Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!

Artist Debuts 

Lenny PickettScreen Shot 2014-06-26 at 4.26.48 PM

Does the name ring a bell? Aside from being an accomplished saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist and composer, he was a member of the Tower of Power horn section from 1972-1981, and since 1985 has been the tenor sax soloist on Saturday Night Live (as well as the show’s current musical director). He has also worked as an arranger for artists like David Bowie, The Talking Heads, David Byrne and Katy Perry. His latest release The Prescription is a collaboration with Finland’s UMO Jazz Orchestra, combining his distinctive tenor saxophone sound with 21st century Big Band.

Madison Beer

Fifteen-year-old pop singer Madison Beer initially gained Justin Bieber’s attention with her mash-up of Bruno Mars covers posted to YouTube. His co-sign has already boosted her profile significantly. She signed with Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, and Bieber himself appeared in the video for her debut single “Melodies.” She has since signed to Island Records and debuted her instantly popular new single “Unbreakable.”

Old Dominion

Old Dominion is a country music group whose members have been behind many of the songs you hear in the genre today. During the past 10 years as a band, many of their songs have been recorded and released by an impressive list that includes The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young and Craig Morgan. As a touring band, they have opened for Trace Adkins, Brett Eldredge and Jake Owen. In addition, they’ve appeared at the Grand Ole Opry. Old Dominion describe their sound as “…a cohesive blend of country lyric and rock instrumentation, fused with pop and hip-hop sensibilities.”

New Music

DJ VadimDubcatcher

DJ Vadim taps into Reggae roots for his latest release on BBE, Dubcatcher. Just in time for Nottingham Carnival, Vad Star presses plates from the likes of Dynamite MC, Gappy Ranks and newcomer songstress Katrina Blackstone.  Armed with his custom dub siren, DJ Vadim successfully merges the sounds of Dancehall, Roots, Hip-Hop and Soul.

Dennis MillerAmerica 180 DegreesScreen Shot 2014-06-26 at 4.29.56 PM

While most contemporary political comedians veer left of center, Dennis Miller took a hard right turn a while back.  In his new stand-up album America 180 Degrees, theEmmy-winning comedian and conservative radio host takes on Obamacare, terrorism and even Twitter with his signature sarcastic rants and pop culture deep cuts.  America 180 Degrees is SNL veteran Miller’s eighth comedy special, and he also produces The Dennis Miller Show – a daily talk show featuring prominent politicians, writers and actors.

Big FreediaJust Be Free

Queen Diva of the New Orleans Sissy Bounce movement, Big Freedia has mastered the art of moving bodies in the club, on stage and reality TV.  Freedia is responsible for pushing Bounce outside of the 504 area code, getting noticed by artists like Galactic, Diplo and RuPaul. The manic sounds of her beats and rhymes with make you twerk till you go berserk!

Genre Stations

Classic Tango

Tango is synonymous with elegance and grace. But this belies its origins in the suburban ghettos of Buenos Aires and Montevideo (“arrabales”) where it was once viewed as scandalous. Elements of European dance music, gaucho folk songs, indigenous melodies and African rhythms merged to create this sensual dance, which now enjoys global popularity. This station will highlight some of the luminaries of the form such as Anibal Troilo, Osvaldo Pugliese, Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla while also playing some new artists that stay true to the classic forms. Equally suited to dancing or as background music for your next dinner party.

As we’ve reached the end of Pride Month, here are three custom genre stations to celebrate Pride all year long:

Pride Party

Featuring today’s hottest pop and dance artists such as Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Britney with some custom Pride picks that include the Scissor Sisters, Kylie Minogue and Cher.

Glam Camp PRIDE

A throwback station featuring a fun mix of 80s Pop and Disco including Madonna, Queen, Donna Summer, and Gloria Gaynor, this station was guest curated by the Pandora LGBT PERG!

LGBT Comedy

LGBT Comedy will have you laughing out and proud with all your favorite queer and gay-friendly performers. Join the party with Ellen Degeneres, Ant, Tig Notaro, Eddie Izzard, Wanda Sykes and more!

Michelle Solomon

Music Curator http://www.pandora.com/profile/electriclandlady

5 thoughts on “Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

  1. TITE!

    From: Pandora Blog <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: Pandora Blog <comment+_hugdhdwgbq_ihln16m-n4t@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM To: Eric Shea <eshea@pandora.com> Subject: [New post] Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

    Michelle Solomon posted: “Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team! Artist Debuts Lenny Pickett Does the name ring a bell? Aside from being an accomplished saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist and composer, he wa”

  2. What is going on with Pandora over the past two weeks. I have the icon on my computer. I was able to click the icon and my music with my genre of music would come up, now I have to log in with my email address and password everyday!! What’s Going ON???

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