April 2012

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Listen to a Preview of the Dandy Warhols’ New Album


On April 23, The Dandy Warhols will release their ninth studio album. Titled This Machine, the album features the Warhols’ cult-favorite psychedelic sound, along with tinges of the electronica that marked their 2003 standout, Welcome to the Monkey House.

For those who can’t wait that long, we’re pleased to share the This Machine Rdio sneak peek — a three-song sampler of the new album, including tracks “Sad Vacation,” “The Autumn Carnival,” and “Well They're Gone.” Play this new music, and look out for the entire This Machine on April 23.


Listen to Whispertown’s Parallel on Rdio


Whispertown is the indie folk project of Los Angeles’ Morgan Nagler and a rotating cast of her friends. Formerly dubbed The Whispertown 2000, Nagler perfected her indie folk sound on tours with The Breeders, Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, and She & Him, among others. Her full-length discography includes was 2008’s Swim, and Parallel, which updated her sound with touches of Postal Service-style electronica.

Parallel is now available on Rdio, courtesy of Gillian Welch’s record label, Acony. Listen to Parallel now, and catch Whispertown on their current tour with Margo & The Nuclear So and So’s.

∞  April 16, 2012 — 10:00AM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: April 9 - 13, 2012

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New Rdio Spotlight: Stations

This week, we’re diving into new Rdio’s Stations — Stations provide easy, instant mixes for those who are in the mood to sit back and listen. Wherever you see a Play Station button, click Play to hear a shuffled mix based on the music from that page.


Here are three types of Stations you’ll see as you browse new Rdio:

Heavy Rotation: Want to hear a sample of the great tunes your Network is listening to? If so, the Heavy Rotation Station is for you.

Collection: Create a Station from your Collection (or anyone else’s) to play a shuffled mix of songs — then relax and bask in the carefully-curated musical glory.

Artist: With Artist Stations, you’ll get a mix of songs from both your selected Artist, and similar Artists.

Prefer to hear a shuffled mix of tunes from the selected Artist only? Press the play button from the page header to start an Artist-only station.


That about wraps it up for this week — if you’re using new Rdio, and have have questions or suggestions, get in touch with us via @Rdiohelp or help@rdio.com.

Curious? New Rdio is a visually beautiful and dynamic way to play Rdio. The completely redesigned new Rdio is available to all Web and Unlimited subscribers.

∞  April 12, 2012 — 12:09PM


Only on Rdio: Hear Pete Seeger’s Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960


On May 3, iconic folk singer Pete Seeger will be 93, but that doesn’t mean he’s hung up his gloves just yet. In 2008, he released the appropriately titled At 89, and now, he’s reissuing his 1960 performance at Bowdoin College in its entirety, courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways.

The Complete Bowdoin College Concert, 1960 was recorded during Seeger’s targeting by the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee. Despite being blacklisted and indicted for refusing to answer questions about his political beliefs, Seeger trekked across the continent, playing “community concerts” to fans who saw Seeger as a trailblazing songwriter and social activist.

The entire recorded concert will be released next week, but you can listen to The Complete Bowdoin College Concert, 1960, a week early on Rdio. Listen to it below, and follow influencer Smithsonian Folkways for more significant recordings from America’s musical past.

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - April 10, 2012


With festival season about to begin, a lot of very summery albums are seeing the light of day this week: Florence + The Machine, dubstep DJ Bassnectar, Canuck indie troupe Eight and a Half to start. There's also folk songstress Bonnie Raitt, UK balladeers Scars on 45, surf-infused punk rockers FIDLAR, and Aussie dance outfit Gold Fields who have new albums ready for your waiting ears. Want even more new music? Listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and read the playlist notes below.

Playlist Notes

  • Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
    Garage quartet Alabama Shakes are finally releasing their debut album, which blows up the bluesy goodness of single “Hold On” to album size.

  • Kanye West - “Mercy”
    The biggest name in hip-hop releases a taste of his forthcoming collaborative mixtape in the form of “Mercy,” an unusually dark instrumental featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz.

  • Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - “Never Go Back”
    The slinky “Never Go Back” is the first single from The Lion the Beast the Beat, the fourth album by this Coachella-bound folk-rock quartet.

  • M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion
    The singer-songwriter, also known as the male half of She & Him, releases his seventh studio album today. It's his first in three years.

  • Curren$y - “What It Look Like (feat. Wale)
    Two prolific hip-hop champs unite over a stirring instrumental of sweeping strings and undulating harp.

∞  April 10, 2012 — 11:56AM


Only on Rdio: Play Aeges Debut, The Bridge, a Week Early


Los Angeles quartet Aeges make the kind of contemplative metal that brings double-meaning to the word “heavy.” The band formed in mid-2011, and combines thick riffs, thundering drums, and melody — elements that come to a head on their debut album, The Bridge.

Though it’s not out officially for another week, The Bridge is available to hear now, exclusively on Rdio. Listen to the album below and share it with your favorite metalhead thinker.

∞  April 10, 2012 — 10:33AM


Win a Signed O.A.R. Poster

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Fans of rock outfit O.A.R., get excited — Rdio has three posters signed by all five members to give away.

To win one, subscribe to O.A.R.’s playlist, King with Commentary between now and 1:30 PM PDT on April 13, 2012 — we'll randomly select three lucky winners. The playlist features the music of their latest album, King, plus track-by-track commentary notes from the band about the songwriting and recording.

Follow O.A.R. on Rdio and don’t forget to subscribe to King with Commentary, either — one of those posters could be yours! See the Official Rules for details.

∞  April 9, 2012 — 12:56PM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: April 2 - 6, 2012

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∞  April 6, 2012 — 5:18PM

Label SpotlightsMusic

Follow Polyvinyl Records on Rdio


Polyvinyl Records actually began as Polyvinyl Press, the fanzine project founded in 1994 by Matt Lunsford and Darcie Knight. Reporting on the local Champaign-Urbana scene in Illinois, the two quickly got to know bands in the area, and by 1995, they’d released a seven-inch with the July issue of their fanzine — Polyvinyl Records was born.

Over the next decade and a half, the label thrived because of Lunsford and Knight’s dedication to the local scene, and their fair treatment of the artists on the Polyvinyl roster. They first found major success when one of their original signees, Braid, released the seminal Frame and Canvas. They found consistent success after from the label’s stacked roster of boundary-pushing acts, among them of Montreal, Deerhoof, Architecture in Helsinki, Xiu Xiu, Japandroids, and Joan of Arc.

Follow Polyvinyl Records on Rdio for the latest from their ever-exciting catalog, including Casio Kids and Loney, Dear. For just a sampling of what to expect, listen to the Polyvinyl Jams playlist.

∞  April 6, 2012 — 10:40AM