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Sub Pop Turns 25: The Five Essential Albums From the Label

Sub Pop

It’s almost unbelievable to fathom how relevant Sub Pop Records has managed to stay over the course of a quarter century of loving music and supporting original artists. In fact, if you count the company’s roots as a fanzine called Subterranean Pop that co-founder Bruce Pavitt first published back in 1979, it’s been a lot longer than that. But the label, which recently began its official 25th anniversary celebrations with a free Silver Jubilee concert in its birthplace of Seattle, continues to be a focal point for unique and assertive music. Sub Pop’s early history is synonymous with names like Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden, which have grown into legacy artists, and the label’s current marquee names like Washed Out, No Age, and The Head and the Heart all have new albums coming soon and are also working toward similar longevity.

The Sub Pop catalog is bursting at the seams with wonderful music, so it can be intimidating to know exactly where to begin. Rdio’s got your back — we point out some of the key highlights below if you are searching for a place to start your own listening party.


  • Nirvana - Bleach
    Before Kurt Cobain and his band became forever music icons, their debut hinted at epic ambitions.

  • The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
    This important rock debut brought enduring cuts like “Caring is Creepy” and “New Slang” to the forefront.

  • Postal Service - Give Up
    The boundaries between indie rock and electronic dance music were crystallized and shattered with this release long before the term EDM was invented.

  • Beach House - Bloom
    A dream pop duo from Baltimore, Beach House has captured the world’s imagination with this acclaimed album.

  • Washed Out - Paracosm
    It doesn’t take long to experience a state of being blissed out while listening to the chillwave sounds of Sub Pop’s latest acclaimed artist, also known as Ernest Greene of Georgia. According to the single, “It All Feels Right”.

    You should find something here to stir your soul whether you’re new to the label or have been down since day one. Follow Sub Pop on Rdio to take in the Sub Pop Label Quiz Cliff’s Notes and many more hand-picked playlists.


Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson Drive The Honda Civic Tour

Honda Civic Tour

Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson are in the driver’s seat of the Honda Civic Tour that’s currently making its way around the country through the summer and fall. For all of you who sing “Moves Like Jagger” and “Since U Been Gone” at the top of your lungs when no one is watching, you may have the opportunity to catch them live on the road. But if not, Rdio is providing the tunes on the tour's site with the Honda Civic Tour Official Playlist, which also includes tunes by supporting acts Tony Lucca and PJ Morton.

Follow the Honda Civic Tour on Rdio and pump up the playlist below to stay up to speed.


Get Ready to Riot: Win and See The Replacements in Toronto, Chicago, Denver

One of the certain highlights of this year’s RiotFest, which kicks off its three-city stint on August 24 in Toronto, will be the long-anticipated reunion of punk pioneers The Replacements. The legendary band is a fitting headliner for a music fest that has celebrated the best of alternative and punk rock since 2005. But with a lineup that also includes unstoppable names as Iggy & The Stooges, Blink 182, Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., A Day to Remember and Blondie, there are plenty of musical memories that will be made in Toronto, Chicago and Denver this year.

Lucky for you, Rdio is giving you and a friend the chance to make your own once-in-a-lifetime memory. We’re giving away VIP prize experiences including side-stage access, artist meet & greets, and VIP passes to the Riot Fest of your choice:

  • Toronto: August 24, 2013 - August 25, 2013
  • Chicago: September 13, 2013 - September 15, 2013
  • Denver: September 21, 2013 - September 22, 2013

Starting today, you can enter on Rdio’s Facebook page or through Rdio’s Twitter. Read the Official Rules for more details.

In the meantime, mosh away to one of three Riot Fest playlists, divided by city for your convenience, and hear what’s in store for what will be one for the record books.


7x7 Picks Outside Lands Festival Anthems

Outside Lands

An estimated 65,000 music lovers (along with Karl the Fog) are expected to roll in to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park for the annual Outside Lands music and arts festival from August 9-11. Our friends at essential city guide 7x7 have put together this Outside Lands 2013 playlist to acquaint you with the breadth and depth of talent performing, a lineup that includes headliners like Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. And while they may not have set out to predict the hits of the weekend, this 7x7 set will give you a great idea of what songs will be sung at the top of every lung.

Like their picks? Follow 7x7 on Rdio to access 40 playlists (and counting!) that explore nearly everything from Foggy Days to Twerking 101. They’ve got the most excellent playlists even if you’re staying home this weekend.


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


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.


  • 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 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


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


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


Get Amped for Pitchfork Music Festival With The Official Playlist


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


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