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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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Song Premiere: Lorain - 'Rose Window'

Listen to the first single from the Portland folk rock band fronted by songwriter Erik Emanuelson.

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Video Premiere: The Minders Live From The Banana Stand

Watch Martyn Leaper of The Minders perform a stripped-down, backyard acoustic version “It’s Gonna Breakout.”

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Watch: Dr. Dog Live At Revolver Studios

The psych-rock quintet perform songs from their new record "Critical Equation" live at Revolver Studios in Portland, Oregon.

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Video Premiere: Fanno Creek Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the group perform “No Name,” recorded live at the Banana Stand house in Portland, Ore.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Dinosaur Jr.

Watch and listen to this sonic assault by Dinosaur Jr. recorded at the 2017 Pickathon Woods Stage.

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Video Premiere: Natasha Kmeto Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the electro-soul musician perform “Love On High,” recorded live at North Star Ballroom in Portland, Ore.

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Video Premiere: Genders Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the rock band perform “Never Belonged To You,” recorded live at a house show in Portland, Ore.

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Casey Neill And The Norway Rats Live At Kelly's Olympian

Watch the veteran musician perform songs from his new record, "Subterrene."

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Video Premiere: Fruition - 'Let’s Take It Too Far'

The roots rock band document their stint on the road with Jack Johnson in a new touring video.

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Video Premiere: Jessica Dennison + Jones - 'Greek Sculpture'

The duo's fascinating new music video could double as a 3-D printing episode of "How It's Made."

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Song Premiere: The Tamed West - 'My Old Friend'

The Portland band's contribution to a new a compilation from Stumptown employees proves nepotism isn't always a bad thing.

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Song Premiere: Lithics - 'Edible Door'

The newest single from the Portland punk-rock band sounds like a kind of off-kilter pop song— or maybe the beginning of a nervous breakdown. Either way, it’s mesmerizing.

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Pickathon Woods Stage: Drive-By Truckers

Watch Drive-By Truckers throw down a good old-fashioned, sweat-drenched rock 'n' roll show at the Pickathon Woods Stage.

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Video Premiere: Boone Howard Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the Portland songwriter perform a stripped-down version of his song "Pin It Down."

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Album Premiere: Matt Dorrien - 'In the Key Of Grey'

Close down the bar with Matt Dorrien's gorgeously sad new record.

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Video Premiere: The Builders And The Butchers Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the rowdy Portland band perform a song recorded live at Doug Fir Lounge.

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Listen To Dr. Dog's New Album 'Critical Equation'

The Philly rock band release their 10th studio album Critical Equation on April 27, but you can hear the full thing now at opbmusic.

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Video Premiere: Jessica Boudreaux Live From The Banana Stand

Watch the Summer Cannibals frontwoman perform a song from her solo debut at Jackpot! Recording Studio in Portland.

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Song Premiere: John Craigie — 'Don't Ask'

Listen to a track from the trouble-making folk singer's new album "Scarecrow."

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Video Premiere: Caitlin Jemma - 'XXOO'

Watch the new video from the Eugene-based country soul troubadour.