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Rdio Artist To Watch - Shamir

20-year-old Shamir Bailey, or simply Shamir, is Rdio’s first global selection for our Artist to Watch spotlight. We only highlight artists who we feel will break through to the next level and this Las Vegas native is quite possibly poised to take over the world!

His unique vocals soar over vibrant and infectious songs which bounce in the awesome space that intersects R&B, rap, pop, disco, house and just general fun. His positive soul and charisma will make you an instant fan! Check out last year’s debut EP Northtown for five songs that will slay you, but stay alive and stay tuned for Shamir’s debut album Ratchet coming May 15th on XL Recordings.

All month long, we’ll be releasing exclusive content from Shamir, starting with his first playlist, where he chooses his own 2015 Artists To Watch picks, including Alvvays and Girlpool as well as local artists Doprah and Courtney Barnett

Stay up to date on all our Artist To Watch picks by tuning into our free station.

∞  05/04/2015 — 4:00PM

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Rdio Sessions Exclusive: Milo Greene is in Control

Rdio is excited to announce Milo Greene as the latest installment of Rdio Sessions; a series of live and intimate recordings available exclusively and gob ally on Rdio. Championing both up-and-coming and established artists, Rdio Sessions showcases today’s hottest acts across various genres in ways that fans have never heard before.

This time around, LA’s cinematic pop band, Milo Greene, have recorded a four-song live set for Rdio Sessions. Stripping back the complex layers of previously released songs, the Milo Greene Rdio Sessions track list features 'Lie To Me', 'On The Fence' and 'White Lies' from the new album Control, as well as a killer cover of Phil Collins’ 'Take Me Home'.

Raw, honest and beautifully emotive, the Milo Greene Rdio Sessions are not to be missed by music fans.

∞  04/26/2015 — 8:06PM

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Lurch & Chief

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Rdio's Artist To Watch for April goes to Lurch & Chief

2015 has already been a big year for the Melbourne six-piece who took their stoner-psych-swirl-rock around Australia supporting Kingswood, and will do so again with a recently announced headline tour of their own this May through June (dates below).

“Extremely excited that Rdio is allowing us to share our music, and the music we are into at the moment with you all. What a time!” stated Hayden Somerville, (Chief).

Stand out tracks ‘Keep It Together’ which received massive support from triple j and community radio, and ‘Fading Out’, the lead single from current EP Breathe, have ensured the band’s fan base continues to grow at a rapid pace.

Head to Lurch & Chief's Rdio profile as managed by Hayden from the band to hear what they're listening to and check out their playlists.

LURCH & CHIEF NATIONAL TOUR DATES

GEELONG - Friday, 8th May - Geelong Workers Club

MELBOURNE - Saturday, 9th May - Howler

BALLARAT - Thursday, 14th May - Karova Lounge

ADELAIDE - Friday, 15th May - Rocket Bar

WARNAMBOOL - Saturday, 16th May - The Loft

MANLY - Thursday, 21st May - Moonshine

SYDNEY - Friday, 22nd May - Newtown Social Club

CANBERRA - Saturday, 23rd May - Transit Bar

BRISBANE - Wednesday 27th May - The Brightside

BYRON BAY - Saturday, 30th May - Great Northern

BUNBURY - Thursday, 4th June - Prince Of Wales

MARGARET RIVER - Friday, 5th June - Settlers Tavern

FREMANTLE - Saturday, 6th June - Mojo’s

PERTH - Sunday, 7th June - Four5nine

∞  03/31/2015 — 12:00PM

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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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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

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Tkay Maidza

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We're kicking off our Artist To Watch program for 2015 with the fantastically feisty femme emcee Tkay Maidza.

The Adelaide-based teen has been seducing the rap-game and ravers alike with her neon bright beats and razor quick flow. Having collaborated with the likes of Night Slugs' Bok Bok, Kilter, Must Die! and Swick & Lewis Cancut, she's also dropped a few killer singles of her own, namely the attitude-laden 'Handle My Ego' and Jurassic-themed jam 'Brontosaurus'.

Add to that some killer festival bills (Falls, Southbound, Listen Out and Laneway) and a global booking deal with The Agency Group - home to hot-as-hell hip hoppers like A$AP Rocky, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Danny Brown, Angel Haze and Vic Mensa - and we think you'll agree this little lady is lined up for the big time.

Her debut EP Switch Tape is a 5 track dose of infectious brat-rap and glitch-hop-pop we recommend you listen to right away.

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

∞  01/07/2015 — 8:53PM

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Rdio Presents Ed Sheeran 2015 Australian & New Zealand Tour

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Everyone’s favourite ginger haired singer-songwriter will be returning to our shores for his biggest tour to date!

Ed Sheeran will be performing in arenas across Australia and New Zealand in March and April 2015, becoming the first musician in twenty years to undertake a headline national arena tour completely solo - accompanied on stage by only a loop pedal, his trusty acoustic guitar and his catalogue of hit songs.

In good news for fans, everyone has an equal opportunity to score the best seats in the house - tickets to the entire tour will be available for the same price - $99 (+fees).

This will be his fourth visit down under in as many years - All six shows on his first headline tour in 2012 sold out straight away and his return in 2013 received a similar reaction with additional shows added rapidly to meet demand.

Ed’s latest album ‘x’ - featuring lead single ‘Sing’ and it’s biting follow up ‘Don’t’ - is a world-wide smash, having debuted at #1 in twelve countries, including Australia and New Zealand.

With the triple talent of intuitive songwriting, infectious charisma and hip hop flow, it’s a sure bet these shows will sell out fast, so make sure you get in quick!

Tickets go on sale from 10am, Thursday October 2nd, click here for all the information.

UPDATE 1/9 - Due to massive demand, second shows have been added in Sydney (on Wednesday 25th March), Melbourne (on Sunday 29th March) and Brisbane (on Saturday 21th March).

UPDATE 2/9 - With shows selling out upon announce, third shows have been added in Sydney (on Thursday 26th March) and Melbourne (on Monday 30th March) as well as a second show in Adelaide (on Thursday 2nd April).

UPDATE 10/9 - A third Brisbane date has been confirmed for Sunday 22 March at Brisbane’s Riverstage and a second concert will take place on Sunday 5 April at Perth Arena.

Friday 20th March, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd March - BRISBANE - Riverstage (All Ages)

Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th March - SYDNEY - QANTAS Credit Union Arena (All Ages)

Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th March, Monday 30th March - MELBOURNE - Rod Laver Arena (All Ages)

Wednesday 1st April & Thursday 2nd April - ADELAIDE - AEC Arena (All Ages)

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th April - PERTH - Perth Arena (All Ages)

Wednesday 8th April - CHRISTCHURCH - Horncastle Arena (All Ages)

Friday 10th April - WELLINGTON - TSB Bank Arena (All Ages)

Saturday 11th April - AUCKLAND - Vector Arena (All Ages)

∞  09/24/2014 — 3:06AM

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Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - Strange Talk

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The next exciting and exclusive live recording in our Rdio Sessions series comes from Aussie electro pop charmer’s Strange Talk.

The Melbourne 4 piece are all about combining indie sensibilities with EDM beats - crisp summer-inspired sounds packed full of shimmering synths and pulsing pop vibes. Says front man Stephen Docker, ”It’s odd; you’ve got a classically trained violinist, a dance producer with a DJ background and two funk/soul musicians. It’s weird how it all gels together, but that’s the unique flavour of Strange Talk.”

Recorded in Austin at SXSW earlier this year, the band performed a mix of tracks from their buzz-worthy debut EP Strange Talk - ’Is It Real?’ and ’Eskimo Boy’ - as well as their debut LP Cast Away - ’Climbing Walls’ and title track ’Cast Away’.

There’s even more Rdio Sessions to come, until then, you can listen to our Rdio Sessions Station to hear more recordings from this exclusive live series.

Also, follow Strange Talk on Rdio to see what music they’re listening to and loving.

∞  09/22/2014 — 6:29PM

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Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - The 1975

Rdio brings you another exciting and exclusive live recording from our Rdio Sessions series, this time from enigmatic English indie rockers The 1975.

Recorded in Sydney earlier this year, the band laid down three alluring acoustic performances of tracks from their stunning self-titled debut album - the lust, intoxication and unabashed gritty modern youth-laden ’The 1975’.

Critics have long been bemused and thrlled by the Manchester four-piece and their amorphous drifts between brooding alt-rock, crisp electronica, dancefloor R&B and 80’s gloss pop. ”I Don’t think it’s confusing,” says lead singer Matty Healy, ”Feeling a lack of identity and the searching within oneself to acquire a real understanding of what you want to be, that’s something that loads of people can connect with. It’s so strange that with music people want so many rules.”

The band strip things right back with this Rdio Session, the acoustic renditions really showcasing the heart and soul of their tracks ‘Chocolate’, ’Sex’ and ’Is There Somebody Who Can Watch Over You’ as well as Matty’s street-smart yet vunerable vocals.

We’ve got even more installments of Rdio Sessions on the way for your ears; in the meantime, listen to our Rdio Sessions Station to hear more recordings from this exclusive live series.

∞  09/15/2014 — 6:01PM

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Exclusive: Stream Lowell’s Album ‘We Loved Her Dearly’

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In another exclusive, Rdio users can stream ‘We Loved Her Dearly’, the debut album from Canadian songstress Lowell exclusively on Rdio before it’s available anywhere else.

Lowell is like dynamite - ferocious, unrelenting and determined. Her honest and heartfelt debut EP ‘I Killed Sarah. V’ garnered the attention of fans and critics alike.

‘We Loved Her Dearly’ picks up where ‘I Killed Sarah. V’ left off, challenging gender conventions and inspiring freedom from social limitations; brilliantly blending deliriously catchy melodies and feminist punk gender politics. Lowell’s refreshingly rebellious approach is what stands her unique brand of sophisticated synth-infused pop apart from the rest.

Follow Lowell on Rdio and discover what she’s listening to.

∞  09/14/2014 — 5:06PM