April 2014

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Bring on Festival Season! The 405's Guide to 2014 Music Fests

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As music obsessives, we think there aren’t many things better than seeing your favourite band live. So when summer approaches and we have the opportunity to catch a whole heap of great acts and possibly a few rays of sun at the same time, that’s pretty exciting!

Festival season kicked off already in the US with desert-based extravaganza Coachella, but the UK’s world-famous run of outdoor live music is about to get started in earnest. With so many events lined up, it can be a little bewildering to figure out where to start, but The 405 have it sewn up with their 2014 festival guide, and they’ve made playlists for each festival lineup exclusively on Rdio.

Look ahead to May and June to check out The 405’s picks of the festivals coming up. Get revved up for the festivals you plan to attend or get inspired to make a ticket purchase for the likes of Field Day and Isle of Wight Festival:

Alternatively, explore the playlists and recreate the vibe (with less mess) in your own living room! There are even options further afield such as Roskilde or Bonnaroo, for those hardcore enough to make the trip abroad for great live music.

With the whole summer stretching out before us this is just part 1 of the festival guide, so be sure to check back for more. Follow The 405 on Rdio to explore their taster playlists of the key festivals this summer.

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∞  30/04/2014 — 3:23PM

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New Music: The 405 Recommends

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Last month, music gurus The 405 gave our ears a treat with their recommendations for the very best new tracks. We think they’ve outdone themselves with these latest picks and can’t wait for you to give them a whirl.

Here are The 405’s top finds, all ready for you to enjoy on Rdio!

Ang Low
Brooklyn's brightest R&B talent is Ang Low, a platinum-gulleted dude supreme with a penchant for soul, indie-pop and electronica. Firmly hitched to the '90s revival bandwagon, Ang Low stands out head and shoulders above the common rabble. Heavy on emotional content, pop pizazz and ingenuity, he is a prime example of how to be a true original in a saturated genre. “Can't Describe Her” and the twinkling parade “Life Goes Down” are essential listens.

Sylvan Esso
North Carolina twosome Sylvan Esso came together serendipitously back in 2012. The pair swiftly began doodling with noise, sculpting sublime synthpop that careens between skulking dance lurches (“Coffee”) and quaint folk handclappery (“Hey Mami”) – the combinations they make are both fascinating sonic explorations and technically flawless ditties, showcasing Nick Sanborn's eclectic genre-hopping penchant and Amelia Meath's golden pipes. 2014 is set to be a big year, and it's easy to hear why.

Zhala
Like Naomi Pilgrim, Swedish singer Zhala once got her kicks as a backup vocalist for Lykke Li, but is now striving to create her own pop dynasty. Unlike Pilgrim, Zhala's manic electro-pop skirts demonic rather than sweet; tracks like the distorted dance-pop barrage “Prophet,” with its rhythmic flippancy and gyrating synth pulses, prove Zhala to be a more tarnished force. These are otherworldly musings, drenched in '90s house. Her oldest cut, “Slippin Around,” is less frenetic, and her distinct vocal tones shine through amongst the glitches, digi-blips and tribal beats.

Check back for more recommendations from Rdio influencers and Follow The 405 on Rdio for more essential emerging music.

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∞  11/04/2014 — 11:10AM

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Send a Raven! Game of Thrones Characters Battle it Out on Rdio

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Not that we are obsessed or anything, but Game of Thrones will be upon us in mere hours (yes, we are counting). In the preamble to this auspicious event fans of the immensely popular show have gotten creative and descended on Rdio to create a slice of Westeros by building in-character profiles and playlists for the show's protagonists and antagonists. And we are loving it!

As you enjoy the Season 4 premiere tonight, check out some true fan obsession with these playlists from your favourite Game of Thrones characters. Rdio’s "GoT" the perfect distraction — and accompaniment to your viewing parties — with these clever profiles from Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, King Joffrey, Jon Snow, and Hodor of Winterfell that are stirring up the drama and laughs.

And for more amusement, be sure to read the hilarious playlist comments posted from one in-character profile to another. See King Joffrey’s sociopathic and tyrannical jab on Arya Stark’s "Stick 'Em With The Pointy End" playlist here and what our favourite Mother of Dragons thinks of Jon Snow (even though they’ve never met) here.

Follow your favourite characters on Rdio throughout the season to see new music and playlists added from the Seven Kingdoms, Essos, and beyond the Wall.

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Daenerys Targaryen unleashes a fierce set of queen tunes on Ascending and compiles a hilarious set of Mother’s Day Songs — no surprise she’s really into dragon songs.

It’s not easy being drunk all the time, but Tyrion Lannister makes it look effortless. J. Cole, UB40, Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars are on hand to help him celebrate wine, women, and money on his Things I Like a Lot and I Prefer Fun Sized playlists.

Arya Stark's been kicking ass and taking names all over Westeros. Check out the music that preps our favourite spitfire for revenge on her Stick ‘Em with the Pointy End playlist and her collection of favourite Girl vs Boy tomboy theme songs.

It’s good to be King Joffrey, and he gives it up to his all-time favourite person with his Me, Myself & I and Inspiration playlists.

Our favourite handsome bastard and member of the Night’s Watch Jon Snow knows how to stay warm while bumping his Night’s Watch Slow Jamz and Just Chilln’ playlists.

Loyal servant and Big Man Hodor of Winterfell is always at the side of young Bran Stark. He doesn’t say much, but we love tha drops and big bodied, hip-hop beats on Hodurrrrrr.

∞  07/04/2014 — 12:00PM