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Black Joe Lewis Turns Up His Favourite Songs

Black Joe Lewis

Austin blues luminary Black Joe Lewis is known for a certain soul-stirring sound and now he is revealing many of his surprising influences for the ears of Rdio listeners only. In honor of the new album that just dropped yesterday, Electric Slave, he’s mixed this playlist of favourite songs that contains a ton of wild cards. Listen and see if you can connect the dots between the soul of artists like Betty Wright, ZZ Top, and Bill Withers.

∞  August 28, 2013 — 11:00AM

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John Mayer Walks Rdio Through Influences Behind Paradise Valley

John Mayer

John Mayer is receiving praise from critics and fans for reaching a new height of technical ability with the songs on Paradise Valley, his new album which features guest collaborations from his former love Katy Perry and R&B artiste Frank Ocean. Now, the star is sharing a playlist of songs and artists who influenced the creation of this sixth studio album with Rdio listeners, and there are some surprisingly wonderful selections.

Listen to the Influences on John Mayer’s Paradise Valley to trace the lineage between artists such as Grateful Dead, Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney and Mayer’s timeless sound.

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Parachute’s Will Anderson Unleashes His Summer Jams

Parachute

In honor of the release of the third album Overnight, frontman Will Anderson of Virginia pop-rock band Parachute has made this irresistible Summer Jams playlist just for you. Anderson’s idea of a hot summer involves healthy doses of Ray Charles, Tegan and Sara, Robyn, and John Mayer. How about yours? What makes your “Hearts Go Crazy?”

Listen to the playlist and offer your thoughts in the comments!

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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.

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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.

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Keep Cool With the Soundtrack to Your Summer


We’ve eliminated all worries about what you should play for your July 4th BBQ with this feel-good playlist — the Soundtrack to Your Summer is all the songs you’ll know by heart come September. In the process of grooving through this 75-minute set, you’ll be able to confidently debate which song will emerge as the song of the season. Will it be “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus, or something hotter? Listen and decide for yourself.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 1:00PM

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Father’s Day Sounds Fantastic With Dads Who Rock

Dads Who Rock

What do Snoop Dogg, Johnny Cash, Fela Kuti, and Neil Young have in common? They’re some of the coolest fathers the music business has ever seen, and we love to pay tribute to them and other Dads Who Rock with our new Father’s Day playlist. Press play for a manly mix covering a ton of sonic territory ranging from rock and metal to rap and soul. Oh, and don’t forget to call dear ol’ pops this Sunday!

∞  June 13, 2013 — 1:00PM

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Hans Zimmer Scores the Soundtrack for Man of Steel

Man Of Steel

It took nothing less than a Superman of a composer to take on the music for the summer blockbuster Man of Steel. Luckily Hans Zimmer, who has scored more than 100 films including The Dark Knight and The Lion King and won big at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and GRAMMYs, was up for the challenge. Listen to his heroic soundtrack below and get ready for Man of Steel, which flies into theaters on June 14.

∞  June 12, 2013 — 10:00AM

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For the Realm: Game of Thrones’ Soundtrack

Game of Thrones

Now that the tears have dried and your jaw has been picked up off the floor, we’ve got something to cheer up you Game of Thrones fans. Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi has unveiled his latest soundtrack for the the HBO series just in time for what’s sure to be a heart-stopping season finale on June 9. Included in this collection are some special guest appearances by indie outfit The Hold Steady (“The Bear and the Maiden Fair”) and Kerry Ingram who plays Shireen Baratheon (“It’s Always Summer Under the Sea”).

The series is going into hibernation for the summer, but you can continue to make everything seem epic with the soundtrack.

∞  June 5, 2013 — 10:00AM

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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