Influencer Spotlights

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Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears


Arizona-born, New York-based singer Jake Shears isn’t just the lead singer of Grammy-nominated glam-pop troupe Scissor Sisters. He’s also an outspoken gay rights activist (Scissor Sisters themselves are GLAAD Award recipients) and a prolific songwriter for artists including Kylie MinogueAndy Bell, and Tiga, with whom he collaborated on songs such as “You Gonna Want Me” and “What You Need”.

Follow him on Rdio for a fascinating new treasure trove of music, including the latest from UK IDM troupe Ladytron, chillwave pioneer Washed Out, post-dubstep songwriter SBTRKT, lo-fi experimentalist John Maus, and ’80s-inspired dance duo Ford & Lopatin.

Also check out his playlists, each carefully themed and crafted over time. His new fall playlist includes artists such as Spank Rock, Justice, the Drums, and tUnE-yArDs — see “Autumn Changes... Fall Jams 2011”below.

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Influencer Spotlight: Brett Gurewitz


If you're a music fan but are unfamiliar with his name, you’ve certainly felt Brett Gurewitz's influence at some point in your musical life. In addition to co-founding influential punk band Bad Religion, Gurewitz also founded well-loved independent label Epitaph Records, parent of fellow taste-making labels ANTI-, Fat Possum Records, Burning Heart Records, Hellcat Records and Heart & Skull Records. Epitaph alone released some of the last decade’s best punk and hardcore albums by Bad Religion, Converge, Pennywise, Every Time I Die and Thursday.

Gurewitz’s extensive-yet-discerning Rdio collection demonstrates his excellent taste, which boasts a smorgasbord of veterans to bolster his array of modern classics, many of which come from Epitaph's sub-labels. Follow Brett Gurewitz on Rdio to ensure that you’re current with all the latest cutting edge music, and who knows? It may just lead you to some gems you might have missed. Among Gurewitz’s most-played artists are micro-sampling DJ Gold Panda, dreamy folksters Fleet Foxes, and punk vets Ramones.

If you're looking for a taste of Gurewitz’s punk rock roots, check out his ”Just The Hits” playlist, which collects Black Flag, The Sex Pistols, Descendents, The Clash, and many more of the most influential punk bands to ever make music.


∞  August 29, 2011 — 12:01PM

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Influencer Spotlight: Last Gang Records

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More than just a record label and promotional outfit, Last Gang Records has been shaping musical taste in Canada and abroad since 2002. Last Gang began when music industry lawyer Chris Taylor was unable to find a label to release Metric’s landmark debut, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?—their second release was Death From Above’s seminal 2004 debut I’m a Woman, You’re a Machine.

Since then, they've dedicated themselves to finding Toronto and Montreal’s most forward-thinking electronic acts, such as MSTRKRFT, Crystal Castles and Tiga. They also pride themselves on nurturing relationships with their impressive array of artists. Want to know what’s ticking over at Last Gang? Follow them on Rdio and check out their playlist below, Us Against the World.

For a more in-depth taste of Last Gang, check out their Spring 2011 mix or indulge in their “Festive Afternoon Hangover Cure” playlist, curated for Toronto’s week-long festival earlier this year.

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Influencer Spotlight: Arjan Writes

“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. Hot Picks:

Pop fans, as if you needed any more reasons to follow Arjan on Rdio, try one of his expertly-created playlists — Indie PopNo Doubt Essentials and music inspired by HBO’s True Blood, Season 4.


∞  July 21, 2011 — 11:40PM

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Created by a high school kid armed with computer know-how and a love for Blink-182 and MxPx, 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, 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 staff and members’ five favorite albums from the past six months:

Also not to be overlooked are AbsolutePunk’s curated (and collaborative) Playlists—with names like We Wanna Be Pitchfork, Whisper Quiet, and Harder, Harder…, there’s bound to be something that you’ll love in their mix.

Previous Influencer Spotlight: Spin Magazine

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Influencer Spotlight: Spin Magazine

Expanding on the thought “Follow Influencers. They know what’s cool first.”, today we’d like to introduce you to Spin Magazine on Rdio.

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?

For a great sampling of Spin on Rdio, listen to their Top Albums for 2010.

And while you’re listening to another one of their recommended albums, enter to win one of five year-long free Rdio accounts they’re giving away. Visit for more information.