Album Review: Pond’s ‘Man It Feels Like Space Again’ feels like space — empty and formless

By on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 3:40 pm.

Kevin Parker must have really tried. He probably held out his hand, meekly saying “Stop!” as Pond tacked another extra section onto one of its compositions. Pond did not heed him, and in his awkwardness Parker felt dreadfully sorry for himself. He went upstairs to alternate between Adderall and pot, pacing in circles all the while. […]

Album Review: The Dodos are grounded in their intricate, poetic roots with ‘Individ’

By on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:37 am.

Back in 2006, the San Francisco indie group originally known as Dodobird put out its first, self-released album, Beware of the Maniacs. With its sixth album release to date, the group better known as The Dodos, consisting of members Meric Long and Logan Kroeber, are getting ready to begin a long tour to promote their latest release on […]

Girls Punch Bears breaks genre and gender stereotypes

By on Friday, Jan. 30 at 12:04 am.

High school bands are a rare sight in Eugene’s college- and bar-oriented music scene. But in three years of activity, Girls Punch Bears has attracted a loyal following among Eugene musicians and music fans. As a self-described “existential pop-punk band,” its music has proven a great match for bars like Tiny Tavern as well as the punk-leaning, […]

Four reasons why Vancouver is the Northwest’s new house music hub

By on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6:47 pm.

Every major city in the Northwest has a reputation for a certain kind of music. Portland has indie rock. Seattle’s got grunge. Olympia boasts its own style of “Cascadian metal.” Now Vancouver, British Columbia has its own unique brand of house music. Bolstered by the young dance labels Mood Hut and 1080p, Vancouver house music mixes […]

Review: Rapper Wale turns up the McDonald Theater on his Simply Nothing Tour

By on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2:48 pm.

The turn up was real on Saturday night as Washington, D.C. rapper Wale took the stage at the McDonald Theatre at about 10:30 p.m. during his Simply Nothing Tour, promoting the upcoming release of his record, The Album About Nothing. Wale’s music is a mix of soulful, percussion driven and lyrical romance songs that could […]

Concert Review: Megan James of Purity Ring gets everyone dancing at the WOW

By on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:41 pm.

Megan James of Purity Ring commanded the stage on Friday night at Eugene’s W.O.W. Hall. Local artists Tetra Bomb and Octonaut opened for the Edmonton native. Sweat was in the air. The sold-out show brought in a young, lively crowd that was ready to dance. James is one half of the electronic duo Purity Ring, […]

This music timeline will make you feel old in 2015

By on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 6:29 pm.

It’s 2015, which for many college students, means another year in which events that seemed to have happened yesterday are now celebrating their fifth and tenth anniversaries. It may blow your mind how much these songs, albums and events have aged, so if you’re in the midst of a quarter-life crisis, I’d recommend you stop reading […]

Double Takes: Discussing Panda Bear’s new album ‘Meets The Grim Reaper’

By on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 9:50 am.

In our Double Takes series, Emerald staff writers share their thoughts on new music with one another. Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, the fifth and newest album from Animal Collective member Panda Bear is one of the first major album releases of 2015. Two of our music writers, Emerson Malone and Daniel Bromfield, met to discuss what makes […]

Album Review: ‘Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance’ is a refreshing development for Belle & Sebastian

By on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 10:51 am.

For decades, Belle & Sebastian have sustained an effortless quality which carried us through the tunes with ease, despite the more suggestive, telling lyrics that are artfully weaved in with the instrumentation. The band’s first album since 2010′s Write About Love, titled Girls in Peacetime Want To Dance, was released on Jan. 20 by Matador Records. What’s noteworthy: the record was mixed by Ben H. Allen III, […]

Eugene Symphony to host saxophonist Branford Marsalis at the Hult Center Jan. 22

By on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 11:20 am.

Next week, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts (1 Eugene Center) is hosting a performance by the Eugene Symphony followed by discussions with music director Danail Rachev and the week’s featured guest artist. The show’s free-of-charge preview starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22. The main performance, presented by the Eugene Symphony with master saxophonist Branford […]

Preview: UO Gospel Singers to celebrate MLK Day in Beall Concert Hall

By on Friday, Jan. 16 at 2:29 pm.

Every Tuesday and Thursday night, a small yet diverse group of students trickle into Gospel Singers rehearsal. Bags are pushed under chairs to a soundtrack of improvised piano and excited chatter. At 6 p.m. sharp, director and University of Oregon alumnus Andiel Brown takes his place at the front of the room. This isn’t your […]

Denmark’s dream-rock band Mew to return in 2015

By on Monday, Jan. 19 at 1:00 pm.

You likely don’t know whether Danish band Mew’s dreamy prog-rock anthems are your “thing,” but they should be. Mew is an anomaly in today’s world of formulaic chart-topping tracks and general lack of instrumentation, wherein artists produce multiple albums per year to inundate the market. No, Mew hasn’t produced an album since 2009, and that’s one […]

Review: D’Angelo’s Black Messiah is a grade-A grower that’s more than worth it

By on Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 2:38 pm.

Shortly after the surprise release of Black Messiah, D’Angelo’s first album since 2000, the R&B singer clarified to the press that he and his label rushed to finish the album in the wake of the Michael Brown decision, to which the album’s themes of black suffering and empowerment are deeply relevant. In all fairness, they could have spent […]

2014 in review: Spoon, Beyoncé, and The Hold Steady are the best of the year

By on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 2:52 pm.

Music trends may come and go, but every year is sure to bring plenty new to popular music.  2014 has given the world no shortage of great albums–but which ones to listen to?  Luckily, a few of our more musically knowledgeable staff members have compiled their picks for the best, boldest, and most exciting records […]

Fresh beats: 2014′s best albums and the artists to watch in 2015

By on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 12:12 pm.

Music trends may come and go, but every year is sure to bring plenty to popular music. 2014 gave the world no shortage of great albums – but which ones to listen to? Our musically knowledgeable music reporter, Daniel Bromfield, has compiled his picks for the best, boldest and most exciting records to come out in 2015. 5.  Salad Days/Salad Days […]