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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.


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


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


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.


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


Placebo's Entire Back Catalogue Now Available on Rdio


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

Artist SpotlightsMusic

Rdio Artist To Watch - Kim Churchill


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


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.


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


New Music Weekly - February 2nd, 2015

This week's New Music Weekly playlist will make you dance, rock and swoon. The hand-picked mix features only the very best of the latest offerings, including the long awaited and anticipated new singles from Courtney Barnett, Daniel Johns, Death Cab For Cutie and The Black Keys.

If this New Music Weekly playlist makes you want to hear more, subscribe to get a new set each week and head over to the Rdio New Releases page in order to listen to the full albums right now.


Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - The Third

Produced by Mick Jones of The Clash, The rockabilly revivalists' teritary release sees them come of age. Assured song-writing and a more diverse, confident sound are at the forefront.

Title Fight - Hyperview

The Pennsylvania hardcore act push themselves outside of the punk-music box with a lush, ambiently aggressive album with touches of shoe-gazing, melodic pop.

Milo Greene - Control

The cinematic pop group with four singers spin dark tales over light uptempo beats on their second album.

All We Are - All We Are

The Liverpudlian trio describe their debut album as "psychedelic boogie". Produced by Bat For Lashes producer Dan Carey.

Beats Spacek - Modern Streets

Veteran UK producer and vocalist Steve Spacek's latest LP is an execution of modernity, created using iPhone and iPad apps.

The Lone Bellow - Then Came The Morning

Produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, it's a return to the rootsy, folk path from the Brooklyn-based three piece. Striking meodies and vocal harmonies are enhanced by subtle strings and understated horns.

Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues

The quintet indulge themselves in impressionism on their fourth full-length. A delightful "prog-grass" romp, utilizing traditional bluegrass instrumentation with elements of classical, alternative rock and jazz.

∞  02/01/2015 — 6:23PM


New Music Weekly - January 26th, 2015

We always have fun putting together your New Music Weekly playlist, a collection of the very best new songs that you can receive each week by subscribing. The current set includes album from festival bound acts Connan Mockasin (Laneway) and Papa Roach (Soundwave), a saucy soundtrack single from 50 Shades Of Grey by Ellie Goulding plus a bunch of cute couplings - Diminutie diva Kylie Minogue lends her pipes to Italian EDM virtuoso Giorgio Moroder; Aussie electro lass Alison Wonderland ropes in Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and Emile Haynie bags a feature from West Coast babe Lana Del Rey.

And that's just the tip of the playlist iceberg. Read more in the Playlist Notes below and explore more sounds from each artist on the Rdio New Releases page.


Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco - aka Lupe Fiasco returns with a reflective and relaxed hip-hop offering including features from Guy Sebastian and Nikki Jean.

Twerps - Range Anxiety

The Melbourne outfit's LP is one of endearing earnestness and jangly charm.

Joey Badass - BA.DA.$$

A confident debut from the young Brooklyn rapper, loaded with focused flow and absorbing beats.

POND - Man, It Feels Like Space Again

The ever-evolving Perth psychedelic rockers take us on a trip of 70's synths and sound effects on their 6th record.

Connan Mockasin - Caramel

Alt-pop Kiwi artist Connan Mockasin unveils his second album on the eve of touring with St Jerome's Laneway Festival. As the title suggests, it's smooth, slow and sensual.

Hermitude - Raise The Roof

The Aussie hip-hop heroes fuse Mariachi horns and swinging drums with powerful synth.

∞  01/26/2015 — 10:18PM


New Music Weekly - January 19, 2015

It's Monday which can only mean one thing - a brand spanking new New Music Weekly Playlist just for you.

There's a lot to love on the singles front with the latest offerings from NZ songbird Ginny Blackmore; Nashville singer-songwriter and one-time Rhianna collaborator Mikky Ekko electro-punk stalwarts The Prodigy and Liverpool larrakins The Wombats.

As always, you can subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a new hand-picked set each seven days, and dive into the Rdio New Releases to hear every latest offering in our collection.


Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

Uber producer Mark Ronson channels late 70's funk and soul. Features collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Tame Impala 's Kevin Parker, Mystikal and Bruno Mars.

Dan Mangan & Blacksmith - Club Meds

After a 2 year hiatus to concentrate on being a father, Juno-award winning Canadian Dan Mangan offers up his 4th studio album and first under this new moniker.

Belle And Sebastian - Girls In The Peacetime Want To Dance

Personal, political and compelling - the 9th studio album from Glaswegian indie-pop darlings Belle & Sebastian fails to disappoint.

Justin Townes Earle - Absent Fathers

The American roots artist emerges with a new album just four months after his last. Intended to be a double album release with last year's critically acclaimed 'Single Mothers', Townes Earle instead chose to release 'Absent Fathers' as a compainion album.

La Femme - Psycho Tropical Berlin

The debut LP from the French act sees them cover off a sioree of sounds, from surf pop to polished punk.

The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

The enduring and endearing Portland quintet deliver a lovably eccentric yet classy 7th album.

Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep

An intense and vitriolic release from the UK act known for their heavily politicised blend of post-hardcore, metal and trance.

∞  01/18/2015 — 9:20PM

Artist SpotlightsMusicRecommended By Rdio

Rdio Artist To Watch - Tkay Maidza


We're kicking off our Artist To Watch program for 2015 with the fantastically feisty femme emcee Tkay Maidza.

The Adelaide-based teen has been seducing the rap-game and ravers alike with her neon bright beats and razor quick flow. Having collaborated with the likes of Night Slugs' Bok Bok, Kilter, Must Die! and Swick & Lewis Cancut, she's also dropped a few killer singles of her own, namely the attitude-laden 'Handle My Ego' and Jurassic-themed jam 'Brontosaurus'.

Add to that some killer festival bills (Falls, Southbound, Listen Out and Laneway) and a global booking deal with The Agency Group - home to hot-as-hell hip hoppers like A$AP Rocky, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Danny Brown, Angel Haze and Vic Mensa - and we think you'll agree this little lady is lined up for the big time.

Her debut EP Switch Tape is a 5 track dose of infectious brat-rap and glitch-hop-pop we recommend you listen to right away.

Follow Tkay Maidza on Rdio to see what music she's favouriting and to give her playlists a spin.

∞  01/07/2015 — 8:53PM


Vance Joy, Twin Shadow, Echosmith and More Artists Choose Their Favourite Songs of 2014

It’s time to recap the top tunes of the year, and who better to share their obsessions than the artists themselves? We asked friends like Vance Joy, Echosmith, Ingrid Michaelson, East India Youth, Twin Shadow, Fifth Harmony, and Shawn Mendes for the songs that they loved so much they practically wanted to marry ‘em. The results are both surprising and awesome, a collection of unique tracks that leap across genre boundaries. Hear their highlights now in the Artists' Year-Defining Songs.

We’ll be publishing these and more artists’ top 10 album lists throughout the next week, but here are some early teasers: Sam Smith is a beloved pick from Lauren of Fifth Harmony and all the members of Echosmith; Twin Shadow can’t get the brilliant simplicity of ILoveMakonen featuring Drake off the stereo. Jack Dolan from Twin Peaks loves Foxygen's "How You Can Really", Vance Joy spends umpteen moments dancing to Sylvan Esso while Sylvan Esso loves Caribou's "Can't Do Without You…. Stay tuned for more!

∞  12/22/2014 — 4:43PM