Next Wave Woman: Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis will make you feel lazy – like you need to be a more productive human being. The 20-year old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer/retro-future fashion icon has earned a lot of attention since the release in early January of her acclaimed EP, Por Vida, and for good reason.

1029_Women_Leadership_Kali“I find it crucial to remain true to myself, my vision, and to never compromise or let anyone take that from me,” says Uchis. Her mystifying aura, substantial musical prowess and aesthetic seem to reference every marginalized subculture of last 50 years. Already celebrated amongst diverse circles for some time now, Kali Uchis is a safe bet to soon to be a more broadly recognized phenom. Read More →

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Retro rock ‘n’ soul band go modern.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 3.12.02 PMAlabama Shakes’ 2012 debut Boys & Girls rocked retrospectively like Aretha Franklin’s recordings at Muscle Shoals’ FAME Studios. Conversely, their sophomore album Sound & Color sounds more informed by D’Angelo and Flying Lotus. The instrument tones still resonate with vintage flair (the band sounds like they’re playing out of the same gear), but the production is very 21st century R&B. –Eric Shea

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In the dude dominated realm of riff-rock, Ruby The Hatchet are a much welcome breath of fresh air.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 3.25.06 PMFronted by female singer Jillian Taylor, the Philly quintet’s second album Valley Of The Snake rocks with all the muscle of their heavily resonated contemporaries. But Taylor’s slightly raspy inflections bring a sultry strength that sounds like Stevie Nicks singing for Deep Purple. –Eric Shea

 

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Next Wave Woman: Jacqueline Novak

It’s a great time to be a female comedian. With the rise of new media, women can steer their own career paths in innovative ways. The inventive, commanding, and very funny Jacqueline Novak is a shining example of this trend.

1029_Women_Leadership_JacquelineA former poet, Novak’s lyrical tendencies weave throughout Quality Notions. Her voice is a brassy, lilting, cocktail that’s equal parts Judy Tenuta, Amy Sedaris, and Megan Mullally, served with a twist of old-timey 1930s Gal Friday. She’s meta without disrupting her conversational delivery, flirting with established gender tropes before plunging into an alternate take so original that the audience forgets gender was ever a factor to begin with. Despite her disarming use of grammatical no-nos (ain’t is a favorite word), Novak’s fierce intellect demands to be reckoned with, whether explaining how to eat a single slice of pizza or expressing love “the hound’s way.” Read More →

Next Wave Woman: Tink

Trinity Home is the next woman you’ll be hearing on the bus, on TV and in the streets. Tink is her own new generation of performer, an extremely talented as a rapper, singer, actress and all around unique future sound.

1029_Women_Leadership_TinkTaking her youthful energy from Chicago to the world, Tink stands on her own with an original vocal style that grabs the listener and demands attention. Comparisons to Lauryn Hill, Missy and Tweet are apt but don’t fully describe Tink’s rare talent and originality. Read More →

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – Fan Faves and Who Should Have Made the Cut

Like most music lovers, we at Pandora are equally excited and opinionated about this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees. Being that our main headquarters is in Oakland, we’re extra proud that East Bay punk-pop heroes Green Day were inducted – we’re also stoked that Pandora listeners made their hit “Good Riddance” one of the top thumbed up songs from this year’s inductees! And isn’t it about time that Bill Withers made the cut? Anyone who’s seen his awesome 2009 documentary Still Bill probably agrees – as do those of you who thumbed “Ain’t No Sunshine” into our top thumbs. And you don’t have to be a “blues lawyer” to argue the importance of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s induction.

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Van Halen’s first live album with Diamond Dave on the mic.

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 11.30.06 AMUp until now, if you wanted to hear a live recording of DLR fronting VH, you had to score a scratchy bootleg. Since the band formed in 1975, we can factually say that Tokyo Dome In Concert (Live) was 40 years in the making. Spoiler alert – they sound awesome! –Eric Shea

 

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Striking from the heavens, Lightning Bolt will leave you breathless!

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 11.48.52 AMFew bands live up to their name like Lightning Bolt. Brian and Brian’s indie prog blitzkrieg takes no prisoners. Careening through sounds and riffs on their latest, Fantasy Empire, you’d think an army of people made these songs, but no. Just two dudes on bass and drums. Mind = blown. –Diego Gonzalez

 

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Next Wave Woman: Chelsea Wolfe

You’d be hard-pressed to find a female singer-songwriter who appeals to metalheads and folkies alike. Chelsea Wolfe’s beautifully somber songs somehow traverse both realms. Her music has been aptly described as “drone-metal-art-folk.” She melds the dark, drones of doom metal with stark piano notes and guitar arpeggios – over which she sings in a haunting tenor trill. Her own compositions aside, she can cover the 1939 folk staple “You Are My Sunshine” alongside Burzum’s 1992 Norwegian black metal dirge “Black Spell Of Destruction” while retaining her signature sound and style.

1029_Women_Leadership_ChelseaChelsea began recording herself in her father’s home studio at age nine. When she began playing live, Chelsea preferred to perform in unorthodox locations like deserted nuclear plants, cathedrals and basements. Her lauded 2010 debut album The Grime and the Glow was recorded on a vintage eight-track. Her sophomore album Apokalypsis was tracked in a proper studio, but for Chelsea’s third full-length, Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, she chose to record deep in the woods of Northern California. Read More →

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

resonance_graphic_finalGucci Mane drops another trilogy from behind bars, bringing you BreakfastLunch and Dinner.

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Guwop is the most prolific voice of Atlanta. This series of albums
includes features like iLoveMakonnen, Quavo (of Migos), Waka Flocka Flame and Trinidad James. Recording these albums between stints behind bars and hitting the streets, Scucci keeps it G over some Mike WiLL Made-It beats. (J. Boogie)

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Hampton Yount is more than Bearable.

Most comedians wouldn’t burn their best joke Hampton Yount20 minutes into an album, but Hampton Yount isn’t most comedians. His sophomore album is filled with unpredictable jokes that cast George Washington as a fictional character and Asperger’s as a dating technique. Bonus: Per Yount’s Twitter, his album also syncs perfectly with The Wizard of Oz. (Kelly Anneken)

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Anthony DeCurtis Chats With The Rolling Stones

In celebration of the The Rolling Stones’ ‘Zip Code’ tour, Pandora has launched a new station packed with handpicked track selections and exclusive commentary directly from the band. The interviews were conducted by award-winning author and journalist Anthony DeCurtis. In the special guest blog post below DeCurtis recounts his conversations with Mick, Keith and Ronnie in anticipation of their stateside tour. Listen to Zip Code Radio here.

A door opens in a hotel suite on Manhattan’s upper east side, and out steps Mick Jagger, characteristically full of energy. A few days before, I’d journeyed down to Soho to meet with Keith Richards, who strolled into the offices of his manager Jane Rose in an excellent mood, having just come from a long, celebratory lunch with his daughter Theodora, who turned thirty that day. Between those events, the genetically cheerful Ron Wood checked in by phone from London. All of this can mean only one thing: The Rolling Stones are going on the road again!

Rolling Stones_Brian RasicMore than fifty years ago, the Stones earned their reputation as “the greatest rock & roll band in the world,” and they still play with a ferocity that bands a third their age would envy. They’re booked stadiums for what they’re calling the Zip Code tour, but when the Stones take the stage, the bigger the venue, the bigger the impact.

“I’m hoping to turn every stadium into a club,” Keith says. “Thank God, we have Mick who can cover all the spectaculars, and the band, once we’re on stage, we feel like, ‘This is our club for the night – it’s just a big one!’” Read More →

Pandora Coming To Your Wrist on Apple Watch

When the original iPhone launched in 2007, we knew we had to be available on it on day one. Additionally, when the iPad launched in 2010, Pandora was there on the first day you could pick one up. That’s why we are incredibly excited to announce that Pandora for Apple Watch will be available as soon as you can buy the Watch and put it on your wrist on April 24, 2015. The Apple Watch represents another opportunity for Pandora to be available anytime and anywhere to our more than 81.5 million monthly users in order to deliver the most personalized music experience ever while also making discovery as effortless as possible.

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When using Pandora on the Apple Watch, you can start listening to your favorite tracks quickly and can view what tracks are playing at a glance. For example, as you are listening to Pandora via your iPhone when going for a run, you can now simply glance at the “Now Playing” screen on the Watch in order to find out the name of the artist that you just discovered. The glance feature is another example of the importance of providing a simple and intuitive experience that you all have come to expect from Pandora. Lastly, you can also easily access new music notifications and control the volume without pulling out your phone, which means you can get to your music as fast as possible. Read More →