VANCE JOY - 'THE FIRE & THE FLOOD' - AIR Awards 2015 Best Independent Single or EP Nominee

Vance Joy

With the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards less than two weeks away and Rdio presenting the Best Independent Single or EP Award, we thought it best to take you through the illustrious nominees.

Our fourth nominee is Vance Joy for his single 'Fire & The Flood'

The affable Australian indie folk singer/songwriter began his career playing the Melbourne open-mike scene at the end of the 2000s while completing a law degree. Finding success with his intimate Bon Iver-influenced songs, he decided to put law on hold and pursue a music career instead. Born James Keogh, the singer took the name Vance Joy from a character in Peter Carey's novel Bliss.

His debut EP God Loves You When You're Dancing contained the anthemic folk-pop single 'Riptide' which earned him the top spot in the Triple J Hottest 100, a record-breaking run in the Top 100 ARIA singles chart, the grand prize at the International Songwriting Competition and an MTV VMA nomination. Following a ton of international touring with the likes of Taylor Swift, he released his first album Dream Your Life Away.

'Fire & The Flood' is in keeping with Vance's vibe - indie-acoustic sound, frank lyrics, emotive storytelling and sincere delivery, accompanied by horns, heart-pumping percussion and subtle vocal harmonies.

'Fire & The Flood' by Vance Joy - A worthy nominee for the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards for Best Single or EP.

∞  10/14/2015 — 6:40PM

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HERMITUDE 'THE BUZZ' - AIR Awards 2015 Best Independent Single or EP Nominee

The Buzz

With the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards less than two weeks away and Rdio presenting the Best Independent Single or EP Award, we thought it best to take you through the illustrious nominees.

Our third nominee is Hermitude's 'The Buzz'.

Multi-instrumentalists Luke Dubs and El Gusto (aka Angus Stuart) were in bands together from a very young age. After El Gusto returned from a trip to the U.S in 2000 with a set of turntables, the two tried jamming together with Dubs playing keyboard and Hermitude was formed.

The electronic production prodigies went on to release 2 EPs and 2 albums that saw burgeoning support, however it was their third studio album, HyperParadise that catapulted them to the next level, scoring them an ARIA nomination, an AIR Award and the Australian Music Prize.

Continuing the climb, their second single from their fourth album [Good Night, Sweet Light][4] - the aptly named 'The Buzz' - has escalated the duo even further. Featuring emerging artists Mataya and Young Tapz, the track and it's blend of jazz vocals, hip hop verses and a euphoric, filthy drop was embraced by every level of radio. For months it was one of the most Shazamed songs in the country, #1 on the Hype Machine, racking up millions of Youtube and Soundcloud plays as well as a Top 20 ARIA chart hit.

'The Buzz' by Hermitude - A worthy nominee for the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards for Best Single or EP.

∞  10/13/2015 — 6:56PM

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COURTNEY BARNETT 'PEDESTRIAN AT BEST' - AIR Awards 2015 Best Independent Single or EP Nominee

Pedestrian At Best CB

With the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards less than two weeks away and Rdio presenting the Best Independent Single or EP Award, we thought it best to take you through the illustrious nominees.

Our second nominee is Courtney Barnett, who has been nominated in this category twice. Her first nomination is for the lead single from her critically acclaimed album Sometimes I Sit & Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit - 'Pedestrian At Best'

The Melbourne-based singer/songwriter first came to light in 2012 when her self-released EP, I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris appeared and was roundly praised across Australia. Her conversational, deadpan delivery and garage rock-infused folk-pop style caught the attention of influential website Pitchfork, which named her song 'Avant Gardener' one of its Best New Tracks during the summer of 2013.

After two subsequent EP's, a lot of US and European touring and mounting international hype, the tell-it-like-it-is troubadour released her debut album's lead single, 'Pedestrian At Best'. The self-described "internal diatribe" is a variable outpouring of self depreciation and contradictory musings atop a barrage of power-chords - it's dark, it's funny and disarmingly charming.

'Pedestrian At Best' by Courtney Barnett - A worthy nominee for the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards for Best Single or EP.

∞  10/12/2015 — 10:26PM

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BAD//DREEMS 'CUFFED & COLLARED' - AIR Awards 2015 Best Independent Single or EP Nominee


With the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards less than two weeks away and Rdio presenting the Best Independent Single or EP Award, we thought it best to take you through the illustrious nominees.

First cab off the rank - Adelaide garage rockers Bad//Dreems and their rowdy single 'Cuffed & Collared'.

First stumbling onto the Aussie music scene in the summer of 2012, Bad//Dreems and their rough-and-tumble jangle rock struck a chord both critically and with Triple J audiences. Their debut EP Badlands firmly established them as an exciting and individual act - nodding to the strong Aussie rock heritage of the 70's and 80's with a fresh punk, suburban storytelling slant.

This authentic and rugged brand of garage rock carries through to ‘Cuffed & Collared’, the first single to be lifted from their debut album Dogs At Bay. Produced by the legendary Mark Opitz (AC/DC, Cold Chisel, The Angels, INXS), it bears their signature ramshackle yet heartfelt sound, resonating with the often maligned image of their home city. Lyrics exploring the sacrifices and conformity of adult life are deftly woven around a mix raw pub rock and loosely downtrodden indie.

'Cuffed & Collared' by Bad//Dreems - A worthy nominee for the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards for Best Single or EP.

∞  10/11/2015 — 6:26PM

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#MonoMonday: 40 Years After Its Release, Patti Smith's 'Horses' Retains Its Punk Power

Few albums released in the past half-century have been as influential as Patti Smith’s 1975 landmark debut, Horses.

From its stark cover photography, courtesy of Robert Mapplethorpe, to its eight tracks of pure poetry, Horses is a masterclass in the New York pre-punk art scene. It combines guts, emotion, and vulnerability in ways very few artists have ever explored. Standout songs 'Gloria' 'Free Money' and 'Land' are no-holds-barred lyric-wise, and made even more striking by the guitar work of Lenny Kaye. Producer John Cale seems to have stood out of Patti’s way, allowing her to shine.

You won’t hear many albums more raw, more rudimentary, yet more brilliant, than Horses.

∞  10/11/2015 — 5:32PM

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New Music Weekly - October 9, 2015

Our New Music Weekly playlists are the best and most fun way to discover the top new songs across genres every seven days; subscribe and you’ll never miss another beat!

This week, we’re enjoying a ton of quality Aussie albums that read about in the Playlist Notes below.

Hop over to the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready to browse the full albums from these artists and hear even more fresh tunes.


Slum Sociable - TQ

Rdio's Artist To Watch for October release a debut EP that spans lo-fi to trip hop and is impossible not to like.

City & Colour - If I Should Go Before You

From the psychedelic solos to the slightly R&B rhythms, Dallas Greene cuts loose on the band's 5th studio album.

Art Vs Science - Off The Edge of The Earth & Into Forever, Forever

The Sydney trio succeed in producing an ambitious and more sophisticated second album without losing their dance floor appeal.

John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

The former Czars frontman's third album holds a confrontational, unapologetic sensuality that is celebratory, but also tempered by melancholy.

Boy & Bear - Limit Of Love

Mostly recorded straight to tape, the five piece let their power as a live outfit translate into their music-making process, resulting in their most refined effort to date.

Reece Mastin - Change Colours

The Adelaide artist puts his poppy X-Factor roots to bed and explores his soul-blues side on his first independent LP.

Kelela - Hallucinogen

The latest EP from the R&B / grime Washington-born, Los Angeles-based artist is fluid, organic and psychedelic.

Dan Kelly - Leisure Panic

A kaleidoscopic listening experience -the celebrated Aussie troubadour delivers a sense of pop wonderment and his finest songwriting to date.

Selena Gomez - Revival

With tracks about love, overcoming struggles and standing up to the haters, this new LP is the pop artist's best body of work to date.

∞  10/08/2015 — 9:40PM

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New Music Weekly Playlist - October 2nd, 2015

Each New Music Weekly playlist brings you the best overview of what’s just been released across genres; subscribe and you’ll automatically get a fresh set every Friday.

This week, you’ll hear the latest from emerging Aussie rapper Dylan Joel, Pop royalty Janet Jackson, heavy metal lords Trivium and more heavy-hitters called out in the Playlist Notes below.

You’ll also find all of these albums and more in the complete collection of Rdio New Releases. Happy listening!


Avicii - Stories

The Swedish DJ and producer returns with a potent collection of genre-hopping bangers.

Rudimental - We The Generation

The East London collective's Jamaica recorded second album is chock full of chunky drum’n’bass rhythms.

Banoffee - Do I Make You Nervous?

Melbourne-based singer and producer Martha Brown follows up her debut EP with an intensely personal yet universally-accessible release.

Bleachers - Terrible Thrills Vol. 2

An array of female vocalists - Sara Bareilles, Charli XCX, Tinashe, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sia and more - reimagine Bleachers’ acclaimed 2014 album 'Strange Desire'

Born Ruffians - RUFF

The fourth album of indie rock from the Canadian three-piece is an engaging and fun indie-rock record.

Porter Robinson - Worlds Remixed

The young producer handpicks electronic mates like Odesza, Slumberjack and Chrome Sparks to remix his debut album.

Deafheaven - New Bermuda

Third album of shoegazing black metal from the San Fransisco outfit, the follow-up to 2013's 'Sunbather'.

Mercury Rev - The Light In You

First studio album in seven years from the psychedelic dream pop band - clearly painstakingly crafted yet still effortless in sound.

∞  10/01/2015 — 10:40PM

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Artist To Watch - Slum Sociable


Throughout October, Melbourne Lo-Fo washed-out jazz hop duo Slum Sociable will be highlighted as Rdio’s Artist To Watch.

2015 has already been a solid year for long-term friends Edward Quinn and Miller Upchurch, with singles ‘Anyway’ and ‘All Night’ garnering the duo much deserved attention from fans and music critics alike, with the latter track reaching the Top Five of Hype Machine’s Most Popular Chart.

Their new EP, titled TQ, is due for release on October 9. All seven tracks on the EP were co-produced by Tom Iansek, of Big Scary and #1 Dads fame. Set to be part jazz, part hip-hop, part trip-hop, part acoustic electronica – the duo have developed an ambient yet brooding twist on new age jazz, with Ed and Miller playing pretty much everything on the record themselves.

Tune into Slum Sociable'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.

∞  09/30/2015 — 5:17PM

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#MonoMonday: The Pretenders Self-Titled Debut Continues To Impress

Very few rock bands leap into the public eye as fully-formed icons. Chrissie Hynde and Pretenders did just that with their self-titled 1980 debut, which turns 35 years old this year.

Pretenders featured three singles: a cover of the Kinks’ 'Stop Your Sobbing' (produced by Nick Lowe), 'Kid', and the international hit 'Brass in Pocket'. But it’s in the album’s deeper tracks where something really interesting was going on. Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott’s take-no-prisoners approach in songs such as 'The Wait', 'The Phone Call', and 'Tattooed Love Boys' combines punk, new wave, and straight-up rock and roll - and of course, Chrissie Hynde purrs and screams, enticing all in her path.

Pretenders broke barriers and sounds as fresh today as it did upon its release.

∞  09/27/2015 — 6:32PM

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New Music Weekly, September 25th, 2015

It’s time for the New Music Weekly playlist, your exclusively curated look at the very best sounds across genres; don’t forget to subscribe now so you never miss a beat!

This week, we are dancing to the latest efforts Peaches and greeting the return of alt-rockers Silversun Pickups - Read about more key offerings of the week in the Playlist Notes below and hear the full albums via the Rdio New Releases page.


Disclosure - Caracal (Deluxe)

Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence create soulful house cuts with Lorde, Sam Smith, Miguel and more on their sophomore album.

The Dead Weather - Dodge and Burn

The alt-blues supergroup featuring Jack White and Alison Mosshart returns for a raucously rocking third album.

CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye (Special Edition)

The second album from the Scottish synth-pop specialists features soaring choruses and an uplifting outlook.

Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap (Deluxe)

The buzzing New Jersey rapper’s first album features the platinum selling debut single “Trap Queen” alongside hits “679” and “My Way.”

Kurt Vile - b’lieve i’m goin down...

Guitar, banjo and piano help Philadelphia’s indie folk hero craft the sweet and lonely songs on his sixth album.

Parkway Drive - IRE

Fast, furious, aggressive and ambitious - Australia's most prolific heavy act put forth a progressive album that combines hardcore, metal and punk elements in a unique way.

Ash Grunwald - Now

The Aussie blues and roots luminary seamlessly weaves personal tales and political views together on his 9th LP.

∞  09/27/2015 — 6:25PM

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