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Announcing This Year's Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Performers

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Some of Australia’s most impressive new and emerging talent is today announced to perform at the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards.


Brisbane based singer Airling, aka Hannah Shepherd, has had a huge year with the release of sultry single ‘Stallin'' following on from a collaboration with Japanese Wallpaper on ‘Forces’. Airling kicked off 2015 peddling her sophisticated R’n’B on national tours with Vance Joy and Pieater label mates #1 Dads, and more recently performed at Splendour in the Grass with Japanese Wallpaper.


Up for an award this year with single ‘Cuffed and Collared’ nominated for Best Independent Single or EP, four-piece rockers Bad//Dreems are also set to perform at this year’s awards. Working with veteran rock producer Mark Opitz (AC/DC, INXS, Cold Chisel) and Colin Wynne, the band released their debut LP Dogs At Bay in August through Ivy League Records. Ragged rock, Dogs At Bay is about the band’s relationship with their native Adelaide. A well honed live show has landed them spots at Splendour in the Grass, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and Groovin’ The Moo, as well as support spots for The Preatures, Wavves, Cosmic Psychos and were also booked to play on The Black Keys tour before its cancellation.


Also joining the line up, one of Australia’s most celebrated rock acts, Dead Letter Circus. Their recently released third album Aesthesis debuted at #1 on the Carlton Dry Independent Music Album Chart and #2 on the ARIA Album Chart. Released via label UNFD, the album was produced by Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Birds Of Tokyo) and Matthew Bartlem (Matt Corby, Jarryd James) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Muse, Green Day). Previous albums This is the Warning and The Catalyst Fire have sold over 100,000 records combined, and both albums debuted at #2 on the ARIA Charts. Dead Letter Circus have taken the stage with giants such as Linkin Park, Muse, Judas Priest and Karnivool and have had entries in the triple j Hottest 100, and had their debut album This is the Warning voted into the triple j Hottest 100 Albums of All Time at #86.


Often credited with crossing cultural and musical boundaries, Frank Yamma is without a doubt one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters and performers. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man from Australia’s central desert, he sings in his native tongue and English. Latest album Uncle12 (produced by long time friend and musical collaborator David Bridie) is out through Wantok Musik Foundation and showcases Frank’s honest songwriting, rich voice and exceptional guitar skills. Uncle is nominated for this year’s Best Independent Country Album at the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, and was also nominated for a National Indigenous Music Award this year. Frank began performing at the age of 9 and has toured extensively both at home and abroad and we are thrilled to announce him as part of the line up.


Lastly, but by no means least is musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Harts. Blistering guitar shredding and deep funk grooves have seen Harts likened to Jimi Hendrix and Prince (whom he was invited to jam with at Paisley Park). Latest single ‘Breakthrough’ follows on from previous single ‘When A Man's A Fool’ and Harts’ 2014 debut album Daydreamer. The album was released through A&R Records/Shock and was written, performed and produced entirely by [Harts][13 who has affectionately been labeled a “one man music making machine”.

The 10th annual awards will take place on October 22nd at Meat Market in North Melbourne.

Listen to the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards Performers Playlist on Rdio and follow AIR on Rdio to check out all of the Official Awards Playlists.

∞  09/15/2015 — 5:55PM


Rdio Presents BAD // DREEMS 'Dogs At Bay' Tour

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Rdio is proud to present Adelaide band BAD//DREEMS on tour.

Fresh off the back of a 12 date run of the UK and a sold out East Coast tour of Australia, the rough and ready rockers will be hitting the road this coming September and October. Sydney newcomers Green Buzzard will be joining them on their romp around the country.

The band are also set to release their highly anticipated debut LP 'Dogs at Bay', on August 21st. Recorded with iconic producer Mark Opitz (AC/DC, The Angels, INXS, Cold Chisel) and Colin Wynne it follows previous breakthrough singles ‘Dumb Ideas’ and ‘Cuffed and Collared’ as well as new single 'Hiding To Nothing'

Tickets for the 'Dogs At Bay' Tour go on sale Friday July 3rd at 9am - for further info head to


*All Shows are 18+

Fri 25th September - Adelaide - Fowler's Live

Fri 9th October - Sydney - Oxford Art Factory

Fri 16th October - Brisbane - Woolly Mammoth

Sat 17th October - Gold Coast - Miami Shark Bar, Minimum Wage Club

Sat 24th October - Melbourne - Northcote Social Club

Fri 30th October - Fremantle - The Odd Fellow

Sat 31st October - Perth - Amplifier Bar

∞  06/30/2015 — 9:11AM


Rdio Presents Yours & Owls Music & Arts Festival Weekender

After a sell-out year in 2014, Yours & Owls Music & Arts Festival are celebrating their 5th year in style, offering their biggest line up yet and expanding to a two day festival over the October long weekend (Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd October) with weekend camping.

2015 will see the biggest line up ever assembled in the NSW South Coast region, with some of Australia's biggest acts playing alongside a hand-selected bill of local talent at the scenic Stuart Park, located right beside North Wollongong Beach.


The Preatures | The Rubens | Cloud Control | The Delta Riggs | Gang Of Youths | Saskwatch | The Smith Street Band | Ash Grunwald |Bahamas | Salmonella Dub Soundsystem | Shining Bird |The Pinheads

In addition to the musical lineup, the festival will be offering two special film screenings. One, the Tribeca award winning Jazz doco ‘Keep On Keeping On’ (produced by Quincy Jones) and the second, Jack McCoys cult classic surf film ‘Bunyip Dreaming’ with a live performance of the newly reworked soundtrack by Russel. W.

Other cool stuff going on will include DJ's, mind altering art installations, face melting projections, a giant birthday cake and a twilight food market curated by Foragers.

Tickets go on sale Friday June 5th - click here to purchase

∞  06/01/2015 — 9:32PM


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


Rdio Presents St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015 - Line Up Announced!


A few weeks ago we announced Rdio as a proud presenting partner of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival for another year - now we can finally share the Australian and New Zealand line ups with you and can we just say - they are doozys!

AUSTRALIAN LINE UP (In Alphabetical Order)

Agnes DeMarco (aka Mac Demarco’s mum!) / Andy Bull / Angel Olsen / BANKS / Benjamin Booker / Caribou / Connan Mockasin / Courtney Barnett / Dune Rats / Eagulls / Eves (East Coast Only) / FKA Twigs / Flight Facilities / Flying Lotus (Layer 3) / Future Islands (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Highasakite / Jesse Davidson (Adelaide Only) / Jon Hopkins (Adelaide Only) / Jungle / Little Dragon / Lykke Li / Mac Demarco / Mansionair / Perfect Pussy / Peter Bibby / POND / Ratking / Raury / Royal Blood (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Rustie / Seekae / SOHN / St Vincent (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Vic Mensa

NEW ZEALAND LINE UP (In Alphabetical Order)

Angel Olsen / Angus and Julia Stone / BANKS]5 / Belle and Sebastian / Bespin / Connan Mockasin / Courtney Barnett / Eagulls / FKA Twigs / Flying Lotus (Layer 3) / Future Islands (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Heavy / Jakob / Jon Hopkins (Adelaide Only) / Jungle / Literal Fuck / Little Dragon / Lykke Li / Mac Demarco / Perfect Pussy / Princess Chelsea / Quarks! / Race Banyon / Ratking / Royal Blood (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Rustie / SOHN / St Vincent (Exclusive to Laneway, no side shows) / Tiny Ruins / Vic Mensa

Follow St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Australia and St Jerome’s Laneway Festival NZ on Rdio.

∞  10/01/2014 — 6:03PM


AIR Announces Rdio as Major Partner of Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards


The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is pleased to announce leading digital music streaming service, Rdio Australia, as a Major Partner of the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Awards.

As part of the partnership, Rdio will present the Best Independent Album Award in 2014, further demonstrating the streaming service’s commitment to fostering local talent - nominees for the catagory are:

Chet Faker - ’Built On Glass’

RUFUS - ’Atlas’

Sia - ’1000 Forms Of Fear’

Total Control - ’Typical System’

Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost’

“Rdio Australia is thrilled to be able to award those paving the way in Australia’s independent music community at this year’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards,” said Colin Blake, Head of Territory Australia & New Zealand at Rdio.

Since its beginnings, Rdio Australia has worked hand in hand with Australia’s indie labels to profile, promote and support local artists. To achieve this, Rdio actively invests in the local music industry and delivers holistic support campaigns for Australian releases, tours and festivals.

“Rdio is passionate about championing local independent talent and we hope this partnership will give Australia’s best up-and-coming artists the opportunity to become established artists in Australia’s ever growing music scene,” Blake commented.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Rdio on board as a Major Partner for the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Awards. It is fantastic to have Rdio support AIR in our objectives of promoting the interests and development of Australian independent musicians, labels and music companies,” said Joanna Cameron, Communications Manager for AIR.

Presented and produced by the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), the ninth Annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards are an opportunity for Australian labels, artists and the industry at large to celebrate the successes of some of the country’s most vibrant and eclectic artists. For more information on the Awards, Charts and Independent music click here. To stream tracks from Australia’s hottest independent artists, head to Rdio or follow the AIR profile.

∞  09/29/2014 — 9:03PM

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The Faders Announce Australia & New Zealand F.U.N 2 Tour

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Get ready to get down - Aussie DJ darlings The Faders have announced a slew of club dates across Aus and NZ and Rdio are proud as punch to be presenting them.

2014 is shaping up to be the duo’s hugest year yet - a new album, support slots on the hugely anticipated Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour and now their own headline shows.

Known for their ability to bring the party, The Faders jam-pack their sets with feel good hip hop, old school R’N’B and mainstream pop hits. Make sure you get along to one of their shows so you an experience the F.U.N first hand - Dates for their shows are as follows, to purchase tickets, click here:

Friday 3rd October - SYDNEY - Albion Hotel

Saturday 4th October - GOLD COAST - Komune

Wednesday October 8th - AUCKLAND - Vector Arena (Supporting Miley Cyrus) & Roxy

Friday October 10th - MELBOURNE - Rod Laver Arena (Supporting Miley Cyrus) & Eve Bar

Friday October 17th - SYDNEY - Allphones Arena (Supporting Miley Cyrus)

Saturday October 18th - MELBOURNE - Crown Golden Ale Marquee (Caulfield Cup)

Saturday November 1st - MELBOURNE - Savoy Tavern

Friday November 7th & 8th - DARWIN - The Vic

Friday November 14th - ADELAIDE - Victoria Hotel

Saturday November 15th - BERWICK - Dance Nightclub

Friday November 21st - WOLLONGONG - Hotel Illawarra

Saturday November 22nd - BYRON BAY - Beach Hotel

Wednesday December 31st - SYDNEY - Sydney Opera House

The Faders are on Rdio - Follow them to see what music they’re favouriting and subscribe to their bangin’ playlists.

∞  09/29/2014 — 6:48PM

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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


Rdio Presents St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015 - Dates & Locations Announced


Rdio is proud to present St Jerome’s Laneway Festival for another year! The Laneway Festival - which turned 10 this year - has just announced the 2015 Australasian festival dates and venue details.

In 2015, the festival returns to New Zealand and five Australian cities. An urban music experience like no other, the [Laneway Festival][2] continues to define itself by its creative collabs (food, markets, local art and more) and A+ line-up.

The full festival line-up will be announced at 9AM on Thursday 2 October - In the meantime, get in a Laneway-state-of-mind with a recap of 2014’s amazing line up.


This urban pocket will dish up a day to remember as punters take in music between the Waitemata Harbour and towering Silos. There's plenty of gems back for another year, including The Vivian, fresh local markets and the Thunderdome in Silo Seven.


Brisbane Laneway punters are going to be thrilled: the festival will be held on a Saturday for the first time in six years. Plus it’s moving to a completely new, more spacious part of the RNA grounds. Same convenient location: new, improved look and feel. The festival will showcase an impressive line-up of local artistic talent, turning the venue into a creative celebration of both music and the arts. Brisbane Laneway will be open to punters 16 years and older for the first time.


Laneway’s long-time home at the SCA in Rozelle combines the natural beauty of Callan Park with the historic sandstone of the College. The addition of two main stages to the natural amphitheatre worked a treat last time and we welcome back the SCA artists who enhanced the site with their work, along with some of the city’s finest food vendors.


After its successful debut in 2014, Laneway returns to the historic site at Harts Mill, Port Adelaide, where an industrial space meets the stunning waterfront of the Port River. The festival promises more grass, incredible food and more shade as it continues to step up the grade at this gorgeous venue. Adelaide will also welcome those aged 16 years and older for the very first time.


FCAC and the River’s Edge is the now long-running venue for the spiritual home of the Laneway Festival. Sit on the grass and catch the breeze as you watch the bands on the Amphitheatre Stage or down by the Dean Turner stage on the water. Stellar amenities plus an extravagant Food Village will also feature.


This year's move from Perth to Fremantle’s historic West End and Esplanade Reserve was a good idea. There’s a more free flowing space, with pop up restaurants, food stalls and markets helping create the perfect setting for a summer music festival. Watch your favourite artists underneath the giant Norfolk Pines of the Reserve and catch a ride on the resident ferris wheel to take in the stunning views over both the city and the harbour.

∞  09/08/2014 — 10:38PM

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Rdio Presents Sam Smith ‘In The Lonely Hour’ Australian Tour

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His soulful voice has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world, now baby-faced crooner Sam Smith is set to bring his highly anticipated In The Lonely Hour tour to Australia in April/May 2015!

Sam Smith first announced himself to the world as the distinct guest vocalist on Disclosure’s chart-scorching breakthrough track Latch. He then featured on Naughty Boy’s number 1 hit single La La La, amassing a monumental 400 million views on Youtube and counting.

In July of last year, Smith released the Nirvana EP. A unique fusion of soul and pop, the EP showcased both his breathtaking vocal abilities and adeptly melancholic lyricism. Anticipation had reached fever pitch by the time he released his debut album In The Lonely Hour and boy, did he deliver. An astonishing debut that is equal parts heartbreaking and stirring, In The Lonely Hour has already gone Gold in Australia, debuting at #2 on the ARIA Albums Chart and has spawned three hit singles to date - Money On My Mind, Stay With Me and I’m Not The Only One.

Live and on-stage Sam Smith is a force of nature. His tour of Australia next April and May is set to be some of the most talked about performances of 2015. Make sure you don’t miss out!

Tickets go on sale Monday September 15th, click here for all the information.

Saturday 25th April - BRISBANE - Riverstage (All Ages)

Monday 27th April - SYDNEY - Hordern Pavilion (All Ages)

Tuesday 28th April - SYDNEY - Hordern Pavilion (All Ages)

Thursday 30th April - MELBOURNE - Margaret Court Arena (All Ages)

Friday 1st May - ADELAIDE - AEC Theatre (All Ages)

Monday 4th May - PERTH - HBF Stadium (All Ages)

∞  09/07/2014 — 4:00PM