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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.


  • 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

NINJohn LegendNeko Case

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.


  • 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


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.


  • 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

John MayerTyphoonEarl Sweatshirt

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.


  • 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

Bloc PartyWashed OutKaty Perry

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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New Music Weekly - July 30, 2013

AlunaGeorgeRobin ThickeTech N9ne

Welcome to another week where you can head in any musical direction you can think of, whether it’s to the eighth album of life-awakening rhythms from Michael Franti & Spearhead, R&B and urban pop from British star Jay Sean, the first collaborative album from country star Vince Gill and steel guitarist Paul Franklin, or the newest side project from Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants.

What does this all sound like? It can be hard to stay on top of all the hot sounds, but here’s a great way to start. Check out our New Music Weekly playlist to hear selections from these and all of the best offerings out there right now. Read on for more info in the Playlist Notes below, and visit the Rdio New Releases if you’d like to browse everything that has just come out.


  • Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
    Buoyed by the international reception of the racy title track, which has hit summer anthem status, the crooner explores party territory on his sixth album.

  • AlunaGeorge - Body Music
    The hotly tipped UK electro soul duo Aluna Francis and George Reid make an effortless bid for global acclaim on their full-length debut.

  • Emblem3 - Nothing to Lose
    This SoCal trio didn’t win on last season’s The X Factor, but they stole the contest of covers with their boyish charms and original sounds, some of which are finally collected on their debut album.

  • Tech N9ne - Something Else
    One of independent rap’s most enduring success stories celebrates his lucky 13th album with collaborations from Serj Tankian, Cee-Lo Green, and even The Doors.

  • Flo Rida - “Can’t Believe It (feat. Pitbull)”
    The Sunshine State’s leading international hip pop artists like big butts and they cannot lie over this dance beat.

∞  July 30, 2013 — 4:00PM

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New Music Weekly - July 23, 2013

Gogol BordelloEdward SharpeSelena Gomez

This week’s releases bring plenty of larger-than-life personalities to the party, including the latest works from international crooner Marc Anthony, Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark, campy retro queens Hunx And His Punx, and hip pop oddity Wallpaper. These voices and more converge in our new New Music Weekly playlist. We love putting it together for you each week and hope that it helps you find fresh favorites right away. Not enough songs for you? Hightail it on over to our Rdio New Releases page to browse all of the latest singles and albums.


  • Selena Gomez - Stars Dance
    Hot off the success of her catchy summer single “Come & Get It” comes the long-awaited solo debut from the former Disney starlet.

  • Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy
    Just when you thought your favorite gypsy punks couldn’t go any further off the rails, their sixth album truly lets their freak flag fly.

  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
    The indie folk act goes self-titled for the third album and unleashes the most raw and rambunctious work to date.

  • Weekend - Jinx
    They received an 8.2 rating from Pitchfork on their debut album but will San Francisco lo-fi dreamers Weekend break the curse of the sophomore slump with new album? It’s already sounding likely.

  • One Direction - “Best Song Ever”
    Is it the best song ever recorded in the history of music, or just the best song that this hugely successful British boy band has released in its relatively short but meteoric career? Millions of 1D fans are screaming their opinion.

  • of Montreal - “Fugitive Air”
    The eccentric rockers from Athens, GA offers a taste of the stripped down instrumentation and lyric-forward songs coming from the next album lousy with sylvianbriar.

∞  July 23, 2013 — 4:00PM

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New Music Weekly - July 16, 2013


It takes a lot of funk and drive to stand out in a crowded field of new music, but artists like Midwestern crooner Mayer Hawthorne, Oakland hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics, Malibu party rapper Shwayze, and Aussie pop phenom Vydamo are making lots of noise this week.

Take a quick trip through the best from these colorful artists and many more in our New Music Weekly playlist, which is supported by the Playlist Notes that follow. You can also hop over to the complete collection of Rdio New Releases if you want to take your time and go for the longer and more scenic route.


  • Gauntlet Hair - Stills
    This Denver duo pushes the quiet and polite boundaries of pop with something noisier.

  • Ace Hood - Trials and Tribulations
    The Florida rapper who’s known for street hits like “Hustle Hard” is back with more motivation for the grinders, including the strong lead single “Bugatti”.

  • Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest
    The singer-songwriter goes big with anthemic songs that reflect her coastal relocation from California to New York.

  • Kodaline - Love Like This EP
    An extended take of songs from the debut album of these Irish popstars features an instantly memorable harmonica-driven title track that has achieved chart success back home.

∞  July 16, 2013 — 10:00AM

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New Music Weekly - July 10, 2013

CiaraSkylar GreyKarmin

The San Francisco Bay Area is rocking this week with new releases from classic band The Mother Hips and the debut of new act Midnight Cinema, which features members of rock outfit Thriving Ivory in a new setting. Up in the Northwest, Portland folk crew The Builders and the Butchers are back and the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band is celebrating 50 years of bringing great music from New Orleans to the world.

There’s more! A lot of cool new tunes came out this week and our New Music Weekly playlist is the quickest way to cut right to the heart of the best of it all. Think of it as a springboard for further discovery — and there’s a lot more to check out in the complete collection of Rdio New Releases if your ears are still hungry.


  • Daughn Gibson - Me Moan
    The former drummer of Pearls and Brass (when he was known as Josh Martin) drops his sophomore solo album in the midst of a summer tour.

  • Skylar Grey - Don’t Look Down
    Returning with a long-awaited sophomore album seven years after her debut, singer Grey’s latest features a contribution from Eminem as well as the demo version of “I Love The Way You Lie,” which she wrote for Em and Rihanna.

  • Ciara - Ciara
    ATL’s R&B dance queen returns with a “Body Party” of a fifth album, featuring contributions from B.o.B., Nicki Minaj, and Ciara’s beau, rapper Future.

  • Jay Sean featuring Rick Ross - “Mars”
    Maybach Music delivers a sexy summer anthem that reaches interplanetary heights from the British singer with the help of the Miami rapper and label boss Rick Ross.

  • Karmin - “Acapella”
    The pop duo who first rose to fame with their catchy cover songs on YouTube lets their affections for rap flow on this sassy cut.

∞  July 9, 2013 — 9:00AM