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Friday Night Alela Diane and Houndstooth

Come to a free show Friday night at Mississippi Studios featuring two terrific Portland acts. Doors at 8; show at 9!


Lost in the Trees at OPB

Lost in the Trees plays a set of dreamlike folk-pop songs from their latest release, Past Life.

Photo: Nathan Quigley


Tinariwen at the Aladdin Theater

We revisit a 2012 interview and soundcheck with the Tuareg band, at the Aladdin Theater 4/15.

See a profile of Ellis on OPB-TV's Art Beat Thursday night. Here's his funky live version of "Definition of High."

R&B's resident provocateur Kelis will release her new album, Food, on April 22.

Current Airplay Chart, 4-14-14

opbmusic | April 15, 2014 7:10 p.m.

St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Temples and the new record from Portland's Ages and Ages top our airplay chart.

First Listen: Death, 'Death III'

NPR | April 14, 2014 6:53 a.m.

The Detroit band spent a chunk of the '70s making vital music that went mostly unheard for decades. Death III helps paint a picture of a group that deserves its new-found place in rock history.

Current Airplay Chart, 4-7-14

opbmusic | April 10, 2014 9:19 p.m.

The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream was our most-played record last week along with Future Islands, The Hold Steady, St. Vincent, and Beck.

Live Review: Future Islands at Doug Fir Lounge

opbmusic | April 09, 2014 2:03 p.m.

Future Islands Carve Their Initials Into The Doug Fir, at Saturday's night show.

First Listen: The Both, 'The Both'

NPR | April 07, 2014 3:10 p.m.

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo find ways to share the spotlight on their charming debut as a duo.

First Listen: The Afghan Whigs, 'Do To The Beast'

NPR | April 07, 2014 2:37 p.m.

The Afghan Whigs first album in 16 years chronicles Greg Dulli's tug-of-war with evil, as he imagines it.

Update: Rock School Kabul

opbmusic | April 06, 2014 12:25 p.m.

Last fall we featured a series of posts from Portland musician Michael Lewis, about his time teaching music in Kabul, Afghanistan's Rock School. We talked with Lewis recently about his plans to return.

Win Tickets to NO, Reuben and the Dark, and The Darcys

opbmusic | April 02, 2014 1:27 p.m.

Three up-and-coming bands - NO, Reuben and the Dark, The Darcys - are sharing the bill April 6th at Mississippi Studios. Enter for a chance to win tickets!

Current Airplay Chart, 3-31-14

opbmusic | April 01, 2014 11:45 a.m.

New records from St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Beck, and Portland's Ages and Ages top our weekly airplay chart.

First Listen: EMA, 'The Future's Void'

NPR | March 31, 2014 5:49 p.m.

The singer's new album navigates an imagined future world of sad clones and shattered identities. It creates a sonic alternate universe through which many elements float.

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