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New Music Weekly - August 6, 2013

PondMGMTThe Civil Wars

How will you begin your audio journey on this New Music Weekly? You might want to start light and fun with some emo-pop from The Dangerous Summer before moving onto a bit of metalcore by Norma Jean, or you could perhaps chill with some Vin Blanc/White Wine or Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. If you’ve yet to make these artists your friends, you will find them collected up with more of the best songs of the week on the New Music Weekly playlist. And if you’d like to go wild in the jungle of all of the music that has just become available, swing on over to the Rdio New Releases to browse the full collection.


  • The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars
    The Grammy-winning country folk duo shows great chemistry on their second album even amidst questions about the future of the band.

  • Pond - Hobo Rocket
    The fifth album from Tame Impala’s sister group of sorts (they share band members) has already been praised for its trippiness.

  • The Head and the Heart - “Shake”
    Seattle’s indie folk-pop sextet return with a bright and sunny single via Sub Pop that teaches you to savor precious memories.

  • AFI - “17 Crimes”
    Get a taste of the forthcoming album Burials, which is due out in October, with this catchy single from the California rockers.

  • MGMT - “Your Life Is A Lie”
    The modern psych-rock band return with their tongues in their cheek and a groovy beat.

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Pond on New Music Weekly

We’re showing off our first non-animation short for the fourth installment of our New Music Weekly video. Tame Impala’s sister band, Pond, soundtracks the spectral piece with their brand new song, “Hobo Rocket”. We’ll let the video whizzes at Wizz take it away:

"We wanted to create a different kind of world with this identity. One that is unexpected and experimental — an art piece. The idea was to combine various techniques and genres to create a very original world, with a raw aesthetic and a kind of DIY experimental look. Something more akin to a video art piece than a pop music promo."

∞  August 6, 2013 — 11:00AM

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New Music Weekly - July 30, 2013

AlunaGeorgeRobin ThickeTech N9ne

Welcome to another week where you can head in any musical direction you can think of, whether it’s to the eighth album of life-awakening rhythms from Michael Franti & Spearhead, R&B and urban pop from British star Jay Sean, the first collaborative album from country star Vince Gill and steel guitarist Paul Franklin, or the newest side project from Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants.

What does this all sound like? It can be hard to stay on top of all the hot sounds, but here’s a great way to start. Check out our New Music Weekly playlist to hear selections from these and all of the best offerings out there right now. Read on for more info in the Playlist Notes below, and visit the Rdio New Releases if you’d like to browse everything that has just come out.


  • Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
    Buoyed by the international reception of the racy title track, which has hit summer anthem status, the crooner explores party territory on his sixth album.

  • AlunaGeorge - Body Music
    The hotly tipped UK electro soul duo Aluna Francis and George Reid make an effortless bid for global acclaim on their full-length debut.

  • Emblem3 - Nothing to Lose
    This SoCal trio didn’t win on last season’s The X Factor, but they stole the contest of covers with their boyish charms and original sounds, some of which are finally collected on their debut album.

  • Tech N9ne - Something Else
    One of independent rap’s most enduring success stories celebrates his lucky 13th album with collaborations from Serj Tankian, Cee-Lo Green, and even The Doors.

  • Flo Rida - “Can’t Believe It (feat. Pitbull)”
    The Sunshine State’s leading international hip pop artists like big butts and they cannot lie over this dance beat.

∞  July 30, 2013 — 4:00PM

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Michael Franti on New Music Weekly

We introduced you to our New Music Weekly video series last week. This Tuesday, we’re spotlighting Michael Franti’s “I Don’t Wanna Go” off his new album, All People, with this kaleidoscopic short. Hear what video artist, Tendril, has to say about the creative process:

"Like sunshine, burgers and a stiff drink, we can all pretty much agree that music is a big deal to people. Without getting too Schopenhauer up in this piece, the artists at Tendril are very keen on the interplay of sound and image in creating emotions and moods.

We knew that 15 seconds would not be enough time to tell a complex story, but plenty to give people a taste of the stream-of-consciousness psychedelia that sprung from our imaginations as Michael Franti's groovy tunes jolted through the airwaves. Guru cats that blast anime lasers out of a third eye? Yes, please. We hope you enjoy."

∞  July 30, 2013 — 11:00AM

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For Your Eyes and Ears: Rdio Every Tuesday

Music inspires the creative side in all of us and to bring that inspiration to life, we've teamed up with animation artists and studios to delight both your ears and eyes. We're whipping up weekly videos to spotlight emerging artists and visually inspire music discovery on record release Tuesdays. We’ll be posting a brand new video each week to remind you to scope out the New Release page and discover your next masterpiece.

In this week's video, Gogol Bordello’s new track "Lost Innocent World" provides the soundtrack to the "hypnotic, almost surreal" animation conceived by Holbrooks and Blacklist. Watch the video above and let the piece speak for itself.

∞  July 24, 2013 — 1:00PM

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New Music Weekly - July 23, 2013

Gogol BordelloEdward SharpeSelena Gomez

This week’s releases bring plenty of larger-than-life personalities to the party, including the latest works from international crooner Marc Anthony, Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark, campy retro queens Hunx And His Punx, and hip pop oddity Wallpaper. These voices and more converge in our new New Music Weekly playlist. We love putting it together for you each week and hope that it helps you find fresh favorites right away. Not enough songs for you? Hightail it on over to our Rdio New Releases page to browse all of the latest singles and albums.


  • Selena Gomez - Stars Dance
    Hot off the success of her catchy summer single “Come & Get It” comes the long-awaited solo debut from the former Disney starlet.

  • Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy
    Just when you thought your favorite gypsy punks couldn’t go any further off the rails, their sixth album truly lets their freak flag fly.

  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
    The indie folk act goes self-titled for the third album and unleashes the most raw and rambunctious work to date.

  • Weekend - Jinx
    They received an 8.2 rating from Pitchfork on their debut album but will San Francisco lo-fi dreamers Weekend break the curse of the sophomore slump with new album? It’s already sounding likely.

  • One Direction - “Best Song Ever”
    Is it the best song ever recorded in the history of music, or just the best song that this hugely successful British boy band has released in its relatively short but meteoric career? Millions of 1D fans are screaming their opinion.

  • of Montreal - “Fugitive Air”
    The eccentric rockers from Athens, GA offers a taste of the stripped down instrumentation and lyric-forward songs coming from the next album lousy with sylvianbriar.

∞  July 23, 2013 — 4:00PM

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New Music Weekly - July 16, 2013


It takes a lot of funk and drive to stand out in a crowded field of new music, but artists like Midwestern crooner Mayer Hawthorne, Oakland hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics, Malibu party rapper Shwayze, and Aussie pop phenom Vydamo are making lots of noise this week.

Take a quick trip through the best from these colorful artists and many more in our New Music Weekly playlist, which is supported by the Playlist Notes that follow. You can also hop over to the complete collection of Rdio New Releases if you want to take your time and go for the longer and more scenic route.


  • Gauntlet Hair - Stills
    This Denver duo pushes the quiet and polite boundaries of pop with something noisier.

  • Ace Hood - Trials and Tribulations
    The Florida rapper who’s known for street hits like “Hustle Hard” is back with more motivation for the grinders, including the strong lead single “Bugatti”.

  • Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest
    The singer-songwriter goes big with anthemic songs that reflect her coastal relocation from California to New York.

  • Kodaline - Love Like This EP
    An extended take of songs from the debut album of these Irish popstars features an instantly memorable harmonica-driven title track that has achieved chart success back home.

∞  July 16, 2013 — 10:00AM

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New Music Weekly - July 10, 2013

CiaraSkylar GreyKarmin

The San Francisco Bay Area is rocking this week with new releases from classic band The Mother Hips and the debut of new act Midnight Cinema, which features members of rock outfit Thriving Ivory in a new setting. Up in the Northwest, Portland folk crew The Builders and the Butchers are back and the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band is celebrating 50 years of bringing great music from New Orleans to the world.

There’s more! A lot of cool new tunes came out this week and our New Music Weekly playlist is the quickest way to cut right to the heart of the best of it all. Think of it as a springboard for further discovery — and there’s a lot more to check out in the complete collection of Rdio New Releases if your ears are still hungry.


  • Daughn Gibson - Me Moan
    The former drummer of Pearls and Brass (when he was known as Josh Martin) drops his sophomore solo album in the midst of a summer tour.

  • Skylar Grey - Don’t Look Down
    Returning with a long-awaited sophomore album seven years after her debut, singer Grey’s latest features a contribution from Eminem as well as the demo version of “I Love The Way You Lie,” which she wrote for Em and Rihanna.

  • Ciara - Ciara
    ATL’s R&B dance queen returns with a “Body Party” of a fifth album, featuring contributions from B.o.B., Nicki Minaj, and Ciara’s beau, rapper Future.

  • Jay Sean featuring Rick Ross - “Mars”
    Maybach Music delivers a sexy summer anthem that reaches interplanetary heights from the British singer with the help of the Miami rapper and label boss Rick Ross.

  • Karmin - “Acapella”
    The pop duo who first rose to fame with their catchy cover songs on YouTube lets their affections for rap flow on this sassy cut.

∞  July 9, 2013 — 9:00AM

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New Music Weekly - July 2, 2013

The Lone RangerFranz FerdinandMaya Jane Coles

This is an ideal time to discover the work of artists across the globe who have just released new work this week, like Australian artists Samantha James and Kirin J Callinan, veteran UK urban MC Congo Natty, and sophisticated house sounds from France and beyond as curated by the stylish label and fashion company Kitsuné. Read the Playlist Notes below as you listen to the New Music Weekly playlist for more on what promises to be some of the most notable offerings of the week. If this all whets your appetite, don’t forget to check out the Rdio New Releases for more.


  • Never Shout Never - Sunflower
    The guitar and ukulele-led trio from Joplin, MO returns with an astonishing fifth album in three years.

  • Hans Zimmer - The Lone Ranger Soundtrack
    Fresh off his heroic soundtrack for Man of Steel, supercomposer Zimmer takes on another iconic franchise.

  • Editors - The Weight of Your Love
    The UK band’s fourth album brings in new members Justin Lockey and Elliott Williams after the departure of lead guitarist Chris Urbanowicz.

  • Maya Jane Coles - Comfort
    After an extensive discography of house singles and mixes, this fellow Brit releases her debut original album.

  • Franz Ferdinand - “Right Action”
    Taste the sweet lead single and opening track from the Glasgow-based indie titans’ forthcoming self-produced album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

∞  July 2, 2013 — 9:00AM

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New Music Weekly - June 25, 2013

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This week, Poison frontman and reality star Bret Michaels releases an album that covers his and others’ greatest rock hits, new rock outfit Bosnian Rainbows serves up a debut straight from El Paso by way of a German recording studio; indie punk band Mixtapes takes bat against the sophomore slump; and former members of ISIS and the Deftones come together as new project Palms.

Check out these key releases and much more with our lovingly curated New Music Weekly playlist, hand-picked to bring you the best songs that have come out in the past seven days. The Playlist Notes offer some extra tidbits as you listen. Need more tunes? The Rdio New Releases always has your back, housing the complete collection of what’s new for your ears right now.


  • Wale - The Gifted
    DC’s biggest rapper returns with an album full of heavyweight guest stars like Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, Rihanna, and even comedian Jerry Seinfeld (who Wale once paid homage to in a popular mixtape).

  • Sylvester - Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits
    The enduring anthems of the late San Francisco disco legend have dropped just in time for his city’s Pride weekend and the country’s Gay Pride Month.

  • Smith Westerns - Soft Will
    Chicago’s indie rock darlings pull off a catchier, more mature feel on this third album.

  • Boyz Noise - Go Hard
    German techno producer Alexander Ridha offers five new rave-ready anthems, including a Kreayshawn-sampling title track.

∞  June 25, 2013 — 1:00PM