May 2012

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Hear Blood Red Shoes’ New Single Exclusively on Rdio

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Brighton, UK rock duo Blood Red Shoes are all about simplicity. Their pared-down, guitar and drums sound resonates with rock and roll’s essence, and they’ve been channeling that for three albums now. Their latest is the forthcoming In Time to Voices — the first single from that album is “Cold”, a song featuring singer Laura-Mary Carter's desperate wails and the pounding drums of Steven Ansell.

The single is out now, exclusively on Rdio, a week before its release. Try “Cold” to sample Blood Red Shoes’ upcoming album.

∞  May 8, 2012 — 1:00PM

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New Music Tuesday - May 8, 2012


Looking for some new tunes to add to your collection? Got some holes in your latest playlist? Relax — it’s Tuesday once more, which means we’ve got a whole smorgasbord of new music for you. Blur vocalist and renaissance man Damon Albarn has a new solo full-length, as does Bon Iver bandmate and collaborator S. Carey. For something a little more upbeat, go with Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Here We Go Magic’s new album, or listen to the new OFF! for your hardcore fix.

Still jonesin’? As always, there’s even more music on our weekly New Music Tuesday playlist, in Rdio's New Releases and more suggestions among our playlist notes.

Playlist Notes

  • Keane - Strangeland
    English piano-rockers Keane release their fourth album today, which marks a return to the simpler, minimal sounds of their first album.

  • Silversun Pickups - Neck of the Woods
    The LA shoe-gaze quartet are following up their 2009 breakthrough, Swoon, with an album produced by Jacknife Lee, the man behind albums by Bloc Party and Snow Patrol.

  • Porter Robinson - “Language”
    DJ/producer Porter Robinson’s new single is a sunny, euphoric mix of synths and drums.

  • Passion Pit - “Take A Walk”
    The electro-pop outfit finally recorded a sophomore album to their hit 2009 debut, Manners. The album is scheduled for July, but until then, we have this first groovy taste to tide us over.

  • Fiona Apple - “Every Single Night”
    The 90s queen of confessional, passionate songwriting has a new single out this week in the form of the elegantly-traipsing, conversational “Every Single Night.” A new album’s on the way, but we’ll have to patiently wait until June.

∞  May 8, 2012 — 10:48AM


Only on Rdio: Hear Cary Brothers’ Covers EP a Week Early


The Nashville singer-songwriter Cary Brothers found fame with the track “Blue Eyes” in 2004, but he’s no one-hit wonder. Since then, he’s released two solo albums and toured extensively in the United States, all on the strength of his songwriting skills, passionate voice, and social media savvy.

Next week, Brothers will release Covers Volume One, an EP featuring his take on INXS, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, David Bowie, Matt & Kim, and Duran Duran tunes — you can hear it on Rdio now, a week early. Listen to Covers Volume One.

∞  May 8, 2012 — 9:00AM

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Rdio Recommends: April 2012

When you love music like we do, a new month doesn’t just mean more music — it means looking back to see what tunes might’ve slipped our attention. With that in mind, we’re pleased to present this month’s stellar Rdio Recommends: April 2012 playlist.

Listen to our mix and let us know: What did we miss? What did YOU miss this month? Review the playlist or leave a comment to ensure the music of April 2012 gets its due.

About Rdio Recommends: The first Monday of every month, we’ll review and create a playlist that reflects what we’re enjoying and think you might also like. It is composed entirely of new music from the previous month.

∞  May 7, 2012 — 10:23AM

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New Music Tuesday - May 1, 2012

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By this time, April showers should have brought May flowers to where you are, but if not, don’t fret — plenty of new music should brighten the new month for you. This week, SoCal punkers Pennywise, horror-rock maestro Marilyn Manson, cerebral indie-pop outfit Lower Dens, and San Francisco metal troupe Wild Hunt all have new full-lengths for your Rdio collections. Former Menomena member Brent Knopf also returns this week, with a debut album from his band Ramona Falls.

As always, there’s even more music for your waiting ears this week — read our playlist notes below, explore New Releases and listen to our New Music Tuesday for a preview.

Playlist Notes

  • Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts
    The former soft-rock and jazz chanteuse developed an edge on her fifth studio album thanks to a new sound, produced by Danger Mouse.

  • B.o.B. - Strange Clouds
    The hip-hop singer-songwriter returns with his second full-length this week, including guest spots from Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and T.I.

  • Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
    Eccentric pop singer-songwriter Santi White impressed fans with the way she blended a seemingly infinite number of influences on her first album — hip-hop, pop, R’n’B, punk, and electronic. Four years later, hear what else she has in store for fans on her much anticipated follow-up album.

  • Carrie Underwood - Blown Away
    Underwood’s success as a solo country singer-songwriter has nearly erased the fact that she was once a hopeful on American Idol. Today, she releases her fourth album of twangy pop tunes, rendered in her mellifluous croon.

∞  May 1, 2012 — 12:02PM


Only on Rdio: Play DZ Deathrays’ Debut Album Now

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Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley started DZ Deathrays in 2008 only to play at house parties, but their raucous live show earned them both a solid reputation and a fast-growing audience. By 2010, they’d released a debut EP, and since then, they’ve released limited-edition cassettes and seven-inches. On May 8, the duo will release Bloodstreams, their first full-length of their riff-heavy, propulsive tunes.

Fans looking to hear the album early are in luck — Bloodstreams is streaming right now in its entirety, only on Rdio. Listen to DZ Deathrays’ debut full-length below.

∞  May 1, 2012 — 9:00AM