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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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Never saying no: The Macks discuss opportunity, inspiration and location

The Macks have made a point of never saying never. Anything is on the table for the Portland, Oregon-based rock band composed of frontman Sam Fulwiler, guitarist Ben Windheim, drummer Joe Windheim and bassist Bailey Sauls. The Macks’ latest EP, “Happy Camper,” combines blues riffs and grunge style, creating a …

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Gaming Week In Review: ‘Hearthstone’ expansion live, ‘For Honor’ free weekend, ‘Monster Hunter Stories’ demo

The latest “Hearthstone” expansion, “Knights of the Frozen Throne,” is live. “Hearthstone” has always been a light-hearted take on the Warcraft franchise, but sometimes this digital card game puts a darker spin on the world of Azeroth than the popular MMORPG that spawned it. First, we peeked into an alternate …

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Gaming Week in Review: ‘Ark’ release and DLC delayed, Doomfist live in ‘Overwatch’ and Competative Lucioball mode

Studio Wildcard pushes “Ark: Survival Evolved” full release to Aug. 29 and unveils more details on how a retail launch will affect the game. The impending release of “Ark: Survival Evolved” is enough to turn a few heads, whether it’s a beta-testing veteran or a wary skeptic waiting for the …

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Review: Pint-sized pop star Ariana Grande, Prince Royce perform at Portland’s Moda Center

Ariana Grande fans are not just middle school girls. At least, that was one of the first things I noticed as I approached the near capacity-filled Moda Center in Portland Aug. 4 — with my 12-year-old sister in tow. People of all ages, male and female, were clad in cat …

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The best ambient albums of the decade so far

Here’s a list of five wonderfully unique ambient albums to listen to.

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5 books to read this summer before they hit the silver screen

Few things are more fun than reading a good book and then watching the film adaptation. These five books will be made into movies within the next year.

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Week In Gaming – 6/5/2015 : Fallout 4 creeps out of the vault.

This week in gaming the trailer for Fallout 4 was released, Steam offers refunds on game purchases and XCOM 2 was announced.

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Review: My Morning Jacket’s ‘The Waterfall’ is a cohesive journey of belief

My Morning Jacket’s new album “The Waterfall” is now available.

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What happened on the web this week?

This week on the web, The Mindy Project was cancelled, the NFL investigated the New England Patriots and Obama visited Portland.

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Gaming Week In Review: Tony Hawk Returns, Nintendo Announces Theme Park Plans

This week in gaming, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 announces its release and Oculus announces their first consumer-level headset.

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Review: Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color avoids sophomore slump

Alabama Shakes debuts their second album “Sound & Color” after a long anticipated three years from their first album “Boys & Girls”. Brittany Howard’s vocals have since matured and come on strong to give great feeling to all of their songs.

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The Replacements return to Portland. Oh no

The Replacements performed at the Crystal Ballroom on Friday, April 10, resulting in a very different show than the last time the band graced Portland.

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‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7 continues with ‘Severance’ as the series winds down

Change is in the air as we pick up where we left off a year ago in the life of the folks at Sterling, Cooper & Partners.

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Sufjan Stevens overcomes abandonment in new album “Carrie and Lowell”

Sufjan Stevens finally delves into his personal tale of abandonment in his newest album, that features a nod to Eugene, Oregon.

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Review: Will Butler’s solo album ‘Policy’ an easy, humorous respite for Arcade Fire

Will Butler adds to the Aracde Fire family of music with his debut solo album ‘Policy’. His bizarre choice of lyrics and various styling add dimension to the unique album.

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Review: Papa Roach is squashed with new album 'F.E.A.R.'

The recent resurgence of late ’90s and early 2000s bands has had some interesting storylines, both good and bad. Sleater-Kinney returned as a hard rocking, politically charged band at the top of its game. Marilyn Manson remains as intriguing as ever, while Blink-182 engaged in an awkward PR fest that made …

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Review: Papa Roach is squashed with new album ‘F.E.A.R.’

The recent resurgence of late ’90s and early 2000s bands has had some interesting storylines, both good and bad. Sleater-Kinney returned as a hard rocking, politically charged band at the top of its game. Marilyn Manson remains as intriguing as ever, while Blink-182 engaged in an awkward PR fest that made …

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Check out Francesca's Boutique for all your quirky gift and unique accessory needs

Francesca’s Boutique has been at the Oakway Center for almost two years, but the brand has been around since 1999. Their first store opened in Houston, Texas, and they now have more than 500 boutiques. According to the store manager, Kymmi Hanks, “Francesca’s is not your average store — it’s a …

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Double Takes: Fall Out Boy's 'American Beauty/American Psycho' is divisive, to say the least

The band’s sound has changed over the years. But does the Chicago quartet’s latest effort retain that Fall Out Boy vibe?

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Review: 'Still Alice' depicts Alzheimer's through the eyes of the afflicted

For an eye-opening and humanizing perspective on a disease that you think you’re familiar with, Still Alice is the film to go see. The novel-turned-film, which was released into theatres on Jan. 16, addresses a condition that is so often a minor part of films and left unanalyzed in terms …

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Review: 'God of Carnage' entertains with chaos and wit

The small stage of the University of Oregon’s Pocket Playhouse was transformed into a living room on Friday night. The lights rose to reveal two respectable looking couples engaged in polite conversation. Any semblance of normalcy ended there. The Pocket’s production of God of Carnage is tense and absurd, but deliberately so. The …

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Review: 'Other Desert Cities' tells a relevant story with plenty of emotion to spare

An air of nostalgia and quiet excitement filled Eugene’s Very Little Theatre Friday night. Audience members mingled and sipped free coffee as the local community theatre company prepared to open their production of Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities. The atmosphere of the VLT is simple and quaint, with poster tributes to …

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Brown: 'Annie' a tiresome remake of a classic

Okay, so Annie is very near and dear to my heart. Yes, I was in the musical in high school and yes, our show was amazing. Unfortunately, however, the 2014 movie adaption of the timeless classic was not as great. The songs, the characters and the jokes all fall flat …

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Dance in Dialogue delivers a mesmerizing take on modern dance

This Friday and Saturday night (Nov. 21-22), dancers from the University of Oregon and other local companies will perform the final installment of the Dance in Dialogue series, or “D.i.D.” This four-part performance series began in January and culminates this weekend as dancers present works by a wide variety of …

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Review: Justin Timberlake swooned Portland with the 20/20 Experience Thursday night

Almost 20,000 Portlanders gathered at the Moda Center for Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience Thursday night, including someone who was not as excited as she should have been: me. I was a little underprepared and hadn’t heard any of his new stuff. Nor did I have very high expectations from him …

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Review: Pocket Playhouse presents “Our Own”

The University of Oregon’s Pocket Playhouse, or “The Pocket” is a student-run organization that gives students an opportunity to direct and produce plays independently and provides many opportunities for those interested in theatre to get involved on and offstage. The Pocket produces four to six shows each quarter, many of …

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Farming and demolition derbies encompass ‘Dryland’

The sprawling, rural farmlands of Lind, Washington found themselves projected on the quaint screen of the Bijou Metro Theater as a part of the Eugene International Film Festival Saturday evening. Filmed over a timespan of a decade, Dryland, directed by Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm, focuses on the lives of two …

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Review: University Theatre’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ doesn’t disappoint

Story by Emerald staff writer Rachel Benner On Saturday night, University Theatre gave its second performance of Jon Jory’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. This story is a classic, but, as director Michael Malek Najjar noted in the program, University Theatre’s production is intended to be “a departure …

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Review: ‘Interstellar’ may be Nolan’s most ambitious film, yet it delivers in spades

Christopher Nolan has become a divisive filmmaker in the past couple of years. 2008’s The Dark Knight was the film of a generation, setting in stone the “gritty” format for blockbusters that has become Hollywood’s new standard. His stark visual style, slower pace and emotionally earnest dialogue earned a legion of followers. Inception bolstered those …

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