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Highlights from Sasquatch! 2018 Day One: David Byrne, Bon Iver, Vince Staples and more bring their energy to the Gorge Amphitheatre

This year’s Sasqautch! Music Festival has had a promising start with high energy performances and beautiful weather at the Gorge Amphitheatre. The Memorial Day Weekend festival has been criticized for its measly lineups in recent years, but 2018’s has seemed more robust — featuring soaring indie-rock acts like Japandroids and Alex …

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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: Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples perform their respective, vogue catalogues for Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum

The Veterans Memorial Coliseum arena in Portland hosted two of the most high-profile rappers in the industry Saturday night. Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples both dropped two of the most polarizing albums of 2017. Tyler’s glittering “Flower Boy” was ranked the eighth best album of the year by Pitchfork, …

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Emerald Recommends: The best albums of 2017

Let’s face it. Twenty-seventeen wasn’t a year of loss in the music world like 2016 was. Though Tomy Petty and other important artists passed away, 2017 was a different year for the music world. In some ways, artists began to pick up the pieces of 2016’s shattering losses and build …

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Rapper Vince Staples continues to squash critics and tackle important social issues on current tour

For Long Beach, California, rapper Vince Staples, being a popular musician isn’t always as glamorous as it might appear. “I didn’t grow up wanting to be a rapper,” Staples said in a phone interview with the Emerald. “I’m not going to lie and say that I did. But I definitely …

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