Whiteboard Wednesday Sessions: Jo Dee Messina performs “Heads Carolina, Tails California”

Jo Dee Messina is a country singer, originally from Massachusetts. The Grammy-nominated artist paints her music with dynamic vocals and slide guitars. Other artists that can be heard on her station include Faith Hill, Shania Twain and Dixie Chicks. She came by and played “Heads Carolina, Tails California” off her self-titled album.

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B.o.BB.o.B. gets you high on the funk with Psycadelik Thoughtz.

His perfect mixture of soulful harmonies, funky bass, southern slang, vocoder and spaced out beats provide the soundtrack for a spaceship landing in Georgia. Back and Forth has a funky steppers vibe, and guests Jon Bellion and Sevyn Streeter add to the flavor on this surprise release. –J Boogie

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Bay Area gem radiates goth-folk garage-rock gold.

Calls

“Don’t know it yet/ You’re going to love me,” warns gauzy voiced Kati Knox, as if she’s casting a siren’s spell. Her Oakland based band Calls has a penchant for recording bewitching, lo-fi songs. Drenched in reverb and analog hiss, Tiny Flowers sounds like John Dwyer produced it in Paula Frazer’s home studio. –Eric Shea

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Michelle Solomon on #MusicologistMonday

It was predestined that I was going to be in love with music from the get-go. My parents were both immersed in the progressive, bustling music scenes of the ‘60s and ‘70s. My dad was a San Francisco hippie who played music during the Summer Of Love. My mom emigrated from Mexico to LA’s San Fernando Valley; as a teenager she fawned over The Monkees, The Doors and Thee Midniters. My dad built out a very ample LP collection that included San Francisco stalwarts Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe & The Fish and Moby Grape along with such British Invasion staples as The Beatles, Donovan and The Who. Whether on turntable, tape deck or Discman, music never got lost in my upbringing and education. During college I fell into San Francisco State University’s music department and enjoyed semesters playing piano, singing in operas and musicals. I also savored lectures about the history of rock ‘n’ roll, the roots of jazz and music of the world’s peoples. I took what I learned and applied it to my first job out of college working at a local record shop where research, discovery and sharing between employee and customer were heavily encouraged. Suffice to say; my path to Pandora was firmly rooted. Read More →

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Bro country approaches middle age.

1. Luke Bryan

Don’t let the title of Luke Bryan’s fifth album fool you; He’s still young at heart. Kill The Lights opens musing on trucks, tractors and partying. And the title-track fuses disco beats with country-pop. But “Just Over” reveals Bryan maturely handling a breakup while “Scarecrows” finds him accepting things that change and things that don’t. –Eric Shea

 

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Jay Pharoah impersonates everyone else while asking, Can I Be Me?

2. Jay Pharoah

The SNL veteran’s debut comedy album features a rapid-fire parade of the celebrity impressions he’s known for, alongside more personal tales of why he’s scared of Richard Sherman, his pre-fame gig working at Golden Corral, and how a shark attack ruined his relationship. –Kelly Anneken

 

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Diego on #MusicologistMonday

My name is Diego Gonzalez; I got my start in music long before I became a Music Curator at Pandora, it was probably the violin lessons beginning at the age of three. What was intended originally as a hobby became my life. I grew up with classical music, but my first musical obsession was The Beatles, whom I discovered on old LPs left over from my mom’s youth. Metal was my next obsession and since then it’s been a long road of radio shows, record stores, practices, shows, tours and now Pandora. I’ve played bass guitar for over 25 years in too many projects to count. Noteworthy gigs have included Citay, Vetiver and The Dry Spells. These days, I play bass in an improv rock band called 3 Leafs. I also compose music for solo recordings featuring the oud, an Arabic lute. I think of myself as chasing a thread through the landscape of the imagination. Read More →

Whiteboard Wednesday Sessions: Scars on 45 performs “Golden”

Scars on 45 is an alt-rock band from the UK. Their style features rock song structures, with pop qualities and country/folk influences. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Snow Patrol, Matt Nathanson and Ed Sheeran. They came by and played “Golden” off their album Safety in Numbers.

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Quavo, Offset and Takeoff take the crown for Atlanta on Yung Rich Nation.

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Shining like a neck full of gold chains, Migos’ new album bounces between club hits and cookhouse anthems. With production from some of the hottest heavyweight beat-makers in the game, YRN shows off the family skills over hits from DJ Mustard, Zaytoven, Metro Boomin and Murda Beatz. –J Boogie

 

 

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Behold San Francisco’s best-kept indie rock secret.

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You probably won’t see Verst gracing the stages of those popular SF tastemaker festivals, but you should. Starship Crash is a noise-pop masterwork that infuses ‘90s sonic wizardry with innovative melodies, both barbed and sublime. Guitar effects whisperer John Dickey croons like Stephen Malkmus channeling Neil Young. There’s not one mediocre song here. –Eric Shea

 

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J Boogie on #MusicologistMonday

Hi, my name is Justin Boland (aka J Boogie) and I’m the hip hop curator at Pandora. I’m a music fiend who has been selecting tunes and sharing them with my friends and fans for over 20 years. I have a soft spot for soul and reggae too, so you can find me digging into several genres for the music you hear on Pandora. My job is to make sure we have the best music library for you, no matter what you like. From well known to emerging artists, I spend all my time thinking about acquiring music and programming new genre stations. I also help write our blog and social media posts, interact with artists when they visit our Oakland office and get lost listening to anything I can get my hands on. Before I joined the team at Pandora, I worked at a radio station, record store, night club, record label and one of the first internet radio services, Spinner.com.

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