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15 Songs You Need to Know at Lollapalooza According to Consequence of Sound

Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza is headed back to Chicago’s Grant Park for the ninth time on August 2-4 with a jaw-droppingly awesome lineup of classic and contemporary bands such as The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, The Postal Service, and New Order. Our friends at Chicago-based music site Consequence of Sound have assembled this Lollapalooza Playlist in order to share the 15 essential songs to know before you go. You don’t have to have a Lollapalooza ticket to get in the know; they’re all great tunes to know anyway, like The Cure’s “Fascination Street,” “If I Had a Tail” by Queens Of The Stone Age, “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons, and “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons.

Listen to the hand-crafted playlist and skim the playlist notes written by Consequence of Sound for the low-down before flying off to the Windy City.


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Nine Inch Nails - "Came Back Haunted"

Don't be the fan waiting around for "Head Like a Hole" or "March of the Pigs" or "Hurt". Get familiar with the new single and be the up-to-date fanboy that knows the words to the song and acts like it's just as good as "Head Like a Hole" or "March of the Pigs" or "Hurt".

  • St. Lucia - "Elevate"

Fans of M83, The Police, or Tears for Fears should find solace in this South African-turned-Brooklyn outfit's sound. Vocalist and singer-songwriter Jean-Philip Grobler comes off as a scholar of uplifting '80s anthems, and the chorus here is enough of an excuse to stock up on condoms.

  • HAIM - "Falling"

If you've seen them, see 'em again. If you haven't had a chance yet, get there an hour early. If you've never heard of them, listen to "Falling" and then please try and keep going on this playlist, even if you want to just keep repeating this song over and over again.

  • The Postal Service - "A Tattered Line of String"

Song's weak, and proves Give Up is all we ever need (or will get) from them, but recognize this track as a chance to grab a beer or meet up with a friend. Or I don't know, head out early.

  • Imagine Dragons - "It's Time"

Every year, there's a mainstream talent that's bigger than anyone online gives them credit for. Imagine Dragons fits the bill this year, and if you know this track, you'll hear it all weekend on the lips of their many, many, many fans.

  • Vampire Weekend - "Everlasting Arms"

You've heard and memorized "Diane Young", that lyric video for "Step" has 130 views just from you, and "Unbelievers" is old news. Start warming up to "Everlasting Arms", the other catchy track off Modern Vampires of the City. "Hold me...in your everlasting arms," might be a great pick up, too.

  • The Cure - "Fascination Street"

Because Disintegration is still their best album and this song will most definitely be played live.

  • Queens of the Stone Age - "If I Had A Tail"

Why do people call QOTSA sexy? Try and listen to Josh Homme's vocals here without sweating up. The Rolling Stones wish they could still write like this.

  • Baroness - "Take My Bones Away"

They evaded death so they could play music for you. C'MON. This song has a whole new meaning because of that.

  • Deap Vally - "Lies"

Tired of The Black Keys and feel like Jack White hasn't been the same post-Meg White? Deap Vally might work out for you then. They're a two-woman crew that (admittedly unsurprisingly) sounds louder than a two-woman crew. Plus, anyone who gets away unscathed with cliche lines like "And you ain't no friend of mine!" has some sort of edge to them.

  • The Orwells - "Who Needs You"

We're bias. This local Chicago act brings back all the straightforward garage rock worth championing. Lewd vocalist with a heart, young guitarists with a flair for the dust, and a drummer that's shifty like Tommy Ramone — what's not to love? Okay, we're just ones with good tastes. Clearly.

  • Wavves - "Afraid of Heights"

Nathan Williams evolves away from the beach and the skateboards and into something a little deeper. Don't believe us? Check out this one that gets a little existential with regards to spirituality. The hook itself is the drab line: "I'll always be on my own." Being miserable and confused never sounded so posh.

  • The National - "This is the Last Time"

New York royalty, folks. One of the hallmarks of their latest opus, Trouble Will Find Me, "This is the Last Time" is an evolving track that starts somber and funereal and shifts into a steamroller of a ballad. That coda at the end... Yeah.

  • Local Natives - "Heavy Feet"

Why is this playlist getting so depressing? Well, sometimes it takes a broken heart to feel hearty, and "Heavy Feet" does the job. Military percussion, emotional keys, and some of this year's strongest vocal work make this another mandatory viewing from fans and non-fans. Just grab Hummingbird, already.

  • Mumford and Sons - "I Will Wait"

Sorry Wicker Park, Logan Square, and Rogers Park, but you're going to hear 80,000 people singing this song all at once come Saturday night and it'll take more than a few pillows and a handle of Jack Daniels to hide from it. This one could be That Moment everyone talks about later on.

∞  July 29, 2013 — 1:00PM

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Oh, Baby: A Playlist for the New Prince

Oh Baby Playlist

How often do you get to cheer on the birth of a prince? With Kate and William’s new addition to the royal family, we made an Oh Baby! playlist to get you in the celebratory mood. Go ga-ga over classics like Prince’s “Baby, I’m A Star” and Mariah’s “Always Be My Baby” while you wait in baited breath to find out the Prince of Cambridge’s official name. Take a listen and get babies off the brain and into your headphones.

∞  July 23, 2013 — 11:00AM

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Rdio Sessions: These Are the Artists You Need to Watch

Rdio Sessions

We’ve been honored to host live, intimate shows with a wonderfully diverse group of rising artists from around the world like Passenger, City and Colour, On An On, Alpine, Shout Out Louds, and Missy Higgins. Our new Rdio Sessions playlist is a quick way to get familiar with our exclusive live performance series, which we record with diehard fans and Rdio listeners like you in attendance. We’ll continue to update the playlist with any and all future Rdio Sessions like Autre Ne Veut, Paloma Faith, and Youngblood Hawke. Subscribe to know when bands are buzzing and about to break.

Enjoy the set below and watch this space for more installments of Rdio Sessions!

∞  July 18, 2013 — 10:00AM

EventsMusic

For Your SDCC Trek: A Playlist to Save the World

Superhero Playlist

Do you have long underwear hiding under your threads? Thanks to Comic Con happening tomorrow in San Diego, you don’t need to keep your alter ego a secret. The largest science fiction, fantasy and superhero convention in the world is kicking off and we’ve got the unofficial soundtrack. Take a listen to Prince’s “Batdance”, the Ramones’ “Spiderman” and the instant classic “Wonderboy” from Tenacious D on our Songs to Save the World to Playlist. Each song pays tribute to the guys and gals that were spider bitten, hurled from space, or dropped in toxic waste only to brush themselves off and kick some butt. Listen now and wear your spandex with pride.

∞  July 17, 2013 — 9:00AM

EventsMusic

Get Amped for Pitchfork Music Festival With The Official Playlist

Pitchfork

The annual Pitchfork Music Festival comes to Chicago on July 19-21, and Rdio will be live on the scene so stop by and say hello! But for those of you outside Illinois, you don’t have to be in the Windy City to get in on the musical action.

Whether or not you’re planning to be with your 14,999 closest friends at Union Park, you can get ready for this momentous musical event with the official Pitchfork Festival 2013 playlist. Press play to rock over two and a half hours of headlining sounds from the likes of R. Kelly, Bjork, M.I.A., The Breeders, and Sky Ferreira, and follow Pitchfork on Rdio for more hand-picked sets.

∞  July 10, 2013 — 10:00AM

Music

The Cradle Will Rock You: 35 Songs Turned into Lullabies

The Cradle Will Rock

Your little ones are getting bored with all of this “hush-a-bye” stuff. They want to rock their cradle along with their music loving parents. And now with Kate Middleton due any day and celebrity babies from Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet, and Halle Berry expected later this year, it’s time to up your lullaby game. Luckily, The Cradle Will Rock has all of your favorite tracks in Gerber-form. The Beatles, Metallica, Journey, Bjork, and Nirvana are re-recorded in soothing piano and xylophone sounds that will put you and your babe to sleep. Never thought you’d nod off to Black Sabbath? Set your speakers in the baby’s room and get your nap on.

∞  July 8, 2013 — 10:00AM

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The Fall and Rise of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Film Opens Today

Big Star

The greatest band of the ‘70s may be one you’ve never heard of. Find out about the tragedy and legend of Memphis band, Big Star, in the new documentary, Nothing Can Hurt Me. The film trains a lens on Big Star’s baffling commercial failure, unraveling of lead singer/guitarist, Alex Chilton, and sudden death of singer/songwriter Chris Bell. The band’s debut album, satirically titled #1 Record includes “In the Streets” later used for the popular TV show That ‘70s Show intro song and “Thirteen”, one of the most beautiful young love sonnets that’s been covered by a slew of artists including Elliott Smith, Wilco, Kathryn Williams, and Garbage.

What should have been a skyrocketing-to-fame debut of Big Star fizzled out quickly as distribution problems made it hard for anyone to find a copy of the album. The quartet’s next record, Radio City met the same sales disappointment. By the time Chilton recorded Third/Sister Lovers the Big Star sound had unwoven from Beatles-esque power pop into a haunting and open wound of a record.

The film, Nothing Can Hurt Me takes an unfiltered look at Chilton’s fall from the spotlight and the subsequent creation of a painfully honest album that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the ‘80s and ‘90s. It wasn’t until REM, The Bangles, Elliott Smith, Raconteurs, and others cited their inspiration from Big Star that their albums were salvaged from anonymity and recognized as pure vinyl gold. All three LPs now live on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Nothing Can Hurt Me premiers today in select theaters.

As a tribute to the new film and our love for Big Star we’ve put together 13 Going on 13: A Big Star Tribute featuring a few of their seminal songs covered by some all-time great artists. You can also check out the soundtrack for the film with previously unreleased tracks.

∞  July 3, 2013 — 3:00PM

Music

Deftones and ISIS Create New Supergroup Palms, and This Playlist

Palms

Palms is the new heavy rock supergroup featuring members of Deftones and ISIS. The band, which just stepped out with a self-titled debut album last week, looks to unexpected places for inspiration, as seen with this new playlist thoughtfully assembled for Rdio listeners by Palms keyboardist Cliff Meyer. The two-hour set is highlighted by the classic rock of Pink Floyd, Wu-Tang rapper Ghostface Killah, and German techno minimalists Basic Channel, but there’s much more. Turn it up until you can feel it.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 4:00PM

Music

Keep Cool With the Soundtrack to Your Summer


We’ve eliminated all worries about what you should play for your July 4th BBQ with this feel-good playlist — the Soundtrack to Your Summer is all the songs you’ll know by heart come September. In the process of grooving through this 75-minute set, you’ll be able to confidently debate which song will emerge as the song of the season. Will it be “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus, or something hotter? Listen and decide for yourself.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 1:00PM

Music

Songs For Thought: A Playlist From Brandon Boyd

Brandon Boyd

We’ve got a new playlist from siren singer Brandon Boyd, the frontman to Incubus. Many of these crazy genus tracks kept Brandon company during the making of his second solo album, Compass EP, under his moniker, Sons of the Sea. His picks span alt rock, atmospheric flamenco, and genre-bending artists that mirror the constant evolution and experimentation of Brandon’s own music. Each song follows an introspective and inventive theme that feels like easing into a hot spring below a firework show (far enough away from sparks but close enough for childlike wonder). Take a listen below.

∞  June 28, 2013 — 9:00AM