Artists To Watch at Outside Lands

pre-OSL 1This weekend will mark the eighth-annual Outside Lands Music Festival, held at the beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. For those who haven’t attended the festival before, it’s a three-day event showcasing music from a variety of genres.

We’re especially excited about this year because we’ve partnered up with OSL and have created a Ranger Dave-approved festival mixtape with must-hear tracks from artists performing this year and will be on site to meet you all. Be sure to stop by our pod and strike a pose at our photo booth, nab some swag, power up your devices, and discover your next favorite song

Our very own musicologist J Boogie gave us the low-down on his picks of artists you need to see. You can also catch him on Saturday @ 1:30pm at the Heineken House.

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Picks of the Week

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The force is strong for Jeff Tweedy and co.

Wilco

Wilco fans were treated to the group releasing their ninth album for free online. Star Wars is the most experimental LP the veteran band has offered since A Ghost Is Born – from the spiky, distressed guitars of opening instrumental “EKG” to the stunningly hazy fugue state conjured by closer “Magnetized.” –Michelle Solomon

 

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Beloved British space rockers make an unexpected return.

Flying Saucer Attack

Flying Saucer Attack frontman David Pearce goes it alone on Instrumentals 2015, the first FSA release in 15 years – and a stunning collection of abstract sonic sketches. These impressionistic instrumentals smolder, shimmer and occasionally howl. They drift between pastoral twang, blurred prismatic thrum, keening feedback-drenched drone and hazy smears of soft-focus sound. –Andee Connors

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Introducing #MusicologistMonday

Music is human. Everyone has a unique relationship with music –what might be the soundtrack to someone’s first kiss may also be another’s breakup song. The process of making music requires human touch. Similarly, the process of selecting music for others also requires human touch.

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Whiteboard Wednesday Sessions: Wild Child performs “Fools”

Wild Child is an indie folk-pop band from Austin, TX. Their rootsy style features melodic songwriting and paired vocal harmonies backed by a range of traditional instruments including banjo, mandolin, piano and percussion. Other artists that can be heard on their station include The Head & the Heart, The Avett Brothers and Bon Iver. They came by the office and played the title track off their upcoming album Fools.

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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Migos ‘Yung Rich Nation’ Now Spinning On Pandora Premieres

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Quavo, Offset and Takeoff have taken the crown in Atlanta on Yung Rich Nation. Shining like a neck full of gold chains, Migos’ new album bounces between club hits and cookhouse anthems. Chris Brown adds his vocals on “Just for Tonight,” putting an R&B touch on Migos’ signature club sound. With production from some of the hottest heavyweight beat-makers in the game, YRN shows off the family skills over hits from DJ Mustard, Zaytoven, Metro Boomin and Murda Beatz.

Migos are a definitive force with their triplet flow; fans have been eating up mixtapes, singles and features in anticipation of this year’s hottest hip hop summer release. Between starting a clothing line, building their crew of MCs and performing at Pandora’s Discovery Den – Migos are busy. Now they’re popping the champagne on Yung Rich Nation, exclusively, right here on Pandora Premieres, hear the album before it’s released.

Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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Oakland metal trio melts their own faces.

High On Fire album art

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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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Nneka performs “Shining Star”

Nneka is a hip hop/soul singer from Nigeria. Her unique sound features modern r&b stylings, a reggae feel, powered by extensive vamping, prominent percussion and emotional vocals. Other artists that can be heard on her station include Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Sade. She came by and played “Shining Star” off her album Soul Is Heavy.

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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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Ivan & Alyosha performs “Bury Me Deep”

Ivan & Alyosha is an indie pop-rock band from Seattle.Their folk influenced sound has a vocal-centric aesthetic, with mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Lord Huron, The Lumineers and Gregory Alan Isakov. They came by and played “Bury Me Deep” off their recent album It’s All Just Pretend.