Pandora Media Acquires Ticketfly

How does a powerhouse internet radio station compete with those powerhouse businesses that make money off of live music? Simple, get in on the same business and make a name for yourself.

On Wednesday (Oct. 7), it was confirmed that Pandora Media had acquired Ticketfly, a somewhat competitor to Live Nation and Ticketmaster. The acquisition of Ticketfly reportedly cost the media company $450 million in cash and stock. Though Ticketfly is not as popular or widely known as Ticketmaster or Live Nation (Live Nation and Ticketmaster sold 184 million ticket in 2014 while Ticketfly sold 16 million in the same year), the latter sells tickets to concerts and other types of events for about 1,200 different venues and festivals including the Pitchfork Music Festival and hipster paradise, Burning Man.>

“This is a game-changer for Pandora – and much more importantly – a game-changer for music,” said Brian McAndrews, chief executive officer at Pandora. “Over the past 10 years, we have amassed the largest, most engaged audience in streaming music history. With Ticketfly, we will thrill music lovers and lift ticket sales for artists as the most effective marketplace for connecting music makers and fans.”

“Pandora’s entry into live events is a watershed moment for the music industry and will forever change the landscape for artists, promoters and fans,” said Andrew Dreskin, co-founder and chief executive officer of Ticketfly. “Ticketfly and Pandora are a perfect fit: two companies that are extraordinarily passionate about music and improving the experience for the entire ecosystem. The combination of Ticketfly and Pandora will be a marketing and event discovery powerhouse, giving venues and promoters unprecedented access to a massive and targeted audience of nearly 80 million music fans.”

This isn’t Pandora’s first major purchase in 2015. Back in May, the company purchased Next Big Sound, a music data service that tracks the popularity of songs online and in social networks.

Pandora Premieres Motion City Soundtrack’s ‘Panic Stations’


Motion City Soundtrack’s new album isn’t set to hit store until next Friday, but now, the band is giving fans the chance to listen to their impending record a week early. For the next week, Panic Stations, the Minnesota band’s sixth studio album will be available for streaming over on Pandora as part of their Pandora Premiere segment. Panic Stations will feature lead single “TKO” and “Lose Control” which can be heard here.

In support of the new album, Motion City Soundtrack will be heading out on the road alongside The Wonder Years, You Blew It!, and State Champs. The complete list of upcoming fall tour dates can be seen below.


Oct 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Oct 18 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Oct 20 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Oct 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Oct 23 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Oct 24 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Oct 25 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Oct 27 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Oct 28 – Murray, UT @ Murray Theater
Oct 30 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct 31 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
Nov 02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Nov 03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Nov 05 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Nov 06 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Nov 07 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
Nov 10 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Nov 11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 12 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 13 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
Nov 14 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Nov 16 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Nov 18 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Nov 19 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
Nov 20 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Nov 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov 23 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
Nov 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
Nov 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov 27 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Panic Stations will officially become available next Friday, Sept. 18 through Epitaph Records. Pre-orders for the album are still ongoing, so if you’re digging the new album, head on over to Motion City Soundtrack’s website. For those who pre-order the album on iTunes, they will receive an instant download of both “TKO” and “Lose Control.”

Stream Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness’ Debut


Yesterday, Andrew McMahon revealed that he was streaming his newest solo project’s debut record.

Today, the musician informed fans that not only is his record label, Vanguard, currently streaming the anticipated self-titled over at SoundCloud, but for the next week, they can head on over to Pandora and listen to the album in full as part of online streaming service’s Pandora Premieres.

Like previous artists like Anberlin and most recently Yellowcard, fans of the artists log into the streaming service and are able to hear the new album in full with minimal, if any, commercial interruptions.

Until now, McMahon has released several tracks from Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness since the initial announcement that he had created another solo project. Tracks such as “Canyon Moon,” “High Dive,” “Halls” and lead single, “Cecilia and the Satellite” have previously been released.

Unlike what some believe, the self-titled debut is not scheduled to be released until next Tuesday, Oct. 14.

In support of the new album, McMahon will be hitting the road for a short tour with Junior Prom and Hunter Hunted. Tour dates for that Fall tour can be seen here.

Stream Yellowcard’s ‘Lift A Sail’


Yellowcard’s new album, Lift A Sail isn’t set to be released until Oct. 7 through Razor & Tie, but the band are giving fans the chance to listen to the record a week in advance.

As of now, the band have released a couple of songs from the upcoming ninth album including “One Bedroom,” “Transmission Home,” “Crash the Gates,” and “Make Me So.” Considering that some of their fans were the ones to spill the beans on the new record, it’s nice of them to be giving them the chance to hear the record early.

The full album currently can be heard over on Pandora.

In support of the new album, Yellowcard will be heading out on a co-headlining tour with Memphis May Fire and Emarosa. The tour is slated to begin on Oct. 16 at the House of Blues in Las Vegas and travel across North America, eventually wrapping up on Nov. 16 at San Francisco’s The Regency Ballroom. Full tour dates for the trek can be seen here.


10/16 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

10/17 San Diego, CA – North Park Theatre

10/18 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

10/19 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

10/21 Dallas, TX – House of Blues

10/22 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live

10/23 Houston, TX – House of Blues

10/25 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live

10/26 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor

10/28 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

10/29 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend

10/30 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

10/31 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom

11/02 New York, NY – Best Buy Theatre

11/03 Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory

11/04 Boston, MA – House of Blues

11/06 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre

11/07 Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom

11/08 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall

11/09 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

11/11 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall

11/12 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

11/14 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory

11/15 Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia

11/16 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom

Stream Anberlin’s ‘Lowborn’


Anberlin’s final album Lowborn isn’t scheduled to be released until next week, but Pandora is giving fans of the central Florida-based band the chance to listen to it before its official release date.

Earlier this year, the band revealed that they would be disbanding at the end of the year. Before that is to happen, they promised their fans that there would be a brand new record and a final tour to close out their legacy.

Lowborn was supposed to be released last month before the Christian rock band was slated to begin their run on this year’s Van Warped Tour, but for some unknown reason (or maybe it is known), the album’s release date was pushed back a month, making it due out on July 22.

Listen to the full album here.

As for the final tour, dates have been trickling in over the past few months, though at present time it looks like most of them have been revealed. As of last week, the band announced that there were still dates that have not been announced yet due to obligations, but there final FINAL show will take place at Orlando’s House of Blues which will probably be sold out.

What a way to come full circle.