October 2012

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Festival Watch: Halifax Pop Explosion


The Halifax Pop Explosion is a five-day musical extravaganza, presenting over 100 bands across 20 venues to over 20,000 fans every year. But it wasn’t always like that. Back in 1993, when it was founded, it was to showcase Halifax’s burgeoning music scene, and it focused solely on rock and pop music. Over the years, the festival grew and grew, incorporating more and more artists and fans into the fold.

Get a taste of the festival’s international, multi-genre sound via the HPX 2012!!! LINEUP BOMB! playlist below, featuring headliners of Montreal, Black Lips, Deer Tick, Atlas Sound, King Tuff, The Pack a.d., and HPX originals The Super Friendz. Or, even better, get to the East Coast to experience the fun first-hand! This year’s festival runs from October 16-20.


Hear Papa Roach’s Current Favorite Tunes on their New Rdio Playlist


Melodic hard rock outfit Papa Roach have maintained their edge by continually shifting their sound. The band have covered diverse territory, incorporating elements of rock, metal, hip-hip, and yes, pop into their sound across the years, and their new album, The Connection, finds the band revisiting them all.

What are Papa Roach listening to now? It’d be hard to pinpoint had they not compiled their Current Favorites into a handy playlist for fans. Listen to what the band is blasting now:

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New Music Tuesday - October 9, 2012


This week’s New Music Tuesday is a little loud: hardcore heroes Converge, new Sub Pop-signees Metz, and epic prog-punk maestros Coheed and Cambria all have new albums out this week, as do Canuck indie rock troupe Ladyhawk and Odd Future hip-hop associates Mellowhype.

There’s more, too: Listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist below, and read our Playlist Notes on more of the week’s big releases. Then, round out your listening experience with more from the Rdio New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Deadmau5 - >album title goes here<
    Yes, that’s the album title, but the dance music maestro might as well have titled it >guests go here< — it features Cypress Hill, My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, and Imogen Heap, among others.

  • Tame Impala - Lonerism
    The psychedelic indie rockers follow up their breakout debut with an album on which the band took their time to “indulge,” and record from home. Expectations are high — how will Lonerism compare to Innerspeaker?

  • Citizens! - Here We Are
    This London-based dance-rock outfit have the thumbs-up of Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, who produced their groovy debut, so give ‘em your ears.

  • Rihanna - “Diamonds”
    Rihanna’s new one is a piano-based stomper that builds to a grand climax, and finds the singer bellowing powerfully in a lower register than her usual soprano. We sense a new album...

∞  October 9, 2012 — 10:00AM


Hear Martha Wainwright’s New Album a Week Early on Rdio

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It’s in Martha Wainwright’s blood to perform music — her parents were Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, and her brother, Rufus, is a successful musician, as well. But what counts is her music, and Wainwright’s incisive, observational lyrics and knack for melody and musical arrangements has made her a name regardless of her lineage.

Her first album in four years is Come Home To Mama, which fuses the passion of her debut album with the sophistication of her second. It’s out next week, but you can listen to the album a week early on Rdio, below.


Dent May "Gives Us The Night" on his New Rdio Playlist

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Anyone who's listened to singer-songwriter Dent May's new album, Do Things, knows he's no stranger to love songs, but his usually come served as a ukulele ditty; not over woozy strings and delicate piano. That doesn't mean he isn't a fan! His new playlist, Give Me The Night, finds the songwriter demonstrating his taste for the sensuous, via artists like George Benson, Brandy, and Dru Hill, amongst others.

Dim the lights and listen below:

∞  October 5, 2012 — 11:00AM


Little Big Town Share their Pre-Show “Dressing Room Playlist”


Since 1998, Little Big Town have been making the kind of down-home country twang that gets feet tapping and hearts warming. The foursome are currently touring their fifth and latest album, Tornado, and they need inspiration on the road — that’s why they play their Rdio Dressing Room Playlist.

The playlist includes some unexpected picks — blues-rock buzzmakers Alabama Shakes, troubadour John Mayer, and swaggering pop outfit Maroon 5, to name a few. Find out why the band picked each song and artist in the notes below. Go ahead and play the mix; just don’t be surprised if you feel like belting out a few country tunes afterwards.

  • Alabama Shakes – "Hold On"
    So much soul on this record... can’t wait to see them live.

  • Jack White - "Love Interruption"
    The sound is bare and bold. Love the lyrics and the vocals.

  • Pistol Annies – "Takin' Pills"
    These girls are the good kind of crazy. We love hanging with them.

  • fun. – "Some Nights"
    I guess with a band name like this you can’t make downer music. This track will make you feel good.

  • Eric Church – "Creepin’"
    We’re huge fans of the whole Chief record, but this is one of our favorites.

  • John Mayer – "Born and Raised"
    Maybe the best thing he’s ever written. These lyrics are stunning.

  • Maroon 5 - "One More Night"
    The perfect end of summer jam.

  • Eli Young Band – "Say Goodnight"
    We love hearing these guys play every night. It’s been a pleasure to tour with them.

  • Josh Thompson – "Comin' Around"
    Josh is a friend, and this is just good country music.

  • The Lumineers - "Stubborn Love"
    The blend of folk, gospel, and country music in this is perfection.

  • Jerrod Neimann – "Shinin' on Me"
    This will make you want a margarita in your hand. Love the horns.

  • James Morrison - "One Life"
    The sentiment we all want to live by.

  • Shovels and Rope – "Birmingham"
    A friend introduced us to this band and now we can’t stop listening.

  • Florence and the Machine – "Shake It Out"
    Epic and spiritual.

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New Music Tuesday - October 2, 2012


Swedish pop chanteuse Taken By Trees, art-pop pianist Tori Amos, garage rockers The Vaccines and hip-hop vet Prince Paul hold enough sway to fulfill any New Music Tuesday, but as per usual, there’s still a lot more musical goodness to get you through the week.

The New Music Tuesday playlist is below; listen while you read the Playlist Notes, and don’t forget to browse all of the new titles in the Rdio New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Matt & Kim - Lightning
    The happy-go-lucky dance duo are back with their latest feel-good album, recorded in their Brooklyn apartment. Try to keep your foot still for this one.

  • Cher Lloyd - Sticks + Stones
    The UK singer already has four charting singles under her belt, but she’s making a statement with her debut album, which she calls a “jukebox” for it’s genre-hopping tracklist.

  • The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
    Folksy yarn-spinner John Darnielle has been called one of the best lyricists of our time. His new album features multi-part vocal harmonies and exquisite string arrangements, and is about outcasts; How could it not be beautiful?

  • Soundgarden - “Been Away Too Long”
    For ‘90s grunge lovers, doesn’t the title say it all?

∞  October 2, 2012 — 10:00AM

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Announcing the Rdio Artist Program

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We’re committed to supporting the artist community and the music industry as a whole. That’s why today we’re launching the Rdio Artist Program — the first program of its kind, offering an innovative new model for artists to directly earn money from streaming music.

Scissor Sisters, Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg), Chromeo, A-Trak and Brendan Benson — already fans of Rdio — are among the first artists to join the program. Now through the Rdio Artist Program, any artist can share their music and the music they love with their followers and be rewarded for fan engagement.

The Rdio Artist Program is active in all countries where Rdio is available, and any artist with an existing artist page is eligible to join. To learn more, visit the Artist Program page.

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Rdio Recommends: September 2012

School’s back in session, so you’re going to need some cool new tunes for that party playlist (between study groups, of course!). We suggest the Rdio Recommends: September 2012.

The playlist is chock full of all the music you might have missed in September: chill-out tracks, party bangers, love songs. It’s like your own personal make-up test, except, you know — music.

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.