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New Music Weekly - July 2, 2013

The Lone RangerFranz FerdinandMaya Jane Coles

This is an ideal time to discover the work of artists across the globe who have just released new work this week, like Australian artists Samantha James and Kirin J Callinan, veteran UK urban MC Congo Natty, and sophisticated house sounds from France and beyond as curated by the stylish label and fashion company Kitsuné. Read the Playlist Notes below as you listen to the New Music Weekly playlist for more on what promises to be some of the most notable offerings of the week. If this all whets your appetite, don’t forget to check out the Rdio New Releases for more.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Never Shout Never - Sunflower
    The guitar and ukulele-led trio from Joplin, MO returns with an astonishing fifth album in three years.

  • Hans Zimmer - The Lone Ranger Soundtrack
    Fresh off his heroic soundtrack for Man of Steel, supercomposer Zimmer takes on another iconic franchise.

  • Editors - The Weight of Your Love
    The UK band’s fourth album brings in new members Justin Lockey and Elliott Williams after the departure of lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz.

  • Maya Jane Coles - Comfort
    After an extensive discography of house singles and mixes, this fellow Brit releases her debut original album.

  • Franz Ferdinand - “Right Action”
    Taste the sweet lead single and opening track from the Glasgow-based indie titans’ forthcoming self-produced album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 9:00AM

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New Music Weekly - June 25, 2013

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This week, Poison frontman and reality star Bret Michaels releases an album that covers his and others’ greatest rock hits, new rock outfit Bosnian Rainbows serves up a debut straight from El Paso by way of a German recording studio; indie punk band Mixtapes takes bat against the sophomore slump; and former members of ISIS and the Deftones come together as new project Palms.

Check out these key releases and much more with our lovingly curated New Music Weekly playlist, hand-picked to bring you the best songs that have come out in the past seven days. The Playlist Notes offer some extra tidbits as you listen. Need more tunes? The Rdio New Releases always has your back, housing the complete collection of what’s new for your ears right now.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Wale - The Gifted
    DC’s biggest rapper returns with an album full of heavyweight guest stars like Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, Rihanna, and even comedian Jerry Seinfeld (who Wale once paid homage to in a popular mixtape).

  • Sylvester - Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits
    The enduring anthems of the late San Francisco disco legend have dropped just in time for his city’s Pride weekend and the country’s Gay Pride Month.

  • Smith Westerns - Soft Will
    Chicago’s indie rock darlings pull off a catchier, more mature feel on this third album.

  • Boyz Noise - Go Hard
    German techno producer Alexander Ridha offers five new rave-ready anthems, including a Kreayshawn-sampling title track.

∞  June 25, 2013 — 1:00PM

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New Music Weekly - June 18, 2013

Sigur RosKanye WestJ.Cole

We’ve made this New Music Weekly playlist to give you the jump on the best of all the hot beats that just dropped, which includes selections from the first album in five years from UK icons Primal Scream, the revealing full-length release from former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, a new set of songs from newly-appointed brewmasters Hanson (who are also putting out a beer called MMMHops), the fifth album in two years from Philadelphia’s prolific dream pop act Work Drugs, and the sophomore effort from Australian electronic duo Empire Of The Sun.

If you find it whets your sonic appetite, there’s much more waiting for you to devour over in the Rdio New Releases. Time for new tunes!


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Kanye West - Yeezus
    The brand new daddy shifts into what he tells New York Times is “Black New Wave” and punk territory for an epic release.

  • J. Cole - Born Sinner
    The North Carolina rapper and producer boldly moved this album up to battle Kanye West, and he’s giving it a major go with songs like “Power Trip.”

  • Mac Miller - Watching Movies With The Sound Off
    The Pittsburgh rapper and reality star collaborates with Jay Electronica, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt on his sophomore album.

  • Sigur Rós - Kveikur
    Iceland’s second most famous musical export tries on a more aggressive and industrial sound for a milestone seventh album.

  • Falling In Reverse - Fashionably Late
    Epitaph’s post-hardcore crew follow up the acclaimed 2011 debut with songs written after extensive live performances on the Warped Tour, which they’ll hit again this summer.

∞  June 18, 2013 — 1:00PM

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New Music Weekly: June 11, 2013

DisclosureGold PandaBlack Sabbath

Another wonderfully diverse week in the world of music brings albums from Jason Isbell (formerly of Drive-By Truckers), Motown singer Chrisette Michele, Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale, and Christian rock specialists The Almost.

Don’t delay, play the New Music Weekly playlist right away for our hand-picked overview of the best songs from these and other just-minted offerings that range from hard rock and rap to folk and minimal techno. After that, head over to Rdio New Releases to start finding even more fresh favourites.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Action Bronson - SAAAB Stories produced by Harry Fraud
    The Queens rapper presents seven new songs, including collaborations with Wiz Khalifa, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, and Raekwon from Wu-Tang Clan.

  • Disclosure - Settle
    Fueled by the recent single “When a Fire Starts to Burn” and top 10 hits in their native UK, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence unleash a full-length debut.

  • Black Sabbath - 13 (Deluxe Version)
    The almighty Ozzy Osbourne rejoins the Sabbath for a holy mother of a 19th album, their first recorded collaboration in 15 years.

  • Gold Panda - Half of Where You Live
    The British-born and Japanese-reared minimal techno producer whose debut earned a coveted Mercury Prize nomination returns for a sophomore album.

  • The Civil Wars - “The One That Got Away”
    Nashville folk duo Joy Williams and John Paul White tease out a taste of the upcoming second album with this tale of unrequited love.

∞  June 11, 2013 — 11:00AM

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New Music Weekly - May 28, 2013

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Up for your listening consideration this week are new albums by roots rock hero John Fogerty, Canada’s electro-industrial titans Skinny Puppy, bilingual Mexican star Frankie J, and young British folk icon Laura Marling. Our lovingly crafted New Music Weekly playlist will get you right up to speed with highlights from these and other top offerings that have just dropped; check the playlist notes for some supporting info. And if you want even more, head over to the Rdio New Releases.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Crystal Fighters - Cave Rave
    The sophomore album from the English/Spanish band boldly mixes Basque folk with dubstep and other EDM sounds.

  • The-Dream - IV Play
    The R&B producer known for making hits for Rihanna and Beyonce returns with a saucy fifth solo album featuring contributions by Bey and Jay-Z.

  • Mount Kimbie - Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
    The UK electronic duo comes into its own sound on this sophomore album.

  • The National - Trouble Will Find Me
    It’s an all-star party on this sixth full-length, with guest stars like Sharon Van Etten, Sufjan Stevens, and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire.

  • Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
    The third album from the New York indie rockers reveals a conscious push into new sonic experimentation.

∞  May 28, 2013 — 10:00AM

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New Music Weekly - May 21, 2013

Queens of the Stone AgeDaft PunkAlpine

Many of the new releases that are dropping this week have been highly anticipated for quite some time, including the huge debuts from hot New York rapper French Montana and retro-rocker Willy Moon, the third album from quirky indie trio Shannon & The Clams, and the latest solo effort from Darius Rucker of Hootie & The Blowfish.

We’ve listened to every last note of new music that’s out this week and put together this New Music Weekly playlist that represents the absolute best of what we’ve heard. Spend some time with it and then consider taking a hop over to the Rdio New Releases to put together your own new playlist of just-hatched tunes.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Alpine - A Is For Alpine
    The debut from the Australian indie pop act is bringing a taste of the Melbourne scene to the world.

  • Thirty Seconds to Mars - Love, Lust, Faith & Dreams
    Jared Leto and his eyeliner get steamy on the fourth album, the first since the band earned the distinction of having the longest tour in the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
    The robots are back, this time with a fresh take on easy 1970s vibes and guest spots from Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, Panda Bear, and Julian Casablancas.

  • B.O.B. - “Head Band (feat. 2 Chainz)”
    The Florida rapper most known for teaming up with Paramore’s Hayley Williams enlists 2 Chainz for a guest verse and puts DJ Mustard on the beat for a bit of ratchetness.

  • Queens Of The Stone Age - “My God Is the Sun”
    Josh Homme and crew drop a taste of the upcoming album ....Like Clockwork.

∞  May 21, 2013 — 9:00AM

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New Music Weekly - May 14, 2013

MS MRR.E.M.The Transplants

This week, New York rapper Jim Jones releases a new album on his own label Vampire Life, Portland indie pop duo Wampire serves up a full-length debut, and the latest from Trace Adkins and George Strait represent the country music scene. These and other top artists appear in our New Music Weekly playlist of handpicked songs. If you’re the type of listener that wants MOAR right now, you’ll find Rdio New Releases to be a big ol’ playground of fun.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • R.E.M. - Green (Anniversary Edition)
    The album that introduced classic hits like “Stand,” “Orange Crush,” and “Pop Song 89” celebrates its 25th birthday with a remastered edition.

  • Demi Lovato - Demi
    The former Disney star’s fourth album was recorded to comfort girls who have also suffered bullying and offers a sequel to her blockbuster hit “Skyscraper.”

  • MS MR - Secondhand Rapture
    The debut from this New York dream pop duo explores the notion of “Dark Doo Wop.”

  • Escape the Fate - Ungrateful
    Once known for being emo, the fourth album keeps the Vegas band firmly in post-hardcore territory.

  • The Transplants - “Come Around”
    The punk supergroup, which features Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and Blink 182’s Travis Barker, shares a glimpse of the third album In a War Zone, due out this summer.

∞  May 14, 2013 — 9:00AM

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New Music Weekly - May 7, 2013

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This week, rapper and activist Talib Kweli drops his guest star-studded fifth album, UK singer-songwriter Pete Roe emerges with his third full-length in three years, “Family Man” country star Craig Campbell explores divine intervention, and young Danish band Reptile Youth takes a stab at world domination. We share the choicest cuts from these and other artists with you in our New Music Weekly playlist, which is supported by the Playlist Notes below. For more of what your ears have been missing, don’t forget to browse the full collection of Rdio New Releases.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Fitz & The Tantrums - More Than Just A Dream (Deluxe)
    L.A.’s indie soul-pop specialists break free from their “retro” tag and joyfully experiment with their sound.

  • Lady Antebellum - Golden
    The popular Nashville trio have already had a country hit with the lead single “Downtown” and has a lot more surprises on this fourth album.

  • Deerhunter - Monomania
    The sixth album from the Atlanta indie rockers is a reference to the obsessive traits of lead singer and guitarist Bradford Cox and features new bassist Josh McKay.

  • She & Him - Volume 3
    Actress Zooey Deschanel penned most of the songs on *Volume 3
    , the fourth full-length album recorded with partner M. Ward.

  • Little Boots - Nocturnes
    UK electropop princess Victoria Lesketh follows up her 2009 debut with this sophomore effort featuring the anthem “Broken Record.”

∞  May 7, 2013 — 10:00AM

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New Music Weekly - April 30, 2013

Kenny ChesneyIggy & The StoogesOs Mutantes

This week’s new music is all about celebrating the unconventional, whether it’s with the first full-length release in almost a decade from Long Island rapper R.A. the Rugged Man, the eighth album from Finnish love-metalheads HIM, the debut from L.A. indie pop darlings Youngblood Hawke, or the slump-beating sophomore effort from American doom metal band Howl.

We’ve curated the best of this week’s selections into this New Music Weekly playlist, which is supported by the playlist notes below. Don’t forget that if more, more, more is how you like it, the Rdio New Releases has even more for you to explore.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Iggy & The Stooges - Ready to Die
    A self-destructive theme rocks through the fifth album — and first since 2007 — from Michigan’s finest.

  • The Airborne Toxic Event - Such Hot Blood
    The SoCal indie rock band’s third album (and second for Island) was conceived mostly on the road.

  • Kenny Chesney - Life on a Rock
    “Pirate Flag,” the single from the country crooner’s 16th album was such a hit that his tour started early.

  • !!! - Thr!!!er
    The band pronounced chk chk chk exclaims a cheeky name for the fifth album.

  • Os Mutantes - Fool Metal Jack
    The legendary Brazilian psychedelic rockers, reunited in 2006, celebrate a legacy of 47 years with an English language album.

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New Music Weekly - April 23, 2013

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Among the sonic highlights available this week are the anticipated debut albums from The X Factor winner/country crooner Tate Stevens and L.A. indie band The Neighbourhood, a set of duets between Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, and the latest from Rob Zombie, all strong evidence that there really is something out there for everyone.

We’ve lovingly crafted this New Music Weekly playlist to offer you the best of what’s out there right now. And if you want to launch a mission of discovery on your own, greet the entire batch of Rdio New Releases and get to listening!


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Michael Bublé - To Be Loved
    Yesterday the Canadian jazz crooner was hosting the Juno Awards but today he drops his eighth album, which was preceded by the single “It’s a Beautiful Day.”

  • Phoenix - Bankrupt!
    Fresh from a star set at Coachella (with special guest R. Kelly), the heavenly French alt-rockers drop a fifth album of cheeky tunes like “Trying To Be Cool” and “Drakkar Noir.”

  • Snoop Lion - Reincarnated
    Ready for reggae from a legendary rap star? Snoop looks to the islands for inspiration on this album, which includes a great collaboration with his daughter Cori B. You can also follow Snoop on Rdio.

  • Wild Nothing - “A Dancing Shell”
    One-man dream pop act Jack Tatum, who Pitchfork called “simply one of the best songwriters in this field,” is back to offer a taste of the forthcoming third album with this single.

∞  April 23, 2013 — 11:00AM