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Music news & notes from down in the Willamette valley
Feist plays Pickathon Aug. 3 (Woods Stage) and aug. 4 (Mountain view stage)
Feist plays Pickathon Aug. 3 (Woods Stage) and aug. 4 (Mountain view stage)

“KLCC: Let Living Large Live!” is the cri de coeur of the Change.org petition by the Eugene Musicians Collective (EMC) who are urging KLCC to keep Eric Alan’s show on the air. Word is that come July 1, the station is going to cut the popular Eugene show, which features local and touring musicians, and replace it with national news coverage. EMC is hosting a sidewalk rally outside of KLCC (136 W. 8th Ave.) 11 am to 6 pm Friday, June 14, with music by Satori Bob, Sonic Bent and more.

Festival Roundup: Pickathon just released its schedule for the Aug. 2-4 indie-roots music festival: Andrew Bird plays Aug. 2 (Woods Stage) and Aug. 3 (Mountain View Stage), Feist plays the Aug. 3 (Woods Stage) and Aug. 4 (Mountain View Stage), Ty Segall plays Aug. 3 (Woods Stage) and 4 (Galaxy Barn), The Devil Makes Three plays Aug. 2 (Mountain View Stage) Aug. 3 (Woods Stage).  The 4 Peaks Music Festival is coming up June 21-23 at Bend’s Rocking A Ranch with Greensky Blugrass, Head for the Hills, Moonalice and Delhi 2 Dublin.

Fantastic blues wailer Barbara Healy and her Groove Too band host their CD release party for Shades of Blue 8 pm Friday, June 14, at Cozmic; $6-$8. In other blues news, The Ben Rice Band — an upbeat and addictive mix of blues, rockabilly, soul and “swamp rock” — plays 9 pm June 14 and June 15 at the Dexter Lake Club.

EW’s Next Big Thing song of the week: “Last Train Home” by Caroline Bauer. The wispy songstress is one of Eugene’s best-kept secrets, but doubtfully for much longer. “Last Train Home” is a melancholy and wise love story told by Bauer’s acoustic guitar strumming and sweet, pure vocals. Get the full effect with the accompanying music video at http://wkly.ws/1hw or catch her at Cornucopia (5th Street location) 10 pm Tuesday, June 25. To enter the contest or vote on your favorite local musicians, visit nextbigthingeugene.com.