Reunited ’90s duo Mobb Deep graces WOW Hall April 19

By on Friday, Apr. 18 at 1:50 pm.

It’s been 20 years since the ’90s peak of East Coast hip-hop, and nobody is celebrating like Mobb Deep. Following a 20th anniversary tour, a new album and a reissue of their legendary 1995 debut The Infamous, the Queensbridge duo behind such classics as “Shook Ones Pt. II” and “Hit It From the Back” are currently […]

This is what happens when you listen to Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ while stoned

By on Thursday, Apr. 17 at 11:20 pm.

Getting stoned and listening to Pink Floyd’s 1973 opus Dark Side of the Moon is one of those classic rock clichés that is completely acceptable. It’s basically a musical rite of passage. In high school, my friends and I did the ritual a handful of times and with each listen came a stronger appreciation and […]

Vinyl profile: The Campbell Club’s collection is dazzlingly diverse and open to all residents

By on Tuesday, Apr. 15 at 12:16 pm.

The Campbell Club is well-known for its live shows. Yet to its residents and anyone who’s been lucky enough to spend some time in its pool room, it’s also a haven for recorded music. The co-op has an ample vinyl collection that spans a diverse array of genres, artists and time periods. Classical music written […]

Norwegian DJ Todd Terje’s debut is a successful bid for greatness

By on Sunday, Apr. 13 at 2:52 pm.

The debut album has very different connotations in the dance world than it does in the pop and rock world.  Young bands generally use the debut as a jumping-off point.  Meanwhile, dance producers generally use EPs and remixes for that purpose and view the debut full-length as a destination rather than a vehicle.  Thus, it’s […]

Odesza’s music and performance balances pretty and party

By on Monday, Apr. 7 at 3:48 pm.

The crowd at Odesza’s WOW Hall show this Sunday was easily the most intoxicated I’ve seen at any Eugene show. The smell of beer breath hung heavy in the gaps between concertgoers as manic-eyed ravers stroked the hair and clothing of complete strangers, reveling in tactile bliss. On the street outside, people smoked joints openly […]

Why American Authors’ ‘Best Day Of My Life’ is a great pop song

By on Thursday, Apr. 3 at 12:55 am.

When reminiscing on bygone eras of pop music it’s tempting to divide them up into good versus bad, immortal singles versus formulaic chart filler. Beatles versus bubblegum. Punk versus disco. Nirvana versus … whatever “alternative rock” was supposed to be an alternative to. Years from now, music snobs will likely look back on the fight […]

Photos: Dom Kennedy and Skeme headline rap concert at the WOW Hall

By on Tuesday, Mar. 18 at 1:39 pm.

Los Angeles rapper Dom Kennedy brings his “Get Home Safely” tour to the WOW Hall in Eugene, Ore., on March 17 with guests Skeme, Niko G4 and Ashland-based rapper Low. Kennedy’s 30-date tour features Skeme as the opening performer, and his “Get Home Safely” LP is the second studio album from Kennedy, released on Oct. […]

Impending closure of the Oak Street Speakeasy highlights a disturbing trend

By on Sunday, Mar. 16 at 5:51 pm.

Mac Goodwin turned her dream into a reality six years ago. She opened her own music venue, Oak Street Speakeasy, and it matured into one of Eugene’s preeminent platforms for alternative musicians — specifically metal bands. Now both Goodwin’s venue and her dream are in peril. On Saturday, March 22 the Oak Street Speakeasy will open […]

Detroit techno legend Moodymann’s 11th album is a late career masterpiece

By on Friday, Mar. 7 at 8:28 pm.

The late-career eponymous album isn’t a rare phenomenon, often coming between an artist’s third and seventh album.  Yet it has taken veteran Detroit techno producer Moodymann 11 albums and 17 years to get to his self-titled.  Such albums often serve as establishments of identity in the face of changing musical and cultural currents. It’s tempting […]

Explore Irish culture at Eugene’s Irish Cultural Festival

By on Wednesday, Mar. 5 at 1:40 pm.

For the ninth consecutive year, Eugene will welcome the Irish Culture Festival, beginning on March 7. The festival, which features a variety of workshops and performances, is intended to be a celebration of Celtic heritage in Oregon as well as a learning experience. Coordinator Peggy Hinsman offered insight regarding the value of the coming event. […]

Andrew Rogers of Eugene’s Zendeavors delves into abstract folk on solo album

By on Friday, Feb. 28 at 4:47 pm.

Andrew Rogers, frontman of ubiquitous Eugene garage-rock trio The Zendeavors, might not be the first person you’d expect to make a quiet solo album of impressionistic, folky soundscapes. Yet hard rockers have been making material in this vein forever, from Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks” to “Led Zeppelin III” to Boris’ ambient album “Mabuta No Ura.” “Through […]

Datsik drops the bass on the McDonald this Thursday, February 27

By on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6:46 pm.

Datsik is one of Canada’s holy trinity of dubstep producers along with Downlink and Excision.  Born Troy Beetles, Datsik released his second full-length album “Let It Burn” last September and continues to sign young DJs and producers to his label Firepower Records. Meanwhile, he keeps up a steady touring schedule and continues to play large venues despite […]