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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: David Byrne dances through new music, Talking Heads’ classics in Portland

When I was touring colleges, my dad brought along a stack of CDs he loved during his college days. As we drove through the Midwest, he pushed “Talking Heads 77” into our gray Honda CRV’s CD player, and we talked about the bands that shaped his college experience. Through David …

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Photos: Frankie Cosmos, SOAR and IAN SWEET empower the audience at Wonder Ballroom

Friday, April 20 isn’t just for stoners. In fact, the date was a special day for Jillian Medford, lead singer of the band IAN SWEET: It was her birthday and her last night on tour with Frankie Cosmos. Her band, along with fellow opener, SOAR, and New York lo-fi band …

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‘It’s like a puzzle’: Naked Giants’ bassist Gianni Aiello talks songwriting and new album ‘Sluff’

Science and music connect on an inherent level for Naked Giants’ bassist Gianni Aiello — maybe more so than they do for the average person. While studying biochemistry at the University of Washington, he found that some people have a natural skill for flipping molecules around visually in their brain, …

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Continuing co-op culture: Inside Eugene’s historic student housing co-ops

Sun leaks in to the Janet Smith House’s living room, lighting dust particles and debris from maintenance work happening in the kitchen next door. A small white projector screen sits blank on a metal stand and there are pillows, instruments and other knick knacks scattered around the room. Just outside, …

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Seattle bands Car Seat Headrest and Naked Giants will join forces at WOW Hall on April 6

Fewer than two years after Seattle bands Car Seat Headrest and Naked Giants were in town, they return this week, beginning a tour in support of Car Seat Headrest’s redo of its early Bandcamp release, “Twin Fantasy.” Car Seat Headrest, which comprises Will Toledo, Ethan Ives, University of Oregon alum …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends: Songs for spring

Join Senior Arts and Culture Editor Sararosa Davies and Podcast Editor Alec Cowan as they discuss their picks for the songs for spring. These songs are meant to welcome the spring sun and move away from the cold and wet winter, as well as encapsulate all the fresh emotions as …

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An agent of change: Grad student Ali Lau fights for equity and inclusion for underrepresented students in the College of Design

The Emerald asked the University of Oregon community to nominate outstanding women to celebrate as part of Women’s History Month. Our newsroom chose one woman to honor from a pool of nominees who are making a significant impact at UO with their integrity, courage, innovation, creativity, spirit, smarts, leadership, hard …

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Review: Jeremy Messersmith finds his indie-pop sweet spot on ‘Late Stage Capitalism’

Jeremy Messersmith compared himself to Father John Misty in an interview with the Emerald last spring, but the Minnesotan artist is proving that despite the similar worldview to FJM, he’s an artist with his own voice — somehow overly sweet and dark at the same time. Messersmith’s new album “Late …

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Review: Lorde makes Portland’s Moda Center as intimate as her dinner table

Four years ago, New Zealand pop poet Lorde played Portland’s Crystal Ballroom a few hours before indie-pop band Vampire Weekend took the stage. Now in 2018, hot off the release of her sophomore album “Melodrama,” she’s headlining arenas and stadiums across the world. But somehow Lorde — born Ella Yelich-O’Connor …

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UO alum James Ivory wins Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘Call Me By Your Name’

University of Oregon alum James Ivory won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his adaptation of Andre Aciman’s novella “Call Me By Your Name” at the 90th Academy Awards. At 89, Ivory is also the oldest person to win an Oscar. Ivory, an acclaimed filmmaker, graduated from UO in 1951 with …

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Remembering Tom — students and colleagues mourn journalism professor Tom Wheeler

During his classes, journalism professor Tom Wheeler would often joke about lacking a traditional newspaper background before he arrived as an instructor at the University of Oregon’s journalism school. But to his students and colleagues, Wheeler was a master storyteller. He would regale his students with stories about interviewing music …

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Podcast: Culture wrap: Our favorite concerts and venues of the past year

On this edition of the Emerald culture wrap, Arts and Culture Editor Sararosa Davies, Senior News Reporter Casey Crowley, and Podcast Editor Alec Cowan discuss their favorite concerts from the past year as well as which concerts they’re looking forward to in 2018. They also discuss the advantages and disadvantages …

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Podcast: Culture wrap: How do we interpret art after the #MeToo movement?

On this episode of the Emerald Culture wrap, News Reporter Casey Crowley, Senior Arts and Culture Editor Sararosa Davies and Podcast Editor Alec Cowan discuss the recent story from babe.net on Aziz Ansari, and in particular, whether or not we as consumers of media can enjoy Ansari’s work after the …

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Podcast: Culture wrap: Looking back on journalism in film after seeing ‘The Post’

Join podcast editor Alec Cowan, senior news editor Will Campbell and senior arts and culture editor Sararosa Davies as they discuss Steven Spielberg’s most recent film “The Post”, which examines a 1970s Washington Post as its publishers face the truth about the Vietnam War. The group then compares the movie …

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Q&A: Jen Cloher talks her career in Australian music

Australian indie-rocker Jen Cloher may have just been in the United States, opening for her partner Courtney Barnett and friend Kurt Vile’s tour this fall — but she’s back in the States and raring to go. Three months after playing the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, the musical storyteller …

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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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Podcast: Culture wrap: What to look forward to in 2018

On this episode of the Emerald culture wrap, podcast editor Alec Cowan and senior arts and culture editor Sararosa Davies discuss what they are looking forward to most in the year 2018. Sararosa names some new albums from artists like Car Seat Headrest and Alec looks forward to all things …

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A year in live music: Eugene’s concert scene booms

Picture this. Tyler, the Creator; Brockhampton; Foo Fighters; Elton John; The Shins. No, this isn’t the lineup for an quirky music festival in LA or Seattle. If you opened up the Emerald’s calendar in the last year, you might have found these in our in listings. Each of these artists …

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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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Emerald Recommends: Best TV episodes of 2017

This year brought a slew of new and exciting TV shows to TVs and phone screens across the country. Many addressed the current political climate. Some chose to ignore it and focus on other concepts such as mortality. Other series returned to the humor that brought audiences to them in the …

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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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Review: Pixies end sold-out residency in Portland with blistering show

On the last of its sold-out three-night residency at the Roseland Theatre in Portland, the Pixies played straight and fast. Clad in all black, the band whipped through 90 minutes of material. Despite playing consecutive shows starting Wednesday, they created a solid wall of sound. The Boston band, known for …

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Review: The National bring intense live show to sold-out Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The National is, in some ways, a family band, but all comparisons to the Jackson 5 stop there. The band comprises vocalist Matt Berninger, actual brothers Bryce (guitar) and Aaron Dessner (guitar, keyboards) along with twins Scott (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). Members are consistently involved in other projects, but …

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Review: Taylor Swift makes room for vulnerability and mistakes on ‘Reputation’

Taylor Swift drinks and (kind of) raps now, according to her new album, “Reputation.” But the album, with its increased autotune and expansive production value, isn’t just about the death of “Old Taylor,” or her feud with Kanye West or the media’s perceptions of her life. Nor is it a …

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Hawthorne Hall: A Confederate Legacy

At the end of the Civil War, Confederate officer Benjamin Hawthorne surrendered his troops at Virginia’s Appomattox Courthouse and walked 100 miles to his home. In 1873, eight years after the war, he moved to Oregon. In 1959, the University of Oregon named a residence hall after him. Hawthorne, an …

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Review: Pinegrove finds meaning among simple shapes and words in ‘Intrepid’

Evan Stephens Hall, the songwriter and lead vocalist for the Montclair, New Jersey band, Pinegrove, has a few unusual songwriting idiosyncrasies. Hall likes to sing about geometry and literature, using those subjects as a way to talk about interpersonal connections. Sometimes Hall even challenges his band’s Twitter followers to find …

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Podcast: Culture wrap: The good, the bad and the Taylor Swift

On this second episode of the Emerald culture wrap, Senior Podcast Editor Alec Cowan, Associate Arts and Culture Editor Dana Alston, and Senior Arts and Culture Editor Sararosa Davies discuss three things from this past week that caught their attention. What follows is some good talk on “Mindhunter” — Netflix’s …

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