Whiteboard Wednesday Sessions: Scars on 45 performs “Golden”

Scars on 45 is an alt-rock band from the UK. Their style features rock song structures, with pop qualities and country/folk influences. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Snow Patrol, Matt Nathanson and Ed Sheeran. They came by and played “Golden” off their album Safety in Numbers.

Picks of the Week

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Quavo, Offset and Takeoff take the crown for Atlanta on Yung Rich Nation.

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Shining like a neck full of gold chains, Migos’ new album bounces between club hits and cookhouse anthems. With production from some of the hottest heavyweight beat-makers in the game, YRN shows off the family skills over hits from DJ Mustard, Zaytoven, Metro Boomin and Murda Beatz. –J Boogie

 

 

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Behold San Francisco’s best-kept indie rock secret.

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You probably won’t see Verst gracing the stages of those popular SF tastemaker festivals, but you should. Starship Crash is a noise-pop masterwork that infuses ‘90s sonic wizardry with innovative melodies, both barbed and sublime. Guitar effects whisperer John Dickey croons like Stephen Malkmus channeling Neil Young. There’s not one mediocre song here. –Eric Shea

 

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J Boogie on #MusicologistMonday

Hi, my name is Justin Boland (aka J Boogie) and I’m the hip hop curator at Pandora. I’m a music fiend who has been selecting tunes and sharing them with my friends and fans for over 20 years. I have a soft spot for soul and reggae too, so you can find me digging into several genres for the music you hear on Pandora. My job is to make sure we have the best music library for you, no matter what you like. From well known to emerging artists, I spend all my time thinking about acquiring music and programming new genre stations. I also help write our blog and social media posts, interact with artists when they visit our Oakland office and get lost listening to anything I can get my hands on. Before I joined the team at Pandora, I worked at a radio station, record store, night club, record label and one of the first internet radio services, Spinner.com.

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Artists To Watch at Outside Lands

pre-OSL 1This weekend will mark the eighth-annual Outside Lands Music Festival, held at the beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. For those who haven’t attended the festival before, it’s a three-day event showcasing music from a variety of genres.

We’re especially excited about this year because we’ve partnered up with OSL and have created a Ranger Dave-approved festival mixtape with must-hear tracks from artists performing this year and will be on site to meet you all. Be sure to stop by our pod and strike a pose at our photo booth, nab some swag, power up your devices, and discover your next favorite song

Our very own musicologist J Boogie gave us the low-down on his picks of artists you need to see. You can also catch him on Saturday @ 1:30pm at the Heineken House.

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Picks of the Week

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The force is strong for Jeff Tweedy and co.

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Wilco fans were treated to the group releasing their ninth album for free online. Star Wars is the most experimental LP the veteran band has offered since A Ghost Is Born – from the spiky, distressed guitars of opening instrumental “EKG” to the stunningly hazy fugue state conjured by closer “Magnetized.” –Michelle Solomon

 

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Beloved British space rockers make an unexpected return.

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Flying Saucer Attack frontman David Pearce goes it alone on Instrumentals 2015, the first FSA release in 15 years – and a stunning collection of abstract sonic sketches. These impressionistic instrumentals smolder, shimmer and occasionally howl. They drift between pastoral twang, blurred prismatic thrum, keening feedback-drenched drone and hazy smears of soft-focus sound. –Andee Connors

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Introducing #MusicologistMonday

Music is human. Everyone has a unique relationship with music –what might be the soundtrack to someone’s first kiss may also be another’s breakup song. The process of making music requires human touch. Similarly, the process of selecting music for others also requires human touch.

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Whiteboard Wednesday Sessions: Wild Child performs “Fools”

Wild Child is an indie folk-pop band from Austin, TX. Their rootsy style features melodic songwriting and paired vocal harmonies backed by a range of traditional instruments including banjo, mandolin, piano and percussion. Other artists that can be heard on their station include The Head & the Heart, The Avett Brothers and Bon Iver. They came by the office and played the title track off their upcoming album Fools.

Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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Psychedelic rock mastermind ventures into electronica.

Tame Impala

Tame Impala (aka Aussie Kevin Parker) perfected lilting, hypnotic, Beatles-esque psychedelia on his first two albums. With Currents, he reinvents himself. Guitars are all but abandoned for keyboards, DJ-style looping and filter trickery. There’s even R&B crooning, evoking great genre-smashers from Beck to Daft Punk. It’s a strong contender for album of the year. –Party Ben

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Americana tunesmith hits his stride.

Billy Shaddox

Billy Shaddox’s I Melt, I Howl revives “Golden Coast,” a decade-old chestnut from his prior project Billy Midnight. But the weight of paying his dues is intensely palpable this time around when Shaddox sings, “Somewhere it seems/ I lost my dreams/ Or it might be/ That they were all taken away.” Stellar guitar solos abound. –Eric Shea

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Migos ‘Yung Rich Nation’ Now Spinning On Pandora Premieres

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Quavo, Offset and Takeoff have taken the crown in Atlanta on Yung Rich Nation. Shining like a neck full of gold chains, Migos’ new album bounces between club hits and cookhouse anthems. Chris Brown adds his vocals on “Just for Tonight,” putting an R&B touch on Migos’ signature club sound. With production from some of the hottest heavyweight beat-makers in the game, YRN shows off the family skills over hits from DJ Mustard, Zaytoven, Metro Boomin and Murda Beatz.

Migos are a definitive force with their triplet flow; fans have been eating up mixtapes, singles and features in anticipation of this year’s hottest hip hop summer release. Between starting a clothing line, building their crew of MCs and performing at Pandora’s Discovery Den – Migos are busy. Now they’re popping the champagne on Yung Rich Nation, exclusively, right here on Pandora Premieres, hear the album before it’s released.