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Missing XX Factor: Dearth of Women At Summer Music Fests

A look at summer's biggest outdoor music festivals - and the lack of representation by female artists.

Photo: Alex Eidman

Shy Girls Find Inspiration in Interesting Places

Dan Vidmar of Shy Girls chats with us about his new mixtape 4WZ and many points of inspiration-- from the bizarre world of Tinder to his relationship with the Portland music scene.

The Helio Sequence at OPB

With their new self-titled album, The Helio Sequence take a novel, more liberating approach to songwriting.

Pickathon Woods Stage: People Under the Stairs

Watch the L.A. duo rap and freestyle on the Woods Stage at last summer's Pickathon festival.

Photo: Dylan Vanweelden / Pickathon

opbmusic Airplay Chart, May 11-17

opbmusic | May 20, 2015

Courtney Barnett and Alabama Shakes switch spots this week to finish #1 and #2 respectively.

First Listen: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 'Multi-Love'

NPR | May 17, 2015

Inspired by a complex relationship, frontman Ruban Nielson makes his sweetest, catchiest music yet.

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Road Sessions: Radiation City

opbmusic | May 13, 2015 10:09 p.m.

High up in the Columbia River Gorge at Vista House, Radiation City performs their song "Summer Rain."

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1939 Ensemble at OPB

opbmusic | May 12, 2015 3:57 p.m.

It's a set of jazz-flavored melodies over thundering percussion layers from the Portland trio.


opbmusic Airplay Chart, May 4-10

opbmusic | May 12, 2015 9 a.m.

Alabama Shakes and Courtney Barnett top this week's opbmusic Airplay Chart.


First Listen: Surfer Blood, '1000 Palms'

NPR | May 8, 2015 11:24 a.m.

The Florida band sounds at once self-assured and wistful, as confident as ever and yet more careful.

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Road Sessions: Holiday Friends

opbmusic | May 7, 2015 11:28 a.m.

This week's Road Sessions video takes us to Fort Stevens State Park near Warrenton, for a song from Holiday Friends.

Music | Sessions

Robin Bacior at OPB

opbmusic | May 6, 2015 7:30 a.m.

Portland transplant Robin Bacior and her trio play from their hypnotic new release Water Dreams.

opbmusic Airplay Chart, April 27-May 3

opbmusic | May 5, 2015 10:10 a.m.

With the official release of their album Color and Sound, Alabama Shakes stake their claim on the #1 spot.


First Listen: Patrick Watson, 'Love Songs For Robots'

NPR | May 3, 2015 8:03 p.m.

Watson's brain seems to overflow with wise and exacting ways to reflect on the way hearts work.

Music | Sessions

Alialujah Choir at OPB

opbmusic | May 1, 2015 10 a.m.

Expanded from its original trio, the band adds new voices to its close harmonies and gorgeous melodies.

Music | Sessions

Road Sessions: Big Haunt

opbmusic | April 30, 2015 5:05 p.m.

Watch this eerily beautiful song from Big Haunt, played high inside Cape Meares Light House


Drenik: Neko vs. The Volcano

opbmusic | April 29, 2015 11:15 a.m.

What are the acceptable boundaries of cell phone use at concerts in a new media world?


opbmusic Airplay Chart, April 20-26

opbmusic | April 28, 2015 10:12 a.m.

Portland bands Lost Lander and Houndstooth lead the pack on this week's opbmusic airplay chart.


First Listen: Torres, 'Sprinter'

NPR | April 27, 2015 6:28 a.m.

On her second album, Torres confronts the problem of confession and annihilates its boundaries.

Music | Sessions

Road Sessions: The Weather Machine

opbmusic | April 23, 2015 2:49 p.m.

With the Crooked River hundreds of feet below, watch The Weather Machine play at scenic Peter Skene Ogden State Park.


Video Premiere: Moon By You - Effigies

opbmusic | April 22, 2015 7:58 p.m.

opbmusic is proud to premiere the video for "Effigies" from Portland's only psychedelic doo-wop band Moon By You.

Music | Sessions


opbmusic | April 21, 2015 9:04 p.m.

The long-running Boston rock band plays a soundcheck session for opbmusic at the Crystal Ballroom.


Win Tickets to Young Fathers

opbmusic | April 20, 2015 4:15 p.m.

The Scottish hip-hop trio, winner of last year's Mercury Prize, plays Holocene April 29th.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Mac DeMarco

opbmusic | April 20, 2015 2:22 p.m.

Watch Mac DeMarco - Freaking Out the Neighborhood - at the Woods Stage at Pickathon.


opbmusic Airplay Chart, April 13-19

opbmusic | April 20, 2015 12:15 p.m.

For the first time in two months, Modest Mouse's Strangers To Ourselves is #1 followed closely by Alabama Shakes and Tame Impala.


First Listen: Braids, 'Deep In The Iris'

NPR | April 20, 2015 8:45 a.m.

The band's third album is full of lulling hymns to cleansing and redemption.

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