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Preview Dappled Cities’ Lake Air a Week Early on Rdio


On their last album, Sydney romantics Dappled Cities piled on layers of synth-y atmosphere to lend their songs grandeur. On new album, Lake Air, the melancholy quintet go grand in a different direction, opting for sparser production that isolates each instrument and highlights its importance.

The album isn’t out until next week, but you can preview the whole thing now, only on Rdio. Listen to the spacious and atmospheric Lake Air below, and just try to keep both feet on the ground.

∞  07/26/2012 — 5:00PM


Festival Watch: Splendour in the Grass


Besides having the best lineup announcement ever, Byron Bay festival Splendour in the Grass is also one of the country’s biggest winter festivals, best known for balanced, varied line-ups. This year’s assortment of artists is unparalleled: Jack White, Bloc Party, Smashing Pumpkins, At The Drive-In, Miike Snow, The Shins, Azealia Banks, Wolfmother, Kimbra, Lana Del Rey, Miss Higgins, Ladyhawke, Metric, Howler, and tons more are all scheduled to rock Belongil Fields.

Splendour on Rdio have put together a Splendour 2012 Lineup playlist for your enjoyment. Bump it on the way to the fest, on your way back, or in your living room.

∞  07/25/2012 — 5:00PM

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At Rdio Sessions: Missy Higgins


Australian songstress Missy Higgins is hot off her tour with Gotye and back with The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle — she stopped by the Rdio HQ Penthouse for a performance last Friday. With the city of San Francisco as her backdrop, the Melbourne musician moved dexterously from the keyboards to guitar.

Ever wanted to know Missy’s favorite city to play and the song she can’t get out of her head? She indulged us and filled out an Rdio Survey. Find her answers below and view some fantastic photos of the event on Facebook.

Rdio Sessions - Missy Higgins

∞  07/04/2012 — 4:00PM

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Vogue Australia: Influencers in Fashion and Music


If there’s any publication at the fashion forefront, it’s Vogue Australia. Worldwide, the magazine is a trendsetter: defining which fashions are in and out, discovering models and identifying what’s coming next.

Of course, Vogue’s also has flair when it comes to music, and they’ve found a way to show it on Rdio. The publication’s haute taste in classic pop and the new wave of indie music makes it an Influencer worth following. Listen to their Designers’ Picks on the playlist below, and then subscribe to their July 2012 playlist for what’s new and hot in the Vogue offices.

∞  06/20/2012 — 6:00PM


Only on Rdio: Stomp and Clap Along to The Lumineers’ Debut


Folk-rock trio The Lumineers formed their following the old-fashioned way. They began playing regular gigs in New York City and then Denver, where they developed their classic pop sound, infused with acoustic folk-isms like stomping and hand-clapping. Following an EP release, the band started attracting fans across the US, so they took the next step — releasing a full-length.

The band’s self-titled debut, The Lumineers, is out late in July, but you can hear it in full now, only on Rdio. Get your rustic, folk-pop fix below.

∞  06/14/2012 — 6:00PM


Follow Rdio Australia for the New Music Weekly Playlist

Australia, we know you want to discover the latest and best new music — that’s what Rdio is about, right? Make sure you know about each week’s best and brightest with our New Music Weekly playlist series.

Every week, RdioAU sequences the latest new releases on a playlist designed for your perusal, to help you find your new favourites, or rekindle your love for a forgotten beloved band.

This week’s playlist includes The Beach Boys, Missy Higgins, Japandroids, Wilco, and more.

∞  06/07/2012 — 5:32PM

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Missy Higgins Brings The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle on Tour


Missy Higgins aims for the stars. Having already gone #1 in Australia with both of her albums thus far, the Melbourne-born pop singer-songwriter is once again baiting her line to hook listeners with unforgettable, tuneful compositions. The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle was inspired, she admits, by the ambient songs of bands like Low, Sigur Ros, and Modern Classical composer Arvo Pärt.

Listen to The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle on Rdio now, and make sure to catch Missy Higgins when her current Australian tour brings the razzle dazzle to your neck of the woods.

∞  06/04/2012 — 8:00PM


Only on Rdio: Listen to The Mynabirds New Album, GENERALS


Where The Mynabirdsdebut quietly cooed, their follow-up, GENERALS, stomps, claps, and buzzes to the whims of frontwoman Laura Burhenn. Powered by a decade’s worth of frustrations, both personal and political, Burhenn was ready to make a statement. GENERALS, which fuses influences as varied as Nina Simone, PJ Harvey, David Bowie, hip-hop, and African rhythm, is that statement.

The album isn’t available to everyone just yet, but you can hear it now, exclusively on Rdio. Listen below and get your righteous freak on.

∞  05/28/2012 — 6:00PM

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Listen to Adalita Srsen’s “Ultimate Faves Of The Moment” playlist


The Magic Dirt may be on indefinite hiatus, but front-woman Adalita Srsen is hardly sitting on her laurels. Early last year, she released her eponymous debut album and toured it throughout Australia for the remainder of 2011.

Now that she’s back from the road, this Rdio Influencer took the time to create a playlist of her Ultimate Faves Of The Moment, for your listening pleasure. Give it a listen and read the accompanying selection of playlist notes below.

Playlist Notes

  • The Knife - “Heartbeats”
    The first song I heard from The Knife was “Pass This On” which has that beautiful video clip and it led me to this amazing track. I've loved them ever since.

  • Half Japanese - “Silver & Katherine”
    I got introduced to the music of Half Japanese through a friend and I really like it. It's kind of kooky outsider music.

  • Yuck - “Suck”
    Sounds like early nineties Pavement. A really pretty song, great guitar sounds.

  • Wolf Gang - “Back To Back”
    I don't listen to much new music but I heard this track in a shop one day and asked the girl who worked there what it was. Rather obsessed with it.

  • Kate Bush - “Suspended In Gaffa”
    Kate Bush has been a huge inspiration. This is one of her lesser known songs but it's one of my all time favourites, up there with “Wuthering Heights” and “Running Up That Hill.”

  • Kurt Vile - “Runner Ups”
    Absolutely obsessed with this album. First song I heard was this one when a friend put it on in the tour van. Hooked straight away.

  • HTRK - “Eat Yr Heart”
    Love love love this band. I think they're music is tastefully produced. This track is so elegant and hypnotic.

  • The Go-Betweens - “Quiet Heart”
    Wow! What a song. I've always loved The Go-Betweens but have only just discovered this album.

  • Galaxie 500 - “Temperature’s Rising”
    I listened to Galaxie 500 a lot back in my uni days and a friend recently re-introduced me to them. This is such a cool song.

  • Buffalo Tom - “Frozen Lake”
    Good ol Buffalo Tom. And what a voice on Bill Janovitz. This is an incredibly beautiful love song. Delicate but tough.

∞  05/21/2012 — 4:00PM


An Rdio Exclusive: Listen to Ladyhawke’s Anxiety

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Four years ago: New Zealand singer-songwriter Ladyhawke emerges fully-formed with a debut album that showcased her love for synth-based, new wave-inspired songwriting. Her sound immediately wins her a rabid fan-base and critical adoration.

Next week: Ladyhawke returns with Anxiety, her long-awaited sophomore effort. It turns the synths up even louder, and adds guitar and big beats to the mix.

Today: You can hear Anxiety, only on Rdio, a week before its release. Excited? You should be. The soundtrack to your summer awaits you below.

∞  05/17/2012 — 4:00PM