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Album Review: Alt-J’s “This Is All Yours”

Alt-J (or ∆)’s 2012 debut album An Awesome Wave drew its name from the novel “American Psycho” by Bret Easton Ellis, when its central character is able to find a table at an otherwise bustling, trendy restaurant: “Relief that is almost tidal in scope washes over me in an awesome …

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Quackd: “Anaconda” vs. T-Swift’s “Shake it Off”

By Emma Burke  I have the exact same physical proportions as Taylor Swift. A body that is too long and gangly to ever be appealing, a small head, pale skin and dance moves that rival Elaine Benes’ (the lady from Seinfeld for all those with sitcom deprivation) in both lack …

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Q&A: Horde and the Harem bring Seattle’s music scene to Sam Bond’s

Horde and the Harem, a Seattle band led by Ryan Barber, is making their way to Sam Bond’s Garage this Thursday, September 18. In honor of their return, Barber chatted with the Emerald to tell us more about how the band became what it is today. Q: Tell me a …

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UO music professor composes first original piece of music for an American track event

Spectators at Tuesday’s 10K race in the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships may not have realized they were part of a unique experiment combining music and sports. TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna commissioned the University of Oregon’s Brian McWhorter to compose an original piece and perform it with a live orchestra. McWhorter, a nationally renowned …

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‘Mullet rawk’: Music and fashion go hand in hand

A group of people sitting in the corner dressed in black, leather, big hair and a good amount of studs jam along to the song titled “Mandatory Abortion for Tweakers.” The musician, BrAiN-aKE & tHe fAmiLy MuLLet, who played at Black Forest last Friday night, describes his music on his …

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Wknd Calendar: March 7, 2014

On Friday, the electronic band EOTO will play at the McDonald Theatre. EOTO is composed of Michael Travis and Jason Hann, two members of the 1990s progressive bluegrass/psychedelic rock group the String Cheese Incident. In 2006, Travis and Hann jumped on the electronic bandwagon without abandoning their musical roots. For …

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Oregon hockey’s Connor McBride discovers passion in music

By Anne Yilmaz His entire life revolved around hockey. That is, until music came along. Music took a hold of senior Connor McBride’s life after he left The Hill School, a preparatory boarding school in Pennsylvania with a rigorous hockey program. “Playing hockey there is like playing football here,” McBride said. …

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Rap in 2013 swapped swag for anger and aggression

The year 2013 may be forever remembered as the year “indie” became roughly as mainstream as “alternative” became 20 years prior. As a result, the music-listening public has acquired increasingly left-field tastes, crushing on bearded banjo lumberjacks and rocketing a sixteen-year-old New Zealander up the charts with a single that’s …

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Upcoming concerts that are worth your buck

January and February are great months in Eugene for upcoming concerts. Whether you’re looking to see a reggae group originating from Hawaii or a blues and R&B band who started out small, I’ve got the low-down on venues, prices and some of my favorite songs (just in case you’ve never …

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Events in Eugene and Portland this weekend

In Eugene On-Campus Jan. 12, Chamber Music: The London Haydn Quartet with special guest Eric Hoeprich is coming to Beall Concert Hall, giving students the opportunity to de-stress and hear Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart; Beall Concert Hall(961 E. 18th Ave.), tickets range from $17-$39, 3 p.m. Off-Campus Jan. 10, Chance …

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Harvey: Beyoncé’s new self-titled visual album is too raunchy for words

Last month, Beyoncé spontaneously released a new self-titled visual album, in which every song was accompanied by a music video. There were many things that Beyoncé claimed to be inspired by as she was creating this unique album. Beyoncé said that the visual aspect was added as she thinks people are beginning …

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Band preview: Red Molly has a harmonious sound worth hearing

There’s something magical about a three-part female harmony in Americana and bluegrass music. It can enhance raw lyrical content into something powerful and beautiful. New York folk trio Red Molly is no exception. Group members Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter blend their voices effortlessly that it almost distracts …

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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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Review: ‘Damage’ is the typical Jimmy Eat World album

How does a 20-year-old band produce fresh, innovative material to pull in new listeners and keep up its momentum? For Jimmy Eat World, the answer is simple: Ditch the innovation, stay the course and refine what you’ve been known for over the last two decades. Simply put, “Damage” is the …

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UO trumpet student takes third in national competition

When Tony [email protected]@http://www.uoregon.edu/findpeople/person/[email protected]@ thinks about the future he doesn’t envision riches, fancy cars or a mansion in Beverly Hills. In fact, he doesn’t have much of a plan for himself beyond finishing graduate school. Occasionally he ponders becoming a composer, a professor or a wandering artist. Honestly, Glausi says, his …

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Technology: What is circuit bending?

There’s a recent phenomena spreading across the internet, though circles of hackers, gear nerds and musicians. All it takes to gain entrance is a little know-how and maybe a Speak & Spell. Circuit bending is a practice where old, low-voltage toys and electronics are cracked open and rewired to make new sounds. The …

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Technology: The trickiness of genre in video games

Discussion: Video games and genre Video games have a strange system of classification. Not strange as in hard-to-understand (once you realize what makes up a first person shooter, a role playing, or a real-time strategy game, it’s pretty easy to spot another), but strange in that it is unique to …

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What makes vinyl so special?

A decade ago, vinyl would have been counted among the dead formats, like Betamax or cassettes; a throwback only kept alive by a contingent of rabid enthusiasts. This is not so, however, as vinyl sales have been on a sharp increase since 2008 and are still surging, according to Digital …

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Piaskowski: What I'm thankful for in music

Thanksgiving is always a much-needed break from the stresses of school and the dreaded (yet unbelievably fast approaching) Finals Week. It’s a chance to catch up with family and friends, consume exuberant amounts of food and drink and reflect on the year. The latter is always so intriguing. In terms …

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Piaskowski: Our culture's short attention span has dissolved the classic notion of an LP

With the advent of the information age and the sheer amount of media consumption that our generation experiences on a daily basis, has our ability to appreciate the products we consume deteriorated? Well, if you consider the theory of declining attention spans, it shouldn’t be difficult to infer that there’s …

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A guide to a few influential local bands

Say what you will about the music scene in Eugene, but one thing is for certain, in terms of electronic music, Eugene plays host to some of the most innovative musicians around.

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Video: New Oregon music festival, WTF

“What The Festival” is a new music festival that saw the light of day this weekend deep in the heart of central Oregon. The festival featured electronic artists, live performers, and lots of animal masks. Thank you MiMOSA for use of the song, “Drippin.”

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Video: The Royal Famille Du Caniveaux at the Oregon Country Fair

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdHG_c0JITo&w=970&h=546] Members of the Royal Famille du Caniveaux talk about preparations, creativity and family, which all go into their show at the Oregon Country Fair.

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What The Festival brings dance music to White River Canyon

A new music festival is set to bring electronic dance music to the serenity of White River Canyon, Oregon, from July 27-29. Located roughly 100 miles outside of Portland in a beautiful desert valley, WTF?! (What The Festival) will have a healthy lineup of some of the top artists in …

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Passion for Latin American dance, music shared by University doctoral student

Any individuals interested in participating in the weekly workshops can attend them every Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Whiteaker Community Center, located on Clark and North Jackson Street.

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Professor Tom Wheeler’s rocking road to the University

Journalism professor Tom Wheeler never set out to be a professional writer, and he took his first guitar lesson when he was about 55 years old — two things that might surprise anyone who knows the noted music journalist. Wheeler’s passion for guitars, music and writing sent him on a winding career — and life — path that has culminated in teaching at the University’s School of Journalism and Communication.

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Best student band: The Great Hiatum

The ‘Best of Campus’ winners were determined by a student vote. The winners do not reflect the opinion of the Emerald. The Great [email protected]@https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Great-Hiatum/[email protected]@ is a self-described “five-piece sock-rocking electronic dance rock detail” made up of students in [email protected]@https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Great-Hiatum/[email protected]@ Melissa Randel, Keith Randel, James Aronoff, Max Miller and Travis [email protected]@https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Great-Hiatum/[email protected]@ …

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