Label Spotlights

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New on Rdio: Hydra Head

Most people don’t think about how music makes its way from musicians to the general public, for listening and enjoyment. High-schooler Aaron Turner, however, gave it some thought and decided to start Hydra Head Records. 18 years later, the Label is still representing heavy metal, and Turner added Isis frontman to his list of accomplishments. Keep reading for a primer on Hydra Head’s bands and musicians, which we have here on Rdio.

Hydra Head Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Hydra Head, check Wikipedia or hydrahead.com. Follow @HydraHead and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.


Previous label features include: Pschent, Righteous Babe Records, Saddle Creek, Yep Roc Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  June 3, 2011 — 12:00AM

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New on Rdio: Pschent

French independent label Pschent takes music very seriously. They’re best known for their Hôtel Costes music series—a selection curated by DJ Stéphane Pompougnac representing the Parisian hotel of the same name. Synonymous with chic, listen to a selection of their artists and albums here on Rdio—it may transport you to another world.

Pschent Artists

Notable Pschent Albums

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Pschent, check Pschent.com. Follow @pschent and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.


Previous label features include: Righteous Babe Records, Saddle Creek, Yep Roc Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  May 27, 2011 — 12:00AM

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New on Rdio: Righteous Babe Records

Beyond putting out the works of unique and talented musicians, Righteous Babe Records can also say that they saved a New York landmark, the Asbury Delaware Methodist Church. Grammy-winning artist Ani DiFranco (and Righteous Babe Records’ Founder) wanted the Label to support her hometown’s growth and development. When that meant preserving this historic structure, they fought to rescue it from destruction, and have since turned it into a multi-purpose venue and headquarters for artists, musicians, and the people of Buffalo, NY. Check out their amazing story on the Babeville website, and enjoy their musical catalog on Rdio.

Righteous Babe Records Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Righteous Babe Records, check Wikipedia or RighteousBabe.com. Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.


Previous label features include: Kill Rock Stars Saddle Creek Yep Roc Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  May 20, 2011 — 12:00AM

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New on Rdio: Kill Rock Stars

Slim Moon wanted a way to put out music and spoken-word works, of both his and his friends’ creation, so he founded Kill Rock Stars. The unassuming beginnings of this artist-driven project have grown into the female-run Indie Label that carries the likes of influential singer-songwriter Elliot Smith, The Decemberists’ early albums, and Thao & Mirah’s just-released debut. You can read all about their evolution (including the origin of the Label’s name) on the Kill Rock Stars timeline while checking out their expansive list of artists on Rdio.

Kill Rock Stars Featured Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Kill Rock Stars, check Wikipedia or Kill Rock Stars. Follow @KRSStaff and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.


Previous label features include: Saddle Creek, Yep Roc Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  May 13, 2011 — 12:00AM

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New on Rdio: Saddle Creek

Entrepreneurship isn’t often mentioned outside the context of technology, but from entrepreneurship (or at least a college class about it), Saddle Creek Records was born. Undergoing personnel and even a name change, the label grew to be known and respected for both its small-town, earthy “Omaha Sound” and for its roster of loosely-related bands and musicians. Originally releasing Conor Oberst’s (Bright Eyes) music, they also signed other bands from Omaha, Nebraska and in 2001, started signing musicians regardless of their location.

Check out the documentary Spend an Evening with Saddle Creek for a closer look at the creation and evolution of the Label’s first 10 years of existence.

Saddle Creek Artists

Saddle Creek Alumni

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Saddle Creek, check Wikipedia or saddle-creek.com.com. Follow @saddlecreek and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.


Previous label features include: Yep Roc, Blood & Fire, Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  May 6, 2011 — 12:00AM

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New on Rdio: Yep Roc

Glenn Dicker and Tor Hansen, friends since kindergarten, took their passion for music and transformed it from a basement project to a successful international Label. Since 1996, the duo has remained dedicated to putting out the best music they can find. Their impressive roster of artists isn’t bound by genre or style—queue up any of their artists, from guitar-strumming soloists like Loudon Wainwright III to electronic indie pop like The Apples in Stereo. Check out their website to get a taste of what this soulful label has to offer.

Current Yep Roc Arists

Past Yep Roc Artists

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Yep Roc, check Wikipedia or yeproc.com. Follow the Yep Roc Music Group on Rdio or @yeproc on Twitter and like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.


Previous label features include: Blood & Fire, Hyperdub, Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  April 22, 2011 — 12:00AM

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New on Rdio: Blood & Fire

We’ve got big news today for dub and roots reggae connoisseurs—Rdio now has the reissue catalog from Blood & Fire, a British Label featuring some of best Jamaican archival material ever recorded.

Blood & Fire Artists

Unfamiliar with Blood & Fire? Influencer XLR8R Magazine picked some of their favorite catalog tracks to make a great playlist—the perfect introduction to these roots reggae and dub advocates.


Previous label features include: Rounder Records, Hyperdub, ]Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  April 15, 2011 — 12:00AM

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New on Rdio: Rounder Records

Started over 40 years ago by three college friends, Rounder Records has a long heritage of supporting historically important music and recordings. Broadly covering Americana—blues, jazz, folk and beyond—they’re also known for releasing the work of Alan Lomax, an ethnomusicologist who did field recordings all over the country and the world. If you really want the long read on Rounder’s storied history, there’s a 2008 book about the Label called, The Never-Ending Revival: Rounder Records and the Folk Alliance.”

Rounder Artists—Past and Present

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Rounder Records, check Wikipedia or Rounder.com. Follow @rounderrecords and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.

Previous label features include: Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  April 8, 2011 — 12:00AM

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New on Rdio: Hyperdub

It makes sense that Hyperdub is one of the premiere Labels dedicated to dubstep and its sister genres. Behind the wheel is Founder and creator Steve Goodman, better known as musician and DJ Kode9. Within their catalog you’ll find music from the popular (and anonymous) Burial, and producer Zomby. For a quick taste of Hyperdub’s best, queue up 5: Five Years of Hyperdub.

Musicians in the Hyperdub Catalog

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Hyperdub, check Wikipedia. For updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information, check their website, hyperdub.net, follow @hyperdub on Twitter and Like them on Facebook.

Previous label features include: Bella Union, XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  March 25, 2011 — 12:00AM

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New on Rdio: Bella Union

Truly an artist-run label, Bella Union began as an outlet for the Cocteau Twin’s own music. Helping to bring the world artists like Fleet Foxes, Mercury Prize-winning Fionn Regan and The Low Anthem, Bella Union’s reputation for great music and creative freedom is part of the reason they won 2010 Independent Record Company of the Year at the Music Week Awards.

US Bella Union Artists, Past and Present

For a complete list of artists who are or have been on Bella Union, check Wikipedia or bellaunion.com. Follow @bellaunion and Like them on Facebook for immediate updates on their new artists, albums, news and touring information.

Previous label features include: XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Matador Records, 4AD, Epitaph Records, Merge Records, Domino Records and Nettwerk

∞  March 4, 2011 — 12:00AM