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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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Review: James Mercer’s stage presence brings McDonald Theatre to life at The Shins’ concert

Thousands of University of Oregon students and employees dreaded attending classes Monday for the first day of fall term. But for the fortuitous group of ticket holders set to see Portland-based group The Shins, the first day of the 2017-18 school year came with a silver lining. That evening, as …

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Q&A: Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffery talks touring and 63 Days of Love

Atlas Genius is looking forward. It’s easy to get that impression while talking to lead singer Keith Jeffery. The alt-rock band from South Australia reached its commercial peak with the 2013 hit “Trojans” before embarking on a tour with Imagine Dragons. After more touring and a grueling recording process behind …

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Photos: Deerhoof rocks Mississippi Studios

Before indie-rock veterans Deerhoof stopped by the Hi-Fi Lounge in Eugene on Tuesday night, the band kicked off its tour in Portland with two shows at Mississippi Studios on Friday, Sept. 15  and Monday, Sept. 18. Deerhoof is touring in support of its 14th studio album “Mountain Moves,” which is …

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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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Review: LCD Soundsystem justifies its return on ‘American Dream’

Back in 2011, the Brooklyn-based band LCD Soundsystem performed an over three-hour live show at Madison Square Garden—a show that was meant to be its final performance. Tickets sold out immediately, and thousands of people showed up to see the band close out its celebrated, decade-long career. Throughout the night, …

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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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Project Pabst Sunday photos and wrap up: Beck, Nas, Spoon, more

MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst has concluded its second and final day. Sunday featured Beck, Nas, Spoon, Noname, Whitney and more. Check below to see photos from the final day of the festival. Check out our coverage from Saturday here. Photos include Iggy Pop, Die Antwoord, Father John Misty and more.  …

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Recap: The best of MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst

Partway through his Saturday set, Father John Misty paused at the edge of the Captain Pabst stage and told the crowd, “I hope Iggy Pop is somewhere right now saying, ‘What the hell happened to music?’” As Father John Misty’s stellar show and the majority of performers at MusicfestNW presents …

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Day One Photos: MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Day one at Music Fest NW presents Project Pabst is in the books. The festival took over the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland on Saturday, Aug. 26. for a mainly punk-filled day of music that featured some of the world’s finest musicians, a free PBRcade and, of course, the …

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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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