Migos Announce Their Yung Rich Nation Tour Exclusively With Pandora

Last seen at the Pandora’s Discovery Den at SXSW with errr, a couple of their closest friends on stage with themAtlanta hip-hop trio MIGOS announced their Yung Rich Nation tour with OG Maco today EXCLUSIVELY to Pandora listeners, who will also have the opportunity to buy tickets before hand. How?  Go to www.MIGOSYRN.com to purchase tickets. Pre-sale will go live at 12pm PST. Be sure to use the promo code: MIGOSYRN when purchasing. Along with the announcement, Migos have launched a mixtape which you can listen to right HERE.

PANDORA SXSWMigos is one of the most renowned rap groups today with millions of spins, countless sold out shows around the world and a track record for putting out more music than anyone else in the game. The critically acclaimed group has officially announced their highly anticipated debut album YRN Tha Album to be released on June 16th via Quality Control (distributed by 300 Entertainment). The album will feature all-star collaborations with the likes of Lil WayneChris Brown and Meek Mill. It will also include high-caliber production from DJ MustardZaytovenHonorable C NoteTM88 of 808MafiaMurda (“Emmitt Smith”)De-Ko (Hit Em,” “One Time), and Cheeze Beatz (Handsome & Wealthy). Their heavy-hitting lead track “One Time” has received immense praise, which Rolling Stone crowned “a great single” and Complex called “mesmerizing” and “infectious.”   Here’s hoping that by the time you’ve read this, you’ve started your own Migos station.  See you at a show?

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Kendrick Lamar changes the world of hip-hop with an emotionally charged, organic masterpiece. 

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 10.21.48 AMThis Black Hippy goes deep, dark and soulful into his hometown of Compton. It’s as if The Soulquarians took acid and decided to resurrect J-Dilla, jazz ghosts and good poetry. To Pimp a Butterfly stretches the boundaries of hip-hop into the roots of revolution.

 

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Oakland heavy rock quartet Queen Crescent spins sonic gold from the looms of prog and proto-metal.

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 10.31.59 AMThe awesome women comprising Queen Crescent effortlessly blend late ‘60s progressive rock with Indonesian, Turkish, Mexican and West African psychedelic rock of the ‘70s to create a sound that’s even more incredible than that short-lived time when Tony Iommi played guitar for Jethro Tull.

 

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Noel Torres performs “Para Qué Tantos Besos”

Noel Torres is a contemporary Regional Mexican singer and accordionist. Stylistically rooted in the Norteño tradition, he performs both corridos and ballads with an updated feel and approach, backed by both conjuntos and bandas. Other artists that can be heard on his station are Gerardo Ortiz, Calibre 50 and Voz De Mando. Noel stopped by our office and played “Para Qué Tantos Besos” from his latest release La Balanza.

Noel Torres es un cantante y acordeonista contemporáneo de música regional mexicana. Con un estilo caracterizado por raíces tradicionales norteñas, él es intérprete de corridos y baladas con un enfoque y aire moderno, acompañado igualmente por conjuntos y bandas. Otros artistas que se pueden escuchar en su estación son Gerardo Ortiz, Calibre 50 y Voz De Mando. Noel visitó nuestra sede y tocó para nosotros el tema “Para Qué Tantos Besos” de su álbum más reciente La Balanza.

Day 4: Discovery Den’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Finale

The fourth and final day of Pandora’s SXSW Discovery Den was heavy with diversity and ended with one of Austin’s heaviest hitters. Four days of hard work, some sweat, some rain, a lot of BBQ and so, so much music came to it’s grand finale last night.

Here are some of the highlights…

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Zella Day introduced herself telling the audience that they’re “…very badass for standing in the rain.” The packed crowd reciprocated her love and modesty with hoots and hollers. If I had to compare Day to someone it would be a younger Aimee Mann and some of her songs have a beautiful darkness that sounds very informed by Fiona Apple. Her set opened with “The Outlaw Josie Wales,” a swooning, soaring amorous pop song that compares her muse to Clint Eastwood’s iconic western anti-hero. The standout song for me was “Milk & Honey,” it had the bouyancy of sunny California indie-pop. Another standout was her closing song, “Hypnotic,” a sultry insta-hit with a hard and heavy groove. Read More →

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Rebel Heart is a testament and reinforcement to Madge’s relevance.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.42.03 PMEven with a premature leak and subsequent release of six tracks last year, Rebel Heart is probably Madonna’s most varied and satisfying record in years. Offering upbeat EDM cuts, lush ballads and catchy pop ditties, she proves even to new audiences that she can still dominate the pop industry.

 

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Swervedriver’s first album in 17 years plays like the ‘90s never ended.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.50.14 PMMy Bloody Valentine finally releasing an album after a 22-year hiatus may have resurrected shoegazing. Slowdive are back together, RIDE has reunited and now Swervedriver have dropped their first album since 1998. I Wasn’t Born To Lose You somehow sounds very ‘90s without succumbing to predictable retro trappings.

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Americana Burned Through The Rain On Day 3 Of Discovery Den

Americana fans are troopers, they braved the hard, pouring rain. It was awesome to see a bunch of people still digging it as if the sun was out and shining. And I can understand why, every one of these acts set the stage on fire.

Here’s a bit of what happened on Day 3 of Discovery Den…

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Before the rain came down, Andrew Combs set the tone in more friendly Austin weather. From the first verse of the first song, he and his band reminded me of early Whiskeytown, but more sophisticated and studied. He’s blending a lot of old school country and soul into his own tone. He sound-checked with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” from Nashville Skyline, but he didn’t play it live. Would love to hear his full take on that one. Combs’ rhythm section was solid. Read More →

Discovery Den’s Hip-Hop and Soul Came Out For Day 2

Day two of #PandoraSXSW showed the soulful side of R&B, powerhouse hip-hop and lots of hands in the air. Discovery Den’s second day featured huge crowds onstage and off and ended with Wyclef Jean singing from the balcony.

Here’s some of what happened…

GG2A2592Raury brought dynamic drama to the stage.His full band, complete with keytar, drums, bass and back up singers joined him onstage. Raury turned out out arena quality rock, thought provoking folk, rap and heartfelt soul all in one set. We got to know him well, he introduced the audience to his dog and wore an outfit that set the tone for revolution. Read More →

Discovery Den Went Electronic On Day 1

The weather decided to cooperate on day one of Pandora’s Discovery Den, in the daytime the sun brought out the soulful side of electronic music and the warm night brought even more dancing.

A few highlights include…

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The Seattle duo ODESZA concocted  their signature sound of pitched R&B vocals with lush beats from controllers and live drumming on the side.  Highlights of the set included their heavy remix of ZHU‘s “Faded” and the crowd went wild when they dropped their hit “Sun Models.” Read More →

We’re Getting Happy with Pharrell

How are you celebrating the third annual International Day of Happiness on March 20? We are happy (get it?) to have teamed up with Pharrell Williams to help promote the celebration of happiness.

pharrellPharrell curated a special mixtape, with artists including A Tribe Called Quest, BeckGwen Stefani, Luther Vandross, Weezer and more. Not only will you find a pretty solid listening experience, the mixtape also has information on how you can participate in Pharrell’s Happy Party.

What songs make you happy?