Playing a sold-out show to screaming fans and blazing lights is a dream for any rock band. Young the Giant got this star treatment in Eugene on Saturday night; they gave the audience a hypnotic and emotional show for their last stop on a two-month-long tour. The Mirror Master Tour, named aft…

Love — as both a feeling and a concept — has always been present in songwriting. For Valentine’s Day, here’s a handful of songs that celebrate, acknowledge and relish in that ubiquitous human experience.

This week on Wednesday, Bay Area rapper Dominic Woods, also known as Sage the Gemini, performed at the WOW Hall in Eugene for his “West for the Winter” tour. Dressed in a tan trucker jacket, with a cross-bag and dreadlocks, the 6-foot 5-inch Sage the Gemini showcased all aspects of the North…

Black Power. Queerness. Femininity. Intersectionality. A new wave of female rappers and hip-hop artists are entering the mainstream, bringing social justice awareness with them. From Janelle Monae’s empowering visual album “Dirty Computer” to Princess Nokia’s tribute to New York and the comp…

Hip-hop storytelling is a funny thing. Themes and symbols are recycled and reused; fact and fiction become blurred as artists struggle to remain authentic while also creating an original and compelling story. As different as they are, most story-driven lyrics — and sometimes full concept alb…

The Beatles gave the world some of the best and most progressive pop music ever made. Naturally, attempting to recreate the band’s music isn’t easy. Doing a bad cover of a Beatles song is basically blasphemy. Here are some artists, however, that made a commendable effort. Hopefully their wor…

By each January, the fervor of year-end lists has died down completely. But the entire cycle must reset. It’s impossible to predict all of what 2019 will have in store, but here are some albums people will likely want to say something about.

Ever heard of an album before? Well, it’s like a group of songs put together into one long, cohesive thing. Here are the Emerald’s picks for the top five albums that were released in 2018.