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Review: KISS, aptly excessive, brings Freedom to Rock tour to MKA

Sometime during sound check, a towering black curtain with the massive KISS insignia dropped before the stage in epic fashion. The audience roared. It was immediately apparent this would be no humble night. “The suspense,” whispered one audience member, who wore Paul Stanley’s Starchild makeup with a black star covering …

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Preview: KISS to make a stop in Eugene Rock City

Matthew Knight Arena is on a tear of head-banging nostalgia, with eminent heavy metal acts regularly paying a visit: a year ago this month, Alice Cooper and Mötley Crüe stopped by the arena; this September, Def Leppard will play the venue as well. This Saturday, July 9, the New York …

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This week in Eugene: Banana pianos, funk music, and ‘The Little Mermaid’

Monday, June 27 — Disney’s The Little Mermaid – 8 p.m. on July 1-2, 8-9, 22-23 and 2 p.m. on July 10 and 17 at the Actors Cabaret Theater (996 Willamette St.) Tickets are $16-$24 and $33-$43 for a meal and a show. The popular Disney film, based on the fairy …

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Double Takes: ‘Finding Dory’ dives into the backstory of a beloved side character

Double Takes is a series in which two Emerald writers compare notes on a recent film, album or television show. In this installment, Emerald writers Chris Berg and Emerson Malone share their thoughts on the new film Finding Dory. Thirteen years after Finding Nemo, Finding Dory returns to a familiar ensemble of …

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Why food trucks are vessels for cross-cultural invention

Food trucks have come a long way in the mind of the foodie. Once, they were seen as ‘roach coaches’ that lurked in back alleys and sold questionable tacos. Today, they have a strong foothold in Willamette Valley culture. “It’s been a lot of work to convince people that food …

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Students learn how to master the sports flick in ‘Stoked 101’

Who among us hasn’t sat through a roommate’s footage from a Mt. Hood ski trip, scored to something obnoxious and filmed dizzily with a GoPro helmet camera? This spring term, University of Oregon assistant professor Rick Silva led the course ARTD 410: “Stoked 101” to look into the craft behind …

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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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Dispatch from Sasquatch, day four – Thunderpussy, Tim Heidecker, Titus Andronicus

Monday marks the day of Sasquatch’s most emotionally manipulative lineup, with the hardcore Jersey boys Titus Andronicus, the heavy metal outfit Baroness from Savannah, GA and the electronic combo Jamie xx back-to-back with Caribou and Eugene homeboy Sufjan Stevens. Highlights from today: • Hard rock band Thunderpussy was the first …

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Dispatch from Sasquatch, day three – Mac DeMarco, Alabama Shakes, Shamir

High winds closed Sasquatch’s main stage on Sunday, which meant at 9 p.m., Alabama Shakes was the first band of the day to take the stage. The day’s lineup was light and youthful, from the nicotine bluegrass of Mac DeMarco to the masterful southern blues of the Shakes. BAIO’s delightful …

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Dispatch from Sasquatch, day two – M83, John C. Reilly, and the band formerly known as Viet Cong

Day two of the 15th annual Sasquatch music fest in George, Washington yielded strong indie acts from Seattle, irreverent comedy from Moshe Kasher, melodramatic space opera from M83 and plenty of middle-aged men screaming. Check out more photos from day two here. Early Saturday afternoon yielded at least two promising …

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Dispatch from Sasquatch, day one – A$AP Rocky, Yeasayer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

The gates to the festival grounds wouldn’t open until 3 p.m., atypically later from Sasquatches prior, which bought a lot of free time for the campers. Some elected to play games — cornhole, Bocce ball, croquet and Frisbee were a common sight. Others played cards on blankets outside their tents. …

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Surviving at Sasquatch: Festival Camping 101

So you spent the money from your work study job on tickets to your favorite festival. Whether it’s Sasquatch, Coachella or Bonnaroo, one thing is certain: you will be camping. This isn’t your childhood summer trip with your parents. This is the time to pretend you know how to camp …

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Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio on Bowie, iconic album art, and geography

Geography always played a big role for Vampire Weekend, from the smoggy New York City skyline cover of 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City to the international references in their lyrics, which reaches from Berkeley to Angkor Wat to Dar es Salaam. But the sense of place is more ambiguous …

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Emerald Recommends: the best Bob’s Burgers episodes

In honor of the 100th episode of Bob’s Burgers being aired tonight, the Emerald recommends the finest episodes from the Belchers’ six seasons. “Hamburger Dinner Theater” (season one, episode five)  The fifth-ever episode of Bob’s pulls no punches as it reaches absurd levels of gruesome black comedy. Linda recruits everyone …

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Review: Indie-rock patron saint Andrew Bird stops in Portland

Indie-rock patron saint Andrew Bird, along with inimitable opener John Grant, stopped for a sublime show at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday, May 18. Grant, a musician from Iceland-by-way-of-Colorado-by-way-of-Michigan, is opening for Bird since his recent album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure came out in late 2015. He took …

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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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Preview: Andrew Bird is coming to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall tomorrow

Some musicians are on a different level of consciousness, which becomes obvious during a live performance; such is the case for indie virtuoso Andrew Bird. While Bird is a master of the violin — which you’ll often hear accompany his tremolo whistling — his insatiable appetite for other instruments keeps …

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Review: ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ is Radiohead at its most intimate

British art-rock outfit Radiohead teased its ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool with a complete evisceration of the band’s social media presence, which was followed up with a cryptic video of a stop-motion puppet bird chirping in a tree. Moon, a follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs, was …

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Review: Courtney Barnett takes a break from Coachella, stops in Portland

Taking a break between weekends at Coachella, Courtney Barnett brought her capricious and vital Aussie rock to Portland. Barnett is a great equalizer. It’s no short list of people who are drawn to her music and bounce on the trampoline-like floors of Portland’s Crystal Ballroom. This included middle-aged dads wearing …

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Early sales for recreational edibles loom as pot industry matures

In January, the Emerald spoke with Eugene-based entrepreneurs in the marijuana industry whose businesses were soon to undergo dramatic changes during the Oregon State Senate session in February. Here, we revisit these businesses, as they are pressed to meet new production standards from the Oregon Health Authority and edibles are …

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Tsunami Books owner Scott Landfield runs donation-free campaign for Eugene mayor

Tsunami Books owner Scott Landfield is running for mayor of Eugene. So far, he has spent just $3.47.

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Double Take: Parquet Courts’ ‘Human Performance’

Following a string of records with rambunctious names like Tally All The Things That You Broke and Sunbathing Animal, Brooklyn-based punk band Parquet Courts established a strong reputation as a group full of two-chord punk tracks and articulate stoner-poet lyricisms. They’re also one of the most exhilarating live performances you …

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‘Tree limbo’: The fate of campus’ fallen trees

Despite the University of Oregon being the number one school in the country for sustainability leadership in architecture education, an area by Millrace known as “Back Forty” holds a stockpile of valuable trees that were removed from campus, including cedar, oak and walnut.

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Podcast: Is Weezer still cool?

Emerald writers Emerson Malone and Craig Wright and special guest Nick Miller return to the ever-pressing question, ‘Is Weezer still cool?’ and share their thoughts on the band’s newest release, the White Album.

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Emerald recommends the best and worst songs for karaoke

Bartenders have heard it all, and they’re getting tired of it. You don’t have Freddie Mercury’s pipes. You don’t have Adele’s gospel charm. No more “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Please, enough “Rolling in the Deep.” This week, the Emerald recommends the best and worst songs that you can sing at a karaoke …

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Emerald Recommends the songs that feel like spring

The start of spring is pivotal: it marks the slow departure of the lousy weather and seasonal affective disorder. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in the year, as predicted by the weather-overlord groundhogs in early February. You can now wake up to the morning sun, fall asleep without …

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Review: Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold at the Arlene Schnitzer

Baroque-pop musician Joanna Newsom stopped at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Monday, March 28, to remind us all that she’s a fairy princess. Opening for Newsom was Robin Pecknold, the former frontman of the Seattle-based indie-folk group Fleet Foxes. The reverberating, hollow acoustics of the monolithic concert hall amplified …

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Photos: 11,000+ fans turn out for Bernie Sanders rally in Portland

Even though Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is trailing behind Hilary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries, one word could be used to describe his rally in Portland on March 25: optimistic. Sanders fans of all ages arrived at the Moda Center as early as four in the morning to …

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Arcade Fire’s Sarah Neufeld on ‘The Ridge,’ yoga and climate change

The Ridge, the second solo album of Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld, is suspenseful, as you would expect from an album that peers over the titular precipice into imminent catastrophe. “It’s easy to avoid reality as a human being,” Neufeld told the Emerald. “I’ve always been frustrated by the refusal …

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Review: ‘Visions of Us on the Land’ from Damien Jurado

Visions of Us On the Land denotes another chapter in the narrative of Damien Jurado’s conceptual album-tripytch, following 2012’s Maraqopa and 2014’s Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. The story is rather obscured; an unnamed character gets into a car crash in the titular town of Maraqopa, which brings them into a commune …

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