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opbmusic Best Of 2018: Albums


From dream pop to hip-hop, these are the albums we loved in 2018 (with listening links!).


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Poll Results: Slingshot's Best New Artist Of 2018

We asked you to vote for your favorite new artist of 2018. Now it's time to reveal the winner.

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Kendrick Lamar, Brandi Carlile Among Top Nominees For 2019 Grammys

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced its list of nominees for the 2018 Grammy Awards, including Brandi Carlile, Janelle Monae and Black Panther.

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opbmusic Best Of 2018: Albums

From dream pop to hip-hop, these are the albums we loved in 2018 (with listening links!).

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Wu-Tang Clan: Tiny Desk Concert

The Clan celebrates its 25th anniversary with an old-school cipher at the Tiny Desk.

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Dirty Projectors: Tiny Desk Concert

The band takes its quirks of production, rhythm and rhyme and brilliantly arranges them to work behind the Tiny Desk.

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10 Minutes With Rayland Baxter

We hopped in the songwriter's tour van and chatted about his unusually late start in music, political songs, and the all-star cast that contributed to his new album.

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opbmusic's Monday Mix: My Brightest Diamond, Faye Webster, Telekinesis

Listen to three new songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast this week.

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On 'We Appreciate Power,' Grimes Helps Us Greet Our A.I. Overlords

On her first new song in three years, Grimes clangs industrial beats, buzzing synths and liquid-metal guitars, filling every moment like a sonic mosh pit.

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The Innocence Mission: Tiny Desk Concert

The Innocence Mission, ever the most careful cultivators of quiet, encouraged us to come closer, to discover the "thing beautiful enough" in the moment it's delivered.

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Song Premiere: BOINK - 'Squeeze'

Listen to the group's new single and read our interview with bandmember Papi Fimbres, Portland's all-time rhythmic quarterback.

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opbmusic's Monday Mix: Sufjan Stevens, Fruit Bats, Panda Bear

Hear Stevens' new Christmas song, get back in the tour van, and enter a dreamlike trance with Panda Bear

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Night Owl Takes Josh Ritter, Jamila Woods To Bars, Parks And Rooftops

Our nocturnal concert series is now on YouTube, featuring performances by Josh Ritter, Jamila Woods, Emily King and Nate Smith.

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opbmusic's Monday Mix: Julia Jacklin, Hutch Harris And Georgia Anne Muldrow

Listen to three new songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast this week.

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Boygenius: Tiny Desk Concert

Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers are all Tiny Desk alum, but here they play together at NPR for the first time as boygenius, one of this year's best surprises.

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Watch Camp Crush At Oregon City Brewing Co.

The band plays from their '80s synth-styled EP, "She's Got It," as rain starts to fall on the taproom's patio.

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Album Premiere: Miss Rayon - 'Eclipse'

Listen to the post-punk outfit's debut record.

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opbmusic's Monday Mix: Andrew Bird, Anna Tivel, Deerhunter

Hear three new songs hitting the airwaves this week on opbmusic, including Andrew Bird's powerful, topical "Bloodless."

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Bernie And The Believers Feat. Essence: Tiny Desk Concert

The story of Bernie and the Believers and the band's deeply moving performance left many in the NPR offices in tears.

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Pedro The Lion: Tiny Desk Concert

No matter how dark or disastrous, there's always been an undercurrent of grace to the music of David Bazan. He returns to his Pedro the Lion moniker for this memorable Tiny Desk performance.

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Win Tickets To boygenius At The Crystal Ballroom

It's the new band formed by rising artists Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus. Enter to win tickets to their concert Nov. 25.

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