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 →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Dark Waves performs “The Heartbeat The Soul”

Dark Waves aka Nick Long is a multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles. His pop/rock/electronica infused sound features dynamic vocals, electric rhythm guitar and piano, and a subtle use of strings. Other artists that can be heard on his station include Fall Out Boy, Panic At The Disco, and The Script. He came by the office and played “The Heartbeat The Soul” off his self-titled debut EP.

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Rihanna runs the track with her new single, “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.32.12 PMCommanding the mic and calling all the shots, her vocals slap you as they bounce over blazing drums served up by Deputy and Kanye West. Her smoky vocal take masters a blend of singing and rapping that sounds like she’s been yelling at fools in the studio.

 

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San Francisco’s best-kept secret unveils a beautiful, garage-pop, solo, debut album.

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.34.00 PMA diamond-in-the-rough from the Mission district’s 22nd St. music community; Sarah Bethe Nelson’s wistfully sung songs are flirty, confessional, cathartic and catchy all at once. With the Midas touch of Kelley Stoltz as producer, Fast Moving Clouds is an instant classic of lo-fi spun guitar-pop gold.

 

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Guster performs “Long Night”

Guster is an alt-rock band from Boston, MA. Their folk and punk influenced sound features mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation, a vocal-centric aesthetic, and melodic songwriting. Other artists that can be heard on their station include The Shins, Ben Folds, and Coldplay. They came by the office and played “Long Night” off their latest album Evermotion.

Migos Announce Their Yung Rich Nation Tour Exclusively With Pandora

Last seen at the Pandora’s Discovery Den at SXSW with errr, a couple of their closest friends on stage with themAtlanta hip-hop trio MIGOS announced their Yung Rich Nation tour with OG Maco today EXCLUSIVELY to Pandora listeners, who will also have the opportunity to buy tickets before hand. How?  Go to www.MIGOSYRN.com to purchase tickets. Pre-sale will go live at 12pm PST. Be sure to use the promo code: MIGOSYRN when purchasing. Along with the announcement, Migos have launched a mixtape which you can listen to right HERE.

PANDORA SXSWMigos is one of the most renowned rap groups today with millions of spins, countless sold out shows around the world and a track record for putting out more music than anyone else in the game. The critically acclaimed group has officially announced their highly anticipated debut album YRN Tha Album to be released on June 16th via Quality Control (distributed by 300 Entertainment). The album will feature all-star collaborations with the likes of Lil WayneChris Brown and Meek Mill. It will also include high-caliber production from DJ MustardZaytovenHonorable C NoteTM88 of 808MafiaMurda (“Emmitt Smith”)De-Ko (Hit Em,” “One Time), and Cheeze Beatz (Handsome & Wealthy). Their heavy-hitting lead track “One Time” has received immense praise, which Rolling Stone crowned “a great single” and Complex called “mesmerizing” and “infectious.”   Here’s hoping that by the time you’ve read this, you’ve started your own Migos station.  See you at a show?

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Kendrick Lamar changes the world of hip-hop with an emotionally charged, organic masterpiece. 

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 10.21.48 AMThis Black Hippy goes deep, dark and soulful into his hometown of Compton. It’s as if The Soulquarians took acid and decided to resurrect J-Dilla, jazz ghosts and good poetry. To Pimp a Butterfly stretches the boundaries of hip-hop into the roots of revolution.

 

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Oakland heavy rock quartet Queen Crescent spins sonic gold from the looms of prog and proto-metal.

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 10.31.59 AMThe awesome women comprising Queen Crescent effortlessly blend late ‘60s progressive rock with Indonesian, Turkish, Mexican and West African psychedelic rock of the ‘70s to create a sound that’s even more incredible than that short-lived time when Tony Iommi played guitar for Jethro Tull.

 

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Noel Torres performs “Para Qué Tantos Besos”

Noel Torres is a contemporary Regional Mexican singer and accordionist. Stylistically rooted in the Norteño tradition, he performs both corridos and ballads with an updated feel and approach, backed by both conjuntos and bandas. Other artists that can be heard on his station are Gerardo Ortiz, Calibre 50 and Voz De Mando. Noel stopped by our office and played “Para Qué Tantos Besos” from his latest release La Balanza.

Noel Torres es un cantante y acordeonista contemporáneo de música regional mexicana. Con un estilo caracterizado por raíces tradicionales norteñas, él es intérprete de corridos y baladas con un enfoque y aire moderno, acompañado igualmente por conjuntos y bandas. Otros artistas que se pueden escuchar en su estación son Gerardo Ortiz, Calibre 50 y Voz De Mando. Noel visitó nuestra sede y tocó para nosotros el tema “Para Qué Tantos Besos” de su álbum más reciente La Balanza.

Day 4: Discovery Den’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Finale

The fourth and final day of Pandora’s SXSW Discovery Den was heavy with diversity and ended with one of Austin’s heaviest hitters. Four days of hard work, some sweat, some rain, a lot of BBQ and so, so much music came to it’s grand finale last night.

Here are some of the highlights…

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Zella Day introduced herself telling the audience that they’re “…very badass for standing in the rain.” The packed crowd reciprocated her love and modesty with hoots and hollers. If I had to compare Day to someone it would be a younger Aimee Mann and some of her songs have a beautiful darkness that sounds very informed by Fiona Apple. Her set opened with “The Outlaw Josie Wales,” a swooning, soaring amorous pop song that compares her muse to Clint Eastwood’s iconic western anti-hero. The standout song for me was “Milk & Honey,” it had the bouyancy of sunny California indie-pop. Another standout was her closing song, “Hypnotic,” a sultry insta-hit with a hard and heavy groove. Read More →