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Pandora SXSW Musicologist’s Picks Continued

Can you believe it’s less than one week until our Discovery Den at the Gatsby in Austin? Until then, we’re rocking out to our #PandoraSXSW station with artists from the entire lineup. Consider it a preview before the action. And don’t forget to tune into  the live-stream starting on March 16th! In the meantime get caught up on who is performing on the Hip Hop/R&B (3/18) and Rock (3/19) days from our curators:

HIP HOP/R&B: Friday, March 18th

J Boogie, here. Pandora is getting lit once again for our Hip-Hop and R&B day at Pandora’s 2016 SXSW Discovery Den. We’re kicking it off at 1:00 PM with Niykee Heaton and then Rihanna’s infamous co-writer Bibi Bourelly before crooner Kevin Garrett takes the stage.

Be sure to catch Emily King, one of our favorite up-and-coming vocalists and a total show-stealer when performing live. My number one pick for the day and favorite breakout artist of the year, Anderson .Paak, is sure to put on a visionary show. Trailblazing the hip hop and R&B stage, .Paak (aka Breezy Lovejoy) is what you’d get if Kendrick could sing like Curtis, or if Sly could rap like J. Cole. He’s proven to be an outstanding performer, with standout guest spots on Dr.Dre’s Compton and tracks with The Game and Knowledge; he also made a memorable TV appearance on The Late Show. Keep your ears open for him singing, rapping and playing drums like a pro.

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will be getting the evening portion started segueing between both genres. At this year’s Discovery Den, you can get your Baltimore bank rolls up with mixtape master Tate Kobang and then come laugh with comedian on his way to Professional Rapper, Lil Dicky. Then, check the next bit thing from The Six, Tory Lanez. Speaking of big things, Kevin Gates is sure to represent Baton Rouge as the next big thing from Louisiana. Whether he’s jumping on the latest track from Lil’ Kim or burning up Pandora’s hip hop stations with “2 Phones” and “Really Really,” Gates’ success translates to the stage with an effortless and natural swagger. And there’s no doubt that he is headliner-level talent, but this is SXSW and we had to take it to the next level: closing out the night’s festivities will be hip-hop’s brightest young star, Young Thug. Need I say more?

ROCK: Saturday, March 19th

What’s up, rockers? Pandora Lead Curator Eric Shea again. Pandora’s Rock day at last year’s Discovery Den was so fun! But rather than try to recreate 2015, we’re going for a different vibe this time. We’ve got LOLO kicking things off at 2:00 PM before Tor Miller takes the stage. When Tor first came on the pop scene, I thought he was going to be a new Americana hopeful because his single “Carter & Cash” refers to June Carter and Johnny Cash – but he’s proven to be another forward-thinking pop sophisticate.

Make sure you don’t miss Bleached! If you haven’t fallen for them yet, you will. Distorted guitars, ‘90s indie rock sensibilities, catchy punk ‘n’ roll songs…what’s not to love? Like Bleached, Hinds boasts an all female lineup. This garage rock quartet hails from Madrid, Spain. At times they recall The Vaselines, Death Valley Girls and like half of the Burger Records roster – but they’re definitely putting an original take on a classic formula.

Grizfolk will start the evening portion of our rocking festivities with their post-indie alt-anthems. Los Angelino trio Autolux also has an affinity for dance beats, but they cleverly blend them with shoegaze-flavored guitars that resonate like sonic ear candy.

I’m really looking forward to seeing Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires set the night on fire with an old school set of epic, supercharged power-soul! If his heart wrenching, marrow boiling cover of Black Sabbath’s “Changes” doesn’t move you, there’s a good chance that music may be none of your business.

More a pop innovator than rock ‘n’ roller, we’ve been fans of Troye Sivan’s fusion of hip hop beats and barbed melodies ever since 2014’s “Happy Little Pill.”

Headliners Bloc Party not only dropped a fantastic new album Hymns, they also have a new rhythm section – this one being noticeably more dance oriented.

It’s going to be an epic four days. See you all on March 16, 2016 at Discovery Den!