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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

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Enjoy Rdio Everywhere: From Smart TVs to Multi-Room Speaker Systems, Bring Music Into Every Room of Your Home

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Rdio brings music into your earbuds, onto your desktop, on your drive home, and now throughout your home — on a variety of multi-room wireless speakers and smart TVs. Now no matter where you listen to music, Rdio’s got you covered.

Multi-Room Speaker Systems

As a result of recent global partnerships with multi-room wireless speaker system manufacturers, you can choose the right speakers for your home — and for your wallet — and start listening.

By enjoying music on Rdio through these great speakers, you can tune your rooms to your music, or turn your whole home into a concert hall.

Joining our existing support for Sonos, today we are announcing availability on speakers from:

  • Harman-Kardon
  • Denon
  • Devices supporting Google Cast for audio (such as LG’s Music Flow)
  • The DTS Play-Fi Whole-Home Wireless ecosystem, featuring leading brands such as Definitive Technology, Phorus, Polk Audio and Wren

Smart TVs

Rdio has always been known for great design, and now we're extending that craftsmanship to the big screen, ensuring that the music looks as good as it sounds, right in your living room.

You’ll now be able to play your music through an all-new Rdio app built specifically for smart TVs. Rdio is now live on Samsung Smart TVs and launching soon on additional connected TVs by LG and Hisense.

As soon as you open the app, you’ll be welcomed by an Rdio that lends itself naturally to your TV screen, with the music that interests you front and centre.

Rdio for smart TVs isn’t just a personal experience. It’s a global one. Listeners with smart TVs in all 85 countries where Rdio Unlimited and Rdio Free are available can access Rdio features on their screens. Models that support Rdio are:

Rdio is also available across a broad range of “over-the-top” TV services, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. Roku customers have instant access to Rdio’s catalogue of more than 35 million songs with the Rdio shortcut remote button.

∞  09/08/2015 — 7:04PM


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 Australia & Harvey Norman Lead the Way in Connected-Home Audio


Rdio Australia is excited to announce an exclusive promotion with Harvey Norman, Australia’s largest retailer chain of electrical, computer, furniture, entertainment and bedding goods. A first-of-its kind in Australia, the promotion sees Rdio offering Harvey Norman customers complimentary access to Rdio Unlimited for three months.

Over recent years, Rdio has experienced continued growth both in Australia and the 84 additional countries it operates in. This is due to an increased demand for intuitive, seamless music streaming services as well as the growth of connected-home audio system sales, as experienced by retailers like Harvey Norman. Led by a common drive in demand, the exclusive union between Rdio and Harvey Norman will see both companies push the boundaries for music streaming and the connected-home audio industry.

As part of the promotion, staff across 186 Harvey Norman stores will be trained as official Rdio ambassadors. Further broadening Rdio’s reach, these ambassadors will educate customers on the music streaming service and demonstrate the benefits of connected-home audio systems using Rdio’s extensive music catalogue which contains over 35 million songs.

In addition to this, Harvey Norman has worked with Rdio to curate an official profile housing playlists and stations curated by Harvey Norman specifically for its customers.

Giving music lovers in Australia increased access to the benefits of music streaming, the promotion also includes an exclusive offer whereby customers who purchase any compatible connected-home audio system from Harvey Norman will receive three months complimentary access to Rdio’s Unlimited offering.

According to Rdio Australia and New Zealand General Manager, Colin Blake, the promotion cements a mutual commitment to connected–home audio, and allows Rdio to grow alongside one of the nation’s strongest and most reputable brands:

“We’re excited to be partnering with such an influential and deeply entrenched Australian retailer like Harvey Norman. The popularity of music streaming is mirrored in the enormous sales growth Harvey Norman has experienced in connected-home audio systems, and Rdio looks forward to working closely with their team to bring the benefits of music streaming to the masses.”

To learn more, head into your local Harvey Norman store or check out the retailer’s profile on Rdio. For more information on connected-home audio systems and home entertainment solutions, visit the Harvey Norman website.

∞  08/12/2015 — 10:57PM

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Listen to New Label Stations on Rdio


Today, we’re pleased to roll out new Label Stations on Rdio.

Rdio’s Label Stations feature handpicked highlights from a music label’s catalogue, genre specialty or the music label staffers are most excited about right now, all individually curated by the labels. We’re pleased to welcome the following label stations to Rdio:


Create Control is a new label for a new wave of independent artists. They seek to give artists a new perspective on record companies and how they work; with higher returns to the artist, the latest technologies to connect musician and fan and extremely flexible terms that allow the artist to control their releases and own their copyright in an ever-changing recording market.

Def Jam

Def Jam is the definitive voice of hip hop and urban music. For 30 years, the greatest names in the history of hip hop have made Def jam the ultimate destination for urban artists around the world. Today's stellar Def Jam roster includes an even wider range of artists, from Frank Ocean to Big Sean.

Dew Process

Dew Process is an Australian Indie Record Label. From it's humble beginnings in sunny Brisbane, it now releases records from some of Australia’s best and most acclaimed artists, as well as releasing some of the most interesting albums from around the world.

Domino Recording Co.

An independent record label of over ten years vintage, Domino is now one of the longest running and most successful independent record labels in the UK.


I OH YOU was founded in 2009 after four teenage housemates received final notice on their overdue gas bill that they couldn’t pay off. Fast forward a few years and I OH YOU is now a record label, creative agency and host to many of Melbourne’s much loved party nights. The label also took out 'Label Of The Year' at the 2014 AIR Awards.


Liberation Music is an eclectic Melbourne-based independent record label dedicated to signing, nurturing and developing domestic artists for markets around the globe. It also houses the most comprehensive Australian music catalogue in the country, working alongside iconic local talent.


Est in 1972 in Melbourne, Mushroom is Australia and New Zealand’s largest independent entertainment group.

Rice Is Nice

Rice Is Nice is an independent record label based in Sydney, Australia that takes its name from Welsh post-hardcore band Mclusky's 2000 single "Rice Is Nice". The label aims to promote local musicians that are unique and whose music will have longevity, rather than based on popularity.


UNFD is Australia’s leading heavy music label focusing on releasing and developing Rock, Metal, Punk and Hardcore music from all around the world.

You’ll find all these stations in a new section under STATIONS called LABEL SPOTLIGHT. We'll continue to update these topics with new and timely labels in the coming months, so stay tuned!

∞  07/07/2015 — 6:30PM

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Golden Features


Masked electronic maestro Golden Features is Rdio's Artist To Watch for July.

The mystery EDM producer first garnered attention with the sensually surly track 'Tell Me' featuring vocalist and Peking Duk collaborator Nicole Millar. This dark and moody vibe has since become a signature sound that critics and fans alike just can't get enough of.

The Sydney producer has just kicked off an almost sold-out national headline tour, where fans will enjoy tracks from his newly released EP XXIV. Riding on the success of the Australian tour, later this year he will also be playing HARD Summer Music Festival in LA alongside The Chemical Brothers, Porter Robinson and Jack Ü.

“I’m excited to be Rdio’s Artist To Watch for July and getting XXIV out there as I head on tour.” said Golden Features.

Tune in to our free Artist To Watch station to stay up to date on all of our picks for hot music that’s next to break; previous Artist To Watch acts include Alison Wonderland, Shamir, and Tkay Maidza.

∞  07/01/2015 — 10:53AM


Plug Into AC/DC — Now on Rdio!

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We are thrilled to welcome the deep catalogue of AC/DC, Australia’s greatest hard rock import of all time, to Rdio — it’s now streaming for the first time!

The group’s 17 studio albums, four live albums and two soundtracks are all here, starting from 1975’s debut High Voltage and running all the way to last year’s Rock or Bust. This is an influential and extensive discography that has allowed AC/DC to sell more than 200 million albums across the world.

Don’t miss iconic releases like Highway to Hell, featuring the late great vocalist Bon Scott; Back in Black the band’s bestseller which is also happens to be of the top selling albums of all time; and the monster number one album Black Ice the band’s first chart-topper in over two decades.

Let there be rock in your ears!

∞  06/30/2015 — 9:26AM


Rdio Presents BAD // DREEMS 'Dogs At Bay' Tour

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Rdio is proud to present Adelaide band BAD//DREEMS on tour.

Fresh off the back of a 12 date run of the UK and a sold out East Coast tour of Australia, the rough and ready rockers will be hitting the road this coming September and October. Sydney newcomers Green Buzzard will be joining them on their romp around the country.

The band are also set to release their highly anticipated debut LP 'Dogs at Bay', on August 21st. Recorded with iconic producer Mark Opitz (AC/DC, The Angels, INXS, Cold Chisel) and Colin Wynne it follows previous breakthrough singles ‘Dumb Ideas’ and ‘Cuffed and Collared’ as well as new single 'Hiding To Nothing'

Tickets for the 'Dogs At Bay' Tour go on sale Friday July 3rd at 9am - for further info head to


*All Shows are 18+

Fri 25th September - Adelaide - Fowler's Live

Fri 9th October - Sydney - Oxford Art Factory

Fri 16th October - Brisbane - Woolly Mammoth

Sat 17th October - Gold Coast - Miami Shark Bar, Minimum Wage Club

Sat 24th October - Melbourne - Northcote Social Club

Fri 30th October - Fremantle - The Odd Fellow

Sat 31st October - Perth - Amplifier Bar

∞  06/30/2015 — 9:11AM


Rdio Presents Yours & Owls Music & Arts Festival Weekender

After a sell-out year in 2014, Yours & Owls Music & Arts Festival are celebrating their 5th year in style, offering their biggest line up yet and expanding to a two day festival over the October long weekend (Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd October) with weekend camping.

2015 will see the biggest line up ever assembled in the NSW South Coast region, with some of Australia's biggest acts playing alongside a hand-selected bill of local talent at the scenic Stuart Park, located right beside North Wollongong Beach.


The Preatures | The Rubens | Cloud Control | The Delta Riggs | Gang Of Youths | Saskwatch | The Smith Street Band | Ash Grunwald |Bahamas | Salmonella Dub Soundsystem | Shining Bird |The Pinheads

In addition to the musical lineup, the festival will be offering two special film screenings. One, the Tribeca award winning Jazz doco ‘Keep On Keeping On’ (produced by Quincy Jones) and the second, Jack McCoys cult classic surf film ‘Bunyip Dreaming’ with a live performance of the newly reworked soundtrack by Russel. W.

Other cool stuff going on will include DJ's, mind altering art installations, face melting projections, a giant birthday cake and a twilight food market curated by Foragers.

Tickets go on sale Friday June 5th - click here to purchase

∞  06/01/2015 — 9:32PM

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Rdio Sessions Exclusive: Milo Greene is in Control

Rdio is excited to announce Milo Greene as the latest installment of Rdio Sessions; a series of live and intimate recordings available exclusively and gob ally on Rdio. Championing both up-and-coming and established artists, Rdio Sessions showcases today’s hottest acts across various genres in ways that fans have never heard before.

This time around, LA’s cinematic pop band, Milo Greene, have recorded a four-song live set for Rdio Sessions. Stripping back the complex layers of previously released songs, the Milo Greene Rdio Sessions track list features 'Lie To Me', 'On The Fence' and 'White Lies' from the new album Control, as well as a killer cover of Phil Collins’ 'Take Me Home'.

Raw, honest and beautifully emotive, the Milo Greene Rdio Sessions are not to be missed by music fans.

∞  04/26/2015 — 8:06PM