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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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Author Jonathan Franzen visits campus, talks fiction writing and bird watching as part of the Collins Distinguished Speakers’ Series

Jonathan Franzen, acclaimed author of novels such as “The Corrections” and “Freedom,” visited the University of Oregon Thursday night as part of the Collins Distinguished Speakers’ Series. After a brief introduction from UO professor David Li, Franzen read from one of his essays, gave some thoughts on novel writing and …

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Discography Dive: The Stroke’s iconic garage rock explores softer ventures in the 2010’s

Singer Julian Casablancas, guitarists Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr., bassist Nikolai Fraiture and drummer Fabrizio Moretti makeup perhaps the most influential New York City-based post-punk band of the early 2000s: The Strokes. While the band’s style shifted slightly through their career, they managed to stay exciting at every step, …

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Review: “Annihilation” ingeniously mutates the traditional sci-fi genre

“Annihilation” will stimulate your right brain and frustrate your left brain. It’s a simultaneously beautiful and horrifying visual spectacle that thrills in the moment but perplexes once you try to analyze and dissect its meaning. The film stars Natalie Portman as Lena, a biologist who volunteers for a dangerous expedition …

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Review: YOB brings its powerful doom metal for hometown show at WOW Hall

Eugene-based doom metal outfit YOB performed at WOW Hall for a packed house of hometown fans Friday night. With a set lasting around an hour and fifteen minutes, YOB managed to perform eight brutal songs — many of which were new tracks from the band’s forthcoming album. The show also …

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Familiar faces, unfamiliar sounds: Electronic music trio Keys N Krates will return to Eugene with a new sound and stage show

It’s not often a band releases its debut album 10 years into its career. A debut album usually marks the beginning of a band’s existence and a rite of passage into the music industry. So it was a bit odd when well-established electronic music trio Keys N Krates announced it …

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Preview: University Theatre’s timeless anti-war epic “Mother Courage and Her Children” opens Friday

Written by German dramatist Bertolt Brecht in 1939, “Mother Courage and Her Children” chronicles 12 years in the life of merchant Mother Courage as she attempts to make enough money for her and her four children to survive the Thirty Years’ War of the 17th century. Brecht tends to craft …

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Portraits of former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama spark new discussions about their legacies

Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald unveiled their elaborate attempts to represent the legacies of Mr. and Mrs. Obama at Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. on Feb. 12. The portraits have received mixed reviews to say the least. According to University of Oregon art history professor James Harper, …

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Friday playlist: Pop-punk throwbacks

I’m not ashamed to admit to the not-so-secret love affair I had with pop-punk throughout my middle school years and I know I’m not the only one. Nearly everyone born in the ‘90s experienced a pop-punk phase at some point in their adolescence. Songs with high-pitched catchy choruses about finding …

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Manzil Midrash dinner and discussion brings Muslim and Jewish students together

Both the Torah and the Quran mandate followers to welcome weary travelers into one’s home. This mandate is less culturally applicable today, but at a recent Manzil Midrash event, Muslim and Jewish students practiced the spirit of welcoming the stranger over a traditional Mediterranean meal. Oregon Hillel and the Muslim …

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Eugene-native Mat Kearney talks the Ducks, his new album and his hometown

As a young kid, Eugene native Mat Kearney would ditch his seat in McArthur Court just as the final buzzer was about to sound. With the ball in the air on the last shot, the musician-to-be found himself sneaking past the University of Oregon security guards and preparing to charge …

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Review: ‘Black Panther’ is a milestone for superhero films, despite minor technical flaws

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an undeniable juggernaut in cinema at the moment, which makes the studio’s consistent level of quality shocking. It’s been 10 years, 18 films and $14 billion after “Iron Man” catapulted superhero movies into “guaranteed profit” territory. Disney has yet to see a Marvel film critically …

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Dancing on Campus

The UO Dance Department (School of Music and Dance) is one of the first dance major programs in the country as well as one of the few dance schools to have a Music Director. It has a strong curriculum in movement as well as academic learning, such as dance history, composition, and pedagogy …

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Science Pick of the Week: UO undergrad is using social media to create more constructive dialogue about ocean conservation

If she had it her way, Ellie Jones would have started campaigning for ocean life 30 years ago. The only problem: she was not born yet. Jones, a junior marine biology major at the University of Oregon, is the creator and administrator of Everblue, an ocean conservation awareness project. The …

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Eugene rapper Endr Won triumphs over hardships and inspires others through his music

Local rapper Endr Won, 32, answers to his stage name just as naturally as he does to his given name, Kenneth. His best friend James refers to him as both but leans towards Kenneth, while the recovering drug addicts he works with at his part-time job refer to him by …

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Review: Oscar-nominated documentary shorts tackle issues of race, gender, mental health, opioids and the justice system

The 90th annual Oscars takes place on Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m. (PST). The documentary (short subject) category serves as a gratifying break from the movie star-driven, high budget films that dominate other categories. These films are the highly artistic products of pure passion from the directors and producers …

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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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Review: “Fifty Shades Freed” is exactly what it aims to be: a ridiculously fun hot mess

The “Fifty Shades” film saga was never intended to be “good.” You can’t take source material that’s based off of “Twilight” fanfiction and make it Oscar-worthy. These movies are purposefully designed to guarantee an absolutely ridiculous (yet surprisingly entertaining) girls night out at the theater. They’re impossible to take seriously. …

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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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Emerald Recommends: 5 Rom-Coms to Binge on Valentines Day

It’s here: February 14th has made its dreaded return. Couples are sprouting like flowers in the Spring, and girls everywhere are preparing to DTR (define the relationship) with their significant other—most of whom are blissfully unaware that they are about to be hit with this fateful discussion. All the singles …

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Museum of Natural and Cultural History opens new educational exhibit ‘H20 Today’

Only three percent of the water on earth is drinkable. More water is hidden underground than in all of earth’s rivers, lakes and streams combined. Thirty five percent of all the water people use comes from these underground reservoirs called aquifers. Facts revealing the way humans use water in the …

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Brian Reed discusses novel storytelling at Hult Center talk about ‘S-town’ podcast

Senior producer of “This American Life” Brian Reed wanted to create a new genre of storytelling long before he first received an email from John B. McLemore. McLemore would later become the focus of Reed’s podcast, which is now an international phenomenon. He and “Serial” producer Julie Snyder achieved that …

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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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The Emerald wants to celebrate outstanding women at UO. Find out how you can nominate someone here.

Do you know a woman making a positive impact in the University of Oregon community? Chances are, you probably do — and chances are, she probably doesn’t get enough recognition. The Emerald is looking for local women to honor as part of Women’s History Month in March. Our newsroom will …

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Podcast: Culture wrap: Our favorite concerts and venues of the past year

On this edition of the Emerald culture wrap, Arts and Culture Editor Sararosa Davies, Senior News Reporter Casey Crowley, and Podcast Editor Alec Cowan discuss their favorite concerts from the past year as well as which concerts they’re looking forward to in 2018. They also discuss the advantages and disadvantages …

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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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