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Lots of musicians claim the “indie” label, but Zoe Keating, who performs May 5 at The Shedd, has blazed trails for contemporary composer/performers who seek to chart their own paths toward sustainable creative satisfaction.

Eugene is full of incredible musicians who write, record and perform original songs. From show to show, track to track and across genres, our local music scene teems with talent. We are fortunate to have such a wealth of passionate working musicians, and this weekend boasts CD release shows for three solid Eugene bands. Go support them — and be loud about it!

When the cut-line for an event is “no taboo left unturned,” there’s not a lot to be said for attempting to judge the organizers or performers because they seriously do not give a fuck what you think.

As with any small town, community, scene or style, the incest potential quotient in Eugene is high. 

You know that feeling you got when your grandma yelled at you? That mix of shock and reverence-fueled obedience?

Ladies and gentlemen of Eugene, you are being visited by a bona-fide country music legend, rock ‘n’ roll survivor and veritable time capsule of pop — Wanda Jackson.  

So you get one more dude in flash sneakers and a sideways ball cap waving his arms around a switchboard and swerving with the lights and the beats.

In December 1577, when Francis Drake’s The Pelican and a quartet of accompanying ships sailed from Plymouth to commence the first circumnavigation of the globe by an English expedition.

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.