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Review: Bully’s sophomore LP ‘Losing’ is honest and energetic but suffers from invariability

Bully’s latest LP, “Losing,” is out on Sub Pop Records, which feels fitting. The Nashville band’s grunge-influenced sound is reminiscent of many artists the label helped popularize during the late ‘80s and ‘90s. Unfortunately, the strong energy Bully brings on this sophomore album does little to make up for its …

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Review: Iron & Wine gives unique intimate experience to sold-out McDonald Theatre

As rain poured on the streets of downtown Eugene, the crowd inside the sold-out McDonald Theatre remained dry, eagerly awaiting Iron & Wine’s calming acoustic sound beneath a dreamy sky of decorative clouds. Sam Beam, better known by his stage name, Iron & Wine, played with a unique supporting band …

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Together PANGEA brings their rebellious sound to Portland

In the foggy Portland Analog theater and cafe, LA rock group Together PANGEA played to a modest crowd. Its provocative lyrics and grungy edge give the band a distinct punk influence. People were in thrifted jackets, colorful hair and beanies. This weekend, the four-man group is finishing out their American …

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The Department of Comparative Literature begins another promising year of Nomad

The Comparative Literature department hosted its first Nomad meeting of the academic year Tuesday evening. Students and professors gathered for their common love of writing to hear what’s in store for the upcoming year of research, writing and revision. Since 2007, the Nomad program has been pairing undergraduate students with …

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Review: King Krule immerses listeners with ‘The Ooz’

English musician King Krule’s last two records, “6 Feet Beneath The Moon” and “A New Place 2 Drown,” drew in listeners with his growing competence in immersive, versatile production and his enigmatic vocals. “The Ooz,” released last Friday, continues Krule’s progression towards becoming a world-class musician — and may have …

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Review: ‘Dolores’ focuses on the key civil rights activist most have probably never heard of

Dolores Huerta’s story needed to be told. How could one of the most influential figures in every farm workers rights movement in the U.S. be so unknown? How could such a powerful activist from the civil rights era, who is still working today, not be a household name? The documentary …

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Bromfield: The Case For A ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Horror Movie

According to “Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard, the big-screen adaptation of his cult animated sitcom — due in 2020 — might be called “Horseplay: The Horsening.” Well, probably not. It’s a classic Bouchard joke: a microcosm of “Bob’s” humor. It’s so absurd as to border on anti-humor, inexorably tied to …

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Discography Dive: Brooklyn’s Ratatat expands in sound

The Brooklyn duo, Ratatat, has an 11-year career in which the group has expanded in sound, expanded in instruments and consequently nurtured a hip-hop, electronic aesthetic to a perfect bloom. The Emerald takes a look at Evan Mast and Mike Stroud’s near-palpable progression from a humble band to fervent artists. …

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Review: A. Savage offers mature songwriting on his first solo album ‘Thawing Dawn’

Andrew Savage has always been busy. In the late 2000s, he was a member of two different bands –– Teenage Cool Kids, and Fergus & Geronimo. More recently, he has found success as a singer and guitarist for the art-punk band Parquet Courts — currently one of the most acclaimed …

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Review: 20 years later, ‘Gummo’ is still captivating and disturbing

In 1997, the New York Times named “Gummo” the “worst film of the year” –– which is understandable. Harmony Korine’s directorial debut has little-to-no plot. The movie is filled with disturbing imagery, and at times it feels like viewing a grainy home video. But of course, that is all the …

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Review: ‘DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition’ forces reflection on the cultural impact of modern development

The exhibit “DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition” on display at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History is powerful. Powerful enough to move former President Barack Obama to sign the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People on Dec. 10, 2010. One hundred forty-four U.N. delegates …

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The benefits of extra baggage, an interview with multi-instrumentalist EDM artist Gryffin

Electronic dance music (EDM) is as prominent in mainstream culture as any other genre of music. It influences the media, as well as other genres within the music industry, like hip-hop, country and rock. One particular musician influenced by EDM is Palo Alto native Dan Griffith, otherwise known as EDM …

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Review: ‘Blade Runner: 2049’ is a visually breathtaking techno-noir

Science fiction isn’t for everyone. Just ask Ridley Scott, whose early work in the genre catapulted his career to acclaim but initially harmed his box office impact. The legendary filmmaker is no stranger to futuristic world-building. In 1982, his third film “Blade Runner” — techno-noir years ahead of its time …

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P.O.S brings his smart raps to Eugene

Minneapolis’ P.O.S is currently riding the medium-sized wave formed by his latest release, “Chill, Dummy” —  a fast-paced and energetic hip-hop record. He just started the second leg of his tour in support of the album and will be making a stop at WOW Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 11. “Chill, …

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Review: ‘Harvest of Empire’ teaches ignored reality of US-Latin American relations

The documentary “Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America” forces people to confront what they never knew about the relationship between the United States and Latin America. Viewers are guaranteed to learn something profound about hope, oppression and achievement from the stories that make up this history, …

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Review: Boris makes the floor shake with an intense show at WOW Hall

Eugene was a little bit louder than usual on Friday night thanks to a performance from the legendary Japanese experimental group Boris. The band made a stop at WOW Hall during its 25th anniversary tour in support of its new album “Dear.” The night began with a beautiful and chaotic …

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Review: The Good Place continues its streak of greatness in its second season premiere

SPOILER ALERT “The Good Place” is a story-driven show with plenty to spoil for those who haven’t caught up. If you haven’t watched the first season, it is highly recommended you do so before reading the review below. Michael Schur is running the best show on television. Sure, that’s a …

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Podcast: Music to listen to in the car at 3 a.m.

It’s 3 a.m. You’re alone. You’re behind the wheel. The water droplets race over your windshield and distort the fluorescent street lights, blowing them up like fireworks. As your tires roll on the cold, wet Eugene asphalt, you start to reflect. You remember the great memories you shared with someone …

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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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Through adversity and with plenty of ingenuity, Bon Mi on E 13th Avenue opens

When Yoon Bigot opened her first Bon Mi Vietnamese French Cuisine restaurant in downtown Eugene five years ago, she knew she wanted to open another location closer to the University of Oregon campus one day. On Aug. 18, 2017 that day came, and Bigot’s second Bon Mi restaurant opened on …

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Club hub: campus clubs bring variety to student life

The University of Oregon, like many large universities, features a breadth of student clubs and opportunities. For newcomers, the sheer number of student organizations can be daunting, but getting involved in campus clubs is an easy way for students to find their footing. It might be exhausting to look at …

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Review: Brockhampton’s sold-out performance at WOW hall doesn’t disappoint

A line of anxious fans circled around the corner of 8th Avenue and Lincoln Street on Friday night. The anticipation only continued to build as another hour passed before the up-and-coming rap collective Brockhampton took the stage at the sold-out WOW Hall. Romil Hemnani — the band’s producer and DJ …

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Fire, Fights and Feathers: An inside look at the Oregon Duck mascot

The Duck’s entrance to the 2014 football National Championship — one of the most widely beloved memories in college mascot history — was actually an accident. “They originally had said ‘Hey you’re not running out with the team’ so I was expecting the team to run by and I would …

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Discography Dive: The good, the bad, the Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi’s discography is defined by his signature sing-rap approach, struggles with mental health and diverse musical styles and interests. But above all: he’s original — and because of this, Kid Cudi has become one of the most influential rap artists of the last 10 years. The Emerald decided to …

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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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Review: In “Big Little Lies,” kindergarten parents might be just as unruly as their kids

In any elementary school, the over-involved, clingy parents are easy to spot. They’re signing up for the PTA, organizing a fundraiser of some sort, or notifying everyone of their child’s serious nut allergy. Pirriwee Public School is riddled with such parents; however, amid affluence, entitlement and tightly-held secrets, what was …

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What killed campus concerts?

One day after performing for over 20,000 at the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington, Bob Dylan announced a surprise performance at the 976 capacity EMU Ballroom on the University of Oregon’s campus for an intimate 16-song concert. The June 14, 1999 show sold out before anyone could print posters to …

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Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor finds hope in a broken world on ‘Luciferian Towers’

Godspeed You! Black Emperor has been crafting long, challenging and often thought-provoking post-rock music since the late 1990s. The Montreal band has become known for its drawn out crescendos and cacophonous orchestrations, usually resulting in strong emotional responses from those patient enough to listen. Due to the band’s experimental nature, …

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