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

By on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 12:15 pm.

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 musically. My love for JT […]

Bromfield: Why Eminem’s homophobia and misogyny is so dangerous

By on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 5:10 pm.

Eminem is spent. The classic three-album run he scored at the turn of the millennium (The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, and The Eminem Show) was enough to secure his stature as a legend, showcasing a formidable technical and lyrical talent that was unafraid to shock and potentially alienate his fan base. But unfortunately, his shock […]

Review: One Direction’s new album FOUR — their bubble-gum pop sound is growing up

By on Friday, Nov. 21 at 3:39 pm.

On Nov. 17, British boy band One Direction released their fourth album in three years: FOUR. These international superstars continue to be successful in the music industry and in stealing our hearts. Though most of their fan base consists primarily of teenage girls, for years, Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis have made it nearly […]

Party playlist profile: DJ Good Vibes brings his skills to his own parties

By on Friday, Nov. 21 at 1:25 am.

Chase Chandler is a man you’d expect would know how to put together a good party playlist — in part because that’s his job. As DJ Good Vibes, he’s a regular at campus events and house parties in both Eugene and his hometown of Santa Barbara, California. Studying crowd reactions to his music has given him a […]

Review: Toro Y Moi delivers a grab bag of goodies with side project, Les Sins

By on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 11:21 am.

Chaz Bundick’s strongest suit is his pop craftsmanship. On the albums he creates as Toro Y Moi, Bundick wraps generous helpings of reverb and phasers around pop songs, crafted with a light, almost Beatles-like touch. So it’s interesting to see what he does with the pop element stripped away. Michael, Bundick’s first album as Les Sins, […]

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

By on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 11:40 pm.

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 college. Emiro Blom, a sophomore […]

Twelve commonly misheard song lyrics to honor a fallen friend

By on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:49 pm.

It takes courage to sing in front of others; it takes even more courage to knowingly sing the wrong lyrics while masterfully swinging like one of the “wild and crazy” Festrunk brothers to a song by the Eagles. This was my friend Jake Stoneking, who was never afraid to have fun, no matter what the circumstances were. He […]

Bromfield: Why 2004 changed everything for indie music

By on Friday, Nov. 21 at 12:51 am.

“Indie” means “independent” as in “independent label,” and as such, indie music is maybe the only genre that’s theoretically based on the artists’ label affiliations rather than their sound. Yet many of the notable bands saddled with that increasingly abstract epithet are on majors these days. Thus, in 2014, its meaning changed to refer to […]

Double Takes: A discussion on Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11′

By on Monday, Nov. 17 at 11:34 pm.

The Basement Tapes Complete, a six-disc collection of recordings of original tracks and covers, which Rolling Stone calls “the birth of lo-fi”* – was released in early November 2014. Six discs are undeniably too much for just one reviewer to handle, so the duties were divided between writers Craig Wright and Emerson Malone.   Emerson […]

mr. Gnome to dominate Portland on Nov. 23

By on Monday, Nov. 17 at 5:12 pm.

mr. Gnome, a rock-pop duo from Cleveland, makes a lot of noise for two people. Its new album, Heart of a Dark Star, named for a passage in a Neil Gaiman novel, progresses their maximalist, genre-grating sound. To quote Michael Katzif of NPR Music, it’s “a bold and blustery hurricane of guitars, organs and voices, all swirling around […]

Review: Vladislav Delay’s latest ambient album ‘Visa’ is one of his best

By on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 12:41 pm.

After being denied the visa he needed to tour in the United States, Vladislav Delay, a.k.a. electronic producer Sasu Ripatti, found himself with a lot of spare time on his hands. What to do? I like to imagine that Ripatti glanced around his domicile and saw his pile of electronic equipment waiting for him.  Angelic […]

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

By on Monday, Nov. 17 at 4:21 pm.

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 me. Thus, my first listen allowed […]

Guest playlist: Ricardo Acosta opens the cave of electronic music

By on Friday, Nov. 14 at 11:32 am.

Ricardo Acosta put on a great set at this year’s University of Oregon Campus Oktoberfest. Although the minimal tech house music he spun attracted a fervent group of followers, many audience members expecting the deep house and trap styles currently in vogue were disillusioned. In a prior interview, Acosta told me: “There needs to be a way for […]

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

By on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 3:45 pm.

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 years ago, when her last […]

Mirah and Led to Sea impress with their classical, vibrant energy

By on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 5:06 pm.

The crowd at Cozmic Pizza waited patiently for Mirah and Led to Sea to wrap up an extensive sound check at its show on Tuesday night. The five-piece ensemble making up Mirah’s band are perfectionists. Mirah steps off of the stage to hear the speaker’s projection, stands amongst the eager listeners and decides, “just a […]

Pink Floyd’s new album is not a Pink Floyd album, which is for the best

By on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 2:54 am.

Pink Floyd was at least four bands throughout its quarter-century existence, so comparing its first posthumous album The Endless River to the rest of the group’s legacy would be futile. And though the album bears the closest similarity to Floyd’s final David Gilmour-fronted incarnation – mainly because that’s who recorded it –, it’s worth noting that The […]

Celebrate Measure 91′s victory with these great stoner albums

By on Monday, Nov. 10 at 1:37 pm.

Since Measure 91 was approved and you can’t legally light up until July, it may seem too early to recommend good albums by which to get high. But as Oregon’s new marijuana laws still forbid toking in public places, stoner behavior in Eugene isn’t likely to change too much once the legislation goes into action. You […]