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Win Tickets to Catch Ha Ha Tonka and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on their West Coast Tour

Bluegrass and folk-influenced indie-rock group Ha Ha Tonka and guitar-pop quartet Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have both had pretty solid years, with the releases of their third and fourth albums, respectively. The former’s Death of a Decade was recorded in a barn to capture the rugged spirit of the Ozark hills, while the latter’s Tape Club is a compilation of some of the group’s best songs since they began Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin ten years ago.

To top off the year, the two Missouri-based bands will hit the west coast on a co-headlining tour. They’ve each made “West Coast Tour” playlists for the occasion with each playlist featuring one inspired song per location. Want to hear more about why they picked certain songs? Check out the playlist notes at the bottom of the post.

Ticket Giveaway

Want to win tickets to the tour stop of your choice? Just subscribe to your favorite playlist below, enter your name, email address and ticket choice into the Google Form and you’ll be entered to win tickets to your choice of the cities below. Read the official Rules for more information.

Update: the contest is over. Thanks for entering!

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Ha Ha Tonka’s West Coast Tour-Inspired Playlist:

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s West Coast Tour-Inspired Playlist:

Playlist Notes


  • John Denver - “Rocky Mountain High”
    THE quintessential song about being high in Colorado. - HHT
  • Neil Young - “Cripple Creek Ferry”
    I went to Cripple Creek, Colorado with my dad when I was a kid. - SSLYBY

Salt Lake City

  • Band of Horses - “The Great Salt Lake”
    We've listened to this song while literally coming off the Rocky Mountains westbound on I-80 and descending into Salt Lake City and it sounds absolutely perfect. - HHT
  • Weezer - “Mykel and Carli”
    Mykel and Carli were from Salt Lake City. Also, Leia Bell (Brian's sister) lives in SLC and she made a poster for us one time. - SSLYBY


  • Rocky Votolato - “White Daisy Passing”
    We toured with Rocky last year and were amazed night in and night out. Incredible songwriter, incredible dude... average poker player. - HHT
  • The Fastbacks - “555 Part Two”/Telekinesis - “Please Ask For Help”
    We had to pick two songs for Seattle. The Fastbacks are a Seattle band we discovered from the movie Hype. Telekinesis is a nice band we toured with last year. - SSLYBY


  • The Ramones - “Danny Says”
    Every now and then we all have to go Idaho. - HHT
  • Built to Spill - “Big Dipper”
    We camped out in Glenns Ferry, Idaho on our last tour. We met the mayor at a diner in the morning. She said her son is in a band called Cheese Dixx and they play in Boise all the time. I couldn't find them on Rdio. - SSLYBY


  • Nickelback - “How You Remind Me”
    This underrated indie band from north of the border has yet to be discovered, but keep an eye out. - HHT


  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - “Oregon Girl”
    Our bros just so happened to have penned the best song ever about Oregon...and maybe girls. - HHT
  • Ha Ha Tonka - “Dead Man’s Hand”/“Close Every Valve to Your Bleeding Heart”
    They both sound like they could be on Neil Young’s Zuma and they would be the best songs on the album. - SSLYBY

San Francisco

  • The Mamas & The Papas - “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)”
    Another quintessential location themed song. - HHT
  • The Mommyheads - “Jaded”
    Adam and Michael from The Mommyheads really helped our band out in the beginning. They used to live in San Francisco. This is the perfect pop song. - SSLYBY

Los Angeles

  • Phantom Planet - “California”
    This pick could easily be replaced by any song the Red Hot Chili Peppers have ever written. - HHT
  • Fleetwood Mac - “I Walk A Thin Line”
    It’s like LA. I can’t figure it out. - SSLYBY

San Diego

  • Will Ferrell - “Afternoon Delight”
    Ron Burgundy wrote this tune, right? When I think of San Diego I usually think of perfect weather, Tony Gwynn and this song. - HHT
  • Sly & The Family Stone - “Runnin’ Away”
    Wikipedia says their drummer is from San Diego. I hope Deerhoof covers it someday. - SSLYBY

Tour Dates

  • November 30 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
  • December 01 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
  • December 02 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
  • December 03 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
  • December 05 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
  • December 06 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
  • December 08 - San Francisco, CA - Hotel Utah
  • December 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bootleg Bar
  • December 10 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar

Matthew Sweet Pottery Giveaway

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To celebrate the release of Matthew Sweet’s new album Modern Art, Rdio is giving away a piece of his handmade pottery, pictured above. (you can see more of his pieces on Etsy, and read about his background as a potter on Spinner.)

To win, tweet @Rdio with the name of your favorite Matthew Sweet album + #SweetPottery. The contest's official rules are here.

And while you're at it, listen to the exclusive commentary version of his new album, only available on Rdio:


Win a Pair of Tickets To See Ladytron at Seattle's Decibel Festival


For nine years now, Seattle has played host to the Decibel Festival, one of the season's most anticipated international electronic music events. This year Rdio is sponsoring the festival, and we’re giving away tickets to see Ladytron, the British electronic outfit whose perfect blend of club beats and airy, IDM-inspired synths made them one of the premiere electronic acts of the last decade.

Ladytron will be headlining the special, Rdio-sponsored Sinthetic Showcase taking place on Thursday, September 29 at Seattle’s Showbox at 9PM, where they’ll be joined by artists including Geographer and DJ Depressed Buttons. Listen to the playlist below and follow Decibel Festival on Rdio to get acquainted with all the artists playing during this weekend-long celebration of electronic music.

Win Tickets to See Ladytron at Decibel Festival

Rdio and Decibel Festival are giving away four pairs of tickets to this Thursday's Ladytron show in Seattle. How to win? Put your name, email address and your favorite Ladytron song into the form below between now and September 28 at 12 p.m. and we'll randomly pick four winners. For more information, read the Official Rules.


Update: Thanks for playing! The entry form is now closed.


Rdio Presents: Free DOM show in Brooklyn for Our Subscribers

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This Saturday, September 24th, Rdio subscribers in New York are in for a treat. We’ve joined forces with Prefix Mag and Pop Gun to present a free DOM show for you at Brooklyn’s Glassland Galleries. The show starts at 9PM and will be supported by openers Adventure and Vacationer. But the best part is Rdio subscribers get their admission covered for FREE. It’s true — just show the Rdio App on your smartphone at the door for complimentary admission to the gig. Those without accounts will pay $5, and must RSVP here.

More info about the event is available on Facebook. Stay up to date with Prefix Magazine's latest music picks by following them on Rdio.


Score A Pair Of Tickets To Illinois’ Pygmalion Music Festival


On September 21st, the Pygmalion Music Festival will touch down in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois for five days' worth of cutting-edge music, including headliners like chillwave extraordinaire Washed Out, synth-pop experimentalists Gang Gang Dance, and dance connoisseurs Cut Copy.

Rdio is sponsoring the entire festival, but we’re excited about one showcase in particular. Longstanding indie rock label Polyvinyl Record Co. is celebrating 15 years by featuring ten of their most prolific and most respected acts, all in one day. Cult favourite Champaign-Urbanites Braid will play a headlining set, as will compadres Deerhoof, Japandroids, Xiu Xiu, and a host of others. The iconic record company has also put together an inspiring playlist to celebrate the event. For more information about the festival, visit its official site and check out Polyvinyl’s entire showcase. Their 15-Year Anniversary Playlist is below.

Win Tickets to Polyvinyl's 15 Year Anniversary

Rdio, Pygmalion Musical Festival and Polyvinyl Records are giving away three pairs of tickets to next Saturday's all-day showcase. How do you win? Put your name, email address and who you're most excited to see perform at The Polyvinyl 15 Year Anniversary into the form below between now and September 20 at 3:00 PM and we'll randomly pick three winners. For more information, read the Official Rules.

Update: Thanks for playing! The entry form for the Pygmalion Music Festival Ticket Giveaway is now closed.


Meet and Greet Country Legends at Nashville’s Capitol Street Party


Want to meet some country music icons? On September 21st at 7:00PM, Nashville, Tennessee will host the Capitol Street Party. Organizers will shut down Demonbreun Street for a free, full-evening party to say goodbye to summer. Country singers Eric Paslay, Eric Church and Alan Jackson will all perform, and you could be hanging out with them backstage if you win our meet-and-greet contest.

If you're not in Nashville, check Rdio in early October for exclusive live sets from the party. Until then you can listen to our exclusive playlists, hand-picked by Eric Church and Eric Paslay themselves. Get excited — you could be meeting these folks soon! Follow Capitol Nashville on Rdio to see what they’re listening to, and get more details about the festival here.

Win Capitol Nashville Street Party Meet-and-Greet Passes

Rdio and Capitol Street Party want to give you a special chance to meet Eric Paslay, Alan Jackson and Eric Church — we have 10 Meet-and-Greet passes to give away to the show. Five fans will shake hands with Alan Jackson, while the other 5 will do the same with Eric Church; all ten will also meet opener Eric Paslay. And yes, winners can bring a camera to take a photo, and bring an item for their artist to sign. How do you win? Put your name, email address and who you're most excited to see perform at Capitol Street Party into the form below between now and September 19 at 12:00 PM and we'll randomly pick ten winners. For more information, read the Official Rules.

Update: Thanks for playing! The entry form for the Capitol Street Party Meet and Greet is now closed.


Win Two VIP Badges to Nashville’s SoundLand Festival


This September 21-24, Nashville, Tennessee's streets and concert halls play host to the 2011 SoundLand Festival. Promising “music, art, food and fun,” the festival's biggest draw is music—it features performances from acts running the gamut of musical genres, rock to electronic to hip hop and beyond: Foster the People, M. Ward, Ghostland Observatory, Big K.R.I.T., Bonobo, CULTS and many more. For the full list, check out SoundLand's website or listen to the “SoundLand 2011 Crash Course” playlist.


Win SoundLand 2011 VIP Badges

Rdio and SoundLand want to send you to the festival in comfort and style, so we’re giving away a pair of VIP Badges. Get priority entry to every single event at the fest, free food and drinks at VIP parties, and a chance to learn and network with media and musical personalities. For more info on SoundLand's VIP experience, read about it on the SoundLand blog. So how do you win these sweet VIP badges? Put your name, email address and who you're most excited to see perform at SoundLand into the form below between now and September 14 at 12:00 PM and we'll randomly pick one winner. For more information, read the Official Rules.

Update: Thanks for playing! The entry form for the SoundLand Festival Ticket Giveaway is now closed.


Rdio and the Identity Festival Ticket Giveaway, Pt. 2


We're back with part 2 of the Identity Festival ticket giveaway, touted as America’s very first touring electronic festival. Who can you catch live? The lineup is peppered with all the names you'd wish for on such an occasion: KaskadeSteve AokiSteve LawlerHercules & Love AffairAeroplaneDJ ShadowSkrillexRusko and a slew of your other favorite electronic artists will all play sets in cities across the nation. Listen to a preview of the festivities on the Identity Festival's Official Playlist.

  • August 27: The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods
  • August 28: Dallas, TX, GEXA Energy Pavilion
  • August 30: Albuquerque, NM, Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion
  • September 2: Chula Vista, CA, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
  • September 3: Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • September 4: San Bernadino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheatre
  • September 5: Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay
  • September 10: Gorge, WA, The Gorge

Win Identity Festival Tickets

If you're in the southwest (or are a west coast dweller) you'll be excited to hear that we’ve got pairs of tickets to give away for shows running August 27-September 10 in: Texas, New Mexico, California, Las Vegas and Washington state. How to enter? Put your name, email address, date and location you wish to win into the form below between now and August 24 at 1:00 PM, and we'll randomly pick one winner per location. For more information, read the Official Rules.

Updated: we have our winners! Thanks for entering.


Win VIP Tickets to Mad Decent's Los Angeles Block Party

There's still one more chance to experience a block party this summer on Saturday, August 20th when the Mad Decent crew comes to LA for the final leg of their 4-week showcase. 

Diplo himself will perform as Major Lazer; he’ll be joined by Bosco DelreyLunice, Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross, Kito, Sinden, Paul Devro, Death Grips, Derek Allen, Jillionaire, Mia Moretti & Caitlin Mo.

If the above video isn't enough to inspire you, listen to Diplo's brand new and truly original playlist along with a slew of other cool thematic ones Mad Decent created during the past few weeks. 


Rdio is giving away five pairs of VIP tickets for this highly anticipated final block party. Skip the lines and enjoy guaranteed admission, plus access to the VIP viewing area. For more information, read the Official Rules

Update: we have our five VIPs! Thanks for entering, everyone!

Mad Decent LA

∞  August 17, 2011 — 11:01AM


Mad Decent Chicago Block Party


On Saturday August 13th, Diplo’s taste-making label Mad Decent will bring the block party to Chicago, courtesy of Rdio.

Chicago’s lineup includes Curren$y, Dillon Francis, Dawn Golden & Rosy Corss, Bosco Delrey, Toy Selectah, Kito, Reptar, Lunice, BBU, Benzi and DJ Say Wut.

Mad Decent is known for its eclectic, internationally-flavored roster - they helped introduce Brazilian baile funk and Angolan kuduo to clubs around the world, not to mention playing a major role in new genre Moombahton—and have put out records by luminaries such as Bonde Do Role, Crookers, Rusko, and Toy Selectah. Mad Decent's influence on modern music is undeniable.

The Mad Decent Block Party is all-ages, and best of all, it’s free. Wanna know what to expect? Check out Mad Decent’s Block Party 2011 playlist, which features songs by the artists performing in Chicago, as well as the other Block Party dates in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The New York edition looked pretty crazy, so don’t miss the party when it rolls through the Windy City. 


Rdio is giving away 5 pairs of VIP admission spots. Skip the lines and enjoy guaranteed admission, plus access to the VIP viewing area along with plenty of other free stuff. How to enter? The first 5 people to email competitions (at) and return the necessary legal stuff within 24 hours of this post are IN. For more information, read the Official Rules.

Los Angeles, watch out. You're next for the Mad Decent Block Party VIP giveaway.