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Jerad Walker


Jerad Walker is the Music Director at opbmusic and a journalist whose stories have appeared on NPR Music and NPR's Morning Edition. He moved to Portland, OR from Washington, DC, where he worked on both music production and programming at NPR affiliate WAMU. There, he also contributed to the news broadcast as a features reporter. Jerad received an MBA from American University and an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia. He was born and raised in Waycross, Georgia.

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Recent Articles

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First Listen: Haley Heynderickx, 'I Need To Start A Garden'

The burgeoning Portland songwriter counts John Fahey and Leo Kottke as inspirations.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Deer Tick

In this premiere, Deer Tick plays an acoustic version of "Card House" on the stage in the trees at Pickathon

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Meet Slingshot artist Nil├╝fer Yanya

A preternaturally talented young songwriter from London with a gorgeous and complex voice, Yanya is only playing her first handful of shows in the U.S.

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Long Play: The Clash - 'London Calling'

Feb. 7 is International Clash Day and we're celebrating by playing the band's 1979 classic "London Calling" all day throughout the broadcast.

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Watch: The Domestics Live At OPB

The Portland rock band plays songs from their new album, "Little Darkness," and recount their dramatic year.

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Mimicking Birds Live At OPB

Watch the atmospheric rock band perform songs from their new record, "Layers Of Us," and enter to win tickets to a special album listening party in Portland at the OMSI Planetarium.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Sunflower Bean

Watch the Brooklyn-based trio debut new material in the woods at Pickathon 2017.

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Video Premiere: Divers Live At Banana Stand

Banana Stand Media turns 10 years old this month. We're marking the occasion by premiering a previously unreleased performance from Portland rock band Divers.

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With Latest Release, Noah Gundersen Cuts Through The White Noise

Seattle musician chats with opbmusic's Matthew Casebeer about his latest album and radical new sound.

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Alvvays Chat About New Album, Harrassment On The Road

The band talk about their critically acclaimed sophomore release, their love of Nova Scotian rock, and a recent incident of sexual harassment on the road.

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Video Premiere: Mo Troper - 'Your Brand'

Watch the new video from the Portland power pop musician. His album, "Exposure & Response," is out now.

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Long Play: The National - 'Boxer'

The Brooklyn, NY rock band play in Portland on Monday, Nov. 27. We're celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their breakout record by playing from it all day throughout the opbmusic broadcast.

Sessions

Phoebe Bridgers Live At OPB

The LA songwriter plays songs from her moving and darkly funny debut album, 'Stranger In The Alps.'

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Courtney Marie Andrews

Watch Courtney Marie Andrews perform a beautiful country folk song called 'Irene' on the Woods Stage.

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Gaelynn Lea Live At OPB

The winner of the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest stops by our studios to play new songs and chat with OPB's Jerad Walker.

Music | Arts

Public Service Broadcasting Digs A Little Deeper On 'Every Valley'

The British rock band, famous for using archival audio to build complex history-themed concept albums, tackles the rise and decline of the Welsh coal industry.

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Album Premiere: Far Lands - 'Oh, What An Honor / Oh, What A Drag '

Listen to the debut album from Portlander Andy McFarlane's project, Far Lands.

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Song Premiere: Taylor Kingman - 'My Lover's Bed'

Taylor Kingman destroyed his voice in his last band. Now he's striking out solo with a new sound.

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Video Premiere: Lenore - 'Heavy Eyes'

Watch the (slightly creepy) single shot video for "Heavy Eyes" from Portland's Lenore.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Tank And The Bangas

We kick off a new season of videos from the Pickathon Woods Stage with a joyful performance from Tank and The Bangas.