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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.


  • 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.


Get Ready to Riot: Win and See The Replacements in Toronto, Chicago, Denver

One of the certain highlights of this year’s RiotFest, which kicks off its three-city stint on August 24 in Toronto, will be the long-anticipated reunion of punk pioneers The Replacements. The legendary band is a fitting headliner for a music fest that has celebrated the best of alternative and punk rock since 2005. But with a lineup that also includes unstoppable names as Iggy & The Stooges, Blink 182, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., A Day to Remember and Blondie, there are plenty of musical memories that will be made in Toronto, Chicago and Denver this year.

Lucky for you, Rdio is giving you and a friend the chance to make your own once-in-a-lifetime memory. We’re giving away VIP prize experiences including side-stage access, artist meet & greets, and VIP passes to the Riot Fest of your choice:

  • Toronto: August 24, 2013 - August 25, 2013
  • Chicago: September 13, 2013 - September 15, 2013
  • Denver: September 21, 2013 - September 22, 2013

Starting today, you can enter on Rdio’s Facebook page or through Rdio’s Twitter. Read the Official Rules for more details.

In the meantime, mosh away to one of three Riot Fest playlists, divided by city for your convenience, and hear what’s in store for what will be one for the record books.


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


Are You The One? Play the Exclusive Track to Join The Presets on Tour

The Presets

Australian electronic duo The Presets have given Rdio listeners a special treat — early access to the live version of their hit single “Are You The One? (Live From The Hordern Pavillion)”. But the former classical music students turned dancefloor rebels want you to experience this song live, too!

Play this exclusive cut for a chance to win a pair of tickets to any tour date between May 17-26 of your choice. This means you can choose to see The Presets (and touring mates Dragonette) in cities like Los Angeles, Denver, or San Diego — or even the amazing Sasquatch Festival in Washington!

Simply listen to “Are You The One? (Live From The Hordern Pavillion)” to be entered. The sweepstakes starts today and winners will be contacted by Saturday, May 11. Read the Official Rules for more details. Tickets for this tour are also available for purchase on The Presets’ site.

Good luck — are you the one? Remember to also follow The Presets on Rdio.

∞  May 7, 2013 — 8:00AM


Roll VIP at SXSW with The Rdio List

The Rdio List

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a 10-day conference dedicated to breakthrough media like innovative technology and emerging talent in film. But let’s be real here — we all know SXSW as a sonic wonderland. With almost 2,000 bands set to perform this year, we’re here to give you a leg up on this musical marathon.

If you plan to make a pilgrimage to Austin, then get VIP entry and enjoy some free tacos and drinks on us at the hottest music events at SXSW by jumping on The Rdio List — no badge or wristband required.

We teamed up with BrooklynVegan, Hype Machine, Stereogum, SPIN and VICE to give you priority access via a separate Rdio line into their SXSW parties from March 12-16. These exclusive shindigs feature performances by Snoop Lion, Japandroids, Youth Lagoon, and Kendrick Lamar.


The Rdio List goes live on March 12 but we’re giving you the down low now. Use the web app on your mobile devices to:

1) Sign up — If you haven’t already, sign up for a free Rdio account and then head over to

2) Reserve — Reservations are available one hour before a party’s start time on a first-come, first-served basis. You may reserve one pass per window of time. Once you’ve successfully reserved a pass, you’ll be given a unique pass phrase that you will show The Rdio List doorman upon arrival.

3) Check-in — Each pass will be valid 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after the reserved time so make sure you’re there during that window. Check in at the designated Rdio List entrance.

4) Check-out — Always remember to check-out! That way, you can score a new reservation to another party.


VIP lines, awesome music, and free tacos not convincing enough? What if those tacos come with a side of Action Bronson? The Rdio List also gives you a chance to win any of these VICE party perks, with more being announced on next week:

Have questions or just want to brag about your VIP status? Use the hashtag #RdioList and follow @Rdio on Twitter.

∞  March 6, 2013 — 9:00AM


Win Tickets to Jim James’ Sold-Out Sleep No More Show in NYC

Jim James

Grammy-nominated singer and guitarist Jim James (My Morning Jacket and Monsters Of Folk) is collaborating with New York theater company Sleep No More for one of the most sought-after concert experiences this year at Manhattan’s McKittrick Hotel on February 20. Without spoiling the details, audience members can expect one of the most unique and insane experiences available in modern theater and music, one that’s likely to never be created ever again.

The show coincides with James’ debut solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God which drops tomorrow and has already been declared “magnificent” by Rolling Stone.

Jim James’ Sleep No More event is completely sold out, but you can win one of five pairs of tickets that we're gifting all week to celebrate the release of Regions of Light and Sound of God. Every day we'll give away one pair of tickets on Twitter, providing you five opportunities to win. Just follow @Rdio and retweet the designated tweet at 9:00am PST. Winners will be announced at 5:00pm PST that very same day. Read the Official Rules for more details. Please note that entry is only for the Jim James performance.

You can follow Jim James on Rdio to get even closer to the music.


Score Two Tickets to the GRAMMY®s With A Champion’s Playlist

GRAMMYs A Champion's Playlist

The GRAMMY Awards®, held this year at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10th, is the one true sport enjoyed by the music business every year. So it only makes sense that the GRAMMY®s would collaborate with leading athletes to get their favorite music picks in advance of the “big game.”

Top athletes have teamed with The Recording Academy® to create motivating playlists featuring GRAMMY®-winning recordings exclusively for Rdio. New York Mets player Ike Davis, UFC competitor Frankie Edgar, Olympic synchronized swimmer Tracy Little, Philadelphia 76ers’ Jason Richardson, and Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers’ Aldon Smith have each created “A Champion's Playlist.” They’ve picked GRAMMY®-winning songs from the past 50 years in order to give you an idea of what they’re hearing in their headphones before they take home a championship.

Each athlete will present their playlist to their Twitter followers. The athlete whose playlist receives the most votes between now and February 1 will choose a winner at random to win a trip for two to attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Get the full contest details on the GRAMMY®s blog and be sure to keep track of the scoreboard.

Follow the GRAMMY®s on Rdio for more fun playlists featuring all-time scoring tunes.


Win a Trip to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®


Rdio and the GRAMMY®s have joined forces to give you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience music’s biggest night®! We’re giving away a trip to Los Angeles for you and a guest to attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10th.

This year’s ceremony promises to be nothing short of spectacular, but who will win? You might be able to find out firsthand!

The grand prize includes:

• A pair of tickets to the GRAMMY Awards®
• Two roundtrip tickets to Los Angeles
• Two-night hotel stay
• A one-year subscription to Rdio Unlimited

Entering is quick and easy — just like Rdio’s Facebook and enter via the Facebook page. Read the Official Rules for more details.

While you’re entering, follow the GRAMMY®s on Rdio and listen to their playlist of songs by this year’s nominees. Good luck!


The Giving Season: Retweet to Win Sweet Logitech UE Gear

Logitech UE Boombox

It’s December, and Rdio is filled with the spirit of giving. So, we’ve teamed up with our pals at Logitech to give you a few special gifts — the Logitech UE Boombox, Logitech UE Mobile Boombox, and Logitech UE 9000 Headphones. All three items connect to your music wirelessly, meaning you can bring the party big, small, or personal, as long as you have your mobile device (with Rdio!) handy.

Every Monday this December, we’re going to give away one of these bad boys. All you need to do is follow Rdio and Logitech UE on Twitter, and retweet our designated tweet to win. Winners will be announced every Monday, at which point the contest will restart for the next week. You must be 18 years or older and living in the United States to win.

Whether you give your winnings to a loved one or keep it as an early gift to yourself is up to you, but make sure somebody turns it up to share the musical goodness — ‘tis the season, after all.


Win a Trip to See Lady Antebellum’s “On This Winter's Night” holiday concert in Nashville

Lady Antebellum

On December 3, Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum will take the stage at Nashville, Tennessee’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center to perform a special holiday concert. “On This Winter’s Night” will feature the band performing in their hometown accompanied by a symphony orchestra for a night of holiday songs and their biggest hits.

Rdio is getting in the holiday spirit by giving you the chance to be there for this festive event. One lucky music lover is going to win:

  • Two roundtrip tickets to Nashville
  • Two nights of hotel accommodations
  • Two tickets to the show
  • One 1-year subscription to Rdio Unlimited

Are you that lucky person? All you have to do is like Rdio's Facebook page and enter via the Facebook contest page for a chance to win a trip for you and a guest to see Lady Antebellum's special “On This Winter's Night" concert. Read the Official Rules for more details.

Entries are open now until November 14. While you’re entering, listen to On This Winter’s Night, below, and feel that holiday spirit.