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March 16, 2015 04:19 PM

Last Night Today: Tycho at McDonald

 On Sunday night, the McDonald Theatre was filled with a swaying crowd and the ambient music of Tycho – the four-piece San Francisco band who favors blissful synths and sunset gradients.

 Tycho is producer Scott Hansen, along with Zac Brown (bass) — who bears no relation to the country singer — and Rory O’Connor (drums). Although Hansen released his first EP back in 2002, Tycho is most known for 2011 album Dive and 2014 album Awake, which spurred performances on the music festival circuit last year. Eugene was the first stop on the group’s spring 2015 tour.

Electronic musician SHIGETO, a fellow Ghostly International act, opened the show. By the time Tycho started a little past 9 pm, both levels of the McDonald were nearly filled with people, despite Monday being the start of finals for students.

After the first song, Tycho received an explosive applause that matched more of what I imagine the McDonald’s recent J. Cole concert received than I would have expected for the laidback nature of Tycho. But as the set progressed, the band supplemented dreamy synth vibes with catchy bass riffs that rounded out the ambient sound. Seeing Tycho in concert effectively convinced me that they’re an act that’s worth going to see, not just to accompany study sessions or to fall asleep to.

The band has become famous for their aesthetically pleasing stripped down album art, which features a circle with a gradient of colors present in a sunset. The onstage backdrop was evocative of this same aesthetic, features kaleidoscope images of the same colors mixed with montage video footage of indie girls, the sky and sand.

Tycho succeeded in providing a stimulating experience, bringing their music from people’s bedrooms to the stage.
 

March 16, 2015 11:51 AM

WildCraft Cider Works and Mame put together a great Sushi and Cider dinner last night. Here is a little look.

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

Sushi and Cider pairing Dinner

March 11, 2015 04:27 PM

On Feb. 26, we wrote about Old Growth Ales, a local brewery that's aiming to expand its outreach and start producing its medicinal and botanical ales on a commercial scale.

This week, Old Growth Ales made its fundraising goal of $20,000 on Kickstarter, with a total of 158 backers raising $20,361. See the jubilant victory post here.

We'll be looking out to see what comes next for Eugene's latest brewery!

March 9, 2015 12:55 PM

Some remarkable footage of a bayou sinkhole in Alabama sucking down trees. And this is not the only place this is happening.

March 9, 2015 12:24 PM

In case you missed it on the radio, find photos and an audio track on tiny houses on the NPR program On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

March 6, 2015 02:49 PM

Sunday is International Working Women's Day but is it just lip service? Stephanie McMillan has some observations, including cartoon illustrations of how wmen's equality continues to be a struggle at home and around the world.

March 6, 2015 01:07 PM

This web ad is showing up today on LinkedIn. At first we thought it was a political message about air pollution and how Eugene's sometimes poor air quality can literally "take your breath away." Turns out it's an ad promoting Eugene and the UO. The text changes to "We call it Eugene," and the next message is "Discover the University of Oregon." 

March 6, 2015 03:46 PM

Republicans love to talk about Reagan, but do they remember Reagan's positions on taxes, immigration and the debt ceiling?

March 5, 2015 04:07 PM

Eugene physician Pamela Wible was honored with a 2015 Women Leader in Medicine Award last week. Here is her acceptance speech.

March 5, 2015 03:17 PM

An analysis of where U.S. war fatalities come from shows Oregon is ranked higher than many states in proportion to our population.