New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 19, 2015

We can’t wait for you to explore the latest New Music Weekly playlist, which is always a veritable sonic gumbo! This week, the recipe includes a dash of indie/electronic duo Tanlines, a serving of rare B-Side action from country star Jon Pardi, a family-sized portion from mother-and-son duo Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, more Nashville seasoning from Kelsea Ballerini, some Peanut Butter excerpts from noise pop act Joanna Gruesome, a cool dose of folk from The Milk Carton Kids, and a bowl of beats from Fueled by Ramen’s Twenty One Pilots, and much more.

Hear all the full albums on the Rdio New Releases page and don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive a fresh, handpicked set every week. Hungry? Time to press play!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Hot Chip - Why Make Sense? The English electronic act flirts with stripped-down funk for their sixth album.

  • Jamie Foxx - Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses (Deluxe Version)
    Pharrell Williams, Kid Ink, and Chris Brown join the actor and R&B singer on his fifth album.

  • Shamir - Ratchet
    Playful beats and steamy late night songs revitalize nightlife on this Vegas singer's debut album.

  • Zedd - True Colors
    Collaborations with Selena Gomez and Echosmith lead the EDM star’s second album.

  • Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect
    The second solo album from The Killers’ frontman dabbles in synthpop and rock.

  • Trey Songz - Intermission I & II [Explicit]
    The R&B star returns with two EPs of steamy seduction as a teaser before his next album.

  • Mariah Carey - #1 to Infinity
    New single “Infinity” joins Carey’s 18 Billboard number one hits in one collection.

∞  May 19, 2015 — 9:10AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Remembering The Legendary B.B. King

Today we are taking time to honor the life and music of the great B.B. King. You can find countless hours of the iconic blues player’s songs on Rdio, but the 45 songs in Geffen’s Complete Collection offer a brilliant overview of King in the studio and on stages across the world. Included are classics like “Lucille” and “The Thrill Is Gone” alongside songs performed live from places like Tokyo, the famed Apollo Theater in New York, and even from behind bars at the Cook County Jail. It’s all testament to King’s wide appeal and versatility to touch all kinds of listeners, which will always be remembered.

∞  May 18, 2015 — 11:48AM

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News

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∞  May 14, 2015 — 5:00AM

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Music

"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" - An Unflinching Look At An Influential Genius

The legacy of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is indisputable. And with the new film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which premiered recently on HBO, filmmaker Brett Morgen gives the world an unflinching, powerful, and often moving glimpse into the life and the art of this reluctant “voice of a generation.”

Through never-before-seen home movies, journal entries and recordings, along with interviews with Cobain’s family and wife Courtney Love, Montage of Heck paints a complete picture of Cobain the man and Cobain the artist.

We see Kurt as a toddler, Kurt as a troubled teen, Kurt as a superstar and finally Kurt as a husband and father, playing with his daughter (and the film’s executive producer) Frances Bean. The result is a sometimes troubling but always affecting look at a complex life.

From the early days of Nirvana—bandmate Krist Novoselic gives insight into the beginnings of the band—to the meteoric rise to fame, to his untimely death 21 years ago, the music Cobain created is at the forefront of this film.

We’ve compiled a special companion playlist featuring not only music featured in Montage of Heck but also some classic Nirvana tracks that bring Kurt Cobain’s legacy full circle to the present day.

“Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.” — Kurt Cobain

∞  May 13, 2015 — 9:22AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 12, 2015

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is highly classified and full of surprises! Here’s a little taste of what we can tell you about for now before you listen (and read the Playlist Notes): You’ll be hearing the musical debut of X-Files star David Duchovny, something catchy from Canada’s Patrick Watson, stirring soul from UK singer Ben Khan, and uplifting indie pop from Sweden’s Urban Cone. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist so you’re always locked in with the latest from our hand-picked sets, and visit the Rdio New Releases to hear the full albums from these and many more artists.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Snoop Dogg - BUSH
    The rapper’s 13th album, executive produced by Pharrell Williams, features Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, Charlie Wilson and Kendrick Lamar.

  • Various Artists - Pitch Perfect 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    The soundtrack to the hit movie’s sequel features a ballad by Jessie J and several plot reveals.

  • Surfer Blood - 1000 Palms
    The Florida band returns with an exuberant record of guitar-pop, much of it self-recorded in the living room of its drummer’s parents’ house.

  • The Tallest Man On Earth - Dark Bird Is Home
    The Swedish indie folk artist opens up a more personal side on his gritty fourth album.

  • Incubus - Trust Fall (Side A)
    The SoCal alt-rockers return with a four-song set, the first of two EPs to drop in 2015.

  • Steve Aoki - Neon Future II
    EDM’s king of cake crafts dark club anthems with the help of Snoop Lion, Rivers Cuomo and Linkin Park.

  • Tyondai Braxton - HIVE1
    Battles’ former singer and guitarist offers an experimental solo album melding electronic and analog sounds.

∞  May 12, 2015 — 8:04AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Take a Field Trip with U2’s "The Joshua Tree"

As U2 begins the epic iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour on May 14 in Vancouver, BC, we are rocking out to the band’s classic album The Joshua Tree on this #MonoMonday! With enduring supernovas like “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” The Joshua Tree almost feels like a greatest hits collection. Released in 1987, the album (the band’s fifth) is one of the best-sellers of all time, with certified sales of more than 25 million copies. Last year, it was even granted the honor of being preserved for history by the Library of Congress!

∞  May 11, 2015 — 12:10PM

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Nashville Rising

Nashville Rising: Get To Know Chris Stapleton

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May’s Nashville Rising artist is Chris Stapleton, a distinctive artist who after years as a music industry veteran in bands and behind the scenes as a performer and writer is now stepping out with an expansive first solo album called Traveller. Listen to songs like the title track and “Tennessee Whiskey” and you’ll quickly understand why his rockin’, soulful singing and songwriting has already made him a three-time Grammy nominee and the pen behind five number one country hits!

For more great country, rock and Americana picks from Music City, please stay tuned to our Nashville Rising Station, which you’ll find in our Country category under Browse.

∞  May 5, 2015 — 11:38AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 5, 2015

We love assembling the New Music Weekly playlist for you because we get to pick all the best songs across genres every seven days! This week, that means the return of California garage hero Mikal Cronin, a vocal take from actors Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan, neo-soul groove from Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote, a raucous party song from the UK’s Palma Violets, bumping techno from underground DJ/producer Actress and all the heavy-hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below.

Make sure you subscribe to automatically get the New Music Playlist each week. The Rdio New Releases page houses the full collection of fresh offerings should you want to do even more exploring of these and other newbies.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind (Deluxe)
    Electric guitars take the place of acoustic banjos on the plugged-in third album from the London band.

  • Best Coast - California Nights
    The LA indie pop duo returns with a bigger outward sound and lyrics that look more inward.

  • My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall (Deluxe)
    Jim James’ extra honest and upfront lyrics take the forefront on the Kentucky rockers’ seventh album.

  • Ciara - Jackie (Deluxe)
    The R&B star’s sixth album, named after her mother, features Missy Elliott, Pitbull and Joe Jonas.

  • Metz - II
    The Toronto rock band hands in a looser and darker album as a follow up to their 2012 debut.

  • Chris Stapleton - Traveller
    Hear the first solo album from the Kentucky-born crooner responsible for penning country hits for George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker.

  • Django Django - Born Under Saturn
    Psychedelic indie rock riffs and grooving electronic beats meet on the London act’s sophomore release.

∞  May 5, 2015 — 7:50AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Star Wars Rules The Sonic Galaxy

Today is Star Wars Day so we're traveling back to a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away! Listen to John Williams' majestic score for the original 1977 film on The Music of Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition and it won't be long before you conjure up images of Yoda, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader in your mind. Williams conducted the London Symphony Orchestra to bring his space-forward compositions to life. It's a perfect time to take it back to the source before the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, emerges with new characters and familiar heroes in December.

May the Fourth Be With You!

∞  May 4, 2015 — 11:29AM

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Artist To Watch

Introducing Rdio’s Artist to Watch for May: Shamir

20-year-old Shamir Bailey, or simply Shamir, is Rdio’s first global selection for our Artist to Watch spotlight. We only highlight artists who we feel will break through to the next level and this Las Vegas native is quite possibly poised to take over the world! His unique vocals soar over vibrant and infectious songs which bounce in the awesome space that intersects R&B, rap, pop, disco, house and just general fun. His positive soul and charisma will make you an instant fan! Check out last year’s debut EP Northtown for five songs that will slay you, but stay alive and stay tuned for Shamir’s debut album Ratchet, coming May 18th on XL Recordings.

All month long, we’ll be releasing exclusive content from Shamir, starting with his first playlist, where he chooses his own 2015 Artists To Watch picks, including Alvvays, Girlpool and Yvette.

Stay up to date on all our Artist To Watch picks by tuning into our free station; previous Artist To Watch acts include Joywave, Milo Greene and BANKS.

∞  May 4, 2015 — 6:42AM

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