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Podcast: What is the ASUO?

In this installment from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald reporters Connor Kwiecien and Miguel Sanchez-Rutledge talk about why you should be invested in the ASUO (the Associated Students of the University of Oregon), as well as how to find and attend the ASUO meetings. Listen to the episode via SoundCloud …

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Podcast: Why video game adaptations don’t always work

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, writers Dana Alston and Mathew Brock discuss Warcraft, the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed adaptation, and consider why film adaptations of video games don’t always make a lot of sense. Subscribe to Emerald podcasts on iTunes or listen to the podcast below:

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends Music To Study By

In this episode of Emerald Recommends from the Emerald Podcast Network, Frankie Kerner and Nathan Stevens join Emerald staff Sararosa Davies and Emerson Malone to discuss the best songs to study to during midterm week. Listen to the podcast and check out the Spotify playlist below. Featured songs include: “Angelina” …

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Podcast: The “Locker Room Talk” Edition

In this installment from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald political columnists Alec Cowan and Zach Moss discuss the second presidential debate and the recent leak of recordings from Donald Trump’s hot mic (during which he shared his lewd remarks about the perks of his celebrity stature), as well as how …

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Review: A night with Animal Collective at McDonald Theatre

For most people, Monday evening primarily gravitated around a very specific debate between two people, both of whom are competing for the same job. The conversation included whether one believes that climate change was a hoax concocted by the Chinese, how to alleviate the relationship between the black community and …

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Review: Fruit Bats’ blissful show at HiFi Music Hall

The Portland-based indie-rock band Fruit Bats certainly deserves your attention, even if the name doesn’t always ring a bell. Even the HiFi doorman cordially greeted me: “’Sup, man? You here to see Fruit Flies?” In terms of masterful, textured arrangements and poetic, elegant lyrics, Fruit Bats are arguably the closest …

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Review: Preoccupations’ self-titled album an exercise in adult angst

The self-titled album from Preoccupations begins with more than a minute of feedback noise and nasal radiator drone as a foreboding preamble. In the opening track, “Anxiety,” bassist-vocalist Matt Flegel murmurs cryptic, paranoiac verses (“I’m spinning in a vacuum, deteriorating to great acclaim”), but his frayed voice never comes across …

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Review: Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ a noble, if flawed, dramatization

It’s a tall order to squeeze the story of Edward Snowden’s life into a feature-length film. In Snowden, the new film from director Oliver Stone, this is sorely obvious. At 138 minutes, Snowden follows the title character from 2004, when he broke both his legs in army training, to 2013 when he …

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Preview: Fruit Bats coming to HiFi Music Hall this Friday

In the last three albums from Fruit Bats, an indie-folk band previously based in Chicago, then Seattle and now Portland, singer-songwriter Eric D. Johnson knits restless tales about feelings of inadequacy and homesickness, processing moods of malaise and solitude. As such: Fruit Bats’ Tripper is an excellent record to drink …

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Review: Ezra Furman’s Big Fugitive Life a bipolar, captivating listen

Earlier this summer, Ezra Furman played a show with his backing band The Boy-Friends at Pickathon Music Festival, adorned in a red floral dress, a pearl necklace and Kool Aid-blue dyed hair. His self-deprecating stage presence was loud and palpable. While most musicians would relish the cheers between songs, Furman …

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Things to do this week: Ducks v. Cavs, Joseph at HiFi, Mad Decent Block Party

Featured: Red Wagon opens in EMU this Tuesday Red Wagon Creamery will open a new location on campus this Tuesday, Sept. 6, on the bottom floor of the EMU. Red Wagon started as a pushcart that sold ice cream in Kesey Square back in 2011, but now operates out of …

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UO’s Imagination Research Lab is Defining Friendship

Whenever an imaginary friend appears in pop culture, Dr. Marjorie Taylor is called up to provide expert testimony. Last summer, after the release of Pixar’s Inside Out, Slate magazine interviewed Taylor, a University of Oregon professor emerita of psychology and director of the UO-based Imagination Research Lab, to evaluate Bing …

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Review: ‘Don’t Think Twice’ is a brilliant look at the bruising world of improv

“Your twenties are all about hope. And your thirties are all about how dumb it was to hope.” Improvisational comedy didn’t really take off until the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, but it’s still baffling that a movie like Don’t Think Twice hasn’t already been made. In a way, it …

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Photos from Project Pabst 2016: Ice Cube, Tame Impala, stripper astronauts

Musicfest Northwest presents Project Pabst offered an interesting and eclectic lineup this year: Ice Cube, Duran Duran, irreverent rock group Ween, psych-electronic titans Tame Impala, Brooklyn slacker rock Parquet Courts, Portland’s own Unknown Mortal Orchestra and plenty of others. The annual music festival, which took place in Portland this past …

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Things to do this week: Aggies vs Ducks, Malala Yousafzai, Wilco

Featured: Oregon Ducks vs. UC Davis Aggies at Autzen Stadium (2700 MLK Jr. Blvd) — Game begins at 2 p.m. The University of California – Davis Aggies (2-9 in the 2015 season) are facing off with the Oregon Ducks (2015 record: 9-4) at Autzen Stadium this Saturday in the first game …

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A few pointers for getting into Eugene’s music scene

Eugene doesn’t see as much live music as it should; a lot of major bands skip over our humble town, stopping in Portland and San Francisco but nowhere in between. But scanning the local music listings to see what’s coming to bars and venues will only give you a cursory …

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Things to do this week: Project Pabst, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Thomas Mapfumo

Featured: MusicFest Northwest Presents Project Pabst this weekend in Portland, Aug. 26-28. This weekend marks the first collaboration between Portland’s two biggest music festivals, Project Pabst and Musicfest Northwest, which are joining forces for an epic lineup as one entity, MFNW Presents Project Pabst. The two-day, two-stage festival takes place …

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This Week in Eugene: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Little Women, People Under the Stairs

Online Feature: Local band VCR releases debut album on cassette. See our audio slideshow at Dailyemerald.com.               On a cool April night, the band members of VCR — Chase Clark, Emma Hurt and Tyler Howard — climb into Clark’s 1994 Buick Regal Sport. This ride has …

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Photos: Dandy Warhols make a scene at the WOW Hall

If you associate any image with Dandy Warhols, it’s almost certainly the unzipping banana. It’s printed onto the band’s drumhead and the cover for the 2003 album Welcome to the Monkey House, named for the Kurt Vonnegut short story of the same name. The Warhols’ stage at the WOW Hall …

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Review: La Luz shine during W.O.W. Hall show

Eugene’s own Egotones and Snow White joined Seattle’s La Luz for an impressive lineup of Pacific Northwest-based surf-rock bands that played the W.O.W. Hall last night. The instrumental-heavy genre has some basic ingredients — bass, guitar, drum and organ/keyboard — which is a short checklist, but the different approaches that …

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Photos from Pickathon: Ty Segall, Jeff Tweedy, Beach House, Mac DeMarco

Even in the secluded woodland utopia of Pendarvis Farms in Happy Valley, Ore., where the 18th Annual Pickathon Music Festival took place this past weekend, you can’t escape the 2016 presidential election. From the guy wearing the “A Vote For Donald Is a Vote For Fun” t-shirt to the fairly …

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Reclaiming Pride: After Orlando, pride means something different in Eugene

  After the mass shooting earlier this summer in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub that left 49 people dead and 53 injured, Bill Sullivan had “flashbacks.” Sullivan, a Eugene resident, and LGBTQ activist, said he recalled when a New Orleans bar called the UpStairs Lounge was attacked by an arsonist in a …

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Review: ‘Your Song Changed My Life’ by Bob Boilen

In his book Your Song Changed My Life, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen has a simple inquiry for the musicians whom he interviews: what is a musical experience you’ve had that fundamentally changed your life? Boilen’s book is a great compendium of essays, almost all of which offer poignant insight into …

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Things to do this week: Pickathon music fest, On The Town, Buster Keaton

August 1: Buster Keaton Genealogy Display – Cottage Grove Community Center (700 E Gibbs Ave) The Shining, Animal House, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest are among the most popular movies that were filmed around Oregon. This summer marks the 90th anniversary for the Buster Keaton silent picture The …

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Review: Weird Al enforces ‘Mandatory Fun’ into Eugene regiment

In a little under two hours, Weird Al played thirty tracks, both parody and original, spanning his 33-year career. That, alone, is really something to behold. There’s no single demographic that is drawn to Al’s music, as demonstrated by the vast array that came to the Cuthbert Amphitheatre for his …

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Weird Al on fans with song ideas, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Comedy Bang! Bang!

It’s especially poignant whenever satire eclipses the thing that it was meant to spoof. Take, for example, when you hear the nimble strings from the 1876 ballet “Dance of the Hours.” You likely don’t think of Italian composer Amilcare Ponchielli, but rather Allan Sherman’s perky lines: “All the counselors / …

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Review: ‘Microbe and Gasoline’ is like ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ for kids

In the newest film from writer-director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), imagination and intellect are the formative hallmarks of youth and young manhood. Microbe and Gasoline focuses on Daniel Guéret (Ange Dargent, in his first acting role), a young teen given the grade school nickname “Microbe” for …

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This Week in Eugene: Talking Heads cover band, Lane County Fair, Artist’s talk at JSMA

This week in movies in the park: Hook (1991) — Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. — Royal Delle Park (401 Blackstone St, Springfield, OR) — 2 hr, 22 min — Rated PG. Peter Banning (Robin Williams) is a middle-aged corporate lawyer living in San Francisco who’s roped back into his …

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Double Takes: Mr. Robot season 2 begins cryptically, beautifully

Double Takes is a series in which two Emerald writers compare notes on a recent piece of media. In this installment, Emerald writers Chris Berg and Emerson Malone share their thoughts on Mr. Robot’s two-part season two premiere. “I tell you, the human condition is a straight-up tragedy, cuz.” – Leon …

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Share your Pokémon Go stories with us.

Since Pokémon Go came out on July 6, we’ve been hearing stories of people burning dinner, disrupting traffic and finding a dead body while on the hunt for pocket monsters. The Emerald’s arts and culture desk wants to hear your Pokémon Go stories, since it seems almost everyone has a …

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