Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Leighton Meester performs “Heartstrings”

Leighton Meester is a singer-songwriter and actress. Her musical style blends elements of pop, rock, folk and country, with a focus on vocals, accompanied by acoustic and electric instrumentation. Other artists that can be heard on her station include Taylor Swift, Hozier and Miranda Lambert. She came by with musicians Jeff Trott and Ryan Pettersen and played the title track off her recently released album “Heartstrings”.

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Better Than Ezra performs “Gonna Get Better”

Better Than Ezra is a pop/rock band from New Orleans. Their style often features both acoustic rhythm guitars and electric rock instrumentation with a subtle use of vocal harmonies. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Matchbox Twenty, The Goo Goo Dolls, and Counting Crows. They came by and played “Gonna Get Better” off their latest album All Together Now.

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Francisca Valenzuela performs “Siempre Eres Tú”

Francisca Valenzuela is a Chilean-American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her style oscillates between dance pop and stripped down expressions of love and loss, often including a touch of humor. Other artists that can be heard on her station include Shakira, La Oreja de Van Gogh and Ximena Sarinana. She came by and played “Siempre Eres Tú” off her album Tajo Abierto.

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Craft Spells perform “Nausea”

Craft Spells is an alternative rock band from Seattle, fronted by Justin Vallesteros. Their vocal-centric style frequently features basic rock song structures, electronica influences, and major key tonality. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Savoir Adore, Washed Out, and Neon Indian. They came by the office and played the title track off their album Nausea.

10 Thumbs Ups For Christmas

Guest blogger and current Pandora Comedy Spotlight comedian Dan Cummins muses on the holidays…

Christmas stresses me the hell out. Let’s start there.

I feel like every year I end up rushing around at the last minute to buy gifts, terrified that I’ll spend way too much money on a bunch of poorly thought-out doodads everyone will just hate anyway.

I worry that my two kids Kyler and Monroe will LOVE the presents they get from their mom (my ex-wife), and that my gifts will quickly fall into the pile of undesirables which will be almost immediately placed in the bottom of a closet where they will remain until given to Goodwill in untouched, mint condition. Ugh.

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I worry that my fiancé will get me a WAY better gift than I’ll get her, and I’ll be so riddled with shame and guilt that I’ll barely be able to enjoy my third helping of mashed potatoes and gravy. And I really worry that there won’t be enough mashed potatoes and gravy for me to have a third helping.

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Jesse Boykins performs “Plain”

Jesse Boykins III is an American R&B singer. His soulful sound combines modern R&B styling with electronica and jazz influences, and frequently features romantic lyrics. Other artists that can be heard on his station include Jill Scott, Maxwell, and Erykah Badu. He came by the office with guitarist, Eun Wha Lee (JinJoo), and pianist, Basil Wajdowicz, and played “Plain” off his recent album Love Apparatus.

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: The California Honeydrops perform “All Day, All Night”

The California Honeydrops are an American blues band with modern R&B stylings and gospel influences. A variety of instruments, including horns, organ, acoustic rhythm piano and guitar are used to create their soulful groove. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Ben Harper. They came by and played “All Day, All Night” off their album Like You Mean It.