Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Van Halen’s first live album with Diamond Dave on the mic.

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 11.30.06 AMUp until now, if you wanted to hear a live recording of DLR fronting VH, you had to score a scratchy bootleg. Since the band formed in 1975, we can factually say that Tokyo Dome In Concert (Live) was 40 years in the making. Spoiler alert – they sound awesome! –Eric Shea

 

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Striking from the heavens, Lightning Bolt will leave you breathless!

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 11.48.52 AMFew bands live up to their name like Lightning Bolt. Brian and Brian’s indie prog blitzkrieg takes no prisoners. Careening through sounds and riffs on their latest, Fantasy Empire, you’d think an army of people made these songs, but no. Just two dudes on bass and drums. Mind = blown. –Diego Gonzalez

 

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – Fan Faves and Who Should Have Made the Cut

Like most music lovers, we at Pandora are equally excited and opinionated about this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees. Being that our main headquarters is in Oakland, we’re extra proud that East Bay punk-pop heroes Green Day were inducted – we’re also stoked that Pandora listeners made their hit “Good Riddance” one of the top thumbed up songs from this year’s inductees! And isn’t it about time that Bill Withers made the cut? Anyone who’s seen his awesome 2009 documentary Still Bill probably agrees – as do those of you who thumbed “Ain’t No Sunshine” into our top thumbs. And you don’t have to be a “blues lawyer” to argue the importance of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s induction.

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Next Wave Woman: Chelsea Wolfe

You’d be hard-pressed to find a female singer-songwriter who appeals to metalheads and folkies alike. Chelsea Wolfe’s beautifully somber songs somehow traverse both realms. Her music has been aptly described as “drone-metal-art-folk.” She melds the dark, drones of doom metal with stark piano notes and guitar arpeggios – over which she sings in a haunting tenor trill. Her own compositions aside, she can cover the 1939 folk staple “You Are My Sunshine” alongside Burzum’s 1992 Norwegian black metal dirge “Black Spell Of Destruction” while retaining her signature sound and style.

1029_Women_Leadership_ChelseaChelsea began recording herself in her father’s home studio at age nine. When she began playing live, Chelsea preferred to perform in unorthodox locations like deserted nuclear plants, cathedrals and basements. Her lauded 2010 debut album The Grime and the Glow was recorded on a vintage eight-track. Her sophomore album Apokalypsis was tracked in a proper studio, but for Chelsea’s third full-length, Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, she chose to record deep in the woods of Northern California. Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Leftover Salmon performs “Western Skies”

Leftover Salmon is a bluegrass band from Boulder, Colorado. Their style blends elements of folk, rock, and country, with frequent use of banjo, mandolin, slide guitars, organ, piano, and vocal harmonies. Other artists that can be heard on their station include Railroad Earth, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Alison Krauss & Union Station. They came by the office and played “Western Skies” off their album High Country.

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

resonance_graphic_finalGucci Mane drops another trilogy from behind bars, bringing you BreakfastLunch and Dinner.

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Guwop is the most prolific voice of Atlanta. This series of albums
includes features like iLoveMakonnen, Quavo (of Migos), Waka Flocka Flame and Trinidad James. Recording these albums between stints behind bars and hitting the streets, Scucci keeps it G over some Mike WiLL Made-It beats. (J. Boogie)

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Hampton Yount is more than Bearable.

Most comedians wouldn’t burn their best joke Hampton Yount20 minutes into an album, but Hampton Yount isn’t most comedians. His sophomore album is filled with unpredictable jokes that cast George Washington as a fictional character and Asperger’s as a dating technique. Bonus: Per Yount’s Twitter, his album also syncs perfectly with The Wizard of Oz. (Kelly Anneken)

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Anthony DeCurtis Chats With The Rolling Stones

In celebration of the The Rolling Stones’ ‘Zip Code’ tour, Pandora has launched a new station packed with handpicked track selections and exclusive commentary directly from the band. The interviews were conducted by award-winning author and journalist Anthony DeCurtis. In the special guest blog post below DeCurtis recounts his conversations with Mick, Keith and Ronnie in anticipation of their stateside tour. Listen to Zip Code Radio here.

A door opens in a hotel suite on Manhattan’s upper east side, and out steps Mick Jagger, characteristically full of energy. A few days before, I’d journeyed down to Soho to meet with Keith Richards, who strolled into the offices of his manager Jane Rose in an excellent mood, having just come from a long, celebratory lunch with his daughter Theodora, who turned thirty that day. Between those events, the genetically cheerful Ron Wood checked in by phone from London. All of this can mean only one thing: The Rolling Stones are going on the road again!

Rolling Stones_Brian RasicMore than fifty years ago, the Stones earned their reputation as “the greatest rock & roll band in the world,” and they still play with a ferocity that bands a third their age would envy. They’re booked stadiums for what they’re calling the Zip Code tour, but when the Stones take the stage, the bigger the venue, the bigger the impact.

“I’m hoping to turn every stadium into a club,” Keith says. “Thank God, we have Mick who can cover all the spectaculars, and the band, once we’re on stage, we feel like, ‘This is our club for the night – it’s just a big one!’” Read More →

Pandora Coming To Your Wrist on Apple Watch

When the original iPhone launched in 2007, we knew we had to be available on it on day one. Additionally, when the iPad launched in 2010, Pandora was there on the first day you could pick one up. That’s why we are incredibly excited to announce that Pandora for Apple Watch will be available as soon as you can buy the Watch and put it on your wrist on April 24, 2015. The Apple Watch represents another opportunity for Pandora to be available anytime and anywhere to our more than 81.5 million monthly users in order to deliver the most personalized music experience ever while also making discovery as effortless as possible.

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When using Pandora on the Apple Watch, you can start listening to your favorite tracks quickly and can view what tracks are playing at a glance. For example, as you are listening to Pandora via your iPhone when going for a run, you can now simply glance at the “Now Playing” screen on the Watch in order to find out the name of the artist that you just discovered. The glance feature is another example of the importance of providing a simple and intuitive experience that you all have come to expect from Pandora. Lastly, you can also easily access new music notifications and control the volume without pulling out your phone, which means you can get to your music as fast as possible. Read More →

Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Dark Waves performs “The Heartbeat The Soul”

Dark Waves aka Nick Long is a multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles. His pop/rock/electronica infused sound features dynamic vocals, electric rhythm guitar and piano, and a subtle use of strings. Other artists that can be heard on his station include Fall Out Boy, Panic At The Disco, and The Script. He came by the office and played “The Heartbeat The Soul” off his self-titled debut EP.

Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Rihanna runs the track with her new single, “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.32.12 PMCommanding the mic and calling all the shots, her vocals slap you as they bounce over blazing drums served up by Deputy and Kanye West. Her smoky vocal take masters a blend of singing and rapping that sounds like she’s been yelling at fools in the studio.

 

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San Francisco’s best-kept secret unveils a beautiful, garage-pop, solo, debut album.

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 3.34.00 PMA diamond-in-the-rough from the Mission district’s 22nd St. music community; Sarah Bethe Nelson’s wistfully sung songs are flirty, confessional, cathartic and catchy all at once. With the Midas touch of Kelley Stoltz as producer, Fast Moving Clouds is an instant classic of lo-fi spun guitar-pop gold.

 

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Pandora Whiteboard Sessions: Guster performs “Long Night”

Guster is an alt-rock band from Boston, MA. Their folk and punk influenced sound features mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation, a vocal-centric aesthetic, and melodic songwriting. Other artists that can be heard on their station include The Shins, Ben Folds, and Coldplay. They came by the office and played “Long Night” off their latest album Evermotion.