October 2011

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Getting To Know: Peggy Sue


Having an album already under their belt made it easier for Brighton, England indie-folk trio Peggy Sue to more fully express themselves on their second full-length, Acrobats. The band felt better at their instruments after doing more touring (which they did with Kate Nash and Mumford and Sons), and were ready to channel their influences in a more nuanced way. Acrobats is the band’s most focused album, but it’s also louder and more ferocious than their debut.

The album isn’t out yet in North America, but you can stream Acrobats exclusively on Rdio now. Get to know Peggy Sue better by reading our interview with Peggy Sue's own Katy Klaw:

Five Questions with Peggy Sue

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Katy Klaw: Lindsay Powell (formerly know as Cake Bake Betty currently known as Fielded).
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    KK: The new Two Gallants album that they are making at the moment.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    KK: Motown Chartbusters Volumes 1-5.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    KK: Patient.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    KK: Whether choruses were completely necessary.

You’re Invited: Paste & Rdio’s Three-Day CMJ Party

Afternoon delight

As you might well know, New York City’s annual new music marathon, CMJ, starts tomorrow. From October 18-22, the city is host to the independent music scene’s finest, and Rdio is primed for the festivities.

You are officially invited to check out Paste Magazine and Rdio’s Afternoon Delight, a free showcase featuring four different bands each day from October 19-21, 4-7 PM at The Living Room. Watch performing bands like Army Navy, Nikki Lane, and The Lonely Forest — and as if you need any more reason to attend, your first beer is on us!

Want to come? RSVP at pastemagazine.com/livingroom, then start listening to Paste's "Afternoon Delight" Artist playlist for all your necessary party prep.


Rock Out at the Treasure Island Music Festival

This weekend, the Treasure Island Music Festival shakes up California’s Bay Area once more, with two full days of musical greatness courtesy of artists like Death Cab for Cutie, Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy, Explosions in the Sky, Beach House, The Hold Steady, Flying Lotus, and the re-united Death From Above 1979. The first day of the fest—this Saturday, October 15th—sports an urban theme that unites electronic and hip-hop influenced music, while Sunday has the indie rock flavor.

Fortunately Rdio's users have prepared for the TIMF by putting together some themed playlists: influencer Owl Mag constructed a playlist featuring a single song from each artist in performing order, attendee Tom Murphy picked his favorite tracks, and Tessa Petrich made more exhaustive playlists for both Day One and Day Two.

Subscribe and listen to these playlists for a taste of the festival, and make your own in anticipation of this weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival.



Listen to Digster.fm Playlists with Rdio

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Home to curated playlists spanning Top Diva Anthems to My Muse Was John Hughes, Digster.fm wants to help you discover new music. With a mission of creating playlists for all, you can now find Digster’s best genre, artist and themed-playlists on Rdio — all created by their in-house team of curators.

Next time you’re not sure what to listen to, call on Digster.fm to play something for you. Check out Digster.fm to create an account or follow Digster.fm on Rdio to find the perfect playlist for your mood or that next house party.


ZZ Top’s Hand-Picked Tribute Playlist


This week, hirsute classic rockers ZZ Top were given their due by a cadre of next generation musicians. ZZ Top — A Tribute from Friends is a compilation from artists such as Nickelback, Wolfmother, Mastodon, and Wyclef Jean, who each put their unique spin on a ZZ Top track.

In return, the boys from “That Little Ol' Band from Texas” hand-picked a playlist of their favorite songs from a number of these contributing artists. The result, Friends — A Tribute from ZZ Top, is below. Listen to the playlist and be sure to queue up ZZ Top — A Tribute from Friends while you’re at it.

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New Music Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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Along with the usual array of established superstars — Ben Folds, Britney Spears, and Joe Jonas all have new music out today — are a host of exciting new albums from unsung musical heroes. Heart-on-sleeve ‘80s-channellers Future Islands, soul maestro Mayer Hawthorne, Swell Season vocalist Marketa Irglova, post-dubstep wunderkind James Blake, and eternal innovator Björk all have new releases available today, so there’s something for everybody this week.

Playlist Notes

  • Björk - Biophilia
    Iceland’s top musical export and experimentalist returns this week with her ambitious album, Biophilia, which started as a series of Apps for Apple devices. Seven albums in, Björk shows no signs of slowing down her innovative approach to music, and Biophilia is proof.

  • Evanescence - Evanescence
    Melodic hard-rock troupe Evanescence return this week with their third album, a self-titled testament to their longevity and perseverance as a band. Amy Lee and co. have added the harp to their musical arsenal, and they’ve split songwriting duties to make their most unified album to date.

  • James Blake - Enough Thunder
    UK post-dubstep crooner James Blake turned a lot of heads with his full-length debut earlier this year, and he’s reminding us just how well he fuses melody and beats with his studio experimentation on his new EP, Enough Thunder.

  • Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
    Prolific singer-songwriter Ryan Adams returns with yet another gem this week, in the form of 13th album Ashes & Fire. The collection marks a return to the folk-rock roots he explored on his stunning debut, Heartbreaker, so this one is not to be overlooked.

  • William Shatner - Seeking Major Tom
    Funny-man William Shatner returns to the music world today with Seeking Major Tom, an album of covers from artists including David Bowie, Queen, and Pink Floyd. If you liked “Common People” there’s no reason to skip this one.


Vote Rdio “Most Addictive Social Music Service” in the MTV O Awards


MTV’s O Music Awards celebrate the best of the digital music world, with categories as far-reaching as “Most Outrageous Tweet” to “Best Artists with a Cameraphone.” Right next to nominations for Young the Giant's Instragram account and the Justin Bieber fan army, Rdio was nominated for “Most Addictive Social Music Service”.

Are you hooked on Rdio? Use your Facebook and Twitter accounts to cast your vote, which you can do twice a day until the main event on October 31st.

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Courtney E. Smith


Music geekery is for everybody, but a glance at the history of the music industry shows that it’s often been defined from a male viewpoint. In her first novel, Record Collecting for Girls, Courtney E. Smith smartly chronicles her lifelong obsession with music from a female perspective.

Record Collecting for Girls is now available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Smith has constructed a living soundtrack to it on Rdio. Her playlists are suitably named after the chapters on which they’re based: “Top Five Lists” is from the first chapter, wherein she lists her top five artists of all time. Other chapter-playlists include “Making Out with Romeo and Juliet”, “Are We Breaking Up?”, “Rock ‘N Roll Consorts”, and “The Smiths Syndrome”. There are over a dozen playlists to explore — follow Courtney E. Smith for more.

∞  October 7, 2011 — 10:00AM

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Introducing: Free Access to Rdio

Some of the best things in life are free, and starting today, Rdio is one of them. New Rdio users in the US can take advantage of many of our popular features for free, including streaming full songs without hearing a single ad — a meter at the top of your profile will show you how much free music you have each month.

An email address or Facebook account is all you need to start listening for free, and no application downloads or credit cards are required. Just sign up at rdio.com or through one of our mobile apps to get started.

So what does this mean for current Rdio subscribers? If you’re a Web subscriber you get unlimited music from Rdio.com and our Desktop apps. In addition, Unlimited subscribers can enjoy unlimited music from any of Rdio’s mobile apps as well.

Now anyone can easily discover, play and share music, and make playlists with friends.

Free music! No ads! What’s not to love about that?

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Artist Spotlights

Five Questions with MuteMath

MuteMath - Odd Soul (1)

 MuteMath just released their new album, Odd Soul, and in honor of the occasion they've curated an exclusive Rdio playlist. While you listen, read our interview below to learn more about this funk-loving quartet from New Orleans.

Five Questions with MuteMath

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    MuteMath: David Axelrod, especially ”The Human Abstract” and “The Fly.”
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    MM: James Brown - Say It Live and Loud: Live in Dallas.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    MM: Darren - Paula Abdul, Paul - Huey Lewis and the News, Roy - Buddy Holly and U2, Todd - Mozart.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    MM: Tickle fighting in a space walk.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    MM: Nice things.

Playlist Notes

What we've been listening to lately”: 
1. Jamie XX - Far Nearer
2. Little Dragon - Ritual Union

Just a reminder of one of the greatest moments in recorded music history”:
3. James Brown - There Was A Time

Great recent records we can't seem to stop listening to”:
4. The Stepkids - La La
5. Bibio - Lovers Carvings
6. Tame Impala - Solitude is Bliss

Reminds us of New Orleans”:
7. The Meters - Fire on the Bayou
8. Nina Simone - Funkier than a Mosquito's Tweeter

Good friends doing good things”: 
9. Son Lux - All the Right Things

Classic good-vibe ginger soul”:
10. Bobby Caldwell - Open Your Eyes

∞  October 5, 2011 — 11:09AM