Run River North is an indie pop group with strong folk influences. Guitar-driven at heart, their sound is fleshed out by soft vocal harmonies and a variety of instruments, including violin, melodica, tambo. Other artists that can be heard on their Pandora station include Of Monsters & Men, Lord Huron, and The Head & the Heart. The six-piece came by the office and played “Growing Up” off their self-titled debut album. Audio from the full session can be found here.


  1. Abraham Kim
    September 10, 2014 at 10:54am
    I am placing a request here because it is the most recent blog post and is thus likely to be read by someone on the Pandora team. I use the free version of Pandora and was hoping for a more smooth transition between the music and ads. Currently, the commercials sound imposing and are too salient for me to pay attention without derision. The more obnoxious commercials are often a target of mockery among my friends. If the ads were strategically camouflaged within the respective stations, then users would be more receptive to the messages; currently most of the ads may be ignored by many users, similar to how annoying flash ads on websites are ignored. Imagine a user listening to Norah Jones's station, which features soft sensuous sounds by artists like Jack Johnson which feel beachy/cafe-esque/travelly. Having an imposing commercial about Taco Bell takes the user out of that mood. A fluid experience, where the ads feature a similar perceptual experience to the current station would be preferable, not only to the user, but to Pandora as it would most likely increase the effectiveness of the ads. Think how more effective a blog post is in promoting a product than a traditional web advertisement; this is because a blog post fits in with the content of the rest of the website/journal/platform, rather than sticking out like a salient pimple or wart. This request comes not from wanting to make myself a victim of more effective marketing, but because I want to avoid the anxiety that an abrupt and loud commercial, placed between songs in a channel like Debussy, provokes. If Pandora is already working towards this, cool! Thanks, Abraham
    1. Dave
      February 26, 2016 at 8:34am
      I believe the purpose of these terribly intrusive ads (I hate them too) is to persuade us to subscribe for PandoraOne. They are not going to do anything to their advertising scheme, adding limitations to ads or hyper specific ads that need to fit a "feel" of music will do nothing but limit revenue stream. While I understand where you are coming from, you need to understand that Pandora is still a business and we wouldn't have our free music without these ads. So, if you truly cannot stand living with them as you have stated above, then you should pay for PandoraOne, otherwise enjoy your music with the minimal hourly interruptions. TacoBell does run some of the WORST ads on Pandora, though. I will agree with you there.
  2. Craig Reiss
    December 08, 2014 at 10:05am
    I'm a violinist with the San Francisco Opera. Would you be interested and having a small instrumental group with singers performing classical and popular songs for the Whiteboard Sessions? If so we would be very interested in performing at Pandora.
    1. PandoraSupport
      December 08, 2014 at 3:09pm
      Hey Craig! Could you shoot us an email about this? Thanks! -Kim

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