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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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Exene Cervenka and Billy Zoom of X perform at McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom on Friday. (Christopher Trotchie/Emerald)
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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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Los Angeles punk band X on a rooftop in 1981. Guitarist Billy Zoom, singer Exene Cervenka, drummer D.J. Bonenrake and bassist John Doe are touring in support of the band's 40th anniversary and will perform at Portland's Crystal Ballroom on Friday.  (Courtesy of Melissa Dragich-Cordero)
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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 performs at WOW Hall on Saturday, Nov. 19. (Hannah Steinkopf-Frank/Emerald)
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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 lead singer Will Toledo crowdsurfs at the conclusion of a performance at WOW Hall on Thursday, Nov. 17. (Hannah Steinkopf-Frank/Emerald)
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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 will host a benefit concert on Friday at Luckey's Club for the Sexual Assault Stuedent Support Services of Lane County.  Local bands Pancho + The Factory, Holler House, VCR and Surfs Drugs will perform at the event. (Gen Schaack)
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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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The DJs play live instruments during their electronica set. (Casey Miller/Daily Emerald)
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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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Podcast: Emerald Recommends songs to help you process the election results

Note: There is explicit language in this podcast and post. In honor of the 2016 election results, this installment of Emerald Recommends looks to songs about rage and politics. Emerald staffers Craig Wright, Sararosa Davies and Emerson Malone discuss the response on campus and the difference between hope and rage in music, from …

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How to manage expectations for a band’s new album after a long hiatus

Let’s be honest, 2016 has been a pretty terrible year. It’s had a rough election cycle, too many celebrity deaths, the Zika outbreak and plenty of other unfortunate events. However, it’s been a really great year for music and music comebacks, including LCD Soundsystem, American Football, The Avalanches, The Strokes, …

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Video: Gnash plays relaxed show in Portland

Gnash performs at a low-key show in Portland, Oregon. Singer/songwriter Gnash has quickly made his way up the charts since the release of his first EP, u, in 2015. Currently sitting at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, Gnash is becoming a very popular musician in the U.S. and all …

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Tommy Stinson of The Replacements and Guns N' Roses performs a song in a Eugene kitchen during a performance at Barno's Backyard Ballroom. The rest of the show was held in the living room after a rainstorm moved the concert indoors.  (Hannah Steinkopf-Frank/Emerald)
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Tommy Stinson talks Replacements history in Portland, performs in a Eugene living room

The Replacements have a “terrible fucking history” with the city of Portland, according to bassist Tommy Stinson. As for his time in Eugene, well, he doesn’t remember ever visiting the city.  On Dec. 7, 1987, the Minneapolis punk band played a notorious show at Portland’s Pine Street Theater that is …

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Zeds Dead's bright lights captivated the audience at the McDonald Theater. (Casey Miller/Emerald)
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Zeds Dead gives lackluster performance at McDonald Theater

Just picture this: two hundred coked-up, Molly-d out ravers waiting for forty minutes between sets. That’s what happened on Saturday night at the McDonald Theater after the second act, Big Wild, finished his set. It took Zeds Dead forty minutes to appear on stage. To make matters worse, Zeds Dead’s …

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Eye on Indie: STRFKR, CZARFACE, Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions and American Wrestlers

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 STRFKR, CZARFACE, Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions and American Wrestlers. STRFKR: Being No One, Going Nowhere (Polyvinyl Records) If …

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Q&A: Shook Twins start 2016 tour after release of new single ‘Call Me Out’

Saturday, Nov. 5: Shook Twins at Hi-Fi Music Hall (44 East 7th Ave.), doors: 7 p.m., show: 8 p.m., advance tickets: $16, day of show tickets: $20 The folk-pop band Shook Twins is aptly named, getting its title from two members who are identical twin sisters: Laurie and Katelyn Shook. …

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‘Lady Wood’ shows Tove Lo’s new maturity, with the same honesty

Swedish recording artist Tove Lo just released her second album Lady Wood, an uncensored and honest celebration of raw sexuality and the ups and downs of relationships. While the lyrics tell a beautiful, melancholy tale of failed romances, the repetitive rhythms and similar choruses make this a pop album with what …

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Chance the Rapper brings love, life, and the pursuit of happiness to Portland

Chance the Rapper is this generation’s superstar. There’s no doubt that the 23-year-old rapper from Chicago is hugely popular. He’s been on Ellen, Saturday Night Live, The Late Show and The Tonight Show. He’s been featured on over a dozen different artists’ songs, including those by Kanye West, Busta Rhymes and …

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Get groovy on Halloween at the Campbell Club

There is a red house on 1670 Alder St. with green lining and a big porch. There’s usually a sign up advertising various concerts, benefits and open mic nights and at least one character sitting outside. Some nights you can hear music spilling out the cracks of the house and …

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Eye on Indie: Saba, Honeyblood, Mannequin Pussy, and Steve Hauschildt

Saba: Bucket List Project (Saba Pivot) In case you haven’t heard of him, Saba is one of the many great hip-hop artists coming out of the Chicago scene, including Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins, Joey Purp, Vic Mensa and Noname. He makes some of the most soulful hip-hop out there …

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Review: Communist Daughter goes beyond introspection in ‘The Cracks That Built The Wall’

Minnesota-based band Communist Daughter takes its name from a Neutral Milk Hotel song, but on its newest release, The Cracks That Built The Wall, the band created a name for itself beyond NMH and beyond the Saint Paul, Minnesota music scene it calls home. On previous releases like Soundtrack to the …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends Music To Study By

In this episode of Emerald Recommends from the Emerald Podcast Network, Frankie Kerner and Nathan Stevens join Emerald staff Sararosa Davies and Emerson Malone to discuss the best songs to study to during midterm week. Listen to the podcast and check out the Spotify playlist below. Featured songs include: “Angelina” …

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Review: Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ crosses genres and expands fan base

After the comparative failure of Artpop to 2011’s smash hit Born This Way, Lady Gaga is officially coming back in a big — and very different — way with Joanne. Gaga’s new genre-crossing album has the dance-pop singer experimenting with country while focusing on stripped-down emotion in her lyrics.  The album title …

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Review: Blind Pilot and Margaret Glaspy bring summer back to HiFi Music Hall

On Sunday night, Oregon’s own pride and joy of indie-folk, Blind Pilot, came to the HiFi Music Hall with banjos, upright basses, guitars and lead singer Israel Nebeker’s resonant voice in tow. With its warm and vibrant sound, Blind Pilot made the venue feel like a big family gathering somewhere on …

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