June 2012

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This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: June 4 - 8, 2012

This Week on Rdio

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∞  June 8, 2012 — 4:44PM

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Listening To: Out of the Game


“Rufus Wainwright is a chameleon and I mean that as the sincerest form of flattery. Every album he has released defies classification unless you bought into the "Popera" description so widely bandied about (even by him early on). I did not. Baroque and roll? Maybe.

This album comes on the heels of his mother's death and the birth of his daughter (with his hero, Leonard Cohen's, daughter and his longtime partner). On that note the album is upbeat and clear-headed, contemplative obviously, but with Mark Ronson on board as Producer, Rufus' sound is a bit more "manageable." And as a maturing artist, that is good.

A ‘70s vibe is clear, especially on "Barbara" and "Rashida." Think Avocado and Harvest Gold and Benedict Canyon parties. For me "Jericho," "Song of You," and "Respectable Dive" are the standouts. "Candles," a lament and a prayer to and for his mother, is classic Rufus — gorgeous and solemn with passion dripping from the speakers. Lyrically he remains in a class all alone, certainly.

Being that Rufus is my number one, my Elton John, Michael Stipe and Burt Bacharach all rolled into one, I admit I am too biased to write a review that is "fair." But if you want "fair," then hit the midway at your local carnival. If you want the perfect early summer album for 2012, look no further. How can you be out of the game when you never left it?”

Johnny Hooks

∞  June 7, 2012 — 9:00AM

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Festival Watch: Get Ready for the 2012 Bonnaroo Festival

Bonnaroo

One of the United States’ biggest annual musical events is the Bonnaroo Festival. Every year, thousands of fans pack the farmlands of Manchester, Tennessee for four sweaty days to see some of music’s brightest stars.

This year, Radiohead, The Beach Boys, Skrillex, Alabama Shakes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Phish, Bon Iver, and tons more will entertain fans from June 7-10. The festival is an Influecner on Rdio, too, and naturally, they’ve got their finger on the pulse of what fans of all musical genres are playing. Follow Bonnaroo on Rdio and check out the Bonnaroo 2012 playlist, featuring songs from some of the fest’s best performers, below.

∞  June 6, 2012 — 11:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - June 5, 2012

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A few noteworthy veterans appear in this week’s new releases: Country icon Alan Jackson has a new album, Paul Simon’s influential Graceland gets a deluxe reissue, and the Beach Boys make their emphatic return with their first new material for over 15 years. Rappers Big K.R.I.T. and Curren$y both release anticipated albums, and indie-punk shouters The Hives return with their first full-length since 2007.

For even more new music, consult our playlist notes below, listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and browse the New Releases every week.


Playlist Notes

  • Emeli Sandé - Our Version of Events
    Without having released an album, Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé already supported Coldplay on their Mylo Xyloto tour, was featured on a top ten single, and has written songs for a number of performers, including Susan Boyle. Now that her debut has hit, who knows what’s next?

  • Japandroids - Celebration Rock
    The Vancouver punk-rock duo upped their sophistication without losing any of their edge on their new sophomore album. This is one not to miss.

  • Temper Trap - Temper Trap
    Aussie indie rockers Temper Trap return with their first album since their 2009 debut. If the bombast of first single “Need Your Love” is anything to go by, their self-titled album was worth the wait.

  • Rhett Miller - The Dreamer
    Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller releases his fifth album today. The self-produced The Dreamer features guest spots from Rosanne Cash, Rachael Yamagata, and Peter Gabriel percussionist Jerry Marotta.

  • Wilco - “Me Avivé”
    The folk-rock indie troupe recorded a live, Spanish version of the song “Dawned on Me,” from last year’s The Whole Love.

∞  June 5, 2012 — 1:00PM

MusicRdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: May 2012

Now that summer is upon us, it means you need music than ever — for patio parties, BBQs, beach excursions, and festival road trips. Look no further than our Rdio Recommends: May 2012 playlist.

Its got all the tunes that made us here at Rdio groove, including the ones you might have missed when they originally came out. If we’ve don’t have your favorite from May, let us know by reviewing the playlist on Rdio.

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.

∞  June 4, 2012 — 9:00AM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: May 28 - June 1, 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.

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∞  June 1, 2012 — 5:51PM