My Head Is An Animal – Of Monsters and Men Live

When I speak their name, it evokes feelings of dancing in mystical, magic fields, of firefly’s and dandelions flying in the wind…Of Monsters and Men.

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The Sydney State Theatre was a flawless venue choice for the OMAM gig. With beautiful, ornate chandeliers, historic gilted walls and sweeping staircases combined with OMAM’s enchanting melodies, we felt like we were entering a fairy tale. 

“Crystals” was being performed as Jackie, my fellow folk rock devotee, and I found our seats. But, alas, “King and Lionheart” got us back on our feet. We were told to go closer to the stage if we wanted to dance. Closer to the stage? We couldn’t get there fast enough as “Empire”, “Slow Life” and “Human” filled the theatre.

Jackie and I twirled our way through the crowd, until we were so close to Nanna and Ragner, we could see their guitar picks. This was just in time for a favourite of ours; “Mountain Sound”.

Here we stayed for the remainder of the performance, getting swallowed by the swaying crowd as we sang loudly out of tune to songs like “Lakehouse” and “Six Weeks”. The indie folk band didn’t seem to mind and treated us to “Dirty Paws” and “Silhouettes” for their encore, concluding with the moving, “We Sink”.

Seeing this six-piece Icelandic group live is a spiritual experience. They have the ability to convey a plethora of human emotions with their hauntingly striking vocals, rhythmic acapella and mixture of regimental drumming and brass.

To experience Of Monsters and Men’s dulcet tones, listen on Pandora.

Words: Cherie Brady, Ad Operations, Pandora Australia
Image: Jackie Dunfee, Ad Operations, Pandora Australia 

Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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Psychedelic rock mastermind ventures into electronica.

Tame Impala

Tame Impala (aka Aussie Kevin Parker) perfected lilting, hypnotic, Beatles-esque psychedelia on his first two albums. With Currents, he reinvents himself. Guitars are all but abandoned for keyboards, DJ-style looping and filter trickery. There’s even R&B crooning, evoking great genre-smashers from Beck to Daft Punk. It’s a strong contender for album of the year. –Party Ben

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Americana tunesmith hits his stride.

Billy Shaddox

Billy Shaddox’s I Melt, I Howl revives “Golden Coast,” a decade-old chestnut from his prior project Billy Midnight. But the weight of paying his dues is intensely palpable this time around when Shaddox sings, “Somewhere it seems/ I lost my dreams/ Or it might be/ That they were all taken away.” Stellar guitar solos abound. –Eric Shea

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Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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Oakland metal trio melts their own faces.

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High On Fire gets countlessly compared to Motörhead, Celtic Frost, Slayer, etc. But their 2015 masterwork Luminiferous will change all this. From Matt Pike’s relentless fretboard wizardry to the band’s well-oiled rhythm section chugging throughout, Luminiferous is so godhead that from now on, other (worthy) bands will be compared to High On Fire. –Eric Shea

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Taylor Negron lives on with UnCabaret Presents.

taylornegronIn the wake of his untimely death earlier this year, ‘90s alt-comedy showcase UnCabaret has released a compilation of beloved comedian’s Negron’s finest sets and “UnCabaret moments.” Tales include bumming cigarettes to Jude Law and Heath Ledger at an Oscar party, adventures with his childhood pet monkey and discovering a cult for models. –Kelly Anneken

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Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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Grateful Dead apple falls further from the tree.

Midnight_NorthWith Scarlet Skies, Grahame Lesh (son of Phil) and Midnight North eschew expected jam-rock trappings for a more disciplined and soulful stew of modern Americana. Singer Elliott Peck comes out swinging like a tougher Nicki Bluhm on “Phoenix Motel” while the Lesh-led “Turn Around” plays like a more rocking Delaney & Bonnie. –Eric Shea

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The return of the world’s only avian death metal crew!

HatebeakWith lead vocals by Waldo, a 21-year-old African grey parrot, and featuring members of Pig Destroyer, another (less literally) animal minded combo; Hatebeak’s Number Of The Beak is a brutal barrage of furiously fowl, metallic crush. The group grinds out pulverizing thrashers like “Beak Of Putrefaction” and “Hellbent For Feathers!” –Andee Connors

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Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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Kacey Musgraves continues to follow her own arrow.

Kacey_MusgravesFollowing the success of Grammy-winning Same Trailer, Different Park, the country singer-songwriter pulls off another win on Pageant Material, with the tolerance-promoting sing-along “Biscuits” already generating “song of the year” buzz. She continues to find ways to assert her own convictions and individuality without sounding preachy or judgmental. And it’s a beauty! –Michelle Solomon

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Leon Bridges debuts with Coming Home.

Leon_BridgesJumping onto the scene with lead single “Coming Home,” newcomer Leon Bridges’s debut is a welcome dose of classic feel-good soul that will take you right back to the ‘60s. His earnest vocals move effortlessly through the album, heavily influenced by his gospel roots and southern sensibility. –Kike Aluko

 

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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 winter upon us, we figured it’s about that time for some musical motivation to help burn off those hearty winter meals.

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 →

ODESZA Announces “In Return World Tour” On Pandora

Freshly off the festival circuit, ODESZA has partnered with Pandora to officially announce their upcoming world tour called the “In Return World Tour.” The tour itself begins in Wellington, New Zealand on September 24th and continues in Australia, Europe and finishes in the US.

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Along with the announcement, ODESZA has put together a mixtape of all of the tracks that they will be listening to while out on the road this Summer. Launch the mixtape, and get pumped for the ODESZA “In Return World Tour” now: http://pdora.co/odeszatour.
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My kingdom for a kiss upon HIS shoulder

Eighteen years ago I woke to find a musician had died. Not just any musician but one I was so enamoured with I still had pictures of him on my wall as a 26 year old. Music transcends time and it seems like yesterday his flowing blood-driven voice wrapped itself around so many open hearts.
I was a backpacker just settled into my first share house in London, my room not much larger than a walk-in robe, lit up with his beauty. At work that day I mourned in isolation, as the middle-class English girls had no clue who I was gasping about. Luckily the music journos of the day did and every major newspaper in London had full page spreads set aside telling of the untimely loss of Jeff Buckley.
Like so many that felt as though he had let them inside his soul, we cried at what we would no longer feel. Without him serenading us and understanding the depths of our hearts, they would ache restlessly. We cried because we felt his pain, we knew he’d been abandoned by his father, Tim Buckley, who’s own death at 28 meant they never knew each other and met only once for fifteen minutes. We knew his depth threatened to engulf him and fame overwhelm, but we never imagined that he would drown, we all thought he would float and keep singing.
He will always be my dream brother, and the lines in my head will remain for him, from him.

“So I’ll wait for you and I’ll burn
Will I ever see your sweet return
Oh, will I ever learn?
Oh, lover, you should have come over
‘Cause it’s not too late

Jeff Buckley
November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997

Listen to him here pdora.co/JeffBuckley

Kick start my heart – Mötley Crüe Reviewed

It started on a typical day in the office, as we log on for the day and do the standard social media checks, I notice Mötley Crüe supported by Alice Cooper announce their Final Tour, and they’re coming to Australia! CC, my hardrock work buddy, and I screech like a pair of electric guitars and exclaim; “We NEED to go!!” Tickets are bought and excited anticipation engulfs us.

The big day finally arrives and we start off with a few bevvies at a local pub, pondering what dirty music enjoyment the boys have in store for us. Will Tommy Lee ride his 360 degree Drum Coaster? Will Alice Cooper be able to stand up?

We rock up to the arena and a myriad of tattooed, pierced, hardcore Cooper and Crüe fans surround us and sweep us into the sweaty, smoky, rocking crowd. Alice Cooper is in the middle of his set, wearing his signature top hat and make up. This dude’s still got it. CC and I sing along to “Poison”, “Feed My Frankenstein” and of course, “School’s Out”.

Mr. Cooper’s set finishes and we eagerly await Vince, Tommy and Nikki to take to the stage. The arena goes pitch black, a hush falls over the crowd, an electric guitar chord goes off along with an explosion of fireworks and the boys strut onto stage singing “We are the Saints of Los Angeles” and the crowd goes wild!

They follow this with classics such as “Wild Side”, “Primal Scream” and “Same Ol’ Situation” with the audience screaming along to every single word.

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The crowd continue to rock out to the Crüe’s well known tunes – “Looks that Kill”, “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” and “Shout at the Devil”. After “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” plays, Tommy Lee takes to “The Crucifier”, an impressive, roller coaster with his massive drum kit attached. He proceeds to do a manic drum solo, riding this roller coaster wave while turning upside down. It. Was. Crazy. Girls were screaming “Tommy, Tommy, Tommy”, hoping to catch the Casanova’s eye.

Vince, Tommy and Nikki maybe a bit grey around the edges and have a few more wrinkles but they are still definitely glam rock royalty!

The boys played a few more classics, suitably concluding the concert with “Home Sweet Home”. CC and I left feeling that we got a super dose of Mötley Crüe with a healthy side of Alice Cooper, happy that us “Girls, Girls, Girls” made their final tour.

Cherie Brady, Pandora, Sydney

To get your Mötley Crüe fix, listen on Pandora