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Exclusive: Wave Hello To Switchfoot's Rdio Session

San Diego’s surf-loving rockers Switchfoot took to waves all over the world to explore the connection across foreign lands and bodies of water before writing and releasing the ninth album Fading West earlier this year. The quintet (brothers Jon and Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley) have blessed their Rdio Sessions with songs from this most recent album, including “When We Come Alive,” “The World You Want” and “Love Alone is Worth The Fight,” as well as early cuts like “Dare You to Move” and their acclaimed cover of The Verve’s “Lucky Man.”

The set, like all in this up close and personal series, was recorded live exclusively for the enjoyment of the Rdio community. Turn on our Rdio Sessions station for a continually updated set of highlights from these concerts.

∞  October 7, 2014 — 11:27AM

Posted by Rdio at 11:27AM in Exclusives, Rdio Recommends |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 7, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist is a satisfying way to sample the best from several genres all at once. This week, we’re vibing with upbeat R&B singer Tinashe, Norway's Erlend Øye, Austin’s bluesy folk vanguard Shakey Graves, Florida rockers New Found Glory and Yellowcard and sounds from down under like sassy Aussie pop star Betty Who and New Zealand electropop duo Broods.

Hey, did we hear that you want even MOAR? Take the massive global collection of Rdio New Releases for a spin!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Jason Aldean - Old Boots, New Dirt
    The radio smash and country chart topper “Burning It Down” paved the way for a hot sixth album from one of country music's brightest stars.

  • Hozier - Hozier
    The debut album from a blues-loving young Irish singer features the provocative smash single “Take Me to Church.”

  • SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land (Deluxe)
    Masked London producer Aaron Jerome’s second album features appearances from frequent collaborator Sampha plus Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg and singer Jessie Ware.

  • Caribou - Our Love
    Canadian producer Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, returns with a genre-defying electronic record that includes collaborations with rising stars Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett.

  • Zola Jesus - Taiga
    On her astonishing fifth album at only 25-years-old, the Phoenix-born singer-songwriter explores man’s perceived place in nature.

  • Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault (Deluxe Version)
    The Fleetwood Mac icon’s eighth solo album features fresh recordings of demo songs that she penned between 1969 and 1987.

  • Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End
    The long-awaited ninth album from the alt-rock heroes is the third produced by Ric Ocasek of The Cars, entrusted to help them return to their roots.

∞  October 7, 2014 — 9:01AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:01AM in New Music Weekly |

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Exclusive: Country Star Jon Pardi Rocks His Rdio Sessions

Jon Pardi isn’t your typical country music crooner; he’s the guy to go to when you’re ready to get the rowdy party started. Check out the Nashville singer-songwriter’s contribution to our live Rdio Sessions series for irrefutable proof. On it, he delivers new takes of some of his biggest hits from his debut album, Write You a Song including “Up All Night,” “When I’ve Been Drinkin’,” “What I Can’t Put Down” and “Trash a Hotel Room.”

Click on the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more excellent and diverse editions of this exclusive live series performed all over the world just for Rdio fans; recent additions include Sessions from Tokyo Police Club, Strange Talk and The 1975.

∞  September 30, 2014 — 10:13AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:13AM in Exclusives, Rdio Sessions |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - September 30, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist features an international roster of fresh music, including just-dropped releases from American artists Kat Edmonson, Colbie Caillat, Finch, American-Chilean artist Nicolas Jaar, and transcontinental act The Black Opera. But that’s just the beginning; press play and read the Playlist Notes below for the rundown on the week’s key offerings. And when you’re ready to handle even more sounds, don’t forget to browse the complete collection of Rdio New Releases.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Blake Shelton - Bringing Back The Sunshine
    Taking a break from his judging duties on "The Voice," the country star drops his ninth album with the help of guest stars Ashley Monroe and “The Voice" competitor RaeLynn.

  • Tove Lo - Queen Of The Clouds
    The Swedish singer-songwriter who has penned songs for Icona Pop and Cher Lloyd finally makes her solo debut.

  • Lady Antebellum - 747 (Deluxe)
    The country act’s fifth album flies past preconceived boundaries with the help of one of their fastest-growing singles ever, “Bartender.”

  • Prince - ART OFFICIAL AGE
    The artist formerly known as The Artist hands in a funky 34th studio album on the heels of "Plectrum Electrum," his collaboration with female band 3rdEyeGirl.

  • Steve Aoki - Neon Future I
    The cake-throwing EDM DJ’s second studio album features party-ready collaborations with Fall Out Boy, Waka Flocka Flame and Machine Gun Kelly.

  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Gone Girl (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
    The third collaboration between Nine Inch Nails’ Reznor and engineer Ross is a haunting soundtrack to the mystery thriller starring Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris.

  • The Script - No Sound Without Silence
    Following an Irish chart-topping 2012 album "#3," the Dublin rockers unleash a fourth album of big tunes written on the road after coming offstage playing to sold out arenas.

∞  September 30, 2014 — 9:31AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Snoop Dogg's Soulful #TMTTR Playlist

The new music documentary Take Me To The River is a quintessential journey into America’s musical soul. The story of how Memphis and Mississippi Delta music legends came together with modern rap and R&B stars to record a new album features a rich soundtrack of well-known talent like Mavis Staples and The Bar-Kays, alongside less familiar names including Otis Clay and Bobby “Blue Bland.. Recorded at Willie Mitchell's legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, director Martin Shore describes the album as, “Music that moves your soul. That’s why it’s called soul music, it’s genre-less, crosses all lines, is the foundation of popular music and knows no boundaries.”

A prominent participant in the project, Snoop Dogg created an exclusive #TMTTR playlist, filled with selections from the Take Me To the River soundtrack, alongside some of his favorite music and inspirations from the era.

Take Me To The River is now in theaters around the US.

∞  September 26, 2014 — 11:35AM

Posted by Rdio at 11:35AM in Exclusives |

Influencer Spotlights

Experience Jimi: All Is By My Side on Rdio

Are you experienced with Jimi Hendrix? Load up on great moments from the guitar god and the many artists he has influenced now in honor of today's opening of the motion picture Jimi: All Is By My Side, which stars Andre “3000” Benjamin of Outkast fame and is directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley.

Enjoy an extended mix of all things Hendrix inspired and play our specially crafted Jimi: All Is By My Side station. Have fun, kiss the sky, and unleash your best air guitar as you enjoy the legacy of Jimi Hendrix!

For fans wanting to dive even deeper, follow Jimi: All Is By My Side on Rdio to hear dozens of hours of carefully curated playlists including:

The Blues Heritage of Jimi Hendrix compares his blues-drenched work to that of some of his early favorites, including Muddy Waters, Duke Ellington, Albert King and Elmore James.

Songs That Jimi Hendrix Covered reveals even more of his influences as he took on songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry and Big Mama Thornton and gave them a unique spin.

Jimi Hendrix Songs Covered By Others refracts the Hendrix experience through the imaginations of legends in their own right such as Deep Purple, Eric Clapton, Rickie Lee Jones, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Hendrix Admirers, Contemporaries, and More explores the work of artists who Hendrix influenced during and after his life, like Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Living Colour and Janelle Monae. The playlist was curated by Earl Douglas, the executive director of Black Rock Coalition.

The film opens in theaters around the US today.

∞  September 26, 2014 — 9:06AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:06AM in Influencer Spotlights |

Label Spotlights

Label Spotlight: Hyperdub Turns 10

For the past decade, London’s Hyperdub has brought the emerging sounds of the electronic underground to light. The label takes listeners on a tour of the soulful edge of genres big and small, from footwork and garage to techno and R&B. An unspoken soulful quality brings together what is on the surface a wildly varied catalog.

Steve Goodman, who is better known to music lovers as Kode9, started the label as we know it in 2004, making this the 10-year anniversary. But Hyperdub’s roots go even further back into the electronic music world as a webzine that launched in 2001; Goodman’s keen ear for talent was starting to develop even before the label officially began. Not only has Kode9 become a worldwide force in the past decade, he has helped to nurture and grow international names like the mysterious Burial and Cooly G.

With a North American tour in progress and a series of four anniversary compilations featuring soundtracks to invisible films and never-before-heard material from key acts like Kode9 & The Spaceape, Quarta 330 and the late DJ Rashad, Hyperdub is doing it up large for this milestone birthday. Listen to this exclusive playlist commemorating a decade of releases and be sure to check out 10.1, 10.2, and their latest 10.3 for an epic overview of the many moods and grooves from this deep label.

∞  September 23, 2014 — 4:54PM

Posted by Rdio at 4:54PM in Label Spotlights |

Exclusives

Exclusive: Strange Talk's Effortlessly Cool Rdio Session

Melbourne’s Strange Talk has gotten rave reviews for their concerts, where their energy and charisma has won them a growing legion of fans. We’re excited to now have an opportunity to share their special onstage synth pop magic with listeners all around the world.

The quartet (Stephen Docker, Gerard Sidhu, Travis Constable and Gillian Gregory) brings their sunny beats and memorable melodies to the latest Rdio Sessions performance. The five-song set draws from the band’s killer debut album Cast Away, including the propulsive debut single “Climbing Walls” and the most recent sizzler “Young Hearts.”

Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more from this international live series that’s exclusively for you!

∞  September 23, 2014 — 12:22PM

Posted by Rdio at 12:22PM in Exclusives |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - September 23, 2014

The latest New Music Weekly playlist features the intergenerational collaboration between Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, plus new grooves from Swedish masked men Goat, country star Lee Ann Womack, Norway’s heartthrob Sondre Lerche and UK synth pop legends Erasure. You’ll hear a lot more once you press play; the Playlist Notes below will give you details on more of the week’s best offerings. Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist in order to get the new one automatically each week. You will also find much more to peruse over on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • alt-J - This Is All Yours
    The UK indie rock darlings follow up their Mercury Prize-winning debut An Awesome Wave with this lively sophomore set featuring the Miley Cyrus-sampling “Hunger of the Pine.”

  • Aphex Twin - Syro
    The UK’s highly influential yet reclusive experimental electronic producer is back with his first album since 2001’s Drukqs.

  • Perfume Genius - Too Bright
    Seattle singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas strips his emotions even further to explore an underlying rage and rawness on his third album.

  • Luke James - Luke James (Deluxe)
    The debut album from a New Orleans R&B singer who has written songs for Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Britney Spears.

  • King Tuff - Black Moon Spell
    Raucous teenage kicks from a Vermont producer keen to kickstart a glam rock revival.

  • Sarah Silverman - We Are Miracles
    Highlights from the comedienne’s first solo HBO special includes routines about politics, religion and sex.

  • Kenny Chesney - The Big Revival
    The country star’s latest album, his 17th, is buoyed by a top 40 single, “American Kids.”

∞  September 23, 2014 — 9:23AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:23AM in New Music Weekly |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - September 16, 2014

Hot off the presses is the latest New Music Weekly playlist, hand-picked each week to bring you the best of the bunch across genres. This week, we’re air jamming to the third solo album from guitar hero Slash, deciphering the myriad influences in the latest works from avant classical artist My Brightest Diamond and repeating the Generationals fourth album produced by Richard Swift.

Trust us, we’re just getting started here! Read on for more about the biggest albums of the week and click over to the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready to browse the complete collection of music.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Tim McGraw - Sundown Heaven Town (Deluxe Edition)
    The country singer and actor’s lucky 13th album encompasses glimpses of his past, present and future musical direction.

  • Allah-Lahs - Worship The Sun
    The second album from the LA garage band carries on the California dreaming legacy of sound while exposing a more personal side.

  • The Juan MacLean - In a Dream
    Former Six Finger Satellite guitarist John MacLean and LCD Soundysystem singer Nancy Whang are back for a third synth-driven album under this funky electronic music alias.

  • Seekae - The Worry
    The Australian trio continues to time trip through 8-bit electronic pop and experiments with vocals on their third album.

  • Train - Bulletproof Picasso
    For their seventh album, the San Francisco rockers who have their own wine and chocolate lines push further into the mainstream with an even more accessible sound.

  • Lia Ices - Ices
    Singer-songwriter Lia Kessel’s sophomore album was produced by Benny Sagittarius, the name for her production partnership with her brother Eliot.

∞  September 16, 2014 — 10:50AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:50AM in New Music Weekly |