May 2013

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New FeaturesNews

Music Discovery: Now Easier Than Ever

Rdio Friends

At Rdio, we’re all about helping you find new music. From Heavy Rotation to label pages, music discovery is always at the forefront of our design. We’re introducing new features to personalize your music exploration and give you more control over the music you’re listening to, as you’re listening to it. Today, we’ll walk you through the first of these updates that you may have already noticed in our web and desktop apps.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

  • Welcome to Rdio — New listeners will immediately be greeted by fellow Rdio friends (based on connected Twitter and Facebook accounts), awesome influencers, and the tunes they love when they first sign up. After all, music should be social.

  • Find People — Just like in the updated iOS and Android apps, current listeners can view a curated list of recommended friends alongside hand-picked artists and influencers to follow.

  • AutoPlay — Never again wonder, “What should I listen to next?” AutoPlay is a personalized station that plays more music similar to the last song you listened to.

  • Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down — We’re debuting one of our most-requested features. When playing an artist station, song station, or AutoPlay, just roll over the tracklist to vote on current and upcoming songs. Each time you click, Rdio learns more about your tastes, curating more of the music you love.

  • Start Station — Can’t get enough of what’s currently playing? Now you can start a new station based on the song you’re listening to by hitting the Start Station button on the album art.

  • New Player — We’ve integrated the album artwork from the currently playing song for a beautiful and visually-evolving listening experience. Access the full view by clicking the player button on the bottom right. Here you’ll be able to see what’s now playing and the tracklist of upcoming music.

    We’re excited for our listeners to take these features for a spin.

∞  May 31, 2013 — 11:00AM

EventsMusic

Discover The Sounds of MUTEK Montreal

One of the world’s leading electronic music festivals, MUTEK Montreal, has already kicked off in Montreal on May 29 and will play on until June 2. The official MUTEK 2013 playlist provides a colorful musical window into this dynamic annual undertaking for everyone in case you’re not able to attend in person. MUTEK features both established and new artists and that’s represented in this set, which showcases vets like John Tejada, Steve Reich, and Jamie Lidell with up-and-comers such as Brandt Brauer Frick, Lukid, and Hobo Cubes.

∞  May 30, 2013 — 10:00AM

Exclusives

On An On Turns It Up for Rdio Sessions

On An On

Midwest band On An On features three former members of Scattered Trees who have embarked on a new journey of genre-breaking experimentation. The band performed “The Hunter,” “War Is Gone,” and “Ghosts” from the acclaimed debut album Give In for this exclusive Rdio Session. Recorded live in Austin during this year’s SXSW fest, hit play to hear On An On turn it up for their fans.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  May 29, 2013 — 1:00PM

Exclusives

City and Colour Plays Old Favourites and New Song at Rdio Sessions

City And Colour

Singer, songwriter, and hardcore multi-instrumentalist Dallas Green, better known as City and Colour, swung by Rdio Sessions during SXSW for an intense and intimate performance. As a special treat for die-hard fans on Rdio, City and Colour performed the song "Of Space And Time" from his forthcoming album The Hurry and the Harm, which is set to release on June 4. Luckily, we captured the Rdio Session so you, too, can enjoy his amazing show and a preview of the new album all in one listen.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage3.

∞  May 29, 2013 — 10:00AM

Exclusives

Preview CocoRosie’s Tales Exclusively on Rdio

CocoRosie

Bianca “Coco” and Sierra “Rosie” Casady fly the freak folk flag as CocoRosie, a dynamic duo who now have five albums under their belts with the release of the latest full-length. The Casady sisters are pleased to share Tales of a Grass Widow with Rdio users via this exclusive preview. This new album was produced by Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson and features a guest appearance by Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons.

Take Tales of a Grass Widow for a spin now.

∞  May 28, 2013 — 1:00PM

Exclusives

Mount Moriah Climbs The Rdio Sessions Stage

Hailing from North Carolina, Mount Moriah is the classic American folk and rock side project of Jenks Miller (from heavy psych/metal act Horseback), Heather McEntire (from post punk group Bellafea), and Casey Toll (who joined the duo in 2010). The trio’s new Rdio Session showcases the songs “Bright Light,” “Eureka Springs,” “I Built a Town,” and “Miracle Temple Holiness,” all taken from the latest album Miracle Temple.

This Rdio Session with Mount Moriah is the first filmed in partnership with Yours Truly during SXSW — watch the video of their performance above and hit play below to listen to the exclusive set.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  May 28, 2013 — 11:00AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 28, 2013

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Up for your listening consideration this week are new albums by roots rock hero John Fogerty, Canada’s electro-industrial titans Skinny Puppy, bilingual Mexican star Frankie J, and young British folk icon Laura Marling. Our lovingly crafted New Music Weekly playlist will get you right up to speed with highlights from these and other top offerings that have just dropped; check the playlist notes for some supporting info. And if you want even more, head over to the Rdio New Releases.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Crystal Fighters - Cave Rave
    The sophomore album from the English/Spanish band boldly mixes Basque folk with dubstep and other EDM sounds.

  • The-Dream - IV Play
    The R&B producer known for making hits for Rihanna and Beyonce returns with a saucy fifth solo album featuring contributions by Bey and Jay-Z.

  • Mount Kimbie - Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
    The UK electronic duo comes into its own sound on this sophomore album.

  • The National - Trouble Will Find Me
    It’s an all-star party on this sixth full-length, with guest stars like Sharon Van Etten, Sufjan Stevens, and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire.

  • Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
    The third album from the New York indie rockers reveals a conscious push into new sonic experimentation.

∞  May 28, 2013 — 10:00AM

Music

Rob Zombie Will Loosen Up Your Mind

Rob Zombie

Musical and cinematic madman Rob Zombie has crafted a playlist just for Rdio listeners. The 94-minute playlist is called Songs To Loosen Up Your Mind to get those knots out of your brain immediately. It’s got memorable tunes from the likes of David Bowie, Tiny Tim, Captain Beefheart, Nico, and Syd Barrett, and of course he shares his own personal original Zombie favourites.

Hit play and loosen up to the mix below — and then put on Zombie's latest effort, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.

∞  May 23, 2013 — 10:00AM

New FeaturesNews

New Features Come to iOS and Android Apps

iOS and Android

We’re thrilled to introduce updates to both iOS and Android apps, bringing a unified Rdio experience regardless of platform. Among various UI improvements, you’ll find the following new features:

  • Find People — We believe music should be social which is why following other listeners is now easier on our mobile apps. Tap Find People, a new addition to the side navigation, to see a curated list of recommended friends and their music taste (based on your connected Twitter and Facebook) alongside hand-picked artists and influencers like Exclaim! and Arts & Crafts Records.

  • Label Pages — Just like on our web and desktop apps, you can now search for a record label and find its top albums and artists.

  • Updated Side Navigation — The side navigation features a new blurred background and a cleaner interface, making it easier to access your profile, sort through playlists, and more.

    Get hands-on with the new features yourself — download Rdio for iOS or Rdio for Android now. Drop us a line on Twitter and Facebook to share your thoughts!

∞  May 22, 2013 — 10:00AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 21, 2013

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Many of the new releases that are dropping this week have been highly anticipated for quite some time, including the huge debuts from hot New York rapper French Montana and retro-rocker Willy Moon, the third album from quirky indie trio Shannon & The Clams, and the latest solo effort from Darius Rucker of Hootie & The Blowfish.

We’ve listened to every last note of new music that’s out this week and put together this New Music Weekly playlist that represents the absolute best of what we’ve heard. Spend some time with it and then consider taking a hop over to the Rdio New Releases to put together your own new playlist of just-hatched tunes.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Alpine - A Is For Alpine
    The debut from the Australian indie pop act is bringing a taste of the Melbourne scene to the world.

  • Thirty Seconds to Mars - Love, Lust, Faith & Dreams
    Jared Leto and his eyeliner get steamy on the fourth album, the first since the band earned the distinction of having the longest tour in the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
    The robots are back, this time with a fresh take on easy 1970s vibes and guest spots from Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, Panda Bear, and Julian Casablancas.

  • B.O.B. - “Head Band (feat. 2 Chainz)”
    The Florida rapper most known for teaming up with Paramore’s Hayley Williams enlists 2 Chainz for a guest verse and puts DJ Mustard on the beat for a bit of ratchetness.

  • Queens Of The Stone Age - “My God Is the Sun”
    Josh Homme and crew drop a taste of the upcoming album ....Like Clockwork.

∞  May 21, 2013 — 9:00AM