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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 it now being almost a full two months into the new year, we figured it’s about that time for some musical motivation to help keep those fitness  resolutions alive.

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 favorite workout stations so far for this year, with Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout being the unanimous favorite 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: Brendan Mayer performs “Figure It Out”

Brendan Mayer is a singer-songwriter and son of Peter Mayer (guitarist for Jimmy Buffett). His folk-rooted style often features melodic songwriting, mellow rock instrumentation, and extensive vamping. Other artists that can be heard on his station include Joshua Radin, Iron & Wine, and Christina Perri. He came by with musicians Zeb Briskovich and Miles Vandiver and played “Figure it Out” off his EP The Getaway Car.

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Beach Day performs “All My Friends Were Punks”

Beach Day is a surf-rock duo from Florida. Kimmy Drake and Skyler Black make up the band, who’s punk influenced sound frequently features electric rock instrumentation, extensive vamping, and a vocal centric aesthetic. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Alabama Shakes, Pixies and Seapony. They came by with musicians Caroline Sands and Daniel Zerbo and played “All My Friends Were Punks” off their album Native Echoes.

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

Drake drops a bomb out of nowhere, releasing mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late before Views From the 6. 

Drake.jpgShowcasing creative production with samples from Ginuwine to Henry Krinkle, Drizzy continues to expand his sound and vibe. Singing, rapping and slurring his way to the top, Drake floats his rhymes and melodies like a relaxed NBA player warmed up and ready for the finals.

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

Finally! Garage-rock is dangerous again. 

Death Valley Girls.jpgYou want real deal garage-rock recorded by an actual girl gang? Look no further than Los Angeles’ Death Valley Girls. Rumors have it that there’s a hit out on the punk who stole frontwoman Bonnie Bloomgarden’s orange Fender Mustang. Electric High blends the vocal venom of Bikini Kill with the reverberated ferocity of The Makers.

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: La Ley performs “La Mentira”

La Ley is a Latin pop/rock band from Chile. One of the pioneering groups that rose to international fame during the Rock En Español furor of the 90’s, the band helped set the template that was emulated by countless groups. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Maná, Enanitos Verdes and Jaguares. They came by our offices and played “La Mentira” off their latest release, Retour.

La Ley es un grupo chileno que contribuyeron gran parte en la formulación del estético del género rock en español en los años 90, siendo emulados por numerosos grupos. Otros artistas que tocan en su estación de Pandora son Maná, Enanitos Verdes y Jaguares. Visitaron nuestra sede y nos tocaron el tema, ‘La Mentira,’ de su lanzamiento más reciente, “Retour.”

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Ryan Key of Yellowcard performs “Make Me So”

Yellowcard is a pop-punk band from Jacksonville, Florida. They frequently use a mix of acoustic and electric instrumentation, with vocal harmonies in their music. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Blink 182, All Time Low, and Fall Out Boy. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Ryan Key came by and played “Make Me So” off their album Lift a Sail.

GRAMMY Performers Win Big

Sam Smith might have taken home the most GRAMMY hardware Sunday night, but it was the performers who struck gold with listeners.

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Who came out on top? Performer (and nominee) Brandy Clark saw the biggest boost, with a 3763% increase in station adds through Monday. Beck, a double threat as performer and winner was close behind with a 2191% increase. Read More →

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

Resonance

Bjork comes to terms with heartache on her deepest cut to date.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.26.19 PMOn her latest single, the Icelandic chanteuse details the breakdown of her relationship. “Stonemilker” is a beautiful, gut wrenching, torturous requiem that nearly clocks in at seven minutes in length. The former Sugarcubes singer delivers a personal confessional that we can find solace and comfort in.

 

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Big booming drums and swirling synths transform lush, radio-ready modern pop into something more adventurous.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.29.37 PMDella Memoria’s Beautiful Dream is haunting, hushed, bombastic and dramatic. Emily Sholes’s gorgeous vocals glide from throaty croon to swoon-inducing soar over a moody, sometimes experimental backdrop of raucous rhythms, pulsing churn and ethereal balladry. For fans of Lorde, Phantogram.

 

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A pioneer of electronic music, Aphex Twin breaks out sparse jazzy beats.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 1.35.03 PMAfter years of sparse releases, we get two in five months! The title hints at what’s inside. While Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2 is reminiscent of the meditative tracks from Drukqs, what really stands out here is Alarm Will Sound’s excellent 2005 acoustic take on Aphex Twin.

 

 

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