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Highlights from Bumbershoot day two: J. Cole, Superorganism and Young Thug deliver exciting and provoking performances

The whimsy of day one was just a warm up for the fun and games of Bumbershoot day two, featuring performances from J. Cole, T-Pain, Young Thug and others. The day started off with “Yogashoot,” an open yoga session at the Mural Amphitheatre Stage. Demonstrations of glass blowing, pottery wheel …

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Photos: 2018 Bumbershoot day one hosts a vivid display of music, art and livelihood

                                                        MORE: Read the highlights from 2018 Bumbershoot day one Follow Sarah Northrop on Instagram: @sartakespics Follow Dana Sparks on Instagram: @danasparksphoto

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Review: Best albums released this summer (so far)

As the summer nears its end, the Emerald looks back at some of the best albums released during the time of the year when car windows stay rolled down and music means everything. Displayed chronologically, these are the albums the Emerald thinks are must-listens for the summer of 2018. Kanye’s …

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Photos: A night of reggae at the Cuthbert Amphitheater with Rebelution, Stephen Marley and more

                                          Follow Dana Sparks on Instagram: @danasparksphoto

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Photos: Panic! At The Disco ‘Prays for the Wicked’ at the Moda Center with guests ARIZONA and Hayley Kiyoko

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Photos: Rex Orange County Performs in Portland

                                      Follow Henry Ward on Instagram: @Henry_M_Ward

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Photos: Onion Music Fest connects PNW style and sound

                                                READ MORE: Onion Music Fest: Transforming backyard performances into a premier D.I.Y. festival Follow Sarah Northrop on Instagram and Twitter: @sartakespics

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Photos: The Flaming Lips make one stop in Oregon for a zany sold-out show

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

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Review: The Macks impress with crafted sound in debut LP ‘Camp Poppa’

“Camp Poppa” sounds familiar to anyone who has seen the band perform live, but mastered recordings of the band’s music provide an entertaining experience to fans and first-time listeners alike. The Macks’ stage presence easily transcends into its recorded music. Sam Fulwiler’s quirky, nuanced vocals come through easily, and Bailey …

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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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Preview: Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to play Jaqua Concert Hall on Friday

Ukulele musician Jake Shimabukuro has, throughout his career, stretched his instrument’s capability in unprecedented ways. His new album “Nashville Sessions” is as daring as staring into the molten chasms of Kilauea. The Hawaiian musician will perform at Eugene’s Jaqua Concert Hall on March 3, promoting his latest record which reached No. …

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Video: SoMo Live in Portland, Nov. 23, 2016

R&B and singer/songwriter SoMo recently visited Portland on his “Less Stress More Love” tour. The Emerald sat down with SoMo to discuss his loyal fan base, his songwriting process, and more. During the concert, it was very apparent that the fans of SoMo had nothing but love for the artist. …

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Review: Flower Girl’s ‘Tuck In Your Tie-Dye’

On Nov. 11, Flower Girl, an indie band from Brooklyn, released its latest album, Tuck In Your Tie-Dye. This is the band’s fourth album and can be found with its first three on bandcamp. Sticking to its established surfy sound, Tuck In Your Tie-Dye is fairly low-fi with a light indie tone. Unlike …

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Video: Pancho + The Factory

  The Emerald sat down with Pancho + The Factory to talk about being divas and what it’s like being part of the Eugene music scene.

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Video: Check out Eugene’s psych-rock band Snow White

The Emerald sits down with local Eugene band, Snow White, to talk glitter and psych-rock.

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Review: Thomas Mapfumo’s new album ‘Danger Zone’ surpasses Marley comparisons

Though often overshadowed by Bob Marley comparisons, Thomas Mapfumo truly comes into his own with ‘Danger Zone.’

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Preview: Excision to drop the bass at the McDonald Theater

Excision is coming and he’s going to be loud. So loud in fact that the Canadian dubstep DJ, who is on tour and performing at the historic McDonald Theater on Feb. 2, is offering a free set of “high fidelity hearing protection” earplugs to every fan who buys tickets on …

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Review: Rapper Wale turns up the McDonald Theater on his Simply Nothing Tour

The turn up was real on Saturday night as Washington, D.C. rapper Wale took the stage at the McDonald Theatre at about 10:30 p.m. during his Simply Nothing Tour, promoting the upcoming release of his record, The Album About Nothing. Wale’s music is a mix of soulful, percussion driven and …

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Concert Review: Megan James of Purity Ring gets everyone dancing at the WOW

Megan James of Purity Ring commanded the stage on Friday night at Eugene’s W.O.W. Hall. Local artists Tetra Bomb and Octonaut opened for the Edmonton native. Sweat was in the air. The sold-out show brought in a young, lively crowd that was ready to dance. James is one half of …

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Preview: UO Gospel Singers to celebrate MLK Day in Beall Concert Hall

Every Tuesday and Thursday night, a small yet diverse group of students trickle into Gospel Singers rehearsal. Bags are pushed under chairs to a soundtrack of improvised piano and excited chatter. At 6 p.m. sharp, director and University of Oregon alumnus Andiel Brown takes his place at the front of …

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Check out these upcoming concerts: Portland's 94.7 December to Remember 2014

Music lovers, this holiday break will be a good one to spend in Portland. 94.7 KNRK, an alternative music radio station, is hosting their annual concert series aptly titled “December to Remember.” The favored alternative and indie music radio station in Portland prides itself on playing an eclectic mix of …

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From the Bay to Portland: G-Eazy at Roseland Theater

Tuesday night, G-Eazy tore the roof off of the Roseland Theater in Portland. From the Bay to the Universe tour began its run about two months ago and features E-40, Jay Ant, Marty Grimes, a handful of talented DJs and surprise guest, Bobby Brackins. The show started at 8 p.m. and opened with …

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Susman: That one song that takes you back

I rarely look back into the past; it’s done and over with, and there’s nothing I can do to change what already happened. Consequently, I don’t let on a whole lot about my own history. I make every effort possible not to dwell on things that have run its course. But, …

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Joy, Joy, Joy: Nothing but pure joy at the Vance Joy concert.

Vance Joy and Jaymes Young stole girls’ hearts one song at a time last night at WOW Hall. WOW Hall was packed with people varying from high school students to couples sharing the romantic experience of Vance Joy. Starting off the show was artist Jaymes Young. Young played one of …

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Sounds of Sama: King Sama drops his newest EP, ‘Oregon’

King Sama dropped his most recent EP, Oregon, on Oct. 31, 2014. The EP must have been released on Halloween because it is full of treats. Oregon, the EP, features a consistent flow of Neo-Soul rap and melodic tunes that mix with King Sama’s lyrics that describe his experiences in …

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Review: Röyksopp’s ‘The Inevitable End’ emphasizes the duo’s experimental nature

My personal introduction to Röyksopp was the summer before my freshman year of college. I happened upon a gem, their 2010 album Senior, when combing through a case of 50 plus CDs handed down to me by my high school soccer coach. The heavy pulse, continuous build-up and transitions in the track “The Alcoholic” hooked …

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Spotify has a “blank space” and it’s caused by Taylor Swift

To Spotify or not to Spotify? That is the question that music artists are facing today. Taylor Swift responded to this question in a big way on Nov. 3 by removing her entire music catalog from Spotify. Though she has gained significant attention from her choice, she is not the …

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The CMAs: proof that country is suffering from “Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder”

Last Wednesday marked the 48th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, and it was one of the most unusual in country music’s history. Expected: the disappearance of Taylor Swift, who finally made an overdue step down from her soapbox to accept the inevitable genre classification of pop — something she should have done two …

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Album Review: A superfan and first-time listener discuss and review Taylor Swift’s “1989”

What happens when a Taylor Swift devotee and a first-time listener sit down and talk about the new Taylor Swift album? Superfan Mike Mendoza and self-declared T-Swift denier Craig Wright do just that in honor of 1989, Swift’s newest release. Following the conversation is each writer’s review. Craig Wright: Clearly, …

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