August 2012

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New Music Tuesday - August 14, 2012


Clear some space on your playlists: Piano singer-songwriter Daniel Powter, aggro-rap outfit Kottonmouth Kings, and the one and only Insane Clown Posse all have new albums out today, but as per usual, that’s not all.

Listen to the weekly New Music Tuesday playlist and the rest of this week’s new albums in the Rdio New Releases. While you’re at it, consult our playlist notes below.

Playlist Notes

  • Various Artists - Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac
    Lykke Li, Best Coast, MGMT, The Kills, Washed Out, The New Pornographers, and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo pay tribute to the beloved soft rock outfit.

  • 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story
    After guest slots on tracks with Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Big K.R.I.T., the Atlanta rapper is ready for his debut album spotlight.

  • Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
    The chameleonic duo shift genre on every album, but the latest Dead Can Dance album finds them hearkening back to their ‘80s work: haunting, goth-inspired art-pop.

  • Yellowcard - Southern Air
    The SoCal pop-punk outfit explores themes of growing up on their latest full-length without losing their trademark, beach-ready sound.

  • Mariah Carey - “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)”
    Carey’s new single features Rick Ross and Meek Mill, and marks the singer’s return to the world of music. An as-yet-untitled album is just around the corner.

∞  August 14, 2012 — 10:00AM


Eyes Lips Eyes Debut their Disco-Punk Debut EP on Rdio


L.A. disco-punks Eyes Lips Eyes channel the energy of Talking Heads and the groove of Gang of Four. A debut album is in the works for next year, but the band aren’t going to make you wait that long.

Today, they’re dropping the What You Want EP, four songs that evince just why the band’s already garnered buzz from the likes of Filter, Buzzbands LA and yes, even CNN. What You Want is on Rdio now. Share it with your friends, or keep it under your hat until your next dance party.

Developer App

Developer App: Setlist


Never miss a beat from a beloved band again — Setlist, this month’s Developer App, tells you when one of your favorite artists is coming to town.

Download Setlist and link your Rdio account. The app will alert you if an artist in your Collection is performing in any of your specified cities. Found a show you’re dying to see? Just purchase tickets through the Songkick integration. Follow Setlist on Twitter for any updates and news.

Try your hand at an app idea — just head to Rdio’s Developer page and register for an API key. Our Github page and API Google Group are there to give you a push. Your app can even bring in some dough from the Rdio Affiliate program.


Afro-beat orchestra Antibalas present Favorite Songs of Protest Playlist


Antibalas might be Brooklyn based, but since 1998, the Afro-beat orchestra have been channeling all the horn-driven funk and rhythm of Cuban and West African music with authenticity and gusto. On August 7, the collective released their new self-titled album, Antibalas.

The band are very politically-minded, so when you’ve finished listening to the full-length, why not begin their playlist of Antibalas’ Favorite Songs of Protest? Says Antibalas’ Martin Perna: “Music has always served as a vehicle for speaking truth to power, and giving voice to the voiceless. Protest music of the ‘60s and ‘70s is at the core of the musical and spiritual inspiration for Antibalas. I curated this playlist my favorite political songs whose messages are as relevant now as they were when they first hit the airwaves. May these songs entertain, uplift, and inspire you to imagine and create a more peaceful world.”


Win tickets to Rdio Live Presents: A Special Guest

If you're in the Bay Area, you could win an invitation to Rdio's secret show featuring a special guest that you won't want to miss.


Rdio Live is hosting an exclusive set in San Francisco so secret that we can't even reveal the very special guest performing — but it’ll be an act worth catching at such an intimate venue. The performance will start at 1:00pm on August 13 at S.F. venue Monarch, and the act will be announced at 9:00am, four hours before set time.

We’ve got 10 pairs of tickets to the event! All you have to do is fill in the Google entry form below, including your name, email, and Rdio username between now and midnight on August 11, and we’ll notify the winners on Sunday morning. Read the Official Rules for more details.

If you win, you’ll be headed to this exclusive set at the Monarch! Enter below.

UPDATE: Thank you for entering!


Festival Watch: Outside Lands


From August 10-12, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park will once more be home to Outside Lands, hosting three days’ (and three stages’!) worth of music, comedy, and post-festival shows. The 2012 edition features headliners Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Jack White, and Skrillex, plus lesser-known gems like Zola Jesus, Sharon Van Etten, Washed Out, and Tanlines.

Rdio Influencers 7x7, TheOwlMag, and Free People (below) have all made Outside Lands 2012 playlists, featuring their favorite tunes by artists from the festival line-ups. Got your own faves? Make your own Outside Lands playlist to show which artists are must-sees at this year’s fest.

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - August 7, 2012


Delicate, emotive piano-pop outfit Antony & The Johnsons leads the new releases, but there’s a distinctively international flavor to this week’s new tunes. Former Sudanese child soldier and spoken-word musician Emmanuel Jal has a new album out, as do Brooklyn Afro-funk collective Antibalas. Heavy music icon Rob Zombie rounds out the week’s new albums, but as per usual, there are tons more in our playlist notes below.

Listen to the weekly New Music Tuesday playlist and find the rest of this week’s new albums in the Rdio New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Niki & The Dove - Instinct
    The Swedish electro-pop trio’s debut follows in the same vein of grand, synth-driven music that they introduced on their EP late last year. Now, there’s a whole album to enjoy.

  • Elle Varner - Perfectly Imperfect
    Perfectly Imperfect is the debut album by R&B upstart Elle Varner. The singer writes all her own songs, including first single “Only Wanna Give It to You,” which shot up the chart with its soulful bounce and slinky melody. Expect big things from this one.

  • Various Artists - Perez Hilton presents Pop Up! #1
    This week, celeb blogger Perez Hilton releases the first volume of a series acknowledging the next wave of pop and electronic acts. This one features Kerli, My Name is Kay, and The Cataracs, among others.

  • Big Boi - “She Said Okay”
    All funk and swagger, “She Said Okay” is a lewd after-hours tune that revels in the naughty details. It also signals that the Outkast member is back in the recording booth for his next album.

  • Grizzly Bear - “Yet Again”
    The elegant indie-pop troupe’s new album is just around the bend, and new single “Yet Again” shows the band at their most forthright, with waves of guitar chords and a yearning vocal take.

∞  August 7, 2012 — 10:00AM


Hear Jillette Johnson’s Debut EP, Whiskey & Frosting, A Week Early on Rdio


New York City singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson has been compared to Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, and Florence Welch, but until now, she had yet to release any music. Next week, fresh from being signed by Wind-Up records, Johnson will make her debut with the Whiskey & Frosting EP.

Johnson’s first batch of songs are on Rdio now, a week before the EP’s official release. Let Whiskey & Frosting whisk you away below:

Want more Jillette Johnson? Listen to her Current Rotation on Rdio to hear what’s providing her inspiration at the moment.

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: July 2012

Another month of music releases has passed, and if you feel like you have a wealth of riches to sift through but don’t know where to start, worry not — we here at Rdio have done some of the heavy lifting for you.

Rdio Recommends: July 2012 features all the tunes we loved that you might have missed in the month of July. Love what you hear? Subscribe, and review the playlist to let us know what you think.

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.


An Rdio Exclusive: Delicate Steve’s Track-by-Track Commentary on new album Positive Force


On July 3, multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Delicate Steve issued his finest album yet in Positive Force. At turns triumphant, sweet, and yes, delicate, Positive Force demonstrates Delicate Steve’s expressive guitar abilities and knack for melodies. Plus, he played every single instrument on the album!

Want to get deeper insight into the album? Rdio’s got an exclusive track-by-track Commentary Version of the album now, featuring Delicate Steve himself talking about the inspiration behind and making of each song.