September 2011

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Now Playing on Facebook

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Here's some news we're sure you'll like: Rdio is now one of Facebook's official music partners. Instantly play music on Facebook using Rdio, and share what you're listening to in your News Feed and Ticker. Anytime you see shared Rdio tracks on Facebook, click Play to hear them immediately.

You don't need to download anything to get started, just connect Rdio to your Facebook profile. If you've already connected your Rdio and Facebook accounts, you'll need to re-connect them here. Your Facebook friends who've never used Rdio can simply click any Rdio Play button, and we'll automatically create an account for them.

Everyone has that one friend, right? The one who knows the best new bands long before everyone else. Now you can be that friend on Facebook, and your friends will love you for it.

EventsGiveaways

Rdio Presents: Free DOM show in Brooklyn for Our Subscribers

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This Saturday, September 24th, Rdio subscribers in New York are in for a treat. We’ve joined forces with Prefix Mag and Pop Gun to present a free DOM show for you at Brooklyn’s Glassland Galleries. The show starts at 9PM and will be supported by openers Adventure and Vacationer. But the best part is Rdio subscribers get their admission covered for FREE. It’s true — just show the Rdio App on your smartphone at the door for complimentary admission to the gig. Those without accounts will pay $5, and must RSVP here.

More info about the event is available on Facebook. Stay up to date with Prefix Magazine's latest music picks by following them on Rdio.

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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Like an international culinary twist on a favorite dish, this week has just enough international flavor to satisfy your ears. Swedish pop maestro Jens Lekman has a new EP out today, as does Montreal indie rock quartet The Besnard Lakes. Miguel Migs released a new album too, and although he’s from San Francisco, he’s adding some flavor with guest appearances by Jamaican reggae man Capleton and Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto. There’s some good ol’ American fare as well: Tony Bennett and country singer Gavin DeGraw both have new albums this week.

  • Tori Amos - Night of Hunters
    Singer-songwriter Tori Amos has experimented with different sounds and genres, but classical? It’s a bold move 20 years into her career, but she’s going all the way by releasing the album on classical label Deutsche Grammophon. This one needs to be heard.
  • Superheavy - Superheavy
    When people heard that Mick Jagger, soul chanteuse Joss Stone, The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, reggae champion Damian Marley and film-scorer A.R. Rahman were forming a group, listeners had no idea what to expect. But once their first single, "Miracle Worker," hit the airwaves people were immediately fans of the track, which features reggae grooves, sultry crooning and even a fiddle solo. Listen to the album to find out what other unique sounds this crew has been concocting.
  • Patton Oswalt - Finest Hour
    Funny man Patton Oswalt is no newcomer to the comedy album game, but that doesn’t mean fans aren’t excited as ever for Finest Hour, his fourth. He’s only gotten better with age.
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Hysterical
    When Clap Your Hands Say Yeah released their self-titled debut in 2005, they nearly blew apart the Internet. Hear what they’ve been up to since then by tuning into Hysterical, their third studio album, this week.
  • Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam 20: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    One of the most revered rock bands of the 1990s is Pearl Jam, who were celebrated at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival with the Cameron Crowe documentary, “Pearl Jam 20.” The soundtrack to the film is a collection of some of the band’s finest live performances over the years, and proves why they've enjoyed such longevity.
ExclusivesMusic

Stream Matthew Sweet’s Modern Art With Exclusive Commentary on Rdio

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American power-pop virtuoso Matthew Sweet will release his thirteenth studio album next week on September 27th, titled Modern Art. In it he brings a renewed focus on shape and form, marked by experimentation and adventurousness.

Modern Art is streaming on Rdio now—a week prior to its release—as well as an Rdio-exclusive “Commentary Version,” which features track-by-track commentary for the entire album. Listen to both versions, add them to your collection, and share them with your friends now.

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Score A Pair Of Tickets To Illinois’ Pygmalion Music Festival

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On September 21st, the Pygmalion Music Festival will touch down in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois for five days' worth of cutting-edge music, including headliners like chillwave extraordinaire Washed Out, synth-pop experimentalists Gang Gang Dance, and dance connoisseurs Cut Copy.

Rdio is sponsoring the entire festival, but we’re excited about one showcase in particular. Longstanding indie rock label Polyvinyl Record Co. is celebrating 15 years by featuring ten of their most prolific and most respected acts, all in one day. Cult favourite Champaign-Urbanites Braid will play a headlining set, as will compadres Deerhoof, Japandroids, Xiu Xiu, and a host of others. The iconic record company has also put together an inspiring playlist to celebrate the event. For more information about the festival, visit its official site and check out Polyvinyl’s entire showcase. Their 15-Year Anniversary Playlist is below.

Win Tickets to Polyvinyl's 15 Year Anniversary

Rdio, Pygmalion Musical Festival and Polyvinyl Records are giving away three pairs of tickets to next Saturday's all-day showcase. How do you win? Put your name, email address and who you're most excited to see perform at The Polyvinyl 15 Year Anniversary into the form below between now and September 20 at 3:00 PM and we'll randomly pick three winners. For more information, read the Official Rules.

Update: Thanks for playing! The entry form for the Pygmalion Music Festival Ticket Giveaway is now closed.

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Meet and Greet Country Legends at Nashville’s Capitol Street Party

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Want to meet some country music icons? On September 21st at 7:00PM, Nashville, Tennessee will host the Capitol Street Party. Organizers will shut down Demonbreun Street for a free, full-evening party to say goodbye to summer. Country singers Eric Paslay, Eric Church and Alan Jackson will all perform, and you could be hanging out with them backstage if you win our meet-and-greet contest.

If you're not in Nashville, check Rdio in early October for exclusive live sets from the party. Until then you can listen to our exclusive playlists, hand-picked by Eric Church and Eric Paslay themselves. Get excited — you could be meeting these folks soon! Follow Capitol Nashville on Rdio to see what they’re listening to, and get more details about the festival here.

Win Capitol Nashville Street Party Meet-and-Greet Passes

Rdio and Capitol Street Party want to give you a special chance to meet Eric Paslay, Alan Jackson and Eric Church — we have 10 Meet-and-Greet passes to give away to the show. Five fans will shake hands with Alan Jackson, while the other 5 will do the same with Eric Church; all ten will also meet opener Eric Paslay. And yes, winners can bring a camera to take a photo, and bring an item for their artist to sign. How do you win? Put your name, email address and who you're most excited to see perform at Capitol Street Party into the form below between now and September 19 at 12:00 PM and we'll randomly pick ten winners. For more information, read the Official Rules.

Update: Thanks for playing! The entry form for the Capitol Street Party Meet and Greet is now closed.

Artist SpotlightsMusic

Introducing: Mariachi El Bronx

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When California punk band The Bronx don their masks and break out the trumpets, they become fascinating alter ego Mariachi El Bronx. It’s no novelty — the band have true mariachi chops. Their second, self-titled album, recorded with former Oingo Boingo member John Avila, is out now, and cements their authentic mariachi style. This month they’re touring with mega-band the Foo Fighters. Before you catch them live, listen to their albums on Rdio, check out their “Music We Are Randomly Blasting On Tour...” playlist, and read their answers to our Five Questions.

Five Questions with Mariachi El Bronx

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Matt Caughthran: GG Allin, the master of chaos and sonic death.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    MC: M.O.D. - U.S.A. For M.O.D. A hidden gem in the thrash world. This record can take any party to the breaking point.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    MC: 7 Seconds - The Crew. This record marked the first time I heard songs that were shorter than 30 seconds. It blew my fucking mind. This classic record was a pilot light that fueled every misadventure of my teenage years.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    MC: Inspired.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    MC: Male strippers.
Events

Flux's Screening Series Returns Tonight in LA

Tonight in Los Angeles, Rdio proudly presents another edition of the Flux Screening Series at the Hammer Museum. This quarterly event features screenings of new works by award-winning music video directors and up-and-coming video artists. After tonight’s screening there will be an outdoor party in the museum’s courtyard with DJ Heidi.

For the September edition, watch brand new work from filmmakers Mark and Kent Osborne, Michel Gondry, and CANADA, whose video for Oh Land is shown above. Also on hand will be special guest filmmakers Ace Norton, Isaiah Seret, DANIELS, Nabil, Suzi Yoonesi and Brainbow, screening their latest music video projects for artists including Cults, Bjork, Frank Ocean, and Foster the People.

RSVP is suggested, but not required. Tickets will be available at the Billy Wilder Theatre Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first serve basis.

Follow Flux on Rdio and check out their playlist below for a musical preview of tonight’s show.

Artist SpotlightsMusic

Pleased to Meet You: Mason Jennings

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Hawaii-born singer-songwriter Mason Jennings is a folk troubadour known for his succinct, ear-catching melodies. He certainly caught Jack Johnson's ear — the two met when Jennings opened for Johnson in 2001, and they subsequently toured together. (Years later, Jennings signed to Johnson’s label, Brushfire Records).

Jennings just released his ninth full-length studio album, Minnesota, but that’s not all he’s offering fans right now. He’s put together a playlist of his favorite songs by bands he’s toured with, and answered our Five Questions — check them out and listen to Minnesota now.

Five Questions with Mason Jennings

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Mason Jennings: Chad VanGaalen.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    MJ: Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    MJ: Led Zeppelin.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    MJ: Listening.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    MJ: Chopin and soccer.
Artist SpotlightsMusic

All About: The Horrible Crowes

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Many music fans might be more familiar with Brian Fallon as the singer and primary songwriter for Springsteen-esque Jersey quartet The Gaslight Anthem, but Fallon’s no one-trick pony. At the beginning of 2011 he announced a new project titled The Horrible Crowes, with his guitar technician, Ian Perkins. The Crowes’ soulful sound is distinct from The Gaslight Anthem’s more punk-rock leanings, and showcases a darker side of Fallon’s songwriting — it’s music more influenced by the likes of Tom Waits and Greg Dulli. Fallon mentioned that starting in September, the duo will play a short tour for the album — we’d suggest getting tickets now.

While you’re snagging a pair or two, check out Fallon’s hand-picked playlist, and his answers to our Five Questions.

Five Questions with The Horrible Crowes

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Brian Fallon: I think the most unheard important musician is probably a band from Canada called Lightning Dust.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    BF: Tom Waits - Orphans.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    BF: Bruce Springsteen.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    BF: Comforted.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    BF: Love, truth, death, and poison snakes.