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#MonoMonday: Happy 61st Birthday Elvis Costello!

Very few artists can boast the varied and prolific career of Elvis Costello, with 30 albums to his credit and collaborations with artists as diverse as the Brodsky Quartet and The Roots. As Elvis has just celebrated his 61st birthday, let’s return to the album that started it all — his debut disc My Aim is True — featuring the classics 'Alison', 'Less Than Zero', and 'Watching the Detectives'. Happy Birthday, Elvis!

∞  08/30/2015 — 4:59PM

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New Music Weekly - August 28th, 2015

Getting to share a bumper crop of new music with you is our favourite time of the week! Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive a fresh set handpicked for you every Friday.

It’s a banner week for local releases with a slew of Aussie and Kiwi acts dropping brand new albums and EP's (see more in the Playlist Notes). Press play, find your favourites and then hit up the Rdio New Releases page to hear the full albums and browse the complete collection of just-hatched sounds.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Last Dinosaurs - Wellness

The Brissie indie pop rock four-piece (and our August Artist To Watch) enlist Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, The Presets, Empire Of The Sun) to produce their second album of tropical-fused introspectiveness.

Foals - What Went Down

Fourth album of indie alternative rock from the Oxford five-piece, produced by James Ford (Haim, Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys). A hugely accomplished effort.

The Paper Kites - twelvefour

Album number 2 from the Melbourne outfit is a concept album, based around the idea that an artist's creative peak is between midnight and 4am.

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness

The Canadian artist turns tragedy into pop on his second album. Includes collabs with Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and Labrinth.

Halsey - BADLANDS

A strong, romantic but vulnerable debut release from this rising star in the pop world. Slick and shiny, but with an edge.

Gin Wigmore - Blood To Bone

A highly personal and powerful release from the Kiwi singer-songwriter.

Silicon - Personal Computer

The debut LP from Kody Nielson (ex-The Mint Chicks) has an exciting and fresh future-soul-funk sound.

Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There

The latest album from the indie rock stalwarts features re-worked versions of previous songs along with covers. A careful deconstruction of their influences and first-loves.

MAALA - Maala

Debut EP from the Auckland-based artist. Smooth blue-eyed soul with groovy down tempo beats and slick production.

∞  08/27/2015 — 10:59PM

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Rdio Presents Mt Warning 'Petrified Heart' EP Tour

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Rdio is proud to present Mt Warning on tour.

The storytelling songwriter is heading out on a select run of shows this September, performing tracks from his newly released EP Petrified Heart.

Petrified Heart was written and recorded by Mt Warning aka Mikey Bee in his garage studio and includes 'When It All Bleeds Out' and the title track 'Petrified Heart', which was remixed by Brisbane beat-smith and vocalist Joy.

Tickets for the Petrified Heart EP Tour are available now. To get your hands on them, click here or on the links to the individual shows below.

TOUR DATES

3rd September - SYDNEY - Waywards Newtown (FREE SHOW)

4th September - BRISBANE - The Foundry

17th September - MELBOURNE - Ding Dong Lounge

25th September - BYRON BAY - Beach Hotel (FREE SHOW)

∞  08/24/2015 — 5:25PM

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#MonoMonday: The Velvet Underground 'Peel Slowly And See: 1965-1969'

Happy Monday! Time to rewind the clock back 50 years to take in the seminal works of The Velvet Underground for today’s #MonoMonday flashback. Peel Slowly And See: 1965-1969 collects up the four studio albums that were led by the late Lou Reed: The Velvet Underground & Nico, White Light/White Heart, The Velvet Underground, and Loaded. Also included are super rare 1965 demos from the band, plus unreleased concert recordings and other rarities. Get lost in one of the greatest American rock bands of all time.

∞  08/23/2015 — 8:01PM

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New Music Weekly - August 21st, 2015

We scour the world to select the songs that go on each New Music Weekly playlist. This week features many international artists that you’ll enjoy musically familiarizing yourself with, including UK rockers The Bohicas, Scottish indie rock act The Fratellis, Canadian pop powerhouse Carly Rae Jepsen and more key releases described in the Playlist Notes. Check out our picks on the playlist (don’t forget to subscribe so you always get the latest set!) and then discover more of your own future favourites on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Dr. Dre - Compton

The first album in sixteen years from the influential hip hop artist and producer Andre Young is a companion piece to the new N.W.A biopic. 'Compton' solidifies Dre's positon in the upper echelons of hip-hop.

Bad // Dreems - Dogs At Bay

Raw lyrics, maniacal guitar and all round sing-along thrashings, the Adelaide quartet embrace their honest Aussie rock-dog reputation wholeheartedly on their debut album.

Carly Rae Jepsen - E.MO.TION

Third studio album from the Canadian dance pop artist and former Canadian Idol contestant is loaded with footloose and fancy free tracks.

Gardens & Villa - Music For Dogs

Frantic pianos and increasingly spaced-out vocal echoes abound on the third album of synth pop / indie rock from the Santa Barbara five-piece

The Fratellis - Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied

Fourth album from the Scottish rockers, produced by Tony Hoffer (Belle & Sebaastian, The Kooks, M83

Dead Letter Circus - Aesthesis

On their third album, the Brisbane prog-rockers maintain their signature dark yet positive sound whilst reaching for a more mainstream, stadium rock appeal. Emotions run strong and large.

Pop Evil - Up

Produced by Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam), the Michigan quintet unleash a high adrenaline, blue collar rock album.

Jordin Sparks - Right Here, Right Now

The American Idol alumni finds her groove on her third album, merging a slow and sexy 90's RNB vibe with hip-hop cuts from B.o.B., J-Doe and 2 Chainz.

Deradoorian - The Expanding Flower Planet

Having prevously worked with Vampire Weekend, Charli XCX, Flying Lotus and Dirty Projecters, Angel Deradoorian draws on experience for a debut album that is delightfully complex and ambitious.

Disturbed - Immortalized

Despite a five year hiatus, the chart-topping nu-metal act pick up right where they left off, releasing an album sure to satisfy fans.

∞  08/21/2015 — 1:59AM

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#MonoMonday: Radiohead's "The Bends" Is 20!

It’s been called “one of the 50 albums that changed music”. It’s regularly cited as one of the best albums of all time. Twenty years ago, Radiohead's second album, The Bends, took Thom Yorke and the band from the grunge influence of their debut album to a finely-crafted, more experimental sound that would set the tone of their work in the future. Sure, this is the album with 'Fake Plastic Trees' and 'High And Dry', but The Bends also features the gorgeous 'Black Star', 'Sulk', and 'My Iron Lung'.

Highly influential to other artists that came later (such as Coldplay and Keane), The Bends is a landmark release, and one that never fails to satisfy.

∞  08/16/2015 — 6:40PM

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New Music Weekly - August 14th, 2015

Our New Music Weekly playlist highlights the key releases across genres; subscribe to receive it automatically every seven days!

The current set brings you a taste of modern surf rock from Wavves, mellow soul ‘n R&B by Son Little, youthful alt-pop from Melanie Martinez, stirring folk by The Waifs and a lot more.

When you’re ready forage for beats on your own, the Rdio New Releases is where you’ll find all of this week’s single, EP and album offerings.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Dillon Francis - 'This Mixtape Is Fire'

Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Chromeo & Kygo join the LA DJ for a pure party EP of old-school house with the deep-bass beats of reggae ton.

Kucka - 'Unconditional'

The Perth artist and one time ASAP Rocky collaborator asserts inventive production and finely tuned pop sensibilities on this EP.

Bullet For My Valentine - 'Venom'

Album number five from the Welsh thrash metal quartet is their heaviest and most intense, also their first since the departure of bassist Jason "Jay" James.

Jess Ribeiro - 'Kill It Yourself'

Shifting from the country sound of her debut, The NT artist explores darker shades of sensuality, folksiness and coyness with ethereal qualities on her sophmore effort.

Dornik - 'Dornik'

A wonderfully retro and crisply modern fantasy RnB pop release from the singer/producer and ex Jessie Ware drummer.

The Jungle Giants - 'Speakerzoid'

The Brissie quartet extend themselves on their second LP, navigating a myriad of influences and genres, resulting in a quirky, experimental indie-rock release.

Stories - 'The Youth To Become'

A distorted and ominous yet more melodic and raw sound defines the debut album from the Sydney-based post hardcore outfit.

∞  08/13/2015 — 9:32PM

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Rdio Australia & Harvey Norman Lead the Way in Connected-Home Audio

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Rdio Australia is excited to announce an exclusive promotion with Harvey Norman, Australia’s largest retailer chain of electrical, computer, furniture, entertainment and bedding goods. A first-of-its kind in Australia, the promotion sees Rdio offering Harvey Norman customers complimentary access to Rdio Unlimited for three months.

Over recent years, Rdio has experienced continued growth both in Australia and the 84 additional countries it operates in. This is due to an increased demand for intuitive, seamless music streaming services as well as the growth of connected-home audio system sales, as experienced by retailers like Harvey Norman. Led by a common drive in demand, the exclusive union between Rdio and Harvey Norman will see both companies push the boundaries for music streaming and the connected-home audio industry.

As part of the promotion, staff across 186 Harvey Norman stores will be trained as official Rdio ambassadors. Further broadening Rdio’s reach, these ambassadors will educate customers on the music streaming service and demonstrate the benefits of connected-home audio systems using Rdio’s extensive music catalogue which contains over 35 million songs.

In addition to this, Harvey Norman has worked with Rdio to curate an official profile housing playlists and stations curated by Harvey Norman specifically for its customers.

Giving music lovers in Australia increased access to the benefits of music streaming, the promotion also includes an exclusive offer whereby customers who purchase any compatible connected-home audio system from Harvey Norman will receive three months complimentary access to Rdio’s Unlimited offering.

According to Rdio Australia and New Zealand General Manager, Colin Blake, the promotion cements a mutual commitment to connected–home audio, and allows Rdio to grow alongside one of the nation’s strongest and most reputable brands:

“We’re excited to be partnering with such an influential and deeply entrenched Australian retailer like Harvey Norman. The popularity of music streaming is mirrored in the enormous sales growth Harvey Norman has experienced in connected-home audio systems, and Rdio looks forward to working closely with their team to bring the benefits of music streaming to the masses.”

To learn more, head into your local Harvey Norman store or check out the retailer’s profile on Rdio. For more information on connected-home audio systems and home entertainment solutions, visit the Harvey Norman website.

∞  08/12/2015 — 10:57PM

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#MonoMonday: A Look Back At Pulp's "Different Class"

Twenty years ago, British band Pulp, led by charismatic singer/songwriter Jarvis Cocker took to the stage at Glastonbury as a last-minute fill in for The Stone Roses. It was a stroke of luck that helped the band’s fifth album, the uncommonly smart Different Class become a commercial pinnacle. Britpop was king in the summer of 1995, and Different Class stood out among its classmates.

Powered by the hit single 'Common People' and including popular tracks such as 'Disco 2000', 'Sorted for E’s & Wizz', and 'Pencil Skirt', this Pulp album went on to influence later acts such as Franz Ferdinand, British Sea Power and Belle and Sebastian. Listen like “Common People” to this classic ‘90s release, and you’ll see why.

∞  08/09/2015 — 6:34PM

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New Music Weekly - August 7th, 2015

Time to dive right into your latest New Music Weekly playlist to hear the top highlighted songs hand-picked just for you. Remember to subscribe so that you’ll never miss a beat!

This week it's all about Kiwis, mini-albums and metal - read about in in the Playlist Notes below. When you’re ready for even more, browse the complete collection of Rdio New Releases and have fun!

PLAYLIST NOTES

The Rubens - 'Hoops'

The boys from rural NSW return with a highly anticipated sophomore effort, laiden with classic rock sounds.

Mac Demarco - 'Another One'

A delightful mini album from the Canadian singer-songwriter, recorded in his home in Queens, New York. Enough of the same to keep fans happy, just enough new to make it fresh.

Avalanche City - 'We Are For The Wild Places'

Kiwi muso Dave Baxter delivers the warm and fuzzies on his sophomore effort.

Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique - 'Love Is Free'

Swedish pop queen Robyn drops a mini album under the guise of her new project featuring her touring keyboardist and the posthumous contributions of producer Christian Falk.

Fear Factory - 'Genexus'

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal are back with their 9th studio album.

The Phoenix Foundation - 'Give Up Your Dreams'

An adventurous return to form from the Wellington lads on their 6th LP.

Caulfield - 'Outcast'

An intense offering from the up-and-coming metalcore outfit - Quick, upbeat and reckless.

Lindi Ortega - 'Faded Gloryville'

The Canadian country singer releases her 4th LP, a sultry affair full of heart and soul.

Nervo - 'Collateral'

Globe trotting Aussie singer/songwriter sisters deliver a whack of EDM-pop kitsch on their debut album.

Buried In Verona - 'Vultures Above, Lions Below'

The always diverse Aussie hardcore act go big, brash and abrasive on their fourth full length.

∞  08/06/2015 — 8:35AM

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