MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: "Smile" With Brian Wilson

Today we look back at a remarkable album that almost never saw the light of day! Brian Wilson first created Smile for the Beach Boys in 1966 and hoped to release it after their iconic Pet Sounds album, but the project was ultimately shelved due to a series of obstacles. Decades later, Wilson revisited the material live in concert with his chief collaborator Van Dyke Parks and then revitalized the material for this 2004 release. Enjoy all three movements and bonus songs from this modern classic with an extraordinary story.

Good news: Wilson will release his 11th album No Pier Pressure tomorrow, featuring collaborations with Zooey Deschanel, Kasey Musgraves, Sebu Simonian from Capital Cities and Nate Reuss of Fun.

∞  April 6, 2015 — 11:00AM

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Artist To Watch

Introducing Rdio’s Artist To Watch for April: Joywave

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Joywave gets the spotlight in this month’s Artist To Watch program. The Rochester, New York quintet (singer Daniel Armbruster, Joseph Morinelli on guitar, bassist Sean Donnelly, Benjamin Bailey on keys and drummer Paul Brenner) are now five years into their career and making their most memorable, upbeat songs to date. Tapped into that brilliant line between retro and cutting edge, indie pop and electro, the time for these genre-hoppers is now! Stay tuned throughout this month as we bring you all sorts of treats from Joywave, including exclusive playlists and their new album How Do You Feel Now? (due out April 21).

The best way to learn about musicians and bands that are really going to make an impact this year is to tune in to Rdio's Artist To Watch station; previous Artist To Watch acts include Catfish and the Bottlemen, BANKS and Milo Greene.

∞  April 1, 2015 — 1:00PM

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New Music Weekly

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.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • 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.

∞  March 31, 2015 — 7:30AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Unplug With Eric Clapton on His Birthday

Today we are celebrating the 70th birthday of the mighty Eric Clapton here on Rdio!

Travel back with us to 1992 and press play on Clapton's seminal Unplugged (Deluxe). It is a pivotal album in his catalog, one that earned the artist an impressive six Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Male Vocal Performance and Best Pop Male Vocal Performance. It's got classics like "Layla," "Tears in Heaven," "Old Love," "Alberta" and "Walkin' Blues," all performed in an intimate live acoustic setting.

Happy Birthday, Slowhand!

∞  March 30, 2015 — 9:40AM

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New Features

Listen to New Label Stations on Rdio

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Today, we’re pleased to roll out new Label Stations on Rdio. Now you can listen to free radio stations individually curated by over 20 labels, like Merge Records, Domino Recording Co, Ninja Tune, Def Jam, MUTE, Sub Pop and Dine Alone. Each station picks handpicked songs that both reflect either the label's catalog, genre specialty or the music they're most excited about now. You’ll find all these stations in a new section under Browse called LABEL SPOTLIGHT. Play them now!

∞  March 26, 2015 — 7:08AM

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New Music Weekly - March 24, 2015

Happy Tuesday and welcome to the best sounding day of the week! It’s time for your handpicked New Music Weekly playlist — but if you’ve already subscribed to it, you may already know about it!

We’ve got a really fun and eclectic selection for you this week, including the prolific London singer Laura Marling, country up-and-comer Canaan Smith, and hot Barcelona DJ/producer John Talabot, plus a 15-year emo anniversary for Thursday, and a big live show from Kylie Minogue. But that’s really just a small teaser of what you’ll hear. Read more in the Playlist Notes below and bookmark the Rdio New Releases to check out the complete collection of new albums, EPs and singles.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    The first album from the Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist brims full of humorous and incisive lyrics.

  • Big Data - 2
    Electronic producer Alan Wilkis collaborates with diverse guests like Rivers Cuomo, Twin Shadow and Joywave.

  • James Bay - Chaos And The Calm
    The debut from the most recent Brits’ Critics’ Choice winner features subtle indie pop.

  • Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful
    The second album from the cult-drawing New York rapper steps up with heavyweight production by Mark Ronson, The Alchemist and Noah “40” Shebib (Drake).

  • Smallpools - LOVETAP!
    The Los Angeles based quartet’s album specializes in memorable and feel good indie pop.

  • Geographer - Ghost Modern
    Michael Deni melds analog and digital worlds, touching rock and electronic with soulful ease on his third album.

  • JEFF The Brotherhood - Wasted On The Dream
    Nashville brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall take on riff-forward garage rock on their sophomore album.

∞  March 24, 2015 — 8:46AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Party with the Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club​ kicks off the week with some of the most iconic international ambience of the past 20 years. Listen to the self-titled and Platinum certified Buena Vista Social Club album, which topped the Billboard Latin, Tropical and World Album charts when it was released in 1997, for an unprecedented overview of Cuban music in all its glory. This jamming time capsule of Havana's members club spawned an international phenomenon with a lasting legacy. And stay tuned for Tuesday's release of Lost and Found, a collection featuring concert performances outside Cuba as well as rare outtakes.

∞  March 23, 2015 — 11:16AM

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New Features

Sharing Music Keeps Getting Better

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What’s more fun than enjoying your favourite music on Rdio? Enjoying it with a friend. Sharing is a unique part of the Rdio listening experience, and with three new features we’re introducing, you’ll find even more ways to share the sounds you love with your friends.

  • Share Replies Keep the Conversation Going
    Sharing is a conversation, and with our new share improvements, you can follow that conversation easily. Hit "reply" when a friend shares music with you to let them know what you think.

  • Smarter Sharing
    Find friends to share music with quickly and easily with new iOS improvements. Tap the new share icon on any album, playlist or station page — or press and hold on any song — then use the search filter to find a friend to share your music moment with.

  • Tweet the Artist
    Rdio listeners already love using Twitter to share music with their followers. Now, when you share a song to Twitter, the artist’s Twitter handle will be automatically included in your tweet so they know you’re listening along.Now available on iOS and the web. Coming soon to Android.

∞  March 17, 2015 — 9:51AM

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New Music Weekly

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!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • 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.

  • AWOLNATION - Run
    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.

∞  March 17, 2015 — 7:50AM

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New Music Weekly

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.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • 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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