#MonoMonday: Hear Duran Duran From The Beginning

After you enjoy the brand new Duran Duran album Paper Gods, which grooves with guests like Janelle Monáe, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Kiesza, it’s time take it back to the very beginning. Pair it with the New Wave idols’ eponymous first album, a platinum-selling Eighties classic that spawned hits like the debut single 'Planet Earth', the mega-catchy 'Is There Something I Should Know' and the saucy 'Girls on Film'.

These enduring anthems helped this album stay in the Australian and American charts for a year and on the UK charts for nearly two years. Three decades on, the band is still performing at peak power.

∞  09/20/2015 — 6:55PM

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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

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 5:55PM in Events, Music, News |


#MonoMonday: The Foo Fighters’ Debut Album Turns 20

Twenty years ago, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl went into the studio to perform and record 12 songs he’d written over the previous few years, including those written after the death of Kurt Cobain just a year before. Calling himself “Foo Fighters,” Grohl gave cassettes of the sessions to his friends, and buzz around the music grew stronger. The resulting album, Foo Fighters, was a smash hit, spawning four hit singles and a GRAMMY Award nomination, establishing Grohl’s place in rock history.

'This is a Call' 'Big Me' and 'I’ll Stick Around' are among the highlights of Foo Fighters. This album struck a chord with grunge and rock fans alike, whether or not they loved Nirvana. Foo Fighters went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide and set the stage for later success for Foo Fighters in the following two decades.

This year, to commemorate the albums release, the band dropped an EP on Record Store Day. Titled Songs From The Laundry Room, the includes two demo versions of songs from the band's debut, a cover and a previously unreleased song.

Take this classic for a new spin!

∞  09/13/2015 — 7:09PM

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New Music Weekly - September 11th, 2015

The latest edition of your handpicked New Music Weekly playlist mingles iconic names with up and coming artists across genres, including the return of metal stalwarts Slayer, playful punks The Libertines, indie pop kids I Know Leopard and more key releases highlighted in the Playlist Notes below.

There’s even more music waiting for you to play on the Rdio New Releases page once you’ve warmed up here. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to receive a fresh set each Friday.


I Know Leopard - Another Life

A wistful indie-pop release. This celestial collection from the quartet centres around nostalgia and second chances.

Slayer - Repentless

Highly anticipated 12th album from the thrash metal institution and the first recorded without Jeff Hanneman. Unapologetic and infectious.

Jarryd James - Thirty One

If you enjoyed hit single 'Do You Remember' then you're sure to love the debut LP from the Brissie singer-songwriter, which is loaded with similar-sounding tracks.

Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit

The prolific nu-metal scenesters explore a decidedly softer and more commercial side. An album that is sure to divide their dedicated fan base.

Beirut - No No No

Zach Condon, the creative force behind the musical project casts off musical as well as emotional baggage on this release.

The Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth

Carl Barât, Pete Doherty and co reunite in Thailand for an unexpected 3rd album from the UK garage rock band.

Duran Duran - Paper Gods

The synth-pop survivors are still bouncing, teaming up with in vogue producers (Mark Ronson, Mr Hudson & Nile Rodgers) and heaps of speacial guests including John Frusciante, Janelle Monae, Kiesza and Lindsay Lohan.

Nick Skitz - Skitzmix 50

One of the country's best known DJ's celebrates 20 years, 50 albums and 1 million sales with his latest compilation.

Ellie Drennan - Close Your Eyes

Debut album from The Voice 2015 winner. Includes tracks she performed on the show, 2 new covers and winning single 'Ghost'

∞  09/10/2015 — 10:29PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 10:29PM in Music |

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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

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 7:04PM in New Features, News |

#MonoMonday: Celebrate Van Morrison’s Catalog on Rdio with "Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl"

Forty years after its original 1968 release, Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison performed songs from his acclaimed album, Astral Weeks at the Hollywood Bowl. The musician’s fifth live album was recorded over two nights and includes beloved hits like, 'Gloria', and 'Sweet Thing' alongside 'Beside You'and 'The Way Young Lovers Do'.

Listen to it this week and celebrate the release of this album and the most complete Van Morrison archive now available on Rdio. Inspired by all genres of music, including blues, folk, gospel, and R&B, enjoy over 30 albums from Van The Man. This archive release includes the new Essential Van Morrison, a career-spanning anthology, as well as upcoming releases from his 60s rock band, Them.

∞  09/06/2015 — 7:05PM

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AIR Announces Carlton Dry Independent Music Award Nominees

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The Australian Independent Record Labels Association have revealed the nominees for the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, and as proud partners of AIR we're excited to bring them to you!

Ten years on from the Awards’ humble beginnings, 2015’s nominees represent the finest Australian independent music from the last 12 months, with the awards spanning a range of genres including jazz, classical, blues and roots, country, hip hop, hard rock/punk and dance/electronica.

Leading up 2015’s nominations is Sydney duo Hermitude, winners of the 2012 Best Independent Dance/Electronica Album for Hyperparadise, appearing four times with nominations for Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Single/EP for ‘The Buzz (Feat. Mataya & Young Tapz)’, and chart topping album Dark Night Sweet Light is up for Best Independent Album and Best Independent Dance/Electronic Album.

Other previous winners Courtney Barnett (Best Independent Artist 2014) and Vance Joy (Breakthrough Independent Artist 2013 & Best Independent Single/EP 2013 for ‘God Loves You When You’re Dancing’) along with #1 Dads round out the main nominations – all up for three awards in 2015.

Presented in partnership with Carlton Dry, this year’s awards will be presented on Thursday 22nd of October at Meat Market, North Melbourne with performers to be announced shortly.

The full list of the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Award nominees below.

Be sure to follow AIR on Rdio and listen to their playlist of the 2015 nominees.



  • #1 Dads
  • Chet Faker
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Hermitude
  • Vance Joy


  • #1 Dads - About Face
  • Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
  • Flight Facilities - Down To Earth
  • Hermitude - Dark Night, Sweet Light
  • Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away


  • Bad // Dreems - 'Cuffed & Collared'
  • Courtney Barnett - 'Depreston'
  • Courtney Barnett - 'Pedestrian At Best'
  • Hermitude - 'The Buzz (Feat. Mataya & Young Tapz)'
  • Vance Joy - 'The Fire & The Flood'


  • #1 Dads
  • Briggs
  • Client Liaison
  • Japanese Wallpaper
  • Totally Mild


  • Baro - 17/18
  • Briggs - Sheplife
  • Citizen Kay - Demokracy
  • One Day - Mainline
  • Seth Sentry - Strange New Past


  • Amber Lawrence - Superheroes
  • Frank Yamma - Uncle
  • Jim Lawrie - Eons
  • Raised By Eagles - Diamonds In The Bloodstream
  • Troy Cassar-Daley - Freedom Ride


  • C.W Stoneking - Gon' Boogaloo
  • Fraser A. Gorman - Slow Gum
  • Gurrumul - The Gospel Album
  • Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams
  • Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions - Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions


  • British India - Nothing Touches Me
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - I'm In Your Mind Fuzz
  • Northlane - Node
  • The Peep Tempel - Tales
  • The Smith Street Band - Throw Me In The River


  • Collarbones - Return
  • Flight Facilities - Down To Earth
  • Hermitude - Dark Night, Sweet Light
  • Seekae - The Worry
  • Ta-Ku - Songs To Make Up To


  • Collarbones - 'Turning'
  • Generik - 'The Weekend (Feat. Nicky Van She)'
  • Hayden James - 'Something About You'
  • Nicky Night Time - 'Gonna Get Better (Feat. Nat Dunn)'
  • RÜFÜS - 'You Were Right'


  • Allan Browne Quintet - Ithaca Bound
  • Barney MCall - Mooroolbark
  • Gian Slater - Still Still
  • Mike Nock Octet - Suite Sima
  • Sarah Mckenzie - We Could Be Lovers


  • Alicia Crossley - Alchemy
  • Amir Farid - Amir Farid Plays Javad Maroufi: Golden Dreams And Other Works
  • Amy Dickson / Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Island Songs
  • Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - Brandenburg Celebrates
  • Zubin Kanga - Piano Inside Out

∞  09/06/2015 — 6:32PM

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New Music Weekly - September 4th, 2015

The latest edition of the New Music Weekly playlist is all about heavy metal - Five Finger Death Punch and Iron Maiden - as well as live releases, with performance LP's from Regurgitator, Against Me! and Vance Joy.

Dig into the Rdio New Releases pages to browse everything that has just come out, including full albums from the artists spotlighted here. And don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so you’ll never miss a beat.


Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls

After four decades and 16 studio albums, the prolific rockers continue to keep it fresh, livening up their heavy sound with prog-rock influences.

Troye Sivan - WILD

The fourth EP by the Australian singer-songwriter. An incredibly proficient dose of smooth electro-pop.

Oh Wonder - Oh Wonder

Breathy, dreamy and delightful debut from the English synthpop duo.

Against Me! - 23 Live Sex Acts

A loud, fast and sweaty live album, captured in all its glory as the band plough through songs from all eras of their history.


Second album of skate garage punk from the LA-based quartet. Still trashy ans thrashy like their debut but shows progression.

The Arcs - Yours, Dreamily,

Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach dials down the tempo, warms up the mood and bares his soul on his side project.

Regurgitator - Nothing Less Than Cheap Imitations

A raw and inspired collection of live recordings from the long-standing electro-rock outfit.

∞  09/03/2015 — 9:17PM

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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

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 8:01PM in Music, News |


Rdio Artist To Watch - Dustin Tebbutt


This September, Dustin Tebbutt will be thrust into the limelight as Rdio’s Artist To Watch.

It has been nearly two years since Dustin’s acclaimed debut EP, The Breach, set the local music scene alight, garnering rave reviews and a sizeable fan base. His indie folk tunes, recorded in the depths of a Scandinavian winter, captured imaginations across Australia. Dustin then released follow-up EP, Bones, in May 2014 which led him to high rotation on Triple J and slots at Splendour in the Grass 2014 and 2015.

“I’m super excited to share my new music with everyone” said the singer-songwriter, “big thanks to Rdio for helping me do so!”.

Home is the lead title-track off an imminent seven song mini-album from the respected Australian singer/songwriter, set to be released on 18th September, alongside a five-date national tour. Playing to the largest venues of his career, fans can look forward to witnessing just how much Dustin’s song writing and live performances have progressed with experience. To get listeners excited for his mini-album and the tour, Dustin’s existing catalogue will be championed on Rdio throughout September, giving fans easy access to his signature sounds.

Tune into Dustin Tebbutt'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.  

∞  08/31/2015 — 5:25PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 5:25PM in Exclusives, Music |