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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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ODESZA Announces “In Return World Tour” On Pandora

Freshly off the festival circuit, ODESZA has partnered with Pandora to officially announce their upcoming world tour called the “In Return World Tour.” The tour itself begins in Wellington, New Zealand on September 24th and continues in Australia, Europe and finishes in the US.

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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 Summer. Launch the mixtape, and get pumped for the ODESZA “In Return World Tour” now: http://pdora.co/odeszatour.
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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Indigo Girls perform “Happy In The Sorrow Key”

The Indigo Girls (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers) are a folk/rock duo from Georgia. Their style features dynamic vocals, interweaving harmonies, acoustic/electric instrumentation and narrative rich lyrics.

Other artists that can be heard on their station include Brandi Carlile, Tracy Chapman and Adele. They came by the office and played “Happy In The Sorrow Key” off their latest album One Lost Day.

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

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ODESZA Announces “In Return World Tour” On Pandora

Note:  Scroll down for individual links for each Pandora pre-sale tour date.

Freshly off the festival circuit, ODESZA has partnered with Pandora to officially announce their upcoming world tour called the “In Return World Tour.” Starting at 10am local time today, Pandora listeners will have an opportunity to buy tickets to the band’s US fall tour before the general public, using the code: PANDORA. The tour itself begins in New Orleans with Pandora Presents: ODESZA on Friday, October 30th. Click on the tour date of your choosing below, to get your special offer tickets now.

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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 Summer. Launch the mixtape, and get pumped for the ODESZA “In Return World Tour” now: http://pdora.co/odeszatour.
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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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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Everclear performs “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart”

Everclear is an alternative rock band from Portland, OR. Their style is rooted in hard rock with punk influences, and features dynamic vocals and electric guitar riffs. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Blink-182, Weezer and Third Eye Blind. They came by the office and played “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart” off their latest album Black Is The New Black.

Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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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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Country Built

Today we add another great guest blogger to the list of venerable scribes who have written for us.  First Anthony DeCurtis wrote about the legendary Rolling Stones, recently Alan Light gave us his take on Josh Groban, and now James Sullivan is talking COUNTRY BUILT. James is the author of four books, including biographies of James Brown and George Carlin, and a frequent contributor to the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone and more. He’s at www.jamessullivanauthor.com and on Twitter @sullivanjames.  

country builtCountry music is often called a storytelling music. As the great songwriter Harlan Howard once said, it’s “three chords and the truth.”  On Pandora’s new specialty station, Country Built, we’re recalling some of the best stories about American music.

Your host, Otis Gibbs – himself a mighty fine songwriter in the traditional American mode – is your tour guide through more than half a century of landmark recordings by timeless artists. Each episode of Country Built will also feature a special appearance from a “future” representative of the style. Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Good Old War performs “Broken Into Better Shape”

Good Old War is an indie-rock band from Philadelphia. Their folk-rooted style often features melodic songwriting, acoustic rhythm guitars, and vocal harmonies. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Iron & Wine, The Shins and The Lumineers. They came by the office and played “Broken Into Better Shape”, the title track off their upcoming album.