MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: The Velvet Underground, "Peel Slowly And See: 1965-1969"

Happy Monday! Time to rewind the clock back 50 years to take in the seminal works of The Velvet Underground for today’s #MonoMonday flashback. Peel Slowly And See: 1965-1969 collects up the four studio albums that were led by the late Lou Reed: The Velvet Underground & Nico, White Light/White Heart, The Velvet Underground, and Loaded. Also included are super rare 1965 demos from the band, plus unreleased concert recordings and other rarities. Get lost in one of the greatest American rock bands of all time.

∞  July 6, 2015 — 10:57AM

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Nashville Rising

Meet July's Nashville Rising Artists: The Railers

The Railers are proud ambassadors of an exciting and vibrant current sound coming out of Tennessee, so it’s only right that this classically trained quartet, who you may know from the exhilarating single “Kinda Dig The Feeling,” has earned this month’s Nashville Rising spotlight.

Currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album, the group is also part of the Rdio listening community! Follow The Railers on Rdio to hear the Nashville Rising playlist they made for you to share their current favorite songs from artists like Ashley Monroe, Chris Stapleton, Lucie Silvas and Old Dominion.

Stay tuned for much more from The Railers, including an exclusive live set for our Rdio Sessions series that’s coming very soon. And keep it locked to the Nashville Rising Station, found in the Country category under Browse, for more emerging picks from Music City!

∞  July 2, 2015 — 1:17PM

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Artist To Watch

Introducing Our Artist To Watch for July

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British synthpop trio Years & Years (Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Turkmen) kicked off the year with the anthemic hit single “King,” which soared to number one in the UK and hit the top 10 in 10 other countries around the world. Now, as the BBC Sound of 2015 winning group readies the release of the long-awaited debut album Communion on July 10, we’re spotlighting Years & Years as our Artist To Watch for the month.

Press play on their Artists To Watch playlist, which includes emerging acts like Movement and All We Are. Then keep it locked to the Rdio Artist To Watch station to hear all of our picks for the acts who are poised to break out big this year!

∞  July 1, 2015 — 2:15PM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 30, 2015

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll automatically receive our curated, multi-genre tour through the best of the week. This week, we’re highlighting fresh tunes from country singer Easton Corbin, indie rock act Matt Pond PA, downtempo legends Tosca, electro disco stunner LA Priest, O.G. rockers 311, Odd Future’s R&B affiliates The Internet and more key artists you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below.

There’s more to devour from these artists in the Rdio New Releases section, where you can listen to everything that has just arrived, including full albums!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Meek Mill - Dreams Worth More Than Money
    Philly’s hot rapper guests with girlfriend Nicki Minaj, Diddy, Future, The Weeknd and more on his second album.

  • Refused - Freedom
    The Swedish punk act reunites after a 17-year recording break to critique European society.

  • Miguel - Wildheart (Deluxe Version)
    The neo soul star’s third album showcases an edgier side and features cameos from Kurupt and Lenny Kravitz.

  • X Ambassadors - VHS
    New York alt-rockers return with a new album featuring collaborations with Imagine Dragons and Jamie N Commons.

  • Vince Staples - Summertime ‘06
    The debut album from the Long Beach, CA rapper features production by Kanye West producer No I.D. and a guest appearane by Jhené Aiko.

  • Neil Young + Promise of the Real - The Monsanto Years
    Young collaborates with Willie Nelson’s sons in a critique of the giant agrochemical company.

  • Joy Williams - VENUS
    Following her stint in The Civil Wars, Williams returns to her solo career with an exploration of motherhood and love.

∞  June 30, 2015 — 11:10AM

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Music

Plug Into AC/DC — Now on Rdio!

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We are thrilled to welcome the deep catalogue of AC/DC, Australia’s greatest hard rock import of all time, to Rdio — it’s now streaming for the first time!

The group’s 17 studio albums, four live albums and two soundtracks are all here, starting from 1975’s debut High Voltage and running all the way to last year’s Rock or Bust. This is an influential and extensive discography that has allowed AC/DC to sell more than 200 million albums across the world.

Don’t miss iconic releases like Highway to Hell, featuring the late great vocalist Bon Scott; Back in Black, the band’s bestseller which also happens to be of the top selling albums of all time; and the monster number one album Black Ice, the band’s first chart-topper in over two decades.

Let there be rock in your ears!

∞  June 30, 2015 — 8:09AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: The Golden Anniversary of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go" Arrives

“When Smokey sings, I hear violins,” sang Martin Fry of ABC in one of that band’s late 80s singles. Mr. Fry was right, no other Motown singer sounded quite like Smokey Robinson. His tight tenor and soulful, pleading lyrics propelled Smokey Robinson and the Miracles to an eternal pop pedestal. This year, their Going to a Go-Go album turns 50 years old. It’s a classic soul masterpiece, including the hit title single, as well as “Tracks of My Tears” and the unforgettable “Ooh Baby Baby” (covered by Linda Ronstadt - in the same key, mind you just a decade later). Motown singles were perfect pop snapshots. Going to a Go-Go is one of the finest full albums of the golden 60s era. Listen and discover now...and “hear violins.”

∞  June 29, 2015 — 11:43AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 23, 2015

This New Music Weekly playlist packs in bright tunes just in time for summer! Take in the key offerings from this week’s heavy hitters (described in the Playlist Notes below) and discover some acts that may be new to you. Bask in sunny West Coast vibes from the twins in Cayucas, rock with Pennsylvania’s Breaking Benjamin, groove with Venezuelan pop duo Chino y Nacho, and meet the “grunge punk” of Nashville’s Bully.

And there’s much more! Hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to hear these full albums and discover even more new music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Kasey Musgraves - Pageant Material
    The country star’s followup to 2013’s Same Trailer Different Park features a hidden track with Willie Nelson.

  • Tori Kelly - Unbreakable Smile
    The YouTube sensation’s debut album includes guest appearances by Ed Sheeran and LL Cool J.

  • Desaparecidos - Payola
    The second album by the Conor Oberst-fronted band takes aim at racial profiling and the treatment of immigrants.

  • Trey Songz - Trigga Reloaded
    Last year’s Trigga album by the R&B star is enhanced with four new songs for the ladies.

  • Taking Back Sunday - Rdio Sessions
    The Long Island rockers cover Tom Petty and provide track-by-track commentary for the latest in Rdio’s exclusive live series.

  • Leon Bridges - Coming Home
    Throwback soul in the vein of Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye is channeled through this up-and-coming Texan singer.

  • Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
    Folk sensibilities mesh with big, stirring guitars on the debut album from the buzzing British band.

∞  June 23, 2015 — 11:39AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Taking Back Sunday Rocks Our Rdio Session

Long Island rockers Taking Back Sunday are the latest to do the Rdio Sessions honors and perform a live set for your ears only! Recorded at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, the four-song set is performed by the band’s classic lineup and features commentary for each track, including a playful cover of Tom Petty’s “Yer So Bad.” Explore more exclusive editions on the Rdio Sessions Station!

∞  June 23, 2015 — 5:28AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: The Pretenders Self-Titled Debut Continues To Impress

Very few rock bands leap into the public eye as fully-formed icons. Chrissie Hynde and Pretenders did just that with their self-titled 1980 debut, which turns 35 years old this year. Pretenders featured three singles: a cover of the Kinks’ “Stop Your Sobbing” (produced by Nick Lowe), “Kid,” and the international hit “Brass in Pocket.” But it’s in the album’s deeper tracks where something really interesting was going on. Guitarist James Honeyman-Scott’s take-no-prisoners approach in songs such as “The Wait,” “The Phone Call,” and “Tattooed Love Boys” combines punk, new wave, and straight-up rock and roll. And of course, Chrissie Hynde purrs and screams, enticing all in her path. Pretenders broke barriers and sounds as fresh today as it did upon its release. “Stop Your Sobbing” and listen.

∞  June 22, 2015 — 10:01AM

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Music, Tuned to Your Living Room: It’s Easy With Rdio’s New Amazon Fire TV App

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Now there are even more ways to enjoy the music on Rdio from your easy chair. We— along with our partner Amazon—are proud to announce Rdio for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick!

Amazon Fire TV connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment, offering on demand music, movies, TV episodes, photos, games, and more. Rdio has long been available on Fire phones and tablets, and with the addition of Fire TV, Rdio is now supported across the entire Amazon Fire device family.

As soon as you open the Rdio app, you’ll be instantly welcomed by an all-new design, built specifically for TV, with all the music that interests you front and center. Rdio’s immersive design lends itself naturally to your TV screen. The music will look as good as it sounds.

Whether you’re a free stations listener or an Rdio Unlimited subscriber, you’ll enjoy the same features you already know and love. And if you’re not currently an Rdio listener, you can sign up directly through the app.

Some of the features you’ll enjoy with the Amazon Fire TV app include:

  • Home. Start with your dynamic Home screen and easily access recently played songs, your own station (You FM), find out what’s new and trending, get recommendations, and discover top stations.

  • Collection. Access all your favourite stations, albums, songs, playlists, and more.

  • Browse Stations. Choose from any of Rdio’s expertly curated stations.

  • Search. Easily navigate Rdio’s catalog of over 35 million songs.

    Rdio is available in the Amazon Fire app store today.

∞  June 22, 2015 — 5:38AM

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