Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Brendan Mayer performs “Figure It Out”

Brendan Mayer is a singer-songwriter and son of Peter Mayer (guitarist for Jimmy Buffett). His folk-rooted style often features melodic songwriting, mellow rock instrumentation, and extensive vamping. Other artists that can be heard on his station include Joshua Radin, Iron & Wine, and Christina Perri. He came by with musicians Zeb Briskovich and Miles Vandiver and played “Figure it Out” off his EP The Getaway Car.

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Beach Day performs “All My Friends Were Punks”

Beach Day is a surf-rock duo from Florida. Kimmy Drake and Skyler Black make up the band, who’s punk influenced sound frequently features electric rock instrumentation, extensive vamping, and a vocal centric aesthetic. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Alabama Shakes, Pixies and Seapony. They came by with musicians Caroline Sands and Daniel Zerbo and played “All My Friends Were Punks” off their album Native Echoes.

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

Drake drops a bomb out of nowhere, releasing mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late before Views From the 6. 

Drake.jpgShowcasing creative production with samples from Ginuwine to Henry Krinkle, Drizzy continues to expand his sound and vibe. Singing, rapping and slurring his way to the top, Drake floats his rhymes and melodies like a relaxed NBA player warmed up and ready for the finals.


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Finally! Garage-rock is dangerous again. 

Death Valley Girls.jpgYou want real deal garage-rock recorded by an actual girl gang? Look no further than Los Angeles’ Death Valley Girls. Rumors have it that there’s a hit out on the punk who stole frontwoman Bonnie Bloomgarden’s orange Fender Mustang. Electric High blends the vocal venom of Bikini Kill with the reverberated ferocity of The Makers.

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Now Playing on Pandora: Messages from Artists

Since I founded Pandora, we’ve been dedicated to helping listeners effortlessly discover and enjoy music they love. But all along, we’ve envisioned a time when the power of the platform could be put in the hands of the artists. That chapter has now begun. In October we launched AMP – a platform that gives artists insights about how fans are engaging with their music, including data showing where their fans are located and how much they are thumbing certain songs. Thousands of artists are actively using the service.

UnknownNow, we’re embarking on an exciting new development: helping artists communicate directly with fans. This week we are launching Artist Audio Messaging, which provides artists the ability to send personalized messages to their fans on Pandora. For now, we’re making this available to a small group of artists as part of our initial pilot, but we’re looking to learn and scale the service over time.

We’re excited by the range of possibilities of what these messages could be: a tour announcement, new album drop, a crowd-funding campaign, the story behind their latest song or simply a thank you to fans for listening. Read More →

The Fundamentals Of Soul

Honoring the Fundamentals Of Soul gave us an opportunity to take you through a journey that explores the vast galaxies that comprise a thriving universe of blues, soul, hip-hop, jazz, rock and Afro-Latino music. We’ll touch on foundational star constellations and the orbiting planets of our Soul System in a new selection of stations, debuting on Pandora now, during Black History Month:

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: La Ley performs “La Mentira”

La Ley is a Latin pop/rock band from Chile. One of the pioneering groups that rose to international fame during the Rock En Español furor of the 90’s, the band helped set the template that was emulated by countless groups. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Maná, Enanitos Verdes and Jaguares. They came by our offices and played “La Mentira” off their latest release, Retour.

La Ley es un grupo chileno que contribuyeron gran parte en la formulación del estético del género rock en español en los años 90, siendo emulados por numerosos grupos. Otros artistas que tocan en su estación de Pandora son Maná, Enanitos Verdes y Jaguares. Visitaron nuestra sede y nos tocaron el tema, ‘La Mentira,’ de su lanzamiento más reciente, “Retour.”

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

After his monster hit, Big Sean returns by giving thanks.

 Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 12.12.05 AMBlessings (Single) features Drake spitting the second verse plus a leaned out hook. Listen for the remix, featuring special guest Kanye West sneaking in a final verse. Boi-1da and Vinylz create a spooky soundscape on the production with trapped out bass drops and pitched out hi hats.


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Sleater-Kinney are back with No Cities To Love!

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 12.53.48 PMThey have grown in the last few years in projects like Quasi, Wild Flag and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – but they still have one foot in their punk roots. The songs remain angular, the vocals remain intense; but the guitars are crunchy and full and the compositions more layered than before.


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More melancholy musings from the son of Steve Earle.

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 12.15.47 AMJustin Townes Earle’s sixth studio album Absent Fathers is the companion piece to his preceding long-player, Single Mothers from 2014. In a somewhat similar style to that of his godfather, Townes Van Zandt, JTE has a knack for writing about people’s hardscrabble lives and dysfunctional relationships with beautifully contrasting melodies. Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Ryan Key of Yellowcard performs “Make Me So”

Yellowcard is a pop-punk band from Jacksonville, Florida. They frequently use a mix of acoustic and electric instrumentation, with vocal harmonies in their music. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Blink 182, All Time Low, and Fall Out Boy. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Ryan Key came by and played “Make Me So” off their album Lift a Sail.

GRAMMY Performers Win Big

Sam Smith might have taken home the most GRAMMY hardware Sunday night, but it was the performers who struck gold with listeners.


Who came out on top? Performer (and nominee) Brandy Clark saw the biggest boost, with a 3763% increase in station adds through Monday. Beck, a double threat as performer and winner was close behind with a 2191% increase. Read More →