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New Music Weekly - July 30, 2013

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Welcome to another week where you can head in any musical direction you can think of, whether it’s to the eighth album of life-awakening rhythms from Michael Franti & Spearhead, R&B and urban pop from British star Jay Sean, the first collaborative album from country star Vince Gill and steel guitarist Paul Franklin, or the newest side project from Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants.

What does this all sound like? It can be hard to stay on top of all the hot sounds, but here’s a great way to start. Check out our New Music Weekly playlist to hear selections from these and all of the best offerings out there right now. Read on for more info in the Playlist Notes below, and visit the Rdio New Releases if you’d like to browse everything that has just come out.


  • Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
    Buoyed by the international reception of the racy title track, which has hit summer anthem status, the crooner explores party territory on his sixth album.

  • AlunaGeorge - Body Music
    The hotly tipped UK electro soul duo Aluna Francis and George Reid make an effortless bid for global acclaim on their full-length debut.

  • Emblem3 - Nothing to Lose
    This SoCal trio didn’t win on last season’s The X Factor, but they stole the contest of covers with their boyish charms and original sounds, some of which are finally collected on their debut album.

  • Tech N9ne - Something Else
    One of independent rap’s most enduring success stories celebrates his lucky 13th album with collaborations from Serj Tankian, Cee-Lo Green, and even The Doors.

  • Flo Rida - “Can’t Believe It (feat. Pitbull)”
    The Sunshine State’s leading international hip pop artists like big butts and they cannot lie over this dance beat.

∞  July 30, 2013 — 4:00PM

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Michael Franti on New Music Weekly

We introduced you to our New Music Weekly video series last week. This Tuesday, we’re spotlighting Michael Franti’s “I Don’t Wanna Go” off his new album, All People, with this kaleidoscopic short. Hear what video artist, Tendril, has to say about the creative process:

"Like sunshine, burgers and a stiff drink, we can all pretty much agree that music is a big deal to people. Without getting too Schopenhauer up in this piece, the artists at Tendril are very keen on the interplay of sound and image in creating emotions and moods.

We knew that 15 seconds would not be enough time to tell a complex story, but plenty to give people a taste of the stream-of-consciousness psychedelia that sprung from our imaginations as Michael Franti's groovy tunes jolted through the airwaves. Guru cats that blast anime lasers out of a third eye? Yes, please. We hope you enjoy."

∞  July 30, 2013 — 11:00AM


15 Songs You Need to Know at Lollapalooza According to Consequence of Sound


Lollapalooza is headed back to Chicago’s Grant Park for the ninth time on August 2-4 with a jaw-droppingly awesome lineup of classic and contemporary bands such as The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, The Postal Service, and New Order. Our friends at Chicago-based music site Consequence of Sound have assembled this Lollapalooza Playlist in order to share the 15 essential songs to know before you go. You don’t have to have a Lollapalooza ticket to get in the know; they’re all great tunes to know anyway, like The Cure’s “Fascination Street,” “If I Had a Tail” by Queens Of The Stone Age, “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons, and “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons.

Listen to the hand-crafted playlist and skim the playlist notes written by Consequence of Sound for the low-down before flying off to the Windy City.


  • Nine Inch Nails - "Came Back Haunted"

Don't be the fan waiting around for "Head Like a Hole" or "March of the Pigs" or "Hurt". Get familiar with the new single and be the up-to-date fanboy that knows the words to the song and acts like it's just as good as "Head Like a Hole" or "March of the Pigs" or "Hurt".

  • St. Lucia - "Elevate"

Fans of M83, The Police, or Tears for Fears should find solace in this South African-turned-Brooklyn outfit's sound. Vocalist and singer-songwriter Jean-Philip Grobler comes off as a scholar of uplifting '80s anthems, and the chorus here is enough of an excuse to stock up on condoms.

  • HAIM - "Falling"

If you've seen them, see 'em again. If you haven't had a chance yet, get there an hour early. If you've never heard of them, listen to "Falling" and then please try and keep going on this playlist, even if you want to just keep repeating this song over and over again.

  • The Postal Service - "A Tattered Line of String"

Song's weak, and proves Give Up is all we ever need (or will get) from them, but recognize this track as a chance to grab a beer or meet up with a friend. Or I don't know, head out early.

  • Imagine Dragons - "It's Time"

Every year, there's a mainstream talent that's bigger than anyone online gives them credit for. Imagine Dragons fits the bill this year, and if you know this track, you'll hear it all weekend on the lips of their many, many, many fans.

  • Vampire Weekend - "Everlasting Arms"

You've heard and memorized "Diane Young", that lyric video for "Step" has 130 views just from you, and "Unbelievers" is old news. Start warming up to "Everlasting Arms", the other catchy track off Modern Vampires of the City. "Hold me...in your everlasting arms," might be a great pick up, too.

  • The Cure - "Fascination Street"

Because Disintegration is still their best album and this song will most definitely be played live.

  • Queens of the Stone Age - "If I Had A Tail"

Why do people call QOTSA sexy? Try and listen to Josh Homme's vocals here without sweating up. The Rolling Stones wish they could still write like this.

  • Baroness - "Take My Bones Away"

They evaded death so they could play music for you. C'MON. This song has a whole new meaning because of that.

  • Deap Vally - "Lies"

Tired of The Black Keys and feel like Jack White hasn't been the same post-Meg White? Deap Vally might work out for you then. They're a two-woman crew that (admittedly unsurprisingly) sounds louder than a two-woman crew. Plus, anyone who gets away unscathed with cliche lines like "And you ain't no friend of mine!" has some sort of edge to them.

  • The Orwells - "Who Needs You"

We're bias. This local Chicago act brings back all the straightforward garage rock worth championing. Lewd vocalist with a heart, young guitarists with a flair for the dust, and a drummer that's shifty like Tommy Ramone — what's not to love? Okay, we're just ones with good tastes. Clearly.

  • Wavves - "Afraid of Heights"

Nathan Williams evolves away from the beach and the skateboards and into something a little deeper. Don't believe us? Check out this one that gets a little existential with regards to spirituality. The hook itself is the drab line: "I'll always be on my own." Being miserable and confused never sounded so posh.

  • The National - "This is the Last Time"

New York royalty, folks. One of the hallmarks of their latest opus, Trouble Will Find Me, "This is the Last Time" is an evolving track that starts somber and funereal and shifts into a steamroller of a ballad. That coda at the end... Yeah.

  • Local Natives - "Heavy Feet"

Why is this playlist getting so depressing? Well, sometimes it takes a broken heart to feel hearty, and "Heavy Feet" does the job. Military percussion, emotional keys, and some of this year's strongest vocal work make this another mandatory viewing from fans and non-fans. Just grab Hummingbird, already.

  • Mumford and Sons - "I Will Wait"

Sorry Wicker Park, Logan Square, and Rogers Park, but you're going to hear 80,000 people singing this song all at once come Saturday night and it'll take more than a few pillows and a handle of Jack Daniels to hide from it. This one could be That Moment everyone talks about later on.

∞  July 29, 2013 — 1:00PM

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Rdio Every Tuesday

Music inspires the creative side in all of us and to bring that inspiration to life, we've teamed up with animation artists and studios to delight both your ears and eyes. We're whipping up weekly videos to spotlight emerging artists and visually inspire music discovery on record release Tuesdays. We’ll be posting a brand new video each week to remind you to scope out the New Release page and discover your next masterpiece.

In this week's video, Gogol Bordello’s new track "Lost Innocent World" provides the soundtrack to the "hypnotic, almost surreal" animation conceived by Holbrooks and Blacklist. Watch the video above and let the piece speak for itself.

∞  July 24, 2013 — 1:00PM


Banding Together: Live Nation and Rdio

Today we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve banded together with Live Nation to bring you closer to the music! We will be Live Nation’s official sponsor on LiveNation.com and streaming sponsor at this year’s Faster Horses and Watershed country music festivals.

We’re excited to amplify Rdio even more by working alongside our friends at Live Nation. See you at the next show!

∞  July 24, 2013 — 9:00AM

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New Music Weekly - July 23, 2013

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This week’s releases bring plenty of larger-than-life personalities to the party, including the latest works from international crooner Marc Anthony, Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark, campy retro queens Hunx And His Punx, and hip pop oddity Wallpaper. These voices and more converge in our new New Music Weekly playlist. We love putting it together for you each week and hope that it helps you find fresh favorites right away. Not enough songs for you? Hightail it on over to our Rdio New Releases page to browse all of the latest singles and albums.


  • Selena Gomez - Stars Dance
    Hot off the success of her catchy summer single “Come & Get It” comes the long-awaited solo debut from the former Disney starlet.

  • Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy
    Just when you thought your favorite gypsy punks couldn’t go any further off the rails, their sixth album truly lets their freak flag fly.

  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
    The indie folk act goes self-titled for the third album and unleashes the most raw and rambunctious work to date.

  • Weekend - Jinx
    They received an 8.2 rating from Pitchfork on their debut album but will San Francisco lo-fi dreamers Weekend break the curse of the sophomore slump with new album? It’s already sounding likely.

  • One Direction - “Best Song Ever”
    Is it the best song ever recorded in the history of music, or just the best song that this hugely successful British boy band has released in its relatively short but meteoric career? Millions of 1D fans are screaming their opinion.

  • of Montreal - “Fugitive Air”
    The eccentric rockers from Athens, GA offers a taste of the stripped down instrumentation and lyric-forward songs coming from the next album lousy with sylvianbriar.

∞  July 23, 2013 — 4:00PM


Oh, Baby: A Playlist for the New Prince

Oh Baby Playlist

How often do you get to cheer on the birth of a prince? With Kate and William’s new addition to the royal family, we made an Oh Baby! playlist to get you in the celebratory mood. Go ga-ga over classics like Prince’s “Baby, I’m A Star” and Mariah’s “Always Be My Baby” while you wait in baited breath to find out the Prince of Cambridge’s official name. Take a listen and get babies off the brain and into your headphones.

∞  July 23, 2013 — 11:00AM

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Rdio Sessions: These Are the Artists You Need to Watch

Rdio Sessions

We’ve been honored to host live, intimate shows with a wonderfully diverse group of rising artists from around the world like Passenger, City and Colour, On An On, Alpine, Shout Out Louds, and Missy Higgins. Our new Rdio Sessions playlist is a quick way to get familiar with our exclusive live performance series, which we record with diehard fans and Rdio listeners like you in attendance. We’ll continue to update the playlist with any and all future Rdio Sessions like Autre Ne Veut, Paloma Faith, and Youngblood Hawke. Subscribe to know when bands are buzzing and about to break.

Enjoy the set below and watch this space for more installments of Rdio Sessions!

∞  July 18, 2013 — 10:00AM


Win a Weekend with Country’s Best Artists at Watershed Music Festival

Watershed Music Festival

The Gorge in Washington will provide a stellar natural backdrop for country music’s contemporary favorites at Watershed Music Festival on August 2-4. Watershed is an ideal place to discover the range of genre and its brightest new stars in their ascent as country’s leading men Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, and Shooter Jennings take over the outdoor amphitheater.

Festival passes are completely sold out, but we’ve got three pairs of three-day passes reserved for Rdio lovers. Throwing your hat into the ring is a breeze: Like Rdio’s Facebook page and hit enter here. Enter between now and July 24th and you could be on your way to Watershed. Read the Official Rules for more details.

While you’re waiting on your chance to win, follow Watershed on Rdio and listen to the mammoth Watershed Music Festival playlist, which contains songs from all the headliners plus a deep look at performers such as Terri Clark, Thompson Square, Blackberry Smoke, and more.

Picture it now: You and a friend could be experiencing one of country music’s leading fests in one of the most beautiful venues in the country. Good luck!

∞  July 17, 2013 — 11:00AM


For Your SDCC Trek: A Playlist to Save the World

Superhero Playlist

Do you have long underwear hiding under your threads? Thanks to Comic Con happening tomorrow in San Diego, you don’t need to keep your alter ego a secret. The largest science fiction, fantasy and superhero convention in the world is kicking off and we’ve got the unofficial soundtrack. Take a listen to Prince’s “Batdance”, the Ramones’ “Spiderman” and the instant classic “Wonderboy” from Tenacious D on our Songs to Save the World to Playlist. Each song pays tribute to the guys and gals that were spider bitten, hurled from space, or dropped in toxic waste only to brush themselves off and kick some butt. Listen now and wear your spandex with pride.

∞  July 17, 2013 — 9:00AM