June 2012

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This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: June 25 - 29, 2012

This Week on Rdio

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∞  June 29, 2012 — 3:00PM


Celebrate Canada Day on Rdio


This Sunday is Canada Day! That means parades, barbecues, and waving your Canadian flag like mad, all in the name of celebrating the day our colonies became the sovereign nation of Canada. You know darn well this land deserves it.

Canada Day also means another great thing about being Canadian: Goin’ to the Cottage! Back in May, we wrote a post all about (ahem, aboot) the great tradition, and made a playlist of the tunes that reminded us of it. In the name of Canadian independence, why not add another tune or two now?

∞  June 29, 2012 — 10:35AM

New Features

Introducing: A Brighter, Lighter Rdio


Hot on the heels of New Rdio, we're very pleased to introduce another improvement to the Rdio apps on the web and desktop. The Rdio you’re familiar with remains but we've updated the look and feel of every single page. We've done away with the many boxes, lines, and gradients — Rdio is lighter, brighter, easier on the eye. It’s faster, too.

What do you think? Let us know what you like.

∞  June 28, 2012 — 4:33PM


Win Tickets to the Identity Festival in Toronto

Ihome identity fest

Traveling electronic music tour Identity Festival is back — they're visiting cities up and down North American coasts this summer. This year's solid line-up features Datsik, Eric Prydz, Paul Van Dyk, Rye Rye, and tons more. Lucky for us, Identity Festival is an Influencer — follow them on Rdio to find things like their Official 2012 Identity Festival Playlist.

Want to be there when the beat drops in Toronto? We have 3 pairs of TO tickets to give away — just enter your details below. Already have your tickets? Tell your friends on Twitter and Facebook to enter. Read the Official Rules for details.

Tour dates

  • July 19 - Cincinnati, OH
  • July 20 - Detroit, MI
  • July 21 - Toronto, ON*
  • July 26 - Mansfield, MA
  • July 27 - Bristow, VA
  • July 28 - Wantagh, NY*
  • July 29 - Philadelphia, PA
  • August 2 - Atlanta, GA
  • August 3 - Tampa, FL
  • August 4 - Miami, FL
  • August 10 - Dallas, TX
  • August 11 - Houston, TX
  • August 17 - Mountain View, CA*
  • August 18 - San Diego, CA*
  • August 19 - Phoenix, AZ

  • Win one of three pairs of tickets!

∞  June 27, 2012 — 10:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - June 26, 2012

Linkin ParkMaroon5Flaming Lips

There’s a whole lot of loud on the New Music Tuesday playlist this week. Metalcore heroes The Devil Wears Prada and pop-punk stalwarts The Offspring are both making a ruckus, as is rapper Philthy Rich. Fuzzy noise-pop outfits A Place to Bury Strangers and DIIV are bringing their own wall-of-sound.

Of course, there’s a little peace and quiet, too: reunited Country posse Beachwood Sparks have a new full-length, and there’s plenty more to hear in our New Releases and in our playlist notes below.

Playlist Notes

  • Yeasayer - “Longevity”
    As if first single “Henrietta” wasn’t tantalizing enough, the Brooklyn indie dance-pop troupe are now teasing new album Fragrant World with “Longevity.” The track is a funked-up slow jam propelled by shuffling drums and Chris Keating’s yearning wails, the perfect tune for those hot summer nights.

  • Maroon 5 - Overexposed
    The L.A. pop quintet’s fourth LP was led by the earworm “Payphone,” and espouses everything this band are about: big hooks, danceability, and just the right amount of sentimentality.

  • The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwendz
    The Lips’ latest is a compilation of collaborative songs with the likes of Ke$ha, Erykah Badu, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Bon Iver, Yoko Ono, and more. Somehow, it all works — hear how on Heady Fwendz.

  • Trace Adkins - “Them Lips (On Mine)”
    It’s been less than a year since the country star’s last album, but he’s already back at work with new single “Them Lips (On Mine),” a tuneful come-on full of swagger and countrified romanticism.

  • Linkin Park - LIVING THINGS
    The hard rock rockers have matured with every album. LIVING THINGS does the same, but finds the band channeling all the energy of their first few albums.

∞  June 26, 2012 — 11:35AM


Only on Rdio: Gold Motel’s Self-Titled Sophomore Album

GM Matt Wignall lineup photo

Chicago indie-pop troupe Gold Motel’s lighthearted pop tunes have brought them quick attention — their 2010 debut Summer House earned the band glowing reviews from outlets like SPIN and Nylon, and tour slots opening for like-minded melody-makers fun., Kate Nash, and OK Go.

The band’s next full-length is the self-titled Gold Motel — it finds the band in a more introspective mood. The album explores lyrical themes youth, memories, and nostalgia without losing their trademark bounce. It’s out next week, but you can Gold Motel right now, only on Rdio. Dig that west coast sound.

Join their musical journey — follow Gold Motel on Rdio to see what they're listening to and enjoying nowadays.

∞  June 26, 2012 — 9:00AM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: June 18 - 22, 2012

This Week on Rdio

Here's what happened this week on Rdio. Don't miss a thing — like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio. Or drop by every Friday for our weekly blog round-up.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

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∞  June 22, 2012 — 1:30PM


Listen to The Darcys’ Celebrity-Submitted “Post-Soul” Playlist


Since 2007, Toronto foursome The Darcys have balanced guitar-driven pop tunes with influences like electronic, shoegaze, and soul to arrive at their romantic-yet-unpretentious sound.

The Darcys are now on Rdio, too, which means you can follow the band to see what music makes them tick. Recently, it’s been music that follows in the soul tradition — big, swooning melodies, passionate horns, swinging rhythms — so they asked a bunch of their musician friends to contribute their favorite “post-soul” songs to an ongoing playlist. Listen to the results, POST SOUL: A Playlist From The Darcys & Friends, below.

  • Graham Wright of Tokyo Police Club
    Bloc Party - “Like Eating Glass”

  • Jake Boyd of Hollerado
    Amy Winehouse - “Our Day Will Come”

  • Liam O'Neil of Eight And A Half/The Stills
    TV On The Radio - “Golden Day”

  • Michael Small of Meligrove Band
    PJ Harvey - “To Bring You My Love”

  • Jack Steadman of Bombay Bicycle Club
    Danny Breaks - “Dropping Science”

  • Max Kerman of Arkells
    Replacements - “Little Mascara”

  • Jimmy Shaw of Metric
    David Lynch - “She Rise Up”

  • Darcy Hancock of Ladyhawk
    Depeche Mode - “Condemnation”

  • Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene
    The Sea And Cake - “So Long To The Captain”

  • Carlin Nicholson of Zeus
    Sam Cooke - “You Send Me”

∞  June 21, 2012 — 10:09AM


Celebrate Gay Pride Month with Rdio

June is Gay Pride month — a chance for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual community to celebrate their thriving culture, and for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, to join in.

We’d like your help to celebrate! Add your favorite anthem to our second annual collaborative The New Sound of Gay Pride playlist. Some of our proudest Influencers to shared their own playlists — hear what their celebration soundtracks sound like.

Get in on the action and make your own mix to express your version of pride — no exceptions.

∞  June 21, 2012 — 9:00AM


Festival Watch: Sled Island


Calgary, Alberta’s Sled Island music festival leapt out of the gates in 2007, quickly becoming one of Canada’s best summer festivals. In past years the four-day fest has nabbed such international talent as Spoon, Cat Power, Mogwai, Dan Deacon, Grizzly Bear, The Breeders, The Buzzcocks, and local talent such as Chad VanGaalen, Braids, Final Fantasy, and Fucked Up.

The 2012 edition, held from June 20-23, features a similarly excellent line-up: Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Timber Timbre, and Archers of Loaf, among others. For a preview of what’s to come, listen to the Sled Island 2012 playlist below, and follow Sled Island to find out what’s next from this consistently surprising event.

∞  June 20, 2012 — 9:00AM