Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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Grateful Dead apple falls further from the tree.

Midnight_NorthWith Scarlet Skies, Grahame Lesh (son of Phil) and Midnight North eschew expected jam-rock trappings for a more disciplined and soulful stew of modern Americana. Singer Elliott Peck comes out swinging like a tougher Nicki Bluhm on “Phoenix Motel” while the Lesh-led “Turn Around” plays like a more rocking Delaney & Bonnie. –Eric Shea

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The return of the world’s only avian death metal crew!

HatebeakWith lead vocals by Waldo, a 21-year-old African grey parrot, and featuring members of Pig Destroyer, another (less literally) animal minded combo; Hatebeak’s Number Of The Beak is a brutal barrage of furiously fowl, metallic crush. The group grinds out pulverizing thrashers like “Beak Of Putrefaction” and “Hellbent For Feathers!” –Andee Connors

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Kacey Musgraves continues to follow her own arrow.

Kacey_MusgravesFollowing the success of Grammy-winning Same Trailer, Different Park, the country singer-songwriter pulls off another win on Pageant Material, with the tolerance-promoting sing-along “Biscuits” already generating “song of the year” buzz. She continues to find ways to assert her own convictions and individuality without sounding preachy or judgmental. And it’s a beauty! –Michelle Solomon

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Leon Bridges debuts with Coming Home.

Leon_BridgesJumping onto the scene with lead single “Coming Home,” newcomer Leon Bridges’s debut is a welcome dose of classic feel-good soul that will take you right back to the ‘60s. His earnest vocals move effortlessly through the album, heavily influenced by his gospel roots and southern sensibility. –Kike Aluko

 

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Sweating to Katy Perry?

When it comes to working out, putting in those long hours at the gym just isn’t the same without music.  And let’s be honest, with winter upon us, we figured it’s about that time for some musical motivation to help burn off those hearty winter meals.

Pandora’s got your workout stations covered – with everything from Spinning to 80s Cardio to Bollywood Workout, our curation team has created a whole host of workout playlists to keep you sweating.

With so many options, we took a look at your favourite workout stations so far for this year, with Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout being the unanimous favourite overall. Breaking it down, Hard Rock Strength Training and Rap Strength Training came out on top for men, while Pop Fitness and Yoga Fitness stations ranked highest for women – interesting, given that Yoga came in as the top group exercise for both sexes. Read More →

ODESZA Announces “In Return World Tour” On Pandora

_DSC5586Odesza has partnered with Pandora to officially announce new tour dates for their upcoming world tour called the “In Return World Tour.” Pandora listeners have the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets starting this Wednesday, August 19th, 10am local time using the code: PANDORA.

Along with the announcement, Odesza has put together a mixtape of all of the tracks that they will be listening to while out on the road this Fall. Launch the mixtape, and get pumped for the Odesza “In Return World Tour” now: http://pdora.co/odeszatour. Read More →

My kingdom for a kiss upon HIS shoulder

Eighteen years ago I woke to find a musician had died. Not just any musician but one I was so enamoured with I still had pictures of him on my wall as a 26 year old. Music transcends time and it seems like yesterday his flowing blood-driven voice wrapped itself around so many open hearts.
I was a backpacker just settled into my first share house in London, my room not much larger than a walk-in robe, lit up with his beauty. At work that day I mourned in isolation, as the middle-class English girls had no clue who I was gasping about. Luckily the music journos of the day did and every major newspaper in London had full page spreads set aside telling of the untimely loss of Jeff Buckley.
Like so many that felt as though he had let them inside his soul, we cried at what we would no longer feel. Without him serenading us and understanding the depths of our hearts, they would ache restlessly. We cried because we felt his pain, we knew he’d been abandoned by his father, Tim Buckley, who’s own death at 28 meant they never knew each other and met only once for fifteen minutes. We knew his depth threatened to engulf him and fame overwhelm, but we never imagined that he would drown, we all thought he would float and keep singing.
He will always be my dream brother, and the lines in my head will remain for him, from him.

“So I’ll wait for you and I’ll burn
Will I ever see your sweet return
Oh, will I ever learn?
Oh, lover, you should have come over
‘Cause it’s not too late

Jeff Buckley
November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997

Listen to him here pdora.co/JeffBuckley

Kick start my heart – Mötley Crüe Reviewed

It started on a typical day in the office, as we log on for the day and do the standard social media checks, I notice Mötley Crüe supported by Alice Cooper announce their Final Tour, and they’re coming to Australia! CC, my hardrock work buddy, and I screech like a pair of electric guitars and exclaim; “We NEED to go!!” Tickets are bought and excited anticipation engulfs us.

The big day finally arrives and we start off with a few bevvies at a local pub, pondering what dirty music enjoyment the boys have in store for us. Will Tommy Lee ride his 360 degree Drum Coaster? Will Alice Cooper be able to stand up?

We rock up to the arena and a myriad of tattooed, pierced, hardcore Cooper and Crüe fans surround us and sweep us into the sweaty, smoky, rocking crowd. Alice Cooper is in the middle of his set, wearing his signature top hat and make up. This dude’s still got it. CC and I sing along to “Poison”, “Feed My Frankenstein” and of course, “School’s Out”.

Mr. Cooper’s set finishes and we eagerly await Vince, Tommy and Nikki to take to the stage. The arena goes pitch black, a hush falls over the crowd, an electric guitar chord goes off along with an explosion of fireworks and the boys strut onto stage singing “We are the Saints of Los Angeles” and the crowd goes wild!

They follow this with classics such as “Wild Side”, “Primal Scream” and “Same Ol’ Situation” with the audience screaming along to every single word.

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The crowd continue to rock out to the Crüe’s well known tunes – “Looks that Kill”, “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” and “Shout at the Devil”. After “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” plays, Tommy Lee takes to “The Crucifier”, an impressive, roller coaster with his massive drum kit attached. He proceeds to do a manic drum solo, riding this roller coaster wave while turning upside down. It. Was. Crazy. Girls were screaming “Tommy, Tommy, Tommy”, hoping to catch the Casanova’s eye.

Vince, Tommy and Nikki maybe a bit grey around the edges and have a few more wrinkles but they are still definitely glam rock royalty!

The boys played a few more classics, suitably concluding the concert with “Home Sweet Home”. CC and I left feeling that we got a super dose of Mötley Crüe with a healthy side of Alice Cooper, happy that us “Girls, Girls, Girls” made their final tour.

Cherie Brady, Pandora, Sydney

To get your Mötley Crüe fix, listen on Pandora

Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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Troy Ave takes you to the streets of Brooklyn on Major Without a Deal. 

Troy_AveGetting down with Puff Daddy, Mase, Fabolous, Jadakiss and Cam’ron gives the album a Bad Boy throwback feel, but the singles with Ty Dolla $ign and A$AP Ferg keeps the sound updated and soulful. “Doo Doo” is a fun song for a sing-along. –J Boogie

 

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Last Comic Standing finalist releases her first comedy album.

Nikki_CarrNikki Carr comes on strong with her new release, Trophy Wife. The Bronx native tackles topics ranging from coming out as a lesbian on national TV, discrimination in hand-washing and missing child photos on milk cartons, and her distinctive gap tooth. –Kelly Anneken

 

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard record an album together for the first time in 32 years.

Willie_NelsonNot since 1983’s Pancho & Lefty has the Red Headed Stranger and The Hag stepped into a studio and cut an entire album together. Django and Jimmie (named for the two outlaws’ childhood heroes) sounds as timeless as their previous long-player, albeit more weathered. –Eric Shea

 

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Slow your roll on the streets of South Side Los Angeles and roll one up tight for the new Dom Kennedy.

Dom_KennedyWest Coast rhymes over soulful beats floating in the sunshine. The next generation of hip-hop knows how to kill it over any tempo, so lean back and vibe out to By Dom Kennedy. –J Boogie

 

 

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Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

933_MusicMonday_Blog Your Old Droog mines his Coney Island home for dirty rock loops and fiery rhymes.

Your_Old_DroogOften compared to old school MCs Nas, Big L and Kool G Rap; Your Old Droog resurrects classic lyricism with a new flavor. Thick New York accents dropping rock references over production from beat masters DJ Skizz, El RTNC and Marco Polo on Kinison. –J Boogie

 

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Thee Oh Sees continue to kick out the frazzled garage jams on their fourteenth (!) release.

Thee_Oh_SeesWith the mellow haze of last year’s Drop putting an end to the band’s brief hiatus, frontman John Dwyer and a muscular new line-up produce more fuzzed up, Nuggets-like finery on Mutilator Defeated At Last – adding yet another gem to their extensive discography. –Michelle Solomon

 

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