Without the tense, dissonant music supporting our most cherished nightmares, we’d hear only the entirely un-frightening stomp of blood-soaked boot heels, the tickling scrape of fingernails on the coffin lid, or the sing-song chirp of a final warning screech. For certain, horror without its musical accompaniment would be as mirthful and merry as any skip through a midnight cemetery overrun by a murder of rabid crows.
But add some music – discordant violin stabs, bludgeoning timpani thunder strokes, creeping bass synthesizers, or the solemn knell of funeral bells – and you turn a cheerful image like an empty noose swinging in an abandoned corn field beneath a sickle moon into something truly chilling. Read More →
Rome Ramirez is a singer and guitarist who also plays in the band Sublime With Rome. His reggae inspired rock style often includes a subtle use of vocal harmony and acoustic rhythm guitar. Other artists that can be heard on his station include Tyler Ward, Ludo and Blur. He came by with guitarist Matt Rodriguez and played his single “Terrorista”.
Golden Youth are a Nashville based duo whose alternative rock sound includes folk elements and intricate melodic phrasing. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Birdy, Merriment, and The Paper Kites. They came by the office with musicians Aaron Tosi, Phil Yancey and Jake Germany and played “Plans” off their EP The Cabin.
Bernhoft is a Norwegian multi-instrumentalist. He uses looping of his vocals and other instruments to add a unique touch to his R&B influenced sound. Other artists that can be heard on his Pandora station include John Mayer, Justin Nozuka and Maroon 5. He came by the office and played “Come Around” off his album Islander.
Roméo Testa is a singer from Los Angeles whose style is influenced by R&B, rock, and pop. Other artists that can be heard on his Pandora station include Ne-Yo, Raheem DeVaughn and Andy Grammer. He and band members DJ Harper and Kendall Lewis came by the office and played “I’m So Down” off his debut EP The End.
The Wood Brothers are brothers Chris Wood (upright bass) and Oliver Wood (guitar), and multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. A blend of folk, rock, and country sweetened with vocal harmonies comprise their Americana sound. Other artists that can be heard on their Pandora station include The Avett Brothers, The Black Keys and Old Crow Medicine Show. The trio came by the office and played “Sing About It” of their latest album The Muse. Read More →
The Autumn Defense is a band formed by Wilco members John Stirratt and Pat Sansone. The multi-instrumentalists have a mellow rock and folk influenced sound. Other artists that can be heard on their Pandora station include Elliott Smith, The Decemberists and The Jayhawks.
The duo stopped by the office and played “Every Day” off their album Once Around. Audio from the full session can be found here.
Run River North is an indie pop group with strong folk influences. Guitar-driven at heart, their sound is fleshed out by soft vocal harmonies and a variety of instruments, including violin, melodica, tambo. Other artists that can be heard on their Pandora station include Of Monsters & Men, Lord Huron, and The Head & the Heart. The six-piece came by the office and played “Growing Up” off their self-titled debut album. Audio from the full session can be found here.
Los Inquietos Del Norte are a conjunto norteño, known for their aggressive style of corridos and high energy performances. Their sound is characterized by the vocal duo of brothers, José and Rosalio Meza and features rapid accordion lines, driving bajo sexto licks and a high-powered rhythm section. Other artists that play on their Pandora station include Gerardo Ortiz, El Komander and Voz De Mando. They came by the office and played “Caiga Quien Caiga” off their album Los Psychos del Corrido los Psicópatas. Read More →
Lia Rose is a singer-songwriter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. After spending some time performing in the bands Or, The Whale and Minipop, Lia branched out on her own in 2011. Artists playing on her Pandora station include Linda Eder, Shirley Eikhard and Michelle Schmitt. Lia, along with Kelly McFarling on vocal harmonies, Kyle Caprista on drums and Tim Marcus on pedal steel came by Pandora’s headquarters in Oakland and performed “That Lion.” Hear audio from the full session here.