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Anyone keeping tabs on the Pacific Northwest’s music scene knows that this band is no mere novelty act, but rather a serious collective of musicians who push the envelope.

You don’t think of Canada and immediately envision hip-hop artists. 

Part of the contract people enter into when they decide to live in Oregon dictates that they will see mountains regularly — whether that be off in the distance or from the summit of the one they’ve just climbed. 

Although droves of arrogant artisans have parroted back the barbed saying “those who can’t do, teach,” in this modern age the statement couldn’t be further from the truth.

Take the duo She and Him, subtract Zooey Deschanel’s cutesy retro twang, add some indie-folk swagger with rangy vocals, and Heartless Bastards begin to take shape.

Each Explosions in the Sky song plays out like a story.

Rugged as ever, The Brothers Comatose are hitting just about every town on the West Coast this tour.

Leo London loves old things. His Eugene apartment is filled with vintage movie posters, vinyl records and a typewriter. 

Anais Mitchell plays folk and country-tinged rock songs. 

George Clinton once sang “free your mind and your ass will follow.” This sentiment permeates through the music of Emancipator.

“I will never forget that those formative years spent as music director in Eugene helped launch my career as a conductor,” says Marin Alsop in a press release from the Eugene Symphony. Maybe not, but someone sure forgot to tell whoever created her website. 

First off, you don’t know anyone who can rap as fast as him. Okay, maybe Twista or Tech N9ne, but that doesn’t count because the type of content involved isn’t even comparable.

Look out Eugene, some real Southern hospitality is headed to us all the way from the streets of the French Quarter.

Brooklyn-based Boot Camp Clik might just be the perfect Eastern counterpart to the cats in N.W.A.

Petoskey, a nine-piece chamber folk band out of Portland, is on the up and up.

Jesse Meade will play the 8th Annual Libation Foundation Celebration for the Pet Population (say that three times as fast as you can), along with The Girin Guha Experience and Lonesome Crows. If you love music and want to get drunk to help stop puppy reproduction, this is the place to be. The event will also include a silent art auction with all proceeds going to the Lane County Animal Services Spay/Neuter Clinic’s voucher program, and dancing to the beats of B. Stee and Harlequin.  

Droning, pulsing, ambient music that sounds like demons inhabiting a Victrola — and it’s fucking cool.

After a successful European tour, Portland’s Loch Lomond is barely catching its breath before heading back out on the road.

It’s kind of odd to imagine that a dude like Chris Isaak, who sounds like he cut his teeth alongside Joy Division and Barry White, would throughout his career find his music in a grip of movies.

Robert Schwartzman not only played Anne Hathaway’s best friend’s little brother in Princess Diaries, but he’s also got a damn cool music career going.

r Gen X music fans, Hootie and the Blowfish is a group whose music you were used to hearing on the radio, back in the days when bands like Pearl Jam, Sound Garden and Alice in Chains played constantly on the air.

It is sacrilege to talk about Afrobeat without mentioning Fela Kuti, the Nigerian father of the genre.

The term “three-axe attack” is only scary when it isn’t referring to music. Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers specializes in this attack (a term that describes the arrangement of three guitars alongside bass and drums) and is scheduled to roll into Eugene for a show at the McDonald Theatre. 

In terms of hybrid world music, Hapa (pictured) blends a traditional sound — Hawaiian music — with western pop.