Cozmic

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The band Great Lake Swimmers is a Canadian quintet led by songwriter Tony Dekker, who've gained acclaim for their melodic folk rock, including a nomination for a Juno award. Their newest release,  A Forest of Arms, was recorded in part in a cave in Canada. Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Monday, June 8th, they visited the KLCC studios for songs and conversation.

Becca Stevens is one this era’s most distinctive and unclassifiable songwriters and guitarists, with influences ranging from jazz to classical, pop and folk. She’s touring with the Becca Stevens Band from New York, and they will appear at Cozmic in Eugene on Monday, June 1st. She speaks with Eric Alan about perfection vs. imperfection, the studio as an instrument, and the joys of a long-time band. Includes music from her most recent release, Perfect Animal.

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Fingerstyle guitarists Brooks Robertson and John Standefer have been blending their individual styles to create a sonic partnership since meeting in Nashville a few years back. 2014 found them releasing their first album together as a duo, We Came to Play, which was named the top album of the year from the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame. Before returning to Eugene for a show at Cozmic on Saturday evening, January 3rd, they joiined us live in the KLCC studios to celebrate the new year.

Taking Art to the Streets

Sep 23, 2014

A public forum about street art will be held at Cozmic in Eugene on Tuesday evening. Panelist Isaac Marquez, the City of Eugene’s Public Art Manager, speaks with Eric Alan about creating engaging public art, the boundaries between art and graffiti, and how street art is pushing contemporary art forward. 

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Mother Falcon is an independent rock orchestra from Austin Texas, who are breaking down boundaries between genres, performing everything from original vocal songs to Stravinsky and Radiohead covers. After being voted “Best None of the Above” in Austin three years in a row, they were featured in an NPR Tiny Desk concert last year.  Before appearing at Cozmic in Eugene on September 10th, they performed live in the SELCO Performance Hall of the KLCC studios.

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The six-piece Seattle ensemble Hey Marseilles merges orchestral and pop textures, and have been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, among other places. They've released two acclaimed albums to date, including the most recent one Lines We Trace. They joined us in the KLCC studios to share two new songs and one older one, before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on July 2nd.

Elias Kauhane is an Oahu native who will be the featured performer at this month’s Aloha Friday at Cozmic in Eugene, bringing Hawaiian culture to the Willamette Valley in an evening that also features "Hello Summer Songs" and a quiz on the birds of Hawaii. Elias Kauhane joins Eric Alan in the KLCC studios for music and conversation about the shifting culture of Hawaii, including the newly enlivened movement around Hawaiian sovereignty.

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Eugene musician Tyler Fortier has been busy lately, both as a producer and a songwriter. He’ll celebrate both aspects this Saturday, June 14th at Cozmic in Eugene. It’s a CD release party for his own new CD, Black and White Heart, and for Beth Wood’s new release, Sometimes Love, which he produced. He visited the KLCC studios for two live songs and one from his new CD.

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Patchy Sanders is a folk orchestra based in Ashland, Oregon. In the first year of their existence, they've already recorded their debut album, Patchy Sanders and the Wild Peach Forest, with producer Sylvia Massy (responsible for albums ranging from Tool to Prince to Johnny Cash). They're also looking forward to a busy summer of west coast festivals and beyond. Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Thursday, May 15th, they visited the KLCC studios for a few songs and conversation with Eric Alan. 

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Matt Andersen hails from the tiny Canadian village of Perth-Andover, and now spends much of his life touring with his acoustic blues music. His newest CD is Weightless, produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. Before performing at Cozmic in Eugene on Wednesday, April 30th, he dropped by the KLCC studios to play a few soulful songs from Weightless and talk to Eric Alan about working with Steve Berlin, his collaborative songwriting process and a recent experience he had performing for prison inmates.

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