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Review: Marvel Comics’ “Black Panther: The Album” functions as a stand-alone entity structured by Kendrick Lamar’s vision

In an unpredictable turn of events, a Marvel Comics’ “Black Panther” plays catalyst for what can effectively be called a “half” Kendrick album. Lamar’s initial plan was only to perform the occasional guest verse on the new film’s accompanying soundtrack, but after seeing more of the movie, Kendrick was moved …

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Emerald Recommends: Anti-Valentine’s Day Songs

Valentine’s Day is a weird holiday. For those in happy and healthy relationships, it’s often enjoyable. For the many people who aren’t, the gushy festivities can feel a little unnecessary. Here’s a playlist for the different types of people who may feel left out this year — whatever the reason may …

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UO student-DJ finds inspiration in local community

UO Spanish and Ethnic Studies major Spencer Smyth recently began pursuing his passion for music. Since then, he has established himself as a key figure in the flourishing Eugene music scene. Produced by: Sophie Gemelas

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Review: Bermuda Triangle’s intimate performance brings laughs and love to Eugene

Alabama Shakes’ frontwoman Brittany Howard and her latest side project Bermuda Triangle performed a casual, intimate set at a packed WOW Hall on Saturday night in Eugene. The performance marked the eighth and final show in an eight-day period for the trio, which kicked off its brief West Coast tour …

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Friday playlist: Winter has come and (halfway) passed

We made it. Well, we’ve made it halfway at least. Now that week five is behind us, winter term is officially halfway over. This leaves only five more weeks until finals week, then spring break and then the start of UO’s beloved spring term. That being said, these next several …

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‘Semen stains the mountaintops’: Looking back on Neutral Milk Hotel’s ‘In the Aeroplane Over the Sea’ 20 years later

There’s a lot that could be said about “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” For some, Neutral Milk Hotel’s folky sophomore record is a work of genius. Since its release in 1998, the album has developed a strong cult following, evident by steady record sales and a large amount of …

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Review: Rhye maintains style with “Blood” despite half of the duo leaving

Rhye’s 2013 debut album, “Woman,” grew to widespread acclaim due to the wonderful pairing of Danish producer Robin Hannibal’s soft pop and soul arrangements and the floating nature of singer Mike Milosh’s dreamy soprano. But between the release of “Woman” and the duo’s latest album, “Blood,” Hannibal announced that he …

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Sasquatch! 2018 lineup announced: Bon Iver, Modest Mouse and The National to headline

The annual Sasquatch! music festival announced its 2018 lineup on Feb. 5. The festival will return to Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater on Memorial Day weekend (May 25 to 27) for its 17th year and will feature a variety of artists including David Byrne, Slowdive and Tyler, the Creator. The headliners for …

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Review: Portugal. The Man lights up McDonald Theatre in first performance since winning Grammy

Portugal. The Man lit-up the sold-out McDonald Theatre Thursday night for the group’s first stop on its 2018 winter tour in support of its most recent record, “Woodstock.” It was also the band’s first performance since winning a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.  The Portland-based indie rockers took the …

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Friday playlist: You’re drunk, go home

Pregame. House show. Party. 21’er. Bars. Bars. More Bars. After party. Kickback. Then the brutal walk back home. If the type of night described above sounds familiar to you, then you know that sometimes nothing sounds better than belting songs aloud with friends after a long night of raging. But …

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Double Take: Ty Segall’s ‘Freedom’s Goblin’ takes him past garage-rock sounds

Ty Segall finds himself exploring more genres than his typical garage-rock on his new album “Freedom’s Goblin.” Two Emerald Arts and Culture writers share their thoughts about Segall’s new album below. Jordan Montero’s take: So far, whenever Southern California-based rocker Ty Segall enlists the help of the versatile Freedom Band, …

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Review: Queens of the Stone Age bring heavy, desert rock to Eugene’s Hult Center

The noted hard-rockers, Queens of the Stone Age, made a stop at Eugene’s Hult Center Saturday night in support of the group’s most recent album “Villains.” The band’s performance, along with an opening set from the boogie rock band Eagles of Death Metal, made for one of the loudest nights …

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Review: Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples perform their respective, vogue catalogues for Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum

The Veterans Memorial Coliseum arena in Portland hosted two of the most high-profile rappers in the industry Saturday night. Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples both dropped two of the most polarizing albums of 2017. Tyler’s glittering “Flower Boy” was ranked the eighth best album of the year by Pitchfork, …

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Podcast: Electronic musician KRANE on his first headlining tour and the release his debut album, “Fallout”

In this episode from the Emerald Podcast Network,  Associate Arts and Culture Editor Zach Price sits down with Oakland-based electronic music producer Zach Krane to discuss Krane’s transition from a nine-to-five job to a full-time DJ, releasing his debut album and his first headlining tour. Krane’s team gave the Emerald …

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Q&A: Jen Cloher talks her career in Australian music

Australian indie-rocker Jen Cloher may have just been in the United States, opening for her partner Courtney Barnett and friend Kurt Vile’s tour this fall — but she’s back in the States and raring to go. Three months after playing the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, the musical storyteller …

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Review: Hippo Campus returns to Portland

The Crystal Ballroom filled with chants Saturday night as the soaring indie-group Hippo Campus brought warm vibes to the drizzly Portland night. Saint Paul, MN-based Hippo Campus comprises Jake Luppen (vocals), Nathan Stocker (guitar), Zach Sutton (bass) and Whistler Allen (drums). Each member goes by the stage names Turntan, Stitches, …

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Discography Dive: Flying Lotus distorts genres

Emerald writers love a deep dive. In the Discography Dive series, Emerald A&C staffers write in-depth about their favorite groups. This week, music writer Jordan Montero looks into avant-garde hip-hop artist Flying Lotus’ varied works. “1983” (2006) “1983” is Flying Lotus’ most straight-forward album. His simple formula of spacey, electric …

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Albums to look forward to in 2018

After each year-end list has been compiled, it’s time to think about the future. From Ty Segall to MGMT, here is a list of albums to look forward to in 2018. Ty Segall – “Freedom’s Goblin” (Jan. 26) A new album from Ty Segall shouldn’t come as too much of …

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A year in live music: Eugene’s concert scene booms

Picture this. Tyler, the Creator; Brockhampton; Foo Fighters; Elton John; The Shins. No, this isn’t the lineup for an quirky music festival in LA or Seattle. If you opened up the Emerald’s calendar in the last year, you might have found these in our in listings. Each of these artists …

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Louis The Child has arrived: The Chicago duo are now one of electronic music’s biggest rising stars

When Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett of Louis The Child performed at Eugene’s WOW Hall in December 2016, they were just another promising electronic music duo. That night, the duo filled the cramped, sweaty concert hall with a variety of trap remixes and house beats through their two-hour performance. But …

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Emerald Recommends: The best albums of 2017

Let’s face it. Twenty-seventeen wasn’t a year of loss in the music world like 2016 was. Though Tomy Petty and other important artists passed away, 2017 was a different year for the music world. In some ways, artists began to pick up the pieces of 2016’s shattering losses and build …

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Emerald Recommends: The best concerts of 2017

The Pacific Northwest had a great year for touring music. Both Portland and Eugene saw their fair share of up-and-coming and established artists come through venue doors. Live shows for bands such as The Shins and Brockhampton brought avid fans together to see some of their favorites, while legendary acts …

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Review: The Macks impress with crafted sound in debut LP ‘Camp Poppa’

“Camp Poppa” sounds familiar to anyone who has seen the band perform live, but mastered recordings of the band’s music provide an entertaining experience to fans and first-time listeners alike. The Macks’ stage presence easily transcends into its recorded music. Sam Fulwiler’s quirky, nuanced vocals come through easily, and Bailey …

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Review: BADBADNOTGOOD lays out its unique jazz takes in front of sold-out Portland crowd

Revolution Hall was filled to the brim Friday night in downtown Portland as the nonchalant, high achieving Toronto-based jazz quartet, BADBADNOTGOOD, took the stage in the former high school auditorium, now a decorated performing arts venue. The young jazz chamber comprises Alex Sowinski on drums, Matthew Tavares on the keyboard …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends the songs that defined 2017

  In this episode of Emerald Recommends from the Emerald Podcast Network, arts and culture editor Sararosa Davies, music writers Nic Castillon and Jordan Montero and podcast editor Alec Cowan discuss the music that defined 2017. This is not necessarily the best music to come out this year, but instead, …

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Emerald Recommends: The most disappointing releases of 2017

Every year features both great and disappointing art, so Emerald arts writers decided to kick off the best of season with releases that fell flat. These aren’t the worst releases of 2017, but instead, the things that we were excited for that didn’t live up to expectations or didn’t even …

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Review: Pixies end sold-out residency in Portland with blistering show

On the last of its sold-out three-night residency at the Roseland Theatre in Portland, the Pixies played straight and fast. Clad in all black, the band whipped through 90 minutes of material. Despite playing consecutive shows starting Wednesday, they created a solid wall of sound. The Boston band, known for …

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‘Thriller’ at 35: A retrospective look at the highest selling album of all time

Michael Jackson’s legacy is deeply engraved in popular culture, but no piece of work turned in by the pop legend matches the momentous impact of his 1982 album, “Thriller,” which turns 35 years old on Nov. 30. Released when Jackson was only 24 years old, “Thriller” would revolutionize the music …

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Review: The National bring intense live show to sold-out Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

The National is, in some ways, a family band, but all comparisons to the Jackson 5 stop there. The band comprises vocalist Matt Berninger, actual brothers Bryce (guitar) and Aaron Dessner (guitar, keyboards) along with twins Scott (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). Members are consistently involved in other projects, but …

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Review: Björk finds bliss in the otherworldly ‘Utopia’

“Utopia,” Björk’s latest album, can be seen as a companion to 2015’s “Vulnicura,” as it explores many similar subjects. “Vulnicura” functioned as a way for the Icelandic singer to process a breakup with her long-term partner, American artist Matthew Barney. Naturally, the album took on a somber tone; however, on …

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