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Music: Who is Al Walser and why is he nominated for a Grammy?

Over the past week or so there has been heated discussion about a Grammy nominee for the Best Dance Recording category. His name is Al Walser and pretty much nobody (at least compared to the other artists nominated) knew about him until his nomination was announced. Walser is joining Avicii, …

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Music: Best music releases of November

Another big month of music releases finds its way into the public sphere. From electronic music to soul and R&B, November gave out some early gifts, and December is likely to be equally impressive. Artist: Thriftworks Album: “Hydromancy” Released: Nov. 7 Genre: Experimental electronic Key tracks: “Die Gracefully,” “Moon Juice” …

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Music: Q&A with Bryan John Appleby

Seattle’s Bryan John Appleby will be performing an intimate show at Sam Bond’s Garage on Saturday night. The last time Appleby played in Eugene was on tour with The Head and The Heart. This time around, Appleby will be presenting a two-piece performance featuring an acoustic guitar and a cello. The …

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Music: New Year's Eve — a musical affair

With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, it’s time to finalize those celebration plans, and what better way to spend the evening than with an awe-inspiring concert? Here are a few events that the Northwest has to offer this coming New Year’s Eve. Choose wisely and enjoy your choice wholeheartedly — …

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Music: Holiday gift guide for music lovers

After the Thanksgiving break, the madness of Black Friday and the online frenzy of Cyber Monday, you, the consumer, are likely to be absolutely disgusted with the notion of doing any more holiday shopping. Unless, of course, you’ve had the incredibly sane idea of intentionally forgetting about the lunacy of …

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Music: Typhoon, Laura Gibson and Lost Lander take over WOW Hall

Tuesday night, Portland’s Typhoon, Laura Gibson and Lost Lander took over the WOW Hall for a night of celebrating Oregon’s vibrant indie scene. As Lost Lander commanded the stage during the opening set, the audience was still scarce but—in typical Eugene fashion—immersed in the band’s thoughtful performance. Lost Lander alternated …

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Sam Bond's Garage: Whiteaker's cultural landmark

Located in the heart of Eugene’s historic Whiteaker neighborhood, Sam Bond’s Garage is much more than just a venue; it’s a cultural landmark that dates back to ‘95. Sam Bond’s has been a staple of the neighborhood through its gritty past and its ascension into Eugene’s cultural hub. Todd Davis, …

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Piaskowski: What I'm thankful for in music

Thanksgiving is always a much-needed break from the stresses of school and the dreaded (yet unbelievably fast approaching) Finals Week. It’s a chance to catch up with family and friends, consume exuberant amounts of food and drink and reflect on the year. The latter is always so intriguing. In terms …

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Classixx to perform Friday night at EMU Ballroom

This Friday night, Nov. 16, Los Angeles nu-disco producers Classixx will be headlining a funk-filled night at the University’s EMU Ballroom. Red Bull Music Academy Radio is sponsoring the “Endless Summer Tour” with RAC, Cosmic Kids and Jerome LOL rounding out the lineup. The Endless Summer Tour is slated to bring a …

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Music: How to complement the mood with the right genre

It happens all the time. You’re having a casual night with friends, sipping on a pint and enjoying good conversation when one of your brilliant guests decides that blasting “Levels,” by Avicii is a good soundtrack to your Sunday night. There are two things wrong here. For one, “Levels” is …

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Music: Green Day set to release new album, '¡Dos!'

Let’s be honest, Green Day was the best thing since sliced bread back in middle school. After “American Idiot,” not so much. But the band’s latest trilogy project is an attempt to rediscover their roots. On Nov. 13, the kings of teenage angst rock will release the second installment of …

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Piaskowski: Where is our generation's fire starter?

A few weeks back, President Barack Obama told MTV news, “I’d like to see a more explicit discussion of the issues that are out there right now, because music’s such a powerful mechanism.” He continued to explain that he feels that in our current popular culture there hasn’t been as …

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Oregon's didgeridoo culture is growing

When you think of a didgeridoo you don’t often attribute it to widespread use in popular culture, yet the wind instrument is a staple of indigenous culture. In fact, it’s one of the earliest-known harmonic instruments. Oregon prides itself on its alternative culture and organic lifestyles, so it shouldn’t be …

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Chuck Palahniuk's pajama party for adults

It may be hard to imagine the WOW Hall being transformed into an adult pajama party, where story topics range from burying infants in the backyard or dropping acid at a taping of “The Price Is Right.” But that’s exactly what Chuck Palahniuk, Chelsea Cain, and Lidia Yuknavitch did this …

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Piaskowski: Our culture's short attention span has dissolved the classic notion of an LP

With the advent of the information age and the sheer amount of media consumption that our generation experiences on a daily basis, has our ability to appreciate the products we consume deteriorated? Well, if you consider the theory of declining attention spans, it shouldn’t be difficult to infer that there’s …

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Music: A haunting Halloween playlist

Halloween is officially here and you can’t truly enjoy the holiday without immersing yourself completely in the haunted spirit. From costume parties to a casual, laid back celebration, this playlist should help you feel immersed in the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve.

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ASF: Best albums of October

October was a busy, eventful month in the world of music. Between constant releases and a convergence of great shows in Eugene, October was a great month for music. Here are the picks for best albums of October. You can listen to all the tracks on the Spotify widget below …

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Fat Cherry: Funky blues jams at a local level

If you’ve ever walked into Max’s Tavern on a Thursday night and were greeted by a heated crowd getting down to some heavy funk rock jams, you’ve probably stumbled upon Fat Cherry. Trevor Helt is likely strumming out some wonky riffs over a thumping accompaniment of bass and drums, beaming …

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Communication is key to keeping a balance in romantic relationships

From getting comfortable with a higher education curriculum to making and breaking relationships on a consistent basis, life on a university campus is a learning experience by default. Intimate relationships are explored and pursued, and what’s overlooked is the importance of these relationships to the college experience and the personal growth of each partner.

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Music: Gary Clark Jr. releases debut LP, "Blak and Blu"

If you haven’t been properly introduced to Gary Clark Jr., I’d recommend you put in that effort. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, the increasingly popular and relevant blues guitarist has just released his debut big label album, “Blak and Blu.” Clark takes listeners through blues rock, soul and a …

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Music: Q&A with Figure

  Josh Gard, more popularly known as Figure, sat down with the Emerald after his set with Big Gigantic in Eugene. The 26-year-old from Evansville, Indiana had never performed in Eugene and was excited to sit down afterwards to talk about his music, the state of electronic music and just …

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Blog: The Head and the Heart brings passion to Eugene

Eugene got an epic, heartwarming gift Wednesday night. Those in attendance for “The Head and the Heart” at the McDonald Theatre were undoubtedly moved by the night’s performances. Eugene played host to three Seattle groups, with “Curtains For You” and Bryan John Appleby opening up for headliners “The Head and …

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Piaskowski: Mediocre DJs taking advantage of electronica explosion

With all the commotion of this past weekend’s Dayglow event at the Cuthbert Amphitheater and the impending onslaught of shows this fall, it’s hard not to recognize Eugene’s ascent into a full-scale market for electronic music. Every season brings a new and more internationally recognized artist to Eugene’s historic music …

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Mumford & Sons deliver a solid new album with 'Babel'

“Babel,” the follow up album to “Sigh No More,” has skyrocketed Mumford & Sons to the top of the Billboard charts. With 600,000 copies sold in the first week and a comfortable position at the top of the charts, the four-piece folk rock group seems to have delivered a stunning …

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Blog: The xx rocked Portland's Roseland Theater Sunday night

They’re young, they’re British and they have a signature sound that is equal parts sexy and ominous. They are the xx. The three-piece troupe from London, England, graced the stage of the Roseland Theater in Portland, Ore., this past Sunday. The xx have been touring the major cities in the …

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The Great Hiatum and ASW, using Eugene to explore musical depth

This is what makes Eugene different, the creators here are not afraid to be different. In fact, they welcome the strange and weird as a means to going beyond the formula and instead make lasting impressions for their fans.

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Q&A: Tegan and Sara, performing tonight in Eugene

Tegan took some time to answer questions via email about their current tour, hidden talents and what fans can expect from their upcoming album, “Hearthrob.”

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Electronica slowly becoming an important part of our generation

The ’90s gave birth to a technological and cultural phenomenon: electronic dance music. Previously suppressed into seedy subcultures and warehouse raves, electronica has finally attained mainstream status. Whether you like it or not, this musical and cultural movement is here to stay, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Raves …

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A guide to a few influential local bands

Say what you will about the music scene in Eugene, but one thing is for certain, in terms of electronic music, Eugene plays host to some of the most innovative musicians around.

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Railroad Revival Tour takes on a unique musical adventure

This October, the Railroad Revival Tour is set to kick off its 2012 installment of the week-long musical journey featuring some of America’s most influential artists. This year’s tour plays host to Willie Nelson, Band of Horses, Jamey Johnson, and John Reilly and Friends.

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