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.

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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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: AURORA performs “Running With The Wolves”

AURORA is a singer/songwriter from Norway. Her style features elements of electronica and folk, with melodic songwriting and smooth vocals. Other artists that can be heard on her station include Ellie Goulding, Angus And Julia Stone, and Lorde. She came by with musician Odd Martin Skålnes and played “Running With The Wolves” off her debut EP.

Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

933_MusicMonday_BlogThis is how you reissue an album.

Rolling_StonesThe Rolling Stones totally get it. Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe) comes with 23 extra songs. There’s an alternate version of “Brown Sugar” with Eric Clapton playing a mean sounding slide guitar. The Gram Parsons inspired “Wild Horses” gets the acoustic strip-down. And a live cover of “Little Queenie” boasts a bionic boogie. –Eric Shea

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Hudson Mohawke Radiates Creativity on Lantern

Hudson_MohawkeScottish producer Hudson Mohawke (real name Ross Birchard) vaulted from Glasgow obscurity to Kanye West producer and, arguably, inventor of trap music. But on his second album Lantern, he doesn’t aim for hits, instead exploring jittery noise, surprising samples, and emotive vocals, delivering a remarkably assured and innovative work, aglow with inspiration and soul. –Party Ben

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LGBTQ Hip Hop On Pandora

Hip hop is a powerful artistic tool for expression. In celebration of Pride we are highlighting some of the LGBTQ performers who’ve chosen hip hop as their canvas. These are MC’s who come out with courage, rocking rhymes with an emphasis on sexual orientation and gender expression. The music blasts a message of empowerment to the communities they represent, from the underground to the mainstream.

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The Beginning

Often under fire for lyrically depicting misogyny and homophobia, hip hop may seem like an unlikely medium for LGBT artists, but not so. LGBTQ hip hop has roots in old school classics. Rappers like Queen Latifah, Da Brat, Medusa, Bahamadia and Invincible were showing and proving back in the day without wearing their identity on their sleeve. Those who loved and supported these artists saw the writing on the wall and connected with their art, style and vibes. This began to tear away the fear and open up opportunies for artists like Cazwell, Deadlee and Angel Haze to put their stamp on hip hop.

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Indigo Girls perform “Happy In The Sorrow Key”

The Indigo Girls (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers) are a folk/rock duo from Georgia. Their style features dynamic vocals, interweaving harmonies, acoustic/electric instrumentation and narrative rich lyrics.

Other artists that can be heard on their station include Brandi Carlile, Tracy Chapman and Adele. They came by the office and played “Happy In The Sorrow Key” off their latest album One Lost Day.