You might not have heard of Butch Walker, but you definitely know his music. As a producer and songwriter, he's worked with mega-bands and musicians like Weezer, Avril Lavigne, P!nk, Fall Out Boy, Katy Perry and Panic! At The Disco. His own musical legacy includes forming Atlanta cult-hit Marvelous 3, and six solo albums including two with his band Black Widows.
Rdio is pleased to share his new album, The Spade, a week early. Curious what someone with such a pop-music pedigree would create? Spade is a rollicking, genre-spanning gem, touching elements of country, pop punk and good old-fashioned rock ‘n roll. Listen below, add it to your collection or share it with a friend.
This week’s new releases are an eclectic bunch—there’s something for every musical taste. Rapper The Game returns with his long-awaited Red Album, electro-poppers CSS bring another slab of catchy goodness to the table, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks release a new album, the first since Pavement’s 2010 reunion. Looking for something a more mature? Barbra Streisand and Patti Smith both have new offerings as well—check out these artists and more in today's New Music Tuesday playlist.
We're back with part 2 of the Identity Festival ticket giveaway, touted as America’s very first touring electronic festival. Who can you catch live? The lineup is peppered with all the names you'd wish for on such an occasion: Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Steve Lawler, Hercules & Love Affair, Aeroplane, DJ Shadow, Skrillex, Rusko and a slew of your other favorite electronic artists will all play sets in cities across the nation. Listen to a preview of the festivities on the Identity Festival's Official Playlist.
If you're in the southwest (or are a west coast dweller) you'll be excited to hear that we’ve got pairs of tickets to give away for shows running August 27-September 10 in: Texas, New Mexico, California, Las Vegas and Washington state. How to enter? Put your name, email address, date and location you wish to win into the form below between now and August 24 at 1:00 PM, and we'll randomly pick one winner per location. For more information, read the Official Rules.
Updated: we have our winners! Thanks for entering.
For many people sharing music starts at home, between parents, kids and significant others. Starting today, sharing music in a household isn’t just convenient, it’s also more economical—we’re proud to announce Rdio’s family subscription plan.
Did debating what to listen to replace the age-old TV remote struggle? Hopefully no longer—Rdio’s family plan makes it easy for everyone in your household to use Rdio simultaneously, wherever they are. Here’s how it works: each family member gets their own Rdio Unlimited account, with control over their own music collection, Rdio stations, network of followers, playlists, and all of Rdio’s other great features.
Someone in your family will use the main account, and he or she can add sub-accounts to their subscription. The first two accounts you add come with a great discount, but you can add as many as you like after that, all managed from one place.
Time to get the rest of your family listening to their favorite music—no matter what their musical preferences, they can listen on Rdio.
A name like Ghostly is apt for a record label whose output is as varied and shapeshifting as that of Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Ghostly International. Ghostly was founded in 1999, when Sam Valenti IV met Matthew Dear at a house party and they bonded over a shared love of electronic music, especially Detroit Techno. They released Dear’s “Hands Up for Detroit” 12-inch shortly thereafter, and Ghostly has grown ever since.
The two branched out after that, incorporating Italo Disco and various elements of other sub-genres into their eclectic roster, not to mention things non-musical: design, visual art, and technology such as apps and other sound-related tools. Musically, Ghostly is divided two ways: they release “avant-pop,” music that challenges and experiments with pop's existing boundaries by infusing it with new and exciting sounds, while Spectral Sound is their dance music imprint.
“To define Ghostly International,” notes their website, “would only be to limit it.” They’re right—today, Ghostly’s roster features too broad a variety of musical acts and artists to pigeonhole them with words. It’s better to listen to some of their hottest new acts (which you can find on the Rdio Ghostly International label page) like Com Truise, Dabrye or Gold Panda, to get a taste of what Ghostly are up to lately.
Follow Ghostly International on Rdio to keep up with all things avant-pop, and check out their outstanding influencer playlist, 2011 Cuts by SV4, curated by Sam Valenti IV himself. As one of Rdio's influencers, discover Ghostly’s staff picks and more from their roster below.
GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS
They may be the golden gods of big and small screens alike, but when it comes to making music, celebrities can be somewhat of a motley crew. For every Zooey Deschanel, Jenny Lewis, or Jamie Foxx, there’s a Heidi Montag and a David Hasselhoff.
We’ve done some sifting around to find the good and the most (shall we say) interesting mix of celebrities making music, and as you might have imagined, there’s more of the latter. Sure, Scarlett Johansson and Tim Robbins legitimately know how to jam — much of their albums are even pretty good — and William Shatner is likable, in an ironic kind of way.
But then we have the downright questionable, brand-extending schmaltz: Paris Hilton, whose single was ironically titled “Stars Are Blind”; Shaquille O’Neal, whose rapping mostly focused on (Surprise!) basketball; and Lindsay Lohan, about whom the less is said, the better. Still, the songs are worth a listen — some of them are good, most of them are hilarious. Take a listen to our Celebrities Making Music playlist and decide for yourself.
Know of some other good celebrity albums, or some worth checking out? Make your own celebrity music playlist, or comment on others’. In the words of our friend Leonard Nimoy, not enjoying some celebrity-made music today would be a Highly Illogical decision.
Diplo himself will perform as Major Lazer; he’ll be joined by Bosco Delrey, Lunice, Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross, Kito, Sinden, Paul Devro, Death Grips, Derek Allen, Jillionaire, Mia Moretti & Caitlin Mo.
Rdio is giving away five pairs of VIP tickets for this highly anticipated final block party. Skip the lines and enjoy guaranteed admission, plus access to the VIP viewing area. For more information, read the Official Rules.
Update: we have our five VIPs! Thanks for entering, everyone!
Thanks to the golden ears of a music vet (Kid Rock’s former Manager), Blue October exploded from their Texas homebase to the rest of the nation. Sixteen years later, the rock quintet (including the brothers Justin and Jeremy Furstenfeld) still delights fans with new music and their awesome live shows. Today’s new album, Any Man in America, covers difficult but heartfelt subjects like divorce and separation.
Curious what makes Blue October tick? Rdio heard from bassist Matt Noveskey—listen to his playlist, “Songs I'm listening to right now” and read Five Questions with Blue October.
Believe it or not, the Identity Festival is America’s very first touring electronic festival. Recognizing this, the folks at Identity (along with Rdio) are proud to bring you a lineup with all the names you'd wish for on such an occasion: Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Steve Lawler, Hercules & Love Affair, Aeroplane, DJ Shadow, Skrillex, Rusko and a slew of your other favorite electronic artists will all play sets in cities across the nation.
What can you expect from this dynamic lineup? Find out by checking out the Official Identity Playlist on Rdio now. And there will be plenty more where that came from: many of the DJs featured on the tour will be posting exclusive playlists in the coming weeks.
The festival is only four dates in, so there are many left to catch. If you're on the Eastern seaboard you'll be excited to hear that we’ve got pairs of tickets for shows running August 19-25 in: Camden, NJ, Mansfield, MA and Wantagh, NY or if you're in Atlanta, Tampa and Miami. How to enter? Put your name, email address, date and location you wish to win in the form below between now and August 17 at 1:00 PM, and we'll randomly pick one winner per location. For more information, read the Official Rules.
If you're elsewhere in the US, we have another Identity Festival ticket giveaway in store for you next week. In the meantime, check out the entire Identity Festival lineup at IDFestival.com.
Update: Thanks for playing! The entry form for first Identity Festival Ticket Giveaway is now closed.