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Review: Lorde looks back on her youth with ‘Melodrama’

Pronunciation is an underappreciated skill in pop music. For Lorde, it’s an endearing strength. The New Zealand vocalist born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, never wastes a word, using her soft whispers to hang on to every lyric she writes. The result is endlessly listenable, and it makes “Melodrama,” O’Connor’s sophomore effort, a …

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Photos: Alice Cooper rocks the Cuthbert Amphitheater

As Alice Cooper told the Emerald in a recent interview, it may be impossible to shock audiences today, but that hasn’t prevented the godfather of shock rock from touring with a plethora of deadly props, gimmicks and hit songs. During the show, Cooper was decapitated by guillotine, put to death …

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Review: ‘Crack Up’ is a gorgeous but challenging return for Fleet Foxes

In 2008, Fleet Foxes raced to the forefront of indie folk with its self-titled debut album. Built upon complex harmonies and the lyricism of founder and frontman Robin Pecknold, the band received acclaim for reviving 60s folk and bringing it back to mainstream popularity. Fleet Foxes entered a hiatus after …

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Podcast: Spotlight on Science, ep. 3: Prof. Nick Allen

In this third episode of Spotlight on Science, we speak with clinical psychology professor Nick Allen about the Center for Digital Mental Health at the University of Oregon; The Lewis Center for Neuroimaging; the connection between technology wearables and tracking mental health and his philosophy toward music genres. Spotlight on …

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School’s Out: Alice Cooper talks shock rock, villains and success

When Alice Cooper is decapitated by a guillotine, put to death in an electric chair or hung in a straitjacket onstage, fans don’t just cheer. In fact, they pay more than $700 for a chance to be splattered with fake blood in the front rows. For nearly 50 years, the godfather …

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New jazz club the Jack London Revue seeks to continue historic jazz traditions in Portland

Portland’s jazz community suffered a shocking loss when local-legend and jazz club owner Jimmy Makarounis — better known as Jimmy Mak — passed away in early January, taking his cherished club with him. The loss appeared to signify the beginning of the end for jazz music in the Northwest, which …

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From passion to excellence: Dale Tovar’s lifelong dedication to understanding music

How does a master of anything come to be? Is it through innate, profound talent? Or are countless hours of dedicated practice more crucial in becoming an expert in a specific field? 20-year-old Dale Tovar, who’s set to receive his master’s degree in music theory on June 17, has already …

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University Theatre’s ‘Mr. Burns’ ends 2016-2017 season on a bold note

University Theatre’s final production of the 2016-2017 season is ending the school year not with a fizzle but a bang. Playwright Anne Washburn’s 2012 creation, “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” is a bold and unabashedly weird piece of art that follows survivors of a nuclear apocalypse as they remember and …

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Gaming Week In Review: Nintendo Pokemon Direct announces new games and returning classics, Steam Greenlight says goodbye

Nintendo announces “Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon,” “Pokken Tournament DX” and re-releases of the classic “Pokemon Gold and Silver” games for later this year As a treat tailored specifically to Pokemon fans, Nintendo released a special edition of its Nintendo Direct news broadcast that outlines its plans for the franchise over …

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Review: ‘The Reducetarian Solution’ gives readers a diet with less meat

Author Brian Kateman has a new diet that aims to improve people’s health and cut resource consumption. “The Reducetarian Solution: How the Surprisingly Simple Act of Reducing the Amount of Meat in Your Diet Can Transform Your Health and the Planet” is his first book since co-founding the non-profit Reducetarian Foundation …

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Things to do this week: Spring Dance Loft, Beer Dinner at Falling Sky, Honk! Fest Eugene

Wednesday, June 7-June 17: Bowls Around Town at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (1680 E. 15th Ave.), free with sign-up Past and Presents, The Museum Store, is hosting an inclusive and interactive project called Bowls Around Town. Stop by the museum to pick up a bowl kit containing …

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Local hiker Dan Henry’s guide to the best trails near Eugene

If you’re craving an afternoon away from the stress of finals, it may be time to take a hike. According to a 2012 study by Plos.org, hiking can boost your creativity and ability to focus on a task. This is good news for students seeking a pre-finals outdoor adventure. For …

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Podcast: Music in video games

Whether you’re exploring the endless expanse of an open world or facing down a fire-breathing dragon, musical cues can shape your gaming experience, even if you don’t realize it. On this episode of the Emerald Podcast Network, join Mat and Dana as they discuss the subtle role that music plays …

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Kesey Square: How an author is transforming his city

Kesey On the corner of East Broadway and Willamette Street in downtown Eugene, four bronze sculptures portray acclaimed novelist Ken Kesey sitting on a bench reading to three children. Kesey, who grew up in Springfield and attended the University of Oregon, remains an iconic symbol of Eugene: His renowned literary …

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Emerald Recommends: Songs of the summer 2017

As the end of the school year approaches, students will be faced with their first issue of the summer: What songs make it onto a summer playlist? Although the Oregon weather has yet to fully remind us of summer, the Emerald has selected its favorite songs to help put you in …

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Review: Alt-J takes an impressive leap in perfecting its sound with ‘Relaxer’

Nearly three years after “This Is All Yours,” British indie-rock band Alt-J adds to its increasingly popular and nuanced discography with its third studio album, “Relaxer.” Its new record acts as an ambient force — subtly exploring varied sounds and tempos to find a balanced intersection between alternative and new-age …

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Podcast: The Bachelorette episode 3 recap

This time on the Emerald Podcast Network Casey Miller and Sarah Urban discuss episode 3 of Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette. This week Rachel continued her search for love on two group dates and one one-on-one date. Crazy confrontations, mystery villains, strange dates on Rodeo Drive and new power …

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The Mountain Goats bring sorrow, memories and hope to the Crystal Ballroom

Photos and reporting contributed by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank. For the Mountain Goats, a concert in Portland is like a hometown show. Although he almost died of a drug overdose when he lived in the City of Roses in the 1980s, lead singer and songwriter John Darnielle still ended the show by saying …

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Podcast: Double Take: Wonder Woman

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network, Emerald staffers Dana Alston and Kylie Davis discuss the newest export from the DC Cinematic Universe, “Wonder Woman.” This episode was produced by Emerson Malone.

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Review: ‘Wonder Woman’ rescues a floundering DC cinematic universe

It’s been a rough few years for DC Comics fans who want to see their favorite heroes light up the silver screen. The publisher best known for Superman and Batman envisioned a dark, brooding cinematic universe that could compete with Marvel’s colorful series of films. But from the onset, when …

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Heading to the river? Here are some helpful tips to enjoy the Willamette

It’s around 4 p.m. during dead week. The sun sits high above the Willamette River and there is zero percent chance of precipitation. Should you study, sit at Taylor’s listening to the top pop songs on the radio, or should you head to the river for some sunbathing, river soaking, …

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Is Wu-Tang really ‘Forever’? A look at the iconic album’s impact and influence after 20 years

On June 3, 1997, New York’s Wu-Tang Clan released its second album, “Wu-Tang Forever.” The release, which has since earned platinum certification four times over, signaled a shift of power and prominence in the music industry that would influence the genre’s landscape indefinitely. After achieving widespread commercial success with its debut …

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Video: Hey, Oregon – what are you listening to?

The Emerald is bringing back one of our most popular series for another episode. We walked around campus asking students what music they were listening to and here’s what they said.  Check out the other videos in this series here. 

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Gaming Week In Review: ‘Far Cry 5’ unveiling, ‘Overwatch’ lunar colony map teaser

Ubisoft has delivered its first big information drop for “Far Cry 5,” which will take place in Montana “Far Cry” is a series known for taking players far afield from what most would consider the civilized world. From the plains of Africa, the islands of the Pacific ocean, the Himalayan …

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Things to do this week: Jean-Luc Ponty, Travis Scott, 2nd Annual Invitational Brew Fest

Thursday, June 1: Jean-Luc Ponty at The Shedd Institute (E Broadway & High St.), 7:30 p.m., $39-$45 Jean-Luc Ponty’s prolific 60-year career has made him a pioneer in the world of jazz fusion. With his virtuosic grasp of the elusive jazz violin, Ponty has catapulted himself among names like Frank Zappa, …

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UO Theatre’s apocalyptic ‘Mr. Burns’ opens Thursday

University of Oregon’s last play of the 2016-17 season will be playwright Anne Washburn’s daring show “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play.” “Mr. Burns” follows a group of survivors after global disaster as they recount “The Simpsons’” episode “Cape Feare.” As the survivors try to rebuild society, the events of the …

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Podcast: The Bachelorette episode 2 recap

This time on the Emerald Podcast Network Casey Miller and Sarah Urban discuss the second episode of Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette. This week Rachel continued her search for love on two group dates and one one-on-one date. There were babies, basketballs, and Barkfests; but mostly there was a …

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Review: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is devoid of life

In 2003, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” was a massive hit and became the first film in a billion-dollar franchise for Disney. Based on a popular ride at Disneyland, “Black Pearl” continues to be one of the most rewatchable blockbusters of the last 20 years. …

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Photos: Sasquatch! Day 3: Chance the Rapper, The Shins, Phantogram (updated)

Here are some highlights from the final day of Sasquatch. Check out photos by Philip Quinn and Emerson Malone Indie-pop groups Hoops and Chicano Batman had concurrent, fantastic sets on opposite ends of the festival grounds. Hoops, of Bloomington, Idaho, had an affable set; the track “Gemini” is a sweet, summer track …

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Upstart Crow provides theatre experiences for kids of all skill sets

Eularee Smith believes in the value of the everyday child. With a background in music education and special education, she noticed the shrinking of arts programs in public schools and decided to act on it. She has worked in both public and private education for 45 years and is now …

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