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…
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 →
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…
Raury 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 →
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…
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 →
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.
Pharrell curated a special mixtape, with artists including A Tribe Called Quest, Beck, Gwen 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?
We’re following Friday’s feast of Americana with a plethora of sweet Saturday rock ambrosia. Brooklyn basted Ex Cops set the tone with indie pop confectionary perfection. Imagine all the flavors of vintage Sarah Records sprinkled over a glossy, synthy foundation.
Next up, Zella Day’s beautifully bittersweet melodies intertwine with the complex flavors that can only come from a magically produced concoction of keyboard wizardry, next-level production and timeless melodies culled from a lifelong collection of vintage vinyl. Read More →
For SXSW’s Friday menu, Pandora offers hearty courses of tangy, twangy Americana – beginning with a serving of Andrew Combs’ sophisticated songs. You’ll detect hints of Ryan Adams on the surface, but the deeper flavors recall Guy Clark and Mickey Newbury.
Follow this up with a side of Israel Nash’s desert folklore. Dripping with buttery vocal inflections and timeless guitar tones, Nash cooks up the kind of Neil Young inspired love songs that would make Lucinda Williams blush. Read More →
Following the coattails of “Call Me Maybe,” the breakout anthem of 2011, Canada’s Carly Rae Jepsen’s 80s-inspired, sugary single “I Really Like You” is slated to be one of the big hits of the summer. Make sure to check out the music video featuring Tom Hanks lip-syncing her lyrics!
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Nitty-gritty sophomore album from Oakland supergroup Sir Lord Von Raven.
After a six-year wait, The Age Of Machines has finally landed and was worth the wait. Featuring members of The Time Flys, The Gris Gris and Extra Classic; the impressively lengthy album (22 tracks!) crosses ‘60s Detroit soul/psych-rock and 70s glam with a toughness and swagger that rivals Mick Jagger.
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Thursday, March 19th at the Discovery Den Antonique Smith brings the smoky, gritty side of Broadway. She’s famous for her portrayal of Faith Evans in “Notorious.” Sample a satiating slice of her edgy, up-tempo, soul pleaser “Hold Up, Wait a minute,” and you’ll be hooked!
Sam Dew brings you a taste of Chicago via Roc Nation, with his soulful singer/songwriter skills that landed him a couple of kitchen-side features with Wale & Prefuse 73. Read More →
Pandora’s Wednesday menu for SXSW is a Prix Fixe offering of Electronic textures to make your ears’ tastebuds get up and dance. Elliphant’s spicy attitude as a Swedish singer and rapper deviates from the textbook ingredients of dance and hip-hop. She’s shared kitchen space with Jungle, Skrillex, Diplo, Bunji Garlin, Riton and Gaslamp Killer.
Australian DJ Duo Peking Duk gets you “High” in the club, marinating a stew overflowing with big beats and heavy synths. This allows the choppy vocal melodies to rise to the top. Read More →
It’s almost time for us to hit the road to Austin again for the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival, and we couldn’t be more excited for the amazing lineup this year at the Pandora Discovery Den. We have an incredibly diverse mix of 37 artists representing eight countries, from the legendary, like Wyclef Jean, to emerging buzz phenomena, like ODESZA, Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear and Aussie outfit Peking Duk. There is something for everyone to discover with four days of both emerging and established artists performing across four genres – electronic, hip hop/R&B, Americana and rock.
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