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The Freedom Thought Collective showcases multi-genre roster of bands at Freedom Thought Fest

After years of helping aspiring musical acts achieve their dreams, Eugene’s Sky Guasco and the Freedom Thought Collective, a local group of grass-root band managers, are now able to properly celebrate all of their hard work during a week-long, live music celebration: the Freedom Thought Fest. Throughout the weekend, the …

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Review: Rodrigo y Gabriela showcase their world-class guitar skills with the help of the Oregon Symphony

World-renowned guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have sold out venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and the Sydney Opera House. On Wednesday night, they sold out the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. The Mexican guitarists have been to Portland many times throughout their 15-plus …

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Review: English producer Mura Masa brings his album to life at WOW Hall

English electronic dance producer Alex Crossan, who creates music under the name Mura Masa, unraveled his catalogue of riveting ballads and club hits for a near sold out crowd Thursday night at WOW Hall. Mura Masa is currently in the thick of his North American tour in support of his …

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Review: Best albums released this summer (so far)

As the summer nears its end, the Emerald looks back at some of the best albums released during the time of the year when car windows stay rolled down and music means everything. Displayed chronologically, these are the albums the Emerald thinks are must-listens for the summer of 2018. Kanye’s …

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Tribute to the ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin

At the 1998 Grammy Awards, opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti unexpectedly dropped out of his scheduled performance of the classic aria “Nessun dorma” minutes into the beginning of the awards ceremony. There was one person who Grammy director Ken Ehrlich had confidence in to take Pavarotti’s place with two hours of …

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Onion Music Fest: Transforming backyard performances into a premier D.I.Y. festival

Three years ago, in the halls of Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, then 19-year-old music student and Onion The Man lead singer and keyboardist Ian Harris hatched an idea that would take advantage of his parents going out of town in the coming weeks.  “Dude, we can totally do …

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Sasquatch! Music Festival announces its discontinuation

After 17 years of inspiring music performances backgrounded by the breathtaking views of Washington’s Columbia River Gorge, Sasquatch! Music Festival has announced that it is ceasing operations and will not hold its annual festival next spring, Willamette Week reports. Sasquatch! founder Adam Zacks announced the festival’s end on June 28th …

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Emerald Recommends: the best releases of the year so far

We’ve made it. Well, almost. To celebrate the end of the school year, Emerald Arts & Culture writers compiled their favorite releases from the last few months. Celebrate summer and look back at the last year with some of the Emerald’s favorite albums and tracks. Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West and …

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Double Take: Kanye West releases ‘ye’ but not without controversy

Kanye West has returned with a new album “ye,” and in typical fashion for the rapper, its release was padded with Twitter hullaballoo, hints at future collaborations and much controversy. Read the Emerald’s Double Take on West’s first new album since 2016 below. Feel free to chime in with your …

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Review: Pusha T elevates his drug raps, bolsters his legacy on ‘Daytona’

Pusha T’s visceral cocaine raps have sustained him for nearly 20 years. His all-knowing street vernacular and menacing bravado have expertly conjured up authentic kingpin imagery since he was a member of 2000s hip-hop duo Clipse. With his acclaimed “My Name Is My Name” in 2013, with Kanye West at …

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Review: ‘7’ is Beach House’s most candid, paradoxical album yet

In retrospect, Beach House’s 2017 release, “B-Sides and Rarities,” seems more like the dream-pop duo wiping their creative slate clean; they rid their catalog of any unreleased tracks preparing to go in a new, powerful direction. Over an eleven month span, duo Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally reconstructed their approach, …

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How a community keeps the art of the opera alive in Eugene

University of Oregon junior Morgan Paige spends hours every week perfecting her craft. Along with the coaching she receives from Karen Esquivel, a university voice coach and director of the UO Opera Ensemble, the music performance major works to improve her vocal technique the way a pitcher practices a curveball. …

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Preview: The Oregon Hip-Hop History Tour is a celebration of culture

Throughout Oregon’s history, people of color have been systematically excluded. Even in recent decades, the hip-hop community in Portland, mostly comprising of people of color, has had to endure unfair police interventions at their gatherings and shows, the closing of significant venues and general discrimination towards the scene. As the …

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Review: Post Malone’s ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ is inauthentic, a capitalization on hip-hop’s current trends

Post Malone’s grip on the mainstream hip-hop sphere has become increasingly tighter over the last three years. His debut album, “Stoney” (2016), backed by lead singles “Congratulations” and “Go Flex,” went double platinum. “Rockstar” and “Psycho,” the singles for his latest album, “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” peaked at number one and …

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Friday playlist: Songs for when the sun’s out

The sun, usually a rare presence kept hidden by melancholic Eugene clouds, has made its grand arrival, its rays bursting through the air to land so inconveniently in our collective pupil. Without the usual, fluffy obstructions, Earth’s great star is liable to fill its benefactors with an elusive energy that …

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Snoop Dogg’s 420 Wellness Retreat Tour celebrates music and wellness in Eugene on the most weed-friendly weekend of the year

With the legalization and increased general tolerance of marijuana, Stoner Christmas, otherwise known as April 20, has seen a boom in commercial potential. And Snoop Dogg — an icon of rap, movies, TV and weed — has been pioneering this development for five years now. For the last half-decade, on …

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Review: Jazz/hip-hop trio August Greene challenges self and society in its self-titled debut album

August Greene’s early-March release couldn’t be more timely. Rolling with the momentum created by recent films like Black Panther, A Wrinkle in Time, etc., “August Greene’s” black-centric themes are starkly relevant to the social movements taking place in the present day America. And as Common, the group’s poet, thoughtfully opines, …

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Review: Santana’s guitar wails with love at Matthew Knight Arena

Carlos Santana’s Divination Tour proves that the suave guitarist holds just as much mastery over his instrument as he did nearly half a century ago at his grand debut: the 1969 Woodstock music festival. Since the notorious festival, Santana has gone on to win numerous awards and receive prestigious accolades. …

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Discography Dive: The Stroke’s iconic garage rock explores softer ventures in the 2010’s

Singer Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti makeup perhaps the most influential New York City-based post-punk band of the early 2000s: The Strokes. While the band’s style shifted slightly through their career, they managed to stay exciting at every step, …

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Eugene rapper Endr Won triumphs over hardships and inspires others through his music

Local rapper Endr Won, 32, answers to his stage name just as naturally as he does to his given name, Kenneth. His best friend James refers to him as both but leans towards Kenneth, while the recovering drug addicts he works with at his part-time job refer to him by …

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Review: Marvel Comics’ “Black Panther: The Album” functions as a stand-alone entity structured by Kendrick Lamar’s vision

In an unpredictable turn of events, a Marvel Comics’ “Black Panther” plays catalyst for what can effectively be called a “half” Kendrick album. Lamar’s initial plan was only to perform the occasional guest verse on the new film’s accompanying soundtrack, but after seeing more of the movie, Kendrick was moved …

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Review: Rhye maintains style with “Blood” despite half of the duo leaving

Rhye’s 2013 debut album, “Woman,” grew to widespread acclaim due to the wonderful pairing of Danish producer Robin Hannibal’s soft pop and soul arrangements and the floating nature of singer Mike Milosh’s dreamy soprano. But between the release of “Woman” and the duo’s latest album, “Blood,” Hannibal announced that he …

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Double Take: Ty Segall’s ‘Freedom’s Goblin’ takes him past garage-rock sounds

Ty Segall finds himself exploring more genres than his typical garage-rock on his new album “Freedom’s Goblin.” Two Emerald Arts and Culture writers share their thoughts about Segall’s new album below. Jordan Montero’s take: So far, whenever Southern California-based rocker Ty Segall enlists the help of the versatile Freedom Band, …

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Review: Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples perform their respective, vogue catalogues for Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum

The Veterans Memorial Coliseum arena in Portland hosted two of the most high-profile rappers in the industry Saturday night. Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples both dropped two of the most polarizing albums of 2017. Tyler’s glittering “Flower Boy” was ranked the eighth best album of the year by Pitchfork, …

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Emerald Recommends: Songs for winter

In this episode of Emerald Recommends from the Emerald Podcast Network, arts and culture editor Sararosa Davies, music writer Jordan Montero and podcast editor Alec Cowan discuss songs for winter. These are songs both new and old that capture the ambiance of winter months: rain, cold and melancholy, but also …

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Discography Dive: Flying Lotus distorts genres

Emerald writers love a deep dive. In the Discography Dive series, Emerald A&C staffers write in-depth about their favorite groups. This week, music writer Jordan Montero looks into avant-garde hip-hop artist Flying Lotus’ varied works. “1983” (2006) “1983” is Flying Lotus’ most straight-forward album. His simple formula of spacey, electric …

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Review: BADBADNOTGOOD lays out its unique jazz takes in front of sold-out Portland crowd

Revolution Hall was filled to the brim Friday night in downtown Portland as the nonchalant, high achieving Toronto-based jazz quartet, BADBADNOTGOOD, took the stage in the former high school auditorium, now a decorated performing arts venue. The young jazz chamber comprises Alex Sowinski on drums, Matthew Tavares on the keyboard …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends the songs that defined 2017

  In this episode of Emerald Recommends from the Emerald Podcast Network, arts and culture editor Sararosa Davies, music writers Nic Castillon and Jordan Montero and podcast editor Alec Cowan discuss the music that defined 2017. This is not necessarily the best music to come out this year, but instead, …

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Emerald Recommends: The most disappointing releases of 2017

Every year features both great and disappointing art, so Emerald arts writers decided to kick off the best of season with releases that fell flat. These aren’t the worst releases of 2017, but instead, the things that we were excited for that didn’t live up to expectations or didn’t even …

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‘Thriller’ at 35: A retrospective look at the highest selling album of all time

Michael Jackson’s legacy is deeply engraved in popular culture, but no piece of work turned in by the pop legend matches the momentous impact of his 1982 album, “Thriller,” which turns 35 years old on Nov. 30. Released when Jackson was only 24 years old, “Thriller” would revolutionize the music …

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