Michelle Solomon

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

From the Curators: New Holiday Music For 2013

Nothing gets me in the spirit like the right song and by spirit I mean holiday spirit. I’m always refreshed to hear new eclectic interpretations of favorite holiday songs. This year, there’s sure to be something to satisfy the holiday music fan in your life: from Pop to R&B, Punk to Classical. If you’d like a sampling of 2013’s newest holiday releases, check out our Today’s Christmas station.

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Two of 2013’s most anticipated Christmas albums come from chart-topping women. Pop sensation Kelly Clarkson’s debut holiday collection Wrapped In Red contains five original songs, including the single “Underneath the Tree.” Also releasing her first holiday collection is R&B singer Mary J. Blige. Blige’s A Mary Christmas features guests like Michael Buble, Rod Stewart and Barbra Streisand  is sure to bring on the Christmas cheer.

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From the Curators: Your Fall Soundtrack for 2013

As a college student in the early-2000s I would kill time between classes by heading to the local record shop and scoping the overwhelming batch of new releases. I still remember that killer autumn of ‘03 when The Strokes, Elvis Costello, Belle & Sebastian and Outkast all hit. Many of these songs are still on heavy rotation for me – it’s hard to believe that was ten years ago!  The fall of 2013 has the potential to be another memorable year for music across many genres.  Everyone from Jay-Z to Jimmy Eat World, Hanson to Daft Punk released new material this year and that’s not it – there is a massive list of artists slated for end-of-the-year releases.

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New music is set to drop from some of the industry’s biggest names this year: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, M.I.A., Drake, Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Keith Urban, Sting, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Cher, Celine Dion, Chris Brown, Pusha T, Future, Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys. Joining this group of heavyweight releases are debut studio albums from some of 2013’s most talked about up-and-comers including Lorde, Haim and Icona Pop.

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From the Curators: Your Summer Soundtrack for 2013

Every time I hear “1st Of Tha Month” by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, it takes me back to a 1996 family vacation in Florida. Even though it’s been years and my musical tastes have changed, I just can’t shake the feeling that song gives me. Music is known for its ability to transport you to a time and place; it’s likely that if you hear “summer anthems” from past years, you’ll be transported back to that time. It just wouldn’t be summer without a soundtrack.

summer3What will be your soundtrack for Summer 2013? In an effort to unlock some themes for this summer, we’ll take a look at a few of this season’s anticipated releases. How might the “genetic” makeup of this year’s releases evolve your current playlists? Read More →

From the Curators: Summer Music Festival Guide

It’s the time of the year when festival season kicks off and many artists go on tour. Whether it’s under the blazing sun, surrounded by palm trees, in the mountains, or in a large sporting arena, there are plenty of opportunities to experience your favorite artist in person.

This summer, the popular early-90s Britpop movement is revived in full force with some of the genre’s early originators reuniting and hitting the road and festival circuit. Since headlining a show at Hyde Park for the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony, Blur have continued to headline major European festivals and will be back in the U.S. this spring for more! Pioneers of the Madchester movement, The Stone Roses,  have also reunited and set out on a world tour with plans of releasing their first album since 1994’s Second Coming.

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Spring forward with this season’s new music releases!

What better way to welcome more sunshine and warmer weather than with new music? Read on as we round up this upcoming season’s most talked about new songs and albums.

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Stay tuned for a bevy of new releases coming as we kick off Spring. Synth-Rock pioneers Depeche Mode recently showcased their new studio album Delta Machine on the Late Show with David Letterman along with the lead single “Heaven.” Popular boy band New Kids on the Block are back on the scene with their first album in five years,  titled 10, just in time as they embark on their summer tour along with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees. For the first weeks of April, keep an eye out for new releases from indie bands The Flaming Lips and The Strokes, country favorites Alan Jackson and The Band Perry, and hip hop artists Lil Wayne and Tyler The Creator. Also look out for your favorite American Idol alumni to release new albums this month including Fantasia Barrino, David Archuleta and Crystal Bowersox.

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From the Curators: Pandora’s Guide To Music From the Big Screen

Music has always been the heart of the movie industry. Intimate parlor rooms, crazy fraternity parties, a grand coronation or a foggy road are all are enhanced by music that fits what the audience sees on screen and helps to tell the story. With the Oscars being presented on Sunday to wrap up this year’s awards season, Pandora celebrates the music that makes our movies great with two genre stations: Film Scores and Movie Soundtracks. Let’s take a look back at some of the memorable music that Hollywood has offered moviegoers over the years. Read More →

From the Curators: Kicking Off 2013 with Collaborations, Reunions and Debuts

Judging by the talent the upcoming releases this winter has to offer, it’s going to be a great year of music!

As January draws to a close, you can already enjoy the new year’s newest offerings on Pandora, like ASAP Rocky, Yo La Tengo and Justin Timberlake‘s new single, “Suit & Tie“. Read on for other upcoming new and noteworthy additions (subject to change). Read More →

From the Curators: Hoist up the eggnog to this year’s bounty of new holiday releases!

‘Tis the season for new holiday music! Each year brings a new batch of holiday albums by a wide range of artists. And this year is no exception. With new releases and collections from top country artists, pop artists and old favorites, you’re sure to find something to satiate your holiday music appetite. Here is a breakdown of all the new holiday releases you can find on Pandora: Read More →

From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to Black Friday Listening

Every year, Black Friday falls on the day after Thanksgiving and has become the busiest shopping day of the year, now synonymous with waking up at 4 a.m. (or earlier!) and standing in line for hours with throngs of other eager shoppers all hoping to find the best deals. Whether you plan on braving the crowds this Black Friday or kicking back until Cyber Monday, we hope to provide potential gift ideas and alleviations to get you through the stress of holiday shopping. Read More →

Pandora Submission Spotlight: Caravan Of Thieves

“Gypsy swinging, serenading, fire-breathing circus freaks” is how this month’s Submission Spotlight artist, Caravan Of Thieves, has been described. Marrying old school gypsy swing and modern folk rock, this band has released two albums independently, with their first submission being added to Pandora in 2009. They have received much praise from Pandora listeners, fans and press for both their unique style of music, as well as their energetic and theatrical live shows.

caravan.JPGFormed in Bridgeport, CT by married couple Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, Caravan of Thieves began as a duo, performing in parks and on street corners. Their sound featured a blending of their voices with acoustic guitars, rounded out by various kitchen appliances providing percussive accompaniment.

Along the way they incorporated a violinist and an upright bassist. Drawing inspiration from the raw and charismatic performances of gypsy music and the 1930s swing era, coupled with a penchant for dark and macabre imagery, the lively sounding pop songs they crafted quickly began to resonate with audiences. Read More →

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