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My Head Is An Animal – Of Monsters and Men Live

When I speak their name, it evokes feelings of dancing in mystical, magic fields, of firefly’s and dandelions flying in the wind…Of Monsters and Men.

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The Sydney State Theatre was a flawless venue choice for the OMAM gig. With beautiful, ornate chandeliers, historic gilted walls and sweeping staircases combined with OMAM’s enchanting melodies, we felt like we were entering a fairy tale. 

“Crystals” was being performed as Jackie, my fellow folk rock devotee, and I found our seats. But, alas, “King and Lionheart” got us back on our feet. We were told to go closer to the stage if we wanted to dance. Closer to the stage? We couldn’t get there fast enough as “Empire”, “Slow Life” and “Human” filled the theatre.

Jackie and I twirled our way through the crowd, until we were so close to Nanna and Ragner, we could see their guitar picks. This was just in time for a favourite of ours; “Mountain Sound”.

Here we stayed for the remainder of the performance, getting swallowed by the swaying crowd as we sang loudly out of tune to songs like “Lakehouse” and “Six Weeks”. The indie folk band didn’t seem to mind and treated us to “Dirty Paws” and “Silhouettes” for their encore, concluding with the moving, “We Sink”.

Seeing this six-piece Icelandic group live is a spiritual experience. They have the ability to convey a plethora of human emotions with their hauntingly striking vocals, rhythmic acapella and mixture of regimental drumming and brass.

To experience Of Monsters and Men’s dulcet tones, listen on Pandora.

Words: Cherie Brady, Ad Operations, Pandora Australia
Image: Jackie Dunfee, Ad Operations, Pandora Australia 

Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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Psychedelic rock mastermind ventures into electronica.

Tame Impala

Tame Impala (aka Aussie Kevin Parker) perfected lilting, hypnotic, Beatles-esque psychedelia on his first two albums. With Currents, he reinvents himself. Guitars are all but abandoned for keyboards, DJ-style looping and filter trickery. There’s even R&B crooning, evoking great genre-smashers from Beck to Daft Punk. It’s a strong contender for album of the year. –Party Ben

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Americana tunesmith hits his stride.

Billy Shaddox

Billy Shaddox’s I Melt, I Howl revives “Golden Coast,” a decade-old chestnut from his prior project Billy Midnight. But the weight of paying his dues is intensely palpable this time around when Shaddox sings, “Somewhere it seems/ I lost my dreams/ Or it might be/ That they were all taken away.” Stellar guitar solos abound. –Eric Shea

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Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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Oakland metal trio melts their own faces.

High On Fire album art

High On Fire gets countlessly compared to Motörhead, Celtic Frost, Slayer, etc. But their 2015 masterwork Luminiferous will change all this. From Matt Pike’s relentless fretboard wizardry to the band’s well-oiled rhythm section chugging throughout, Luminiferous is so godhead that from now on, other (worthy) bands will be compared to High On Fire. –Eric Shea

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Taylor Negron lives on with UnCabaret Presents.

taylornegronIn the wake of his untimely death earlier this year, ‘90s alt-comedy showcase UnCabaret has released a compilation of beloved comedian’s Negron’s finest sets and “UnCabaret moments.” Tales include bumming cigarettes to Jude Law and Heath Ledger at an Oscar party, adventures with his childhood pet monkey and discovering a cult for models. –Kelly Anneken

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Nneka performs “Shining Star”

Nneka is a hip hop/soul singer from Nigeria. Her unique sound features modern r&b stylings, a reggae feel, powered by extensive vamping, prominent percussion and emotional vocals. Other artists that can be heard on her station include Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Sade. She came by and played “Shining Star” off her album Soul Is Heavy.

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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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Ivan & Alyosha performs “Bury Me Deep”

Ivan & Alyosha is an indie pop-rock band from Seattle.Their folk influenced sound has a vocal-centric aesthetic, with mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Lord Huron, The Lumineers and Gregory Alan Isakov. They came by and played “Bury Me Deep” off their recent album It’s All Just Pretend.

Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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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 →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: AURORA performs “Running With The Wolves”

AURORA is a singer/songwriter from Norway. Her style features elements of electronica and folk, with melodic songwriting and smooth vocals. Other artists that can be heard on her station include Ellie Goulding, Angus And Julia Stone, and Lorde. She came by with musician Odd Martin Skålnes and played “Running With The Wolves” off her debut EP.

Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

933_MusicMonday_BlogThis is how you reissue an album.

Rolling_StonesThe Rolling Stones totally get it. Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe) comes with 23 extra songs. There’s an alternate version of “Brown Sugar” with Eric Clapton playing a mean sounding slide guitar. The Gram Parsons inspired “Wild Horses” gets the acoustic strip-down. And a live cover of “Little Queenie” boasts a bionic boogie. –Eric Shea

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Hudson Mohawke Radiates Creativity on Lantern

Hudson_MohawkeScottish producer Hudson Mohawke (real name Ross Birchard) vaulted from Glasgow obscurity to Kanye West producer and, arguably, inventor of trap music. But on his second album Lantern, he doesn’t aim for hits, instead exploring jittery noise, surprising samples, and emotive vocals, delivering a remarkably assured and innovative work, aglow with inspiration and soul. –Party Ben

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