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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.

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Hear It First: Pet Shop Boys Go Indie With Electric

Pet Shop Boys

After a 32-year career that has encompassed recording 11 studio albums through the Parlophone label, the almighty UK duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe as the Pet Shop Boys is releasing their 12th album on their own x2 Recordings label. Rdio listeners have exclusive access to hear this exciting landmark first. Electric is on and ready for you now.

Get your toes tapping with what the Pet Shop Boys call their “dance record”.

∞  July 11, 2013 — 1:00PM

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Shout Out Louds Turn It Up At Rdio Sessions

Shout Out Louds

Stockholm-based indie pop darlings Shout Out Louds specialize in making songs with an irresistible and uplifting pulse that you won’t soon forget. The band’s exclusive Rdio Sessions set was recorded live at South by Southwest in Austin in March and features songs from the recent full-length album Optica. It’s just a hunch, but we think you’ll be as impressed by how tight the band sounds in front of a live audience as we are.

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.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 10:00AM

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Early Listen: Télépopmusik’s New Tunes and Remixes

Telepopmusik

Infectious French electronic pop act Télépopmusik is just about to release the new Try Me Anyway / Fever EP, which features remixes by Zombie Disco Squad, Dirty Channels, Pit Spector, and more. But before it drops officially, the guys are sharing it with you for some early grooving. Enjoy these songs and their radical reworks below.

∞  June 19, 2013 — 11:00AM

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Paramore Delivers Bonus Tracks to Rdio

Paramore

Paramore’s long-awaited, self-titled fourth album shows a reinvention of the band. Hayley, Jeremy, and Taylor last dropped an album in 2009 with Brand New Eyes, so to say this album was hotly anticipated is an understatement. Luckily, you can listen to the entirety of Paramore on Rdio for free and now, as an exclusive bonus, our listeners get the chance to hear two unreleased songs, "Escape Route" and "Native Tongue".

“These tracks are both songs we adore, but we felt they deserved to live in their own space compared to the rest of the record," says Hayley. "I’m happy everyone will have a deeper look into who we were as people when these songs originated in the beginning stages of the album.”

Turn up Paramore to hear the exclusive bonus tracks and follow Hayley on Rdio to see what's spinning in her Heavy Rotation.

∞  June 11, 2013 — 8:00AM

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Mac DeMarco Cooks Up Something Good for Rdio Sessions

Mac DeMarco, the Canadian indie rock star once known as Makeout Videotape, provides the latest edition of our exclusive Rdio Session series recorded during SXSW. He chose the best tunes from his 2012 albums Rock and Roll Night Club and 2 for his intimate set, including “Cooking Up Something Good” and “She’s Really All I Need.”

This Rdio Session with Mac Demarco is one of four filmed in partnership with Yours Truly in Austin — watch the video of their performance above and press play below to let DeMarco transport you through his signature surf-rock sound.

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.

∞  June 4, 2013 — 1:00PM

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New Music Weekly: June 4, 2013

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Summer is still officially a few weeks out, but you wouldn’t know it from the way the new music releases are heating up. Just this week alone, we welcome new albums by heavy metal heroes Megadeth, the mighty Ben Folds Five trio, Oakland indie act Rogue Wave, and Arizona rock outfit The Maine, but that’s just the very tip of the (quickly melting) iceberg.

We curated this New Music Weekly playlist to have you on top of highlights from these and other important releases in no time. Completists should also pay a visit to the Rdio New Releases in order to see the full collection of all the songs and albums that have just come out.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
    Portland’s most confusingly named act moves unabashedly toward the pop light with this full-length.

  • City and Colour - The Hurry and the Harm
    Dallas Green’s latest album was previewed by his exclusive Rdio Sessions set. This is the fourth album from City and Colour, and first as a sole solo artist after departing Alexisonfire.

  • Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
    The sixth album documents a tumultuous time for Josh Homme and crew, including the firing of the drummer, replaced on the album by Dave Grohl.

  • Capital Cities - Tidal Wave of Mystery
    The “Safe and Sound” band finally drops the debut album and even scored a collaboration with Andre 3000 and NPR’s credit announcer, Frank Tavares.

  • Quadron - Avalanche
    The Danish duo consisting of Robin Hannibal (who is one-half of Rhye) and Coco Maja Hastrup Karshøj (who has collaborated with Tyler, The Creator), call their sound “electronic soul.”

∞  June 4, 2013 — 12:00PM

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Alpine Hits New Highs on Rdio Session

As a group that once played 10 shows in just three days as well as Rdio’s Australian launch party, Melbourne six-piece Alpine is no stranger to the live stage. Their Rdio Session, recorded live at this year’s edition of South By Southwest in Austin, features songs taken from the 2012 debut A Is for Alpine.

Take a peek at the video above, which was filmed in partnership with Yours Truly during our sessions at SXSW, and listen to the exclusive recording to experience an adorable introduction to a band that features the talents of not one, but two wonderful lead singers.


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.

∞  June 4, 2013 — 10:00AM

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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

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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