The Pandora Team

Get Em While They’re Hot – A Dozen Picks for 2015’s Song of the Summer

songs of summer visualBeaches, BBQ, warm nights, friends – just a few of the ingredients that make for a great summer, but at Pandora we have to admit that we’re a bit biased when it comes to what we thinks is the most important one: music.  A single song can capture the vibe of summer and leave an impression for years to come. The one you listen to with the windows down cruising down the highway, or that’s blaring as you cannonball into the deep end.  It’s the thing that years from now can transport you back to THIS summer.  Don’t believe us?  We dare you to blast Summer Hits of the 90s and not be transported to a time of ill-advised fashion but admittedly awesome music. Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Set It Off performs “Why Worry”

Set If Off is a pop/rock band from Tampa, Florida. Their punk-influenced sound often features basic rock song structures, varying tempo, and electric rhythm guitars.

Other artists that can be heard on their station include Fall Out Boy, All Time Low and Panic At The Disco. They came by the office and played “Why Worry” off their album Duality.

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks


The duality of country and rock is further explored.

Jekyll_Hyde“Beautiful Drug” opens Jekyll + Hyde with its crosshairs aimed square at Top 40’s jugular. For just over three minutes you’ll think Zac Brown Band has gone shopping mall pop until “Loving You Easy” follows with their signature roots-rock sound. Their cover of Jason Isbell’s “Dress Blues” is top shelf Americana. –Eric Shea


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After two decades, these nineties Texan noise-rockers return with what might be their best record yet.

CherubsOn the surface, Cherubs seem to be taking up right where 1994’s Heroin Man left off; all super-distorted guitars and monster drumming. But on 2 Ynfynyty, the group adds surprisingly melodic vocals and hooks galore, resulting in some serious (noise) pop song craft. –Andee Connors


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“This was such a passion project that I thought maybe it was a little self-indulgent,” says Josh Groban. “But show after show, I would meet fans and they would say ‘When are you going to do a Broadway album?’ And any time I would dip my toes into that world, they went nuts. So I thought, maybe this is actually a win-win—maybe not only is this something I really wanted to make for a long time, but the fans really frickin’ want to hear this album.”

Josh GrobranGroban, who has sold over 25 million records worldwide, sat down at Pandora’s New York City offices for an exclusive conversation about his new album, Stages. The record marks the first time that the singer has dedicated an entire project to songs that originated in musical theater. (In addition to the interview, Groban worked with Pandora worked to curate a custom mixtape, launching today, featuring his favorite songs from a wider range of Broadway
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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: The Lone Bellow performs “Then Came The Morning”


The Lone Bellow is an Americana/folk band based in Brooklyn, NY. Vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentation are at the center of their soulful sound. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and The Avett Brothers. They came by the office and played “Then Came The Morning”, the title track off their latest album.

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks



Your favorite rap stoners celebrated 420 by breaking Prohibition for the second time. 

Berner & B-RealCypress Hill’s B-Real joins Bay Area slanger Berner for the follow-up to the immensely popular Prohibition. Guests Sage the GeminiB-Legit and Scarface roll one for the crew. Prohibition Part 2 by Berner & B-Real drifts from LA to the Bay with some slow-burning west coast beats. –J. Boogie


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Here’s looking at shoe, kid!

Shana_FalanaThere was a time in the early ‘90s when San Francisco was America’s shoegazing capital. Shana Falana lived there when local bands hoarded effect pedals and The Brian Jonestown Massacre played regular “Soundgasm” residencies. With its gauzy guitars and wistful vocals, Set Your Lightning Fire Free sounds like a sonic celebration of Falana’s Barbary Coastal roots. –Eric Shea

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Sam Smith – Will You Go to Prom With Us?

The preparation, the stress, the perfect outfit, the photo documentation…ah, the promposal. For those of you looking to seal the deal, we think setting the promposal to music is a surefire way to ensure a “Yes!” So, without further adieu:

How to create your own custom promprosal station, in six simple steps:

  1. Let’s get started – type in your date’s favorite artist or song.
  2. Mix it up! Click the “Add Variety” option underneath the station name. Add as many artists or songs to make a station worthy of your perfect prom.
  3. Now that you made it, give it a name. Click the arrow to the right of the station and select “Rename This Station”.  Make it good – you need them to say yes.
  4. Put on your game face, you got this.
  5. Unleash your station on your lucky promposal recipient – go back to your friendly arrow, but this time select the “Share” button.
  6. Enjoy prom – you’re welcome.

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Watch Out! Pandora is Available for Apple Watch.

You now have even more ways to discover, enjoy and personalize the music you love with Pandora on Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch is here (for some of us) and we are excited to be one of the first apps you can experience. You can access your favorite stations, thumb songs and control playback from your Apple Watch.

Glances on Apple Watch allow you to get a quick view of the music you love – whether you are out for a brisk run or just running errands for the family. You can also easily access new music notifications and control the volume without taking out your phone.

Launching on Apple Watch marks the latest wearable technology device where Pandora is available. This also marks another opportunity for our more than 81.5 million monthly listeners to effortlessly enjoy and discover the music they love anywhere, anytime. We look forward to learning more about the wearables space from our launch on Apple Watch and will continue to explore how we can develop meaningful and truly seamless listening experiences for our listeners on new devices and technologies.

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: of Montreal performs “Estocadas”

of Montreal is an alternative/indie band lead by singer/guitarist Kevin Barnes. Their style features synth rock arranging, electronica influences, use of vocal harmonies with mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation. Other artists that can be heard on their station include The Shins, Belle & Sebastian, and Arcade Fire. Kevin came by for a solo performance, and performed “Estocadas” of the album Aureate Gloom.