August 2013

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Exclusives

Exclusive: John Mayer's "Wildfire" and Photos from Red Rock

John Mayer

If you’ve never heard John Mayer unleash his full guitar virtuosity live on stage in concert, this will be an extra special treat! Listen to Mayer’s “Wildfire (Live From Red Rocks)” and click below for photos from the concert; both are exclusively for Rdio listeners. Stay tuned for more: Mayer’s new album Paradise Valley is coming next week along with a carefully curated playlist from the singer himself.

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 13, 2013

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This week brings a summery dance anthem from Connor Cruise (son of Tom), a solo album from reality star Aubrey O’Day, the third full-length from pop band Parachute, and moody blues from Valerie June produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. You can listen to these artists and many more in our latest New Music Weekly playlist, which collects the top tunes of the moment. The Playlist Notes below offer some additional information. Not enough music for you? We totally understand! Don’t forget that the Rdio New Releases section holds the complete offering of what’s just come out.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Washed Out - Paracosm
    Ernest Greene’s latest work of chillwave bliss takes the vibe of the first single, “It All Feels Right”. We’ve named this album one of the top five essential Sub Pop LPs.

  • Luke Bryan - Crash My Party
    The country star pursues a number one streak after the success of the country chart-topping title track.

  • Bloc Party - The Nextwave Sessions EP
    The British indie rockers collect up new songs played on the most recent American tour. We’re so into this EP that we’re featuring “Obscene” in this week’s New Music Weekly video.

  • The Vaccines - Melody Calling EP
    The post-punk act follows up last year’s Come of Age album with an extended player exploring new ground.

  • Katy Perry - “Roar”
    The pop princess has the eye of the tiger and she’s singing it loud and clear in this new song about inner strength.

GiveawaysMusic

Get Ready to Riot: Win and See The Replacements in Toronto, Chicago, Denver

One of the certain highlights of this year’s RiotFest, which kicks off its three-city stint on August 24 in Toronto, will be the long-anticipated reunion of punk pioneers The Replacements. The legendary band is a fitting headliner for a music fest that has celebrated the best of alternative and punk rock since 2005. But with a lineup that also includes unstoppable names as Iggy & The Stooges, Blink 182, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., A Day to Remember and Blondie, there are plenty of musical memories that will be made in Toronto, Chicago and Denver this year.

Lucky for you, Rdio is giving you and a friend the chance to make your own once-in-a-lifetime memory. We’re giving away VIP prize experiences including side-stage access, artist meet & greets, and VIP passes to the Riot Fest of your choice:

  • Toronto: August 24, 2013 - August 25, 2013
  • Chicago: September 13, 2013 - September 15, 2013
  • Denver: September 21, 2013 - September 22, 2013

Starting today, you can enter on Rdio’s Facebook page or through Rdio’s Twitter. Read the Official Rules for more details.

In the meantime, mosh away to one of three Riot Fest playlists, divided by city for your convenience, and hear what’s in store for what will be one for the record books.

New FeaturesNews

Find Your Frequency: Stations on Rdio

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We’re thrilled to reveal the new and improved Stations today. We've made stations smarter and custom-tailored to you, creating an effortless listening experience that highlights the best of Rdio: elegant design and social discovery.

Starting today, we're giving our refreshed stations feature the top billing it deserves. In the left-hand navigation, click Stations to find new station types like popular genre stations and You FM — a station comprised of artists and songs inspired by your taste in music.

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WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN STATIONS

  • Radio you’ll never tire of — Choose from 10 different station types to create an endless list of favourite stations, each drawing on our catalog of over 20 million songs. Start a station by typing in any artist or song in the search bar, or select one of almost 400 sub-genre stations. No matter what your mood or taste in music, we have a station that’s just right for you.

  • Stunning new player — Vote on individual songs, tune stations towards familiar or adventurous sounds, and pivot stations based on favourite tracks, all inside a dynamic station player design that features album art like it's meant to be seen.

  • You FM — A brand new, personalized, adjustable station that leverages Taste Profiling technology from The Echo Nest and incorporates all your listening history, track voting, Facebook likes, Twitter follows, and more to create a truly unique and individualized listening experience. As your tastes grow and evolve, so does You FM.

  • Stations front and center — A simple, elegant user interface for browsing various station types, creating new stations, and revisiting favourite stations.

  • Social discovery — Easily play stations based on your friends' aggregated listening history (Heavy Rotation Station) or tuning into a specific friend's or influencer’s You FM by clicking People. It’s like flipping on the car radio and knowing every DJ.

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Rdio has always been about delivering the music you want on any device, but now, we've created new tools for you to kick back and discover an endless stream of songs catered to you. Take stations for a spin on Android, iOS, and Web now.

∞  August 8, 2013 — 10:33AM

Exclusives

Only on Rdio: Come Alive to Don Cavalli’s Temperamental

Don Cavalli

Life — and death — is always interesting for Don Cavalli, a singer and guitarist worked as an undertaker between projects. The French-born artist who is enamored with American blues and roots music bares his soul on Temperamental, his second album and first in five years. And thanks to his Everloving label, you don’t have to lose your cool waiting until next week for this to be officially released because we’ve got it for you right now.

∞  August 7, 2013 — 10:00AM

New FeaturesNews

Now Watching: Vdio

Vdio

We gave Rdio Unlimited subscribers in the US and UK an early screening of Vdio, our online television and movie service, but starting today, we're introducing it to Canada. Vdio is a beautiful way to buy, rent, and share your favourite movies and shows with friends. Grab some popcorn and scroll through our Spotlight or some Sets to discover something new to watch now.

Try Vdio on the web here and download the iPad app here.

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - August 6, 2013

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How will you begin your audio journey on this New Music Weekly? You might want to start light and fun with some emo-pop from The Dangerous Summer before moving onto a bit of metalcore by Norma Jean, or you could perhaps chill with some Vin Blanc/White Wine or Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. If you’ve yet to make these artists your friends, you will find them collected up with more of the best songs of the week on the New Music Weekly playlist. And if you’d like to go wild in the jungle of all of the music that has just become available, swing on over to the Rdio New Releases to browse the full collection.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars
    The Grammy-winning country folk duo shows great chemistry on their second album even amidst questions about the future of the band.

  • Pond - Hobo Rocket
    The fifth album from Tame Impala’s sister group of sorts (they share band members) has already been praised for its trippiness.

  • The Head and the Heart - “Shake”
    Seattle’s indie folk-pop sextet return with a bright and sunny single via Sub Pop that teaches you to savor precious memories.

  • AFI - “17 Crimes”
    Get a taste of the forthcoming album Burials, which is due out in October, with this catchy single from the California rockers.

  • MGMT - “Your Life Is A Lie”
    The modern psych-rock band return with their tongues in their cheek and a groovy beat.

Exclusives

Surfs Up: Cayucas Rides Into Rdio Sessions

Cayucas

The music of Santa Monica’s Cayucas feels like a breezy trip through the best surf rock of past eras while pumped up with the youthful edge of today’s concerns and the polish of modern production. The band swelled onto the Rdio Sessions stage at South by Southwest, performing three songs from the debut album Bigfoot. Listen to the Cayucas Rdio Sessions set below and then check out the Rdio Sessions playlist for more highlights from this great live series.

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.

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: July 2013

When this year is over, we’re pretty sure July will be seen as a real banner month for music. You’ll find a wide variety of original voices and sounds in our Rdio Recommends: July 2013 playlist, which culls all the songs that we just couldn’t stop playing. From 16-year-old Kiwi singer-songwriter Lorde to buzzin’ Malibu rapper Shwayze, we’re sure you’ll find a favourite or two as well.

We would love to hear about the songs that made your July complete! Share your recent picks by commenting on our playlist.

About Rdio Recommends: The first Monday of every month, we 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.

∞  August 5, 2013 — 11:00AM

Label SpotlightsMusic

Feed Your Ears With Dine Alone’s Summer Sampler

Dine Alone Records

Toronto’s Dine Alone Records is one of our favourite companies — an amazing creative storehouse of deliciously diverse artists like The Lumineers, FIDLAR, Brendan Benson, Jimmy Eat World, City and Colour, Kate Nash, and Billy Bragg. If there’s one thread that runs through the spirit of these sounds, it’s strong, memorable songwriting from distinctive musicians. Remarkably, Dine Alone has achieved international acclaim while still remaining fiercely independent.

Our friends at the label have put together this sizzling Dine Alone Summer Sampler 2013 as an introduction or refresher course into the hottest artists in the catalog. Don’t forget to follow Dine Alone Records on Rdio for many more highlights from this vibrant label.