September 2012

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Hear Hannah Georgas’ Electronic-Tinged Sophomore Album on Rdio a Week Early


She cut her teeth playing her acoustic guitar, but Vancouver-based troubadour Hannah Georgas embraces electronic on her second album. Aptly self-titled, Hannah Georgas finds the musician channeling more of her influences, especially artists like New Order and Human League.

The electric and electronic Hannah Georgas is on Rdio now, a week before its release date next week, and you can hear the whole thing below.

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New Music Tuesday - September 25, 2012


Hip-hoppers Lupe Fiasco and Murs and Fashawn lead the charge this New Music Tuesday, along with new albums by Canuck electro outfit Dragonette, jazz innovators Medeski, Martin & Wood, and folk-pop composers Efterklang.

For even more new music, listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist while you read the Playlist Notes below, and browse all the new titles in the Rdio New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Green Day - ¡Uno!
    The first in Green Day’s new album trilogy is out this week, and eschews the epic nature of their last few albums in favor of punchier, poppier fare. Pace yourself — there are two more to come!

  • Mumford & Sons - Babel
    The folksy Brits took their time to follow up their breakthrough debut, to ensure it was perfect. Listen to the album now, and decide for yourself.

  • No Doubt - Push And Shove
    After a decade of solo projects, tours, pregnancies, and rest, the SoCal ska-pop outfit return this week with their sixth album. New single “Settle Down” suggests a world-inspired, dance flavor, but you’ll have to hit play to hear the rest.

  • Tegan And Sara - “Closer”
    The Canadian duo hint at a seventh album with “Closer”, a yearning, synth-driven banger that expands on their guitar-based, folk-pop palette.


Hear The Raveonettes’ Rdio-Only Commentary on New Album Observator


Danish noise-pop duo The Raveonettes released their sixth album, Observator last week. Recorded in just three weeks, the album was inspired by Sune Rose Wagner’s travels along Los Angeles’ Venice Beach, and the people he met there.

It sounded like an interesting way to gain inspiration for an album, so we got to thinking: Why not hear about the album’s writing and recording process from Wagner himself? Below, listen to Wagner discussing just that on the Rdio-only Commentary Version of Observator.


Listen to The Lost Brothers’ Ornate Folk Sound a Week Early on Rdio


Golden-throated Irish folk duo The Lost Brothers make the kind of uplifting, string-decorated folk music that as affecting as it is pleasing to the ears. The band’s subtle ‘50s sound is a mix of beauty and melancholy, with songs that evoke a bygone era whose timeless sound lives on.

Their third album, The Passing of the Night is being previewed on Rdio now, before it’s officially released. Listen below:


Exclusive: Hear The Week’s New EP, Gutter Gaunt Gangster, Now on Rdio


Jackson, Mississippi rockers The Weeks imbue their songs with passion and energy, channeling the frustrations of youth into cathartic recordings and live shows. The band are currently working on a new full-length, and they’re previewing it with the eight-song Gutter Gaunt Gangster EP.

The EP is the fruit of years of hard work and growing together as a band. It’s not out until next week, but you can hear Gutter Gaunt Gangster early on Rdio below.


Preview Cellist Ben Sollee’s New Album a Week Early on Rdio


Ben Sollee puts everything he has into his music, especially when it comes to instruments: horns, banjo, guitars, and sounds of all other sorts surround his famous cello playing. He also puts his heart and personality into his music, especially on new album, Half Made Man, on which Sollee shares himself through personal lyrics that relate to his role as father, husband, and musician.

Half Made Man is on Rdio now, a week before its official release. Just another way Sollee likes to share.


Rdio Exclusive: Hear Green Day’s New Album, ¡Uno!, a Week Early

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Any Green Day fan knows that the NorCal punk band has a penchant for the epic: grand instrumental arrangements, concept albums, and rock operas. Their new album follows suit. ¡Uno!¡Dos!¡Tré! will be an album trilogy, starting next week with ¡Uno!.

¡Dos! and ¡Tré! will follow later this year and early 2013, respectively, meaning that you’ll have to wait to finish the trilogy. But that’s the only waiting Rdio users will be doing — ¡Uno! is exclusively on Rdio today, a week before its official release. Find the entire album below:

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New Music Tuesday - September 18, 2012


Some of the biggest names in the music biz have new releases this week: Reggae-pop superstar Sean Paul and epic rock songsmiths The Killers have new albums out today. Kanye West has finally released his posse album Cruel Summer and Michael Jackson's Bad celebrates 25 years, and hasn’t aged a bit. In more indie fare, the elegant new Grizzly Bear album is finally ready for your ears, and so is the loud, guitar-centric Dinosaur Jr..

There’s more, too: consult our playlist notes below, listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist below, and peruse all the new titles every week in the Rdio New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Ben Folds Five - The Sounds Of The Life Of The Mind
    The reconvened Ben Folds Five release their first album since 1999. Listen to hear how the group dynamics have changed in the past decade.

  • Band Of Horses - Mirage Rock
    The Americana folk-pop troupe release their second major-label album, on which the band are more “loose” and “raw,” according to singer Ben Bridwell.

  • Kreayshawn - Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay
    The diss-slingin’, bling-heavy rapper releases her debut album after three mixtapes and the online hit “Gucci Gucci.”

  • Carly Rae Jepsen - Kiss
    This is crazy but here's the viral pop sensation's full album — so listen, maybe?

  • Down - Down IV Part I — The Purple EP
    The heavy metal supergroup’s fourth album is being released in a series of EPs, and was four years in the making. Hear how the band have progressed since their 2007 effort, Over the Under.


Rdio Exclusive: P!nk Gives Track-by-Track Commentary on her New Album


Outré pop star P!nk has always played by her own rules. Her brash style and refusal to hold back lyrically has made her a pop star with personality. Her chameleonic nature has made each of her albums different than the last, and new one The Truth About Love is no different, finding the artist toying with electronic dance music more than ever as she teams up with producer, Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Foster The People, The Shins).

On a new, Rdio-only exclusive Commentary Version of the album, P!nk opens up about how the album was record, written, and inspired. Listen to the Commentary Version below as you listen to The Truth About Love.


Festival Watch: Discover something new at POP Montreal


This week, Montreal will come to life once again as POP Montreal hits the city’s clubs, bars, and stadiums. The annual festival runs from September 19-23 this year, and espouses the joy of discovering music. Pass-holders are urged to check out performers both new and old, such as this year’s artists: Gotye, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear, Lil B, Deerhoof, Grimes, Purity Ring, and Gang Gang Dance.

Whether you’re getting your POP in Montreal or at home, it’s worth discovering some of the up and coming bands that will be performing at this year’s fest. Listen to a POP Montreal playlist below and uncover a gem: