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Rebel Heart is a testament and reinforcement to Madge’s relevance.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.42.03 PMEven with a premature leak and subsequent release of six tracks last year, Rebel Heart is probably Madonna’s most varied and satisfying record in years. Offering upbeat EDM cuts, lush ballads and catchy pop ditties, she proves even to new audiences that she can still dominate the pop industry.

 

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Swervedriver’s first album in 17 years plays like the ‘90s never ended.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 10.50.14 PMMy Bloody Valentine finally releasing an album after a 22-year hiatus may have resurrected shoegazing. Slowdive are back together, RIDE has reunited and now Swervedriver have dropped their first album since 1998. I Wasn’t Born To Lose You somehow sounds very ‘90s without succumbing to predictable retro trappings.

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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?

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Carly Rae Jepsen returns with the ridiculously infectious “I Really Like You.”

Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 12.53.30 PMFollowing the coattails of “Call Me Maybe,” the breakout anthem of 2011, Canada’s Carly Rae Jepsen’s 80s-inspired, sugary single “I Really Like You” is slated to be one of the big hits of the summer. Make sure to check out the music video featuring Tom Hanks lip-syncing her lyrics!

 

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Nitty-gritty sophomore album from Oakland supergroup Sir Lord Von Raven.

Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 12.52.32 PMAfter a six-year wait, The Age Of Machines has finally landed and was worth the wait. Featuring members of The Time Flys, The Gris Gris and Extra Classic; the impressively lengthy album (22 tracks!) crosses ‘60s Detroit soul/psych-rock and 70s glam with a toughness and swagger that rivals Mick Jagger.

 

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Carly Rae Jepsen returns with the ridiculously infectious “I Really Like You.”

Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 12.53.30 PMFollowing the coattails of “Call Me Maybe,” the breakout anthem of 2011, Canada’s Carly Rae Jepsen’s 80s-inspired, sugary single “I Really Like You” is slated to be one of the big hits of the summer. Make sure to check out the music video featuring Tom Hanks lip-syncing her lyrics!

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

Nitty-gritty sophomore album from Oakland supergroup Sir Lord Von Raven.

Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 12.52.32 PMAfter a six-year wait, The Age Of Machines has finally landed and was worth the wait. Featuring members of The Time Flys, The Gris Gris and Extra Classic; the impressively lengthy album (22 tracks!) crosses ‘60s Detroit soul/psych-rock and 70s glam with a toughness and swagger that rivals Mick Jagger.

 

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Resonance Rap and EDM party together at the strip club.

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 1.35.48 PMOn “Drop That Kitty,” Ty Dolla $ign brings the Auto-Tuned raps; Tinashe sings the hook while Charli drops her sassy suburban chants. All of this sexual energy is expertly draped over a DJ Mustard-esque beat that sounds tailor-made for the strip club. Drop that indeed!

 

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Sir Richard Bishop finds inspiration in a guitar from the 1890s!

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 1.35.27 PMSir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) was so captivated by an old guitar he bought in Geneva that he took it on tour to Tangier and recorded this album on his nights off. Virtuosic, diverse and intimate; The Tangier Sessions will resonate with fans of beautiful acoustic guitar music.

 

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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 favourite workout stations so far for this year, with Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout being the unanimous favourite 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 →

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In the true spirit of Florence, “What Kind Of Man” is big and bold. 

Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 1.06.24 PMFlorence + The Machine return this summer with their highly anticipated new album How Big How Blue How Beautiful, featuring the standout single “What Kind Of Man.” Florence Welch’s ethereal voice is layered with brass and a sharply defined beat – an epic return to the spotlight.

 

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King of Beats boots up James Yancy’s disk drive to showcase Hip Hop’s lost instrumentals.

Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 1.09.35 PMHonoring a fallen soldier in the production game, this box set explores the original boom bap sound that made J Dilla famous producing for A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Pharcyde and countless others.

 

 

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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.

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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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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