Michelle Solomon

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

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 

Ian Edwards

Ian Edwards’ debut album 100% Half-Assed is the very first release from Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco Records, which is “committed to championing groundbreaking comedy, in the tradition of “CONAN” on TBS.”  Edwards describes his comedy as “edgy, observational humor with a point of view,” which he applies to a variety of topics including veganism, his Jamaican roots, and Bruce Lee. Edwards is a prolific actor and writer, as well as the host of podcasts Soccer Comics and The Preposterous Sessions.

Bok Bok

Night Slugs co-founder Bok Bok takes a new direction, combining his roots in Bass and Grime with the chilled out sounds of R&B and Funk. He’s calling the results R&G — Rhythm & Grime. The EP Your Charizmatic Self leads off with “Melba’s Call”, where nasty synth sounds collide with analog drum claps, creating a perfect instrumental bed for vocalist Kelela. “Howard” sounds like an 80’s Boogie B-Side remixed with the rumble of Bok Bok’s infamous sub bass. The remaining tracks slow down, bringing you into the chilled out world of Night Slug’s latest creation.

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In the spirit of Emitt Rhodes, Joey Stec, Chris Bell, Dwight Twilley, Harry Nilsson and Todd Rundgren – Casey Shea is a top-shelf tune-smith specializing in orchestral power-pop. His music is as timeless, moving and catchy as any of his influences.

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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

Arstidir

A popular request from Pandora listeners, Arstidir are a vocal-based acoustic ensemble from Reykjavik with a sound unique to the Icelandic music scene mixing influences such as progressive rock, indie, chamber music, and traditional Icelandic folk music. All six members are distinguished players known from various bands in the Reykjavik scene and, since their formation in 2008, have released two records praised by critics, had two number-one hits on Icelandic radio, and have played sold out venues all over Europe.

Moody Good

Eddie Jeffreys, aka Moody Good, got his start as half of dubstep duo 16bit. Stepping out of the mold he crafts a recording that weaves bass, R&B, ambient, hip hop and more into a dystopian web of sound that The Guardian says “someone like Bjork might enjoy”. Which makes sense, as 16bit contributed significantly to Bjork’s Biophilia!

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Singer, drag queen and television personality, most known for appearing on the seventh season of American Idol and the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Adore Delano is currently dominating the Dance and Pop charts with the release of her debut album Till Death Do Us Party. Her music has been described as “Britney Spears with a real personality, actual vocal talent and lucidness. Or Gwen Stefani unconcerned with radio play and chart positions. Delano has a rich, raspy tone that takes the material to surprisingly soulful places. She’s alternately hopeful and heartbroken, forceful and fragile.” Read More →

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

Bobby Avey

An emerging star in the jazz community, Bobby Avey has been praised by The New Yorker magazine as “a young pianist of invention and refinement.” He has released three solo albums since 2010, with his latest album Authority Melts From Me being a quintet suite inspired by the rhythms found in Haitian voodoo drumming, paying homage to the Haitian culture and featuring guest appearances from notable jazz artists like Miguel Zenon and Ben Monder.

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Matt Sucich’s music is at times reminiscent of early 2000s Freak Folk. But listen to a few of his songs and it’s immediately apparent that he’s more interested in crafting innovative tunes than dressing up a song with retro psychedelic trimmings and weird-for-the-sake-of-weird novelties. Sucich also blends elements of 1970s Country Rock twang and 1990s tinged Indie Rock melodies into his unique blend of Folk Rock. Read More →

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

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Hailing from New Zealand – singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist Janine & the Mixtape spent time in Brooklyn, NY to complete her debut EP Dark Mind. She’s layering R&B, Hip-Hop and Indie to create a soulful New Wave-tinged R&B. Since its release last summer, she has been garnering buzz across the board with her smoky vocals, capturing attention of both artists and record labels.

Hans Christian

Hans Christian is a German-born multi-instrumentalist who incorporates New Age, Indian, Ethnic Fusion, Chamber Jazz and Classical music into his compositions. Since his 1994 debut album, he has released seven studio albums including the popular Undefended Heart, a solo cello album with live loops and delays. Read More →

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

Anthony Skinner & The Immersion Family Band

A singer, songwriter, producer and author, Anthony Skinner has penned tracks for renowned praise and worship artists like Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, Jesus Culture, Bethel Music and CeCe Winans on her GRAMMY Award winning project Thy Kingdom Come. Along with his group, The Immersion Family Band, they are currently topping the charts with their worship anthem “Your Love Never Fails” off the EP by the same name.

Molly Kate Kestner

The voice behind the YouTube hit “His Daughter,” 18-year-old singer-songwriter Molly Kestner wrote the tune with “…a cracked iPhone and out-of-tune piano.” The track has already reached over 1.5 million views and is receiving praise from CNN, The Huffington Post and Star Trek actor George Takei.

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Born in the Ayacucho (the heart of Peru), Florencio Coronado was considered one of the premier folk harpists in the late 1950s. Throughout his career leading to his death in 2009, he had toured through Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Read More →

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

Mark Ballas

Singer-songwriter who is better known to most as a professional ballroom dancer on the ABC program Dancing With The Stars. As a youth, he was member of a pop trio called 2B1G (2 Boys 1 Girl) along with fellow dancers Julianne Hough and Derek Hough. He premiered his debut single “Get My Name” on a recent episode of DWTS and had the track trending worldwide on Twitter, moving the song to #24 on the iTunes Top Singles chart.

Light Fantastic

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 10.26.47 AMSan Francisco’s Light Fantastic plays their jangle-pop with one foot planted in the sand and the other in the paisley underground. With ample help from Rex John Shelverton (Vue, Tamaryn), Light Fantastic’s Byrdsian jangle gets the post-shoegaze treatment with tasteful washes of reverb and gauzy guitars that sound like the Rickenbackers from Beachwood Sparks and RIDE had a baby. Singer Terry Sowers sounds like he could be the missing link between The Beach Boys and Allah-Las. Read More →

Inside The Collection: Weekly Curator Picks

This is what our music curators are listening to this week on Pandora!

New Artist Additions

DJ Cassidy
A New York DJ who is known for his work at celebrity functions, including the 50th birthday party and 2009 inauguration of President Obama, and the 2008 wedding of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. He is gearing up for his debut album Paradise Royale, out in June, where he will bring together a 14-piece string section and musicians like Nile Rodgers (Chic), Ray Parker Jr., Mary J. Blige, Chromeo, Estelle, Cee Lo Green, Robin Thicke, Jessie J and more. His recently dropped single “Make The World Go Round” features a guest appearance by R. Kelly.

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Nightbringer
Nightbringer are one of those rare black metal bands that can swirl their cacaphony of guitar maelstroms to sound like a beautiful orchestra of evil. With equal parts restraint and tantrum, they’re absolute masters at reining in their chaos. Also, their singer sounds like he can gargle glass and barf blood into a Shure SM-58 microphone. Read More →

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 →