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Sasquatch!-bound

Ivar Vong Memorial Day weekend is one where college students go have fun, see shows and enjoy life. And campus radio station KWVA 88.1 believes in doing the same. KWVA will be present at Sasquatch! Music Festival this weekend. Sasquatch! is one of the largest music festivals in the Northwest …

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Acts bring spunk, sass to make statement about sexuality

Courtesy of Billie Joe Cavallaro Get ready: Eugene’s about to get OUT and LOUD. The OUT/LOUD Queer Music Festival is back for its ninth year of energetic performances at WOW Hall Friday night at 8 p.m. to entertain and bring together the LGBTQ community. Organized by the University Women’s Center, …

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Local band dishes on rockstar existence

Nick Cote They’ve slept on the beach, in the backyards of strangers, in the parking lots of Wal-Marts and in the parks of Northern California. No, they’re not bums; they’re the members of Volifonix, one of Eugene’s best funkadelic rock bands, and they’re up for adventure. The stories of people …

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Drunken debauchery comes alive at Mastodon concert

Nick Cote Mastodon is an experience. These four guys have brought metal back from being a bunch of bros in wife-beaters and baggy shorts to picking up where original bands like Megadeth and Metallica left off. The complexity of their riffs and melodies, which their latest release “Crack the Skye” …

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Listen to King, perfect for spring

“Junior,” Kaki King’s fifth studio recording, is the perfect spring CD. It’s all raw energy and unrestrained guitar melodies. The tracks are melancholy and sunny by turns, just like the Eugene spring weather. King, who got her start playing in subways, has never been overly polished, but her vocals have …

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Fang Island high-fives its way from obscurity to notoriety

Courtesy of Sargent House Every band dreams of the day it gets the call for members to quit their day jobs, tour the world and parade around living the “rock-star dream.” So, if you’re not some boy band in the Mickey Mouse Club, the best route to fame and glory …

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Enigmatic folk-jazz icon brings eclectic performance

From Lady Gaga’s outlandish bubble costume to Justice’s massive wall of amplifiers, the exaggerated antics of musicians and their concerts can be just as enjoyable and thrilling as the music itself. But sometimes there’s nothing better than a man and his guitar. Folk-jazz icon Leon Redbone is coming to the …

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Local pub demonstrates jammin’ is not a thing of the past

Kevin Minderhout For Chuck Holloway and Sean Shanahan, Tuesday nights at Sam Bond’s Garage are a time when people of all sorts can come together and jam. Sam Bond’s Bluegrass Jam has been held now for nearly two decades, and these two main hosts share a passion for sitting with …

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Harmony of singing brings this couple together

Courtesy of Dan Payson-Lewsi Singing Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s hit “Lucky,” Evynne and Peter Hollens have chosen a fitting song to open their show, with lyrics that tell the Hollens’ story of finding love through music and returning to Eugene after traveling the high seas for months together. As …

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‘Black Sands’ bests Bonobo’s previous beats

In his fourth studio album, London “trip hop” artist Bonobo finally produces jazz-inspired tunes for people who don’t spend their nights slamming poetry in dark cafes. The upbeat drum solos blended with strains from an electric guitar are amazingly unpretentious and easy to listen to.Released March 23, “Black Sands” channels …

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Portugal. The Man makes one last indie label hurrah

Portugal. The Man’s newest album “American Ghetto” strays even further from its typical indie-rock style and dabbles more into a psychedelic funk-pop, at times sounding strikingly similar to early Radiohead. The new album also is the last off its former indie label Equal Vision. In the beginning of the month, …

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Medium Troy plays tribute to fans

Local band Medium Troy has sold out every single WOW Hall show it has headlined since it started regularly playing shows in October 2006. On Friday, March 19, the band plans to do it again, though this time it’s having a “Pay What You Want” Fan Appreciation Party charging as …

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Underground rappers make above-ground appearance

A diverse array of rap and hip-hop artists will hit the stage at WOW Hall this month. While many students have never heard of names like Eyedea & Abilities, P.O.S. or Dosh, they are part of an up-and-coming underground rap movement. And while they don’t have million-dollar contracts with Def …

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Move over, ‘Glee;’ Divisi is the real deal

Jack Hunter As the melodic sounds of joyful singing filled the air last week, students gathered around the EMU amphitheater to watch the all-female a cappella group Divisi during one of their bi-monthly Friday afternoon performances. Divisi, one of few all-women’s collegiate a cappella groups, will compete in this year’s International Championship …

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Battling for the title of ‘bandest band’

Six bands promise top-notch performances as they take their on-stage energy to the next level in competition for a taste of Eugene’s musical limelight. The University’s Ethos Magazine, UO Cultural Forum and Ninkasi Brewing are hosting an all-out band brawl and have selected enthusiastic, hopeful local bands to compete. The …

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Student disc jockeys take back the airwaves

While most students were asleep in their beds or cramming in some last-minute studying, University sophomore Allie Gavette was alone in the Erb Memorial Union disc jockeying for the University radio station KWVA 88.1. Between the hours of 2 and 8 a.m., commonly referred to as the “safe harbor” hours …

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Series showcases new, unique music

Although many people think classical music is a dying art, the Sound-Bytes music series brings classical and modern sounds to campus with a twist. Whether it’s making new sounds on a traditional saxophone or a guitarist with electronic influence, the artists of the Sound-Bytes music series strive to change the …

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‘Wedding Singer’ musical tours the Northwest

The Hult Center looks back a few decades this week with the ’80s-inspired musical “The Wedding Singer.” Based on the 1998 movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, the musical version has been nominated for five Tony Awards. “The Wedding Singer” features the three weddings, a bar mitzvah and the …

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Electric tundra

Miles Patterson (drums), Casey Izdepski (keys), Nic Gusset (guitar) and Mark Leahey (guitar) of On The Tundra, hang out in the WOW Hall?s Green Room after performing. Leahey, originally from Detroit, says the group?s lineup hasn?t always been consistent. Patterson, for example, had just three rehearsals before last Saturday night?s …

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Rockin’ out: Concert series mixes music, art

Jack Hunter From a “Prehistoric Beastz and Beatz” themed dance party at The District to a glassblowing workshop for women at Studio West, the Grrrlz Rock festival offers something for everyone. Whether it’s music, dance, theater, visual arts or comedy, Grrrlz Rock is sure to bring the arts community together …

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Musical prodigy directs Mark Twain adaptation

Whether he is performing, directing or listening to music, freshman Nathan Alef’s innate musical abilities have established him as nothing less than a musical genius. Alef’s childhood was full of music. At just 18 months he started playing the piano; at 3 years old he began to refine his skills …

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Showcasing the sounds of harmony

Rena Lev-Bass What do tobacco cans, goat skin and computers all have in common? Well, apparently they’re all musical instruments. “What is the definition of musical instrument? It’s something that makes sound. I’d just like people to be struck by the diversity,” said University ethnomusicology instructor Mark Levy.The Museum of …

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Just strum away

Jack Hunter Guitar players can leave their egos at home this weekend and step aside for the underdog of musical instruments at the third annual Uketoberfest. With a weekend dedicated entirely to the ukulele, performances will range from traditional to contemporary. The uke-intensive festival began as a small-scale project. “When …

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Passion Pit cancels concert

Electro-pop group Passion Pit canceled its free show, scheduled for tonight at the EMU Ballroom at 9 p.m. Lead singer Michael Angelakos is said to be seriously sick with a cold, leaving his voice “completely out of commission,” according to the University Cultural Forum’s Web site. Rescheduling of the event …

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Bob Dylan revisited at Mac Court

Rena Lev-Bass The Bob Dylan Show is sure to stir up nostalgic fire tonight when the legend himself steps on stage at McArthur Court at 7:30 p.m. The concert comes in anticipation of the Dylan’s new album, set to be released on Tuesday. “Christmas in the Heart” will be Dylan’s …

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Just keep marching

Jack Hunter The rows of fold-out tables and a sea of green and yellow uniforms create an illusion of tightly packed sardines, the smell of deli sandwiches permeates from the cement walls of the Moshofsky Sports Center, and the energy of game day buzzes among the musicians who help define …

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Girl Talk’s eclectic style debuts in Eugene

Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” playing over the top of Three 6 Mafia’s “I’d Rather.” Nirvana playing simultaneously with Salt N Pepa. A mashup of songs from as long ago as the 1960s with some just released to the radio. This is what you can expect when turntablist Girl Talk comes to the McDonald Theatre on Sept. 16.

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Play, pause, then repeat – with decades in between

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When we think of sentimental, money-spinning rock reunion tours, we usually envision graying, heroin-addled classic rock dinosaurs. But increasingly, the glint of lucre to be had through touring is luring 1970s punk greats and their confederates out of oblivion. Heavyweights such as Sex Pistols, Subhumans, the Specials, Public Image Ltd., Discharge and X-Ray Spex have all come out of retirement this decade, sometimes repeatedly.

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Girl Talk dazzles crowd with high-energy display

Only Gregg Gillis could have the entire audience in a packed McDonald Theatre jumping wildly to his mashed-up music wearing nothing but a plain white T-shirt and blue sweatpants.What he lacked in glitzy ensemble, Gillis made up for in crowd entertainment. For an audience that chanted his stage name, Girl …

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Mashup master to mix at McDonald

 Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” playing over the top of Three 6 Mafia’s “I’d Rather.” Nirvana playing simultaneously with Salt N Pepa. A mashup of songs from as long ago as the 1960s with some just released to the radio. This is what you can expect when turntablist Girl Talk comes to the McDonald Theatre on Sept. 16.

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