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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Exclusives

Rdio Sessions: Hear A New Session from Nashville Rising Star Mickey Guyton

If you haven’t yet met our Nashville Rising spotlight artist Mickey Guyton, get ready to be blown away by a futuristic Texas born country singer who sings like Loretta Lynn and cites Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston as influences. Listen to her Rdio Session performance, which includes her own “Forever Love” and her single “Better Than You Left Me.” The latter is one of country music’s biggest radio debuts — not only of this year, but of all time! We think you’ll fall in love quickly, too.

Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more exclusive and intimate live performances by artists of all styles from all over the world.

∞  March 10, 2015 — 11:11AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Take it All the Way Back with Madonna

Madonna is finally about to drop her highly anticipated 13th album Rebel Heart tomorrow, but today we're taking it all the way back to the very beginning of her memorable career. Her self-titled album Madonna was first released on July 27, 1983, about nine months after her debut single "Everybody" dropped. You'll find that consummate dance classic on this album alongside enduring hits like "Lucky Star," "Burning Up," "Borderline" and "Holiday." This album stayed in the Billboard charts for more than a year and later went on to earn a 5 x Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling more than five million copies. Today it stands as a fresh document of the emergence of an American music icon.

Since all things Madonna are top of mind this week, we've also done a deep dive on your favorite Madonna songs on Rdio. Explore our Top 10 list of favourite Madonna songs of all time, chosen by you.

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∞  March 9, 2015 — 12:58PM

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Artist To Watch

Rdio’s Artist to Watch for March: Catfish and the Bottlemen

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Our March Artist to Watch is Catfish and the Bottlemen, the Welsh garage rock act and international festival favorite that recently dropped their debut album The Balcony in North America. Produced by Jim Abbis (who’s worked with Adele, The Arctic Monkeys and Stereophonics, among others), The Balcony is a passionate and emotionally-charged album that you will feel all the way down to the tips of your toes!

We feature musicians and bands that we truly feel will break through in 2015 on Rdio’s Artist to Watch list, and our track record is tight! Previous Artist to Watch acts include Milo Greene, BANKS and London Grammar. Ladies and gentlemen, hear the future right now. Listen to our Artist To Watch station to hear all our picks.

∞  March 4, 2015 — 10:28AM

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New Music Weekly

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.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • 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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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Celebrate Lou Reed’s Birthday With "Transformer"

Today (March 2) marks what would have been the 73rd birthday of the late music icon Lou Reed. We’re remembering his legacy through Transformer, his second solo studio album. Released in November 1972, Transformer was produced by none other than David Bowie and Mick Ronson. Here’s where you’ll find what are now known as Reed’s signature cuts: “Walk on the Wild Side,” “Perfect Day” and “Satellite of Love.”

Happy Birthday, Lou! We miss you!

∞  March 2, 2015 — 8:48AM

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EventsMusic

Celebrate 40 Years of Led Zeppelin's "Physical Graffiti" Today

Today’s release of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition) marks the 40th anniversary of this seminal double album. Everything has been completely remastered on this 16x Platinum powerhouse. The set includes the addition of seven previously unreleased versions of songs, including early takes on “Houses of the Holy” and “In The Light,” the latter with different lyrics!

As well, today we celebrate the amazing news that the whole Led Zeppelin catalog is now available for your rock music pleasure! Fans of the almighty band have also been enjoying a wave of remastered classics, which started in 2014 and continues on this year. Stay tuned for much more to come from the epic Led Zeppelin catalog!

∞  February 24, 2015 — 10:16AM

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New Music Weekly

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!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • 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.

∞  February 24, 2015 — 5:30AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Easy Skanking In Boston '78"

A yearlong celebration has begun in honor of what would have been the 70th birthday of the late Bob Marley. Several of his most vital recordings both heard and previously unreleased will be brought out into the light in 2015. We start with the seminal Wailers live album Easy Skanking in Boston 78, which has never been released before. The footage from the show, held at the Boston Music Hall was captured by a fan who was handpicked to record it. Enjoy the intimacy of this special release and get ready for a year of much more Marley!

∞  February 23, 2015 — 5:53PM

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