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Back Beat

Music news & notes from down in the Willamette valley.

Hip hop hits Eugene pretty hard this week, and it certainly runs the gamut. First up, of “Tell Me When to Go” fame, is California’s E-40 — who’s collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Tech N9ne — at 9 pm Thursday, Oct. 24, at Studio 44 (44 E. 7th Avenue). At Studio 44 the following night, 8 pm Oct. 25, OneEleven brings RiFF RaFF — the EDM-leaning rapper who sports a neon Lisa Frank color palette and an MTV logo tattoo on his neck (James Franco used him as inspiration for his character “Alien” in Spring Breakers) — to Eugene for the first time. Rapper Timothy Parker, better known as Gift of Gab from one of the West Coast’s best underground hip-hop duos, Blackalicious, hits Cozmic 8 pm Wednesday, Oct. 30, joined by Portland-based hip-hop artist Landon Wordswell.


From the land of PNW reggae — Southern Oregon — comes Indubious, halfway through a 30-city tour for the band’s latest album Wake the Lion. The self-proclaimed “reggae rootstronic revolutionaries” play with Brooklyn-based reggae trio New Kingston 9 pm Sunday, Oct. 27,
at WOW Hall.


Tony-awarding winning Broadway star, and upcoming Glinda the Good Witch in 2014’s animated musical Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, Bernadette Peters graces the Hult stage with a show-tune songbook including hits from Stephen Sondheim and Rodgers and Hammerstein 9 pm Monday, Oct. 28.


Don’t miss: The Freak Show at Luckey’s (Oct. 25) featuring local country-rockers The Lowmen, fortune tellers, rope walkers, crazed clowns and bearded ladies; sweet folk songbirds Misner & Smith at Axe & Fiddle (Oct. 27).