Stagepass: Swahili

Trancelike, electronic and experimental, watch Swahili in performance at Mississippi Studios.

Photo: Alicia J. Rose

Pickathon Woods Stage: Parquet Courts

Fast-rising quartet Parquet Courts plays "What Color is Blood" at last summer's Pickathon.

Stagepass with Deep Sea Diver

Come to our final Stagepass concert, Friday night February 6th, with Deep Sea Diver. Tickets/info here.

Phil Elverum's latest album feels less like a meditation and more like a slow-motion mauling.

The Israeli singer has a compelling, unusual voice, and he writes with passion and poetry.

opbmusic Airplay Chart, January 19-25

opbmusic | Jan. 27, 2015 3:28 p.m.

New releases from The Decemberists and Sleater-Kinney surge to the top of our weekly airplay chart.

First Listen: Amason, 'Sky City'

NPR | Jan. 19, 2015 8:24 a.m.

Never locked to one mood, these vibrant, polished songs convey the spirit of a variety show in concert. But on Sky City, they replicate the intimacy and care of a great mixtape.

The Decemberists Return, Renewed And A Little Relaxed

NPR | Jan. 19, 2015 4:37 a.m.

Singer Colin Meloy remembers when literally no one was listening to his music. Once his band cracked the mainstream, he found himself missing the artistic freedom that comes with anonymity.

Sessions

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

opbmusic | Jan. 14, 2015 2:23 p.m.

Detroit band Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas play a soulful rock 'n' roll set from their debut release.

First Listen: Sleater-Kinney, 'No Cities To Love'

NPR | Jan. 12, 2015 8:22 a.m.

The rock trio's first album since 2006 sounds as fresh and vital as a debut, but also as nuanced and skillful as the work of three players with a decade-long, inimitable rapport betwixt them.

First Listen: Belle And Sebastian, 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance'

NPR | Jan. 11, 2015 8:03 p.m.

The Glaswegian folk-pop band's ninth album feels light on its feet, but without sacrificing the thoughtful, careful precision for which Stuart Murdoch and his collaborators are known.

Sessions

Stagepass: Pure Bathing Culture

opbmusic | Jan. 09, 2015 10:01 a.m.

Watch this glowing performance, including brand new songs "Pray for Rain" and "The Tower."

Pickathon Woods Stage

Pickathon Woods Stage: Angel Olsen

opbmusic | Jan. 06, 2015 5:20 p.m.

We launch a new video series with this premiere of Angel Olsen at the Woods Stage at Pickathon.

Best of 2014

Favorites of 2014: Songs We Love

opbmusic | Jan. 05, 2015 4:19 p.m.

Rounding out our favorites of the year, here are 10 local bands' songs we loved in 2014

First Listen: Kat Dahlia, 'My Garden'

NPR | Jan. 05, 2015 9:40 a.m.

The Cuban-American singer-songwriter's debut is filled with the fire that comes from being in an abusive relationship. She's been in love, hurt, scared and angry — but she's nobody's fool.

First Listen: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, 'Club Meds'

NPR | Jan. 04, 2015 8:03 p.m.

On the Vancouver songwriter's fourth album, he plays with abrupt changes of tone and texture. Carefully conceived instrumental passages expand upon — and sometimes upend — his lyrics.

Best of 2014

Favorites of 2014: Our Album Picks

opbmusic | Dec. 30, 2014 2:48 p.m.

opbmusic DJs picked their favorite albums of the year, from Beck and Ryan Adams to Kelis and Angel Olsen.

Sessions

Bahamas at OPB

opbmusic | Dec. 30, 2014 9:52 a.m.

Toronto artist Afie Jurvanen — Bahamas — plays a warm solo set in our studios.

In Memoriam 2014

NPR | Dec. 29, 2014 7:40 a.m.

NPR Music remembers musicians — singers, songwriters, instrumentalists — and other visionaries we lost in 2014. Explore and celebrate their musical legacies.

Best of 2014

Watch Public Radio's Best In-Studio Performances Of 2014

NPR | Dec. 23, 2014 8:45 a.m.

Public radio stations across the nation capture thousands of in-studio performances every year. Here are their favorites from 2014, including Wussy, the Revive Big Band and Interpol.

Sessions

Greylag at OPB

opbmusic | Dec. 22, 2014 2:46 p.m.

Portland band Greylag joins us for a set of songs from their new self-titled release.

Guster in the Studio with Richard Swift

opbmusic | Dec. 15, 2014 8:12 a.m.

Watch the band at work in Swift's Cottage Grove studios, recording songs for their new album Evermotion.

Sessions

Sallie Ford at OPB

opbmusic | Dec. 12, 2014 12:06 p.m.

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

Sessions

Stagepass: Vikesh Kapoor

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

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

First Listen: Ghostface Killah, '36 Seasons'

NPR | Nov. 30, 2014 8:03 p.m.

A superstar cast made a real life love story — disguised as an action movie — just because.

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