Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!

Artist Debuts

PARTYNEXTDOOR

Manifesting a sultry combination of R&B, electronic and hip hop music; PARTYNEXTDOOR showcases his smooth sounds with October’s Very Own camp. After touring with Drake, Future and Miguel, this Canadian vocalist has been groomed to be the next OVO star. His futuristic slow jams flicker through your speakers like candlelight.

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 8.50.35 AMConnecting Stars

Connecting Stars is a South African folk-rock duo made up of Cheryl Engel, a studio session singer and Martin Engel, former bass player of rock band Tree63. Opening with the anthemic track “Pieces,” their self-titled debut release weaves acoustic guitar, piano with haunting melodies, harmonies and strains of glockenspiel, mandolin, ukulele and harmonica.

Tweedy

Best known as the founder of the pioneering rock band Wilco, Jeff Tweedy began a new project with his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer. Under the moniker Tweedy, they wrote and recorded 20 songs for their upcoming debut album Sukierae, to be released September 23rd. The single “Wait For Love” features Jeff Tweedy on guitar and vocals, his son on drums, Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, The Baseball Project) on piano along with Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (Lucius) on backing vocals.

And The Giraffe

Like a fine Napa pinot – we’re detecting hints of The Sea And Cake, Vetiver, Iron & Wine, Feathers, Espers and White Magic. The band describes themselves as “Ambient Dream Folk” and that’s pretty spot–on. If early ‘90s Thames Valley shoegazers gave birth to early 2000s freak-folk bards, they might grow up to sound like And The Giraffe.

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Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersHypnotic Eye

With 16 solo albums (13 with The Heartbreakers), Tom Petty scored the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart with his latest release – a first in his 40-year career. Described as a throwback to early Heartbreakers albums, Hypnotic Eye combines driving rock with elements of blues combined with commentary on US society, as heard on the singles “American Dream Plan B” and “Power Drunk.”

Jenny LewisThe Voyager

Made with assistance from Beck and Ryan Adams, former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis channels a soulful, West Coast vibe on her third solo album The Voyager, nearly six years since the release of Acid Tongue. Tracks include the breezy “She’s Not Me” and a collaboration with Beck on “Just One Of The Guys,” whose music video features actresses Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson in tracksuits and mustaches.

R. & MachinesDie Grune Reise (The Green Journey)

Achim Reichel is a storied German musician who opened for The Beatles in the ’60s, had a major German hit in the ’80s and in between made some really interesting music as a contemporary of Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Neu!. His pioneering use of delay, phrase sampling, repetition and layers has few parallels in the early ‘70s (mainly other Germans like the aforementioned bands as well as Manuel Gottsching and Michael Rother) and would have a dramatic influence on producers of electronic music in the following decades. The song “Schones Babylon (Beautiful Babylon)” is a great place to start exploring Reichel’s A.R. & Machines project.

Genre Station 

Tropical 2014

Tropical 2014 offers an up-to-date mix of the best contemporary tropical rhythms sprinkled with classics and anthems of the genre from the last 30 years. It was programmed in the vein of the top Tropical Latin stations, from New York City to Miami and San Juan.

Musicologist

I dig all things ‘60s: garage punk, obscure psych, Stax and Motown soul stompers. My first CD purchases were REM’s Out of Time and Boyz II Men’s Cooleyhighharmony. I still own both! I’m pretty much immersed in music – hitting up local record shops, catching live shows at crusty dives, and DJing around town at various venues and bars.

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