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Podcast: Music festival survival guide

Days ahead of Sasquatch! Music Festival this weekend, let us remind you that the trials of attending a music festival are catastrophically underestimated. In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, podcast editor Emerson Malone, digital managing editor Meerah Powell and managing editor of Ethos Hannah Steinkopf-Frank discuss the best …

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Jack Pitcher selected as the Emerald’s 2017-18 Editor in Chief

Emerald Media Group’s Board of Directors has selected Jack Pitcher as the Emerald’s 2017-18 Editor in Chief. He will take over the position in June. Pitcher has worked with the Emerald as a senior news reporter since September 2016. He started as a copy editor before moving into his position on the news desk. …

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Emerald wins Pacemaker award for best college newspaper

The Emerald took home a National Pacemaker Award on Saturday, an award naming it one of the best college newspapers in America for 2015-16. National Pacemaker Awards are unofficially known as the Pulitzer Prizes of student journalism. Pacemakers are awarded in the categories of newspaper, online, yearbook and magazine. The Emerald …

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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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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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What will be 2016’s Song of the Summer?

Each year has its definitive Song of the Summer. It’s chiefly defined by two things: (a) its earwormy nature and (b) its ubiquity. 2014 was the summer of that “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo (feat. Snoop Dogg) was ubiquitous and “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj was …

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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 Thermals return to Eugene for the first time in two years

Beginning their reign of lo-fi, power-pop glory in the early 2000s, The Thermals have easily become Portland’s hometown sweethearts. The trio of close friends returned to Eugene for the first time in two years last night at HiFi Music Hall to play an energetic and well-welcomed set. The band is …

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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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Review: Frankie Cosmos tackles the uncertainty of growing up in her newest album “Next Thing”

From first listen to Next Thing, it’s clear that 22-year-old New York musician Greta Kline – or Frankie Cosmos – writes straight from the heart. Known for her adherence to DIY culture, releasing more than 40 bedroom-recorded demos and EPs through her Bandcamp since 2011, Frankie Cosmos easily retains the …

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WOW Hall offers volunteer opportunities for U of O students and community members

As a college student, checking out your town’s music scene is a necessity, but regularly shelling out the cash for concert tickets to see your favorite bands can be near impossible. Luckily, WOW Hall, a music venue on 8th Avenue and Lincoln Street, offers an alternative option — volunteering in …

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Preview: Porches and Alex G to play Portland over spring break

“Success for my buddies, success for my friends” serves as the opening line to “Harvey,” a track from Alex G’s 2014 LP DSU, and success is something that both Alex G and his current tourmates of the band Porches, are coming to know well. Though Porches has been receiving recent …

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Podcast: Jamie and Meerah pick songs about spring, ep. 4

In this episode of Jamie Perry and Meerah Powell’s as-of-yet-untitled podcast, they pick songs about springtime, blended with the melancholy of finals week, into one emotionally charged playlist. As Perry describes it, “It’s a nice balance between hopefulness and hopelessness.” Here’s the playlist. Listen to episode four below. The Bilinda …

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Preview: David Bazan returns to Eugene for a secret living room show

House shows are a hot commodity in most music scenes, and Eugene is definitely not excluded from that trend. Though house shows stereotypically involve a-whole-lot of sweat, spilt beer on carpet and the potential for noise complaints and/or broken family heirlooms, David Bazan’s Living Room Tour brings forth a totally …

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Review: Chastity Belt and local acts take the house party to the Boreal

During a break from its grooving surf rock set, VCR singer Chase Clark yelled, “Fuck the Oscars!” That was all that was said — and needed to be said — about the 88th Academy Awards during the group’s opening set for Chastity Belt on Feb. 28 at the Boreal. Also …

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Podcast: Jamie and Meerah pick the tunes, ep. 3

How’s your week going? Never-ending midterms? Bottomless workload? Does everything hurt and you’re dying? Remain calm. Jamie and Meerah are back. In this third installment, Jamie and Meerah pick some favorite tunes that have been on heavy rotation as of late to help them get through the rough, glacially paced weeks …

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Review: STRFKR returns to WOW Hall to play a sold-out show

The Portland-based, indie-electronica four-piece STRFKR has gone through a slew of name changes since their 2007 inception. The group began their reign under the straight-forward and explicit moniker “Starfucker,” then briefly went by the name “Pyramiddd” – perhaps in an attempt to welcome in a more family friendly appeal – …

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Tips and tricks for navigating the 2016 Eugene Record Show this Sunday

The annual Eugene Record Convention was on its 26th year of operation back in 2014 when its founder Bill Finneran passed away from cancer. Luckily for local vinyl lovers, Finneran’s legacy has not ended and the annual gathering of vendors and shoppers alike will be continuing on as the Eugene …

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Review: Porches switches up genre to create a delicate and intense sophomore album, ‘Pool’

One of the best things about music is its ability to paint a picture, to pull on the strings of nostalgia and elicit specific images and feelings unique to each listener. New York artist Porches (Aaron Maine) has always seemed to do this with ease, and the ambiguous imagery continues on his …

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Review: DIIV’s ‘Is The Is Are’ is a stellar sophomore release in the aftermath of personal trauma

Changing musical styles can either make or break a band. Sometimes it’s much better to stick with what is already working than to throw a wrench in the gears, and Brooklyn band DIIV definitely stuck with what it knows for its newest release, Is The Is Are. Maybe the band …

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Video: UO quartet Spiller brings hooks and chops to the house show circuit

Kansas, Boston, Chicago, America and now Spiller: the tradition of bands naming themselves after places is long and storied. The four members of Eugene quartet Spiller first met in the dorm of the same name, traditionally home to members of University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance, which three …

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Podcast: Jamie and Meerah Pick the Best Music of 2015

Listen to the first episode of Emerald staffers Jamie Perry and Meerah Powell’s biweekly music podcast below, in which Perry and Powell pick a few of their favorite tracks from 2015. “The Prick” – Dogs on Acid “Brazos River” – Lomelda “Something Soon” – Car Seat Headrest “Burn Masculinity” – …

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Playlist: Lesser-known artists to look out for at Sasquatch Music Festival

Though it may still be wet and cold, the warmer months of music festival season are quickly approaching, and everyone’s favorite Memorial Day Weekend fest — Sasquatch! – has recently made a lineup announcement. Though the four-day festival, which occurs every year in the Washington Gorge, isn’t taking place for …

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Hi-Fi Music Hall: Setting the tempo for Eugene venues

To long-time Eugene residents, 44 E. 7th Ave. might seem like an unlucky building. The location, which was a country-themed bar under the moniker “Rock’n Rodeo” from the early ‘90s to the mid ‘00s, has gone through a slew of music venue changes in a short amount of time. Though …

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Review: Dandy Warhols kick off U.S. tour in Eugene with crowded show at W.O.W. Hall

It’s week six of the term. The unrelenting stress of midterms has passed for most and now a majority of University of Oregon students are taking a quick breather in the eye of the storm before even more daunting final exams, essays and projects in the near future. And what …

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Chvrches overcome an internet persona to release sophomore album “Every Open Eye”

Scottish synth-pop group Chvrches follows its breakout debut LP ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ with electronic jam album ‘Every Eye Open’ with a message for misogynistic fans.

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Black Lives Matter, Spanglish and Meditation – Interesting courses to look out for this year

This year, you can enroll in some standard courses like Political Science 101: “Modern World Governments,” or Music 125: “Understanding Music” or even History 101: “Western Civilization.” Or you can go bananas with your financial aid and reach for more obscure choices such as Poli-Sci 346: “Terrorism and Weapons Proliferation,” …

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Review: Tokyo Police Club, one of many shows in town, receives warm welcome

Tuesday night events in Eugene usually do not lead to many fun plans, but this last Tuesday was a big exception. For lovers of live music, this particular night offered a little of something for everyone. Electronic producer Flux Pavilion performed at McDonald Theatre, experimental rock band Man Man jammed at …

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Preview: Tokyo Police Club returns to Cozmic next week

Indie rock is a very hit-or-miss genre. It can easily be generic, overplayed, boring and even straight-up soulless at times. But some bands bring the genre to life and do it justice. Tokyo Police Club is one of those bands. The Canadian group has been churning out energetic, driving, feel-good jams …

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