March 2011

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Events

Rdio Around Austin

Visiting Austin next week? Here are two events you won’t want to miss.

The FADER Fort by Fiat

Rdio Influencer, The FADER, presents their annual 4-day music extravaganza with The FADER Fort by Fiat from March 16-19. With an always-incredible showing, they’re slowly leaking their performer line-up. So far it’s Ellie Goulding, Cass McComb, James Blake, The Cool Kids, and Yelawolf—who will they announce next? For more information, visit thefader.com and RSVP to The FADER Fort by Fiat now, while you can.

The Vice Afterparty

Just when you think you can’t take any more live music, Vice Magazine adds their incredible afterparty to the mix—Vice Kills Texas. We’ll be there Saturday, March 19th so RSVP now.

We’ll see you there!

∞  March 9, 2011 — 12:00AM

Events

Rdio @ SXSW

In March, legions of technology, film and music fans flock to Texas for the South by Southwest conference and festival. Happily, we’re among the ranks this year and will be at both Interactive and Music, March 11-19. If you’ll be in Austin for SXSW, we’d like to say Hi to you. Here’s where you can find us (or maybe we’ll find you)…

Panels

Learn something new or ask some questions—here’s where we’re speaking during Interactive panels.

  • Head of Design, Wilson Miner, is moderating the panel “No Excuse: Web Designers Who Can’t Code” with panelists Ryan Sims (Lead Visual Designer, Rdio), Ethan Marcotte, and Jenn Lukas (Happy Cog) on Sunday, March 13 at 12:30p at Austin Convention Center Ballroom B.
  • Catch Rdio’s VP of Product, Malthe Sigurdsson, along with Steve Savoca (Domino), Brenna Erlich (Mashable) and Travis Bogard (Jawbone) at the discussion about “Connected Devices, the Cloud & the Future of Music” on Tuesday, March 15 from 5p - 6p at Radisson Town Lake Ballroom (111 East Cesar Chavez St).

Music

Whether you’re headed to Austin or staying at home, there are plenty of great new bands to discover during this time of year. Check out our SXSW playlist of artists performing in Austin to get in the spirit, or just find new music. Did we accidentally miss something you love from the playlist? Collaborate and add music you’re looking forward to hearing.

If you see someone from Rdio, be sure to say Hello—you might score an Rdio t-shirt, stickers, buttons or maybe even one of our brand-new canvas totes.

We have many other things happening in Austin next week during SXSW, so keep an eye out for more information and some very exciting announcements.

∞  March 9, 2011 — 12:00AM

Artist SpotlightsGiveawaysMusic

All About: Wye Oak

To celebrate their brand-new third album, Civilian, Wye Oak let us ask them Five Questions with the Band, created a playlist based on what they’ve been listening to lately, and even gave us two free tickets to give away, for their April 7th show at the Chicago venue Schubas. Keep reading to hear all about it.

Five Questions with Wye Oak

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Wye Oak's frontlady, Jenn Wassner: It’s hard for me to keep up with the amount of incredible music in Baltimore alone—I tend to be so absorbed in what’s happening here that I lose track of much of the rest of the world. With that in mind, some of the most inspiring and beautiful music I’ve heard lately comes from the great Baltimore band Lower Dens, and I’m confident that the rest of the world will soon agree.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    JW: The record that I’m going to make ten years from now. (I’m really curious.)
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    JW: Mariah Carey. I had the Daydream cassette when I was a kid, and I used to listen and have vivid daydreams of my own about being a singer. (In my imagination, however, I was lip-synching and performing elaborately choreographed dance moves to Always Be My Baby in front of my fifth-grade class.)
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    JW: stoned
  5. We were thinking about  ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    JW: our rapidly changing lives

Their label, Merge Records (who you can also follow on Rdio), is hosting an eclectic playlist made of music that would be in Wye Oak’s Heavy Rotation.

The Wye Oak Ticket Giveaway

Like what you hear? Wye Oak is coming soon to a city near you. If you’re a lucky Chicago-dweller, tweet @Rdio your favorite track off their new album and include the hashtag #WyeOakTickets between now and 11am 3/10/11 for a chance to randomly win two guest-list spots at their upcoming Schubas show. Here is the full list of Official Rules.

∞  March 8, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, March 8, 2011

There’s something hopeful about musicians with a long career. This week’s playlist seems to be full of them—R.E.M.’s 15th studio album is out today, Liam Gallagher gives it another go with a new band, Beady Eye, Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) penned another soundtrack, and even the critically acclaimed elbow released new material. Joining their ranks are younger musicians you can’t help but root for—Wye Oak (with whom we recently talked), Beach Fossils, Kurt Vile and more. Tune in for the best of both sides of the spectrum.

Playlist Notes

  • Beady Eye, Different Gear, Still Speeding: If you’re bummed that the ever-volatile Gallagher brothers couldn’t work it out, Liam’s new project rocks and rolls in a familiar way.

  • Wye Oak, Civilian: The third album in their almost criminally under-appreciated discography, Wye Oak breaks out their familiar soft, warm sounds in Civilian, an album that’s far from pedestrian.

  • Lupe Fiasco, Lasers: Big name producers like The Neptunes and Alex da Kid help with Lupe Fiasco’s third album, a statement of positivity from the acronym “Love Always Shines Everytime, Remember 2 Smile.”

  • Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring For My Halo: You only need to be told Kurt Vile’s name once to remember it. In the same way, his music embeds itself in your memory with his lyricism and honest, uneven voice.

  • Starfucker, Reptilians: This Portland group has produced unbelievably dance-worthy songs that sound more sunny-day than dreary rain.

  • Beth Ditto, EP: Beth Ditto, lead singer of the Gossip owns with her powerful voice in this debut solo EP.

∞  March 8, 2011 — 12:00AM

News

Now Available: Rdio for Mac

Last week we launched Rdio for Roku and an improved Collection page, and before that a revamped Rdio for iPhone—today, we’re giving you the completely new Rdio for Mac. Enjoy all the music and organization of Rdio.com without a browser, created especially for your Mac.

In addition to playing music and managing your Rdio MP3 downloads (like our earlier app), here are some other things you can do with Rdio for Mac:

  • Control your music with your keyboard’s media keys—play, pause and skip tracks directly from your keyboard.
  • Listen to music beyond the browser—enjoy Rdio.com’s familiar features, such as New Releases, Top Charts and Recommendations, right on your desktop.
  • Jumpstart your Collection—use Match Collection to see which music from your iTunes Library is in Rdio’s catalog.

What happens to the old Air desktop app? Updating it will automatically give you the new, updated version. So go ahead and try it—download the new Rdio for Mac, and let us know what you think in our Desktop Forum or on Twitter.

Not a Mac user? There’s good news for you too—Rdio for Windows is coming soon.

∞  March 7, 2011 — 12:00AM

Label SpotlightsMusic

New on Rdio: Bella Union

Truly an artist-run label, Bella Union began as an outlet for the Cocteau Twin’s own music. Helping to bring the world artists like Fleet Foxes, Mercury Prize-winning Fionn Regan and The Low Anthem, Bella Union’s reputation for great music and creative freedom is part of the reason they won 2010 Independent Record Company of the Year at the Music Week Awards.

US Bella Union Artists, Past and Present

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Bella Union, check Wikipedia or bellaunion.com. Follow @bellaunion and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.

Previous label features include: XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  March 4, 2011 — 12:00AM

Tips & Tricks

Tips and Tricks: Quick Queuing, a Beginner ’s Guide

It’s been an exciting few weeks here in the Rdio office, so for this week’s Tips and Tricks we’re keeping things short and sweet.

Whether you’ve got five things in your Queue or a hundred, getting your next listen ready to play just got a whole lot easier with our brand new “Move to top of Queue” button.

Simply click theicon to move that album, playlist, song or Rdio Station straight to the top. You can do this from your Dashboard’s Queue tab, or directly within the flyover view.

And here’s one of our Secret Hidden Features: holding Command (on Mac) or Control (on PC) when you click a play button will play the new track or album, but also add whatever was just playing to the top spot in your Queue, where it will resume once the new tunes finish.

While you’re adding and organizing, don’t forget to look for the “In Queue” badge on the Action Menu, it’ll help keep your Queue under control.

Need a crash course in Queuing? Read all about it right here. And if you’ve still got questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

∞  March 3, 2011 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Is it Springtime yet? It sure seems like it, as New Music Tuesday and many New Releases have started to soften up in anticipation of the sunshine. It’s time to start thinking about how great things would be if we could just put away the jackets, open a window, point those speakers outside and enjoy the perfect soundtrack for a backyard picnic. Dum Dum Girls, Lykke Li, the Dropkick Murphys and this playlist certainly would make a great lunchtime companion.

Playlist Notes

  • Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes: Spunky and spirited, Lykke Li covers enough musical turf to keep you wholly engrossed in her catchy, danceable sophomore album.

  • Aaron Lewis, Town Line: You won’t have to listen too hard to recognize the Aaron Lewis as the voice of Staind—and if you didn’t know the name behind the voice before, you’ll certainly hear his distinctive sound now. Aaron Lewis’ solo debut album relishes in Country, Americana and down-home flourishes. So Far Away? Indeed it is.

  • Middle Brother, Middle Brother: Comprised of a terrible trio of Deer Tick, Delta Spirit and Dawes performers, unhinged glee and feel-good sounds abound in this side project and new venture—Middle Brother’s self-titled debut album.

  • Eisley, The Valley: Semi-heartbreak and anger oozes along with thoughts of love, and more mundane things in Eisley’s third album.

  • Foo Fighters, Rope: The Foo Fighters are still around and creating great American Rock music. A catchy standard, you’ll like this single off of the upcoming seventh album, Wasting Light.

  • Acrylics, Lives and Treasure: The new kids on the block aren’t actually new kids at all. Acrylics was created from the rubble of another band, Standing Nudes, and this new album exudes synth-y, summer goodness.

  • Devotchka, 100 Lovers: It’d be impossible to guess where Devotchka is from: their music is global—one part European, one part American, and universally likable. Their fifth album expands upon this unique sound while featuring members of Atoms For Peace (Thom York’s band), and Calexico.

  • Dum Dum Girls, He gets me High: This nouveau-girl group made an EP for you, and all those Smiths fans out there.

∞  March 1, 2011 — 12:00AM