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Review: Diet Cig packs a powerful punch at the Boreal

New York two-piece Diet Cig’s debut album, “Swear I’m Good at This,” is a rally cry for self-love and safe spaces — a bubbly pop-punk look at the current political moment in all its confusion. Drummer Noah Bowman and guitar and vocalist Alex Luciano stopped in Eugene to play a …

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Q&A: Alex Luciano from Diet Cig talks writing while touring and ‘Swear I’m Good at This’

Sometimes you need to scream about all that’s wrong with the world. Diet Cig, a two-piece band from New York, will be there when you need to let it all out. It’s hard not to dance when singer and guitarist Alex Luciano yelps and Noah Bowman’s drumming provides a cathartic …

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Emerald Recommends: The best spring concerts in Eugene (that aren’t sold out)

With the arrival of spring term comes a new season of concerts and events across Eugene. Unfortunately, many of the best shows are already sold out, but if you missed a chance to score Snoop Dogg tickets, never fear. The Emerald has compiled a list of the best spring concerts and …

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Though not without snags, The Boreal’s inaugural show was incredibly promising

DIY, or do-it-yourself venues are not known for being particularly beautiful, clean, or well-maintained.  Long associated with punk, they’re often cold, spartan and slathered in graffiti.  Yet with its calming blue walls painted with tree silhouettes, Eugene’s new Boreal–located at 3rd and Washington–looks like an art gallery. Whether or not …

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New venue, the Boreal, provides an alternative to Eugene’s bar scene

Being a live music fan in Eugene can be frustrating. Most major touring bands prefer to stop in Portland and hop on down to San Francisco, while the local scene is almost completely defined by bars and thus inaccessible for many underage fans. Now that the Social Host Ordinance or …

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