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‘Pillowtalk’ review – Come on Zayn, you can do better than this

“Pillowtalk,” the big debut single from One Direction defector Zayn Malik, couldn’t have come at a worse time. For one, it was overshadowed by the surprise release of not only Rihanna’s Anti but Drake’s latest single, “Summer Sixteen,” which is currently wrestling it out of the No. 1 spot on …

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Rihanna’s ‘Anti’ polarizes: how did pop music get this weird?

Rihanna’s new record Anti is already the year’s most polarizing pop album. The name says it all – it’s an experimental and anti-commercial work, featuring a glut of unfinished half-songs, a seven-minute Tame Impala cover and exactly none of the singles she’s released since her last album, 2012’s Apologetic. Commercially, …

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'Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements' by Bob Mehr will be released March 1 through Da Capo Press.
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Review: Mehr’s ‘Trouble Boys,’ is the unrivaled Replacements guide

After years of living in squalor on the road and playing countless gigs for little pay and sparse crowds, most bands break out to a larger audience that enables them to live a life of luxury. The tour buses grow larger, the venues grander, and the public adoration more intense. …

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Review: The I Don’t Cares’ ‘Wild Stab’ finds Westerberg and Hatfield at their best and everywhere in between

The liner notes to The I Don’t Cares debut album Wild Stab include the message, “Recommended: Play at a moderate sensible adult volume.” While this is a far cry from the “File Under: Power Trash” note placed on The Replacements’ Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash, the message …

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Podcast: Jamie and Meerah Pick the Best Music of 2015

Listen to the first episode of Emerald staffers Jamie Perry and Meerah Powell’s biweekly music podcast below, in which Perry and Powell pick a few of their favorite tracks from 2015. “The Prick” – Dogs on Acid “Brazos River” – Lomelda “Something Soon” – Car Seat Headrest “Burn Masculinity” – …

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Chromeo graces the crowd with groovy Canadian electronic as the sun sets at Sasquatch 2015. The 15th annual Sasquatch! Music Festival will take place from Friday, May 27 to Monday, May 30, 2016. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Playlist: Lesser-known artists to look out for at Sasquatch Music Festival

Though it may still be wet and cold, the warmer months of music festival season are quickly approaching, and everyone’s favorite Memorial Day Weekend fest — Sasquatch! – has recently made a lineup announcement. Though the four-day festival, which occurs every year in the Washington Gorge, isn’t taking place for …

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Andrew Katz, a UO and South Eugene High school alum, plays drums for Car Seat Headrest. Photo courtesy of Andrew Katz.
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Q&A: UO grad Andrew Katz returns to Eugene with Car Seat Headrest

Andrew Katz, an alum of South Eugene High School and 2012 economics graduate from the University of Oregon will return to Eugene this Friday, Jan. 22. He returns as the drummer for Car Seat Headrest, a rising indie-rock band reminiscent of Room On Fire-era Strokes, with the loose quality of …

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Kanye’s Bowie cover album: 5 songs that could work

Kanye wants to make a David Bowie cover album. It sounds like an impossible task, but here’s how it could work.

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Review: UO Gospel Singers lead performance in MLK Day celebration

As part of this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Andiel Brown, the director of Gospel Choirs and Ensembles at the University of Oregon, and the UO Gospel Singers put on their fourth annual music performance in honor of Dr. King and his contributions to the fight against racism …

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Emerald Recommends the best songs of 2015

The Emerald has enlisted its Arts and Culture staff to highlight the best songs of 2015, which was a strong year for music. From experimental electronic to garage punk, find out what the Emerald’s favorites songs of the year were.

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Get to know the duo behind the score to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s’s new film ‘The Revenant’

Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto will likely receive substantial stateside exposure following their ‘Revenant’ soundtrack, but they’ve released a wealth of material together on their own.

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Double Takes: David Bowie caps his career with ‘Blackstar’

Two of our writers – Bowie neophyte Daniel Bromfield and Bowie beginner Alex Ruby – offer their takes on the pop icon’s final album.

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Kanye West's song "All Day" (video pictured above) may appear on his newest album, Swish, scheduled for release on Feb. 11th.
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WTF is going on with Kanye’s new album?

Kanye West finally announced the release date for his upcoming album Swish. But we’re no less confused.

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Eulogy: David Bowie

David Bowie, one of rock’s bravest artists, died January 10, 2016. Here’s why his legacy matters.

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Slow Magic performs at Hi-Fi Music Hall on December 13, 2015.
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Hi-Fi Music Hall: Setting the tempo for Eugene venues

To long-time Eugene residents, 44 E. 7th Ave. might seem like an unlucky building. The location, which was a country-themed bar under the moniker “Rock’n Rodeo” from the early ‘90s to the mid ‘00s, has gone through a slew of music venue changes in a short amount of time. Though …

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James Alex of Beach Slang, whose album The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, ranks among our favorites of 2015. Photo credit: Meerah Powell
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Emerald Recommends the best albums of 2015

Courtney Barnett, Sufjan Stevens, Young Fathers, Dogs on Acid, and more top our best of the year list.

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Ruby: Is LCD Soundsystem betraying or satisfying longtime fans with their reunion?

The dance-punk legends are reuniting for Coachella, a new album, and a series of live shows – but some diehard fans are worried they’re cheapening their legacy.

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A New Years Eve playlist for the sad

New Year’s is not a joyous time for everyone. For those who are inclined to dwell on the less than optimistic occurrences of the year (both future and recently past), here is a playlist.

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A holiday playlist for those tired of Christmas music

Whether you love the holiday season and are on the search for more wintertime jams or are frustrated to no end with Christmas music and need something else, this playlist has you covered.

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Giraffage plays with a minimal set up on a table in front of a vivid LED screen. Photo credit: Meerah Powell
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Review: Giraffage and Slow Magic put on a high-energy show at the Hi-Fi

Giraffage and Slow Magic represent a sector of electronica that’s as much “ambient” as it is party music.

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Kim Schifino (drums) and Matt Johnson (vocals/keyboards) make up Matt and Kim. (Photo credit: Right On! PR)
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Q&A: Matt Johnson from Matt and Kim

Matt Johnson from the band Matt and Kim talks with the Daily Emerald about creativity, the band’s writing process, and the risk of having expectations.

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James Alex of Beach Slang tumbles on stage while managing to play his guitar at Portland's Analog Theater on Nov. 11. Photo credit: Meerah Powell
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Blood, humility, punk-rock and fatherhood: Inside Beach Slang’s ‘Noisy Heaven’

Beach Slang is the most exciting band of 2015. Whether they’re begging the audience for TUMS or rolling with guitars on the stage, its live act is an adrenaline rush. The Emerald spoke with singer James Alex before a recent Portland concert.

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Bromfield: At 50, ‘Rubber Soul’ is still one of the best pop albums ever made

Rubber Soul, which came out 50 years ago today, represents the Beatles at the apex of their creative powers.

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Cold War Kids play HiFi Music Hall in Eugene, Ore. on Dec. 2. Photo credit: Meerah Powell
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Review: Cold War Kids at HiFi Music Hall

With a live show that could bring any audience to its knees, Cold War Kids are as gritty and inexhaustible as garage-rock gets.

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Adele’s ’25’ brings back forceful power ballads and more

Adele’s voice and lyrics have the power to move mountains, but the tracks of ’25’ will rarely surprise you.

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Robert DeLong plays an energetic set at HiFi Music Hall in Eugene, Ore. Photo credit: Meerah Powell
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Review: Robert DeLong, Coleman Hell play at HiFi for a stellar performance

If there’s such a thing as folk-rock electronica, Robert DeLong and Coleman Hell certainly define it.

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8 essential Eugene album releases from this year

The music scene around campus might seem a bit small with the same four or five bands at every bar or house show (give or take a few new names at the bottom of the bill.) But as a town filled with artsy students, grads and long-term residents with no …

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Alessia Cara’s new album is seeking something greater, inspiring us to follow on her journey

When Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” flooded suburban televisions tuned to MTV in 1991, it symbolized a changing era for music. Clad in grungy flannel amidst a sea of carefully coiffed, pop-stylized “hair bands”, Kurt Cobain stood out like a sore thumb—and for good reason. While Nirvana may not have …

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