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Rdio Artist To Watch - Golden Features

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Masked electronic maestro Golden Features is Rdio's Artist To Watch for July.

The mystery EDM producer first garnered attention with the sensually surly track 'Tell Me' featuring vocalist and Peking Duk collaborator Nicole Millar. This dark and moody vibe has since become a signature sound that critics and fans alike just can't get enough of.

The Sydney producer has just kicked off an almost sold-out national headline tour, where fans will enjoy tracks from his newly released EP XXIV. Riding on the success of the Australian tour, later this year he will also be playing HARD Summer Music Festival in LA alongside The Chemical Brothers, Porter Robinson and Jack Ü.

“I’m excited to be Rdio’s Artist To Watch for July,” said Golden Features. “It’s awesome to be chosen as this month’s act and get XXIV out there as I head on tour.”

Tune in to our free Artist To Watch station to stay up to date on all of our picks for hot music that’s next to break; previous Artist To Watch acts include Alison Wonderland, Shamir, and Tkay Maidza.

∞  07/01/2015 — 10:53AM

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Plug Into AC/DC — Now on Rdio!

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We are thrilled to welcome the deep catalogue of AC/DC, Australia’s greatest hard rock import of all time, to Rdio — it’s now streaming for the first time!

The group’s 17 studio albums, four live albums and two soundtracks are all here, starting from 1975’s debut High Voltage and running all the way to last year’s Rock or Bust. This is an influential and extensive discography that has allowed AC/DC to sell more than 200 million albums across the world.

Don’t miss iconic releases like Highway to Hell, featuring the late great vocalist Bon Scott; Back in Black the band’s bestseller which is also happens to be of the top selling albums of all time; and the monster number one album Black Ice the band’s first chart-topper in over two decades.

Let there be rock in your ears!

∞  06/30/2015 — 9:26AM

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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 www.baddreems.com

TOUR DATES

*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

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New Music Weekly - June 29th, 2015

Step right up, we've got a newly updated New Music Weekly playlist just for you.

Take in the key offerings from this week’s heavy hitters (described in the Playlist Notes below) and discover some acts that may be new to you.

And if you still can't get enough fresh sounds, hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to hear these full albums and discover even more new music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Taking Back Sunday - Rdio Session

Long Island rockers Taking Back Sunday cover Tom Petty and provide track-by-track commentary for the latest in Rdio’s exclusive live series.

Tori Kelly -'Unbreakable Smile'4

She's come a long way from Youtube - A delightful power pop debut that showcases the rising artist's magnificent voice and writing prowess.

Trey Songz - 'Trigga Reloaded'

Doubling down on his 2014 album 'Trigga', the seventh long player from the rapper features Ty Dolla $ign, Nicki Minaj, Justin Beiber & more.

Refused - Freedom

The fourth studio album from the Swedish hardcore punk band and the first to be released since breaking up in 1998. A formidably weird assault from a truly great band.

Retiree - 'This Place'

The Sydney four-piece drop a smooth and wistful EP that is equal parts lush, thoughtful melody and meditative tropical rhythm.

∞  06/29/2015 — 11:07AM

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Exclusive: Taking Back Sunday Rocks Our Rdio Session

Long Island rockers Taking Back Sunday are the latest to do the Rdio Sessions honours and perform a live set for your ears only!

Recorded at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, the four-song set is performed by the band’s classic lineup and features commentary for each track, including a playful cover of Tom Petty’s 'Yer So Bad'.

Explore more exclusive editions on the Rdio Sessions Station!

∞  06/23/2015 — 6:07PM

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New Music Weekly - June 15th, 2015

Here it is, the latest New Music Weekly playlist for your listening pleasure. Get your ears around new singles from The Weeknd, Eminem, Josh Pyke and albums from Gengahr, Active Child, Nate Ruess + tons more.

You can also listen to all the Rdio New Releases in one place when you’re ready to hear the full albums behind all of these selections. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so that you’ll automatically receive a freshly curated set every seven days!

PLAYLIST NOTES:

Alpine - 'Yuck'

Don't let the title fool you, the second album from the ethereal indie pop outfit is super sensual. R&B slow jams and big band sounds abound.

Ta-Ku - 'Songs To Make Up To'

On the follow up from his previous EP, Songs To Break Up To, the Perth producer continues to explore themes of love and loss. Lush production, loaded with all the feels.

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations - 'Nanna'

A heavily reggae influenced 8th album from the Aussie master of roots music, it was mixed in Jamaica by Errol Brown (Bob Marley, Alton Ellis).

Galantis - 'Pharmacy'

The Swedish progressive house duo's LP of infectious, accessible EDM material is just what the dance doctor ordered.

Saskwatch - 'Sorry I Let It Come Between Us'

A rich and satisfying offering with nothing to apologise for, the Melbourne act's third full album brings the modern soul grooves, with a good measure of fuzz and synth.

∞  06/14/2015 — 7:56PM

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New Music Weekly - June 8th, 2015

Each New Music Weekly playlist provides a fresh opportunity to meet emerging artists and welcome back familiar favourites. If you click SUBSCRIBE, you’ll automatically get each new playlist, handpicked by us for you, so you can stay on top of the best each week.

Right now, that means the latest tunes from self-described “brat pop” act HOLYCHILD, alt-rockers PINS, the fuzzy, 70's tinged debut from indie kids Plastic Birds, Aussie electro mystery man Golden Features and chart topping duo MKTO, not to mention the heavy-hitters mentioned in the Playlist Notes below.

Discover what you like here before heading over to the new Rdio New Releases page. There you’ll find the full albums and much more. Happy exploring!

PLAYLIST NOTES:

Muse - 'Drones'

The seventh album from the Teignmouth alt rockers, produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams) is utterly epic in scope, sound & delivery.

Of Monsters And Men - 'Beneath The Skin'

A lush master-class in pop sensibilities and folk storytelling from the Icelandic folk poppers. A lush master-class in pop sensibilities and folk storytelling from the Icelandic folk poppers. Produced by Rich Costey (Sigur Rós, Frank Turner, Muse).

Major Lazer - 'Peace Is The Mission'

Diplo's dancehall trio unleash a new album boasting a bevvy of marquee collaborators including Ariana Grande, 2 Chainz, Ellie Goulding and Pusha T.

Harts - 'Breakthrough'

The one man Melbourne music machine whom counts Prince as a fan drops an EP loaded with his signature hybrid sound of classic 70s rock & funk with 00's sensibilities.

Girlpool - 'Before The World Was Big'

The debut LP from lo-fi teenage punk rock duo Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad is a charming, coming of age album that wears it's heart firmly and honestly on it's sleeve.

∞  06/08/2015 — 6:27PM

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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.

LINE UP

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

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Hiatus Kaiyote

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Since debuting in 2012, Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote has made some notable fans worldwide, including Questlove and Prince. The Purple One even tweeted about them! Now it’s time to hear why this neo-soul act is truly buzzing.

The band’s latest effort is the cinematic second album Choose Your Weapon, which applies their transcendent and totally immersive hybrid of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, psychedelia, electronics and world beat polyrhythms to topics such as love and technology. The intention was to make each song as lush and visual as possible within the audio realm, so let your mind wander as you listen.

Tune in to our free Artist To Watch station to stay up to date on all of our picks for hot music that’s next to break; previous Artist To Watch acts include Shamir, BANKS and Joywave.

∞  06/01/2015 — 5:24PM

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New Music Weekly - June 1st, 2015

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll receive our special curated set of the best in fresh tunes every seven days.

This week kicks off with the heavy hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below plus singles from Flume, Drapht, Disclosure and Icona Pop

When you’re ready for even more music, hop over to the Rdio New Releases page and check out these full albums and compilations. Happy listening!

PLAYLIST NOTES

Jamie xx - 'In Color'

A phenomenally poised and universally approachable solo debut LP from the xx member, with contributions from Four Tet, Oliver Sim and Young Thug.

Florence & The Machine - 'How Big, How Bold, How Beautiful'

The third studio album from Florence Welch's indie pop group, is a restrained but joyful return. Produced by Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Björk, Brian Eno, Mumford & Sons)

Jason Derulo - 'Everything is 4'

A slick, professional, pop-tinged R&B fourth album. Features industry legends like Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez

Slaves - 'Are You Satisfied'

Debut album from the Kent punk duo with Laurie Vincent on guitar and Issac Holman on drums.

Jebediah - 'Twenty (Commentary)'

Twenty of the Perth rock outfit's best, as chosen by the band thermselves, accompanied by commentary.

Sarah Belkner - 'Humans EP'

The Sydney-based Kiwi artist triumphantly comes out from behind her previous moniker Miss Little to release her first studio EP under her own name.

Employed To Serve - 'Greyer Than You Remember'

A critically heralded and genuinely exciting release from the Brit 5 piece. The innovative, explosive sound is a must-listen for hardcore fans.

∞  05/31/2015 — 6:50PM