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Review: Best albums released this summer (so far)

As the summer nears its end, the Emerald looks back at some of the best albums released during the time of the year when car windows stay rolled down and music means everything. Displayed chronologically, these are the albums the Emerald thinks are must-listens for the summer of 2018. Kanye’s …

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Review: Animal Collective takes a psychedelic scuba dive on ‘Tangerine Reef’

“Tangerine Reef,” the latest musical project from psychedelic pop group Animal Collective, is akin to a drugged-up ocean documentary. The audiovisual album combines ambient musical explorations with vibrant footage of coral and various other reef creatures. It is not only a meditative journey down to the ocean floor but a …

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Tribute to the ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin

At the 1998 Grammy Awards, opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti unexpectedly dropped out of his scheduled performance of the classic aria “Nessun dorma” minutes into the beginning of the awards ceremony. There was one person who Grammy director Ken Ehrlich had confidence in to take Pavarotti’s place with two hours of …

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Photos: A night of reggae at the Cuthbert Amphitheater with Rebelution, Stephen Marley and more

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Photos: Panic! At The Disco ‘Prays for the Wicked’ at the Moda Center with guests ARIZONA and Hayley Kiyoko

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Photos: Rex Orange County Performs in Portland

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Photos: 12th Annual Whiteaker Block Party

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Photos: Onion Music Fest connects PNW style and sound

                                                READ MORE: Onion Music Fest: Transforming backyard performances into a premier D.I.Y. festival Follow Sarah Northrop on Instagram and Twitter: @sartakespics

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Onion Music Fest: Transforming backyard performances into a premier D.I.Y. festival

Three years ago, in the halls of Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, then 19-year-old music student and Onion The Man lead singer and keyboardist Ian Harris hatched an idea that would take advantage of his parents going out of town in the coming weeks.  “Dude, we can totally do …

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Photos: Endless Summer Tour with G-Eazy and Lil Uzi Vert

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Photos: 49th Oregon Country Fair offers a whimsical weekend between the trees

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Eugene celebrates Grateful Dead’s lasting local impact at recent Autzen performance

In June of 1978, thousands of Dead Heads made their way to Eugene for The Grateful Dead’s first performance at Autzen Stadium. Many were in search of a spiritually transformative musical experience — others just came for a good time. Santana, Eddie Money, and The Outlaws joined The Grateful Dead …

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Vance Joy plays musician and storyteller at sold-out Edgefield show

Vance Joy graced his Australian pop and locks to a packed house at the Edgefield Amphitheater Tuesday evening. Truth be told, it wouldn’t have worked anywhere else. Free from vaulted ceilings and cramped seating, the open lawns were filled with signs of summer – shorts, tees and freshly unfurled blankets. …

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Photos: Vance Joy brings ‘Nation of Two’ to sold-out Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn

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Photos: Dead & Company brings music and a lot of tie dye to Autzen Stadium

Dead & Company consists of former Grateful Dead band members Bob Weir (guitar/vocals), Mickey Hart (drums) and Bill Kreutzmann (drums), accompanied by  John Mayer (guitar/vocals), Oteil Burbridge (bass/drums) and Jeff Chimenti (keyboard). The last time Grateful Dead members played at Autzen Stadium was June 1994 — 24 years ago. Autzen …

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Sasquatch! Music Festival announces its discontinuation

After 17 years of inspiring music performances backgrounded by the breathtaking views of Washington’s Columbia River Gorge, Sasquatch! Music Festival has announced that it is ceasing operations and will not hold its annual festival next spring, Willamette Week reports. Sasquatch! founder Adam Zacks announced the festival’s end on June 28th …

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Emerald Recommends: the best releases of the year so far

We’ve made it. Well, almost. To celebrate the end of the school year, Emerald Arts & Culture writers compiled their favorite releases from the last few months. Celebrate summer and look back at the last year with some of the Emerald’s favorite albums and tracks. Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West and …

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Double Take: Kanye West releases ‘ye’ but not without controversy

Kanye West has returned with a new album “ye,” and in typical fashion for the rapper, its release was padded with Twitter hullaballoo, hints at future collaborations and much controversy. Read the Emerald’s Double Take on West’s first new album since 2016 below. Feel free to chime in with your …

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Photos: The Flaming Lips make one stop in Oregon for a zany sold-out show

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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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Friday Playlist: Alt-Rock for Pride Month

June 1 is the first day of Pride Month, and we’re celebrating with an alt-rock gaylist! The explicitly sapphic (e.g. bisexual/lesbian) lyrics and dreamy guitar of these five songs pinpoint that rush of falling in love with yet another ultra cool, leather jacket-wearing goth babe effortlessly riding a skateboard across …

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Review: Pusha T elevates his drug raps, bolsters his legacy on ‘Daytona’

Pusha T’s visceral cocaine raps have sustained him for nearly 20 years. His all-knowing street vernacular and menacing bravado have expertly conjured up authentic kingpin imagery since he was a member of 2000s hip-hop duo Clipse. With his acclaimed “My Name Is My Name” in 2013, with Kanye West at …

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Photos: 2018 Sasquatch! Music Festival day three wraps up the holiday weekend

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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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Highlights from Sasquatch! Day Three: A busy last day for the Memorial Day weekend festival

Tents are packed. The stages are likely coming down and soon, week nine of spring term will be in full swing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t relive the last day of this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival. Softer indie-rock acts like Phoebe Bridgers and Big Thief joined high-energy bands Tune-Yards …

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Photos: 2018 Sasquatch! Music Festival day two brings the heat

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Highlights from Sasquatch! Day Two: Lizzo, Girlpool and Japandroids play through the heat

Here are the Emerald’s highlights from day two of Sasquatch! Music Festival 2018. Photos by Sarah Northrop and Dana Sparks below. Lizzo is back at Sasquatch! after three years, but on the main stage this time —something she didn’t know until today. “I didn’t even know I was a main …

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Photos: 2018 Sasquatch! Music Festival day one unites fans of all genres

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Review: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic performs mostly original material for an intimate sold-out show at McDonald Theater

Pop music parody artist and goofball satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic performed a sold-out show Thursday night at the McDonald Theater in downtown Eugene. Billed as “The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour,” Yankovic’s set featured a setlist consisting of mostly deep cuts and original material for an audience of hardcore fans. …

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Highlights from Sasquatch! 2018 Day One: David Byrne, Bon Iver, Vince Staples and more bring their energy to the Gorge Amphitheatre

This year’s Sasqautch! Music Festival has had a promising start with high energy performances and beautiful weather at the Gorge Amphitheatre. The Memorial Day Weekend festival has been criticized for its measly lineups in recent years, but 2018’s has seemed more robust — featuring soaring indie-rock acts like Japandroids and Alex …

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