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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 5, 2015

We love assembling the New Music Weekly playlist for you because we get to pick all the best songs across genres every seven days! This week, that means the return of California garage hero Mikal Cronin, a vocal take from actors Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan, neo-soul groove from Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote, a raucous party song from the UK’s Palma Violets, bumping techno from underground DJ/producer Actress and all the heavy-hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below.

Make sure you subscribe to automatically get the New Music Playlist each week. The Rdio New Releases page houses the full collection of fresh offerings should you want to do even more exploring of these and other newbies.


  • Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind (Deluxe)
    Electric guitars take the place of acoustic banjos on the plugged-in third album from the London band.

  • Best Coast - California Nights
    The LA indie pop duo returns with a bigger outward sound and lyrics that look more inward.

  • My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall (Deluxe)
    Jim James’ extra honest and upfront lyrics take the forefront on the Kentucky rockers’ seventh album.

  • Ciara - Jackie (Deluxe)
    The R&B star’s sixth album, named after her mother, features Missy Elliott, Pitbull and Joe Jonas.

  • Metz - II
    The Toronto rock band hands in a looser and darker album as a follow up to their 2012 debut.

  • Chris Stapleton - Traveller
    Hear the first solo album from the Kentucky-born crooner responsible for penning country hits for George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker.

  • Django Django - Born Under Saturn
    Psychedelic indie rock riffs and grooving electronic beats meet on the London act’s sophomore release.

∞  May 5, 2015 — 7:53AM

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New Music Weekly - April 28, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist features hand-picked highlights from only the best releases of the week, such as the new EP from singer Rae Morris, piano compositions by Delia Gonzalez, and the return of rockers Everclear. There’s even more to discover that you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes. You can listen to the full albums and EPs from these artists and much more on the Rdio New Releases. Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a fresh set every Tuesday!


  • Blur - The Magic Whip
    The English act’s first album in 12 years, recorded on tour in Asia, injects electronic moments into the rock foundation.

  • Zac Brown Band - JEKYLL + HYDE
    The fourth album from Atlanta’s country rockers embraces collaborations with Chris Cornell and Sara Bareilles.

  • Raekwon - Fly International Luxurious Art
    Wu-Tang Clan’s charismatic MC celebrates his love for style and fashion with his sixth album, an acronym for F.I.L.A.

  • Tyler Farr - Suffer in Peace
    Missouri’s “Redneck Crazy” country star reveals a more personal side on his followup album.

  • Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never Were the Way She Was
    Saxophonist Stetson and violinist Neufeld, who’ve both toured as members of the Arcade Fire, duet on moody instrumentals.

  • George FitzGerald - Fading Love
    The UK DJ/producer dedicates his debut album to documenting a relationship that is falling apart.

  • Josh Groban - Stages (Deluxe Version)
    LA’s winsome singer-songwriter performs his favorite songs taken from Broadway and film musicals.

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New Music Weekly - April 21, 2015

Take a spring fling with your latest New Music Weekly playlist! Chances are you’ll fall in love with the infectious rap cadence of Young Thug, the rock timelessness of Built To Spill, the pop-rock bounce of We Are Scientists and the indie/electronic rhythms of Australia’s Miami Horror, to name a few. Read the Playlist Notes below for more highlights from the current set and visit the Rdio New Releases to listen to the full albums.


  • Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
    Brittany Howard and company fill their second album with an even wider spectrum of soul and rock.

  • Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer
    The indie rock act fronted by Sadie Dupuis channels ‘90s fuzzy guitar anthems through a modern filter.

  • Yelawolf - Love Story
    The Nashville rapper’s second studio album features production by his label boss Eminem.

  • Dean Brody - Gypsy Road
    The Juno Award-winning country artist turns his sound “Upside Down” on album number five.

  • Passion Pit - Kindred
    Michael Angelakos injects a more emotional side to his synth-driven pop on the third album.

  • Joywave - How Do You Feel Now
    Our April Artist To Watch crafts the perfect line between retro and cutting edge, indie pop and electro.

  • of Montreal - Snare Lustrous Doomings
    The Georgia rockers drop a live album recorded in Portland and San Francisco highlighting the band’s whole catalog.

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New Music Weekly - April 14, 2015

Subscribe to the lovingly curated New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll never miss another beat from the best sound picks of the week! This week, we’re welcoming back acts like legendary English rockers Wire, road trip gurus Dwight Yoakam and Calexico and New York rhythm mavericks Ava Luna, plus more heavy hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Love what you hear? Tune in to the full albums on the Rdio New Releases page!


  • Tyler, The Creator - Cherry Bomb
    Odd Future’s irreverent rap leader collaborates with Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Schoolboy Q on his third album.

  • Reba McEntire - Love Somebody
    The country star listened to thousands of songs to find the best eclectic mix for her first album in five years.

  • Shawn Mendes - Handwritten (Deluxe)
    Canada’s latest teen heartthrob with a guitar, known for “Life of the Party,” plays a romantic on his first album.

  • Christine and the Queens- Saint Claude
    Singer-songwriter Héloïse Letissier's first EP in English comes after her February win as Best Female Artist at Victoires de la musique.

  • Halestorm - Into The Wild Life (Deluxe) [Explicit]
    The third full-length from Lizzy Hale’s hard rock act features a new level of polished power chords and hot guitar solos.

  • The Wombats - Glitterbug (Deluxe Version)
    Liverpool’s indie rock darlings pack the third album with big singalong songs with heavy repeat appeal.

  • Sabrina Carpenter - Eyes Wide Open
    A pop music debut from the young Disney Channel actress who plays Maya Hart on Girl Meets World.

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New Music Weekly - April 7, 2015

Tune in to the latest New Music Weekly playlist for your personal tour of the best sounds dropping right now! This week, that means the return of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson and other heavy hitters mentioned in the Playlist Notes below, plus buzzy acts like Sydney DJ Alison Wonderland, Nashville singer Jessie Baylin, UK electronic act East India Youth and LA groover Shlohmo.

Subscribe to get a new well-rounded, genre-hopping set each week and visit the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection of what’s just come out, including the full albums for all these projects mentioned here. Happy listening!


  • Toro Y Moi - What For?
    Nostalgic pop flows on the latest project by Chazwick Bundick’s one-man synth band.

  • Priory - Need To Know
    Portland’s “Weekend” warriors load their sophomore album with chilled pop, rock and dance beats.

  • Lord Huron - Strange Trails
    LA’s indie folk act diverts from its debut sound to take a darker path on the follow-up album.

  • Matt and Kim - New Glow
    The Brooklyn pop duo lets loose with an especially adventurous and eclectic album.

  • Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
    Katie Crutchfield broadens her sound while balancing themes of the past and the future.

  • All Time Low - Future Hearts
    Baltimore’s pop punk act joins forces with Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden.

  • Say Lou Lou - Lucid Dreaming (Deluxe Edition)
    For their first album, Australian/Swedish twins Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson ride the dream wave.

∞  April 7, 2015 — 8:45AM

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New Music Weekly - March 31, 2015

Ready for some fresh tunes? It’s time for your brand new, lovingly curated New Music Weekly playlist, the set that turns you on to the biggest and brightest offerings of the week. Today you’ll hear the buzzing country artist Cam, Canadian indie rockers Hollerado, Christian rapper NF, English acoustic folk trio The Staves and Athens alt-rock act Reptar.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to enjoy each updated set as it drops every seven days. You can also listen to these full albums in the Rdio New Releases section and read the Playlist Notes below for more info on this week’s key players.


  • Death Cab for Cutie - Kintsugi
    With a title that describes a Japanese artistic craft of repairing broken pottery, the band's eighth album reveals personal stories of love and loss gently and honestly.

  • Hollywood Undead - Day Of The Dead (Deluxe Version)
    LA’s masked marauders solidify their hard rock and rap intensity on their fourth album.

  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
    The singer-songwriter’s first album in five years provides a return to his indie folk leanings.

  • Ludacris - Ludaversal (Deluxe)
    The Atlanta rapper/actor’s long anticipated ninth album features Usher, Monica, Miguel and David Guetta.

  • Darius - Southern Style
    Hootie & The Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker continues his country crossover on his fifth solo effort.

  • Wale - The Album About Nothing
    The fourth album from the Washington DC rapper is an extension of a mixtape inspired by the television series Seinfeld.

  • Ron Sexsmith - Carousel One
    The Ontario artist’s 14th album showcases a more uplifting side of his timeless guitar pop.

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New Music Weekly - March 17, 2015

Subscribe to our hand-picked New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll always be right on the pulse of the freshest releases. This week, that includes acts like rapper Flo Rida, alt-country mavericks Houndmouth, Ólafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott leading The Chopin Project and the duo of Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield taking on the emotional work of the late Elliott Smith. Read about the week’s biggest highlights in the Playlist Notes below. When you’re ready for more, head over to the Rdio New Releases page to listen to the full albums and EPs. The joy of discovery starts now!


  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly The LA rapper's third album delves even deeper into honest issues socio-political awareness with the help of guests like George Clinton, Bilal and Snoop Dogg.

  • Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves
    Washington’s indie rock act explores disco, psychedelia and other fun rhythms for their first album in eight years.

  • Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
    A rising Canadian singer-songwriter captures Seventies quaintness on his debut album.

  • Marina and The Diamonds - FROOT
    The third album from Wales’ dream pop queen finds her happier and more reflective than ever.

  • Twin Shadow - Eclipse
    Brooklyn’s master of indie pop drama returns with big emotional songs on his third album.

    The sophomore album from the LA electronic rock act ventures into more aggressive territory.

  • Mark Knopfler - Tracker (Deluxe)
    The former Dire Straits frontman’s eighth album showcases his storytelling, blues-tinged guitar and Celtic influences.

  • Sleeping With Sirens - Madness
    The band’s Epitaph debut ventures from post-hardcore territory into a more pop rock sound.

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New Music Weekly - March 10, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist contains a wonderful assortment of tunes. Press play and discover both seasoned and fresh voices like Lieutenant, the new solo project from Foo Fighters’ bassist Nate Mendel; Gang of Four, the post-punk vets who are now collaborating with Alison Mosshart of The Kills; Australia-via-England synth pop slash celebrity remix duo Monarchy, psychedelic Southern rockers The Bright Light Social Hour, Americana preservationists The Devil Makes Three and even a saucy live Vegas show from country star Shania Twain. Variety is the spice of life!

And guess what? We haven’t even talked about Madonna yet! Read more about her and the week’s other key highlights in the Playlist Notes below and visit the Rdio New Releases page to hear more from each album.


  • Madonna - Rebel Heart
    The star’s 13th album features production by Diplo and Avicii and surprise appearances by Nicki Minaj and Mike Tyson.

  • Will Butler - Policy
    Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumentalist plays with different styles and fanciful lyrics on his quirky solo debut.

  • Luke Bryan - Spring Break…Checkin’ Out
    The country star collects up his Spring Break-themed EPs alongside new songs “Just a Sip” and “Buzzkill.”

  • Cancer Bats- Searching for Zero
    Toronto’s hardcore punks flirt with catchier and more experimental sounds on their fifth album.

  • Empire Cast - Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire
    With over a dozen songs produced by Timbaland, the entire first season of music from FOX's hit musical drama "Empire" gets a full release.

  • Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood
    Spacebomb Records’ founder explores the intersection between rock and jazz on his sophomore album.

  • Fences - Lesser Oceans (Explicit)
    The Seattle indie act’s second album features a collaboration with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and production by members of Death Cab for Cutie and Of Monsters and Men.

∞  March 10, 2015 — 11:41AM

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New Music Weekly - March 3, 2015

Hear ye, hear ye, the latest New Music Weekly playlist is now ready for your immediate and repeated consumption! This week, we’re vibing to a brand new EP from Ringo Starr, digging the dancier sounds of the third album from Moon Duo, rocking out with a little help from the UK’s To Kill a King and catching up with the latest in Timbaland’s catchy tunes for the Empire Cast. (It’s okay to admit it’s your favorite guilty pleasure show on TV!)

There's even more heavy hitters in the Playlist Notes below. Subscribe to the playlist to never miss another beat the moment it drops, and visit the Rdio New Releases page to browse this week’s complete collection.


  • Purity Ring - Another Eternity
    The followup to 2012’s Shrines finds the Canadian duo firmly in electro pop territory.

  • Kelly Clarkson - Piece By Piece (Deluxe Version)
    The seventh album from the American Idol and new mother features the US hit “Heartbeat Song” and a collaboration with crooner John Legend.

  • of Montreal - Aureate Gloom
    A lucky 13th album from the ever-evolving Athens, Georgia group mines funk and psychedelic influences.

  • Rixton - Let The Road
    Pop, rock and R&B unfold in this UK act’s debut album featuring the number one hit “Me and My Broken Heart.”

  • Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher’s Daughter
    The Seattle singer-songwriter best known in alt-country circles takes on a more rock ‘n roll feel on her sixth album.

  • Tuxedo - Tuxedo
    Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One join forces for a debut album that travels the lineage of funk.

  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday
    The sophomore project from the former Oasis legend features former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and tries on styles like jazz and dance rock.

∞  March 2, 2015 — 11:29PM

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New Music Weekly - February 24, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is here! Don’t forget to subscribe to receive it automatically every seven days.

This week, we’re swooning over the archives of our favorite bearded singer/songwriter Iron & Wine, feeling the maverick grunge spirit of young UK rockers Darlia, discovering the solo pop talents of Lana Del Rey/Bruno Mars producer Emile Haynie and reliving the glory of Sons of Anarchy via its new soundtrack. The Playlist Notes will quickly get you up to speed with the rest of this week’s highlights, and you can go more in depth with everything in the Rdio New Releases section. Have fun!


  • Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition)
    This seminal double album’s 40th anniversary release features remastering and seven previously unreleased songs.

  • Dan Deacon - Gliss Riffer
    Baltimore’s electronic producer extraordinaire scales back his synth and electro driven sound on his first album in three years.

  • Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise (Deluxe)
    The Detroit rapper’s third album features collaborations with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Jhene Aiko.

  • Kid Rock - First Kiss
    The Detroit rap-rocker’s tenth album reminisces on his favorite classic tunes of his youth for song inspiration.

  • Mat Kearney - JUST KIDS
    The contemporary Christian artist digs deep into his rock-tinged soul for the songs on his fifth album.

  • All That Remains - The Order of Things
    The melodic metalcore heroes lean more on singing than screaming with their seventh album.

  • MisterWives - Our Own House
    The debut album from a New York trio shows off their skill at catchy indie pop and rock songs.