Newsday is reporting that Pandora has made a direct licensing deal with some artists.
That means Merlin-represented artists like Arcade Fire, Bad Religion and Lenny Kravitz could get more rotations as their representatives will be able to lobby Pandora to place their songs earlier in playlists where they fit. Artists will also get access to Pandora data for the first time, enabling them to make informed decisions about where to tour, who to tour with, what their concert set list should be and what songs they might release next. They will also have tools to directly communicate with fans on Pandora.
Run the Jewels, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P, have posted a snippet of a new track called "Blockbuster Night Part 1." The preview comes as they prepare to embark on their North American tour starting this week. Stream the snippet and check the tour dates in the replies. Also, their follow-up to last years Run the Jewels is also being mixed tomorrow, so expect the record soon.
Up-and-coming Brooklyn band (as if there's any other kind) Young Runner are set to release their first EP in a few weeks, but you can get a taste of their Vaccines-ish, post-grunge, plain fun rock 'n roll right now in the form of "Wet Cement." Check it out in the replies.
Hit the replies to check out a new Rustie and Danny Brown collaboration called "Attak." The song will appear on Rustie's forthcoming sophomore release Green Language. The pair previously collaborated on Brown's Old.
You can now stream the new split from A Will Away and Head North. It's out now via Giant MKT. You can also check out two new videos below - "Transparent People" from A Will Away's side and "In The Water" from Head North's side.