Country Built

Today we add another great guest blogger to the list of venerable scribes who have written for us.  First Anthony DeCurtis wrote about the legendary Rolling Stones, recently Alan Light gave us his take on Josh Groban, and now James Sullivan is talking COUNTRY BUILT. James is the author of four books, including biographies of James Brown and George Carlin, and a frequent contributor to the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone and more. He’s at www.jamessullivanauthor.com and on Twitter @sullivanjames.  

country builtCountry music is often called a storytelling music. As the great songwriter Harlan Howard once said, it’s “three chords and the truth.”  On Pandora’s new specialty station, Country Built, we’re recalling some of the best stories about American music.

Your host, Otis Gibbs – himself a mighty fine songwriter in the traditional American mode – is your tour guide through more than half a century of landmark recordings by timeless artists. Each episode of Country Built will also feature a special appearance from a “future” representative of the style. Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Good Old War performs “Broken Into Better Shape”

Good Old War is an indie-rock band from Philadelphia. Their folk-rooted style often features melodic songwriting, acoustic rhythm guitars, and vocal harmonies. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Iron & Wine, The Shins and The Lumineers. They came by the office and played “Broken Into Better Shape”, the title track off their upcoming album.

 

Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

933_MusicMonday_Blog Your Old Droog mines his Coney Island home for dirty rock loops and fiery rhymes.

Your_Old_DroogOften compared to old school MCs Nas, Big L and Kool G Rap; Your Old Droog resurrects classic lyricism with a new flavor. Thick New York accents dropping rock references over production from beat masters DJ Skizz, El RTNC and Marco Polo on Kinison. –J Boogie

 

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CURATOR’S DISCOVERY

Thee Oh Sees continue to kick out the frazzled garage jams on their fourteenth (!) release.

Thee_Oh_SeesWith the mellow haze of last year’s Drop putting an end to the band’s brief hiatus, frontman John Dwyer and a muscular new line-up produce more fuzzed up, Nuggets-like finery on Mutilator Defeated At Last – adding yet another gem to their extensive discography. –Michelle Solomon

 

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Artists to Watch at CMA Fest

cmaWho’s headed to Nashville for CMA Music Festival?  This year’s line-up is filled with some of the biggest names in country – Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts (to name of few) – but we’re also really excited for a lot of the performers who aren’t already household names.  We used your listening feedback (coupled with the buzz each of these acts has been receiving) and think the following artists might just be some of your new country favorites come CMA Fest and its surrounding events (if they aren’t already). Read More →

You Can Call Me Janet – Miss Jackson’s Most Thumbed Up Songs

Maybe it’s the seven year itch. Whatever the reason, Janet Jackson has new music coming and we can’t wait to hear what she has in store for us.

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In honor of the seven year break, below, take a look at her seven most thumbed up songs.

  1. Anytime, Anyplace
  2. I Get Lonely
  3. That’s The Way Love Goes
  4. Let’s Wait Awhile
  5. All For You
  6. Escapade
  7. Come Back To Me

Where did your favorite land?

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: The Growlers perform “Black Memories”

The Growlers are a rock band from California. Their garage rock style features a wide variety of influences including punk, disco, folk and country.
Other artists that can be heard on their station include Allah-Las, The Black Keys, and The Doors. They came by and played “Black Memories” off their album Chinese Fountain.

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Trey Songz traps out his soul on Intermission I & II

Trey_SongsA perfect combination of spacey sub-bass and slow-jams, Intermission is made for chilling with your boo. Dim the lights and drop the BPMs with Trigga. This 12-track LP features the first five songs from the original Intermission EP plus seven more, including “How Could You Forget” featuring Pusha T. –JBoogie

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

You probably won’t ever meet anyone who doesn’t like this song.

Marc_AnthonyWith “La Gozadera, Gente De Zona and Marc Anthony dropped the Pan-Latino anthem of the summer, the year and (dare we say) the decade. Get ready to hear “La Gozadera” on repeat for the next five years. The time is now for GDZ, and they are taking full advantage. –Marcos Juarez

 

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: From Indian Lakes Performs “Ghost”

From Indian Lakes is an indie rock band from California. Their alternative rock style features a touch of new age and folk, melodic songwriting, and interweaving vocal harmonies.

Other artists that can be heard on their station include Bon Iver, City and Colour, and Local Natives. They came by the office and played “Ghost” off their album Absent Sounds.

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Snoop Dogg sparks up and sings his way into your heart with BUSH.

Snoop_DoggProduced by Pharrell, the DPG gets you dancing with Gwen Stefani, singing with Stevie Wonder and pop lockin’ with uncle Charlie Wilson. Snoop passes the blunt to Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar and T.I. for some high-grade guest verses. Let your freak out and get down to BUSH. –J. Boogie

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

Warm Soda continues to evoke teenage fantasy with tasty new LP.

Warm_sodaSymbolic Dream is the ex-Oakland band’s first record since songwriter, singer and guitar player Matthew Melton moved to Austin in 2014. Regardless of location, his warm confectionary power-pop hasn’t changed. With catchy hooks and sing-along choruses aplenty, Warm Soda’s fizzy energy has yet to go flat. –Michelle Solomon

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