June 2012

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Exclusives

Only on Rdio: Listen to Van She’s New Album, Idea of Happiness

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Sydney electro-pop quartet Van She already know how to write a pop hit — just listen to their first, self-titled EP and debut album Van for proof. For their follow-up, Idea Of Happiness, the band have taken another step forward to diversify their pop sound, borrowing from tropicalia, Balearic dance, and funk.

The album’s not out for another week, but you can hear Idea Of Happiness on Rdio, starting today. The band will depart for tour next week, as well, so make sure to catch them at one of their forthcoming Australian dates below. Can you hear the dance floor calling?

Tour Dates

  • July 5 - Perth, Capitol
  • July 6 - Adelaide, Fowlers
  • July 7 - Canberra, Zierholz at UC
  • July 8 - Newcastle, Cambridge
  • July 11 - Byron Bay, The Brewery
  • July 12 - Brisbane, The Hi Fi
  • July 13 - Melbourne, The Hi Fi
  • July 14 - Sydney, Metro
  • July 18 – Auckland, Monte Cristo Room
  • July 19 – Wellington, Bodega
  • July 21 – Hobart, Republic

∞  06/28/2012 — 6:00PM

New Features

Introducing: A Brighter, Lighter Rdio

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Hot on the heels of New Rdio, we're very pleased to introduce another improvement to the Rdio apps on the web and desktop. The Rdio you’re familiar with remains but we've updated the look and feel of every single page. We've done away with the many boxes, lines, and gradients — Rdio is lighter, brighter, easier on the eye. It’s faster, too.

What do you think? Let us know what you like.

∞  06/28/2012 — 4:33PM

Influencer SpotlightsMusic

Vogue Australia: Influencers in Fashion and Music

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If there’s any publication at the fashion forefront, it’s Vogue Australia. Worldwide, the magazine is a trendsetter: defining which fashions are in and out, discovering models and identifying what’s coming next.

Of course, Vogue’s also has flair when it comes to music, and they’ve found a way to show it on Rdio. The publication’s haute taste in classic pop and the new wave of indie music makes it an Influencer worth following. Listen to their Designers’ Picks on the playlist below, and then subscribe to their July 2012 playlist for what’s new and hot in the Vogue offices.

∞  06/20/2012 — 6:00PM

ExclusivesMusic

Only on Rdio: Stomp and Clap Along to The Lumineers’ Debut

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Folk-rock trio The Lumineers formed their following the old-fashioned way. They began playing regular gigs in New York City and then Denver, where they developed their classic pop sound, infused with acoustic folk-isms like stomping and hand-clapping. Following an EP release, the band started attracting fans across the US, so they took the next step — releasing a full-length.

The band’s self-titled debut, The Lumineers, is out late in July, but you can hear it in full now, only on Rdio. Get your rustic, folk-pop fix below.

∞  06/14/2012 — 6:00PM

Music

Follow Rdio Australia for the New Music Weekly Playlist

Australia, we know you want to discover the latest and best new music — that’s what Rdio is about, right? Make sure you know about each week’s best and brightest with our New Music Weekly playlist series.

Every week, RdioAU sequences the latest new releases on a playlist designed for your perusal, to help you find your new favourites, or rekindle your love for a forgotten beloved band.

This week’s playlist includes The Beach Boys, Missy Higgins, Japandroids, Wilco, and more.

∞  06/07/2012 — 5:32PM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

Missy Higgins Brings The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle on Tour

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Missy Higgins aims for the stars. Having already gone #1 in Australia with both of her albums thus far, the Melbourne-born pop singer-songwriter is once again baiting her line to hook listeners with unforgettable, tuneful compositions. The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle was inspired, she admits, by the ambient songs of bands like Low, Sigur Ros, and Modern Classical composer Arvo Pärt.

Listen to The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle on Rdio now, and make sure to catch Missy Higgins when her current Australian tour brings the razzle dazzle to your neck of the woods.

∞  06/04/2012 — 8:00PM

Exclusives

Listen to The Tallest Man on Earth’s Third Album on Rdio a Week Early

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Kristian Matsson is The Tallest Man on Earth. Not actually, of course, but that’s his stage moniker, under which he’s been performing his raspy brand of indie folk since 2006. Two years ago, the singer-songwriter made waves with the angst-ridden twang of his second full-length, The Wild Hunt. The Tallest Man on Earth’s next album is There’s No Leaving Now, which finds Matsson in a more relaxed and confident mood.

The album is out next week, but Rdio users can dig into the album right away. Lovers of Bob Dylan, take heed: your new favorite artist’s new album, There’s No Leaving Now, is below.

∞  06/01/2012 — 4:00PM