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New Music Weekly - May 25th, 2015

We can’t wait for you to explore the latest New Music Weekly playlist, which is always a veritable sonic stew! This week, the recipe includes a bowl of beats from Alesso, a generous dash of Aussie electronic grooves from Jarryd James and Eves The Behavior and just to give it a kick, a spoonful of Kiwi in the form of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Matthew Young.

Hear all the latest albums and singles on the Rdio New Releases page and don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive a fresh, handpicked set every week. Hungry? Time to press play!

PLAYLIST NOTES:

Daniel Johns - 'Talk'

The Silverchair frontman debuts an eclectic solo album of glitchy synths, cruisy electro and nu-RnB tones, all married together by his iconic voice. Features collabs with uber producer Joel Little, Julian Hamilton of The Presets & M-Phazes.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - 'Multi-Love'

The third album of psychedelic rock from the Oregon-based band led by New Zealander Ruban Nielson. Hazy vocals, charming memories and spry rhythms make for a genuinely psychedelic pop gem.

Tim Rogers, The Bamboos - 'The Rules Of Attraction'

Masters of funky soul revivalism, the Melbourne band unite once again with You Am I frontman Tim Rogers for a rollicking LP full of 70's soul-influenced swing & swagger.

Trey Songz - 'Intermission I & II'

This surprise release of two combined EP's as a teaser before his next album is one long sexy slow-jam - Satiny synths, leisurely finger-snap percussion and evocative bass rumbles.

Tiesto - 'Club Life, Vol 4, New York City'

Arguably the world's biggest DJ, Tiesto drops the latest in his 'Club Life' compilation series, inspired by cities around the globe. Features Martin Garrix, Dzeko & Torres, KSHMR, MOTi and more.

The Vaccines - 'English Graffiti'

Third album from the West London indie rock quartet produced by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips).

Jamie Foxx - 'Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses'

The fifth album from the singer/actor double threat features an A-List cast, with guest vocalists like Chris Brown, Wale and Kid Ink as well as producers Pharrell and Boi-1da.

∞  05/24/2015 — 10:06PM

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New Music Weekly - May 18th, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is coming atchya! It's big week for albums with full lengths from the likes of dance duo Hot Chip, Killer's frontman Brandon Flowers, Aussie indie outfit Paper Arms and our very own global Artist To Watch for May, Shamir.

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so you’re always locked in with the latest from our hand-picked sets, and visit the Rdio New Releases to hear the full albums from these and many more artists.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Shamir - 'Ratchet'

A confident debut LP from Rdio's Global Artist to Watch for May. The Las-Vegas native tells the story of his life and surroundings with style, substance and a whole lot of pizzaz.

Hermitude - 'Dark Night Sweet Light'

The Aussie electronic/hip hop duo are impressive as always on album number 5. From samples and collaborators to track ordering, this LP is near on perfection.

Faith No More - 'Sol Inviticus'

A welcome return from the band that refuse to be bland. Mike Patton leads an album that, in it's finest moments, matches the best of their golden years.

Urban Cone - 'Polaroid Memories'

The Swedish quintet that splashed into the charts with 'Sadness Disease' release a sophomore album loaded with similarly ultra-bright synth pop ditties.

ZEDD - 'True Colors'

The Russian-born and German-raised EDM producer rounds up a host of talent (Selena Gomez, Jon Bellion, Troye Siven ) for an album dripping in radio appeal.

∞  05/17/2015 — 9:38PM

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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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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

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New Music Weekly - February 23rd, 2015

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly Playlist, a handpicked set that globetrots across territories and genres to bring you the very best of what’s just dropped. This week, we’re vibing to the latest from sleepy singer songwriter Sufjan Stevens, New Jersey punk rockers Screaming Females, Aussie EDM duo Miami Horror just to name a few.

Visit the Rdio New Releases Page to browse the complete collection and hear more of this week’s sounds right now.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Jose Gonzales - Vestiges & Claws

The third album from the Swedish singer and guitarist comes after an eight-year break to join the band Junip.

Pearls - Pretend You're Mine

The Melbourne trio drop their debut LP and it's a pearler - loaded full of hazy dream pop and 70's glam mannerisms.

Lady Antebellum - 747

A soaring album from the Nashville country superstars, produced by Dixie Chicks producer Paul Worley.

Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing

Re-releasing the UK alt rockers’ second album is part of a two-year celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary.

Phosphorescent - Live At The Music Hall

This live recording from Alabama native Matthew Houck is a three-LP, career-spanning set, recorded during a four-night stand at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.

Tom Lark - Tom Lark

Christchurch's Tom Lark take you on a delightful alt-pop romp on his debut 5 track LP.

Mary Lambert - Heart On My Sleeve

Best known as the vocal on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Same Love', the Seattle singer-songwriter and slam poet addresses themes of sexuality, body image and mental illness on her debut LP.

∞  02/22/2015 — 8:03PM

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Motley Crue Announce 'The Final Tour' with special guest Alice Cooper

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Legendary rock icons Mötley Crüe’s have, at last, confirmed dates for the highly anticipated Australian leg of their Final Tour, aptly named 'The Final Tour', bringing along shock-rocker Alice Cooper as a very special guest.

'The Final Tour' marks the end of an era for the band - In January 2014, all four original members gathered to sign a binding ‘Cessation Of Touring’ agreement taking effect at the end of 2015 before a press conference in their hometown of Los Angeles and announcing the global two-year Final Tour. A year later, on January 20, 2015 in New York City, the band announced Mötley Crüe’s highly anticipated final live performance of the band to take place at LA's Staples Centre on New Year's Eve 2015. The 2014 portion of ‘The Final Tour’ was one of last year’s top grossing US tours, selling close to a million tickets across 72 cities and grossing more than $45 million USD.

Australian fans had better brace themselves; the mighty Crüe are bringing their full production with them, including the ground breaking Crüecifly drum coaster, fire spitting bass, over the top pyrotechnics, and all the other elements that have made ‘The Final Tour’ such a wildly successful, memorable experience for hundreds of thousands across the world.

Bassist, Nikki Sixx says of the band’s visit, “We can’t wait to celebrate 34 years of Mötley Crüe with our Australian fans and come over there one last time. We always have an amazing time in Australia and we’re not holding back either... we are bringing along our full production including the Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as the pyro and every other bell and whistle.”

Ensuring they farewell Australia in epic style, the inimitable Alice Cooper will accompany Mötley Crüe on all Australian dates as very special guest. Once coined the most evil rock singer in the world, Cooper recently suggested Crüe let him kill them on stage, “That finishes everything. Four guillotines, floomp! Done!” he enthused. While his villainous vision may not be realised, an equally evil performance is guaranteed as Cooper unleashes his hard rock classics.

Thirty-four years into one of the most tumultuous and staggeringly successful careers in the history of rock music, Mötley Crüe continue to command unwavering allegiance from fans of all ages. The classic line-up of Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars still packs a powerful punch and they’re ready to remind Australian audiences why Mötley Crüe will go down in history as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

Tickets for 'The Final Tour' will go on sale at 11am on Wednesday March 4th.For more information, visit Live Nation Australia & New Zealand.

TOUR DATES

MELBOURNE - Tuesday May 12th - Rod Laver Arena

SYDNEY - Saturday May 16th - Allphones Arena

BRISBANE - Tuesday May 19th - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

ADELAIDE - Thursday May 21st - Adelaide Entertainment Centre

PERTH - Saturday May 23rd - Perth Arena

∞  02/18/2015 — 3:50PM

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Placebo's Entire Back Catalogue Now Available on Rdio

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UK androgynous alt-rock outfit Placebo have kickstarted their 20th Anniversary celebrations by making their entire back catalogue available on Rdio.

The band’s self titled first album helped pave the way for a strong shift in British music acting as an antithesis to Britpop, inspiring a generation of bands to follow them. Placebo went on to claim their place in British music history with five top ten albums in the UK, collaborating with music legends including amongst others David Bowie, Robert Smith of The Cure and R.E.M's Michael Stipe, as well as playing sold out tours and festival headline slots across the globe.

2016 marks 20 years since the band released their eponymous seminal first album and to honour the momentous achievement, the act will release one album a day over the course of the week:

Placebo (1996)

The moving, angst and gritty self titled debut focused largely on themes of drugs, sex, gender confusion and bisexuality. Features 'Teenage Angst' and smash single 'Nancy Boy'

Without You I’m Nothing (1998)

A critical and commercial success, the band's sophomore offering, particularly the track 'Pure Morning' saw them break the US, largely due to its inclusion on the soundtrack for rich-teen-sex-romp film Cruel Intentions. A seemingly more personal and romantically inclined release lyrically.

Black Market Music (2000)

Dedicated to music publicist Scott Piering, who died of cancer in early 2000, the band's third LP stayed true to their dark guitar-rock sound and was received well critically, however not as strong commercially as their last. Includes singles 'Special K' and 'Taste In Men'.

Sleeping With Ghosts (2003)

As the title suggests, songwriter Brian Moloko was largely inspired to cathartically write about relationships for the album, purging and processing the events of the past decade. Widely accepted as the album that saw them somewhat step away from their "glam-rock" tendencies into a heavier sound.

Meds (2006)

Again as the title suggests, the theme of alcohol is prevalent throughout this album. The band worked with producer Dimitri Tikovoi to go 'back to basics' and deliver a signature Placebo dark rock album. Includes guest appearances from Micheal Stipe & Alison Mosshart of The Kills.

Battle For The Sun (2009)

Working with producer David Botrill (Tool, Muse, Silverchair), the band deliberately pursued a more positive, lighter approach to songwriting and composition, even utilising new instruments such as trumpet and saxophone.

Visit their artist page to view and play all albums or tune into the Placebo Artist Station.

∞  02/17/2015 — 6:47PM

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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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New Music Weekly - February 9th, 2015

With tastes of hip hop, pop, rock, metal and country, a real variety of tunes awaits you on the latest New Music Weekly playlist.

Listen to the New Music Weekly playlist (supported by the Playlist Notes below) and subscribe so that you always know a fresh set is on the way every seven days. (It’s so nice to sit back and let someone else do the work for you for a change, isn’t it?) You can also explore the full albums on the Rdio New Releases page, which has our complete collection of newness.

PLAYLIST NOTES

The Gin Club - Southern Lights

The Brisbane folk rock nine piece's latest offering was actually recorded over 18 months ago. Despite having 10 tracks written by 7 seperate songwriters, it is a triumph of cohesion - every song hammering home the breadth and depth of the group’s talent.

Fifth Harmony - Reflection

The debut album from the X-Factor girl group features guest stars Tyga and Kid Ink, plus a song by Meghan Trainor.

Various Artists - 50 Shades Of Grey Soundtrack

Beyoncé​, Annie Lennox​, Jessie Ware​, Ellie Goulding​, The Weeknd​ - The soundtrack to the forthcoming 50 Shades Of Grey motion picture is wall-to-wall sexy-time sounds.

Kid Ink - Full Speed

The R&B-loving LA rapper’s third album features collaborations with Usher, Chris Brown and R. Kelly.

Roxette - The 30 Biggest Hits

Ahead of their Australian and New Zealand tour, the iconic Swedish pop duo release a collection of their most notable tracks. Includes smash singles 'The Look', 'Must've Been Love', 'Joyride' and 'Listen To Your Heart'.

Kodaline - Coming Up For Air

The Irish quartet once again team up with producer Steve Harris for their emotionally- charged and stadium-rock minded sophomore release.

The Districts - A Flourish And A Spoil

The Pennsylvanian outfit stick to what they know, channeling their reputation for stellar live performances into an album that favours powerful vocals and big guitar sounds.

∞  02/08/2015 — 7:53PM