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Win A VIP Trip to See Kings of Leon at Austin City Limits

Kings of Leon

We’ve teamed up with Kings of Leon and Sony Canada to offer you and a friend the chance at a once-in-a-lifetime experience: A trip and VIP access to Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 11-13.

Picture it now: You will be styled with VIP passes to the festival as well as a gourmet happy hour presented by Austin FOOD & WINE, daily chef tastings, complimentary catered food, beer, wine and specialty drinks, private restrooms, and even mini spa treatments! Flights for two and four nights of accommodations are also included on us, of course.

Entering couldn’t be easier. Just like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Contest is going on right now and ends on September 26. See the Official Rules for more details. Good luck!


Live in Toronto: Depeche Mode and You

Depeche Mode

Whether you’re a purist for the 1981 debut album Speak & Spell or ride for the latest full-length Delta Machine, picking favourite songs from the 32-year-old hit-laden catalog of seminal British band Depeche Mode can be tough. If you can narrow down such a tough choice and enter Sony Canada’s Depeche Mode giveaway, you’ll earn a chance to win a pair of concert tickets and a meet and greet with the band at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on September 1.

Simply head over to the app and type in your favorite song from Delta Machine as well as your all-time top Depeche Mode tune and you’ll be in the running!

∞  August 22, 2013 — 11:00AM


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.


Are You The One? Play the Exclusive Track to Join The Presets on Tour

The Presets

Australian electronic duo The Presets have given Rdio listeners a special treat — early access to the live version of their hit single “Are You The One? (Live From The Hordern Pavillion)”. But the former classical music students turned dancefloor rebels want you to experience this song live, too!

Play this exclusive cut for a chance to win a pair of tickets to any tour date between May 13-26 of your choice. This means you can choose to see The Presets (and touring mates Dragonette) in cities like Los Angeles, Denver, or San Diego — or even the amazing Sasquatch Festival in Washington!

Simply listen to “Are You The One? (Live From The Hordern Pavillion)” to be entered. The sweepstakes starts today and winners will be contacted by Saturday, May 11. Read the Official Rules for more details. Tickets for this tour are also available for purchase on The Presets’ site.

Good luck — are you the one? Remember to also follow The Presets on Rdio.

∞  May 7, 2013 — 8:00AM


Win Six Months of Rdio Unlimited

Win Rdio

We’re starting to feel the holiday spirit pretty hard over here at Rdio HQ, and we want to spread that goodwill all around. What better way, we thought, than to share it with you?

It’s simple: follow @RdioCA on Twitter, and retweet our designated contest tweet for your chance to win one of ten six-month Rdio Unlimited subscriptions! The fun will begin Monday, December 17, and winners will be announced on Christmas Eve, giving you 24 hours to decide whether to gift it or keep it for yourself.

Either way, it’s our way of sharing the holiday spirit, Rdio-style: through music.


Win a Trip to See Lady Antebellum’s “On This Winter's Night” holiday concert in Nashville

Lady Antebellum

On December 3, Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum will take the stage at Nashville, Tennessee’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center to perform a special holiday concert. “On This Winter’s Night” will feature the band performing in their hometown accompanied by a symphony orchestra for a night of holiday songs and their biggest hits.

Rdio is getting in the holiday spirit by giving you the chance to be there for this festive event. One lucky music lover is going to win:

  • Two roundtrip tickets to Nashville
  • Two nights of hotel accommodations
  • Two tickets to the show
  • One 1-year subscription to Rdio Unlimited

Are you that lucky person? All you have to do is like Rdio's Facebook page and enter via the Facebook contest page for a chance to win a trip for you and a guest to see Lady Antebellum's special “On This Winter's Night" concert. Read the Official Rules for more details.

Entries are open now until November 14. While you’re entering, listen to On This Winter’s Night, below, and feel that holiday spirit.


Win Tickets to the Identity Festival in Toronto

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Traveling electronic music tour Identity Festival is back — they're visiting cities up and down North American coasts this summer. This year's solid line-up features Datsik, Eric Prydz, Paul Van Dyk, Rye Rye, and tons more. Lucky for us, Identity Festival is an Influencer — follow them on Rdio to find things like their Official 2012 Identity Festival Playlist.

Want to be there when the beat drops in Toronto? We have 3 pairs of TO tickets to give away — just enter your details below. Already have your tickets? Tell your friends on Twitter and Facebook to enter. Read the Official Rules for details.

Tour dates

  • July 19 - Cincinnati, OH
  • July 20 - Detroit, MI
  • July 21 - Toronto, ON*
  • July 26 - Mansfield, MA
  • July 27 - Bristow, VA
  • July 28 - Wantagh, NY*
  • July 29 - Philadelphia, PA
  • August 2 - Atlanta, GA
  • August 3 - Tampa, FL
  • August 4 - Miami, FL
  • August 10 - Dallas, TX
  • August 11 - Houston, TX
  • August 17 - Mountain View, CA*
  • August 18 - San Diego, CA*
  • August 19 - Phoenix, AZ

  • Win one of three pairs of tickets!

∞  June 27, 2012 — 10:00AM


Win a Signed O.A.R. Poster

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Fans of rock outfit O.A.R., get excited — Rdio has three posters signed by all five members to give away.

To win one, subscribe to O.A.R.’s playlist, King with Commentary between now and 1:30 PM PDT on April 13, 2012 — we'll randomly select three lucky winners. The playlist features the music of their latest album, King, plus track-by-track commentary notes from the band about the songwriting and recording.

Follow O.A.R. on Rdio and don’t forget to subscribe to King with Commentary, either — one of those posters could be yours! See the Official Rules for details.

∞  April 9, 2012 — 12:56PM


Win a James Durbin-Autographed Lithograph Poster

JD Litho

You don’t have to win American Idol to conquer it — rocker James Durbin is proof of that. His larger-than-life personality, and ability to channel his love of old-fashioned rock’n’roll with his booming voice, turned more than enough heads to make Durbin a winner in his own right.

Ready to put the competition behind him, last week Durbin released his debut full-length, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster — a showcase of his rock influences and raw talent. For a better look into where he gets his inspiration, Durbin constructed a playlist of his favorite tunes for us, Some of James Durbin's All Time Favorites.

Win an Autographed Lithograph Print

Rdio has a lithograph poster signed by James Durbin to give away to one lucky fan. Simply subscribe to the playlist to be entered for a chance to take the poster home. For more information, read the Official Rules, and see the Lithograph, pictured above.


Win Tickets to Catch Ha Ha Tonka and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on their West Coast Tour

Bluegrass and folk-influenced indie-rock group Ha Ha Tonka and guitar-pop quartet Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have both had pretty solid years, with the releases of their third and fourth albums, respectively. The former’s Death of a Decade was recorded in a barn to capture the rugged spirit of the Ozark hills, while the latter’s Tape Club is a compilation of some of the group’s best songs since they began Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin ten years ago.

To top off the year, the two Missouri-based bands will hit the west coast on a co-headlining tour. They’ve each made “West Coast Tour” playlists for the occasion with each playlist featuring one inspired song per location. Want to hear more about why they picked certain songs? Check out the playlist notes at the bottom of the post.

Ticket Giveaway

Want to win tickets to the tour stop of your choice? Just subscribe to your favorite playlist below, enter your name, email address and ticket choice into the Google Form and you’ll be entered to win tickets to your choice of the cities below. Read the official Rules for more information.

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Ha Ha Tonka’s West Coast Tour-Inspired Playlist:

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s West Coast Tour-Inspired Playlist:

Playlist Notes


  • John Denver - “Rocky Mountain High”
    THE quintessential song about being high in Colorado. - HHT
  • Neil Young - “Cripple Creek Ferry”
    I went to Cripple Creek, Colorado with my dad when I was a kid. - SSLYBY

Salt Lake City

  • Band of Horses - “The Great Salt Lake”
    We've listened to this song while literally coming off the Rocky Mountains westbound on I-80 and descending into Salt Lake City and it sounds absolutely perfect. - HHT
  • Weezer - “Mykel and Carli”
    Mykel and Carli were from Salt Lake City. Also, Leia Bell (Brian's sister) lives in SLC and she made a poster for us one time. - SSLYBY


  • Rocky Votolato - “White Daisy Passing”
    We toured with Rocky last year and were amazed night in and night out. Incredible songwriter, incredible dude... average poker player. - HHT
  • The Fastbacks - “555 Part Two”/Telekinesis - “Please Ask For Help”
    We had to pick two songs for Seattle. The Fastbacks are a Seattle band we discovered from the movie Hype. Telekinesis is a nice band we toured with last year. - SSLYBY


  • The Ramones - “Danny Says”
    Every now and then we all have to go Idaho. - HHT
  • Built to Spill - “Big Dipper”
    We camped out in Glenns Ferry, Idaho on our last tour. We met the mayor at a diner in the morning. She said her son is in a band called Cheese Dixx and they play in Boise all the time. I couldn't find them on Rdio. - SSLYBY


  • Nickelback - “How You Remind Me”
    This underrated indie band from north of the border has yet to be discovered, but keep an eye out. - HHT


  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - “Oregon Girl”
    Our bros just so happened to have penned the best song ever about Oregon...and maybe girls. - HHT
  • Ha Ha Tonka - “Dead Man’s Hand”/“Close Every Valve to Your Bleeding Heart”
    They both sound like they could be on Neil Young’s Zuma and they would be the best songs on the album. - SSLYBY

San Francisco

  • The Mamas & The Papas - “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”
    Another quintessential location themed song. - HHT
  • The Mommyheads - “Jaded”
    Adam and Michael from The Mommyheads really helped our band out in the beginning. They used to live in San Francisco. This is the perfect pop song. - SSLYBY

Los Angeles

  • Phantom Planet - “California”
    This pick could easily be replaced by any song the Red Hot Chili Peppers have ever written. - HHT
  • Fleetwood Mac - “I Walk A Thin Line”
    It’s like LA. I can’t figure it out. - SSLYBY

San Diego

  • Will Ferrell - “Afternoon Delight”
    Ron Burgundy wrote this tune, right? When I think of San Diego I usually think of perfect weather, Tony Gwynn and this song. - HHT
  • Sly & The Family Stone - “Runnin’ Away”
    Wikipedia says their drummer is from San Diego. I hope Deerhoof covers it someday. - SSLYBY

Tour Dates

  • November 30 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
  • December 01 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
  • December 02 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
  • December 03 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
  • December 05 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
  • December 06 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
  • December 08 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah
  • December 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bootleg Bar
  • December 10 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar