The latest New Music Weekly playlist will turn you on to artists like art punk act Half Japanese, and soul and jazz musician Diggs Duke. Mostly though, this will be remembered as the week that blessed us with not one but two releases from Prince. Thank you, Purple One! Plus don’t miss the long-awaited seventh album from Counting Crows. Read on for more info about that and other highlights of the playlist, and don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll always have the latest one waiting for you. You can also visit the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready to venture out on your own.
Sleater-Kinney - Sleater-Kinney (Remastered)
A slew of newly remastered classic albums from the seminal female punk trio that was fronted by Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein begins with the vital 1995 debut.
Zeus - Classic Zeus
The third album from the mighty Toronto indie rockers finds the band pushing past Seventies rock influences in favor of a more godlike form of pop.
Sinkane - Mean Love
The London artist with roots in Sudan crafts a genre-blurring album of soulful Afrobeat, reggae and electronic pop.
Maroon 5 - V (Deluxe)
The fifth album from the LA pop rock gods features more big hooks from frontman Adam Levine and a collaboration with Gwen Stefan written by Sia, plus three bonus tracks on the deluxe edition.
Prince - U KNOW and Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL - WHITECAPS
The artist formerly known as The Artist is famously prolific, but he still took fans by surprise when he announced he’d return to his old label to drop a solo release and a funk rock collaboration with his touring band 3RDEYEGIRL at the very same time.
Haerts - Giving Up
Another long-awaited EP from the Brooklyn indie pop act poises singer Nini Fabi and crew for more widescreen exposure.
Terri Clark - Some Songs
Funded by the singer's dedicated and strong fan base via Pledge Music, the album expertly displays the hard-stomping Canadian country music she is best known for.