Sallie Ford at OPB

Watch Sallie Ford's new band play a rocking set from their release, Slap Back.

Mic Crenshaw's Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan

OPB | Dec. 11, 2014 2:30 p.m.

The Portland MC engages hip hop artists from four African countries for conversation and shows during a month-long trip.

IPR Hip Hop Report: Lack Of Documentation

OPB | Dec. 17, 2014 midnight

Portland's Independent Police Review finds no evidence of biased enforcement at hip hop shows, but calls out gaps in the regulators' documentation.

Stagepass: Vikesh Kapoor

opbmusic | Dec. 09, 2014 10:52 a.m.

The Portland singer-songwriter plays from his remarkable debut The Ballad of Willy Robbins.

First Listen: Portland Cello Project's Homage To Elliott Smith

Dec. 01, 2014 1:49 p.m.

The eclectic chamber group plays some Smith covers and commissions original music based on fragments of Smith's songs.

Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

NPR | Nov. 26, 2014 3:42 p.m.

Had he been more accomplished, he says, he wouldn't have written "You Really Got Me."

Stagepass: Mimicking Birds

opbmusic | Nov. 20, 2014 10:19 a.m.

Intricate, introspective, and mesmerizing, watch this gorgeous new video from Stagepass.

The Best Of 2014: Alt.Latino Listeners' Picks

NPR |Dec. 18, 2014 9:01 a.m.

The songs we missed but our listeners loved.

The @NPRHipHop Holiday Gift Guide 2014

NPR |Dec. 18, 2014 5:03 a.m.

Allow us to offer a few thoughtful ideas for the hip-hop head on your list.

A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

NPR |Dec. 17, 2014 12:14 p.m.

The group gave the first U.S. performance of Handel's Messiah, and still plays it today.

J. Cole: 'Ain't Enough Of Us Trying'

NPR |Dec. 17, 2014 9:03 a.m.

"I want to get whatever's on my chest off my chest when it feels right," says the rapper.

Charli XCX And The Year's Most Fabulous Pop Record

NPR |Dec. 16, 2014 3:29 p.m.

The 22-year-old U.K. star's defiant approach has produced one of the best pop albums of 2014.

Worth The Wait: The Transcendent Groove Of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

NPR |Dec. 15, 2014 2:12 p.m.

Nearly 15 years after Voodoo, the R&B singer still makes tricky music sound easy.

In 2014, Pop Followed Beyonce's Lead

NPR |Dec. 15, 2014 2:12 p.m.

Beyonce's combination of feminism and sex cast a long shadow over the women who dominated Top 40.

Charli XCX's Stockholm Scream Led To One Big 'Sucker'

NPR |Dec. 14, 2014 11:50 a.m.

"I just sort of screamed into a microphone for ages," the British pop singer says.

'Voices Within The Music': A Brief History Of Guitar Effects

NPR |Dec. 13, 2014 3:40 p.m.

Be it an effects pedal or a hole stabbed in an amp, distortion is part of rock 'n' roll's DNA.

Malawi Mouse Boys: Hunting Mice And Singing In Harmony

NPR |Dec. 13, 2014 11:21 a.m.

Producer Ian Brennan met the Malawi Mouse Boys when they were selling mice as roadside snacks.

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