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New Music Weekly - October 8, 2013

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There is undeniable youthful energy in this week’s new releases. We’re feeling it in the soul-stirring electronic pop movements of St. Lucia and the anthemic quality of Papa, the new band from Girls drummer Darren Weiss. You can hear it in the Southern rock of Tallahassee’s Mayday Parade and in modern acoustics of 17-year-old singer Ryan Beatty. And then there’s Miley. . . and so much more.

Our New Music Weekly playlist will fast forward you into the heart of the best songs that these artists and more have just put out. After you listen, head over to the Rdio New Releases to browse the complete collection of what’s new.

Welcome to New Music Weekly: The turn up starts now!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • of Montreal - lousy with sylvanbriar
    Frontman Kevin Barnes left the band’s Georgia environs for some solitude in San Francisco and emerged with much of the writing for the 12th album.

  • Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
    One of Kanye’s favorite rappers (and one-half of Clipse), the Virginia MC steps out on his own with the help of West’s G.O.O.D. Music label.

  • Miley Cyrus - Bangerz
    After dropping two provocative singles and videos for “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” the 20-year-old returns with Britney and more for a strong bid for the top of the charts.

  • RJD2 - More Is Than Isn’t
    The man behind the Mad Men theme emerges with his fifth album of electronic and hip-hop explorations.

  • Daniel Avery - Drone Logic
    The UK electronic producer drops his debut LP after months of making waves through the EDM scene.

∞  October 8, 2013 — 10:00AM

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New Music Weekly - October 1, 2013

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This week, we’re turning up the volume full blast on the Warp Records debut of Brooklyn electronic experimentalist Oneohtrix Point Never, a solo turn from legendary hip-hop producer Salaam Remi (Nas, The Fugees), the return of 311 frontman’s The Nick Hexum Quintet, and the latest from pop punk favorites All Time Low. And we’re just getting warmed up!

Our New Music Weekly playlist offers a taste of these releases and much more. It’s the quickest way to get you up to speed with the best of the new bunch, but you can also hit up the Rdio New Releases to put together your own playlists.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Lorde - Pure Heroine
    This New Zealand teenager who captured the world’s attention with her smart, skewering single “Royals” shows why she’s the real deal on this debut.

  • Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2
    The sequel to this summer’s blockbuster The 20/20 Experience features appearances by Drake and Jay Z and an even more “grown and sexy” style.

  • Nelly - M.O.
    The St. Louis rapper’s seventh album tributes his home state and features unexpected collaborations by Florida Georgia Line, Nelly Furtado, and Trey Songz.

  • HAIM - Days Are Gone
    The Haim sisters finally drop their dreamy indie rock debut, which won’t help them dodge the honor of continued Fleetwood Mac comparisons.

  • Dr. Dog - B-Room
    The psychedelic rockers’ eighth full-length release was recorded in the band’s new custom studio and reflects a more involved level of collaboration amongst the members.

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New Music Weekly - September 24, 2013

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This week, we are excited about the return of singer Hope Sandoval and Mazzy Star after a 17-year recording absence. We’re also amped for new albums from Jamaican dancehall veteran Mr. Vegas, West Coast house and techno producer Claude VonStroke, and Canadian electro-jazz act Misteur Valaire. And that’s just to name a few!

Start with our New Music Weekly playlist for our recommendations of the very best of what has just come out, including these artists and much more. If you’re hungry for further sonic exploration after that, hop over to the Rdio New Releases section.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Nirvana - In Utero (20th Anniversary Edition)
    It’s hard to believe that two decades have passed since the seminal Seattle band released the final album, but the Anniversary Edition expands the picture with the inclusion of pre-album demos.

  • Icona Pop - THIS IS...ICONA POP
    The sassy Swedish duo behind the carefree dance number “I Don’t Care” return with more party anthems like “All Night” and “Ready for the Weekend.”

  • Drake - Nothing Was The Same
    With a tribute to Wu-Tang Clan and a collaboration with Jay-Z, the rapper/crooner’s third album reaches back as well as into the future.

  • Kings Of Leon - Mechanical Bull
    The Followills return with more of the same powerful guitars and anthemic vocals that have made them multiplatinum-selling Southern rock heroes on their sixth full-length.

  • CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe
    A fun full-length debut from a Scottish synthpop act with a growing fan base thanks to tours with Passion Pit and Depeche Mode.

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New Music Weekly - September 17, 2013

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This week’s new releases bring goodies from Nashville heartthrob Billy Currington, Disney star Zendaya, the piano-rock of Five for Fighting, and the party pumping prowess of Norwegian electronic star Ralph Myerz, just to name a few. Our New Music Weekly playlist will give you a peek at the best songs from these artists as well as key players highlighted in the Playlist Notes. When you’re ready to take on the complete catalog of what’s available this week, click over to the Rdio New Releases and have fun!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • The Devil Wears Prada - 8:18:00
    The prolific metal band (who, for you fashionistas, aren’t associated with the film of the same name) returns right on time with a fifth full-length of relentlessness.

  • Grouplove - Spreading Rumours
    The indie pop darlings behind Never Trust a Happy Song are back with extra sassiness on their sophomore effort.

  • Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost
    This unlikely collaboration was borne out of Costello’s musical appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where The Roots are the house band.

  • The Naked and Famous - In Rolling Waves
    The second album from these New Zealand-based alt-rockers is buoyed by the fun single “Hearts Like Ours.”

  • Tom Odell - Long Way Down
    The young British singer-songwriter has already been winning over fans and critics in the UK with this debut album.

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New Music Weekly - September 10, 2013

Arctic MonkeysArcade FireThe Weeknd

Where to start with this week’s new offerings? You can have a wee boogie with Scottish post-disco artist Grum and chill out with American psychedelic soul family The Stepkids, admit that you swoon for country star Keith Urban, and rediscover your love for The Clash via three new compilations.

Our New Music Weekly playlist, supported by the Playlist Notes below, brings you a taste of these and other releases that we think really stand out right now. And if you’re the kind of music listener who wants more, the Rdio New Releases section has plenty more to hear right now.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Arctic Monkeys - AM
    The fifth effort from the indie rock giants pays tribute to the Velvet Underground in title (a reference to the classic VU album) and includes a collaboration with Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age.

  • 2 Chainz - B.O.A.T.S II #METIME
    The ATL rapper drops a swagged-out sequel to his last gold album to proclaim that his time has come.

  • The Weeknd - Kiss Land
    After a trilogy of hotly-tipped mixtapes, the dreamy Canadian singer unleashes an official debut featuring his friend and supporter Drake.

  • Sean Kingston - Back 2 Life
    The international pop star’s third album, featuring guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, and more, is all the more meaningful since it’s the first since his near-fatal jet skiing accident.

  • Arcade Fire - “Reflektor”
    The title track off the band’s forthcoming album, due out on October 29, is the centerpiece of a short film produced with Google.

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New Music Weekly - September 3, 2013

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It’s an unquestionably diverse week for new music, which sees the second soundtrack to HBO’s Prohibition era series Boardwalk Empire and the return of Hawaiian reggae rock band Pepper as well as the anticipated debuts of Manchester indie act The 1975 and American reality star Tamar Braxton. Our New Music Weekly playlist, which includes these artists and many more, is your express ticket to the best songs of the moment. You can also take a trip over to the Rdio New Releases section to make your own playlist from the latest and greatest.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
    The singer-songwriter explores the range of emotions involved with grief with this album following the loss of a family member.

  • Volcano Choir - Repave
    Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon returns with his side project with former members of Collections of Colonies of Bees.

  • Ariana Grande - Yours Truly
    The Nickelodeon star has been compared to a young Mariah Carey, and she shows a similar affinity to rappers through collaborations with Big Sean and Mac Miller on this debut album.

  • John Legend - Love In The Future
    The crooner’s fourth album is executive produced by Kanye West and features a new collaboration with Rick Ross.

  • Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
    Trent Reznor’s eighth album under the mighty NIN moniker is also the first to be released in five years and motivated the reclusive star to tour again.

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New Music Weekly - August 27, 2013

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If you’re hungry for new music this week, you can start by feasting your ears on the sweet Southern multi-instrumentalist Dent May, a debut from viral video sensations Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, feel-good dance music from Australia’s Charles Murdoch, or the latest from Buenos Aires’ psych rockers Capsula. Our New Music Weekly playlist will introduce you to the sounds of these and other artists who we think have put out the best releases of the week. The Playlist Notes below provide additional context on key releases. Once you’ve checked it out, you’ll be ready to tackle the full collection of Rdio New Releases.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
    Four years on since the last album and Scotland’s indie rock leaders are back, this time with musings on a skeptic’s search for optimism.

  • Ellie Goulding - Halcyon Days
    The British synth pop ingenue expands on her momentous Halcyon album with 10 new songs

  • Big Sean - Hall of Fame
    The Detroit MC makes his bid for classic status with his second official studio album, which features appearances from Nas, Nicki Minaj, and more.

  • Juicy J - Stay Trippy
    The Three 6 Mafia man and Oscar winner enjoys a second wind with his newly popular solo career and a third album with guest stars like Justin Timberlake.

  • Black Joe Lewis - Electric Slave
    Austin’s new-school blues and funk leader, now sans his Honeybears, turns up the party vibes.

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New Music Weekly - August 20, 2013

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Looking for what’s hot and new? Music lovers, you’ve come to the right place! Among the highlights of the week, we meet two young rap voices, Harlem’s own A$AP Ferg and New Orleans-bred newcomer August Alsina, and welcome the return of blues act Tedeschi Trucks Band and punk-experimental duo No Age. But that’s just to name a few.

Our New Music Weekly playlist, supported by the Playlist Notes below, is designed to introduce you to these artists as well as what we think are the standout selections of the week. If you’re the kind of listener who prefers to do all the picking yourself, you can also head on over to the Rdio New Releases to browse all of the latest songs.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Typhoon - White Lighter
    Oregon’s indie pride and joy turns back on for an album that explores the emotions of a near-death experience.

  • John Mayer - Paradise Valley
    The guitar-armed crooner and tabloid magnet’s sixth studio album features his former beau Katy Perry and friend Frank Ocean.

  • Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
    The 19-year-old rapper from the Odd Future collective emerges from island exile (aka boarding school) with his long-awaited debut album.

  • Jennifer Nettles - “That Girl”
    The Sugarland singer steps out on her own for this sassy single inflected with Spanish guitar.

  • Ludacris - “Helluva Night”
    Luda enlists the ratchet talents of DJ Mustard on the beat for a wild ride through an untame evening.

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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.

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New Music Weekly - August 6, 2013

PondMGMTThe Civil Wars

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.