Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!
20-year-old singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor has written tracks for artists like Rascal Flatts and Common Kings. But now she’s been receiving a lot buzz with her catchy debut single “All About That Bass”, whose viral video has received close to 1.5 million YouTube views and gaining a huge following with its body-positive message.
Drawing influences from Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cure, The Damned, Tears For Fears and Joy Division, San Francisco’s Roadside Memorial are “New Dark Romance built on the bones of all three British Invasions,” weaving New Wave, New Romantic and Post-Punk sensibilities to be enjoyed on the dance floor!
LA-based R&B/pop singer-songwriter who before graduating from NYU’s Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music singed his first publishing deal. As a songwriter, he has written for Big Time Rush and Leon Thomas, in addition to working with producers Oak Felder (Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown), Fraser T. Smith (Adele, Britney Spears) and Jackie Boyz (Madonna, Justin Bieber). As an artist, he has worked the past six years creating songs that were truly representative of himself: being a gay musician. He successfully raised enough funds via Kickstarter to release his EP Stranger Than Fiction along with an official music video for its single, “Teardrops”.
Zsammy is the one-man-band project of Pittsburgh tunesmith Sam McKinley (though it’s purported that he plays live with more people). The overall sound is rooted in gauzy shoegaze laced indie-pop with healthy nods to the C86 sound of yesteryear. If you like The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, you’ll probably like Zsammy too. Also, how is this band not yet on Slumberland Records?
DJ Q-Bert – Extraterrestria & GalaXXian
DJ Q-Bert launched into DJ competitions across the globe as one of the creators of Turntablism, Dr. Octagon and Invisibl Skratch Piklz. This scratch master makes up for his absence of musical output by dropping 2 albums simultaneously. Extraterrestria is Qbert’s follow-up to his debut album and feature film, Wave Twisters. GalaXXXian is more of a collaborative effort, featuring guests like Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kool Keith, and A-Trak. Enjoy the next level of space age hip-hop via the QFO.
Whitney Cummings – I Love You
Standup comic Whitney Cummings has worn many hats over the past few years—Comedy Central Roaster, TV producer, and sitcom star—but her third comedy album I Love You finds her returning to the stage to take on gender roles. Raunchy, pragmatic, and sometimes poignant, the Two Broke Girls co-creator approaches the ongoing “battle of the sexes” by pointing out the lunacy of guys talking to their favorite football stars on TV, the difficulty women face in making themselves pretty every day, and the true meaning of love itself.
Ginger Baker – Why?
Better known as the drummer from the 1960’s British super-group Cream, along with Blind Faith, a collaboration with Fela Kuti, and leading a jazz trio with Bill Frisell and Charlie Haden, Ginger Baker delves into his jazz roots with the release of Why?, his first new album in 16 years. Here he interprets “Footprints” by Wayne Shorter and “St. Thomas” by Sonny Rollins in addition to adapting a Nigerian folk song “Aiko Biaye”. His is accompanied by his touring band that includes notable saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis.
Blues Rock classics, Texas Blues, Delta Blues and hint of Cajun Blues are the best ingredients to add to your BBQ sauce to slathered chicken and ribs. From B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor to Eric Clapton, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and ZZ Top, you’ll hear a day-long mix to keep your BBQ smokin’!