June 2012

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New Music Tuesday - June 12, 2012


It’s a rockin’ week for new releases. Punk-rock troupe Motion City Soundtrack, folk-rock troubadour Tallest Man on Earth, prog-rockers Rush, and blues-rock outfit Grace Potter & The Nocturnals all have new albums out this week. All rocked out? Try jazz composer Pat Metheny’s new album, which features a new ensemble, including saxophone, for the first time in 30 years.

For more new music than you can listen to in a week, consult our playlist notes below, listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and browse all the New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Ed Sheeran - +
    Ed Sheeran made his name playing acoustic guitar-driven songs punctuated by his angelic croon — and by playing more than 300 shows in 2011. His debut album is new this week.

  • Dent May - Do Things
    The Mississippi singer-songwriter’s days as Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele are over. May’s new album, Do Things, is his first under his birth name, and features a glitzy pop sound.

  • Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family
    The eclectic, in-your-face ATL-NY rapper’s second album follows a slew of mixtapes that cemented Waka Flocka Flame as an artist to watch.

  • Metric - Synthetica
    The Toronto-based synth-rock outfit took three years to follow up their Polaris Music Prize-nominated Fantasies, but it’s finally here. Synthetica is the sound of a band at their most confident — big melodies, clever lyrics, and lush, synth riffs.

  • Usher - Looking 4 Myself
    The R&B icon returns with an album that has feet in the past and future. Usher’s voice remains as silky smooth as on his debut, but his instrumentals reflect a new brand of R&B that fuses classic soul with elements of dubstep and house.

  • Hot Chip - In Our Heads
    The UK duo’s sleek, sexy new album is ready to take summer dance-floors, not to mention bedrooms, by storm. Turn the music up and the lights down.

∞  June 12, 2012 — 10:00AM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: June 4 - 8, 2012

This Week on Rdio

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∞  June 8, 2012 — 4:46PM


North by Northeast Takes over Toronto


Got your NXNE schedule straightened out yet? The 2012 new music showcase North by Northeast is upon Toronto once more, which means a lot of tough decisions between June 13 and 17 — which bands to see, where, and when? Purity Ring or The Men? Young Magic or Violens? Should you go to Brave Dundas Square for the Flaming Lips, of Montreal, and Raekwon and Ghostface, or hang out in the smaller clubs?

NXNE is on Rdio, and they’ve made it easy for fans to discover new music — listen to their playlists Go Chill, Get Rowdy, Let’s Dance for a sample of what's to come.

Of course, how you spend your NXNE is up to you! We here at Rdio will be throwing a party Friday night, where we’ll be hanging out with The Drums, Whaletooth (who we hear has a new album out soon), and DJ Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene. Then we’ll be stuck to puzzle over what to see next...

∞  June 7, 2012 — 2:25PM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

Hanging Out with The Drums


Have you heard of The Drums? The Brooklyn indie guitar-pop group hit it big in 2010 with their ear-worm “Let’s Go Surfing,” which showcased their light-hearted side — their first LP garnered the kind of critical acclaim most bands can only hope for.

Their second album, Portamento, is out now, and it's convincing listeners that the band is here to stay: they're developing a signature sound that sees them seamlessly blending their New Wave and reverb-drenched influences. The Drums' lead singer, Jonathan Pierce, took a moment to curate a playlist of some of his favorite songs and answer our five questions.

Five Questions with The Drums

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Jonathan Pierce: Clara Rockmore. Jacob and I have a real soft spot for her. She mastered the Theremin and would often perform with a full orchestra with her in the center playing the instrument perfectly. She has some albums out that I would recommend trying to find.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    JP: I feel like we all have access to every record really, with the internet and all. But we can pretend there is no internet for a minute. I'd like to listen to a bootleg compilation of all the Big In Japan stuff.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    JP: Joy Electric - Melody. This album is brilliant. Most people hate the sounds, but if you can get past the sounds and listen to the songs, you will find something great.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    JP: Blissful and comforted.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    JP: Ourselves.

∞  June 6, 2012 — 11:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - June 5, 2012


A few noteworthy veterans appear in this week’s new releases: Country icon Alan Jackson has a new album, Paul Simon’s influential Graceland gets a deluxe reissue, and the Beach Boys make their emphatic return with their first new material for over 15 years. Rappers Big K.R.I.T. and Curren$y both release anticipated albums, and indie-punk shouters The Hives return with their first full-length since 2007.

For even more new music, consult our playlist notes below, listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and browse the New Releases every week.

Playlist Notes

  • Emeli Sandé - Our Version of Events
    Without having released an album, Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé already supported Coldplay on their Mylo Xyloto tour, was featured on a top ten single, and has written songs for a number of performers, including Susan Boyle. Now that her debut has hit, who knows what’s next?

  • Japandroids - Celebration Rock
    The Vancouver punk-rock duo upped their sophistication without losing any of their edge on their new sophomore album. This is one not to miss.

  • Temper Trap - Temper Trap
    Aussie indie rockers Temper Trap return with their first album since their 2009 debut. If the bombast of first single “Need Your Love” is anything to go by, their self-titled album was worth the wait.

  • Rhett Miller - The Dreamer
    Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller releases his fifth album today. The self-produced The Dreamer features guest spots from Rosanne Cash, Rachael Yamagata, and Peter Gabriel percussionist Jerry Marotta.

  • Wilco - “Me Avivé”
    The folk-rock indie troupe recorded a live, Spanish version of the song “Dawned on Me,” from last year’s The Whole Love.

∞  June 5, 2012 — 1:00PM


Only on Rdio: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ The Lion The Beast The Beat


For Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ fourth album, The Lion The Beast The Beat, the group collaborated with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Not that they needed any help; the band has been recording for eight years now, earning accolades for their raw, bluesy sound and Potter’s sultry yowl.

Having stirred up word of mouth with their Coachella performance, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are now ready to drop the most anticipated full-length of their career. Lucky for you, then, Rdio user: The Lion The Beast The Beat is now available, only on Rdio. Listen below, and don’t forget to share the bluesy goodness with your friends.

∞  June 5, 2012 — 10:30AM


An Rdio Exclusive: Motion City Soundtrack’s Fifth Album, Go

MCS by Anthony Saint James

For the past decade, one of pop-punk’s most popular and well-respected bands has been Minneapolis quintet Motion City Soundtrack. For their fifth full-length, Go, the band returned to long-time home Epitaph Records. Their first single is the energy-infused “True Romance.”

Is the rest of the album as characteristically catchy? Listen to Go on Rdio, a week before its official release, to find out.

∞  June 5, 2012 — 9:40AM

MusicRdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: May 2012

Now that summer is upon us, it means you need music than ever — for patio parties, BBQs, beach excursions, and festival road trips. Look no further than our Rdio Recommends: May 2012 playlist.

Its got all the tunes that made us here at Rdio groove, including the ones you might have missed when they originally came out. If we’ve don’t have your favorite from May, let us know by reviewing the playlist on Rdio.

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.

∞  June 4, 2012 — 9:00AM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: May 28 - June 1, 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.

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∞  June 1, 2012 — 5:53PM