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opbmusic Presents: Rodrigo Amarante

Rodrigo Amarante has toured for years with Brazilian rock band Los Hermanos, as well as the band Little Joy (with Binki Shapiro and The Strokes' Fab Moretti). In 2014, Amarante released his first solo album, Cavalo. The record demonstrates Amarante's stylistic range and gift for wistful melody: His songs represent everything from lullaby-paced ballads with muted piano to tunes driven by bubbling bass to ebullient Portuguese love songs.

This week, opbmusic and NPR Music present a premiere from the Woods Stage at , where Amarante enchanted the crowd — from a stage made of branches, no less — with his song "Maná."

Pickathon has also announced two additions to its 2016 lineup: will make its first festival appearance in five years and play two sets at the festival. The group joins Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Yo La Tengo and Beach House among the headliners. Plus, Korby Lenker returns to Pickathon for a second straight year.

The festival will be held August 5-7 at Pendarvis Farm just outside Portland, Ore.

Every month this year, opbmusic and NPR Music present another episode from the Pickathon Woods Stage Series, handpicked by opbmusic to showcase some of the most exciting performances from the 2015 festival. Look for the next premiere on Feb. 16.


  • "Maná"
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