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Artist To Watch - Slum Sociable


Throughout October, Melbourne Lo-Fo washed-out jazz hop duo Slum Sociable will be highlighted as Rdio’s Artist To Watch.

2015 has already been a solid year for long-term friends Edward Quinn and Miller Upchurch, with singles ‘Anyway’ and ‘All Night’ garnering the duo much deserved attention from fans and music critics alike, with the latter track reaching the Top Five of Hype Machine’s Most Popular Chart.

Their new EP, titled TQ, is due for release on October 9. All seven tracks on the EP were co-produced by Tom Iansek, of Big Scary and #1 Dads fame. Set to be part jazz, part hip-hop, part trip-hop, part acoustic electronica – the duo have developed an ambient yet brooding twist on new age jazz, with Ed and Miller playing pretty much everything on the record themselves.

Tune into Slum Sociable's artist station or give our free Artist To Watch station a spin to stay up to date on all of our picks for hot music that’s next to break.

∞  09/30/2015 — 5:17PM


New Music Weekly, September 25th, 2015

It’s time for the New Music Weekly playlist, your exclusively curated look at the very best sounds across genres; don’t forget to subscribe now so you never miss a beat!

This week, we are dancing to the latest efforts Peaches and greeting the return of alt-rockers Silversun Pickups - Read about more key offerings of the week in the Playlist Notes below and hear the full albums via the Rdio New Releases page.


Disclosure - Caracal (Deluxe)

Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence create soulful house cuts with Lorde, Sam Smith, Miguel and more on their sophomore album.

The Dead Weather - Dodge and Burn

The alt-blues supergroup featuring Jack White and Alison Mosshart returns for a raucously rocking third album.

CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye (Special Edition)

The second album from the Scottish synth-pop specialists features soaring choruses and an uplifting outlook.

Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap (Deluxe)

The buzzing New Jersey rapper’s first album features the platinum selling debut single “Trap Queen” alongside hits “679” and “My Way.”

Kurt Vile - b’lieve i’m goin down...

Guitar, banjo and piano help Philadelphia’s indie folk hero craft the sweet and lonely songs on his sixth album.

Parkway Drive - IRE

Fast, furious, aggressive and ambitious - Australia's most prolific heavy act put forth a progressive album that combines hardcore, metal and punk elements in a unique way.

Ash Grunwald - Now

The Aussie blues and roots luminary seamlessly weaves personal tales and political views together on his 9th LP.

∞  09/27/2015 — 6:25PM


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


#MonoMonday: The Foo Fighters’ Debut Album Turns 20

Twenty years ago, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl went into the studio to perform and record 12 songs he’d written over the previous few years, including those written after the death of Kurt Cobain just a year before. Calling himself “Foo Fighters,” Grohl gave cassettes of the sessions to his friends, and buzz around the music grew stronger. The resulting album, Foo Fighters, was a smash hit, spawning four hit singles and a GRAMMY Award nomination, establishing Grohl’s place in rock history.

'This is a Call' 'Big Me' and 'I’ll Stick Around' are among the highlights of Foo Fighters. This album struck a chord with grunge and rock fans alike, whether or not they loved Nirvana. Foo Fighters went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide and set the stage for later success for Foo Fighters in the following two decades.

This year, to commemorate the albums release, the band dropped an EP on Record Store Day. Titled Songs From The Laundry Room, the includes two demo versions of songs from the band's debut, a cover and a previously unreleased song.

Take this classic for a new spin!

∞  09/13/2015 — 7:09PM


New Music Weekly - September 11th, 2015

The latest edition of your handpicked New Music Weekly playlist mingles iconic names with up and coming artists across genres, including the return of metal stalwarts Slayer, playful punks The Libertines, indie pop kids I Know Leopard and more key releases highlighted in the Playlist Notes below.

There’s even more music waiting for you to play on the Rdio New Releases page once you’ve warmed up here. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive a fresh set each Friday.


I Know Leopard - Another Life

A wistful indie-pop release. This celestial collection from the quartet centres around nostalgia and second chances.

Slayer - Repentless

Highly anticipated 12th album from the thrash metal institution and the first recorded without Jeff Hanneman. Unapologetic and infectious.

Jarryd James - Thirty One

If you enjoyed hit single 'Do You Remember' then you're sure to love the debut LP from the Brissie singer-songwriter, which is loaded with similar-sounding tracks.

Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit

The prolific nu-metal scenesters explore a decidedly softer and more commercial side. An album that is sure to divide their dedicated fan base.

Beirut - No No No

Zach Condon, the creative force behind the musical project casts off musical as well as emotional baggage on this release.

The Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth

Carl Barât, Pete Doherty and co reunite in Thailand for an unexpected 3rd album from the UK garage rock band.

Duran Duran - Paper Gods

The synth-pop survivors are still bouncing, teaming up with in vogue producers (Mark Ronson, Mr Hudson & Nile Rodgers) and heaps of speacial guests including John Frusciante, Janelle Monae, Kiesza and Lindsay Lohan.

Nick Skitz - Skitzmix 50

One of the country's best known DJ's celebrates 20 years, 50 albums and 1 million sales with his latest compilation.

Ellie Drennan - Close Your Eyes

Debut album from The Voice 2015 winner. Includes tracks she performed on the show, 2 new covers and winning single 'Ghost'

∞  09/10/2015 — 10:29PM


Rdio Presents I Know Leopard 'Another Life' National Tour


Rdio is proud to present I Know Leopard on tour.

Today the Sydney dream-pop architects announce an epic 15-date national tour in support of their sophomore EP Another Life out September 11th.

Covering every corner of the continent, I Know Leopard will perform regional shows as part of ‘The Set List’ initiative, an exciting, new enterprise born from the creative minds from Arts on Tour to encourage young people in regional areas to get involved in the professional music scene.

With single ‘Close My Eyes’ currently dominating airwaves across national and community radio, similarly Another Life sees the evolution of the sweetly idyllic pop vibes from their first offering, Illumina. Produced by Melbourne’s Jack "Haxx" Arentz and Craig Willson, who worked with the band on their debut, the 4-track EP explores the idea of second chances.

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


25th September - MARYBOROUGH, QLD - Brolga Riverstage (ALL AGES)

27th September - KYNETON, VIC - Kyneton Town Hall (ALL AGES)

30th September - TOWNSVILLE, QLD - Riverway Arts Centre (ALL AGES)

5th October - MARGARET RIVER, WA - Margaret River Cultural Centre (ALL AGES)

8th October - PORT HEDLAND, WA - Matt Dann Theatre & Cinema (ALL AGES)

9th October - PERTH, WA - Jimmy's Den

10th October - GERALDTON, WA - Geraldton Foreshore (ALL AGES)

22nd October - ADELAIDE, SA - Wheatsheaf Hotel

23rd October - HOBART, TAS - Theatre Royal (ALL AGES)

24th October - MELBOURNE, VIC - Grace Darling

31st October - PORTLAND, VIC - Portland Arts Centre (ALL AGES)

7th November - MANLY, NSW - Moonshine (FREE ENTRY)

13th November - BRISBANE, QLD - Milk Bar & Factory

14th November - BYRON BAY, NSW - The Northern (FREE ENTRY)

21st November - SYDNEY, NSW - Goodgod Small Club

∞  08/31/2015 — 8:01PM


Rdio Artist To Watch - Dustin Tebbutt


This September, Dustin Tebbutt will be thrust into the limelight as Rdio’s Artist To Watch.

It has been nearly two years since Dustin’s acclaimed debut EP, The Breach, set the local music scene alight, garnering rave reviews and a sizeable fan base. His indie folk tunes, recorded in the depths of a Scandinavian winter, captured imaginations across Australia. Dustin then released follow-up EP, Bones, in May 2014 which led him to high rotation on Triple J and slots at Splendour in the Grass 2014 and 2015.

“I’m super excited to share my new music with everyone” said the singer-songwriter, “big thanks to Rdio for helping me do so!”.

Home is the lead title-track off an imminent seven song mini-album from the respected Australian singer/songwriter, set to be released on 18th September, alongside a five-date national tour. Playing to the largest venues of his career, fans can look forward to witnessing just how much Dustin’s song writing and live performances have progressed with experience. To get listeners excited for his mini-album and the tour, Dustin’s existing catalogue will be championed on Rdio throughout September, giving fans easy access to his signature sounds.

Tune into Dustin Tebbutt's artist station or give our free Artist To Watch station a spin to stay up to date on all of our picks for hot music that’s next to break.  

∞  08/31/2015 — 5:25PM


#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


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.


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


#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