Aussie Artist on the Rise Jarryd James to Tour in July

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The day after achieving a #2 rank on the ARIA singles chart, independent Brisbane artist Jarryd James is happy to announce an East Coast tour this July, taking in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Already set to be one of the break-out artists of 2015, Jarryd's impressive chart result for debut single ‘Do You Remember’ is a huge achievement for a brand new artist with no label support. The success of the track has been completely organic, driven by the quality of the song and the immediate reaction of listeners everywhere. The song - an exercise in beautifully restrained minimalism - has accrued more than one million online streams since its release, been accredited Gold, and perhaps most impressively has maintained the #1 position on the Shazam charts since the beginning of March.

Fresh from supporting Angus & Julia Stone on their national tour, Jarryd performs his first ever, sold-out headline dates this week. Catch this unique artist while you can.

TOUR DATES

BRISBANE - Friday, July 3rd - The Hi-Fi

SYDNEY - Friday, July 10th - The Metro

MELBOURNE - Saturday, July 11th - The Forum

Tickets on sale from 10am Wednesday April 1st. For complete tour and ticket information, click here.

∞  03/29/2015 — 6:35PM

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Alison Wonderland

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Rdio's March Artist to Watch is DJ and producer Alison Wonderland.

A chemical performer who has played cello in orchestras, rocked the bass in indie bands and graced turntables in front of tens-of-thousands, Alison has rocked festival sets from Stereosonic to Splendour, and has been confirmed as a Coachella Music & Arts Festival 2015 act.

The babe who drops bangers by the bucketload recently unleashed a crowd-favourite ‘Diplo and Friends’ BBC radio mix and headlined a national run of secret warehouse shows that sold out in hours.

Her debut album ‘Run’ is out March 20 - you can get a taste of what music inspires her by checking out the talented young producer’s profile on Rdio.

“I’m stoked to be Rdio’s Artist To Watch for March”, said Alison Wonderland. “I enjoyed choosing this playlist and super excited for you all to hear my debut album Run.”

Follow Alison on Rdio to see what music she's favouriting and to give her playlists a spin.

∞  03/22/2015 — 6:45PM

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Fleetwood Mac to bring 'On With The Show' World Tour to Aus & NZ

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The rumours are true - the legendary Fleetwood Mac will bring their 'On With The Show 'World Tour to Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

The 'On With The Show' Tour will mark Fleetwood Mac’s first series of concert dates in Australia and New Zealand since 2009’s sold-out 'Unleashed' Tour.

Touring as a five-piece for the first time since 1998, one of music’s most enduring groups of all time, will play a selection of arena, stadium and winery shows this October - November.

All five original band members are back together, with Christine McVie rejoining band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks after a 16-year absence.

The news of Fleetwood Mac’s return is particularly welcomed by Australian and New Zealand fans after the band were unfortunately forced to cancel their sold-out 2013 dates.

'The On With The Show' Tour will see Fleetwood Mac on stage for close to two and a half hours, showcasing hits and classic songs from their career that spans more than four decades and global album sales in excess of 100 million.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10am on Wednesday April 1.

Find more details at Live Nation

TOUR DATES

SYDNEY - Thursday October 22nd & Saturday October 24th - Allphones Arena

PERTH - Friday October 30th - Domain Stadium (formerly Patersons Stadium)

MELBOURNE - Monday November 2nd & Wednesday November 4th - Rod Laver Arena

GEELONG - Saturday November 7th - Mt Duneed Estate

BRISBANE - Tuesday November 10th - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

HUNTER VALLEY - Saturday November 14th - Hope Estate Winery

DUNEDIN - Wednesday November 18th - Forsyth Barr Stadium

AUCKLAND - Saturday November 21st - Mt Smart Stadium

∞  03/19/2015 — 4:50PM

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New Features

Sharing Music Keeps Getting Better

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What’s more fun than enjoying your favourite music on Rdio? Enjoying it with a friend. Sharing is a unique part of the Rdio listening experience, and with three new features we’re introducing, you’ll find even more ways to share the sounds you love with your friends.

  • Share Replies Keep the Conversation Going

Sharing is a conversation, and with our new share improvements, you can follow that conversation easily. Hit "reply" when a friend shares music with you to let them know what you think.

  • Smarter Sharing

Find friends to share music with quickly and easily with new iOS improvements. Tap the new share icon on any album, playlist or station page — or press and hold on any song — then use the search filter to find a friend to share your music moment with.

  • Tweet the Artist

Rdio listeners already love using Twitter to share music with their followers. Now, when you share a song to Twitter, the artist’s Twitter handle will be automatically included in your tweet so they know you’re listening along. Now available on iOS and the web. Coming soon to Android.

∞  03/18/2015 — 7:46PM

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Celebrate 40 Years of Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti'

The release of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition) marks the 40th anniversary of this seminal double album. Everything has been completely remastered on this 16x Platinum powerhouse. The set includes the addition of seven previously unreleased versions of songs, including early takes on 'Houses of the Holy' and 'In The Light', the latter with different lyrics!

We're also celebrating the amazing news that the whole Led Zeppelin catalogue is now available for your rock music-listening pleasure! Fans of the almighty band have also been enjoying a wave of remastered classics, which started in 2014 and continues on this year.

Stay tuned for much more to come from the epic Led Zeppelin catalogue!

∞  02/26/2015 — 2:30PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 2:30PM in Events, Music |

Music

New Music Weekly - February 23rd, 2015

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly Playlist, a handpicked set that globetrots across territories and genres to bring you the very best of what’s just dropped. This week, we’re vibing to the latest from sleepy singer songwriter Sufjan Stevens, New Jersey punk rockers Screaming Females, Aussie EDM duo Miami Horror just to name a few.

Visit the Rdio New Releases Page to browse the complete collection and hear more of this week’s sounds right now.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Jose Gonzales - Vestiges & Claws

The third album from the Swedish singer and guitarist comes after an eight-year break to join the band Junip.

Pearls - Pretend You're Mine

The Melbourne trio drop their debut LP and it's a pearler - loaded full of hazy dream pop and 70's glam mannerisms.

Lady Antebellum - 747

A soaring album from the Nashville country superstars, produced by Dixie Chicks producer Paul Worley.

Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing

Re-releasing the UK alt rockers’ second album is part of a two-year celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary.

Phosphorescent - Live At The Music Hall

This live recording from Alabama native Matthew Houck is a three-LP, career-spanning set, recorded during a four-night stand at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

Tom Lark - Tom Lark

Christchurch's Tom Lark take you on a delightful alt-pop romp on his debut 5 track LP.

Mary Lambert - Heart On My Sleeve

Best known as the vocal on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Same Love', the Seattle singer-songwriter and slam poet addresses themes of sexuality, body image and mental illness on her debut LP.

∞  02/22/2015 — 8:03PM

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Music

Motley Crue Announce 'The Final Tour' with special guest Alice Cooper

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Legendary rock icons Mötley Crüe’s have, at last, confirmed dates for the highly anticipated Australian leg of their Final Tour, aptly named 'The Final Tour', bringing along shock-rocker Alice Cooper as a very special guest.

'The Final Tour' marks the end of an era for the band - In January 2014, all four original members gathered to sign a binding ‘Cessation Of Touring’ agreement taking effect at the end of 2015 before a press conference in their hometown of Los Angeles and announcing the global two-year Final Tour. A year later, on January 20, 2015 in New York City, the band announced Mötley Crüe’s highly anticipated final live performance of the band to take place at LA's Staples Centre on New Year's Eve 2015. The 2014 portion of ‘The Final Tour’ was one of last year’s top grossing US tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million USD.

Australian fans had better brace themselves; the mighty Crüe are bringing their full production with them, including the ground breaking Crüecifly drum coaster, fire spitting bass, over the top pyrotechnics, and all the other elements that have made ‘The Final Tour’ such a wildly successful, memorable experience for hundreds of thousands across the world.

Bassist, Nikki Sixx says of the band’s visit, “We can’t wait to celebrate 34 years of Mötley Crüe with our Australian fans and come over there one last time. We always have an amazing time in Australia and we’re not holding back either... we are bringing along our full production including the Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as the pyro and every other bell and whistle.”

Ensuring they farewell Australia in epic style, the inimitable Alice Cooper will accompany Mötley Crüe on all Australian dates as very special guest. Once coined the most evil rock singer in the world, Cooper recently suggested Crüe let him kill them on stage, “That finishes everything. Four guillotines, floomp! Done!” he enthused. While his villainous vision may not be realised, an equally evil performance is guaranteed as Cooper unleashes his hard rock classics.

Thirty-four years into one of the most tumultuous and staggeringly successful careers in the history of rock music, Mötley Crüe continue to command unwavering allegiance from fans of all ages. The classic line-up of Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars still packs a powerful punch and they’re ready to remind Australian audiences why Mötley Crüe will go down in history as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

Tickets for 'The Final Tour' will go on sale at 11am on Wednesday March 4th.For more information, visit Live Nation Australia & New Zealand.

TOUR DATES

MELBOURNE - Tuesday May 12th - Rod Laver Arena

SYDNEY - Saturday May 16th - Allphones Arena

BRISBANE - Tuesday May 19th - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

ADELAIDE - Thursday May 21st - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

PERTH - Saturday May 23rd - Perth Arena

∞  02/18/2015 — 3:50PM

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Placebo's Entire Back Catalogue Now Available on Rdio

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UK androgynous alt-rock outfit Placebo have kickstarted their 20th Anniversary celebrations by making their entire back catalogue available on Rdio.

The band’s self titled first album helped pave the way for a strong shift in British music acting as an antithesis to Britpop, inspiring a generation of bands to follow them. Placebo went on to claim their place in British music history with five top ten albums in the UK, collaborating with music legends including amongst others David Bowie, Robert Smith of The Cure and R.E.M's Michael Stipe, as well as playing sold out tours and festival headline slots across the globe.

2016 marks 20 years since the band released their eponymous seminal first album and to honour the momentous achievement, the act will release one album a day over the course of the week:

Placebo (1996)

The moving, angst and gritty self titled debut focused largely on themes of drugs, sex, gender confusion and bisexuality. Features 'Teenage Angst' and smash single 'Nancy Boy'

Without You I’m Nothing (1998)

A critical and commercial success, the band's sophomore offering, particularly the track 'Pure Morning' saw them break the US, largely due to its inclusion on the soundtrack for rich-teen-sex-romp film Cruel Intentions. A seemingly more personal and romantically inclined release lyrically.

Black Market Music (2000)

Dedicated to music publicist Scott Piering, who died of cancer in early 2000, the band's third LP stayed true to their dark guitar-rock sound and was received well critically, however not as strong commercially as their last. Includes singles 'Special K' and 'Taste In Men'.

Sleeping With Ghosts (2003)

As the title suggests, songwriter Brian Moloko was largely inspired to cathartically write about relationships for the album, purging and processing the events of the past decade. Widely accepted as the album that saw them somewhat step away from their "glam-rock" tendencies into a heavier sound.

Meds (2006)

Again as the title suggests, the theme of alcohol is prevalent throughout this album. The band worked with producer Dimitri Tikovoi to go 'back to basics' and deliver a signature Placebo dark rock album. Includes guest appearances from Micheal Stipe & Alison Mosshart of The Kills.

Battle For The Sun (2009)

Working with producer David Botrill (Tool, Muse, Silverchair), the band deliberately pursued a more positive, lighter approach to songwriting and composition, even utilising new instruments such as trumpet and saxophone.

Visit their artist page to view and play all albums or tune into the Placebo Artist Station.

∞  02/17/2015 — 6:47PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:47PM in Music, News |

New Music Weekly - February 16th, 2015

A brand new week means a brand new New Music Weekly Playlist! Loaded up with our picks of the best fresh singles, albums, EPs and remixes - be sure to subscribe to the playlist to be in the know of newest sounds week to week.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

The Canadian hip hop master surprises everyone with an aptly titled out-of-the-blue mix tape, the pre-cursor to his upcoming fourth studio album. Features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Travi$ Scott.

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

When writing this album, his 6th, Ne-Yo reached out to fans on social media to share their experiences, so that he could write "true stories about real people." Features collabs with Schoolboy Q, Pitbull & T.I.

Dorsal Fins - Mind Renovation

Liam McGorry's (Saskwatch, Eagle & The Worm) side project with a 15 piece ensemble is a kalidescope of sounds - from psych jams and rollicking soul numbers to synthy pop and spoken word.

Ne-Yo - Non-Fiction

Josh Tillman manages to top his 2012 debut 'Fear Fun' with an incredibly passionate, honest and often hilarious account of his misadventures with his wife, Emma.

Marika Hackman - We Sleep At Last

Somewhat haunting and unsettling, the Burburry model/singer/songwriter delivers a superbly subtle, understated and atmospheric debut album.

Imagine Dragons - Smoke & Mirrors

The Las Vegas-based four piece's sophomore album is big on production and polish.

Ibeyi - Ibeyi

Cuban/French twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz deliver experiemental soul with a healthy dollop of afro-cuban sounds.

∞  02/15/2015 — 6:35PM

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Kim Churchill

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Our second Artist To Watch for 2015 is the very chill Kim Churchill.

The 23 year old surf-loving multi-instrumentalist started his musical journey traversing Australia in a camper van, busking and discovering the country's musical landscape - even entering and winning the Byron Bay Bluesfest Busker Competition -True to his roots, he returns annually to perform the festival's main stage.

His latest recording Silence/Win is a preeminent collection demonstrating maturity and depth. The paradoxically titled release showcases Kim Churchill’s melodic, contemporary, blues and folk sides. Recorded in Vancouver, the 13-track album was produced by legendary heavyweight Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, Matthew Good) and includes the noteworthy single 'Window To The Sky' which came in at an impressive #54 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2014.

Known for his dynamic live performances, the sandy haired singer-songwriter is an equally adept instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass drum, percussion, tambourine and harmonica. Be sure to catch him performing in Australia this month before he jets off the the UK for an extensive tour.

Follow Kim Churchill on Rdio to see what music he's favouriting and to give his playlists a spin.

∞  02/11/2015 — 6:27PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:27PM in Artist Spotlights, Music |