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The Shins: Tiny Desk Concert


James Mercer, the emotional and creative heart of The Shins, gives a moving performance at the Tiny Desk, with two new songs and a classic from the band's 2003 album Chutes Too Narrow.

Photo: Liam James Doyle, NPR

Song Premiere: Small Souls - 'Existential Midlife Crimes'


Hear the first single from the Portland folk rock duo's sophomore release.

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The Shins: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR | July 24, 2017 6:21 a.m.

James Mercer, the emotional and creative heart of The Shins, gives a moving performance at the Tiny Desk, with two new songs and a classic from the band's 2003 album Chutes Too Narrow.

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Song Premiere: Small Souls - 'Existential Midlife Crimes'

opbmusic | July 21, 2017 10:30 a.m. | Portland

Hear the first single from the Portland folk rock duo's sophomore release.

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Win Tickets To See Gillian Welch In Portland

opbmusic | July 19, 2017 2:12 p.m. | Portland

The celebrated Nashville songwriter performs in Portland Oct. 9-10 at the Newmark Theater. Enter for a chance to win tickets.

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Rare Essence: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR | July 19, 2017 4 a.m.

Rare Essence has been bringing go-go to the world since 1976 — the group brought that pedigree, and the genre's massive meld of funk, rhythm and blues and soul, to this raucous hometown Tiny Desk.

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Watch: Jeff Tweedy's Intimate Acoustic Set At The Pickathon Woods Stage

opbmusic | July 18, 2017 9 a.m.

Watch the Wilco frontman perform "One Wing" at Pickathon 2016.

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opbmusic’s Monday Mix: BRONCHO, Arthur C. Lee, Marika Hackman

opbmusic | July 17, 2017 10:45 a.m.

This week we feature a driving power-pop song, some distorted 90’s-inspired rock, and a beautiful clean-cut indie track.

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Colin Meloy And Olivia Chaney's New Folk Collaboration: Offa Rex

opbmusic | July 14, 2017 11:06 a.m.

The Decemberists back up Olivia Chaney in a collaboration that happened after years of mutual musical admiration.

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Lo Moon's Gorgeously Moody Sounds, Live At OPB

opbmusic | July 13, 2017 8:45 a.m. | Portland

One of the most polished new bands to ever play an opbmusic session, LA-based Lo Moon plays gorgeously moody songs from their unreleased LP.

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Win Tickets To See Beth Ditto In Portland

opbmusic | July 11, 2017 2:04 p.m. | Portland

Fashion designer and former lead singer of Gossip, Beth Ditto, is touring with a new solo release. She performs at the Hawthorne Theater July 24, and here's your chance to win tickets.

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opbmusic’s Monday Mix: The Clientele, St. Vincent, Aldous Harding

opbmusic | July 10, 2017 1:15 p.m.

This week we feature a poetic and sophisticated track, a solemn folk song and a heartfelt piano ballad.

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Jay Som: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR | July 10, 2017 7:31 a.m.

Melina Duterte may have played all the instruments on Jay Som's newest record, Everybody Works, but her touring band brought a rougher edge to those silky recordings.

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First Listen: Waxahatchee, 'Out In The Storm'

NPR | July 10, 2017 2 a.m.

Katie Crutchfield has polished Waxahatchee's sound to maximize its glimmering-but-spiky forcefulness, but her words remain as bracing and unsparing as ever.

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Song Premiere: The Weather Machine - 'The Pelican Song'

opbmusic | July 6, 2017 11:33 a.m.

The whimsical new song commemorates the 50th anniversary of Oregon's landmark Beach Bill.

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Chance The Rapper: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR | July 5, 2017 11:14 a.m.

Chance The Rapper, fresh from a 23,000-strong, sold-out show the night before, brought a thoughtful and fresh take to his Tiny Desk concert.

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opbmusic’s Monday Mix: This Is The Kit, Chad VanGaalen, She-Devils

opbmusic | July 3, 2017 9:45 a.m. | Portland

This week we feature a delicate folk song, quirky sci-fi inspired rock, and a mesmerizing track that blends retro pop and modern psychedelia.

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Helado Negro: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR | June 30, 2017 11:46 a.m.

Helado Negro ditches his bank of electronics for alto and tenor saxophones, bringing his utterly unique style to a intense, perfectly balanced Tiny Desk Concert.

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First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, 'Every Valley'

NPR | June 29, 2017 6:16 a.m.

The U.K. band uses interviews, newsreels, propaganda films and its own stormy instrumental music to craft a fun-but-powerful statement about industry and automation.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff Live At OPB

opbmusic | June 28, 2017 2:10 p.m.

The lively folk rock band perform songs from their new record The Navigator, and frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra chats with opbmusic's Laura Hardin.

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opbmusic’s Monday Mix: Perfume Genius, Alvvays, Michael Nau

opbmusic | June 26, 2017 12:15 p.m.

This week we feature an intimate piece of art pop, a soulful indie-folk artist, and a track that embodies a blissful, summertime feeling.

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Holly Macve: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR | June 23, 2017 6 a.m.

Backed by a suitably low-key band, Macve would sound subtly radiant just about anywhere, from your nearest country bar to the most dreamily lit stage in Twin Peaks.

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