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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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: Tyler, The Creator brings the colorful world of ‘Flower Boy’ to Eugene

Los Angeles-based rapper Tyler, the Creator brought the brash sounds and beautiful colors of his “Flower Boy” tour, along with Odd Future tag-alongs Taco and Jasper, to McDonald Theatre on Saturday night. Tyler released his highly successful album “Flower Boy” in July and started the tour in promotion of the …

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Never saying no: The Macks discuss opportunity, inspiration and location

The Macks have made a point of never saying never. Anything is on the table for the Portland, Oregon-based rock band composed of frontman Sam Fulwiler, guitarist Ben Windheim, drummer Joe Windheim and bassist Bailey Sauls. The Macks’ latest EP, “Happy Camper,” combines blues riffs and grunge style, creating a …

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Review: Iron & Wine gives unique intimate experience to sold-out McDonald Theatre

As rain poured on the streets of downtown Eugene, the crowd inside the sold-out McDonald Theatre remained dry, eagerly awaiting Iron & Wine’s calming acoustic sound beneath a dreamy sky of decorative clouds. Sam Beam, better known by his stage name, Iron & Wine, played with a unique supporting band …

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P.O.S brings his smart raps to Eugene

Minneapolis’ P.O.S is currently riding the medium-sized wave formed by his latest release, “Chill, Dummy” —  a fast-paced and energetic hip-hop record. He just started the second leg of his tour in support of the album and will be making a stop at WOW Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 11. “Chill, …

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Podcast: Music to listen to in the car at 3 a.m.

It’s 3 a.m. You’re alone. You’re behind the wheel. The water droplets race over your windshield and distort the fluorescent street lights, blowing them up like fireworks. As your tires roll on the cold, wet Eugene asphalt, you start to reflect. You remember the great memories you shared with someone …

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Review: Brockhampton’s sold-out performance at WOW hall doesn’t disappoint

A line of anxious fans circled around the corner of 8th Avenue and Lincoln Street on Friday night. The anticipation only continued to build as another hour passed before the up-and-coming rap collective Brockhampton took the stage at the sold-out WOW Hall. Romil Hemnani — the band’s producer and DJ …

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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: 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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