August 2013

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Exclusives

Early Listen: Depeche Mode Meets The Jim Jones Revue

Depeche Mode

Remixes just got taken to a whole new level! UK garage rock mavericks The Jim Jones Revue has just completed a wild and unexpected new version of “Should Be Higher” by the legendary electronic group Depeche Mode. Enjoy this early exclusive listen of a very special remix and prepare to be blown away by the creativity.

∞  30/08/2013 — 1:00AM

ExclusivesMusic

Black Joe Lewis Turns Up His Favourite Songs

Black Joe Lewis

Austin blues luminary Black Joe Lewis is known for a certain soul-stirring sound and now he is revealing many of his surprising influences for the ears of Rdio listeners only. In honor of the new album that just dropped yesterday, Electric Slave, he’s mixed this playlist of favourite songs that contains a ton of wild cards. Listen and see if you can connect the dots between the soul of artists like Betty Wright, ZZ Top, and Bill Withers.

∞  28/08/2013 — 2:00AM

Exclusives

Sail Away to Sea Wolf’s Rdio Session

Sea Wolf

Ready to be swept away by some sweet folk sounds? Earlier this year, L.A. indie act Sea Wolf, fronted by Alex Brown Church, performed a special show for Rdio fans at SXSW. The Sea Wolf Rdio Session features rare tracks as well as selections from the most recent album Old World Romance. Enjoy the show and remember to visit the Rdio Sessions playlist for more highlights from your very own exclusive live series.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  20/08/2013 — 1:00AM

Exclusives

Take an Early Trip to The Kissaway Trail’s Breach

Kissaway Trail

Buoyed by the hit response to the single “New Lipstick,” which appeared in the first promo video for Google Glass and garnered over 20 million views, Denmark’s The Kissaway Trail is on the verge of releasing a third album called Breach. Most people have to wait to hear it, but Rdio listeners aren’t most people. Hit play below and get ready to take an early trip into the Breach right now.

∞  15/08/2013 — 5:00AM

New FeaturesNews

Find Your Frequency: Stations on Rdio

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We’re thrilled to reveal the new and improved Stations today. We've made stations smarter and custom-tailored to you, creating an effortless listening experience that highlights the best of Rdio: elegant design and social discovery.

Starting today, we're giving our refreshed stations feature the top billing it deserves. In the left-hand navigation, click Stations to find new station types like popular genre stations and You FM — a station comprised of artists and songs inspired by your taste in music.

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WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN STATIONS

  • Radio you’ll never tire of — Choose from 10 different station types to create an endless list of favourite stations, each drawing on our catalog of over 20 million songs. Start a station by typing in any artist or song in the search bar, or select one of almost 400 sub-genre stations. No matter what your mood or taste in music, we have a station that’s just right for you.

  • Stunning new player — Vote on individual songs, tune stations towards familiar or adventurous sounds, and pivot stations based on favourite tracks, all inside a dynamic station player design that features album art like it's meant to be seen.

  • You FM — A brand new, personalised, adjustable station that leverages Taste Profiling technology from The Echo Nest and incorporates all your listening history, track voting, Facebook likes, Twitter follows, and more to create a truly unique and individualised listening experience. As your tastes grow and evolve, so does You FM.

  • Stations front and center — A simple, elegant user interface for browsing various station types, creating new stations, and revisiting favourite stations.

  • Social discovery — Easily play stations based on your friends' aggregated listening history (Heavy Rotation Station) or tuning into a specific friend's or influencer’s You FM by clicking People. It’s like flipping on the car radio and knowing every DJ.

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Rdio has always been about delivering the music you want on any device, but now, we've created new tools for you to kick back and discover an endless stream of songs catered to you. Take stations for a spin on Android, iOS, and Web now.

∞  08/08/2013 — 10:33AM

Exclusives

Only on Rdio: Come Alive to Don Cavalli’s Temperamental

Don Cavalli

Life — and death — is always interesting for Don Cavalli, a singer and guitarist worked as an undertaker between projects. The French-born artist who is enamored with American blues and roots music bares his soul on Temperamental, his second album and first in five years. And thanks to his Everloving label, you don’t have to lose your cool waiting until next week for this to be officially released because we’ve got it for you right now.

∞  07/08/2013 — 2:00AM

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Surfs Up: Cayucas Rides Into Rdio Sessions

Cayucas

The music of California’s Cayucas feels like a breezy trip through the best surf rock of past eras while pumped up with the youthful edge of today’s concerns and the polish of modern production. The band swelled onto the Rdio Sessions stage at South by Southwest, performing three songs from the debut album Bigfoot. Listen to the Cayucas Rdio Sessions set below and then check out the Rdio Sessions playlist for more highlights from this great live series.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  06/08/2013 — 1:00AM

Influencer Spotlights

Introducing BBC’s Weekly “Now Playing @6Music” Collaborative Playlists

BBC 6 Music

We are so excited to have BBC's "Now Playing @6Music as an Rdio Influencer. Every week they'll be featuring a playlist and asking for your submissions. First up is Franz Ferdinand!

Where were you when you first heard the band's heartbeat takeover track, “Take Me Out”? Or how about the sultry single, The Dark of the Matinee? Now it’s your turn to send Alex Kapranos, Franz Ferdinand’s lead vocalist, your favourites by adding them to his #Franz6Music playlist on Rdio. Alex will be acting as DJ on Sunday’s Now Playing@6Music and airing the songs you share. He’s looking for variety, so upload your top tracks – be it a hit, b-side, rarity or bands that are possible influences like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music or Blur? Know of any artists they’ve collaborated with or covered? Perhaps LCD Soundsystem, Pulp, David Bowie or Hot Chip? Hurry, you only have until Sunday to add tracks here.

Tune in on Sunday to BBC 6 Music’s prime time radio show to hear the playlist. Now Playing @6Music airs a new playlist curated by an artist or music expert every week. Start following their profile on Rdio now to help build playlists and get a new way of interacting with the bands you care about. Also keep an ear out for Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, Franz Ferdinand’s fourth album, due out later this month.

∞  02/08/2013 — 1:00AM