February 2013

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New Music Tuesday - February 5, 2013


The first release day in February brings a windfall of wonderful new singles, EPs, and albums. Independent artists really soar into the spotlight this week, including a debut full-length from SoCal psych rockers Feeding People, transcontinental hip-hop from London producer The Purist, the breakout release by Boston’s Kingsley Flood, and the latest by Canadian folk hero Hayden.

Our New Music Tuesday playlist is the best way to get up to speed with the latest sounds. Peruse the Playlist Notes below as you listen for more picks of the week, and click over to Rdio New Releases to browse the full collection of freshness.


  • Guards - In Guards We Trust
    Big hooks and nostalgic alt-rock riffs mark this anticipated debut album from the New York trio.

  • Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse
    The fourth album by the Scottish indie band finds them exploring collaborative songwriting and minor key melodies.

  • Mumford & Sons - The Road To Red Rocks (Live)
    This new live album from the globally-beloved English folk artists accompanies a concert film of the same name. Listen to the performance from summer 2012 at the world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

  • Jim James - Regions of Light and Sound of God
    My Morning Jacket’s frontman emerges with his debut solo album, an introspective effort which explores new frontiers of sound and emotion.

  • The Black Angels - "Don't Play With Guns"
    The first single from the upcoming Indigo Meadow album, which is due out in April, finds the L.A. psych rockers tackling a politics.

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: January 2013

2013 kicked off with so much good music that some fans are already thinking of what will end up being their best albums of the year. Rdio Recommends: January 2013 features all the tracks that we haven’t been able to stop listening to and sharing with our friends so far this year.

Have we forgotten to include your favorite new songs from January? Peek at the playlist and let us know about your most memorable songs of the month.

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.


Win Tickets to Jim James’ Sold-Out Sleep No More Show in NYC

Jim James

Grammy-nominated singer and guitarist Jim James (My Morning Jacket and Monsters Of Folk) is collaborating with New York theater company Sleep No More for one of the most sought-after concert experiences this year at Manhattan’s McKittrick Hotel on February 20. Without spoiling the details, audience members can expect one of the most unique and insane experiences available in modern theater and music, one that’s likely to never be created ever again.

The show coincides with James’ debut solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God which drops tomorrow and has already been declared “magnificent” by Rolling Stone.

Jim James’ Sleep No More event is completely sold out, but you can win one of five pairs of tickets that we're gifting all week to celebrate the release of Regions of Light and Sound of God. Every day we'll give away one pair of tickets on Twitter, providing you five opportunities to win. Just follow @Rdio and retweet the designated tweet at 9:00am PST. Winners will be announced at 5:00pm PST that very same day. Read the Official Rules for more details. Please note that entry is only for the Jim James performance.

You can follow Jim James on Rdio to get even closer to the music.


Local Natives Pick Their Favorite Songs for Rdio

This week, Silver Lake indie rock quartet Local Natives released the new album Hummingbird. It was recorded in their very own new studio, evidence of their deep dedication to the craft of music-making. The band is passionate about a wide-range of songs, as they demonstrate on this playlist of favorite songs made just for Rdio via Frenchkiss Records. Legends such as Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, and John Lennon share space with new classics in the making from the likes of Father John Misty and Tame Impala.

Listen for a well-rounded trip into the jams that influenced the recording of Hummingbird and help to make Local Natives one to watch.