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Emerald Recommends: The most disappointing releases of 2016

Before the Emerald releases its best of 2016 lists of films, books, concerts, songs and albums, we felt it was important to balance praising the year’s best works of art with pointing out which let us down. These are not the worst pieces of the year; these are works that showed great potential and fell …

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Emerald Recommends: Last minute gift ideas for your parents

Update: 3:05 p.m. More last minute gift ideas have been added to the list. Let’s face it: our parents do a lot for us. In addition to being the reason we are in this world at all, our parents spent years loving us unconditionally, providing a home, feeding us, doing our …

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Emerald Recommends: Our 12 essential holiday movies

To celebrate the home-run stretch before Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season as a whole, the Emerald has enlisted every writer on the arts and culture desk to recommend his or her favorite holiday movie. With classic cartoons, comedies and a few oddball selections, these are the films Emerald staffers will be watching during winter …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends the songs that defined 2016

In this installment from the Emerald Podcast Network, arts and culture editor Craig Wright, music writer Sararosa Davies and Emerald associate podcast editor Emerson Malone join forces and share some of the songs that defined 2016 for them. This episode was produced by Emerson Malone. Our theme music was written by Evan …

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Review: Jim James’ voice mesmorizes the Roseland Theater

It was below freezing when the Roseland Theater opened its doors at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. Although few fans dared to brave the cold to wait in line, the venue slowly filled by the time headliner Jim James took the stage at 9:15. James is best known as the …

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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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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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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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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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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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Comedy-folk-punk duo ShiSho: Teenagers with a decade of music experience

When Tommy Stinson played on The Replacements’ 1980 album, Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash, at the age of 13, he was considered freakishly young to be in a band signed to a record label. Now, as 50-year-old Stinson prepares for a Friday “Cowboys in the Campfire” tour performance at …

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Tommy Stinson Q&A: Replacement, showman, ordained minister

On Oct. 21, Tommy Stinson and Chip Roberts will perform as Cowboys in the Campfire at a venue called Barno’s Backyard Ballroom in Eugene. The duo will perform at Bunk Bar in Portland the following night. Stinson began his career as the teenage bassist for the now-legendary Minneapolis punk band …

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From dorm food to quality cuisine

Remember John Belushi’s infamous stroll through the EMU’s buffet line in 1978’s Animal House? He overstuffs his tray with burgers, desserts, sandwiches and fruit in a scene that now serves as a time capsule for both how the old Fishbowl looked and what the University of Oregon’s residence hall foods …

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Photos: Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man and Twin Peaks team up for a stacked triple bill at the Edgefield

On Saturday night McMenamin’s Edgefield venue hosted a stacked triple bill featuring Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man (the self-proclaimed “Lords of Portland”) and Twin Peaks. Held a few days after the summer equinox, all three bands were able to finish their performances before the sun had completely set, which …

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Q&A: Cage the Elephant’s Brad Shultz talks new album, brotherhood and Dan Auerbach

After blasting onto the music scene with “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” from their self-titled album in 2009, Cage The Elephant has found its footing as one of the most popular rock bands of the era. The band is currently touring in support of Tell Me I’m Pretty, which …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends the best music of 2016 (so far)

The first six months of 2016 have already yielded some beautiful, unforgettable songs. In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald writers Daniel Bromfield, Emerson Malone and Craig Wright share some of their favorites. Listen to the podcast here and check out the playlist below. Here’s what we hear: …

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Review: Car Seat Headrest reaches greatness with ‘Teens Of Denial’

Will Toledo was no newcomer to the music scene when the so called “first” Car Seat Headrest album, Teens of Style was released last year through Matador Records. Toledo had already completed 11 self-released albums on his Bandcamp page and attracted a small cult following. Their first official album, Teens Of Style, …

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Emerald Recommends the dining spots to have your parents take you

It’s nearly graduation season, which means that (a) time to start pretending you’re an adult, except for (b) those times when your folks come to town and you don’t have to foot the bill for dinner. Today, the Emerald recommends some of the best spots around town to have your …

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Review: The Who Hits 50, Townshend hits 71

The Who were scheduled to perform in Portland as a part of the Who Hits 50 tour, but Roger Daltrey was hospitalized due to a case of viral meningitis which forced the band to postpone the tour. They promised to come back stronger than ever, which seems unbelievable for anyone …

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Get to know some college town sounds at the Willamette Valley Music Festival

The Willamette Valley Music Festival only happens once every year—and you should take advantage of it since it’s all free. Here’s the low-down on some of the bands you’ll regret not going to see. Evergreen by Meerah Powell, @meerahpowell Makayla Meador, the electronic producer Evergreen, didn’t always know she was …

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Beach Slang returns to Portland in top shape after breakup rumors

After Philadelphia punk band Beach Slang’s Thursday night show in Salt Lake City, which ended with thrown guitars and a promise for a refund from singer James Alex, rumors began to fly that the band had broken up. Friday’s show in Boise was cancelled, fueling the speculation. Later in the …

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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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Double Takes: Season 3 of ‘Silicon Valley’ returns with no shortage of laughs or conflict

As the conclusion of Silicon Valley’s second season, it seemed as if Pied Piper, the data compression company created by Richard Hendricks (played by Thomas Middleditch), may finally have overcome its legal troubles against the tech giant Hooli. But of course, Hendricks was far from safe as he and the …

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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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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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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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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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Bruce Springsteen’s ‘River’ tour runs through Portland

New Jersey legend and American icon Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band brought the River tour through Portland last night in a 33-song, three hour and 15 minute concert at the Moda Center. In recent years, Springsteen has gone through his archives to formally release previously unissued material. The Ties That …

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George Martin’s most memorable Beatles contributions

Sir George Martin, the legendary Beatles producer, has joined a tragically long list of music icons who have passed away recently. He was 90. Although he is known as the fifth Beatle, his career extended far beyond The Beatles and he produced numerous No. 1 records, won Grammy awards, composed …

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