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Rdio Presents I Know Leopard 'Another Life' National Tour

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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.

TOUR DATES

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

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Dustin Tebbutt

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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

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#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

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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.

PLAYLIST NOTES

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

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#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

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New Music Weekly - August 14th, 2015

Our New Music Weekly playlist highlights the key releases across genres; subscribe to receive it automatically every seven days!

The current set brings you a taste of modern surf rock from Wavves, mellow soul ‘n R&B by Son Little, youthful alt-pop from Melanie Martinez, stirring folk by The Waifs and a lot more.

When you’re ready forage for beats on your own, the Rdio New Releases is where you’ll find all of this week’s single, EP and album offerings.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Dillon Francis - 'This Mixtape Is Fire'

Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Chromeo & Kygo join the LA DJ for a pure party EP of old-school house with the deep-bass beats of reggae ton.

Kucka - 'Unconditional'

The Perth artist and one time ASAP Rocky collaborator asserts inventive production and finely tuned pop sensibilities on this EP.

Bullet For My Valentine - 'Venom'

Album number five from the Welsh thrash metal quartet is their heaviest and most intense, also their first since the departure of bassist Jason "Jay" James.

Jess Ribeiro - 'Kill It Yourself'

Shifting from the country sound of her debut, The NT artist explores darker shades of sensuality, folksiness and coyness with ethereal qualities on her sophmore effort.

Dornik - 'Dornik'

A wonderfully retro and crisply modern fantasy RnB pop release from the singer/producer and ex Jessie Ware drummer.

The Jungle Giants - 'Speakerzoid'

The Brissie quartet extend themselves on their second LP, navigating a myriad of influences and genres, resulting in a quirky, experimental indie-rock release.

Stories - 'The Youth To Become'

A distorted and ominous yet more melodic and raw sound defines the debut album from the Sydney-based post hardcore outfit.

∞  08/13/2015 — 9:32PM

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#MonoMonday: A Look Back At Pulp's "Different Class"

Twenty years ago, British band Pulp, led by charismatic singer/songwriter Jarvis Cocker took to the stage at Glastonbury as a last-minute fill in for The Stone Roses. It was a stroke of luck that helped the band’s fifth album, the uncommonly smart Different Class become a commercial pinnacle. Britpop was king in the summer of 1995, and Different Class stood out among its classmates.

Powered by the hit single 'Common People' and including popular tracks such as 'Disco 2000', 'Sorted for E’s & Wizz', and 'Pencil Skirt', this Pulp album went on to influence later acts such as Franz Ferdinand, British Sea Power and Belle and Sebastian. Listen like “Common People” to this classic ‘90s release, and you’ll see why.

∞  08/09/2015 — 6:34PM

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New Music Weekly - August 7th, 2015

Time to dive right into your latest New Music Weekly playlist to hear the top highlighted songs hand-picked just for you. Remember to subscribe so that you’ll never miss a beat!

This week it's all about Kiwis, mini-albums and metal - read about in in the Playlist Notes below. When you’re ready for even more, browse the complete collection of Rdio New Releases and have fun!

PLAYLIST NOTES

The Rubens - 'Hoops'

The boys from rural NSW return with a highly anticipated sophomore effort, laiden with classic rock sounds.

Mac Demarco - 'Another One'

A delightful mini album from the Canadian singer-songwriter, recorded in his home in Queens, New York. Enough of the same to keep fans happy, just enough new to make it fresh.

Avalanche City - 'We Are For The Wild Places'

Kiwi muso Dave Baxter delivers the warm and fuzzies on his sophomore effort.

Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique - 'Love Is Free'

Swedish pop queen Robyn drops a mini album under the guise of her new project featuring her touring keyboardist and the posthumous contributions of producer Christian Falk.

Fear Factory - 'Genexus'

The pioneers of industrial-tinged extreme metal are back with their 9th studio album.

The Phoenix Foundation - 'Give Up Your Dreams'

An adventurous return to form from the Wellington lads on their 6th LP.

Caulfield - 'Outcast'

An intense offering from the up-and-coming metalcore outfit - Quick, upbeat and reckless.

Lindi Ortega - 'Faded Gloryville'

The Canadian country singer releases her 4th LP, a sultry affair full of heart and soul.

Nervo - 'Collateral'

Globe trotting Aussie singer/songwriter sisters deliver a whack of EDM-pop kitsch on their debut album.

Buried In Verona - 'Vultures Above, Lions Below'

The always diverse Aussie hardcore act go big, brash and abrasive on their fourth full length.

∞  08/06/2015 — 8:35AM

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#MonoMonday: 25th Anniversary for Depeche Mode’s timeless 'Violator'

British techno-pop pioneers Depeche Mode, formed in 1980, were already a staple on the U.K. charts and college radio in the U.S. when they released Violator 25 years ago. But upon its release, Violator catapulted the group into superstardom.

Boasting four big singles, 'Personal Jesus', 'The Policy of Truth', 'World in My Eyes' and 'Enjoy the Silence', Violator was huge. Depeche Mode filled stadiums in the summer of 1990 and flooded the screens with their videos. Violator inspired not only fans, but also other up-and-coming artists, such as Chromeo, Hot Chip, and Empire of the Sun. Like many of Depeche Mode’s albums, Violator combined smart, synthy dance with rock chords and tender ballads. Celebrate the album's anniversary and listen to Violator this #MonoMonday.

∞  08/02/2015 — 4:00PM

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Last Dinosaurs

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The start of another month means it's Artist To Watch time, and this August we're featuring Brisbane quartet Last Dinosaurs!.

The indie kids best known for their tropical-tinged tracks and infectious pop hooks are scheduled to drop their second album, Wellness on August 28th. Until then, you can get a preview of what's to come from singles 'Evie' and 'Apollo'.

You can also get an exclusive glimpse into their world – what they’re listening to and what they’re loving - by following their Rdio profile.

“We have been working hard on our new album Wellness for 3 years now” said Sean Caskey. “We can’t wait for the full album to be out, but for now you'll get a taste of Wellness on Rdio”.

Later this year, Last Dinosaurs will be heading off around the country for their ‘Wellness’ tour, which will hit some of the largest venues the band will headline to date.

Tune into the Last Dinosaurs 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.  

∞  07/31/2015 — 5:52AM