#MonoMonday: 40 Years After Its Release, Patti Smith's "Horses" Retains Its Punk Power

Few albums released in the past half-century have been as influential as Patti Smith’s 1975 landmark debut, Horses. From its stark cover photography, courtesy of Robert Mapplethorpe, to its eight tracks of pure poetry, Horses is a masterclass in the New York pre-punk art scene. It combines guts, emotion, and vulnerability in ways very few artists have ever explored. Standout songs “Gloria,” “Free Money,” and “Land” are no-holds-barred lyric-wise, and made even more striking by the guitar work of Lenny Kaye. Producer John Cale seems to have stood out of Patti’s way, allowing her to shine. You won’t hear many albums more raw, more rudimentary, yet more brilliant, than Horses.

∞  October 5, 2015 — 9:00AM

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ExclusivesRdio Sessions

Rdio Sessions - Tei Shi

Valerie Teicher, best known as Tei Shi, was born in Argentina and has lived in Colombia, Canada and the United States, making her a true citizen of the world. Her life experiences and travels have directly informed her internationally appealing and future-forward sounds. Listen to her performance for our Rdio Sessions live series to learn more about Tei Shi’s approach to music, which melds the best elements of pop, R&B and electronics. The five-song set features songs from her EPs Verde and Saudade. Tune in to our Rdio Sessions Station for more exclusive editions!

∞  October 2, 2015 — 12:08PM

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Nashville Rising

Meet Lauren Alaina, Nashville Rising’s Artist for October

You may remember Lauren Alaina when she appeared on [American Idol] Season 10 and won fans across America, which she followed up with the 2011 number one country debut Wildflower. This month, we're pleased to spotlight her brand new self-titled EP, which she co-wrote herself. The five-song set features her ESPN exclusive track “History,” an inspirational anthem that should take her soaring beyond her roots. Listen for “History” during college football games broadcast on the network; she was handpicked alongside acts like Imagine Dragons to contribute sounds for the new season! And check out our Nashville Rising station, found in the Country category under Browse, for more great country, Americana and rock picks straight outta Music City.

∞  October 2, 2015 — 9:00AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - October 2, 2015

Our New Music Weekly playlists are the best and most fun way to discover the top new songs across genres every seven days; subscribe and you’ll never miss another beat! This week, we’re enjoying an eclectic mix thanks to the return of alt-rock icons Mercury Rev, UK drum & bass mavericks Rudimental, Canadian retro rockers The Sheepdogs, American Idol alum Lauren Alaina and the heavy hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Hop over to the Rdio New Releases page when you’re ready to browse the full albums from these artists and hear even more fresh tunes!


  • Janet Jackson - Unbreakable
    The pop icon’s first album in seven years features production by her classic collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and guests Missy Elliott and J. Cole.

  • Matt Nathanson - Show Me Your Fangs
    Fascinating stories about everyday life punctuate the 10th album from the folk/rock singer-songwriter.

  • Avicii - Stories
    The Swedish DJ/producer behind massive dance anthem “Levels” returns with collaborations with Zac Brown and Chris Martin on his second album.

  • Tei Shi - Rdio Sessions
    Ethereal indie-pop songstress delivers a five-song set recorded live for Rdio’s intimate and exclusive performance series.

  • Tamar Braxton - Calling All Lovers
    The R&B/reality star’s fourth album covers a spectrum of issues about love, whether classic (“King”) or contemporary (“Catfish”).

  • Wavves - V
    SoCal’s surf rockers ride bigger and brighter songs about enjoying life than ever before for the fifth album.

  • Eagles of Death Metal - Zipper Down [Explicit]
    Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Jesse Hughes return to their garage rock rooted project after seven years.

  • New Years Day - Malevolence
    Blood and tears fuel the emotional third album by the self-described purveyors of “hauntedmansioncore.”

∞  October 2, 2015 — 8:14AM

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Artist To Watch

Introducing BØRNS, Our October Artist to Watch

Prepare to fall in love with the moody sensuality of BØRNS (aka Garrett Borns). Dopamine will be unleashed in your brain on October 16, a debut collection of love-drenched songs with unflinching honesty that meld Californian rock influences from the ‘60s and ‘70s with youthful energy from modern day Los Angeles, where the 23-year-old native Midwesterner currently resides. All month long, enjoys news from BØRNS, including exclusive playlists of his favorite tunes.

Catch up on all our Artist To Watch selections on the A2W station to hear our recommendations for those who are about to blow up; recent picks include Shamir, Wolf Alice and Migos.

∞  October 1, 2015 — 9:00AM

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#MonoMonday: Discover Bowie the Legend With His Classic Album Hunky Dory And A Slew of Reissues

By the time his fourth album Hunky Dory came around in 1971, David Bowie was already a chameleon. Heralded by the hit single “Changes,” Hunky Dory was a stark contrast to his previous LP, The Man Who Sold the World. It’s a dizzyingly eclectic release — from the oddball (“Andy Warhol”) to the sublime (“Life on Mars”) — and it remains as important today as it did 44 years ago. Bowie himself considers Hunky Dory to be one of the most important albums of his career. Find out for yourself by diving into this lush 2015 remaster that’s just been re-released on Rdio. And while you’re at it, get your Ziggy fix with the remastered versions of classic Bowie albums, David Bowie, a.k.a. Space Oddity, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, The Man Who Sold the World, and PinUps. Whether you’re a dedicated Bowie fan or looking for a place to dive into the catalog of a truly innovative artist, these albums are a brilliant snapshot of a performer becoming a legend.

∞  September 28, 2015 — 9:26AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - September 25, 2015

It’s time for the New Music Weekly playlist, your exclusively curated look at the very best sounds across genres; don’t forget to subscribe now so you never miss a beat!

This week, we are dancing to the latest efforts by Kaskade and Peaches, sailing away with the classical pop of Julia Holter, greeting the return of alt-rockers Silversun Pickups, enjoying a foray into country by Don Henley and savoring what is said to be the final studio album from Julio Iglesias. Read about more key offerings of the week in the Playlist Notes below and hear the full albums via the Rdio New Releases page.


  • Disclosure - Caracal (Deluxe)
    Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence create soulful house cuts with Lorde, Sam Smith, Miguel and more on their sophomore album.

  • The Dead Weather - Dodge and Burn
    The alt-blues supergroup featuring Jack White and Alison Mosshart returns for a raucously rocking third album.

  • CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye (Special Edition)
    The second album from the Scottish synthpop specialists features soaring choruses and an uplifting outlook.

  • Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap (Deluxe)
    The buzzing New Jersey rapper’s first album features the platinum selling debut single “Trap Queen” alongside hits “679” and “My Way.”

  • Thomas Rhett - Tangled Up
    Memorable country pop tunes fill the second album from the Georgia star and son of Rhett Akins.

  • Kurt Vile - b’lieve i’m goin down...
    Guitar, banjo and piano help Philadelphia’s indie folk hero craft the sweet and lonely songs on his sixth album.

  • New Order - Music Complete
    Dance-rock legends return after a decade with classic pop sensibilities still irresistibly intact and guest stars like Brandon Flowers, La Roux’s Elly Jackson and Iggy Pop.

∞  September 25, 2015 — 9:11AM

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#MonoMonday: Elastica’s Debut Is Still Rockin' At 20

The first thing you notice when listening to Elastica's 1995 debut album is that it’s timeless. Its cover art; its short, instantly hooky songs; its attitude — all of this combine to make Elastica an album to return to again and again. Powered by singles “Stutter,” “Connection,” and “Line Up,” Elastica debuted at the top of the UK charts and scored big on the US alternative charts, as well. Vocalist and songwriter Justine Frischmann had an interesting musical pedigree. She formed the band Suede with her then boyfriend Brett Anderson in the early 90s. After the couple split, Justine left Suede, recruiting guitarist Donna Matthews, drummer Justin Welch, and bassist Annie Holland through advertisements, and formed Elastica in 1991. Although they never replicated the success of their debut (breaking up six years later), Elastica made their name on the strength of this album alone. If you’re a fan of the Buzzcocks, Green Day, or the Strokes, pour a cup of tea and have a slice of this Britpop masterpiece.

∞  September 21, 2015 — 8:25AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - September 18, 2015

Each New Music Weekly playlist brings you the best overview of what’s just been released across genres; subscribe and you’ll automatically get a fresh set every Friday. This week, you’ll hear the latest from controversial rapper Chief Keef, Canadian New Wave act Metric, London singer Jasmine Thompson, country crooner Robert Ellis, Vampire Weekend side project Baio and more heavy-hitters called out in the Playlist Notes below. You’ll also find all of these albums and more in the complete collection of Rdio New Releases. Happy listening!


  • Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
    The singing siren departs from her Ultraviolence era to cast her cinematic songs with a noir feel for her fourth album.

  • Shinedown - Threat To Survive
    Florida’s hard rock ambassadors dedicate the fifth album to exploring the powers of music to heal from sadness and tough times.

  • Mac Miller - GO:OD AM
    The Pittsburgh rapper’s third album and major label debut veers from party tracks to reveal personal struggles.

  • David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock (Deluxe)
    Pink Floyd’s guitar hero sings lyrics by his wife, novelist Polly Samson, on his fourth solo album.

  • Clare Dunn - Clare Dunn
    Rdio’s Nashville Rising star showcases serious chops on acoustic and electric guitar on her first EP.

  • Glen Hansard - Didn’t He Ramble
    The Irish actor, songwriter, guitarist and member of The Frames and The Swell Season steps out for a second solo release.

  • Andy Mineo - Uncomfortable
    Christian-friendly hip-hop from the rapper, producer, minister and artist formerly known as C-Lite.

∞  September 18, 2015 — 9:07AM

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#MonoMonday: Hear Duran Duran From The Beginning

After you enjoy the brand new Duran Duran album Paper Gods, which grooves with guests like Janelle Monáe, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Kiesza, it’s time take it back to the very beginning. Pair it with the New Wave idols’ eponymous first album, a platinum-selling Eighties classic that spawned hits like the debut single “Planet Earth,” the mega-catchy “Is There Something I Should Know” and the saucy “Girls on Film.” These enduring anthems helped this album stay in the American charts for more than a year and on the UK charts for nearly two years. Three decades on, the band is still performing at peak power.

∞  September 14, 2015 — 7:42AM

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