UO Campus Oktoberfest: a new experience from the team behind Block Party

By on Friday, Oct. 24 at 2:29 am.

UPDATE: The bands are no longer performing at Oktoberfest.  The event now begins at 6 p.m.  The lineup now consists of, in order, with times: Chris Long (6-7 p.m.), Kittytrap (7:10-8:10 p.m.), Ricardo Acosta (8:20-9:20 p.m.), Good Vibes (9:30-10:40 p.m.), Sokko & Lyons (10:50 p.m.-12 a.m.)  The afterparty is still occurring. Last year’s Campus Block […]

Review: Aliens and heartbreak influence Foxygen’s new album “…And Star Power”

By on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 8:50 pm.

Somewhere in an alternate universe where the ’60s never ended and the “coconut wind” gently breezes by, Foxygen is contemplating the complexities of love and heartbreak with a space age sound fit for a ride in a UFO cruising at the speed of light. The result of this trip is …And Star Power, the latest […]

Team chemistry and training helps Oregon color guard perform before 60,000 fans

By on Monday, Oct. 20 at 4:59 pm.

The first time Marissa Chizum held a flag was just hours before her first performance on the football field with the University of Oregon’s color guard. Like many of the members of UO’s 25-person team, Chizum had zero experience before she joined. “It was a lot of patience and repetition before the actual pregame,” Chizum […]

Review: Crowd-surfing, moshing and avoiding homework at The Growlers concert

By on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 12:42 pm.

“Have you seen the Growlers before?” “I wanted to at Sasquatch, but I was too fucked up.” This is the conversation I witnessed at least twice last night before The Growlers show at WOW Hall, which was packed with Sasquatch attendees, college radio DJs, post-Bid day sorority girls and dozens of other 18-22 year-olds. I […]

Tove Lo, Queen of the Clouds and my Spotify

By on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 2:46 pm.

Tove Lo recently released her first major album, titled Queen of the Clouds, on September 30. She is currently best known for the track Habits (Stay High), which is also included on her new album. Tove Lo is still breaking into the American scene, as she originally hails from Stockholm, Sweden (like her famous friend, DJ Alesso). […]

Flying Lotus constructs another remarkable album with “You’re Dead!”

By on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3:16 pm.

Flying Lotus, the Los Angeles-based music producer and experimental musician, recently released his fifth album, You’re Dead! in which he captures a fairly holistic image of his past with a greater jazz emphasis. This jazz element is what makes all the difference and is present within some of the more evocative tracks. This record is far from sloppy and […]

Q&A: The Growlers’ Brooks Nielsen on tossing quarters into a ‘Chinese Fountain’

By on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 1:37 pm.

With gruesome make-up, women’s wigs and costumes fit for a Halloween bash, a quick YouTube search of The Growlers will demonstrate the mad theatrics that the musical group often brings to a live show. Known for its restless work ethic after releasing four LPs and five EPs in the last six years, the genre-bending musical group from […]

Prince doubles the funk with twin album release

By on Monday, Oct. 6 at 5:05 pm.

Prince has always been a strange and mysterious being, so it should be no surprise that he is, once again, doing things a little differently. Instead of a single album release, ART OFFICIAL AGE – Prince’s solo LP – and PLECTRUMELECTRUM – featuring his all-female backing group 3rdeyegirl – were both released on the same day, Sept. 30. […]

Aphex Twin reenergizes electronic music after 13 years

By on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 2:09 pm.

“To be honest, I thought, ‘Who’s even interested anymore?’” _Richard D. James, in an interview with Rolling Stone That one of the most influential electronic musicians of all time could have been that unaware of his legacy during his years in absentia seems absurd. But after listening to Syro, James’ first album as Aphex Twin since […]

These are the albums you should listen to this fall

By on Sunday, Sep. 28 at 8:48 pm.

Without seasonal festivities, extreme weather conditions or parties begging to be soundtracked by the latest Top 40 bangers, autumn is mostly a quiet, transitional period. In assembling the fall album selection, the Emerald has chosen eight great records suitable for studying, relaxing or walking in the woods. Four selections are classics you may be familiar with, […]

You’ll be sick of these songs by the end of fall term

By on Monday, Sep. 22 at 12:55 am.

Pop music thrives in the summer. Better weather and more free time means more parties, and more parties means more bangers. But once the leaves begin to fall and the grindstone starts turning once again, only the songs of the summer will remain, incongruously bouncing around our heads and thwarting our attempts to shake our […]

Bromfield: SHXCXCHCXSH revives witch-house aesthetics for actual house music

By on Friday, Sep. 19 at 1:47 pm.

SHXCXCHCXSH didn’t exactly make it easy for themselves — just look at their name. Yet this isn’t the first time we’ve seen unpronounceable names in electronic music. The witch house movement of the early ’10s was full of vowelless or symbol-filed monikers, from (///▲▲▲\\\) to †‡†.  Those acts adopted a similarly dark image to SHXCXCHCXSH, and […]

Q&A: Atmosphere’s Slug on the “North of Hell Tour” and their music

By on Friday, Sep. 5 at 6:41 pm.

Since forming a quarter of a century ago, Atmosphere has remained one of underground hip hop’s most revered and restless creative juggernauts. They’re a band marked by continual growth, from their hard-hitting ’90s work to the more introspective songs they’re known for today. Though they hail from Minneapolis, they’re regulars in the Northwest, and they’ll […]

Review: Rebelution, Iration, The Green and Stick Figure share island vibrations at the Cuthbert

By on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 12:21 pm.

Sunday night, reggae bands Stick Figure, The Green, Iration and Rebelution played at the Cuthbert Amphitheatre, sharing some kickback island vibrations with Eugenians. Stick Figure was the opening act for the reggae night. Stick Figure filled the atmosphere with fun, summer loving beats as people started spilling into the amphitheater. Keyboard Player Kevin Bong’s long, […]