Serial is coming to Pandora

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Are you one of the millions hooked on Serial after Season 1? Heard about it but haven’t listened yet? Well, you’ll be excited to hear that Pandora is now the exclusive streaming partner for Serial Season 2!

For those unfamiliar, Serial is a weekly podcast from the creators of This American Life that follows one story – a true story – throughout an entire season.  Season 1, an investigation of a Baltimore murder, launched in October 2014 and drew rave reviews, becoming the most popular podcast ever.

Pandora is all about discovery and this gives us a great opportunity – not only to offer each of you a great new experience, but to help Serial expand its audience.

We can’t share when Season 2 will launch, or what it’s about (both are highly guarded secrets). Serial Season 1 will be available for all Pandora listeners starting Tuesday, November 24, right before the Thanksgiving holiday, so you can tune in for the first time or listen again.


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Whiteboard Wednesday Sessions: Jacob Whitesides performs “Broke Billionaire”

Jacob Whitesides is a singer/songwriter from Knoxville, TN. His vocal-centric style features pop/rock qualities and melodic songwriting. Other artists that can be heard on his station include Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Justin Bieber. Jacob came by and played “Broke Billionaire” off his new EP Faces on Film.

Picks of the Week

1335_Picks_BlogNeon Indian shines in the dark.

1. Neon Indian

At its best, retro art can dance on the razor’s edge between ironic pastiche and celebratory revival. Neon Indian’s electrifying third album VEGA INTL Night School arrives like a radio broadcast from 1985 with fizzy bursts of Scritti Politti and Ready For the World, reimagining synthpop like Random Access Memories reimagined disco. –Party Ben



Don’t forget the song.

2. GospelbeacHThough Beachwood Sparks’ fruitful family tree yielded FrausdotsFurtherThe TydeFarmer DaveFairechildPainted HillsAll Night RadioMystic Chords of MemoryLilys and Strictly Ballroom – GospelbeacH is the closest falling apple. Pacific Surfline debuts with sun-flared vocal harmonies and Neil Casal’s twang-jam guitar leads. But it’s Brent Rademaker’s beautiful songs that stay with you. –Eric Shea



Nineties style buzz and howl from Soda City!

3. Fk. Mt.With such an introspective title (solivagant means solitary wanderer), we were expecting Solivagant In Spring to be way more wistful and melancholic. Instead, the oddly named Fk. Mt. (does that stand for what we think it does?) deliver a gloriously bloody-knuckled blast of fuzzed out, stoner-grunge, noise-pop crush. –Andee Connors


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Whiteboard Wednesday Sessions: Chadwick Stokes performs “Our Lives Our Time”

Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch and State Radio is a singer/songwriter from Boston. His folk-influenced sound often features prominent percussion, major key tonality and acoustic sonority. Other artists that can be heard on his station include Vance Joy, Lord Huron and Blind Pilot. Chad came by and played “Our Lives Our Time” off his latest album The Horse Comanche.

Picks of the Week


Toby Keith redefines patriotism.

0. Toby KeithFollowing 9/11, Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” used vengeful and dividing lyrics to describe patriotism. Conversely, “Drunk Americans” opens 35 Mph Town with the uniting line, “We ain’t black, we ain’t white/ We just came here to drink/ We’re all mud flaps and bourbons/ All ball caps and turbans.”  –Eric Shea



No one will replace the voice and guitar of Ariel Camacho.

1. Los Plebes Del RanchoHe was a once-in-a-generation artist. Los Plebes Del Rancho have chosen to honor his legacy by continuing on the path that he laid down. DEL Negociante serves as a reaffirmation of the group, as well as a demonstration of unity, strength and focus on the part of DEL Records. –Marcos Juarez



A dreamy dose of spaced out downer-psych from these Philly freaks.

2. CreepoidOn Cemetery Highrise Slum, Creepoid cull from a clutch of sonic tropes near and dear to our hearts: wasted psychedelic drift, laid-back cosmic mesmer, moody gloom pop and lysergic, shoegaze heaviness, sounding like a more druggy, drowsy Nirvana, or some weary, wasted hybrid of The Wipers and Spacemen 3. –Andee Connors


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Picks of the Week


Janet Jackson returns, unbroken.

1. Janet JacksonWhen I think of Janet, I think of innovation, social consciousness and silky, seductive pop. Unbreakable (her first release since brother Michael’s death in 2009) delivers on all counts, aided by fresh yet restrained production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Janet herself waxes reflective: “Wherever life takes me,” goes “Well Traveled,” “I’m willing to go.” –Party Ben



A decidedly sophomore UN-slump from these San Francisco post punks.

2. Dirty GhostsWhile Let It Pretend shares plenty of sonic DNA with Dirty GhostsMetal Moon debut, the new songs sound more like Patti Smith fronting ‘70s era Devo – or a grittier, garage rockier Pretenders. Tracks like “Cataract” fuse ‘80s MTV rock to sinewy, angular, post-punk; delivering some seriously addictive, retro-pop action! –Andee Connors


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The future of live music has arrived


Years ago, my band played a show in Los Angeles. It was a prestigious club and it was big deal for us. As is often the case with these shows, we had to guarantee a certain number of people. We knew it would be tight because we hadn’t played L.A. enough to build a local audience, and our local mailing list (as in “postal” mailing list) was pretty small, but we put the word out to everyone we knew and crossed our fingers.

When the time came for us to go on, the sound man stopped us on our way to the stage. He told us we were just short of the audience guarantee (I think it was 150 people) and the manager was pulling us. It was a humiliating moment. We had driven 400 miles, brought a bunch of fans, and now we were being told we couldn’t play.

GG2A3649That moment captured for me the awful challenge that working musicians face. You lug a truck full of equipment thousands of miles a week, sleep on floors, spend hours rehearsing and setting up, and then you sweat attendance every night. The difference between 100 and 300 people at a show is the difference between a slow death and sustainability.

Today marks the day when that starts to change. That era is over.

Today, we shared the news that we are buying Ticketfly – the country’s largest, most-beloved and fastest-growing independent ticketing and digital marketing platform for live events. Last year they sold over 16 million tickets to more than 90,000 events. We’re combining forces to create the world’s most efficient platform for connecting listeners with live shows from their favorite bands. Read More →

Picks of the Week


Eagles singer releases his first solo album in 15 years.

1. Don HenleyDon Henley’s fifth album is more than a return to form. Recorded in Nashville, Cass County is a celebration of his Americana roots and influences. Henley covers The Louvin Brothers and Tift Merritt. He’s also joined by friends like Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride. –Eric Shea



Discover the hottest new sound of soul with Louisville’s Bryson Tiller.
2. Bryson Tiller
The infectious tone of bass drops and sensual vocals creates a seductive combination of R&B and trap on T R A P S O U L. Can this young man revive the soul of the South? Creating a signature vibe some have called RnBass, Tiller is the next voice. –J Boogie



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Whiteboard Wednesday Sessions: Trevor Hall performs “You Can’t Rush Your Healing”

Trevor Hall wrote his most recent album in Hawaii taking in musical influences from acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting. His playing features acoustic strumming coupled with intimate and inspirational lyrics. Other artists that can be heard on his station include The Dirty Heads, Slightly Stoopid and Citizen Cope. Trevor came by and played “You Can’t Rush Your Healing” off his latest album Kala.

Picks of the Week





Gillian Welch’s partner delivers a sophomore jewel.

1. Dave Rawlings MachineRecorded on analogue tape, Dave Rawlings Machine’s Nashville Obsolete blends timeless tones with classic songwriting that’s both familiar and surprising. Rawlings’ guitar work shines (especially in 11-minute-long epic “The Trip”), but his uncanny chemistry with Welch best exemplifies why they received a Lifetime Songwriting Achievement Award at the 2015 Americana Music Association Awards. –Eric Shea


Psychedelic threnodies and dismal euphonies.

2. Windhand

On their third album, Windhand expand even further on the lumbering dirge-doom of their debut, crafting a songsuite of lysergic heaviness that often sounds more like a heavier, slower, female-fronted Alice In Chains. The molten metal of Grief’s Infernal Flower flows hypnotically beneath Dorthia Cottrell’s haunting croon, conjuring up a bewitching doom metal otherworld. –Andee Connors

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