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311’s Nick Hexum Jams Away on an Rdio Playlist

Nick Hexum

311 lead singer and guitarist Nick Hexum listens to a wide world of music for both inspiration and practice. On Nick Hexum’s Jammy Playlist, he shares his current favorite songs for jamming to on his guitar to celebrate his side project, The Nick Hexum Quintet’s new album, My Shadow Pages.

The mix is both a surprising and an enlightening list of tunes that are far from obvious to choose, including fast-paced moments of funk from James Brown and Maceo Parker, jazz from contemporary legend Pat Metheny, and electronic soul from British producer Quantic. Now go and enjoy this set, which was made exclusively for you with love from Mr. Hexum.

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Pepper Wishes They Wrote These Songs

Pepper

Fans of Pepper have long admired the band’s kick-back-and-relax songs. Now the reggae-tinged rock group has a confession to make — this exclusive playlist entitled “Songs I Wish I Wrote” reveals the tunes that the guys admire to the point of envy. Listen below, for some of the inclusions might really surprise you, whether it’s “Mrs. Brownstone” by the almighty Guns N Roses, “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” by living legend Willie Nelson, or the ever-catchy croon of “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman.

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Crystal Stilts Presents A Psychedelic Journey Through Love and Loss

Crystal Stilts

After a decade together, the guys in Brooklyn’s Crystal Stilts have had their share of insights about the art of romance. The indie rockers, whose new album Nature Noir, has just dropped, have assembled a heartfelt playlist for you called Crystal Stilts: A Psychedelic Journey Through Love and Loss. Let the words and sounds of individualists like Sonny Bono, Rotary Connection, Hilton Valentine, Terry Stafford, Love, and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band guide you through the good and bad times.

Enjoy below and follow Sacred Bones on Rdio for more from the label that Crystal Stilts now calls home.

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Avicii Picks His Favorite Hits For an Rdio Playlist

Avicii

Avicii is one of the bright stars of the young EDM movement, but one listen to his new debut album True reveals that the Swedish DJ/producer has both a multitude of influences and the ability to reach out beyond what he’s been known for over the past few years. In honor of the release of True, the man born Tim Bergling is sharing an exclusive playlist with Rdio listeners called Avicii’s Favorite Songs of the Moment. Press play and you’ll soon be jamming to artists like Disclosure, Axwell, Jay-Z, and, of course, Avicii, whose own “Wake Me Up” and “I Could Be The One” sound great here.

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Rdio Exclusive: The Bloody Beetroots Come Out of Hiding With a Bonus Track

The Bloody Beetroots

Italian electro house heroes The Bloody Beetroots are ready to come out and play with the new album HIDE and the bonus track "35" just for Rdio listeners. The Black Venom-masked crew, which grew out of a solo project by Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, has spent the last few years conquering the international music festival circuit, including collaborating with Sir Paul McCartney, and collecting inspiration for this full-length effort. Hear the album and "35" for the first time with this exclusive listen:

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The Darcys' Bonus Track "Ultra Violet" From Warring Is Only On Rdio

The Darcys

Toronto art rock quartet The Darcys is giving Rdio listeners an early jump on hearing the bonus track "Ultra Violet" from their new album. Warring is the group’s third studio album and the conclusion of a trilogy that began in 2011 and continued with their Steely Dan cover album.

Did you know that the group is also an active part of the Rdio community? Follow The Darcys on Rdio to hear exclusive playlists, including their favorite slow jams, ‘90s guitar anthems, heartfelt tributes to other bands, and even a set of songs that influenced the Warring album.

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Rdio and Red Bull Stratos: Exclusive New Documentary and Original Song by Portugal. The Man

Red Bull Stratos

We’re taking an exciting leap with Red Bull to present Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story Behind Red Bull Stratos, the documentary on the historic space dive project. The film will be available exclusively on rdio.com/redbullstratos for three months beginning on October 14, 2013, which marks the one-year anniversary of Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 24 miles above Earth.

Head over to rdio.com/redbullstratos today to experience exclusive content such as never-before-seen clips and the original song written and recorded for the documentary by Portland rock band Portugal. The Man. The Rdio-only track titled “Oh Boy” is featured in the dynamic trailer which you can watch right now.

While you wait for the film to drop on the site, listen to inspiring playlists created by the crew from the Red Bull Stratos project. What songs encourage you to break limits? Add them to our collaborative Mission To The Edge playlist on the site.

Felix Baumgartner became the first man to break the speed of sound with his own body from over 128,000 feet, accelerating to 843.6 miles per hour. The Stratos jump broke records in the sky, but also on the web with 8 million concurrent viewers tuning in on the day of the jump making it the most watched live event in Internet history. To experience the full documentary on October 14, register for a free Rdio account here!

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Exclusive: Sheryl Crow Plays Live for Rdio

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow is sharing two exclusive live bonus tracks off her brand new album Feels Like Home with you for the next two weeks: “Best Of Times” and “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely”. Studio versions of these songs appear on the official album as well, but it’s both fun and enlightening to hear how she brings life to the new tracks onstage. Listen now and decide which takes are your favorite!

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For Your Eyes and Ears: MGMT on New Music Weekly

This is a very special week for our New Music Weekly video. Get an exclusive 15-second taste of MGMT’s self-titled new album and the “Optimizer”, the unique visual accompaniment created by the band. Experience the entire album and video right here — you'll only find the one-week preview on Rdio!

Let video artists Andrew Benson, Alejandro Crawford, Emilio Gomariz, Geoffrey Lillemon, and Chris Timms transport you out of this world:

"MGMT's psyche-pop space-rock has always hinted at alien, other-wordly origins; a rich territory for the possibilities of CGI and virtual worlds. Drawing on the unnatural vibrant colours and strange and mysterious landscapes of alien worlds, each of the artists who contributed to the optimizer project presents their unique virtual illumination of MGMT's alien origin, produced and arranged by MGMT's live show video instrumentalist Alejandro Crawford."

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Exclusive from MGMT: New Album and the “Optimizer” Early Only on Rdio

MGMT

MGMT has a mind-blowing gift for Rdio listeners! In advance of the official release of the third and self-titled full-length album, the band has collaborated with its trusted team of visual artists to create the “Optimizer”, a 44-minute video that pairs with MGMT for a total sensory experience. Now you can witness what the sound of total freedom and incredible creativity looks and sounds like with this unique interpretation.

All you need to enjoy the art piece is your own Rdio account (which is free!). What are you waiting for? Jump into the “Optimizer” for the optimal MGMT fan experience.