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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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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Pandora Discovery Den 2015: Day 4

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We’re following Friday’s feast of Americana with a plethora of sweet Saturday rock ambrosia. Brooklyn basted Ex Cops set the tone with indie pop confectionary perfection. Imagine all the flavors of vintage Sarah Records sprinkled over a glossy, synthy foundation.

Next up, Zella Day’s beautifully bittersweet melodies intertwine with the complex flavors that can only come from a magically produced concoction of keyboard wizardry, next-level production and timeless melodies culled from a lifelong collection of vintage vinyl. Read More →

Pandora Discovery Den 2015: Day 3

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For SXSW’s Friday menu, Pandora offers hearty courses of tangy, twangy Americana – beginning with a serving of Andrew Combs’ sophisticated songs. You’ll detect hints of Ryan Adams on the surface, but the deeper flavors recall Guy Clark and Mickey Newbury.

Follow this up with a side of Israel Nash’s desert folklore. Dripping with buttery vocal inflections and timeless guitar tones, Nash cooks up the kind of Neil Young inspired love songs that would make Lucinda Williams blush. Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: The Ting Tings perform “Do It Again”

The Ting Tings are an electro-dance-pop duo from Manchester, England. Their danceable style features punk, disco, and electronica influences with interweaving vocal harmony and a prominent use of synth. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Lily Allen, M.I.A., and The Shins. Katie and Jules came by and played “Do It Again” off their latest album Super Critical.

Pandora Discovery Den 2015: Day 2

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Thursday, March 19th at the Discovery Den Antonique Smith brings the smoky, gritty side of Broadway. She’s famous for her portrayal of Faith Evans in “Notorious.” Sample a satiating slice of her edgy, up-tempo, soul pleaser “Hold Up, Wait a minute,” and you’ll be hooked!

Sam Dew brings you a taste of Chicago via Roc Nation, with his soulful singer/songwriter skills that landed him a couple of kitchen-side features with Wale & Prefuse 73. Read More →

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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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CURATOR’S CHOICE

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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Pandora Discovery Den 2015: Day 1

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Pandora’s Wednesday menu for SXSW is a Prix Fixe offering of Electronic textures to make your ears’ tastebuds get up and dance. Elliphant’s spicy attitude as a Swedish singer and rapper deviates from the textbook ingredients of dance and hip-hop. She’s shared kitchen space with Jungle, Skrillex, Diplo, Bunji Garlin, Riton and Gaslamp Killer.

Australian DJ Duo Peking Duk gets you “High” in the club, marinating a stew overflowing with big beats and heavy synths. This allows the choppy vocal melodies to rise to the top. Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Fever Fever performs “Hypnotized”

Fever Fever is an alternative rock band from Columbus, OH. Their style features mellow rock instrumentation, with frequent of vocal harmonies and accordion. Other artists that can be heard on their station include One Direction, St Lucia, and Matchbox Twenty. They came by and played “Hypnotized” off their album Aftermath.