May 2013

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Mother’s Day Sounds Sweet With Our Dear Mama Playlist


Everyone from Ozzy to Kanye has expressed appreciation for their mother through music, and Dear Mama - A Musical Tribute explores a wide range of love. The playlist includes songs of acknowledgement and adoration for the near and dear mamas by such diverse voices as 2Pac, Dolly Parton, and Taylor Swift. Is your mom more into Danzig or Justin Bieber? Play her this set and let the lyrics speak for themselves.

∞  May 8, 2013 — 1:00PM


Dragonette and Sunshine Jones Join Forces for “Run Run Run” Remix


Canadian electropop band Dragonette teamed up with singer-songwriter Sunshine Jones (best known for her work in Dubtribe Sound System) for the remix of “Run Run Run,” a single taken from the recent album Bodyparts. The song officially comes out next week but there’s no need to wait because Rdio listeners can enjoy it right now.

Dragonette is currently on tour with The Presets, and Rdio is giving away tickets to all North American dates here.

∞  May 8, 2013 — 11:00AM


Little Boots Shares Exclusive Remix for “Broken Record”

Little Boots

A broken record never evolves — it just keeps playing a sound over and over again. But UK electropop darling Little Boots’ anthem “Broken Record,” taken from the new album Nocturnes, has a fresh lease on the dancefloor with the Chupacabras & JDH Remix.

The “Broken Record” remix track is exclusively available on Rdio, so there’s no need to get stuck on repeat. Listen to Nocturnes with the bonus remix track below and follow Little Boots on Rdio!

∞  May 8, 2013 — 9:00AM


Matt Hires Shows Heart in Rdio Session

Matt Hires

One big perk of being on Rdio is that artists often perform intimate, exclusive shows that we record and share with you. We were thrilled to recently welcome one such performance by Tampa singer-songwriter Matt Hires. Compared to the likes of Jack Johnson and Matt Costa, Hires most recently opened for Matchbox Twenty’s North American tour.

The four song set that comprises Hires’ Rdio Session features his 2009 debut single “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song,” the title track from last year’s Forever EP “Sound of Falling in Love,” and his most recent single “Restless Heart.” As you listen to Hires’ charming creations, please know that it’s okay to swoon.

∞  May 7, 2013 — 1:00PM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 7, 2013


This week, rapper and activist Talib Kweli drops his guest star-studded fifth album, UK singer-songwriter Pete Roe emerges with his third full-length in three years, “Family Man” country star Craig Campbell explores divine intervention, and young Danish band Reptile Youth takes a stab at world domination. We share the choicest cuts from these and other artists with you in our New Music Weekly playlist, which is supported by the Playlist Notes below. For more of what your ears have been missing, don’t forget to browse the full collection of Rdio New Releases.


  • Fitz & The Tantrums - More Than Just A Dream (Deluxe)
    L.A.’s indie soul-pop specialists break free from their “retro” tag and joyfully experiment with their sound.

  • Lady Antebellum - Golden
    The popular Nashville trio have already had a country hit with the lead single “Downtown” and has a lot more surprises on this fourth album.

  • Deerhunter - Monomania
    The sixth album from the Atlanta indie rockers is a reference to the obsessive traits of lead singer and guitarist Bradford Cox and features new bassist Josh McKay.

  • She & Him - Volume 3
    Actress Zooey Deschanel penned most of the songs on *Volume 3
    , the fourth full-length album recorded with partner M. Ward.

  • Little Boots - Nocturnes
    UK electropop princess Victoria Lesketh follows up her 2009 debut with this sophomore effort featuring the anthem “Broken Record.”

∞  May 7, 2013 — 10:00AM


An Rdio Exclusive: Wild Nothing Returns With a Brighter Sound on Empty Estate

Wild Nothing

Fans of indie pop and shoegaze music have found much to adore about Wild Nothing, the project founded by Virginia singer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Tatum in 2009. Following two albums and two EPs, the new EP Empty Estate finds Wild Nothing exploring a broader and even more fun sound, as evidenced by “A Dancing Shell,” the bright song and video that leads this release.

Rdio listeners can skip the wait time for next week’s release and listen to these new songs on Empty Estate within microseconds of pressing play below.

∞  May 7, 2013 — 9:00AM


Are You The One? Play the Exclusive Track to Join The Presets on Tour

The Presets

Australian electronic duo The Presets have given Rdio listeners a special treat — early access to the live version of their hit single “Are You The One? (Live From The Hordern Pavillion)”. But the former classical music students turned dancefloor rebels want you to experience this song live, too!

Play this exclusive cut for a chance to win a pair of tickets to any tour date between May 17-26 of your choice. This means you can choose to see The Presets (and touring mates Dragonette) in cities like Los Angeles, Denver, or San Diego — or even the amazing Sasquatch Festival in Washington!

Simply listen to “Are You The One? (Live From The Hordern Pavillion)” to be entered. The sweepstakes starts today and winners will be contacted by Saturday, May 11. Read the Official Rules for more details. Tickets for this tour are also available for purchase on The Presets’ site.

Good luck — are you the one? Remember to also follow The Presets on Rdio.

∞  May 7, 2013 — 8:00AM

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: April 2013

With so much new music pouring in from every corner each week, it can be difficult to stay on top of everything that’s happening, which is one reason why we we love to share our new discoveries with our community.

It is our proud job and serious mission to find you the very best in new music. Our Rdio Recommends: April 2013 is a reflection of what’s been moving us over the past 30 days; we hope it contains some new favorites.

Of course, we love to be turned on to new tunes by our community as well. It’s a two-way street! Check out our playlist and then let us know what you haven’t been able to stop playing lately.

About Rdio Recommends: The first Monday of every month, we 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 6, 2013 — 9:00AM


Justice’s Access All Arenas Is Revealed Early


Are you ready to D.A.N.C.E.? French electronic music duo Justice is back! Since their debut in 2007, members Gaspar Augé and Xavier de Rosnay have released both studio and live albums. Their latest, Access All Arenas, returns to the concert stage and captures a performance recorded during the last world tour at Les Arènes de Nimes in France.

The new album hasn’t officially been released yet, but we’ve got it for you to enjoy right now.

∞  May 2, 2013 — 11:00AM

Label SpotlightsNews

Tap Your Toes To AUM Fidelity’s Jazz Catalog


New York’s 16-year-old independent label AUM Fidelity was inspired by the do-it-yourself spirit of punk record labels that nurtured and developed original acts through music released without major label assistance. That work ethic as well as the passion to encourage true individuality has been channeled into a different side of the music spectrum to highlight the jazz and avant-garde soul worlds.

Rdio is now home to AUM’s catalog online, and we encourage you to begin exploring it through the work of such label notables as improvisational rock band Shrimp Boat, alto saxophonist Darius Jones, pianist Matthew Shipp, the late saxophonist David S. Ware, and free jazz double bassist William Parker. The term “aum” represents the soundless sound of the harmonious universe, but we think you’ll find that AUM Fidelity represents a wide range of musical ideas.

Start your sonic journey with, Wisdom of Uncertainty, a six-song collaboration between David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, and Susie Ibarra below.

∞  May 1, 2013 — 10:00AM