Next Wave Woman: Jacqueline Novak

It’s a great time to be a female comedian. With the rise of new media, women can steer their own career paths in innovative ways. The inventive, commanding, and very funny Jacqueline Novak is a shining example of this trend.

1029_Women_Leadership_JacquelineA former poet, Novak’s lyrical tendencies weave throughout Quality Notions. Her voice is a brassy, lilting, cocktail that’s equal parts Judy Tenuta, Amy Sedaris, and Megan Mullally, served with a twist of old-timey 1930s Gal Friday. She’s meta without disrupting her conversational delivery, flirting with established gender tropes before plunging into an alternate take so original that the audience forgets gender was ever a factor to begin with. Despite her disarming use of grammatical no-nos (ain’t is a favorite word), Novak’s fierce intellect demands to be reckoned with, whether explaining how to eat a single slice of pizza or expressing love “the hound’s way.” Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Bean performs “Lois Lane”

Noelle Bean is a singer/songwriter from Dallas, TX. Her pop/rock style feature catchy melodies, clever phrasing and smooth vocals. Other artists that can be heard on her station include Taylor SwiftBecky G, and Alex and Sierra. She came by the office and played her single “Lois Lane.”

Next Wave Woman: Tink

Trinity Home is the next woman you’ll be hearing on the bus, on TV and in the streets. Tink is her own new generation of performer, an extremely talented as a rapper, singer, actress and all around unique future sound.

1029_Women_Leadership_TinkTaking her youthful energy from Chicago to the world, Tink stands on her own with an original vocal style that grabs the listener and demands attention. Comparisons to Lauryn Hill, Missy and Tweet are apt but don’t fully describe Tink’s rare talent and originality. Read More →

Next Wave Woman: Chelsea Wolfe

You’d be hard-pressed to find a female singer-songwriter who appeals to metalheads and folkies alike. Chelsea Wolfe’s beautifully somber songs somehow traverse both realms. Her music has been aptly described as “drone-metal-art-folk.” She melds the dark, drones of doom metal with stark piano notes and guitar arpeggios – over which she sings in a haunting tenor trill. Her own compositions aside, she can cover the 1939 folk staple “You Are My Sunshine” alongside Burzum’s 1992 Norwegian black metal dirge “Black Spell Of Destruction” while retaining her signature sound and style.

1029_Women_Leadership_ChelseaChelsea began recording herself in her father’s home studio at age nine. When she began playing live, Chelsea preferred to perform in unorthodox locations like deserted nuclear plants, cathedrals and basements. Her lauded 2010 debut album The Grime and the Glow was recorded on a vintage eight-track. Her sophomore album Apokalypsis was tracked in a proper studio, but for Chelsea’s third full-length, Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, she chose to record deep in the woods of Northern California. Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Leftover Salmon performs “Western Skies”

Leftover Salmon is a bluegrass band from Boulder, Colorado. Their style blends elements of folk, rock, and country, with frequent use of banjo, mandolin, slide guitars, organ, piano, and vocal harmonies. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Railroad Earth, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Alison Krauss & Union Station. They came by the office and played “Western Skies” off their album High Country.

Anthony DeCurtis Chats With The Rolling Stones

In celebration of the The Rolling Stones’ ‘Zip Code’ tour, Pandora has launched a new station packed with handpicked track selections and exclusive commentary directly from the band. The interviews were conducted by award-winning author and journalist Anthony DeCurtis. In the special guest blog post below DeCurtis recounts his conversations with Mick, Keith and Ronnie in anticipation of their stateside tour. Listen to Zip Code Radio here.

A door opens in a hotel suite on Manhattan’s upper east side, and out steps Mick Jagger, characteristically full of energy. A few days before, I’d journeyed down to Soho to meet with Keith Richards, who strolled into the offices of his manager Jane Rose in an excellent mood, having just come from a long, celebratory lunch with his daughter Theodora, who turned thirty that day. Between those events, the genetically cheerful Ron Wood checked in by phone from London. All of this can mean only one thing: The Rolling Stones are going on the road again!

Rolling Stones_Brian RasicMore than fifty years ago, the Stones earned their reputation as “the greatest rock & roll band in the world,” and they still play with a ferocity that bands a third their age would envy. They’re booked stadiums for what they’re calling the Zip Code tour, but when the Stones take the stage, the bigger the venue, the bigger the impact.

“I’m hoping to turn every stadium into a club,” Keith says. “Thank God, we have Mick who can cover all the spectaculars, and the band, once we’re on stage, we feel like, ‘This is our club for the night – it’s just a big one!’” Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Dark Waves performs “The Heartbeat The Soul”

Dark Waves aka Nick Long is a multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles. His pop/rock/electronica infused sound features dynamic vocals, electric rhythm guitar and piano, and a subtle use of strings. Other artists that can be heard on his station include Fall Out Boy, Panic At The Disco, and The Script. He came by the office and played “The Heartbeat The Soul” off his self-titled debut EP.

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Guster performs “Long Night”

Guster is an alt-rock band from Boston, MA. Their folk and punk influenced sound features mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation, a vocal-centric aesthetic, and melodic songwriting. Other artists that can be heard on their station include The Shins, Ben Folds, and Coldplay. They came by the office and played “Long Night” off their latest album Evermotion.

Migos Announce Their Yung Rich Nation Tour Exclusively With Pandora

Last seen at the Pandora’s Discovery Den at SXSW with errr, a couple of their closest friends on stage with themAtlanta hip-hop trio MIGOS announced their Yung Rich Nation tour with OG Maco today EXCLUSIVELY to Pandora listeners, who will also have the opportunity to buy tickets before hand. How?  Go to www.MIGOSYRN.com to purchase tickets. Pre-sale will go live at 12pm PST. Be sure to use the promo code: MIGOSYRN when purchasing. Along with the announcement, Migos have launched a mixtape which you can listen to right HERE.

PANDORA SXSWMigos is one of the most renowned rap groups today with millions of spins, countless sold out shows around the world and a track record for putting out more music than anyone else in the game. The critically acclaimed group has officially announced their highly anticipated debut album YRN Tha Album to be released on June 16th via Quality Control (distributed by 300 Entertainment). The album will feature all-star collaborations with the likes of Lil WayneChris Brown and Meek Mill. It will also include high-caliber production from DJ MustardZaytovenHonorable C NoteTM88 of 808MafiaMurda (“Emmitt Smith”)De-Ko (Hit Em,” “One Time), and Cheeze Beatz (Handsome & Wealthy). Their heavy-hitting lead track “One Time” has received immense praise, which Rolling Stone crowned “a great single” and Complex called “mesmerizing” and “infectious.”   Here’s hoping that by the time you’ve read this, you’ve started your own Migos station.  See you at a show?

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Noel Torres performs “Para Qué Tantos Besos”

Noel Torres is a contemporary Regional Mexican singer and accordionist. Stylistically rooted in the Norteño tradition, he performs both corridos and ballads with an updated feel and approach, backed by both conjuntos and bandas. Other artists that can be heard on his station are Gerardo Ortiz, Calibre 50 and Voz De Mando. Noel stopped by our office and played “Para Qué Tantos Besos” from his latest release La Balanza.

Noel Torres es un cantante y acordeonista contemporáneo de música regional mexicana. Con un estilo caracterizado por raíces tradicionales norteñas, él es intérprete de corridos y baladas con un enfoque y aire moderno, acompañado igualmente por conjuntos y bandas. Otros artistas que se pueden escuchar en su estación son Gerardo Ortiz, Calibre 50 y Voz De Mando. Noel visitó nuestra sede y tocó para nosotros el tema “Para Qué Tantos Besos” de su álbum más reciente La Balanza.