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.

Day 4: Discovery Den’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Finale

The fourth and final day of Pandora’s SXSW Discovery Den was heavy with diversity and ended with one of Austin’s heaviest hitters. Four days of hard work, some sweat, some rain, a lot of BBQ and so, so much music came to it’s grand finale last night.

Here are some of the highlights…

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Zella Day introduced herself telling the audience that they’re “…very badass for standing in the rain.” The packed crowd reciprocated her love and modesty with hoots and hollers. If I had to compare Day to someone it would be a younger Aimee Mann and some of her songs have a beautiful darkness that sounds very informed by Fiona Apple. Her set opened with “The Outlaw Josie Wales,” a swooning, soaring amorous pop song that compares her muse to Clint Eastwood’s iconic western anti-hero. The standout song for me was “Milk & Honey,” it had the bouyancy of sunny California indie-pop. Another standout was her closing song, “Hypnotic,” a sultry insta-hit with a hard and heavy groove. Read More →

Americana Burned Through The Rain On Day 3 Of Discovery Den

Americana fans are troopers, they braved the hard, pouring rain. It was awesome to see a bunch of people still digging it as if the sun was out and shining. And I can understand why, every one of these acts set the stage on fire.

Here’s a bit of what happened on Day 3 of Discovery Den…

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Before the rain came down, Andrew Combs set the tone in more friendly Austin weather. From the first verse of the first song, he and his band reminded me of early Whiskeytown, but more sophisticated and studied. He’s blending a lot of old school country and soul into his own tone. He sound-checked with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” from Nashville Skyline, but he didn’t play it live. Would love to hear his full take on that one. Combs’ rhythm section was solid. Read More →

Discovery Den’s Hip-Hop and Soul Came Out For Day 2

Day two of #PandoraSXSW showed the soulful side of R&B, powerhouse hip-hop and lots of hands in the air. Discovery Den’s second day featured huge crowds onstage and off and ended with Wyclef Jean singing from the balcony.

Here’s some of what happened…

GG2A2592Raury brought dynamic drama to the stage.His full band, complete with keytar, drums, bass and back up singers joined him onstage. Raury turned out out arena quality rock, thought provoking folk, rap and heartfelt soul all in one set. We got to know him well, he introduced the audience to his dog and wore an outfit that set the tone for revolution. Read More →

Discovery Den Went Electronic On Day 1

The weather decided to cooperate on day one of Pandora’s Discovery Den, in the daytime the sun brought out the soulful side of electronic music and the warm night brought even more dancing.

A few highlights include…

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The Seattle duo ODESZA concocted  their signature sound of pitched R&B vocals with lush beats from controllers and live drumming on the side.  Highlights of the set included their heavy remix of ZHU‘s “Faded” and the crowd went wild when they dropped their hit “Sun Models.” Read More →

We’re Getting Happy with Pharrell

How are you celebrating the third annual International Day of Happiness on March 20? We are happy (get it?) to have teamed up with Pharrell Williams to help promote the celebration of happiness.

pharrellPharrell curated a special mixtape, with artists including A Tribe Called Quest, BeckGwen Stefani, Luther Vandross, Weezer and more. Not only will you find a pretty solid listening experience, the mixtape also has information on how you can participate in Pharrell’s Happy Party.

What songs make you happy?

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: The Ting Tings perform “Do It Again”

The Ting Tings are an electro-dance-pop duo from Manchester, England. Their danceable style features punk, disco, and electronica influences with interweaving vocal harmony and a prominent use of synth. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Lily Allen, M.I.A., and The Shins. Katie and Jules came by and played “Do It Again” off their latest album Super Critical.

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Fever Fever performs “Hypnotized”

Fever Fever is an alternative rock band from Columbus, OH. Their style features mellow rock instrumentation, with frequent of vocal harmonies and accordion. Other artists that can be heard on their station include One Direction, St Lucia, and Matchbox Twenty. They came by and played “Hypnotized” off their album Aftermath.

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.

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.”