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Preview: The Oregon Hip-Hop History Tour is a celebration of culture

Throughout Oregon’s history, people of color have been systematically excluded. Even in recent decades, the hip-hop community in Portland, mostly comprising of people of color, has had to endure unfair police interventions at their gatherings and shows, the closing of significant venues and general discrimination towards the scene. As the …

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Review: Post Malone’s ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ is inauthentic, a capitalization on hip-hop’s current trends

Post Malone’s grip on the mainstream hip-hop sphere has become increasingly tighter over the last three years. His debut album, “Stoney” (2016), backed by lead singles “Congratulations” and “Go Flex,” went double platinum. “Rockstar” and “Psycho,” the singles for his latest album, “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” peaked at number one and …

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Photos: Wild Child goes beyond ‘Expectations’ with colorful performance at W.O.W. Hall

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Review: Grouper’s ‘Grid of Points’ leaves room for quiet contemplation

“Grid of Points” is the eleventh album from the prolific Oregon-based recording artist Liz Harris, otherwise known as Grouper. Similar to previous Grouper releases, the record is slow, ambient and emotional, with a heavy emphasis placed on the overall atmosphere of the recordings. But it would be wrong to dismiss …

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Friday playlist: Songs for when the sun’s out

The sun, usually a rare presence kept hidden by melancholic Eugene clouds, has made its grand arrival, its rays bursting through the air to land so inconveniently in our collective pupil. Without the usual, fluffy obstructions, Earth’s great star is liable to fill its benefactors with an elusive energy that …

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Photos: alt-J artfully lights up the night sky at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre

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Review: J. Cole’s ‘KOD’ is what hip-hop needs right now

While some of music’s biggest artists are busy trending on social media for their antics regarding partying and hard drug use, J. Cole has a message for them drugged out kids who are steady chasing the dollar. As seen on the cover of his fifth studio album, “KOD,” which Cole …

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Photos: Frankie Cosmos, SOAR and IAN SWEET empower the audience at Wonder Ballroom

Friday, April 20 isn’t just for stoners. In fact, the date was a special day for Jillian Medford, lead singer of the band IAN SWEET: It was her birthday and her last night on tour with Frankie Cosmos. Her band, along with fellow opener, SOAR, and New York lo-fi band …

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Review: Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa bring 420 festivities to Matthew Knight Arena

Last weekend was a holiday for weed smokers (April 20), and what better way to celebrate than with hip-hop’s famous weed connoisseurs Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa? Embarking on a five-year tradition, Snoop Dogg brought his 420 Wellness Retreat Tour to Eugene at the Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday, April …

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Photos: Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa celebrate the 4/20 weekend at Matthew Knight Arena

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Snoop Dogg’s 420 Wellness Retreat Tour celebrates music and wellness in Eugene on the most weed-friendly weekend of the year

With the legalization and increased general tolerance of marijuana, Stoner Christmas, otherwise known as April 20, has seen a boom in commercial potential. And Snoop Dogg — an icon of rap, movies, TV and weed — has been pioneering this development for five years now. For the last half-decade, on …

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Review: Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen performs an intimate acoustic set at WOW Hall

Joe Jack Talcum — a founding member of the cult punk rock outfit the Dead Milkmen — performed an acoustic solo set at the WOW Hall on Monday. The venue was less than halfway full, with only about fifty people in the audience, but Talcum gave a more than worthwhile …

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‘It’s like a puzzle’: Naked Giants’ bassist Gianni Aiello talks songwriting and new album ‘Sluff’

Science and music connect on an inherent level for Naked Giants’ bassist Gianni Aiello — maybe more so than they do for the average person. While studying biochemistry at the University of Washington, he found that some people have a natural skill for flipping molecules around visually in their brain, …

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Review: Alvvays brings its layered indie pop to the Hi-Fi Music Hall

The Canadian indie pop band Alvvays generated a lot of buzz last year with the release of its sophomore record “Antisocialites.” During a concert at the Hi-Fi Music Hall in Eugene this Sunday, a crowd of mostly hip twenty-somethings were able to see the band perform nearly every song from …

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UO physics professor and guitarist examines the close connection between science and music

University of Oregon physics professor Timothy Jenkins has been passionate about science and music since a young age. Growing up on a farm in Ridgefield, Washington, about 25 miles north of Portland, Jenkins enjoyed singing in his church choir. At the same time, he cultivated an interest in science from …

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Review: Car Seat Headrest and fellow Seattle band Naked Giants bring ‘Twin Fantasy’ favorites to WOW Hall

The Seattle-based indie rock band Car Seat Headrest made a stop in Eugene Friday night for a sold-out show at WOW Hall. The tour was in support of the band’s most recent album, “Twin Fantasy (Face to Face).” Fellow Seattle band Naked Giants provided an opening set and also joined …

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Annual drag show benefit for HIV Alliance ‘Damsels, Divas and Dames’ hits the stage Saturday

“Damsels, Divas and Dames: 19 and Facing the Bronze Age,” or “Triple D” as show producer/director William Sullivan calls it, is the 19th annual Eugene drag show extravaganza promising two-and-a-half hours of singing and dancing. It’s all for a good cause too. The show’s net profit goes directly to a …

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Friday playlist: Best music released during winter term

Now that spring is upon us, summer is just around the corner, which means many artists will start releasing music in hopes of landing the coveted “song of summer.” But before we look forward to those upcoming releases, let’s first reflect on how winter term has come and gone and …

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Seattle bands Car Seat Headrest and Naked Giants will join forces at WOW Hall on April 6

Fewer than two years after Seattle bands Car Seat Headrest and Naked Giants were in town, they return this week, beginning a tour in support of Car Seat Headrest’s redo of its early Bandcamp release, “Twin Fantasy.” Car Seat Headrest, which comprises Will Toledo, Ethan Ives, University of Oregon alum …

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Godfather of funk George Clinton continues to bring the funk to the old and new school

The feeling Millenials get when they hear the soulful rhythm of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone,” and how timeless this record will be is like a sense of deja vu for some. That sound heard in today’s music comes from the funk era. Sampling has created some of this generation’s most praised …

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Review: Jeremy Messersmith finds his indie-pop sweet spot on ‘Late Stage Capitalism’

Jeremy Messersmith compared himself to Father John Misty in an interview with the Emerald last spring, but the Minnesotan artist is proving that despite the similar worldview to FJM, he’s an artist with his own voice — somehow overly sweet and dark at the same time. Messersmith’s new album “Late …

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Photos: Run the Jewels and Tove Styrke join Lorde on her Melodrama World Tour

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Review: Lorde makes Portland’s Moda Center as intimate as her dinner table

Four years ago, New Zealand pop poet Lorde played Portland’s Crystal Ballroom a few hours before indie-pop band Vampire Weekend took the stage. Now in 2018, hot off the release of her sophomore album “Melodrama,” she’s headlining arenas and stadiums across the world. But somehow Lorde — born Ella Yelich-O’Connor …

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Review: Jazz/hip-hop trio August Greene challenges self and society in its self-titled debut album

August Greene’s early-March release couldn’t be more timely. Rolling with the momentum created by recent films like Black Panther, A Wrinkle in Time, etc., “August Greene’s” black-centric themes are starkly relevant to the social movements taking place in the present day America. And as Common, the group’s poet, thoughtfully opines, …

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Review: David Byrne grapples with the 21st century on ‘American Utopia’

David Byrne’s work as a frontman for the New York band Talking Heads lead to some of the most influential pop music of the late 20th century. With albums like 1980’s “Remain in Light” and the groundbreaking 1984 concert film “Stop Making Sense,” Byrne established himself as a forward-thinking musical …

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Review: Brockhampton interrupts its own rambunctious performance for an extended Q&A with fans at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom

Los Angeles-based rap collective and self-proclaimed boy band Brockhampton brought a lively, humor-filled performance to Portland’s Crystal Ballroom on Friday night. The concert marked the first time the group had performed in Oregon since its show at Euegne’s WOW Hall last October. Just after 9 p.m., the band took the …

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Review: Santana’s guitar wails with love at Matthew Knight Arena

Carlos Santana’s Divination Tour proves that the suave guitarist holds just as much mastery over his instrument as he did nearly half a century ago at his grand debut: the 1969 Woodstock music festival. Since the notorious festival, Santana has gone on to win numerous awards and receive prestigious accolades. …

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Discography Dive: The Stroke’s iconic garage rock explores softer ventures in the 2010’s

Singer Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti makeup perhaps the most influential New York City-based post-punk band of the early 2000s: The Strokes. While the band’s style shifted slightly through their career, they managed to stay exciting at every step, …

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Review: YOB brings its powerful doom metal for hometown show at WOW Hall

Eugene-based doom metal outfit YOB performed at WOW Hall for a packed house of hometown fans Friday night. With a set lasting around an hour and fifteen minutes, YOB managed to perform eight brutal songs — many of which were new tracks from the band’s forthcoming album. The show also …

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