's musical partnership. The Eugene natives have been buddies since high school, when they played in jazz band together. (Screenshot courtesy of Dr. Rocket)
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Dr. Rocket brings a classic glam sound to the diverse Eugene music scene

Dr. Rocket is a ’60s and ’70s-inspired rock duo, composed of Eugene natives Nick Noemi and Mason Kline.

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DJ Victor steps out from behind the campus bar turn tables

This week DJ Victor Boc put down the headphones and spoke to the Emerald about life, hip-hop and keeping it current. Emerald: Something distinct about you as a DJ is your age. Would you agree? Victor Boc: I never say my age in interviews. I never have and I don’t think I ever …

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"If you're a Sufjan megafan planning a pilgrimage, there are plenty of locales to visit; if you just want to understand the oblique, personal references scattered throughout Carrie & Lowell, this is the place to start." (Photo courtesy of carrieandlowell.com)
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Here’s every Oregon reference on Sufjan Stevens’ new ‘Carrie & Lowell’

Sufjan Steven’s latest album “Carrie & Lowell” is named after his parents and the endless summers spent in Oregon. The songs hold many references to Oregon and of course a few shout outs to Eugene.

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The Replacements play at the Crystal Ballroom, returning to Portland for the first time since 1991. Paul Westerberg has called Portland a cursed city, as the band's alleged worst show happened in 1987 at the Pine Street Theater. (Emerson Malone/Emerald)
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The Replacements return to Portland. Oh no

The Replacements performed at the Crystal Ballroom on Friday, April 10, resulting in a very different show than the last time the band graced Portland.

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Legend has it that The Replacements played their worst show ever in Portland, Oregon on Dec. 7, 1987.  The show inspired the outtake "Portland," a formal apology to the city.
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The Replacements — Portland, 1987: Was it the band’s worst show ever?

On Dec. 7, 1987, The Replacements performed in Portland, a show that some have deemed the band’s worst ever.

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“They are as much a part of the performance for us as the dancers,” she said. The music is close to Pimble’s heart. (Photo courtesy of Jon Christopher Meyers Photography)
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Pinball, ballet and classic rock: Eugene Ballet’s ‘Tommy’ is coming to the Hult Center

Eugene Ballet’s “Tommy” comes to the Hult Center for two nights only. This ballet features music from The Who and creates a different kind of ballet.

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If any footwork album's gonna get big among frat boys, it's "Dark Energy". But the tricks of the old footwork masters are there, up her sleeves. (Album cover courtesy of Planet Mu Records)
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‘Dark Energy’ Review: Jlin’s debut is a great entry point for footwork music

Want to give footwork music a try? Jlin’s debut album ‘Dark Energy’ is a good place to start.

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The show included lasers, advanced lighting techniques and a projector to help contribute to the music being produced on stage. ODESZA performs with opener Lindsay Lowend at the Historical McDonald Theater in Eugene, Oregon on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. (Kenneth Osborn/Emerald)
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Concert review: ODESZA’s funky vibe pulsated through McDonald Theatre all night

We were surrounded by people from every angle. There was pushing from the front and the back as fans tried to make their way to the front of the stage, waiting for the main show to start. The lights flashed and the crowd roared. Phones flew out of pockets, and …

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"Sometimes" improves over its predecessor in its use of time. Split Peas' songs often meandered for well over five minutes; here, only three run over four. (Album cover courtesy of Milk! Records)
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Review: Courtney Barnett’s debut showcases one of rock’s best songwriting talents

Courtney Barnett’s debut album, ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’ features whip-smart lyrics, some of the genre’s best.

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Sufjan Stevens overcomes abandonment in new album “Carrie and Lowell”

Sufjan Stevens finally delves into his personal tale of abandonment in his newest album, that features a nod to Eugene, Oregon.

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"There's not a lot of electronic music up here. Hip hop is very popular, and folk and indie kind of dominates the music scene, so trying to do our thing is always interesting," says Clayton Knight of ODESZA. (Photo courtesy of ODESZA media)
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Q&A with Odesza’s Clayton Knight before their Eugene show on April 7

Seattle group Odesza is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most notable electronic music acts. The group is a regular in Eugene having played at the WOW Hall twice as opening acts in 2013 before graduating to a headlining spot in 2014. Now, three years and two albums (2012’s Summer’s Gone …

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Soul Vibrator started in 2011 at South Eugene High School, when Kamrat, Smith, and Alberts started jamming and playing at Cozmic Pizza open mics every Wednesday. Initially doing covers, the band soon developed a democratic, round-table approach to songwriting, expanding its ranks all the while and blossoming into a seven-piece band. (Photo by Max Richardson/Courtesy of Soul Vibrator)
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Soul Vibrator: Eugene’s favorite funkateers on the road to glory

As far as album concepts go, it’s hard to beat the one behind Eugene funk band Soul Vibrator’s Electric Stardust. An alien lands on Earth from a planet that has lost the art of music and discovers vinyl and cassettes; enamored, he rockets back to his home planet and saves …

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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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“That movie portrays being in an a cappella group as super cutthroat. When you’re in On The Rocks, it’s something else,” said On The Rocks member Jack Strother-Blood. “You’re not worried about impressing anyone, you’re just being yourself.” (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Mind the Gap and On The Rocks hit a high note in ICCA a cappella quarterfinals

UO’s a cappella groups Mind the Gap and On The Rocks will advance to the International Collegiate of A Cappella (ICCA) West Semifinals on March 28.

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Mat Kearny plays his guitar during one of his songs. Parachute and Judah and the Lion open the concert for Mat Kearney at McDonald Theater in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, March 7, 2015. (Natsumi Seki/Emerald)
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Concert review: Mat Kearney honored his hometown with a personalized performance Saturday night

Eugene native Mat Kearney played at the McDonald Theatre on March 7, putting on a personal and authentically passionate performance. To kick off the show Kearney played the song “Heartbreak Dreamer” from his new album Just Kids, which was released just over a week ago on Feb. 24. He sang the …

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Gallagher formed his new band, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, following Oasis’s break up in 2009. Chasing Yesterday is the band’s second studio album. (Courtesy of Noel Gallagher media)
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Review: Noel Gallagher escapes his Wonderwall prison on ‘Chasing Yesterday’

Noel Gallagher will forever be praised and tormented for the smash hit “Wonderwall” in his previous band Oasis. At its peak, Oasis was the biggest band in the world, and that’s not just Noel Gallagher’s equally big mouth speaking. Definitely Maybe became the UK’s fastest-selling debut album of all time, …

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Frontman, Barnes, describes the title Aureate Gloom as a "kind of a juxtaposition of the two extremes: An aureate gloom would be a sort of aesthetically interesting or beautiful ugliness, if that is possible — a sort of beautiful misery or something." (Photo courtesy of Pitchfork).
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Review: Of Montreal’s ‘Aureate Gloom’ carries provocative lyrics with an oxymoronic theme

Of Montreal’s new album ‘Aureate Gloom’ is lyrically engaging and provocative, as one can expect from the band.

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