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Review: David Byrne dances through new music, Talking Heads’ classics in Portland

When I was touring colleges, my dad brought along a stack of CDs he loved during his college days. As we drove through the Midwest, he pushed “Talking Heads 77” into our gray Honda CRV’s CD player, and we talked about the bands that shaped his college experience. Through David …

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Highlights from Sasquatch! Day Three: A busy last day for the Memorial Day weekend festival

Tents are packed. The stages are likely coming down and soon, week nine of spring term will be in full swing. But that doesn’t mean you can’t relive the last day of this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival. Softer indie-rock acts like Phoebe Bridgers and Big Thief joined high-energy bands Tune-Yards …

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Podcast: Spotlight on Science: Science journalism with Becca Cudmore

In this installment of Spotlight on Science, arts and culture writer Frankie Lewis speaks with journalist Becca Cudmore. Within their conversation are the struggles of being a science journalist, Cudmore’s work for Audobon and Nautilus, and a brief preview of her upcoming story on Cougar’s in the Pacific North West. …

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Photos: 2018 Sasquatch! Music Festival day two brings the heat

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Highlights from Sasquatch! Day Two: Lizzo, Girlpool and Japandroids play through the heat

Here are the Emerald’s highlights from day two of Sasquatch! Music Festival 2018. Photos by Sarah Northrop and Dana Sparks below. Lizzo is back at Sasquatch! after three years, but on the main stage this time —something she didn’t know until today. “I didn’t even know I was a main …

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Photos: 2018 Sasquatch! Music Festival day one unites fans of all genres

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Review: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic performs mostly original material for an intimate sold-out show at McDonald Theater

Pop music parody artist and goofball satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic performed a sold-out show Thursday night at the McDonald Theater in downtown Eugene. Billed as “The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour,” Yankovic’s set featured a setlist consisting of mostly deep cuts and original material for an audience of hardcore fans. …

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Podcaster Dylan Marron talks being empathetic but not supportive at UO lecture

Well-known podcaster Dylan Marron visited the University of Oregon on Thursday to showcase how he deals with people who presumably “hate” him. Marron is was nominated for an IFP Gotham Award & Drama Desk and is famous for the hit show “Welcome to Night Vale,” created by Joseph Fink and …

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Highlights from Sasquatch! 2018 Day One: David Byrne, Bon Iver, Vince Staples and more bring their energy to the Gorge Amphitheatre

This year’s Sasqautch! Music Festival has had a promising start with high energy performances and beautiful weather at the Gorge Amphitheatre. The Memorial Day Weekend festival has been criticized for its measly lineups in recent years, but 2018’s has seemed more robust — featuring soaring indie-rock acts like Japandroids and Alex …

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Photos: “Weird Al” Yankovic brings his ‘Ill-Advised Vanity Tour’ to Eugene

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Review: Tara Westover’s ‘Educated’ shows the struggle and beauty of maturing through education

“Educated” by Tara Westover is a riveting memoir that brings up hard topics that are important to consider for everyone, but in particular, college students. The book, a coming of age story, captures Westover’s life as she slowly grows out of her radicalized Mormon upbringing. She does so through means …

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Review: Parquet Courts expands its sound on ‘Wide Awake!’

“Wide Awake!” — the sixth album from the New York-based indie rock band Parquet Courts — is a frenzied mix of politically-conscious music, equally informed by both punk rock and funk. With help from pop producer Danger Mouse, the band has created its most varied studio effort yet, adding danceable …

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Hundreds of years later, UO’s oldest tree stands the test of time

The University of Oregon class of 1897 might find UO’s current campus unrecognizable. Large-scale building projects and student enrollment increases have whisked away memories of the university’s modest beginnings. Once the central operating building of the university, Deady Hall today houses parts of the math department and other assorted classes. …

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Review: Illenium wows Cuthbert, drops new track ahead of festival appearance in Las Vegas

The University of Oregon campus was surprisingly quiet for a beautiful Friday night on May 18. That is until the sun started to set behind the valley’s rolling hills and sounds of future bass began erupting from Eugene’s Cuthbert Amphitheater.  On Friday, Denver-based producer and DJ Illenium brought his world-renowned …

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Students help prepare UO for commencement on University Day

University Day is the longest standing tradition at the University of Oregon. On May 17, over 700 students, faculty and community members participated by offering an hour or more of their time to help beautify the UO campus in preparation for commencement ceremonies that will take place June 18. This …

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Review: ‘7’ is Beach House’s most candid, paradoxical album yet

In retrospect, Beach House’s 2017 release, “B-Sides and Rarities,” seems more like the dream-pop duo wiping their creative slate clean; they rid their catalog of any unreleased tracks preparing to go in a new, powerful direction. Over an eleven month span, duo Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally reconstructed their approach, …

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Review: Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner croons through space on ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’

On this latest Arctic Monkeys album, frontman Alex Turner has essentially transformed himself and his band into a space-age lounge act. Many of the songs here are based around a futuristic hotel on the moon. If that sounds like a bad thing, it’s not. “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” is …

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Preview: Willamette Valley Music Festival brings together local talent with big name headliners

The annual Willamette Valley Music Festival will return to the heart of the University of Oregon campus this Saturday to celebrate Eugene’s music and art scene. The festival will feature a wide variety of music throughout the day with a lineup that includes a slew of local talent in addition …

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How a community keeps the art of the opera alive in Eugene

University of Oregon junior Morgan Paige spends hours every week perfecting her craft. Along with the coaching she receives from Karen Esquivel, a university voice coach and director of the UO Opera Ensemble, the music performance major works to improve her vocal technique the way a pitcher practices a curveball. …

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Review: Visiting filmmaker Chloé Zhao’s newest film ‘The Rider’ is a compelling force of nature

The land near the South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation is grandiose and majestic, but it’s also cruel. Violent storms kick up dust around cowboy Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau), who gazes out at the scenery as he struggles to come to terms with a life-changing injury that may end his rodeo …

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Photos: ASUO’s 2018 Spring Street Faire kicks off on 13th Avenue with rain and shine

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Review: ‘SR3MM’ establishes Rae Sremmurd’s solo musical abilities, but ultimately shows the importance of collaboration

Just four years after releasing their debut hit-single “No Flex Zone,” Mississippi’s own Rae Sremmurd has managed to show just how complex they are on the three-disc album, “SR3MM.” The album is composed of 27 songs, which showcases Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi’s solo work as well as the collaborations …

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Emerald Recommends: traditions and tips for the ASUO Spring Street Faire

The sun is out and 13th Avenue’s bike racks have been cordoned off to make room for vendors. The air will soon smell of Hawaiian food and elephant ears, and 13th Avenue will be bustling. The second ASUO Street Faire of the year starts in a few days. Emerald writers …

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Review: Eleanor Roosevelt’s lover Lorena Hickok makes Amy Bloom’s historical fiction book ‘White Houses’ come to life

I don’t often read historical fiction. I would rather know the truth about an event that happened or be lost in a world that never existed. But I loved Amy Bloom’s “White Houses,” which follows the romance between first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok (whose friends call her …

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Science Pick of the Week: Visiting geologist discusses the inner workings of Mt. St. Helens ahead of talk at MNCH

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano drew headlines following its recent eruption on Friday. But the Pacific Northwest is a hotbed for geologic activity, too. The Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington, the John Day Fossil Beds of Eastern Oregon and the Columbia Gorge are emblematic of the region’s tumultuous geologic history. Mount St. …

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Review: Charlize Theron grapples with the harsh realities of motherhood in ‘Tully’

“Tully” comes off as a combination of screenwriter Diablo Cody’s past works, “Juno” (2007) and “Young Adult” (2011), but with a magical realist twist. The shaky camera style and subdued performance by Charlize Theron make the story feel more intimate, more tangible, as Cody and director Jason Reitman themselves have …

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Preview: Up-and-coming rapper Buddy is ready to show fans something new on tour with Joey Bada$$

From the outside looking in, hip-hop fans see the city of Compton, California, as one of the most ruthless places in America. From ‘90s legends like Eazy-E to newer acts YG and The Game, Compton has a reputation. More recently known for his melodic single“Shine,” Buddy wants to change the …

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Friday Playlist: No Words, Please

The end of week five has arrived. At this point in the term, most students are either cramming for that next big test or taking a much-needed break after finishing all their midterms. This playlist of instrumental music will hopefully come in handy, either as distraction-free study music or simply …

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Cinco de Mayo event discusses misrepresentations of Mexican culture in U.S.

This Saturday, people across the United States will be tempted to don sombreros and drink excessive quantities of tequila in celebration of a significant date in Mexican history, Cinco de Mayo. But on Wednesday, May 2, over 80 University of Oregon students and community members gathered at the Museum of …

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Filmmaker Chloé Zhao visits UO to teach directing and discuss her new film ‘The Rider,’ realist cinema, and more

For the next two weeks, award-winning filmmaker Chloé Zhao will be here in Eugene guest-teaching a cinema studies course on directing. Zhao recently won the inaugural Bonnie Award, which honors a mid-career woman director, at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards. A glowing introduction from filmmaker Ava Duvernay preceded Zhao’s …

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