“The pop don’t stop.” is a pretty good summary of today’s featured Rdio influencer, Arjan Writes. Armed with his oft-read blog, pop culture, music (and video) Twitter stream, Arjan brings his expansive knowledge of pop music to Rdio. Blogging since 2002, Arjan is an official blogger for the GRAMMYs, contributes on-air to CNN, and is involved in a variety of music-related projects.
What can you expect if you follow him? Get an early introduction to music like his Hot Picks.
Created by a high school kid armed with computer know-how and a love for Blink-182 and MxPx, AbsolutePunk.net began as a place for like-minded music fans to gather, talk about and introduce each other to new music. Since it began 11 years ago, AbsolutePunk.net is home to thousands of album reviews, forum threads, music exclusives, artist interviews and most importantly, excited music fans. Today, we’re pleased to highlight AbsolutePunk as an Influencer on Rdio.
Why is AbsolutePunk worthy of your Follow? Because they’ll make sure your Recent Activity feed will be a steady stream of lesser-known, just-below-the-radar, newly-discovered bands from off the beaten path.
Here’s a sample of what you might expect to cross your radar—these are the AP.net staff and members’ five favorite albums from the past six months:
Spin has been around for 25 years, observing and reporting on music and culture, and has seen many bands come and go. They’ve taken a chance on newer names only to see careers blossom into household notoriety. And having shifted from print-only to having a dedicated web arm, we love seeing their musical leanings on Rdio.
Why should you follow Spin Magazine? Because they peg, with fantastic accuracy, the bands, musicians, albums and songs that are worthy of your Heavy Rotation. They’ve spotted now-critically acclaimed bands like Mumford & Sons, Janelle Monáe and Wavves. Their playlists include monthly picks for favorite new music, coverage of things beyond the Internet (like their Must See Fall Tours), and are a great place to check in when you aren’t sure what to listen to next. Their collection is full of utterly-listenable and fun music. Who wouldn’t want to see Spin in their Network’s Recent Activity?
Rdio is a social jukebox with over 20 million songs to discover, play, and share. Play what you want, when you want, or turn on a station for a perfect mix of songs. Listen anywhere — the web, your phone, even offline — and follow friends and artists to see what they’re playing.