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Leader singer and guitarist Ruban Nielson sits at the edge of the stage after diving into the crowd. Portland-based, New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra begins Sex and Food album tour at WOW Hall April 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

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Portland-based, New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra begins Sex and Food album tour at WOW Hall April 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

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Leader singer and guitarist Ruban Nielson entered the stage and spun the white orb behind him to reveal its red chair interior. Portland-based, New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra begins Sex and Food album tour at WOW Hall April 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

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Leader singer and guitarist Ruban Nielson sits down briefly and continues playing. Portland-based, New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra begins Sex and Food album tour at WOW Hall April 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

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Portland-based, New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra begins Sex and Food album tour at WOW Hall April 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

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Leader singer and guitarist Ruban Nielson gestures to his brother and drummer Kody during a solo. Portland-based, New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra begins Sex and Food album tour at WOW Hall April 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

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Portland-based, New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra begins Sex and Food album tour at WOW Hall April 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

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Leader singer and guitarist Ruban Nielson puts his hands together to lead the audience's clapping. Portland-based, New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra begins Sex and Food album tour at WOW Hall April 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

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Fans fight there way to the edge of the stage and sing along as the performance comes to a close. Portland-based, New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra begins Sex and Food album tour at WOW Hall April 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

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The audience at the WOW Hall slinks down to the floor before all launching back up again to the music. Portland-based, New Zealand band Unknown Mortal Orchestra begins Sex and Food album tour at WOW Hall April 11, 2018. (Dana Sparks/Emerald)

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Photojournalist and Sex and Relationships columnist

Dana is a photojournalist specializing in long-format storytelling — particularly regarding gender and social justice topics. She is the Daily Emerald Sex and Relationships columnist. This is her third year at the Emerald.


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