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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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Emerald Blind Taste Test: Halloween Candy

Halloween is today, so Emerald staffers decided to compare and contrast similar Halloween candies. See which staffers guessed right, and hear their thoughts on the best candies. Happy Halloween from the Emerald! Video produced by Lilly Lion.  

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Podcast: Culture wrap: Favorite shows of fall

On this inaugural episode of the Emerald culture wrap, Podcast Editor Alec Cowan and Senior Arts and Culture Editor Sararosa Davies discuss their favorite shows of fall thus far. The focus of the discussion settles on “Broad City” and “BoJack Horseman,” two shows taking unique directions in their latest seasons, …

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Beloved Eugene restaurant Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen and BBQ to close in near future

Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen and BBQ, a popular and beloved restaurant in the Whiteaker neighborhood, announced today that it will be closing after 15 years in business. The restaurant, at 400 Blair Blvd., made the announcement via Facebook. In the post, current restaurant owner Deb Lee thanked the community and the …

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile celebrate friendship in ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ singles

Sustaining a friendship between Australia and the United States isn’t easy, but somehow Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile make it look easy. Intercontinental friendship and the platonic admiration between two people are at the center of Barnett and Vile’s new project and supergroup, the Sea Lice. After years of admiring …

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Emerald Recommends: Fall Concerts 2017

October — or “Rocktober — is just around the corner. This fall various acts, ranging from the Foo Fighters to Tyler, the Creator, are visiting Eugene and Portland. Grab some tickets to see Emerald staffers most anticipated fall shows. Morrissey at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 …

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Late-night eats on 13th Ave: Caspian Mediterranean Cafe brings variety to the campus community

Caspian Mediterranean Cafe owner Elhaam Yazdi didn’t predict the success of her restaurant’s now famous American double cheeseburger. It’s become a popular item, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when students are looking for food after bars close. Yazdi decided to expand the establishment’s hours on weekend nights shortly after …

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Back to the Books: Dorm Breakdown

With a wealth of dorm experiences — both good, bad and everywhere in between — Emerald staffers are here to pass on some wisdom. Check out the Emerald’s dorm by dorm breakdown of the university’s residence halls below. Global Scholars Hall College dorms are usually pretty barren. Not GSH. It …

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Review: Fleet Foxes perform amid wildfire smoke in Troutdale

Seattle’s Fleet Foxes second visit to the Portland area in four months was cloaked in nearby smoke from the Eagle Creek wildfire — the type that makes everyone cough and everything else seem hazy and eerily stunning. The band, known for its vibrant, natural indie folk, played McMenamins Edgefield in …

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Joywave’s Daniel Armbruster and Paul Brenner talk ‘Content,’ touring and consumer culture

Sure, Daniel Armbruster of Rochester, New York’s Joywave graduated college. But according to him, the time he did was the “worst time possible in history” to do it. He graduated from the University of Rochester with a history degree in 2007, when the economy collapsed and the notion of a …

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Podcast: 20/20: What Charlottesville means to Eugene then, now and in the future

    In this pilot episode of 20/20, host Alec Cowan dives into a topic affecting the university community both now and in the past. This episode’s topic? Charlottesville, which has spurred a national conversation about the meaning of memorials and the right to rally. This episode features Sararosa Davies, …

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Emerald Recommends: Project Pabst 2017

Musicfest NW presents Project Pabst is taking over the Tom McCall Waterfront in Portland this weekend from Aug. 26 to 27. With a robust lineup, plenty of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a warm weather forecast, the festival is sure to be the a great late summer event. Check out the Emerald’s …

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Frankie Cosmos’s Greta Kline talks poetry, house shows and Project Pabst

Greta Kline, also known by her stage name Frankie Cosmos, started releasing music online at the age of 15. In an eerily similar way to Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo, Kline went from posting bedroom recordings on Bandcamp.com to touring with an acclaimed band signed to a major indie label. …

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Young the Giant, Cold War Kids and Joywave bring the heat to Eugene

On Aug. 20, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids and Joywave joined forces at the Cuthbert Amphitheater for a show full of anthemic indie pop and mentions of the eclipse. Joywave brought its indie and electronic sounds to Eugene, hot off the release of its latest album, “Content.” Daniel Armbruster’s vocals …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends: Songs for the eclipse

In this edition of Emerald Recommends, arts and culture writer Nic Castillon joins senior arts and culture editor Sararosa Davies and podcast editor Alec Cowan to discuss songs for the upcoming eclipse on Aug. 21. From Bon Iver to The B-52’s, here’s the music to accompany those few minutes of …

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Eugene community gathers in response to Charlottesville

On Monday, Aug. 14, the EMU amphitheater was abuzz with Eugene community members holding signs and chatting. Students, families and other community members gathered in response to recent conflicts between rallying white nationalists and those protesting against them in Charlottesville, Va. on Aug. 11. “We want to make sure that …

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Sifting through Eugene’s thrift scene

Walking along 13th Avenue past campus toward Downtown Eugene, a bored student can encounter various locally owned shops including House of Records and Smith Family Bookstore. But tucked into storefronts across town are one of Eugene’s most valuable resources for the ‘broke’ college student looking to accessorize or even de-accessorize …

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Review: Matisyahu returns to Eugene with packed show at WOW Hall

On July 11, Jewish-American reggae musician and beatboxing star Matisyahu returned to Eugene for the first time since 2009. The singer gained popularity over his 15-year career for his unique blend of reggae and hip-hop with underlying Jewish themes. His return to Oregon was a homecoming. Matisyahu, born Matthew Paul …

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