Artist To Watch

Introducing our September Artist to Watch: Tamaryn

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A singer living in New York by way of New Zealand, Tamaryn continues to reinvent herself with each album release. Recognized as a beacon in the revival of classic shoegaze/ethereal sounds, her latest full-length Cranekiss, her third, shatters expectations with boldly personal lyrics and colossal sounds — sometimes dark and haunting (as on the song “Last”), sometimes driven by garage rock and sometimes synth-mechanized and futuristic, but always firmly Tamaryn. All month long, we'll be sharing news and releasing exclusive playlists from this rising talent.

Catch up on all our Artist To Watch selections on the A2W station to hear our recommendations for those who are about to blow up; recent picks include Shamir, Hiatus Kaiyote and Wolf Alice.

∞  September 1, 2015 — 8:13AM

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MonoMonday

#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.

∞  August 31, 2015 — 10:54AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Enjambre Rdio Sessions

Top selling Mexican rock provocateurs Enjambre are expert at melding vintage sounds and nostalgia with modern wit for fans on both sides of the border. The band’s live performance for Rdio Sessions features songs from the most recent album Proaño (which was certified Gold in Mexico) as well as the previous two full-length releases, Enjambre y los Huéspedes del orbe and Daltónico. Don't forget to tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more of our special series that brings you exclusive and intimate live performances by artists of all styles from all over the world!

∞  August 28, 2015 — 3:20PM

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New Music Weekly - August 28, 2015

The latest edition of the New Music Weekly playlist mingles classic icons with emerging voices, from metal heroes Motörhead and the psychedelic live vibes of The Jimi Hendrix Experience to Aussie rockers Atlas Genius and otherworldly New Zealand singer Tamaryn. 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.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness [Explicit]
    The second official album by the Canadian singing star takes his dark, sensual soul to pop heights with the help of Lana Del Rey and Ed Sheeran.

  • Coeur De Pirate - Roses (Deluxe Edition)
    The first bilingual album from Quebec’s youthful chanteuse examines a breakup from a happier perspective.

  • Destroyer - Poison Season
    An impressive 11th album from the Dan Bejar-fronted group engages a string orchestra for dramatic pop and rock songs.

  • Beach House - Depression Cherry
    Muted drums, simple melodies and spare instrumentation make for a back to basics fifth album from Baltimore’s dream pop ambassadors.

  • Halsey - BADLANDS (Deluxe)
    The debut from the New Jersey electropop and rock singer-songwriter explores angry and lonely mindstates with uplifting anthems.

  • Foals - What Went Down
    The Oxford indie rockers tackle topics like loyalty and mortality with sweet melodies balanced with harder instrumentation on the fourth album.

∞  August 28, 2015 — 8:25AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Happy Birthday Elvis Costello!

Very few artists can boast the varied and prolific career of Elvis Costello, with 30 albums to his credit and collaborations with artists as diverse as the Brodsky Quartet and The Roots. As Elvis turns 61 years old August 25, let’s return to the album that started it all — his debut disc My Aim is True — featuring the classics “Alison,” “Less Than Zero,” and “Watching the Detectives.” Happy Birthday, Elvis!

∞  August 24, 2015 — 8:52AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Joywave’s Rdio Session Brings Happiness

Tapped into that brilliant line between retro and cutting edge, indie pop and electro, Joywave has nailed the balance of making irresistibly fun songs that stay repeat-worthy. The Rochester, New York quintet (singer Daniel Armbruster, Joseph Morinelli on guitar, bassist Sean Donnelly, Benjamin Bailey on keys and drummer Paul Brenner) are behind the latest edition of our intimate live series known as Rdio Sessions. The set features the songs “Feels Like A Lie,” “Tongues,” “Traveling At the Speed of Light,” and “Nice House,” all taken from their recent album How Do You Feel Now?

∞  August 21, 2015 — 10:24AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 21, 2015

Getting to share a bumper crop of new music with you is our favorite time of the week! Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive a fresh set handpicked for you every Friday.

It’s a banner week for blockbuster releases, including a surprise album from beatmaster Dr. Dre and the return of stadium-fillers Bon Jovi, experimental darling Panda Bear, Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas and hard rockers Pop Evil, just to name a few (see more in the Playlist Notes). Press play, find your favourites and then hit up the Rdio New Releases to hear the full albums and browse the complete collection of just-hatched sounds.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion
    Canada’s upbeat pop star returns with sweet songs inspired by Eighties sensations on her third album.

  • Method Man - The Meth Lab
    The Wu Tang Clan veteran takes his first solo album in nine years back to the gritty streets to cook up rhymes.

  • Joywave - Rdio Session
    Rochester’s indie rock breakthrough act performs exclusive live versions of songs from How Do You Feel Now?

  • Disturbed - Immortalized (Deluxe Version)
    After four years off, Chicago’s hard rock heroes reinvigorate with shocking surprises like a Simon and Garfunkel cover.

  • Kip Moore - Wild Ones (Deluxe)
    The sophomore album from the country singer-songwriter balances love songs with the bachelor life.

  • Jordin Sparks - Right Here Right Now
    The third album by the American Idol champ brings hip-hop spiked R&B with guests like 2 Chainz. B.o.B. and Shaggy.

  • Gardens & Villa - Music For Dogs
    The new album from the indie pop act takes on the rapid technological advancements of the present with an ear to classic experimental rock.

∞  August 21, 2015 — 7:57AM

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MonoMonday

Hear Your Favourite James Taylor Songs in a New Way

Today’s #MonoMonday presents one of your favorite classic American artists in a way he’s never been heard before! James Taylor’s 1968 self-titled debut album has been remastered for sonic quality. But that’s not all — the new version of the album features the original recordings of two of his most cherished songs, “Carolina In My Mind” and “Something In The Way She Moves” as well as previously unreleased songs including the studio demos of “Sunny Skies” and “Let Me Ride” and solo acoustic demo of “Sunshine Sunshine.” Ladies and gentlemen, you’re in for a true treat when you press play.

∞  August 17, 2015 — 8:01AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly: August 14, 2015

We scour the world to select the songs that go on each New Music Weekly playlist. This week features many international artists that you’ll enjoy musically familiarizing yourself with, including Welsh rockers Neck Deep, Massachusetts indie hip-hop duo Aer, UK downtempo revivalists Slime, Latin pop/rock powerhouse Julieta Venegas, Canadian electronic producer CFCF, and more key releases described in the Playlist Notes. Check out our picks on the playlist (don’t forget to subscribe so you always get the latest set!) and then discover more of your own future favourites on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Bullet For My Valentine - Venom (Deluxe Edition)
    Wales’ heavy metal heroes return to their harder roots with a dark and aggressive fifth album.

  • Grace Potter - Midnight
    After 10 years fronting the soulful rock band The Nocturnals, the Vermont singer turns to a varied batch of pop sensibilities for her solo debut.

  • Melanie Martinez - Cry Baby (Deluxe)
    The Voice alum penned the pop/trap songs on her first album around childlike themes in a grownup world.

  • New Politics - Vikings
    The third album from the Denmark via Brooklyn trio flirts with danceable pop, rock and grunge for their hybrid styles.

  • Joss Stone - Water for Your Soul (Commentary)
    The English singer reveals the stories behind the world-wise palette of sounds that she employs on an exclusive commentary version of her seventh studio album.

  • Glass Animals - Zaba
    Psychedelic pop with R&B underpinnings permeates the deluxe album version from the quartet hailing from Oxford, England.

∞  August 14, 2015 — 7:55AM

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#MonoMonday: Radiohead's "The Bends" Is 20!

It’s been called “one of the 50 albums that changed music.” It’s regularly cited as one of the best albums of all time. Twenty years ago, Radiohead's second album, The Bends, took Thom Yorke and the band from the grunge influence of their debut album to a finely-crafted, more experimental sound that would set the tone of their work in the future. Sure, this is the album with “Fake Plastic Trees” and “High and Dry,” but The Bends also features the gorgeous “Black Star,” “Sulk,” and “My Iron Lung.” Highly influential to other artists that came later (such as Coldplay and Keane), The Bends is a landmark release, and one that never fails to satisfy.

∞  August 10, 2015 — 8:39AM

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