Bay area native Cava Menzies hails from a long line of musical talents; her father, an accomplished jazz trumpeter and early member of the Herbie Hancock sextet, while her mother is a classically trained flautist. Nick Phillips, another Bay area resident, is a trumpet player, composer, songwriter and highly coveted jazz producer. Cava and Nick came by the office with Paul Eastburn (bass) and Elizabeth Goodfellow (drums) to perform “You” from their self released album, Moment To Moment.
Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!
Singer-songwriter who is better known to most as a professional ballroom dancer on the ABC program Dancing With The Stars. As a youth, he was member of a pop trio called 2B1G (2 Boys 1 Girl) along with fellow dancers Julianne Hough and Derek Hough. He premiered his debut single “Get My Name” on a recent episode of DWTS and had the track trending worldwide on Twitter, moving the song to #24 on the iTunes Top Singles chart.
San Francisco’s Light Fantastic plays their jangle-pop with one foot planted in the sand and the other in the paisley underground. With ample help from Rex John Shelverton (Vue, Tamaryn), Light Fantastic’s Byrdsian jangle gets the post-shoegaze treatment with tasteful washes of reverb and gauzy guitars that sound like the Rickenbackers from Beachwood Sparks and RIDE had a baby. Singer Terry Sowers sounds like he could be the missing link between The Beach Boys and Allah-Las. Read More →
Typhoon, an 11-piece band from Portland, is known for making both music that ranges from quiet to anthemic. Lead singer and guitarist, Kyle Morton came by the office with Shannon Rose Steele (vocals/violin) to do an intimate version of “CPR” from their album ‘Hunger and Thirst’ on Tender Loving Empire.
This is what our music curators are listening to this week on Pandora!
New Artist Additions
A New York DJ who is known for his work at celebrity functions, including the 50th birthday party and 2009 inauguration of President Obama, and the 2008 wedding of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. He is gearing up for his debut album Paradise Royale, out in June, where he will bring together a 14-piece string section and musicians like Nile Rodgers (Chic), Ray Parker Jr., Mary J. Blige, Chromeo, Estelle, Cee Lo Green, Robin Thicke, Jessie J and more. His recently dropped single “Make The World Go Round” features a guest appearance by R. Kelly.
Nightbringer are one of those rare black metal bands that can swirl their cacaphony of guitar maelstroms to sound like a beautiful orchestra of evil. With equal parts restraint and tantrum, they’re absolute masters at reining in their chaos. Also, their singer sounds like he can gargle glass and barf blood into a Shure SM-58 microphone. Read More →
Katie Herzig is a singer-songwriter currently based in Nashville. Her live show is a dynamic full-band set that is as intimate as it is epic. Katie and her band came by the office to play “Frequencies” from her latest album Walk Through Walls on Marion-Lorraine Records.
Last month, we announced that you could download Pandora in the Pebble app store for iOS. We’ve already seen a great response to the first “wearable” technology device that Pandora is available on, so we’re thrilled to share that the Pebble app is now available for Android smartphone users as well.
Just like on iOS, Android users can now view and change stations, thumb songs up and down, skip, play and pause tracks using your Pebble. If you already have a Pebble that is paired to your mobile device, you should get a notification that you can install the Pandora for Pebble app, or you can start the install process at any time from the Pebble Settings Page. Read More →
Most times, the first things you’ll notice are the hiss, pops and crackles of the antiquated fidelity. The genre’s earlier recordings are delightfully haunting – as if you’re hearing ghosts play scratchy old records. And then the slide guitars and fiddles sound like they’re laughing joyously over buoyant rhythms. But when those bouncy horns, piano and guitars saunter in; that’s when you’re hearing some top-shelf Western Swing. And should some cartoonish vocals pipe-in with a high-pitched, “A-ha!” you can be certain that you’re listening to Bob Wills, the king of Western Swing.
Every few years I go through a Bob Wills phase – and by proxy, a Western Swing phase. Subsequently, I just updated Pandora’s Country & Western Swing station with a bunch of my all-time favorite tunes from this realm (as well as some Classic Country and Honky-Tonk for complimentary flavor). Read More →
The Dismemberment Plan is a Washington, DC based indie rock band featuring Eric Axelson (bass), Jason Caddell (guitar), Joe Easley (drums), and Travis Morrison (vocals and guitar). The four piece came by Pandora’s Oakland HQ to play “Let’s Just Go To The Dogs Tonight” from ‘Uncanney Valley‘ on Partisan Records.
It happens, without fail, every time I carry an instrument in public. I’m usually at the airport. I’ll have a saxophone or a guitar strapped to my back because it’s too fragile to check underneath the plane. I ease it into the overhead bin and as I settle into my chair, the person seated next to me asks, with genuine warmth and curiosity, what type of music I play.
What type of music do I play? I’ve encountered this enough times that you would think I’d be prepared with a quick, easy answer. After all, people only ask out of interest and kindness, they are not expecting a discussion of aesthetic philosophy and music theory. I should just politely say, “rock” or “jazz” and ask them what they do. But the problem is, I (and most songwriters I know) don’t think of the music we make in terms of genre. Read More →