From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to Mexican Independence Day

¡Qué viva México! Join us as we raise a glass in celebration of Mexico’s Independence! On this, the 202nd anniversary of its independence, check out our Mexican Independence Day station! Pandora offers up an eclectic mix, which crosses genres and boundaries, highlighting the incredible richness and diversity of Mexican cultura and its varied musical expressions. Whether you’re festejando with family and friends at a house party, or enjoying an intimate dinner with your loved ones, we’ve got the perfect selections to set the ambiente, no matter what your mood is this 16 de septiembre! Read More →

Pandora Submission Spotlight: Caravan Of Thieves

“Gypsy swinging, serenading, fire-breathing circus freaks” is how this month’s Submission Spotlight artist, Caravan Of Thieves, has been described. Marrying old school gypsy swing and modern folk rock, this band has released two albums independently, with their first submission being added to Pandora in 2009. They have received much praise from Pandora listeners, fans and press for both their unique style of music, as well as their energetic and theatrical live shows.

caravan.JPGFormed in Bridgeport, CT by married couple Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, Caravan of Thieves began as a duo, performing in parks and on street corners. Their sound featured a blending of their voices with acoustic guitars, rounded out by various kitchen appliances providing percussive accompaniment.

Along the way they incorporated a violinist and an upright bassist. Drawing inspiration from the raw and charismatic performances of gypsy music and the 1930s swing era, coupled with a penchant for dark and macabre imagery, the lively sounding pop songs they crafted quickly began to resonate with audiences. Read More →

From the Curators: Pandora Back to School Stations

It’s time to kick off a new school year and Pandora has you covered with a new selection of Back to School stations. Stumped on what kind of stations to create stations for studying, partying or to get you pumped for the game or athletic event? Our curation team has some suggestions to get you started:

BackToSchool.JPGBack to School 2012 Hits plays the biggest hits from the Summer of 2012 (Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted, Calvin Harris, Drake) and we’ll keep adding the latest releases throughout the school year.

When it’s time to buckle down and hit the books, try one of our Studying stations. Research shows that classical music, particularly Baroque, activates both sides of the brain, increasing your learning capacity and retention. Read More →

From the Curators: Your Pandora Guide to the 2012 London Olympics Part ll

britflag.JPGWe hope you’ve been enjoying the first week of the games and some of the music we highlighted in Part I of our “Pandora Guide to the 2012 London Olympics”. To keep you fueled until the Closing Ceremony we’re providing you with another round of U.K.-inspired musical suggestions to use as seeds for some great Pandora listening.

The Closing Ceremony concert features a “The Best of British” lineup with several classic artists from across the decades. Try adding variety to your Olympic-inspired stations by adding these bands that span various decades: Read More →

Pandora Submission Spotlight: Bess Rogers

Hello music fans!

For July’s Pandora Submission Spotlight, I’d like you to meet Brooklyn-based artist Bess Rogers, a self-made, eclectic singer-songwriter who submitted her first album to Pandora in 2009 and continues to be featured prominently on notable singer-songwriter stations as well as her own station.

michelles.JPGBess Rogers was raised in a musically diverse household and grew up listening to Talking Heads and Kate Bush while her mother played Baroque harpsichord. Upon earning her Masters degree in composition, she began recording and performing her own music in addition to performing as a back up singer and lead guitarist for Ingrid Michaelson.

In the course of five years, Bess has released two full-length albums, two EPs, several singles and four independently produced music videos all on her own. Her most recent album, Out Of The Ocean, was entirely funded by her fans via Kickstarter campaign. Her songs have been featured in television, film, and national commercials.

She is currently headlining shows in New York City, has opened for notable artists like Loudon Wainwright III, and continues to tour the U.S. and Europe performing with Ingrid Michaelson’s band. Read More →

Happy Fourth of July from Pandora!

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our great country, with fireworks, American flags, cookouts, BBQs and, of course, music!

Fireworks.JPGWe’ve got a 4th of July station that features a compilation of patriotic songs from your favorite artists across Country, Rock, Pop and R&B genres. It might be the perfect soundtrack as you celebrate Independence Day with family, friends and neighbors.

Or, you can create your own Fourth of July station by picking one of these songs as a starting point, or pick a few of them, like I did, and hear a mix of genres: Read More →

From the Curators: Reggae Stations

Summer is a great time for reggae music! So our curators have decided to add a variety of new and difficult-to-find reggae tracks to our collection. We’re also excited to debut a selection of new reggae genre stations for you to check out:

ReggaeRon.JPGFirst, we take you back to the origins of reggae music in late-1950s Jamaica with our Classic Ska station. You’ll hear the artists that paved the way for rocksteady and reggae music, including Jackie Mittoo, Laurel Aitken, The Skatalites and The Paragons. Or you can check out the Rocksteady station, which features music that originated in Jamaica around 1966. On this station, you’ll hear jams from Toots & The Maytals, Freddie McGregor, Horace Andy and The Ethiopians. The rocksteady craze only lasted a couple of years but was a major influence on reggae music as a genre. Read More →

Pandora Submission Spotlight: Bronze Radio Return

Hello listeners!

We are excited to launch a new monthly feature to the Pandora blog: The Pandora Submission Spotlight, where I’ll showcase independent artists of all backgrounds and styles who you might not have heard of and might want to hear more of in the future. Many of these bands are doing it all on their own, some are even on small independent labels. But the one thing they all have in common is that they submitted their music directly to Pandora, can be heard on their own Pandora station and countless others. Read More →

From the Curators: 2012 Graduation Stations

Graduation.JPG Pandora congratulates the Class of 2012! You did it and we’re proud of you!

For all you high school graduates heading off to college, thanks for bringing Pandora with you. No matter where you go, we are your hometown station.

And for those of you graduating college, thanks for growing with Pandora! Hopefully the music helped you maintain focus while you studied for those finals and made all of those tough, important decisions like which roommates to live with, what subject to major in, and when to call home.

Best of luck landing your first job, continuing your education or even taking a “gap” year.

We’ve created a few stations for you to check out, featuring some of most thumbed up songs from the past 4 years across different genres of music. If we have missed one of your favorite styles, go ahead and create your own Class of 2012 artist station. And hey, be proud of yourself! Read More →