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Review: Kurt Vile takes his time on ‘Bottle It In’

On “Bassackwards,” a ten-minute single from “Bottle It In,” the twangy indie rocker Kurt Vile recalls spending time as a guest on a friend’s radio show. “There wasn’t no format because well, we like it like that,” he sings. “He was out of his mind and I was way out …

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Ensuring the quality of Eugene’s house show scene

On any given weekend night, hoards of University of Oregon students party in living rooms, basements and kitchens. But instead of trap music blaring through Bluetooth speakers, sweaty 20-somethings play indie rock to a rowdy crowd of their peers. In the morning, residents move couches back into place and clean …

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Review: Ella Mai’s self-titled debut album doesn’t live up to the hype of her singles

The rhythm and blues genre has had a void of artists keeping a consistent sound — meaning plenty of R&B artists have a pop rollout to compensate for the genre not working commercially. But Ella Mai’s self-titled album, released last Friday, gives R&B fans who wish to have that sound …

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Photos: Inside the crowd at the Deadbeats Tour Eugene

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Review: Deadbeats tour brings headbanging electronic bass to Cuthbert

On most fall Saturdays in Eugene, Alton Baker Park is filled with masses of Ducks football fans flocking to Autzen Stadium. Many fans attend just to see Heisman hopeful quarterback Justin Herbert. But with Herbert’s Ducks resting on Saturday, Oct. 6, the park was void of football fanatics — the …

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Review: Terry Bozzio displays a mastery of percussion at WOW Hall

Some might see Terry Bozzio’s enormous drum kit and assume he is compensating for something. The musician’s 38-drum setup, known simply as “The Big Kit,” took up the entire stage at WOW Hall on Thursday night during a solo show — but nothing was excessive or even gimmicky. Throughout his …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends: Songs for fall

As the leaves change into the warm colors of red, orange and yellow, the air now bringing with it a cold pinch, one thing is clear: Fall has arrived, and with it, another episode of Emerald Recommends from the Emerald Podcast Network. In the first episode of Emerald Recommends of …

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Review: Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner reflects on growing up in Eugene at intimate WOW Hall show

At 16 years old, Michelle Zauner wore bootcut jeans and Forever 21 t-shirts while she played simple sets at WOW Hall with only an acoustic guitar. A decade later, she joked with the crowd at another WOW Hall performance. During a homecoming show on Friday night, Zauner, who now plays …

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Photos: Japanese Breakfast makes an indie rock homecoming to Eugene

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A guide to Eugene’s popular music venues

With the school year now in full swing, many students are trying to find ways to let loose during nights of leisure. Among the many events people can attend to enjoy Eugene’s nightlife, catching live music is one of the most sought after. That’s why the Emerald put together this …

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Friday Playlist: Songs to prepare you for a new school year

It’s that time again and we all know the feeling of starting school after a hot summer. Whether it’s your first round at this thing we call college or your final match, we all need that extra motivation to get started. With Oregon weather, there is no telling what is …

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Review: Denzel Curry mirrors ‘TA13OO’s’ energy in three-act performance at Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre

Florida rapper Denzel Curry dropped his third studio album in late July, “TA13OO,” in a disjointed fashion: He released it as three separate acts on July 25, 26 and 27. Named “Light,” “Gray” and “Dark,” respectively, the acts joined together to pin up an album that toyed with varying moods. …

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Preview: Japanese Breakfast makes a homecoming to Eugene this Friday

In her recent essay for the New Yorker, Eugene native and musician Michelle Zauner writes about her biracial identity and her connection to her mother who died in 2014. Much of the essay, “Crying in H Mart,” is about Zauner’s connection to the Korean food her mom used to make, …

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Review: Joyce Manor ventures into power pop with ‘Million Dollars to Kill Me’

The California-based Joyce Manor — one of the more respectable acts to come out of this whole “emo revival” of the last decade — is back with another 20-minute album. On “Million Dollars to Kill Me,” the band keeps things short with its trademark, punk-inspired anthems while also veering into …

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Dropkick Murphys remain the spirit of Celtic-punk music

Few artists, if any, represent Irish-American culture better than the Quincy, Massachusetts-native punk rockers Dropkick Murphys. In the last 22 years, the band has created the most iconic Celtic-punk anthems ever made. “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” and “The State Of Massachusetts” can be heard everywhere from kickoff at Notre …

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Review: Ben Howard plays a dreamy fall equinox show in Troutdale

The last McMenamins Edgefield Concert on the Lawn for the year welcomed not only indie-folk Ben Howard, but the autumn season as well. The Portland-area venue was a dreamscape with the sky full of clouds threatening rain, but the sight gifted a golden horizon peeking through the willow and aspen …

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Photos: Ben Howard closes out the summer with chilling performance at the Edgefield

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Photos: Dropkick Murphys bring Celtic punk to the Cuthbert Amphitheater

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Review: Aphex Twin plays up his strengths on the hyperactive ‘Collapse’ EP

A new music video for the Aphex Twin single “T69 Collapse” would have made its television debut on Adult Swim earlier this summer. The video’s erratic CGI visuals, however, ended up failing the Harding test, and the network subsequently pulled it from the programming in order to protect those with …

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The Freedom Thought Collective showcases multi-genre roster of bands at Freedom Thought Fest

After years of helping aspiring musical acts achieve their dreams, Eugene’s Sky Guasco and the Freedom Thought Collective, a local group of grass-root band managers, are now able to properly celebrate all of their hard work during a week-long, live music celebration: the Freedom Thought Fest. Throughout the weekend, the …

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Remembering Mac Miller: one of the most refreshing acts in hip-hop

Many great artists died at 27. Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, etc. The list goes on. The phenomenon of creatives dying at the age of 27 is well-documented.   Mac Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, passed away on Sept. 7, just four months away from …

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Photos: Florence + the Machine, St. Vincent and Lizzo cultivate a night of powerful women at the Moda Center

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Review: Foo Fighters give Portland a rock history lesson at Moda Center performance

The city of Portland was quiet on Monday night. Parents had to work in the morning and kids had to go to school. But for thousands of die-hard rockers gathered at the Moda Center, the next morning’s responsibilities were out of sight and out of mind. As Foo Fighters lead …

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Photos: Foo Fighters Rock the Moda Center

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Q&A: Sasha Sloan on her EP ‘sad girl’ and collaborating with ODESZA

Sad girls have a new queen. Pop singer-songwriter Sasha Sloan is the bridge between the upbeat, superficial and the subtle, more truthful realms of modern pop music. Shrouded in the electronic beats of today’s radio hits, Sloan’s melancholic 2018 EP, “sad girl,” explores songwriting as a form of overcoming adversity. …

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Review: Rodrigo y Gabriela showcase their world-class guitar skills with the help of the Oregon Symphony

World-renowned guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have sold out venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and the Sydney Opera House. On Wednesday night, they sold out the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. The Mexican guitarists have been to Portland many times throughout their 15-plus …

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Photos: 2018 Bumbershoot Day three provides mellow performances to close out the holiday weekend

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Highlights from Bumbershoot day three: Closing out the holiday weekend with SZA, Sasha Sloan and Lovelytheband

Bumbershoot day three was a slow day in comparison to Saturday’s busy frenzy, featuring dreamy performers like SZA, Bahamas and Sasha Sloan. Lovelytheband drew a noticeably larger crowd to the Fisher Green stage than the afternoon sets of the days before, opening with a few upbeat yet mellow tunes. During …

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