Some of this week’s newest music and genre station highlights on Pandora, fresh from our curation team!

Artist Debuts

Mark Ballas

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.

Light Fantastic

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 10.26.47 AMSan 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.

New Music

Natalie MerchantNatalie Merchant

A major star in the late 80’s/90’s, first with the band 10,000 Maniacs and then with an illustrious solo career, Natalie Merchant is back with her first album of original compositions in 13 years.


Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 10.20.32 AMFor his first Latin album in his five-decade hitmaking career, Santana is joined by an eclectic group of artists like Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley, Miguel, Wayne Shorter, and Latin superstar Juanes on the album’s hit single, “La Flaca.”

Genre Stations

With EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festival season in full swing, we have created three new genre stations that bring the sounds/vibe of an EDM festival (aka rave) to Pandora:

EDM Festival Bass

Are you ready for bass to melt your face off? Do you need to get your booty bouncin’? Pandora’s EDM Festival Bass stationwill do just that with the hottest dubstep, trap, and glitch hop.

EDM Festival Dance

Featuring the biggest electro house, progressive house, and trance hits, EDM Festival Dance is sure to get you in the mood to rave!

EDM Festival Underground

Peering into the heart of electronic music, EDM Festival Underground is a deeper/darker look at EDM with artists like Disclosure, Todd Terje and Adam Beyer.

Oldies Curator

I dig all things ‘60s: garage punk, obscure psych, Stax and Motown soul stompers. My first CD purchases were REM’s Out of Time and Boyz II Men’s Cooleyhighharmony. I still own both! I’m pretty much immersed in music – hitting up local record shops, catching live shows at crusty dives, and DJing around town at various venues and bars.


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