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Snoop Hijacks @Rdio Twitter to Talk Music, Influences and BET Awards

Snoop Dogg

Our friend Snoop Dogg is the host of the BET Hip Hop Awards, which airs on Tuesday, October 15. That day, Tha Doggfather himself will be tweeting from our @Rdio Twitter account to share exclusive photos, favorite jams, BET Awards insights, and lots of giveaways with you. This the first time ever that we've hosted a Twitter takeover — it should only be fitting that we let the D-O-double G take the reins.

Tweet him back with the hashtag #SnoopRdio and you’ll have a chance to win one-year subscriptions to Rdio every half hour. Whether you call him Dogg or Lion, catch Snoop in action on our Twitter feed from 1pm-3pm EST / 10am-12pm PST next Tuesday.

In the meantime, follow Snoop on Rdio and bump his BET Awards playlist below!

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Win Tickets to Mexican Summer’s Five-Year Anniversary Fest

Mexican Summer

When the independent label Mexican Summer started as a club five years ago in Brooklyn, the focus was on producing beautiful and limited edition vinyl records. Since then, the label, which is still proudly based in the Greenpoint neighborhood, has grown into a broader recording company that heavily flirts with both analog and digital music media.

Now they’re celebrating with a big blowout for their five-year anniversary from October 11-12. Come down to see a section of their artist roster including Ariel Pink, Spiritualized, and Tamaryn at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn — or, better yet, win tickets to the music festival from Rdio by entering below! We’re giving away three sets of prizes — a pair of tickets for Friday, a pair of tickets for Saturday, and the deluxe prize: A pair of tickets for both days, VIP access, and exclusive merch.

Thanks for entering our giveaway for Mexican Summer's Five Year Anniversary Festival! Winners have been contacted as of 10/4.

With more than 100 releases in a diverse catalog that includes work from artists like Best Coast, Washed Out, Kurt Vile, and Oneohtrix Point Never, there’s a lot to discover at Mexican Summer and subsidiary label Software. Start with these five favorites (listed in no particular order), all of which have made essential contributions to the identity of the label.

FIVE ESSENTIAL MEXICAN SUMMER AND SOFTWARE ALBUMS

  • Tamaryn - Tender New Signs
    Mexican Summer introduced this New Zealand-born singer to the world, and solidified a place for a new international shoegaze queen on this debut.

  • Peaking Lights - Lucifer
    A psychedelic pop couple from the Midwest, Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis have grown up with the label, even including their young son’s vocals on this third album.

  • The Fresh & Onlys - Long Slow Dance
    San Francisco’s indie darlings joined the label in 2012 and blew beyond being a regional best-kept secret with this effort.

  • The Young - Voyagers Of Legend
    The members of the Austin rock outfit came into their own sound with the haunting, punk-tagged ballads on their 2010 album.

  • Mike Wexler - Dispossession
    The second album from Brooklyn’s boundary-bypassing singer/guitarist was his first for Mexican Summer.

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Rdio Revs Up The Sounds of Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island

We're psyched to share that Rdio is bringing the beats to Treasure Island Music Festival's site. Listen to the official 2013 playlist on the homepage or take a deeper dive into the headliners with individual playlists on each artist page.

San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival takes place on October 19-20 with a power-packed lineup that includes acts like Beck, James Blake, Sleigh Bells, Animal Collective, and Major Lazer, to name just a few. Give the mixes a listen and stay tuned for more jam-packed news about one of Bay Area's finest festivals.

Follow Noise Pop, the geniuses behind the musical getaway on Rdio for a flow of awesome sounds.

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Typhoon and Turntable Kitchen Present: A Food Blog On Tour

Typhoon

Oregon’s Typhoon is cooking up something special with Turntable Kitchen, a website dedicated to exploring the delicious intersection between food and music. As the band hits the road in support of the new album White Lighter, they’ll be blogging about the sights and bites they encounter in each city, dubbing the series “Tour Pairings”. Each stop will also be paired with a song that you can check out on an evolving playlist. Read the first post which features Vancouver, Harry Nilsson, and a hearty breakfast.

Hungry for more? Follow Typhoon’s whirlwind tour through these tasty cities below and subscribe to their ever filling playlist on Rdio now.

Part 1: Vancouver, BC, Canada (9/13)
Part 2: Denver, CO (9/18)
Part 3: St. Louis, MO (9/20)
Part 4: Chicago, IL (9/23)
Part 5: Cleveland, OH (9/26)
Part 6: Brooklyn, NY (9/30)
Part 7: Boston, MA (10/3)
Part 8: Philadelphia, PA (10/7)
Part 9: Nashville, TN (10/10)
Part 10: Austin, TX (10/14)
Part 11: San Diego, CA (10/16)
Part 12: Los Angeles, CA (10/18)
Part 13: Eugene, OR (10/21)

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Hood By Air and More Design Sounds for MADE Fashion Week

MilkMade

As the catwalks of MADE Fashion Week wind down, we’ve partnered with MilkMADE and Jawbone to discover the sounds that inspire the fashion artistry with exclusive playlists from three hot designers who have revealed their sonic influences for the Rdio community:

Creatures of the Wind

The label known for achieving the enviable task of bringing fantastically mystical creations to the realm of real people wearability offers a fun playlist with iconic ladies like Patti Smith and Siouxsie And The Banshees mixed with up-and-coming names Tirzah and Lower Dens.

Pamela Love

This New York-based jewelry company stands out not only for its stunning designs but for the use of ethically-sourced stones and recycled metal. Love shows in her playlist that she grooves to the beat of a wide variety of artists, including Emmylou Harris, Roxy Music, and the Black Angels.

Hood By Air

The cult streetwear label has taken over the world with the wry HBA-stamped brand that has significantly grown in influence internationally. The company’s playlist is as surprising as the subtle yet meaningful tweaks on Americana outfits, lingering with ladies like Anita Baker, Rihanna, and Britney Spears.

Like what you hear? Follow Jawbone on Rdio for more stylish playlists from their friends.

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Captured Tracks Turns Five

Captured Tracks

Captured Tracks, the Brooklyn-based record label that brings you artists such as Beach Fossils, Mac DeMarco, The Soft Moon, and DIIV, is marking five years in business this year. To celebrate that momentous landmark, Captured Tracks is celebrating with a two-day outdoor music festival featuring these and more artists at The Well in their home turf Brooklyn from August 31-September 1. The event provides a time capsule into how far this label has come in just a few years, capturing the imagination of the world with a solid roster of indie rock, darkwave, shoegaze, and more boundary-pushing explorations of music.

Tune in to the Captured Tracks anniversary playlist, which we’ve made with care in order to introduce you to some of the most enduring highlights of this cool catalog, and follow Captured Tracks on Rdio for more sonic goodness from a label with no signs of slowing down.

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Billboard Brings The Hits To Michael Jackson's Birthday

Michael Jackson

In honor of Michael Jackson’s birthday today, we’ve teamed up with Billboard to assemble a playlist of the King of Pop’s biggest Billboard hits. We think you’ll agree that it is an impressive collection of favorites that are forever woven into the fabric of time. These songs span over the course of two decades and include his legendary solo hits as well as hits recorded with his brothers both as the Jackson Five and the Jacksons.

How many do you know by heart? It’s time to relive the magic in tribute to MJ’s amazing musical legacy.

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: Smithsonian Folkways Remembers Through Music

March On Washington

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one of the largest rallies for rights in U.S. history and where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his unforgettable “I Have A Dream” speech. Our friends at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings are looking back at the Civil Rights Movement through the key music that soundtracked the events, protests, and strides.

In the curators’ own words, the Sounds of the Civil Rights Movement from Smithsonian Folkways playlist is composed of “seminal recordings that highlight the important role that music played in uniting, energizing, expressing, and sustaining momentum among participants in the African American civil rights movement.”

Listen to the emotions and the messages, and never forget how far we have come. In the word of the Broadside Singers, who close out this important set, “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle.”

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It’s Gonna Be VMAs: *NSYNC Reunion and Playlist

*NSYNC

Break out the body glitter and practice the “Bye Bye Bye” choreography (not that you ever forgot it) — the MTV VMAs this Sunday may be winding back the clock to the early 2000s with the reunion of boy band behemoth *NSYNC. It’s rumored that the former bandmates will make a surprise appearance during Justin Timberlake’s performance at the award show. Whether or not that’s true, we threw together a Dirty Pop: An *NSYNC Retrospective playlist to highlight the hits and solo endeavors from one of our all-time favorite bubblegum pop groups.

Hit play below — you won’t be disappointed (this we promise you).

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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.

FIVE ESSENTIAL SUB POP ALBUMS

  • 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.