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Fountains Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger Dies At 52 After Contracting COVID-19


Schlesinger, one of the most prolific and decorated songwriters of his generation, died Wednesday.

48 Hours With Backpack Jazz Producer Kassa Overall


Artist, drummer and backpack jazz producer Kassa Overall's journey has led him from playing at street fairs as a kid to commanding the rhythm section for some of the greatest musicians in the world. In February, that journey led him to Portland, where he performed during the PDX Jazz Festival on the same weekend that his second — and most personal — album was released. 

Heavy Rotation: 11 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing


Hear a selection of our member stations' favorite songs this month by Childish Gambino, Hamilton Leithauser, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien, Waxahatchee and more.

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Phish Surprises Fans With New Album, 'Sigma Oasis'

The legendary jam band announced a new record Tuesday night, streamed it for their fans Wednesday and released it to the world on Thursday.

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Want To Hear A Frank, Funny 'Muslim Love Story'? 'That Can Be Arranged'

In her graphic memoir, cartoonist Huda Fahmy explains how her parents played a role in her romantic relationships. She hopes her book is representation "for people who want to find love in this way."

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Lukas Nelson On Staying Home And Focusing On The Music

NPR's David Greene talks to Lukas Nelson about a new album, hunkering down with family, silver linings and focusing on what's important in life.

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'A Matter Of Common Decency': What Literature Can Teach Us About Epidemics

Authors explore questions of morality, evil, solidarity and survival in Albert Camus' The Plague, Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders and Karen Thompson Walker's The Dreamers.

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Soothe Your Soul With An Arts Break

The 'Art Beat' producers share a few of their favorite stories, and what they loved about creating them, to lift your spirits.

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Bart Budwig's Wild Ride: Traveling Abroad During COVID-19

The Eastern Oregon-based musician recounts his international travels during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Tomie dePaola, Beloved Children's Author And Illustrator, Has Died

The author and illustrator — who, by his own reckoning, worked on more than 270 titles — died Monday at age 85. Among his classics is the Caldecott winner Strega Nona, a seemingly ancient folk tale.


Joe Diffie, Wry Country Traditionalist, Dead At 61 Following COVID-19 Diagnosis

After spending many years tracing the outline of a music career, Diffie finally found success in the early '90s with songs featuring his patented honky-tonk attitude.

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Ashland Braces For Economic Fallout From Extended Shakespeare Closure

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced on Friday their 2020 season will be further postponed until the fall and they’ve laid off the majority of their staff.

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Need Some Fresh Ideas? Family-Friendly Ways To Spend Your Days Inside

Parents have been circulating ideas for how to keep kids happy — or at least occupied — during this time of social isolation due to COVID-19. Our Arts Desk has some heart-felt suggestions to offer.

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Monday Mix: Bright Eyes, Nap Eyes, Little Dragon

Listen to 3 new songs just added to opbmusic this week.


Habibi's Rahill Jamalifard On Iranian Pop Music And 'Anywhere But Here'

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Rahill Jamalifard, lead singer of the band Habibi, about the Middle Eastern influences on the group's latest album, Anywhere But Here.

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'Save Yourself': Cameron Esposito Is Here To Help You Through Hard Times

The comic couldn't have known her memoir would come out in the midst of a global pandemic. But her aptly titled book includes observations that feel eerily pertinent to these unsettling days.


Krzysztof Penderecki, Boundary-Breaking Polish Composer, Dies At 86

Known early on for his avant-garde works, the composer's challenging music nevertheless found fans far beyond traditional classical music circles.

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Allen Stone: Tiny Desk Concert

The soul singer demonstrated a commitment to the Tiny Desk that we rarely, if ever, see.

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Tarriona 'Tank' Ball: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

"Don't go out to the cookout." The leader of Tank and the Bangas spreads pure joy from her living room in New Orleans.

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Bob Dylan Releases Epic New Song, 'Murder Most Foul'

The iconic songwriter surprised fans at midnight with a 17-minute song about the assassination of JFK.

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'The Four Top': Coronavirus Hits The Food Industry

In this special episode, Carrie Welch, Vitaly Paley, and Heather Kintler discuss the profound impact that COVID-19 has had on their businesses.


Listen: 'The Four Top' Presented By OPB


Savor the conversation. Every other Monday, a roundtable of culinary media insiders discuss today’s hot-button topics in food and beverage culture. Hosted by Katherine Cole.

Cooking With OPB

Recipes, tips and how-to's from around the Northwest.