August 2013

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Typhoon on New Music Weekly

Creativity and inspiration bloom from our brains so it’s only logical that that’s what triggered the idea behind this week’s New Music Weekly video featuring “Artificial Light” from Oregon indie band Typhoon’s new album, White Lighter.

Get into the mind of Upperfirst, the video artist behind the beautiful short:

"The original core idea came from thoughts about the brain, about the idea that the brain is split into two parts, each very different than the other. One part is structured and logical, the other is creative and more chaotic. This made us want to explore contrasts more and we thought about old vs new, this is where the classic bust came from. We also wanted the colors to be strong contrasts, still with the different brain halves in mind. Colorful and chaotic versus structured and logical again. Rdio is a lot about discovery and this is why we started the piece without showing too much objects coming out and then spawning more and more as it goes. It was important that we had a good variety of objects to keep giving the impression of creativity and chaos. Inspiration came from corals. Corals have a great variety of shapes and colors but still stay in the same style universe. Therefore we mixed in plastic, glass and gold to keep playing with the contrasts and the chaotic feel.

Most important was the notion that creativity and beauty comes from the brain, that our creativity and imagination is limitless. We wanted to leave the viewer with a sense that the creativity would keep going, that the objects would keep spawning, keep creating and discovering wonderful things."

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New Music Weekly - August 20, 2013

John MayerTyphoonEarl Sweatshirt

Looking for what’s hot and new? Music lovers, you’ve come to the right place! Among the highlights of the week, we meet two young rap voices, Harlem’s own A$AP Ferg and New Orleans-bred newcomer August Alsina, and welcome the return of blues act Tedeschi Trucks Band and punk-experimental duo No Age. But that’s just to name a few.

Our New Music Weekly playlist, supported by the Playlist Notes below, is designed to introduce you to these artists as well as what we think are the standout selections of the week. If you’re the kind of listener who prefers to do all the picking yourself, you can also head on over to the Rdio New Releases to browse all of the latest songs.


  • Typhoon - White Lighter
    Oregon’s indie pride and joy turns back on for an album that explores the emotions of a near-death experience.

  • John Mayer - Paradise Valley
    The guitar-armed crooner and tabloid magnet’s sixth studio album features his former beau Katy Perry and friend Frank Ocean.

  • Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
    The 19-year-old rapper from the Odd Future collective emerges from island exile (aka boarding school) with his long-awaited debut album.

  • Jennifer Nettles - “That Girl”
    The Sugarland singer steps out on her own for this sassy single inflected with Spanish guitar.

  • Ludacris - “Helluva Night”
    Luda enlists the ratchet talents of DJ Mustard on the beat for a wild ride through an untame evening.


Sail Away to Sea Wolf’s Rdio Session

Sea Wolf

Ready to be swept away by some sweet folk sounds? Earlier this year, L.A. indie act Sea Wolf, fronted by Alex Brown Church, performed a special show for Rdio fans at SXSW. The Sea Wolf Rdio Session features rare tracks as well as selections from the most recent album Old World Romance. Enjoy the show and remember to visit the Rdio Sessions playlist for more highlights from your very own exclusive live series.

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.


Take an Early Trip to The Kissaway Trail’s Breach

Kissaway Trail

Buoyed by the hit response to the single “New Lipstick,” which appeared in the first promo video for Google Glass and garnered over 20 million views, Denmark’s The Kissaway Trail is on the verge of releasing a third album called Breach. Most people have to wait to hear it, but Rdio listeners aren’t most people. Hit play below and get ready to take an early trip into the Breach right now.


Parachute’s Will Anderson Unleashes His Summer Jams


In honor of the release of the third album Overnight, frontman Will Anderson of Virginia pop-rock band Parachute has made this irresistible Summer Jams playlist just for you. Anderson’s idea of a hot summer involves healthy doses of Ray Charles, Tegan and Sara, Robyn, and John Mayer. How about yours? What makes your “Hearts Go Crazy?”

Listen to the playlist and offer your thoughts in the comments!


In Guards' Rdio Sessions We Trust


It’s been a great year for Guards, the hotly buzzed-about indie band fronted by Richie Follin, previously known for his work in his younger sister Madeleine’s band Cults. The band’s Rdio Sessions, recorded live at South by Southwest, features songs from the debut album In Guards We Trust: “Coming True,” “Nightmare,” “Not Supposed to,” and “Silver Lining”. Without further ado, press play to enjoy the show! You can also click over to our Rdio Sessions playlist to hear other exclusive live performances from this series.

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.

∞  August 14, 2013 — 11:00AM

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Bloc Party on New Music Weekly

This week’s New Music Weekly video makes your head spin. We’re featuring British indie rockers Bloc Party’s “Obscene” from their new album, The Nextwave Sessions, but the freaky visuals crafted by Tendril might be stealing the 15-second show:

"From the moment we heard the shifting layers of Bloc Party's 'Obscene' we knew things were going to get weird. At the studio we had been experimenting with face tracking and digital doubles and this piece became an experimental platform for some new techniques. The unfiltered visuals are a pretty raw projection of our collective psyche (yes, including the poodle). We aren't completely sure what we've created here, but we love the way it makes us feel."

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New Music Weekly - August 13, 2013

Bloc PartyWashed OutKaty Perry

This week brings a summery dance anthem from Connor Cruise (son of Tom), a solo album from reality star Aubrey O’Day, the third full-length from pop band Parachute, and moody blues from Valerie June produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. You can listen to these artists and many more in our latest New Music Weekly playlist, which collects the top tunes of the moment. The Playlist Notes below offer some additional information. Not enough music for you? We totally understand! Don’t forget that the Rdio New Releases section holds the complete offering of what’s just come out.


  • Washed Out - Paracosm
    Ernest Greene’s latest work of chillwave bliss takes the vibe of the first single, “It All Feels Right”. We’ve named this album one of the top five essential Sub Pop LPs.

  • Luke Bryan - Crash My Party
    The country star pursues a number one streak after the success of the country chart-topping title track.

  • Bloc Party - The Nextwave Sessions EP
    The British indie rockers collect up new songs played on the most recent American tour. We’re so into this EP that we’re featuring “Obscene” in this week’s New Music Weekly video.

  • The Vaccines - Melody Calling EP
    The post-punk act follows up last year’s Come of Age album with an extended player exploring new ground.

  • Katy Perry - “Roar”
    The pop princess has the eye of the tiger and she’s singing it loud and clear in this new song about inner strength.

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Sub Pop Turns 25: The Five Essential Albums From the Label

Sub Pop

It’s almost unbelievable to fathom how relevant Sub Pop Records has managed to stay over the course of a quarter century of loving music and supporting original artists. In fact, if you count the company’s roots as a fanzine called Subterranean Pop that co-founder Bruce Pavitt first published back in 1979, it’s been a lot longer than that. But the label, which recently began its official 25th anniversary celebrations with a free Silver Jubilee concert in its birthplace of Seattle, continues to be a focal point for unique and assertive music. Sub Pop’s early history is synonymous with names like Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden, which have grown into legacy artists, and the label’s current marquee names like Washed Out, No Age, and The Head and the Heart all have new albums coming soon and are also working toward similar longevity.

The Sub Pop catalog is bursting at the seams with wonderful music, so it can be intimidating to know exactly where to begin. Rdio’s got your back — we point out some of the key highlights below if you are searching for a place to start your own listening party.


  • Nirvana - Bleach
    Before Kurt Cobain and his band became forever music icons, their debut hinted at epic ambitions.

  • The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
    This important rock debut brought enduring cuts like “Caring is Creepy” and “New Slang” to the forefront.

  • Postal Service - Give Up
    The boundaries between indie rock and electronic dance music were crystallized and shattered with this release long before the term EDM was invented.

  • Beach House - Bloom
    A dream pop duo from Baltimore, Beach House has captured the world’s imagination with this acclaimed album.

  • Washed Out - Paracosm
    It doesn’t take long to experience a state of being blissed out while listening to the chillwave sounds of Sub Pop’s latest acclaimed artist, also known as Ernest Greene of Georgia. According to the single, “It All Feels Right”.

    You should find something here to stir your soul whether you’re new to the label or have been down since day one. Follow Sub Pop on Rdio to take in the Sub Pop Label Quiz Cliff’s Notes and many more hand-picked playlists.


Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson Drive The Honda Civic Tour

Honda Civic Tour

Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson are in the driver’s seat of the Honda Civic Tour that’s currently making its way around the country through the summer and fall. For all of you who sing “Moves Like Jagger” and “Since U Been Gone” at the top of your lungs when no one is watching, you may have the opportunity to catch them live on the road. But if not, Rdio is providing the tunes on the tour's site with the Honda Civic Tour Official Playlist, which also includes tunes by supporting acts Tony Lucca and PJ Morton.

Follow the Honda Civic Tour on Rdio and pump up the playlist below to stay up to speed.