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Review: Animal Collective takes a psychedelic scuba dive on ‘Tangerine Reef’

“Tangerine Reef,” the latest musical project from psychedelic pop group Animal Collective, is akin to a drugged-up ocean documentary. The audiovisual album combines ambient musical explorations with vibrant footage of coral and various other reef creatures. It is not only a meditative journey down to the ocean floor but a …

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The evolution of Eugene’s anarchist movements

Rioters ran through the streets of downtown Eugene, blocking traffic and resisting arrest on June 18, 1999. The event had escalated from an international protest named “Carnival Against Capital” earlier that same day. People went to the nearest bank and started smashing windows according to John Zerzan, a prominent, Eugene-based …

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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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Triple Take: Father John Misty gets personal on ‘God’s Favorite Customer’

Last spring term, Father John Misty’s third album, “Pure Comedy,” took over the Emerald’s Arts and Culture desk. Three A&C writers broke down the album in a rare Triple Take review, each with their own opinions on the character the former Fleet Foxes drummer inhabits. A little over a year …

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Review: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic performs mostly original material for an intimate sold-out show at McDonald Theater

Pop music parody artist and goofball satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic performed a sold-out show Thursday night at the McDonald Theater in downtown Eugene. Billed as “The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour,” Yankovic’s set featured a setlist consisting of mostly deep cuts and original material for an audience of hardcore fans. …

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Review: Parquet Courts expands its sound on ‘Wide Awake!’

“Wide Awake!” — the sixth album from the New York-based indie rock band Parquet Courts — is a frenzied mix of politically-conscious music, equally informed by both punk rock and funk. With help from pop producer Danger Mouse, the band has created its most varied studio effort yet, adding danceable …

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Review: Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner croons through space on ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’

On this latest Arctic Monkeys album, frontman Alex Turner has essentially transformed himself and his band into a space-age lounge act. Many of the songs here are based around a futuristic hotel on the moon. If that sounds like a bad thing, it’s not. “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” is …

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Preview: Willamette Valley Music Festival brings together local talent with big name headliners

The annual Willamette Valley Music Festival will return to the heart of the University of Oregon campus this Saturday to celebrate Eugene’s music and art scene. The festival will feature a wide variety of music throughout the day with a lineup that includes a slew of local talent in addition …

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Friday Playlist: No Words, Please

The end of week five has arrived. At this point in the term, most students are either cramming for that next big test or taking a much-needed break after finishing all their midterms. This playlist of instrumental music will hopefully come in handy, either as distraction-free study music or simply …

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Review: Grouper’s ‘Grid of Points’ leaves room for quiet contemplation

“Grid of Points” is the eleventh album from the prolific Oregon-based recording artist Liz Harris, otherwise known as Grouper. Similar to previous Grouper releases, the record is slow, ambient and emotional, with a heavy emphasis placed on the overall atmosphere of the recordings. But it would be wrong to dismiss …

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Review: Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen performs an intimate acoustic set at WOW Hall

Joe Jack Talcum — a founding member of the cult punk rock outfit the Dead Milkmen — performed an acoustic solo set at the WOW Hall on Monday. The venue was less than halfway full, with only about fifty people in the audience, but Talcum gave a more than worthwhile …

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Review: Alvvays brings its layered indie pop to the Hi-Fi Music Hall

The Canadian indie pop band Alvvays generated a lot of buzz last year with the release of its sophomore record “Antisocialites.” During a concert at the Hi-Fi Music Hall in Eugene this Sunday, a crowd of mostly hip twenty-somethings were able to see the band perform nearly every song from …

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Review: Car Seat Headrest and fellow Seattle band Naked Giants bring ‘Twin Fantasy’ favorites to WOW Hall

The Seattle-based indie rock band Car Seat Headrest made a stop in Eugene Friday night for a sold-out show at WOW Hall. The tour was in support of the band’s most recent album, “Twin Fantasy (Face to Face).” Fellow Seattle band Naked Giants provided an opening set and also joined …

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Review: David Byrne grapples with the 21st century on ‘American Utopia’

David Byrne’s work as a frontman for the New York band Talking Heads lead to some of the most influential pop music of the late 20th century. With albums like 1980’s “Remain in Light” and the groundbreaking 1984 concert film “Stop Making Sense,” Byrne established himself as a forward-thinking musical …

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Author Jonathan Franzen visits campus, talks fiction writing and bird watching as part of the Collins Distinguished Speakers’ Series

Jonathan Franzen, acclaimed author of novels such as “The Corrections” and “Freedom,” visited the University of Oregon Thursday night as part of the Collins Distinguished Speakers’ Series. After a brief introduction from UO professor David Li, Franzen read from one of his essays, gave some thoughts on novel writing and …

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Review: YOB brings its powerful doom metal for hometown show at WOW Hall

Eugene-based doom metal outfit YOB performed at WOW Hall for a packed house of hometown fans Friday night. With a set lasting around an hour and fifteen minutes, YOB managed to perform eight brutal songs — many of which were new tracks from the band’s forthcoming album. The show also …

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Emerald Recommends: Anti-Valentine’s Day Songs

Valentine’s Day is a weird holiday. For those in happy and healthy relationships, it’s often enjoyable. For the many people who aren’t, the gushy festivities can feel a little unnecessary. Here’s a playlist for the different types of people who may feel left out this year — whatever the reason may …

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‘Semen stains the mountaintops’: Looking back on Neutral Milk Hotel’s ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea’ 20 years later

There’s a lot that could be said about “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” For some, Neutral Milk Hotel’s folky sophomore record is a work of genius. Since its release in 1998, the album has developed a strong cult following, evident by steady record sales and a large amount of …

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Sasquatch! 2018 lineup announced: Bon Iver, Modest Mouse and The National to headline

The annual Sasquatch! music festival announced its 2018 lineup on Feb. 5. The festival will return to Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater on Memorial Day weekend (May 25 to 27) for its 17th year and will feature a variety of artists including David Byrne, Slowdive and Tyler, the Creator. The headliners for …

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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: Queens of the Stone Age bring heavy, desert rock to Eugene’s Hult Center

The noted hard-rockers, Queens of the Stone Age, made a stop at Eugene’s Hult Center Saturday night in support of the group’s most recent album “Villains.” The band’s performance, along with an opening set from the boogie rock band Eagles of Death Metal, made for one of the loudest nights …

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Albums to look forward to in 2018

After each year-end list has been compiled, it’s time to think about the future. From Ty Segall to MGMT, here is a list of albums to look forward to in 2018. Ty Segall – “Freedom’s Goblin” (Jan. 26) A new album from Ty Segall shouldn’t come as too much of …

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Emerald Recommends: The best albums of 2017

Let’s face it. Twenty-seventeen wasn’t a year of loss in the music world like 2016 was. Though Tomy Petty and other important artists passed away, 2017 was a different year for the music world. In some ways, artists began to pick up the pieces of 2016’s shattering losses and build …

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Emerald Recommends: The best concerts of 2017

The Pacific Northwest had a great year for touring music. Both Portland and Eugene saw their fair share of up-and-coming and established artists come through venue doors. Live shows for bands such as The Shins and Brockhampton brought avid fans together to see some of their favorites, while legendary acts …

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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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Review: Björk finds bliss in the otherworldly ‘Utopia’

“Utopia,” Björk’s latest album, can be seen as a companion to 2015’s “Vulnicura,” as it explores many similar subjects. “Vulnicura” functioned as a way for the Icelandic singer to process a breakup with her long-term partner, American artist Matthew Barney. Naturally, the album took on a somber tone; however, on …

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Emerald Recommends: Songs for the Civil War

Whether watching at Autzen Stadium or at home rooting for the Ducks with family, Ducks fans sure know how to rock game day. Find songs to listen to as the Ducks play the Oregon State University Beavers in the 121st Civil War below. ‘Fuck You’ — CeeLo Green No song …

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Euzine Comics & Zine Fest features a variety of independent artists

A large amount of foot traffic came through the Broadway Commerce Center in downtown Eugene for the second annual Euzine Comics & Zine Fest last Saturday. The event featured independent artists tabling a variety of work, which included everything from handmade comics to short-run booklets of poetry and prose. The …

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Review: Daniel Johnston gives an emotional performance in Portland during final tour

Cult singer-songwriter and outsider artist Daniel Johnston is currently finishing a limited string of live performances that have been billed as his “final tour.” On Wednesday, the artist made a stop in Portland at Revolution Hall for an intimate, and heartfelt sold-out show. The night began in a slightly unorthodox …

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Discography Dive: British band Blur perfects the pop album

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 Nic Castillon looks into the British band Blur’s lengthy history. “Leisure” (1991) and “Modern Life is Rubbish” (1993) Blur signed to Food Records in 1990 and …

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