July 2013

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 16, 2013


It takes a lot of funk and drive to stand out in a crowded field of new music, but artists like Midwestern crooner Mayer Hawthorne, Oakland hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics, Malibu party rapper Shwayze, and Aussie pop phenom Vydamo are making lots of noise this week.

Take a quick trip through the best from these colorful artists and many more in our New Music Weekly playlist, which is supported by the Playlist Notes that follow. You can also hop over to the complete collection of Rdio New Releases if you want to take your time and go for the longer and more scenic route.


  • Gauntlet Hair - Stills
    This Denver duo pushes the quiet and polite boundaries of pop with something noisier.

  • Ace Hood - Trials and Tribulations
    The Florida rapper who’s known for street hits like “Hustle Hard” is back with more motivation for the grinders, including the strong lead single “Bugatti”.

  • Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest
    The singer-songwriter goes big with anthemic songs that reflect her coastal relocation from California to New York.

  • Kodaline - Love Like This EP
    An extended take of songs from the debut album of these Irish popstars features an instantly memorable harmonica-driven title track that has achieved chart success back home.

∞  July 16, 2013 — 10:00AM


Giddy Up: Take the Faster Horses Playlist For a Ride

Faster Horses

A galloping good time awaits at the Faster Horses Festival, the epic three-day camping and country music event stationed at Michigan International Speedway on July 19-21. We’ve rounded up the best songs from featured artists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, and Thompson Square in the official Faster Horses 2013 playlist. Follow Faster Horses on Rdio and press play for a taste of what revelers in Brooklyn, Michigan will be experiencing this weekend whether you’re off to the races or staying in with your headphones.

∞  July 15, 2013 — 1:00PM


Get Amped for Pitchfork Music Festival With The Official Playlist


The annual Pitchfork Music Festival comes to Chicago on July 19-21, and Rdio will be live on the scene so stop by and say hello! But for those of you outside Illinois, you don’t have to be in the Windy City to get in on the musical action.

Whether or not you’re planning to be with your 14,999 closest friends at Union Park, you can get ready for this momentous musical event with the official Pitchfork Festival 2013 playlist. Press play to rock over two and a half hours of headlining sounds from the likes of R. Kelly, Bjork, M.I.A., The Breeders, and Sky Ferreira, and follow Pitchfork on Rdio for more hand-picked sets.

∞  July 10, 2013 — 10:00AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - July 10, 2013

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The San Francisco Bay Area is rocking this week with new releases from classic band The Mother Hips and the debut of new act Midnight Cinema, which features members of rock outfit Thriving Ivory in a new setting. Up in the Northwest, Portland folk crew The Builders and the Butchers are back and the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band is celebrating 50 years of bringing great music from New Orleans to the world.

There’s more! A lot of cool new tunes came out this week and our New Music Weekly playlist is the quickest way to cut right to the heart of the best of it all. Think of it as a springboard for further discovery — and there’s a lot more to check out in the complete collection of Rdio New Releases if your ears are still hungry.


  • Daughn Gibson - Me Moan
    The former drummer of Pearls and Brass (when he was known as Josh Martin) drops his sophomore solo album in the midst of a summer tour.

  • Skylar Grey - Don’t Look Down
    Returning with a long-awaited sophomore album seven years after her debut, singer Grey’s latest features a contribution from Eminem as well as the demo version of “I Love The Way You Lie,” which she wrote for Em and Rihanna.

  • Ciara - Ciara
    ATL’s R&B dance queen returns with a “Body Party” of a fifth album, featuring contributions from B.o.B., Nicki Minaj, and Ciara’s beau, rapper Future.

  • Jay Sean featuring Rick Ross - “Mars”
    Maybach Music delivers a sexy summer anthem that reaches interplanetary heights from the British singer with the help of the Miami rapper and label boss Rick Ross.

  • Karmin - “Acapella”
    The pop duo who first rose to fame with their catchy cover songs on YouTube lets their affections for rap flow on this sassy cut.

∞  July 9, 2013 — 9:00AM

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Billboard Charts Come Alive on Rdio


We are thrilled to welcome music-ranking influencer Billboard to the Rdio community! Originally established way back in 1894 (no, that’s not a typo), Billboard is not only one of the oldest trade magazines in the United States, it remains the authority on popular music hits with their distinguished charts. Follow Billboard on Rdio for their weekly playlists illuminating the latest winners on the Hot 100 and in genres like country, rock, and R&B/hip-hop. Subscribe to any and all of Billboard’s playlists — that way you’ll always know what’s on top.

∞  July 8, 2013 — 1:00PM


The Cradle Will Rock You: 35 Songs Turned into Lullabies

The Cradle Will Rock

Your little ones are getting bored with all of this “hush-a-bye” stuff. They want to rock their cradle along with their music loving parents. And now with Kate Middleton due any day and celebrity babies from Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet, and Halle Berry expected later this year, it’s time to up your lullaby game. Luckily, The Cradle Will Rock has all of your favorite tracks in Gerber-form. The Beatles, Metallica, Journey, Bjork, and Nirvana are re-recorded in soothing piano and xylophone sounds that will put you and your babe to sleep. Never thought you’d nod off to Black Sabbath? Set your speakers in the baby’s room and get your nap on.

∞  July 8, 2013 — 10:00AM


The Fall and Rise of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Film Opens Today

Big Star

The greatest band of the ‘70s may be one you’ve never heard of. Find out about the tragedy and legend of Memphis band, Big Star, in the new documentary, Nothing Can Hurt Me. The film trains a lens on Big Star’s baffling commercial failure, unraveling of lead singer/guitarist, Alex Chilton, and sudden death of singer/songwriter Chris Bell. The band’s debut album, satirically titled #1 Record includes “In the Streets” later used for the popular TV show That ‘70s Show intro song and “Thirteen”, one of the most beautiful young love sonnets that’s been covered by a slew of artists including Elliott Smith, Wilco, Kathryn Williams, and Garbage.

What should have been a skyrocketing-to-fame debut of Big Star fizzled out quickly as distribution problems made it hard for anyone to find a copy of the album. The quartet’s next record, Radio City met the same sales disappointment. By the time Chilton recorded Third/Sister Lovers the Big Star sound had unwoven from Beatles-esque power pop into a haunting and open wound of a record.

The film, Nothing Can Hurt Me takes an unfiltered look at Chilton’s fall from the spotlight and the subsequent creation of a painfully honest album that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the ‘80s and ‘90s. It wasn’t until REM, The Bangles, Elliott Smith, Raconteurs, and others cited their inspiration from Big Star that their albums were salvaged from anonymity and recognized as pure vinyl gold. All three LPs now live on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Nothing Can Hurt Me premiers today in select theaters.

As a tribute to the new film and our love for Big Star we’ve put together 13 Going on 13: A Big Star Tribute featuring a few of their seminal songs covered by some all-time great artists. You can also check out the soundtrack for the film with previously unreleased tracks.

∞  July 3, 2013 — 3:00PM


Deftones and ISIS Create New Supergroup Palms, and This Playlist


Palms is the new heavy rock supergroup featuring members of Deftones and ISIS. The band, which just stepped out with a self-titled debut album last week, looks to unexpected places for inspiration, as seen with this new playlist thoughtfully assembled for Rdio listeners by Palms keyboardist Cliff Meyer. The two-hour set is highlighted by the classic rock of Pink Floyd, Wu-Tang rapper Ghostface Killah, and German techno minimalists Basic Channel, but there’s much more. Turn it up until you can feel it.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 4:00PM


Keep Cool With the Soundtrack to Your Summer

We’ve eliminated all worries about what you should play for your July 4th BBQ with this feel-good playlist — the Soundtrack to Your Summer is all the songs you’ll know by heart come September. In the process of grooving through this 75-minute set, you’ll be able to confidently debate which song will emerge as the song of the season. Will it be “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus, or something hotter? Listen and decide for yourself.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 1:00PM


Shout Out Louds Turn It Up At Rdio Sessions

Shout Out Louds

Stockholm-based indie pop darlings Shout Out Louds specialize in making songs with an irresistible and uplifting pulse that you won’t soon forget. The band’s exclusive Rdio Sessions set was recorded live at South by Southwest in Austin in March and features songs from the recent full-length album Optica. It’s just a hunch, but we think you’ll be as impressed by how tight the band sounds in front of a live audience as we are.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 10:00AM