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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


Oh, Baby: A Playlist for the New Prince

Oh Baby Playlist

How often do you get to cheer on the birth of a prince? With Kate and William’s new addition to the royal family, we made an Oh Baby! playlist to get you in the celebratory mood. Go ga-ga over classics like Prince’s “Baby, I’m A Star” and Mariah’s “Always Be My Baby” while you wait in baited breath to find out the Prince of Cambridge’s official name. Take a listen and get babies off the brain and into your headphones.

∞  23/07/2013 — 5:00AM


Deftones and ISIS Create New Supergroup Palms, and This Playlist


Palms is the new heavy rock supergroup featuring members of Deftones and ISIS. The band, which just stepped out with a self-titled debut album last week, looks to unexpected places for inspiration, as seen with this new playlist thoughtfully assembled for Rdio listeners by Palms keyboardist Cliff Meyer. The two-hour set is highlighted by the classic rock of Pink Floyd, Wu-Tang rapper Ghostface Killah, and German techno minimalists Basic Channel, but there’s much more. Turn it up until you can feel it.

∞  10/07/2013 — 2:00AM


The Cradle Will Rock You: Songs Turned into Lullabies

The Cradle Will Rock

Your little ones are getting bored with all of this “hush-a-bye” stuff. They want to rock their cradle along with their music loving parents. And now with Kate Middleton due any day and celebrity babies from Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet, and Halle Berry expected later this year, it’s time to up your lullaby game. Luckily, The Cradle Will Rock has all of your favorite tracks in Gerber-form. The Beatles, Metallica, Journey, Bjork, and Nirvana are re-recorded in soothing piano and xylophone sounds that will put you and your babe to sleep. Never thought you’d nod off to Black Sabbath? Set your speakers in the baby’s room and get your nap on.

∞  04/07/2013 — 1:00AM


Father’s Day Sounds Fantastic With Dads Who Rock

Dads Who Rock

What do Snoop Dogg, Johnny Cash, Fela Kuti, and Neil Young have in common? They’re some of the coolest fathers the music business has ever seen, and we love to pay tribute to them and other Dads Who Rock with our new Father’s Day playlist. Press play for a manly mix covering a ton of sonic territory ranging from rock and metal to rap and soul. Oh, and don’t forget to call dear ol’ pops this Sunday!

∞  13/06/2013 — 2:00AM


Rob Zombie Will Loosen Up Your Mind

Rob Zombie

Musical and cinematic madman Rob Zombie has crafted a playlist just for Rdio listeners. The 98-minute playlist is called Songs To Loosen Up Your Mind to get those knots out of your brain immediately. It’s got memorable tunes from the likes of David Bowie, Tiny Tim, Captain Beefheart, Nico, and Syd Barrett, and of course he shares his own personal original Zombie favourites.

Hit play and loosen up to the mix below — and then put on Zombie's latest effort, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.

∞  23/05/2013 — 2:00AM


Discover New Artists on The Great Escape

The Great Escape Festival

Europe’s leading new music festival The Great Escape brings 350 artists to 30 venues in beautiful Brighton from 16-18 May. Whether you plan to attend any shows in person or live beyond a stone’s throw from the action and can’t get there yourself, this epic playlist for The Great Escape 2013 created by awesome Rdio user Paul Hayes will give you a taste of the breadth of new music happening over these three days, including performances by artists from A*M*E to Za!

∞  15/05/2013 — 2:00AM


Girls Names Share Their Biggest Influences

Girls Names

Belfast’s own Girls Names is one of the bands slated to kill at next week’s top music fest The Great Escape in Brighton, England. In honour of their appearance, the lo-fi band (which actually includes three men!) shares an exclusive playlist with you called Girls Names: Favourites & Inspirations that features bands such as Can, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Beak, and Public Image Ltd. You can also listen to Girls Names’ most recent album The New Life to hear how those picks play out in their own original songs.

∞  14/05/2013 — 5:00AM


Red Hot Chili Peppers Unleashes Catalog on Rdio

Red Hot Chili Peppers

From classics like Blood Sugar Sex Magik to more recent releases like Stadium Arcadium to forever favourites like Californication and One Hot Minute, there’s now plenty of Red Hot Chili Peppers action on Rdio to spice up your ears to whatever level of heat you desire. The L.A.-bred band is celebrating its 30-year anniversary this year with the verve and effervescence of musicians much younger and greener — evidence that RHCP shows no signs of slowing down. Whether you start at the beginning or work backwards from the newest releases, the catalog is sure to offer insights, surprises, and old favourites.

We’re giving you a quick taste of the Chili Peppers with our RHCP Retrospective playlist — rock on below.

∞  30/04/2013 — 1:00AM


Come Alive at Night With Little Boots’ Nocturnal Playlist

Little Boots

In honor of her forthcoming album Nocturnes, UK electropop ingenue Little Boots is sharing a nocturnal playlist with Rdio listeners that she'll update weekly. This mix features a wide range of artists all talking about the wee hours, from George Benson’s classic soul cut “Give Me The Night” and Grace Jones’ fierce “Nightclubbing” to Hot Chip’s distinctive “Made in the Dark” and Jessie Ware’s memorable “Night Light.”

As Little Boots continues to add more tunes to the playlist every Friday until the album is released on May 5, she’s hoping for your participation.

“Any suggestions are welcome,” she says. “The only rule is they have to be inspired by or evocative of the night! To make a suggestion you can tweet me @littleboots with your song and the hashtag #nocturnes.”

Follow Little Boots on Rdio to catch hear her go bump in the night.

∞  22/03/2013 — 3:00AM