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Legendary independent record label Kill Rock Stars has turned 30.OPB takes a look back at the imprint’s storied history ...
01/22/2022
Kill Rock Stars at 30: ‘A garbage heap that grows nothing but flowers’

Legendary independent record label Kill Rock Stars has turned 30.

OPB takes a look back at the imprint’s storied history and gets a peek into the optimistic future of rock.

The legendary indie record label passes the three decade mark and looks to the future of rock with renewed excitement.

A deeply personal new recording from No-No Boy and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings reexamines a neglected history and ch...
07/17/2021
Asian-American history comes alive on No-No Boy’s ‘1975’

A deeply personal new recording from No-No Boy and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings reexamines a neglected history and challenges what it means to be an American.

The deeply personal new recording reexamines a neglected history and challenges what it means to be an American.

Black Belt Eagle Scout bandleader Katherine Paul shares a special guest DJ playlist inspired by a move home during this ...
06/26/2021
Guest DJ: Katherine Paul

Black Belt Eagle Scout bandleader Katherine Paul shares a special guest DJ playlist inspired by a move home during this past year.

The Black Belt Eagle Scout bandleader shares a guest DJ playlist inspired by a move home.

From modern indie rock to lo-fi funk from the 70s, Portland punk rock mainstay Kathy Foster covered a lot of territory i...
06/12/2021
After a brutal year, Kathy Foster wants us all to dance

From modern indie rock to lo-fi funk from the 70s, Portland punk rock mainstay Kathy Foster covered a lot of territory in this guest DJ playlist.

Foster, a pillar of the Oregon punk rock music scene, puts her eclectic taste as a curator on full display in a special guest playlist created for OPB.

Battling cancer during COVID-19, musician Jessica Boudreaux (of Summer Cannibals) is undergoing an artistic transformati...
04/03/2021
Battling cancer during COVID-19, a rock musician finds strength in the quiet parts

Battling cancer during COVID-19, musician Jessica Boudreaux (of Summer Cannibals) is undergoing an artistic transformation while normalizing illness, treatment and recovery to a devoted group of online fans.

Jessica Boudreaux is undergoing an artistic transformation while normalizing illness, treatment and recovery to a devoted group of online fans.

Eric D. Johnson’s band Fruit Bats has survived tragedy, neglect and the vagaries of the road. And now, he says things ar...
03/27/2021
After two decades of music, Fruit Bats show no signs of slowing down

Eric D. Johnson’s band Fruit Bats has survived tragedy, neglect and the vagaries of the road. And now, he says things are just getting started.

Eric D. Johnson’s band has survived tragedy, neglect and the vagaries of the road. And now, he says things are just getting started.

OPB's Jerad Walker talked with Oregon native Kate Davis about her fascinating evolution from young jazz bassist and sing...
03/01/2021
A tale of two covers: Musician Kate Davis reemerges on her own terms

OPB's Jerad Walker talked with Oregon native Kate Davis about her fascinating evolution from young jazz bassist and singer, reworking her creative landscape, and releasing a new album of songs by Daniel Johnston.

With her new album, “Strange Boy,” the songwriter completes a remarkable turnaround.

A new month coming, and a new collection of music chosen by public radio music stations around the country.
02/26/2021
Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing

A new month coming, and a new collection of music chosen by public radio music stations around the country.

Public radio music stations across the country share a mix of the most popular songs on their airwaves this month, including music from Amythyst Kiah, Sofia Valdes, The Weather Station and more.

So much freedom and joy in this Tiny Desk performance by Sampa The Great!
02/23/2021
Sampa The Great: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

So much freedom and joy in this Tiny Desk performance by Sampa The Great!

The poet, rapper and singer-songwriter joins us from Zambia for a visually stunning quarantine concert, part of Tiny Desk's Black History Month celebration.

New music for the start of the week, including a new song from the much-loved Portland singer of Ural Thomas & the Pain.
02/22/2021
Monday Mix: Slow Co**se, Julien Baker, Lost Horizons featuring Ural Thomas

New music for the start of the week, including a new song from the much-loved Portland singer of Ural Thomas & the Pain.

Begin your week with three new songs hand-picked for your playlist: Ashland band Slow Co**se, Portland soul singer Ural Thomas and the gifted songwriter Julien Baker.

Rae Khalil: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
02/18/2021
Rae Khalil: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Rae Khalil: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The rapper, singer and songwriter performs four songs as part of Tiny Desk's Black History Month celebration.

Meshell Ndegeocello: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
02/10/2021
Meshell Ndegeocello: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Meshell Ndegeocello: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Filmed in stark black and white, Ndegeocello takes us on an intense trip across her catalog. Watch the R&B auteur's contribution to Tiny Desk's Black History Month celebration.

02/01/2021

Ashland band Slow Co**se talked with Jerad Walker about releasing their new record after a year of Covid and a summer of wildfires that burned in Southern Oregon.

Belgian artist Lous and the yakuza bring generous warmth to songs about incredibly difficult circumstances, escaping war...
01/27/2021
Lous And The Yakuza: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Belgian artist Lous and the yakuza bring generous warmth to songs about incredibly difficult circumstances, escaping war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and settling in Belgium as a refugee.

Watch the Congolese refugee's Tiny Desk quarantine concert, filmed in a Paris bar.

Public radio music staff around the country picked a strong list of  artists to watch for 2021. We nominated Ghanaian-Du...
01/06/2021
Slingshot’s 2021 Artists To Watch

Public radio music staff around the country picked a strong list of artists to watch for 2021. We nominated Ghanaian-Dutch artist Nana Adjoa.

It's a new year, which means new opportunities for emerging artists to rise above the noise. Here are public radio's 17 artists to watch this year.

Just in time! opbmusic contributor JT Griffith is our resident expert in all things holiday music, and if you could use ...
12/22/2020
opbmusic’s 2020 holiday music guide

Just in time! opbmusic contributor JT Griffith is our resident expert in all things holiday music, and if you could use a bit of holiday cheer right about now, this playlist can be your soundtrack.

Our resident holiday music expert offers up his lovingly curated annual list of new seasonal songs

Today's new batch includes songs by Portland's Desolation Horse (aka Cooper Trail), Iranian-born artist SEVDALIZA, and M...
12/21/2020
Monday Mix: Desolation Horse, Sevdaliza, The Avalanches

Today's new batch includes songs by Portland's Desolation Horse (aka Cooper Trail), Iranian-born artist SEVDALIZA, and Melbourne duo The Avalanches.

Listen to new music from an upstart Oregon rock band, an atmospheric trip-hop song from an Iranian born musician and a transatlantic collaboration between an Aussie duo and an American.

opbmusic's DJs and staff picked their favorite songs of 2020 by local artists, including Mic Capes Music,  Typhoon and A...
12/17/2020
opbmusic’s best (Oregon) songs of 2020

opbmusic's DJs and staff picked their favorite songs of 2020 by local artists, including Mic Capes Music, Typhoon and Aesop Rock among others whose music was needed in this dark, long year. Share your favorites of the year in the comments.

These are just a few of our favorite songs released by Oregon-based musicians in 2020.

opbmusic contributor and DJ Matt Casebeer interviewed Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper about the band's thoughtful new rec...
12/11/2020
Thinking about the afterlife in Blitzen Trapper’s new album

opbmusic contributor and DJ Matt Casebeer interviewed Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper about the band's thoughtful new record, and Earley played a solo set for this at-home session.

Eric Earley plays a solo set from the band's thoughtful new record, "Holy Smokes Future Jokes," and talks about its origins.

opbmusic's DJs and staff picked their favorite albums of this difficult year.  What was yours?
12/09/2020
opbmusic’s Best Albums of 2020

opbmusic's DJs and staff picked their favorite albums of this difficult year. What was yours?

These are the records that got us through this long, strange year.

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Legendary independent record label Kill Rock Stars has turned 30. OPB takes a look back at the imprint’s storied history and gets a peek into the optimistic future of rock.
A deeply personal new recording from No-No Boy and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings reexamines a neglected history and challenges what it means to be an American.
Sleater-Kinney are used to shaking things up. For decades now, the band has reshaped the tone of rock music with an ever-evolving sound. But with their new album, they found themselves dealing with a lot of change, even by their standards.
Black Belt Eagle Scout bandleader Katherine Paul shares a special guest DJ playlist inspired by a move home during this past year.
From modern indie rock to lo-fi funk from the 70s, Portland punk rock mainstay Kathy Foster covered a lot of territory in this guest DJ playlist.
On their new album "Arrows," RED FANG go to great lengths to melt your face off. That includes katana sword stunts and drumming in swimming pools.
This week's mix features new songs from Maria DeHart, Lord Huron, and Friedberg.
Battling cancer during COVID-19, musician Jessica Boudreaux (of Summer Cannibals) is undergoing an artistic transformation while normalizing illness, treatment and recovery to a devoted group of online fans.
Eric D. Johnson’s band Fruit Bats has survived tragedy, neglect and the vagaries of the road. And now, he says things are just getting started.
Hip-hop musician MOsley WOtta is pushing artistic boundaries and asking tough questions of his listeners and his community in the high desert of Central Oregon.
OPB's Jerad Walker talked with Oregon native Kate Davis about her fascinating evolution from young jazz bassist and singer, reworking her creative landscape, and releasing a new album of songs by Daniel Johnston.
A new month coming, and a new collection of music chosen by public radio music stations around the country.