June 2012

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This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: June 25 - 29, 2012

This Week on Rdio

Here's what happened this week on Rdio. Don't miss a thing — like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio. Or drop by every Friday for our weekly blog round-up.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

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∞  June 29, 2012 — 3:00PM

New Features

Introducing: A Brighter, Lighter Rdio


Hot on the heels of New Rdio, we're very pleased to introduce another improvement to the Rdio apps on the web and desktop. The Rdio you’re familiar with remains but we've updated the look and feel of every single page. We've done away with the many boxes, lines, and gradients — Rdio is lighter, brighter, easier on the eye. It’s faster, too.

What do you think? Let us know what you like.

∞  June 28, 2012 — 4:32PM

Win Tickets to an Identity Festival Stop Near You

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Traveling electronic music tour Identity Festival is back — they're visiting cities up and down North American coasts this summer. This year's solid line-up features Datsik, Eric Prydz, Paul Van Dyk, Rye Rye, and tons more. Lucky for us, Identity Festival is an Influencer — follow them on Rdio to find things like their Official 2012 Identity Festival Playlist.

Want to be there when the beat drops in your city? We have a pair of tickets to give away for all 15 tour dates — just enter your details below. Already have your tickets? Tell your friends on Twitter and Facebook to enter. Read the Official Rules for details.

Tour dates

  • July 19 - Cincinnati, OH
  • July 20 - Detroit, MI
  • July 21 - Toronto, ON*
  • July 26 - Mansfield, MA
  • July 27 - Bristow, VA
  • July 28 - Wantagh, NY*
  • July 29 - Philadelphia, PA
  • August 2 - Atlanta, GA
  • August 3 - Tampa, FL
  • August 4 - Miami, FL
  • August 10 - Dallas, TX
  • August 11 - Houston, TX
  • August 17 - Mountain View, CA*
  • August 18 - San Diego, CA*
  • August 19 - Phoenix, AZ

  • Win one of three pairs of tickets!

UPDATE: The entry form is now closed. Thank you for participating!

∞  June 27, 2012 — 10:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - June 26, 2012

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There’s a whole lot of loud on the New Music Tuesday playlist this week. Metalcore heroes The Devil Wears Prada and pop-punk stalwarts The Offspring are both making a ruckus, as is rapper Philthy Rich. Fuzzy noise-pop outfits A Place to Bury Strangers and DIIV are bringing their own wall-of-sound.

Of course, there’s a little peace and quiet, too: reunited Country posse Beachwood Sparks have a new full-length, and there’s plenty more to hear in our New Releases and in our playlist notes below.

Playlist Notes

  • Yeasayer - “Longevity”
    As if first single “Henrietta” wasn’t tantalizing enough, the Brooklyn indie dance-pop troupe are now teasing new album Fragrant World with “Longevity.” The track is a funked-up slow jam propelled by shuffling drums and Chris Keating’s yearning wails, the perfect tune for those hot summer nights.

  • Maroon 5 - Overexposed
    The L.A. pop quintet’s fourth LP was led by the earworm “Payphone,” and espouses everything this band are about: big hooks, danceability, and just the right amount of sentimentality.

  • The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwendz
    The Lips’ latest is a compilation of collaborative songs with the likes of Ke$ha, Erykah Badu, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Bon Iver, Yoko Ono, and more. Somehow, it all works — hear how on Heady Fwendz.

  • Trace Adkins - “Them Lips (On Mine)”
    It’s been less than a year since the country star’s last album, but he’s already back at work with new single “Them Lips (On Mine),” a tuneful come-on full of swagger and countrified romanticism.

  • Linkin Park - LIVING THINGS
    The hard rock rockers have matured with every album. LIVING THINGS does the same, but finds the band channeling all the energy of their first few albums.

∞  June 26, 2012 — 11:32AM


Only on Rdio: Gold Motel’s Self-Titled Sophomore Album

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Chicago indie-pop troupe Gold Motel’s lighthearted pop tunes have brought them quick attention — their 2010 debut Summer House earned the band glowing reviews from outlets like SPIN and Nylon, and tour slots opening for like-minded melody-makers fun., Kate Nash, and OK Go.

The band’s next full-length is the self-titled Gold Motel — it finds the band in a more introspective mood. The album explores lyrical themes youth, memories, and nostalgia without losing their trademark bounce. It’s out next week, but you can Gold Motel right now, only on Rdio. Dig that west coast sound.

Join their musical journey — follow Gold Motel on Rdio to see what they're listening to and enjoying nowadays.

∞  June 26, 2012 — 9:00AM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: June 18 - 22, 2012

This Week on Rdio

Here's what happened this week on Rdio. Don't miss a thing — like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio. Or drop by every Friday for our weekly blog round-up.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

Follow this week’s newest Influencers:

∞  June 22, 2012 — 1:30PM


Celebrate Gay Pride Month with Rdio

June is Gay Pride month — a chance for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual community to celebrate their thriving culture, and for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, to join in.

We’d like your help to celebrate! Add your favorite anthem to our second annual collaborative The New Sound of Gay Pride playlist. Some of our proudest Influencers to shared their own playlists — hear what their celebration soundtracks sound like.

Get in on the action and make your own mix to express your version of pride — no exceptions.

∞  June 21, 2012 — 9:00AM


Only on Rdio: Joe Jackson Takes on Duke Ellington

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Grammy award-winner Joe Jackson has practiced just about every genre in his thirty year career, and he’s still exploring. His new album, The Duke, is a collection of Duke Ellington covers, sung in his plaintive warble.

Jackson’s take on the jazz great is on Rdio now, a week before its official release. Listen below, or with our pals at the Team Coco website.

∞  June 20, 2012 — 10:15AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - June 12, 2012

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A few greatest hits collection kick off this New Music Tuesday, as both Aussie electro-pop chanteuse Kylie Minogue and hardcore outfit Senses Fail celebrate successful and ongoing careers. Elsewhere, one half of The Swell Season Glen Hansard releases his first solo album, and singer Cat Power releases a brand new single.

Find way more music in the New Music Tuesday playlist below, and in the New Releases. For highlights, consult our weekly playlist notes.

Playlist Notes

  • Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
    It’s been seven years, but Fiona Apple finally has a new full-length. The power and dexterity of first single “Every Single Night” showed Apple retains her fire and form, so this is one to hear.

  • Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
    BIlly Corgan and co. release the next chapter in the ongoing mega-album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope this week. It’s alleged to be less heavy than most Pumpkins albums, in favor of space and dreaminess, but you’ll have to listen and decide for yourself.

  • Nickodemus - Moon People
    World-influenced DJ Nickodemus fuses music from all corners of the globe into his eclectic, party-ready sound — his new album is no different. Your summer barbecue will thank you.

  • Justin Bieber - Believe
    The teen pop sensation’s second album is a more mature take on his upbeat, melodic sound, as evidenced by first single “Boyfriend” and a guest feature by Nicki Minaj.

  • Meek Mill - “Amen (feat. Drake)”
    Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill’s new single is all lighthearted boasting and playful piano — it features a verse from TO’s finest.

  • Kenny Chesney - Welcome to the Fishbowl
    Country music hitmaker Kenny Chesney’s fifteenth album is an examination of life in the spotlight, and features guest spots from fellow crooner Tim McGraw and blues-rocker Grace Potter.

∞  June 19, 2012 — 10:32AM


Only on Rdio: Listen to Nada Surf Live at the Bowery Ballroom


New York trio Nada Surf make quirky, self-referential rock music — it’s the kind that came to define indie music as we know it today. Earlier this year, the band released their seventh studio album to date, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, capping off twenty successful years making music. They also went on another country-wide tour to support it.

While on the road, Nada Surf recorded their hometown gig — Live at the Bowery Ballroom, January 24, 2012. Listen to their killer live set, only on Rdio.

∞  June 19, 2012 — 9:00AM