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Aretha Franklin: In Memoriam Playlist

It's clear why Franklin was the undisputed Queen of Soul. Enjoy a playlist of the singer's biggest hits in a career that spanned decades and defied genre rules.

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Yo-Yo Ma: Tiny Desk Concert

Watch the 19-time Grammy winner return to his lifelong passion for J.S. Bach, playing music from the Cello Suites and offering advice on the art of incremental learning.


Aretha Franklin, The 'Queen Of Soul,' Dies At 76

One of the most powerful and beloved voices of all time died Thursday in Detroit.

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Win Tickets To Mitski At The Crystal Ballroom

Win tickets to see Mitski at the Crystal Ballroom in November.


Erykah Badu: Tiny Desk Concert

The singer's performance at the Tiny Desk was an almost spiritual experience, leaving many at the NPR Music offices in awe.

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opbmusic's Monday Mix: Caroline Rose, The Dodos, Punch Brothers

Check out three new songs just added to the opbmusic broadcast.

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Song Premiere: Pure Bathing Culture - 'Downtown Lights'

The Portland pop band covers a romantic '80s classic song by The Blue Nile. They perform Aug. 25 at Doug Fir Lounge.


First Listen: Death Cab For Cutie, 'Thank You For Today'

On the band's ninth album, Ben Gibbard addresses an array of life's aftermaths, set against propulsive arrangements that know just when to sparkle and sway.

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Come To A Tiny Desk Talk With NPR And opbmusic

The event October 3rd at the Lagunitas Community Room addresses how artists can get their music heard, especially on Public Radio. Tickets are available now.


DAWN: Tiny Desk Concert

DAWN has a breathless enthusiasm for shape-shifting pop music. She strips three songs to just the essentials, illuminating the impeccable songwriting behind her wild combination of sounds.

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Song Premiere: Ural Thomas & The Pain - "Slow Down"

Hear the new single from local soul act Ural Thomas & The Pain's upcoming album "The Right Time."


First Listen: Trevor Powers, 'Mulberry Violence'

The solo debut from the Youth Lagoon frontman sounds like nothing Trevor Powers has made yet — gorgeous and ornate while bleakly unsettling.

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Song Premiere: Small Million - 'Young Fools'

Listen to a new single from the Portland synth-pop duo, which reminisces about a time when friendship was plentiful and time itself felt endless.


Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker Releases 'Cradle,' From New Solo Album 'Abysskiss'

After three busy years with her main band, Lenker will release abysskiss on Oct. 5. Hear its tender, gorgeous first single, "cradle."

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From The Pickathon Woods: Michael Nau, Rasheed Jamal, WAND And More

Despite the audience's fatigue and the sun beating down, both veteran and newer acts brought the eclectic (and dusty!) weekend to a wonderful close.

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opbmusic's Monday Mix: Los Lobos, Leo London, The Growlers

This week we feature new music from the Latin rock stars, a pairing of two Portland voices, and grimey garage rock from L.A.

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From The Pickathon Woods: Glam Rock, A Cajun Party And Soulful Crooning

The Pickathon Music Festival celebrates its 20th year this weekend. See reviews and photos from Saturday's shows, including Haley Heynderickx, Jamila Woods, Sunflower Bean and more.

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Pickathon 2018, Friday: Scenes From The Woods

The Pickathon Music Festival celebrates its 20th year this weekend, with a four-day event in Happy Valley, Oregon. See reviews and photos from Friday's shows, including Built to Spill, DakhaBrakha, Caleb Klauder and more.

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Pickathon At 20: The Local Festival With The Global Audience

Now in its 20th year, the Portland-area's Pickathon music festival has risen from ramshackle beginnings to being a major event. But maintaining it's charm without breaking the bank in an era of mega-festivals hasn't been easy.


Haley Heynderickx: Tiny Desk Concert

One of our favorite new artists of 2018 visits the Tiny Desk.


First Listen: The War And Treaty, 'Healing Tide'

The married duo Michael and Tanya Trotter convey an ecstatic, empowering sense of partnership that serves as the duo's creative engine and core message.

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