I promise not to say anything more about Pandora beyond this, though it’s possible I might link to them about five times a week. The reason isn’t to point you to my station, or Linus’s station, a Beatles/Kinks/Flaming Lips combo. In fact, it’s really pointless for me to even link to either station, because once you’ll get there you’ll be overwhelmed with possibilities for your own stations (up to 100 you can create), that you won’t want to listen to anyone else’s, no matter how good they are, at least for awhile.
No, the reason I would link to Pandora is their “backstage” feature, an exhaustive and well-written catalogue of career summaries and recording information for nearly every major to minor artist out there. Example: I love “Making Time”, by the Creation, which can be found on the Rushmore soundtrack, but didn’t know anything about them. Now I do.
Even if you don’t go to Pandora to use their service, I would highly recommend it as a resource for band and artist information.