May 2012

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Listen to: Wonky

“After a multi-year hiatus, they dusted off their vintage gear and brought us a blend of vintage and contemporary styles that is all Orbital.

In this album, I hear a bit of In Sides and a bit of Middle of Nowhere. Folded into this are some expressions of current trends and styles, which I believe they successfully made their own. The best part for me is that I find every song on this album listenable repeatedly, which hasn't been true for at least two of their last albums. In typical Orbital style, this album has some sublimely beautiful moments, and at other times has flourishes that seem a bit hackneyed.

Overall, a quality offering. I'm glad they are back. I hope they can keep the creative juices flowing, and get back in prime form with their next release.”

Jeff Elder

∞  May 10, 2012 — 9:00AM


Hear Blood Red Shoes’ New Single Exclusively on Rdio

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Brighton, UK rock duo Blood Red Shoes are all about simplicity. Their pared-down, guitar and drums sound resonates with rock and roll’s essence, and they’ve been channeling that for three albums now. Their latest is the forthcoming In Time to Voices — the first single from that album is “Cold”, a song featuring singer Laura-Mary Carter's desperate wails and the pounding drums of Steven Ansell.

The single is out now, exclusively on Rdio, a week before its release. Try “Cold” to sample Blood Red Shoes’ upcoming album.

∞  May 8, 2012 — 1:00PM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - May 8, 2012


Looking for some new tunes to add to your collection? Got some holes in your latest playlist? Relax — it’s Tuesday once more, which means we’ve got a whole smorgasbord of new music for you. Blur vocalist and renaissance man Damon Albarn has a new solo full-length, as does Bon Iver bandmate and collaborator S. Carey. For something a little more upbeat, go with Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Here We Go Magic’s new album, or listen to the new OFF! for your hardcore fix.

Still jonesin’? As always, there’s even more music on our weekly New Music Tuesday playlist, in Rdio's New Releases and more suggestions among our playlist notes.

Playlist Notes

  • Keane - Strangeland
    English piano-rockers Keane release their fourth album today, which marks a return to the simpler, minimal sounds of their first album.

  • Silversun Pickups - Neck of the Woods
    The LA shoe-gaze quartet are following up their 2009 breakthrough, Swoon, with an album produced by Jacknife Lee, the man behind albums by Bloc Party and Snow Patrol.

  • Porter Robinson - “Language”
    DJ/producer Porter Robinson’s new single is a sunny, euphoric mix of synths and drums.

  • Passion Pit - “Take A Walk”
    The electro-pop outfit finally recorded a sophomore album to their hit 2009 debut, Manners. The album is schedule for July, but until then, we have this first groovy taste to tide us over.

  • Fiona Apple - “Every Single Night”
    The 90s queen of confessional, passionate songwriting has a new single out this week in the form of the elegantly-traipsing, conversational “Every Single Night.” A new album’s on the way, but we’ll have to patiently wait until June.

∞  May 8, 2012 — 10:48AM


Only on Rdio: Hear Cary Brothers’ Covers EP a Week Early


The Nashville singer-songwriter Cary Brothers found fame with the track “Blue Eyes” in 2004, but he’s no one-hit wonder. Since then, he’s released two solo albums and toured extensively in the United States, all on the strength of his songwriting skills, passionate voice, and social media savvy.

Next week, Brothers will release Covers Volume One, an EP featuring his take on INXS, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, David Bowie, Matt & Kim, and Duran Duran tunes — you can hear it on Rdio now, a week early. Listen to Covers Volume One.

∞  May 8, 2012 — 9:00AM

MusicRdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: April 2012

When you love music like we do, a new month doesn’t just mean more music — it means looking back to see what tunes might’ve slipped our attention. With that in mind, we’re pleased to present this month’s stellar Rdio Recommends: April 2012 playlist.

Listen to our mix and let us know: What did we miss? What did YOU miss this month? Review the playlist or leave a comment to ensure the music of April 2012 gets its due.

About Rdio Recommends: The first Monday of every month, we’ll review and create a playlist that reflects what we’re enjoying and think you might also like. It is composed entirely of new music from the previous month.

∞  May 7, 2012 — 10:22AM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: April 30 - May 4, 2012

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∞  May 4, 2012 — 5:36PM


Bandas de la Bandera: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with All-New Mexican Music

This Saturday is Cinco de Mayo, a day to celebrate Mexican heritage in all its forms. With that in mind, we’ve decided to make a playlist featuring all-Mexican tunes — but it’s not what you’d expect.

Tradition is an important part of any culture, but Mexico is home to more than just mariachi bands — there’s also a thriving independent music culture there, doing innovative things and incorporating new and exciting influences into their traditional sound. We pulled together some of the bands doing just that. Listen to our Bandas de la Bandera playlist now to see what you might have been missing, or just blast it during your weekend festivities.

∞  May 4, 2012 — 10:00AM

New Features

Rdio for iPad Highlights: Sync, Share and Play


You asked for it time and time again so it was no small feat when Rdio shared the big, beautiful Rdio for iPad app back in August 2011. Today, we wanted to highlight what we’ve heard are your favorite features and share some of our own too. If you don't see your favorite thing about the app listed here, let us know in the comments.


One of the best things about the iPad is how touchable it is. Let your fingers do the browsing with Rdio for iPad’s pop-out user profiles and album information. Cruise your network’s Recent Activity, or a playlist track list. Not only that, we've heard the Retina-friendly app has such beautiful graphics, there's no reason not to tune in and rock out with your music's album art.


Leaving on a jetplane? Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush and the Rdio for iPad app, loaded with music. If you want to see what you can listen to 30,000 feet in the sky, sort your Collection by synced music only.


Don’t sweat Rdio for iPad’s data usage — change your Settings so that music syncs over wifi only.


When the perfect song for the perfect person starts playing, let them know on Twitter, Facebook or send him or her an email. Sharing from Rdio for iPad is easy.

Perfect on the couch or during your commute, Rdio for iPad is a free download from the iTunes App Store. After a 7-day free trial, you can subscribe to Rdio Unlimited at or through Apple’s in-app purchasing system.

∞  May 4, 2012 — 8:19AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - May 1, 2012

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By this time, April showers should have brought May flowers to where you are, but if not, don’t fret — plenty of new music should brighten the new month for you. This week, SoCal punkers Pennywise, horror-rock maestro Marilyn Manson, cerebral indie-pop outfit Lower Dens, and San Francisco metal troupe Wild Hunt all have new full-lengths for your Rdio collections. Former Menomena member Brent Knopf also returns this week, with a debut album from his band Ramona Falls.

As always, there’s even more music for your waiting ears this week — read our playlist notes below, explore New Releases and listen to our New Music Tuesday for a preview.

Playlist Notes

  • Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts
    The former soft-rock and jazz chanteuse developed an edge on her fifth studio album thanks to a new sound, produced by Danger Mouse.

  • B.o.B. - Strange Clouds
    The hip-hop singer-songwriter returns with his second full-length this week, including guest spots from Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, and T.I.

  • Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
    Eccentric pop singer-songwriter Santi White impressed fans with the way she blended a seemingly infinite number of influences on her first album — hip-hop, pop, R’n’B, punk, and electronic. Four years later, hear what else she has in store for fans on her much anticipated follow-up album.

  • Carrie Underwood - Blown Away
    Underwood’s success as a solo country singer-songwriter has nearly erased the fact that she was once a hopeful on American Idol. Today, she releases her fourth album of twangy pop tunes, rendered in her mellifluous croon.

∞  May 1, 2012 — 12:02PM


Only on Rdio: Play DZ Deathrays’ Debut Album Now

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Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley started DZ Deathrays in 2008 only to play at house parties, but their raucous live show earned them both a solid reputation and a fast-growing audience. By 2010, they’d released a debut EP, and since then, they’ve released limited-edition cassettes and seven-inches. On May 8, the duo will release Bloodstreams, their first full-length of their riff-heavy, propulsive tunes.

Fans looking to hear the album early are in luck — Bloodstreams is streaming right now in its entirety, only on Rdio. Listen to DZ Deathrays’ debut full-length below.

∞  May 1, 2012 — 9:00AM