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Emerald Recommends: Fall Concerts 2017

October — or “Rocktober — is just around the corner. This fall various acts, ranging from the Foo Fighters to Tyler, the Creator, are visiting Eugene and Portland. Grab some tickets to see Emerald staffers most anticipated fall shows. Morrissey at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 …

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What killed campus concerts?

One day after performing for over 20,000 at the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington, Bob Dylan announced a surprise performance at the 976 capacity EMU Ballroom on the University of Oregon’s campus for an intimate 16-song concert. The June 14, 1999 show sold out before anyone could print posters to …

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Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor finds hope in a broken world on ‘Luciferian Towers’

Godspeed You! Black Emperor has been crafting long, challenging and often thought-provoking post-rock music since the late 1990s. The Montreal band has become known for its drawn out crescendos and cacophonous orchestrations, usually resulting in strong emotional responses from those patient enough to listen. Due to the band’s experimental nature, …

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Review: James Mercer’s stage presence brings McDonald Theatre to life at The Shins’ concert

Thousands of University of Oregon students and employees dreaded attending classes Monday for the first day of fall term. But for the fortuitous group of ticket holders set to see Portland-based group The Shins, the first day of the 2017-18 school year came with a silver lining. That evening, as …

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Q&A: Atlas Genius’ Keith Jeffery talks touring and 63 Days of Love

Atlas Genius is looking forward. It’s easy to get that impression while talking to lead singer Keith Jeffery. The alt-rock band from South Australia reached its commercial peak with the 2013 hit “Trojans” before embarking on a tour with Imagine Dragons. After more touring and a grueling recording process behind …

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Photos: Deerhoof rocks Mississippi Studios

Before indie-rock veterans Deerhoof stopped by the Hi-Fi Lounge in Eugene on Tuesday night, the band kicked off its tour in Portland with two shows at Mississippi Studios on Friday, Sept. 15  and Monday, Sept. 18. Deerhoof is touring in support of its 14th studio album “Mountain Moves,” which is …

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Review: Fleet Foxes perform amid wildfire smoke in Troutdale

Seattle’s Fleet Foxes second visit to the Portland area in four months was cloaked in nearby smoke from the Eagle Creek wildfire — the type that makes everyone cough and everything else seem hazy and eerily stunning. The band, known for its vibrant, natural indie folk, played McMenamins Edgefield in …

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Review: LCD Soundsystem justifies its return on ‘American Dream’

Back in 2011, the Brooklyn-based band LCD Soundsystem performed an over three-hour live show at Madison Square Garden—a show that was meant to be its final performance. Tickets sold out immediately, and thousands of people showed up to see the band close out its celebrated, decade-long career. Throughout the night, …

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Joywave’s Daniel Armbruster and Paul Brenner talk ‘Content,’ touring and consumer culture

Sure, Daniel Armbruster of Rochester, New York’s Joywave graduated college. But according to him, the time he did was the “worst time possible in history” to do it. He graduated from the University of Rochester with a history degree in 2007, when the economy collapsed and the notion of a …

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Project Pabst Sunday photos and wrap up: Beck, Nas, Spoon, more

MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst has concluded its second and final day. Sunday featured Beck, Nas, Spoon, Noname, Whitney and more. Check below to see photos from the final day of the festival. Check out our coverage from Saturday here. Photos include Iggy Pop, Die Antwoord, Father John Misty and more.  …

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Recap: The best of MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst

Partway through his Saturday set, Father John Misty paused at the edge of the Captain Pabst stage and told the crowd, “I hope Iggy Pop is somewhere right now saying, ‘What the hell happened to music?’” As Father John Misty’s stellar show and the majority of performers at MusicfestNW presents …

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Day One Photos: MusicfestNW presents Project Pabst at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park

Day one at Music Fest NW presents Project Pabst is in the books. The festival took over the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland on Saturday, Aug. 26. for a mainly punk-filled day of music that featured some of the world’s finest musicians, a free PBRcade and, of course, the …

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Emerald Recommends: Project Pabst 2017

Musicfest NW presents Project Pabst is taking over the Tom McCall Waterfront in Portland this weekend from Aug. 26 to 27. With a robust lineup, plenty of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a warm weather forecast, the festival is sure to be the a great late summer event. Check out the Emerald’s …

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Frankie Cosmos’s Greta Kline talks poetry, house shows and Project Pabst

Greta Kline, also known by her stage name Frankie Cosmos, started releasing music online at the age of 15. In an eerily similar way to Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo, Kline went from posting bedroom recordings on Bandcamp.com to touring with an acclaimed band signed to a major indie label. …

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Young the Giant, Cold War Kids and Joywave bring the heat to Eugene

On Aug. 20, Young the Giant, Cold War Kids and Joywave joined forces at the Cuthbert Amphitheater for a show full of anthemic indie pop and mentions of the eclipse. Joywave brought its indie and electronic sounds to Eugene, hot off the release of its latest album, “Content.” Daniel Armbruster’s vocals …

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Podcast: Emerald Recommends: Songs for the eclipse

In this edition of Emerald Recommends, arts and culture writer Nic Castillon joins senior arts and culture editor Sararosa Davies and podcast editor Alec Cowan to discuss songs for the upcoming eclipse on Aug. 21. From Bon Iver to The B-52’s, here’s the music to accompany those few minutes of …

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Review: ‘How Do You Spell Heaven’ adds to Guided By Voices’ prolific discography

Robert Pollard, the principal songwriter and core member of Ohio’s Guided By Voices, is known for his prolific musical output. “How Do You Spell Heaven” is not only the band’s 25th studio album, but also its second album released this year. Since the band’s formation in the mid-’80s, GBV has …

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Review: Arcade Fire loses its streak with the underwhelming ‘Everything Now’

Arcade Fire is essentially classic rock. Only 13 years have passed since the release of the band’s first full-length album “Funeral,” but most of the band’s discography since has been canonized as essential listening. Arcade Fire has managed to create a style of art-rock that does not feel out of …

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Review: Matisyahu returns to Eugene with packed show at WOW Hall

On July 11, Jewish-American reggae musician and beatboxing star Matisyahu returned to Eugene for the first time since 2009. The singer gained popularity over his 15-year career for his unique blend of reggae and hip-hop with underlying Jewish themes. His return to Oregon was a homecoming. Matisyahu, born Matthew Paul …

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Things to do in Eugene for the Fourth of July: Art and the Vineyard, Firecracker Bullride and Butte to Butte race

If you’re in Eugene for the Fourth of July, you might be wracking your brain on how to spend the holiday. Here are a few Eugene events you can attend to celebrate Independence Day. 34th Annual Art and the Vineyard & Freedom Festival Fireworks at Alton Baker Park (200 Day …

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Emerald Recommends: The best albums of 2017 (so far)

June is coming to an end and the longest day of the year is in the past. 2016 was a devastating year for music with the loss of many greats, but 2017 has been a little easier on the ears (and hearts). In the last six months, Prince’s estate released …

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Review: Lorde looks back on her youth with ‘Melodrama’

Pronunciation is underappreciated in pop music. For Lorde, it’s an endearing strength. The New Zealand vocalist, born Ella Yelich-O’Connor, never wastes a word, using her soft whispers to hang on to every lyric she writes. The result is endlessly listenable, and it makes “Melodrama,” O’Connor’s sophomore effort, a sin to …

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Photos: Alice Cooper rocks the Cuthbert Amphitheater

As Alice Cooper told the Emerald in a recent interview, it may be impossible to shock audiences today, but that hasn’t prevented the godfather of shock rock from touring with a plethora of deadly props, gimmicks and hit songs. During the show, Cooper was decapitated by guillotine, put to death …

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Review: ‘Crack Up’ is a gorgeous but challenging return for Fleet Foxes

In 2008, Fleet Foxes raced to the forefront of indie folk with its self-titled debut album. Built upon complex harmonies and the lyricism of founder and frontman Robin Pecknold, the band received acclaim for reviving 60s folk and bringing it back to mainstream popularity. Fleet Foxes entered a hiatus after …

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School’s Out: Alice Cooper talks shock rock, villains and success

When Alice Cooper is decapitated by a guillotine, put to death in an electric chair or hung in a straitjacket onstage, fans don’t just cheer. In fact, they pay more than $700 for a chance to be splattered with fake blood in the front rows. For nearly 50 years, the godfather …

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New jazz club the Jack London Revue seeks to continue historic jazz traditions in Portland

Portland’s jazz community suffered a shocking loss when local-legend and jazz club owner Jimmy Makarounis — better known as Jimmy Mak — passed away in early January, taking his cherished club with him. The loss appeared to signify the beginning of the end for jazz music in the Northwest, which …

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From passion to excellence: Dale Tovar’s lifelong dedication to understanding music

How does a master of anything come to be? Is it through innate, profound talent? Or are countless hours of dedicated practice more crucial in becoming an expert in a specific field? 20-year-old Dale Tovar, who’s set to receive his master’s degree in music theory on June 17, has already …

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Things to do this week: Spring Dance Loft, Beer Dinner at Falling Sky, Honk! Fest Eugene

Wednesday, June 7-June 17: Bowls Around Town at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (1680 E. 15th Ave.), free with sign-up Past and Presents, The Museum Store, is hosting an inclusive and interactive project called Bowls Around Town. Stop by the museum to pick up a bowl kit containing …

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Review: Alt-J takes an impressive leap in perfecting its sound with ‘Relaxer’

Nearly three years after “This Is All Yours,” British indie-rock band Alt-J adds to its increasingly popular and nuanced discography with its third studio album, “Relaxer.” Its new record acts as an ambient force — subtly exploring varied sounds and tempos to find a balanced intersection between alternative and new-age …

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The Mountain Goats bring sorrow, memories and hope to the Crystal Ballroom

Photos and reporting contributed by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank. For the Mountain Goats, a concert in Portland is like a hometown show. Although he almost died of a drug overdose when he lived in the City of Roses in the 1980s, lead singer and songwriter John Darnielle still ended the show by saying …

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