New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - April 7, 2015

Play the latest New Music Weekly playlist for your personal tour of the best sounds dropping right now! This week, that means the return of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson and other heavy hitters mentioned in the Playlist Notes below, plus buzzy acts like Sydney DJ Alison Wonderland, Nashville singer Jessie Baylin, UK electronic act East India Youth and LA groover Shlohmo.

Subscribe to get a new well-rounded, genre-hopping set each week and visit the Rdio New Releases page to browse the complete collection of what’s just come out, including the full albums for all these projects mentioned here. Happy listening!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Toro Y Moi - What For?
    Nostalgic pop flows on the latest project by Chazwick Bundick’s one-man synth band.

  • Priory - Need To Know
    Portland’s “Weekend” warriors load their sophomore album with chilled pop, rock and dance beats.

  • Lord Huron - Strange Trails
    LA’s indie folk act diverts from its debut sound to take a darker path on the follow-up album.

  • Matt and Kim - New Glow
    The Brooklyn pop duo lets loose with an especially adventurous and eclectic album.

  • Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
    Katie Crutchfield broadens her sound while balancing themes of the past and the future.

  • All Time Low - Future Hearts
    Baltimore’s pop punk act joins forces with Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden.

  • Say Lou Lou - Lucid Dreaming (Deluxe Edition)
    For their first album, Australian/Swedish twins Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson ride the dream wave.

∞  April 7, 2015 — 8:45AM

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Nashville Rising

Nashville Rising: Introducing Cam

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Tune in to our Nashville Rising station, featured in our Top Stations and Country categories under Browse, to stay on the pulse of what’s happening in Music City!

This month’s featured artist is Cam, a singer-songwriter who has been steadily drawing praise for her commitment to craftsmanship and quality. Rooted in country thanks to her family, this versatile lady has also penned songs from some of the biggest in the pop music business; her most visible contribution so far is “Maybe You’re Right” from Miley Cyrus’ 2013 album Bangerz. On the road, she’s opened for artists like Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, and Dan + Shay and performed on stage with Emmylou Harris, Heart and Jason Mraz in 2014.

Take a whirl with her first EP Welcome to Cam Country and get acquainted with this special artist who is rising to the top via her attention-demanding instrumentation, storytelling prowess and powerhouse production from GRAMMY® winner Jeff Bhasker (who’s worked with artists like Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, and Taylor Swift) and Tyler Johnson (Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Mikky Ekko). Stay tuned for news from Cam all month long on Rdio.

∞  April 7, 2015 — 8:00AM

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News

Experience the San Francisco Giants on Rdio

Today marks the opening of the world champion San Francisco Giants season. After winning the last World Series, this team is unstoppable! Rdio is thrilled to be the exclusive streaming music service for the team for 2015. During all 81 home games, you'll discover musical moments inside the ballpark with special in-game features using Rdio.

Inside of Rdio, press play on the new and free San Francisco Giants radio station at rdio.com/sfgiants. You’ll hear a fun lineup of classic baseball anthems like Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love” alongside the latest walk-up songs from star pitchers like Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum. Fans can also follow the team at rdio.com/people/sfgiants where they’ll be revealing exclusive playlists throughout the season, including their first selection below. We Are SF, We Are Giant!

∞  April 6, 2015 — 12:59PM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: "Smile" With Brian Wilson

Today we look back at a remarkable album that almost never saw the light of day! Brian Wilson first created Smile for the Beach Boys in 1966 and hoped to release it after their iconic Pet Sounds album, but the project was ultimately shelved due to a series of obstacles. Decades later, Wilson revisited the material live in concert with his chief collaborator Van Dyke Parks and then revitalized the material for this 2004 release. Enjoy all three movements and bonus songs from this modern classic with an extraordinary story.

Good news: Wilson will release his 11th album No Pier Pressure tomorrow, featuring collaborations with Zooey Deschanel, Kasey Musgraves, Sebu Simonian from Capital Cities and Nate Reuss of Fun.

∞  April 6, 2015 — 9:00AM

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Artist To Watch

Introducing Rdio’s Artist To Watch for April: Joywave

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Joywave gets the spotlight in this month’s Artist To Watch program. The Rochester, New York quintet (singer Daniel Armbruster, Joseph Morinelli on guitar, bassist Sean Donnelly, Benjamin Bailey on keys and drummer Paul Brenner) are now five years into their career and making their most memorable, upbeat songs to date. Tapped into that brilliant line between retro and cutting edge, indie pop and electro, the time for these genre-hoppers is now! Stay tuned throughout this month as we bring you all sorts of treats from Joywave, including exclusive playlists and their new album How Do You Feel Now? (due out April 21).

The best way to learn about musicians and bands that are really going to make an impact this year is to tune in to Rdio's Artist To Watch station; previous Artist To Watch acts include Catfish and the Bottlemen, BANKS and Milo Greene.

∞  April 1, 2015 — 1:00PM

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News

Mice Better Have My Money

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Everyone here at Rdio couldn't be more excited to announce our partnership with the most famous cats on the block! We've teamed up with founders Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Piano Cat, I Can Has Cheezburger cat, Maru, and Nyan Cat, to release a new service specifically for cats.

After meeting up for dinner in LA, (after The Grammys) the cats decided they'd had enough of being misrepresented in the music world and needed to close the gap. Their goal was to bring their fellow felines access to kitty curated tracks. Thus, Rdio-Meowz was born.

In celebration, purr to the "Meow Mix" station, and welcome Rdio-Meowz.

∞  April 1, 2015 — 6:00AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - March 31, 2015

Ready for some fresh tunes? It’s time for your brand new, lovingly curated New Music Weekly playlist, the set that turns you on to the biggest and brightest offerings of the week. Today you’ll hear the buzzing country artist Cam, Canadian indie rockers Hollerado, Christian rapper NF, English acoustic folk trio The Staves and Athens alt-rock act Reptar.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to enjoy each updated set as it drops every seven days. You can also listen to these full albums in the Rdio New Releases section and read the Playlist Notes below for more info on this week’s key players.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Death Cab for Cutie - Kintsugi
    With a title that describes a Japanese artistic craft of repairing broken pottery, the band's eighth album reveals personal stories of love and loss gently and honestly.

  • Hollywood Undead - Day Of The Dead (Deluxe Version)
    LA’s masked marauders solidify their hard rock and rap intensity on their fourth album.

  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
    The singer-songwriter’s first album in five years provides a return to his indie folk leanings.

  • Ludacris - Ludaversal (Deluxe)
    The Atlanta rapper/actor’s long anticipated ninth album features Usher, Monica, Miguel and David Guetta.

  • Darius - Southern Style
    Hootie & The Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker continues his country crossover on his fifth solo effort.

  • Wale - The Album About Nothing
    The fourth album from the Washington DC rapper is an extension of a mixtape inspired by the television series Seinfeld.

  • Madeon - Adventure
    The French DJ known for live mash-ups collaborates with Kyan, Passion Pit and more on his first album.

∞  March 31, 2015 — 7:30AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Unplug With Eric Clapton on His Birthday

Today we are celebrating the 70th birthday of the mighty Eric Clapton here on Rdio!

Travel back with us to 1992 and press play on Clapton's seminal Unplugged (Deluxe). It is a pivotal album in his catalog, one that earned the artist an impressive six Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Male Vocal Performance and Best Pop Male Vocal Performance. It's got classics like "Layla," "Tears in Heaven," "Old Love," "Alberta" and "Walkin' Blues," all performed in an intimate live acoustic setting.

Happy Birthday, Slowhand!

∞  March 30, 2015 — 9:38AM

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New Features

Listen to New Label Stations on Rdio

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Today, we’re pleased to roll out new Label Stations on Rdio. Now you can listen to free radio stations individually curated by over 20 labels, like Astralwerks, Merge Records, Def Jam, Domino Recording Co, MUTE, Sub Pop and Warner Music Nashville. Each station picks handpicked songs that both reflect either the label's catalog, genre specialty or the music they're most excited about now. You’ll find all these stations in a new section under Browse called LABEL SPOTLIGHT. Play them now!

∞  March 26, 2015 — 7:02AM

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New Music Weekly - March 24, 2015

Happy Tuesday and welcome to the best sounding day of the week! It’s time for your handpicked New Music Weekly playlist — but if you’ve already subscribed to it, you may already know about it!

We’ve got a really fun and eclectic selection for you this week, including the prolific London singer Laura Marling, country up-and-comer Canaan Smith, and hot Barcelona DJ/producer John Talabot, plus a 15-year emo anniversary for Thursday, and a big live show from Kylie Minogue. But that’s really just a small teaser of what you’ll hear. Read more in the Playlist Notes below and bookmark the Rdio New Releases to check out the complete collection of new albums, EPs and singles.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    The first album from the Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist brims full of humorous and incisive lyrics.

  • Big Data - 2
    Electronic producer Alan Wilkis collaborates with diverse guests like Rivers Cuomo, Twin Shadow and Joywave.

  • James Bay - Chaos And The Calm
    The debut from the most recent Brits’ Critics’ Choice winner features subtle indie pop.

  • Action Bronson - Mr. Wonderful
    The second album from the cult-drawing New York rapper steps up with heavyweight production by Mark Ronson, The Alchemist and Noah “40” Shebib (Drake).

  • Smallpools - LOVETAP!
    The Los Angeles based quartet’s album specializes in memorable and feel good indie pop.

  • Geographer - Ghost Modern
    Michael Deni melds analog and digital worlds, touching rock and electronic with soulful ease on his third album.

  • JEFF The Brotherhood - Wasted On The Dream
    Nashville brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall take on riff-forward garage rock on their sophomore album.

  • Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Sh*t, I Don't Go Outside
    The reclusive Odd Future rapper designed his noticeably darker second album for repeat listening.

∞  March 24, 2015 — 8:44AM

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