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Weekend Calendar: Oregon football returns with spring game

Here’s what’s happening in Eugene this weekend: Oregon spring football game: 11 a.m., Saturday, April 30 at Autzen Stadium. Bring non-perishable or canned foods for admission. This Saturday, students have a chance to preview the upcoming football season’s lineup with the spring game at 11 a.m. Anyone can show up …

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Adventurous country artist Sturgill Simpson returns with 'A Sailor's Guide To The Earth.' The album serves as a letter to his first son.
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Review: Sturgill Simpson welcomes first son with ‘A Sailor’s Guide To The Earth’

In 2014, Sturgill Simpson blended drug-induced psychedelic country with traditional outlaw tales in Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. The cosmos-inspired country sound proved to be one of the strongest and most interesting albums of the year. On A Sailor’s Guide To The Earth, the Kentucky native has continued to diversify …

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Miles Ahead is playing this week at the Broadway Metro (43 W Broadway).
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Review: ‘Miles Ahead’ is no biopic – but so what?

It’s a point of fact that a lot of the new Miles Davis movie is fiction. Miles Ahead isn’t a biopic. Most of its action centers around two days Davis (Don Cheadle) spends with made-up journalist David Braden (Ewan McGregor), who’s looking to write the famed artist’s “comeback story.” From …

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Getting into Prince: 5 albums to start with

No musician in the pop pantheon has made it harder to find their work than Prince, which is frustrating if his death last Thursday at age 57 piqued your interest in his discography. The Purple One’s music isn’t available on Spotify or YouTube — he’s on Tidal, of course — …

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Podcast: The folky camp of Lumineers’ album Cleopatra and remembering Prince

Emerald writers Emerson Malone, Craig Wright, Daniel Bromfield and guest contributor Alec Topkis review The Lumineers’ latest album Cleopatra and reflect on the life and career of legendary music icon Prince.

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Meechy Darko shakes his dreadlocks against the flourescent background during "Thug Waffle," one of the Flatbush Zombies' oldest songs that helped put them in the limelight. (Andrew Metzler/Emerald)
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Review: Flatbush Zombies astound at WOW Hall

The bass coming from the Flatbush Zombies concert at WOW Hall could be heard down the street. The line to get inside stretched around the block and local petitioners sparked conversations with the people in line about their voting involvement. It seemed fitting for the event due to the Flatbush …

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Video: Pancho + The Factory

  The Emerald sat down with Pancho + The Factory to talk about being divas and what it’s like being part of the Eugene music scene.

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Courtney Barnett at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland on Wednesday, April 20 (Hannah Steinkopf-Frank/Emerald).
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Review: Courtney Barnett takes a break from Coachella, stops in Portland

Taking a break between weekends at Coachella, Courtney Barnett brought her capricious and vital Aussie rock to Portland. Barnett is a great equalizer. It’s no short list of people who are drawn to her music and bounce on the trampoline-like floors of Portland’s Crystal Ballroom. This included middle-aged dads wearing …

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Preview: Flatbush Zombies to play WOW Hall on April 22

Striking a balance between strong lyricism and a captivating music is not easily accomplished in contemporary hip-hop. Many rappers opt for one or the other, which often means sacrificing money and fame in order to portray complex and thought-provoking lyrics, or sacrificing quality lyricism for a soundtrack that will appeal …

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Review: Frankie Cosmos tackles the uncertainty of growing up in her newest album “Next Thing”

From first listen to Next Thing, it’s clear that 22-year-old New York musician Greta Kline – or Frankie Cosmos – writes straight from the heart. Known for her adherence to DIY culture, releasing more than 40 bedroom-recorded demos and EPs through her Bandcamp since 2011, Frankie Cosmos easily retains the …

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Anthology Recordings’ Träd, Gräs och Stenar box set was released on April 8.
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Review: Träd, Gräs och Stenar’s live reissues are a great intro to Swedish psych-rock

The late 60s were a time of wondrous and rapid evolution in pop music with major and underground acts alike risking their commercial viability in the name of art-minded experimentation. But perhaps no one went further out than the Swedes. The “progg” scene that flourished in Sweden’s hippie-era communes and …

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Elvis Costello in concert. Costello brought his 'Detour' to Eugene's McDonald Theater for an intimate solo performance (Creative Commons)
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Review: Elvis Costello visits McDonald Theatre for intimate ‘Detour’

Elvis Costello made a trip to Eugene’s McDonald Theatre on Saturday night, April 16, as a part of his “Detour” tour. The solo tour featured Costello deconstructing his songs and taking a new approach to each. What made this show different than the standard concert was the storytelling. Costello is well …

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Review: Paul McCartney amazes in Portland yet again

The seemingly endless lines to enter Portland’s Moda Center stretched in every direction as far as the eye could see. Soapbox preachers standing under the shadow of the Moda Center’s fire and water fountain were armed with a megaphone and a GoPro camera, promising eternal damnation and venereal disease for …

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Hasan Minhaj (right) and DJ Khaled (left) on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. (Creative Commons).
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Weekend Calendar: Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj to bring stand-up act to UO

The University of Oregon Students of the Indian Subcontinent will host its 19th annual culture night, Utsav, with special guest Hasan Minhaj this Saturday at 5 p.m. in Straub Hall room 156. Minhaj, a correspondent from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, will host a stand-up comedy set. UO SIS …

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The album cover for 'Human Performance' by Parquet Courts.
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Double Take: Parquet Courts’ ‘Human Performance’

Following a string of records with rambunctious names like Tally All The Things That You Broke and Sunbathing Animal, Brooklyn-based punk band Parquet Courts established a strong reputation as a group full of two-chord punk tracks and articulate stoner-poet lyricisms. They’re also one of the most exhilarating live performances you …

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Review: Weezer’s ‘White Album’ is the sound of summer

Here’s the most basic history of Weezer in 43 words: Weezer was good. Then they weren’t. Despite a decade-long dry spell (about 2004-2014), fans still adored the band. In 2014 Rivers Cuomo promised us that Everything Will Be Alright In The End, which brings us to The White Album, Weezer’s …

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Explosions In the Sky's newest album 'The Wilderness' released April 1.
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Review: Explosions in the Sky’s ‘The Wilderness’

This past summer, I bought Explosions in the Sky’s 2003 album The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place on vinyl. I’d heard about the band and had listened to “Your Hand In Mine,” the album’s most popular song, but I hadn’t experienced the album in its entirety. Listening to …

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UO a capella group Divisi performs at the Northwest Semifinals of the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella and is headed to the finals in New York City on April 30 (Image courtesy of Jake Young Photography)
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Female a cappella group Divisi is headed to New York for ICCA Finals

Did you enjoy watching Pitch Perfect? Then you might want to follow Divisi, University of Oregon’s thriving, all-female a cappella group. The group that just won the Northwest Semifinals of the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella and is headed to the finals in New York City on April 30. …

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Review: dvsn’s ‘Sept. 5’ is R&B blown up to Wagnerian proportions

Toronto duo dvsn’s debut Sept. 5 is R&B blown up to Wagnerian proportions, an unapologetically massive spectacle that reminds us not only of what R&B can do as a form, but what maximalism can accomplish as an approach. The ten songs here are all pretty simple. There’s nothing here that wouldn’t …

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Podcast: Is Weezer still cool?

Emerald writers Emerson Malone and Craig Wright and special guest Nick Miller return to the ever-pressing question, ‘Is Weezer still cool?’ and share their thoughts on the band’s newest release, the White Album.

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Review: Bibio reinvents himself as indie-pop auteur on ‘A Mineral Love’

When Bibio first emerged on Mush Records in the late-‘00s, he seemed easy to pin down: a Boards of Canada acolyte with a love of detuned guitars and British folk. Then, just as the English producer born Stephen Wilkinson signed to the vaunted Warp label, his musical horizons exploded. Ambivalence Avenue (2009), …

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Young Thug's 'Slime Season 3' dropped Feb. 5.
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Review: Young Thug’s ‘Slime Season 3’ feels like just another Thugger tape

The music on Young Thug’s Slime Season 3 is less exciting than the music it promises. This release, which marks the end of the Slime Season series, is more of the same; there’s nothing here Thug hasn’t done as well or better on a prior release. Except for one song: “Worth It,” which …

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Bromfield: Miley Cyrus’s ‘Dead Petz’ is a rising cult classic (and it’s really good)

When Miley Cyrus dropped Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz for free at the 2015 VMAs, critic Meaghan Garvey at Pitchfork was quick to sink her teeth into it, calling it “a major pop album that lands with a splash, then sinks like a brick, as ephemeral as the Tumblr …

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Please, please, please don't sing Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' on karaoke night. (Creative Commons)
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Emerald recommends the best and worst songs for karaoke

Bartenders have heard it all, and they’re getting tired of it. You don’t have Freddie Mercury’s pipes. You don’t have Adele’s gospel charm. No more “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Please, enough “Rolling in the Deep.” This week, the Emerald recommends the best and worst songs that you can sing at a karaoke …

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Weekend Calendar 4/1-4/3

UO Stand Up Society presents: Hilarity for Charity U Hilarity for Charity comedy show at Villard Hall’s Pocket Playhouse, Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m., 102 Villard Hall, $5-12 The UO Stand Up Society is hosting a three-night comedy event benefiting Alzheimer’s research. The event began …

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Tycho's album 'Dive' ranks among the best tunes for celebrating spring.
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Emerald Recommends the songs that feel like spring

The start of spring is pivotal: it marks the slow departure of the lousy weather and seasonal affective disorder. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in the year, as predicted by the weather-overlord groundhogs in early February. You can now wake up to the morning sun, fall asleep without …

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Joanna Newsom at the Arlene Schnitzer (Hannah Steinkopf-Frank/Emerald).
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Review: Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold at the Arlene Schnitzer

Baroque-pop musician Joanna Newsom stopped at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Monday, March 28, to remind us all that she’s a fairy princess. Opening for Newsom was Robin Pecknold, the former frontman of the Seattle-based indie-folk group Fleet Foxes. The reverberating, hollow acoustics of the monolithic concert hall amplified …

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WOW Hall is located on 8th Avenue in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel/Marshall)
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WOW Hall offers volunteer opportunities for U of O students and community members

As a college student, checking out your town’s music scene is a necessity, but regularly shelling out the cash for concert tickets to see your favorite bands can be near impossible. Luckily, WOW Hall, a music venue on 8th Avenue and Lincoln Street, offers an alternative option — volunteering in …

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Slayer guitarists Gary Holt and Kerry King solo together during a thrash metal show at the Roseland Theater on Sunday, March 20 (Meerah Powell/Emerald)
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An evening with Slayer: The kings of thrash metal

would be a liar if I said I was expecting this day to go smoothly. I was scheduled to interview and attend a concert by a band that verges on being the most violent act in the world, and they were playing at a venue notorious for its rowdy shows. …

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The Emerald sits down with Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt for an interview before a show at Portland's Roseland Theater on Sunday, March 20 (Meerah Powell/Emerald)
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Q&A: Slayer’s Paul Bostaph and Gary Holt

Emerald writer Craig Wright sat down with Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph of the legendary thrash metal band Slayer on Sunday, March 20 before a performance at Portland’s Roseland Theater. Bostaph is the drummer for Slayer and has been a member of the band for a cumulative decade in two …

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