Nashville Rising

June's Nashville Rising Artist Brandi Carlile Brings Back Honest Rock ‘N Roll

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June’s Nashville Rising artist is Brandi Carlile! Known for years for an ever-evolving sound on the alt-country and folk rock spectrums, her new album The Firewatcher’s Daughter is a breakthrough work for Brandi and long-time collaborators The Twins (Tim and Phil Hanseroth). Recorded live at Seattle’s Bear Creek Studio, the songs soar to a new level of freedom and creativity, capturing the truth and honesty behind Brandi’s rock ‘n roll soul from stadium-sized jams to tough yet tender balladry.

Brandi is also a member of the Rdio listening community. Follow Brandi Carlile on Rdio to hear her exclusive Influencer playlists — and stay tuned for her Bonnaroo playlist coming soon!

Music City is the place to be for the latest in country, rock and Americana. Keep it locked to our Nashville Rising Station, found in our Spotlight and Country categories under Browse, to stay on the pulse!

∞  June 3, 2015 — 11:26AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 2, 2015

Each New Music Weekly playlist provides a fresh opportunity to meet emerging artists and welcome back familiar favorites. If you click subscribe, you’ll automatically get each new one, handpicked by us for you to stay on top of the best each week. Right now, that means the latest tunes from folk band Dawes, jazz singer Melody Gardot, self-described “brat pop” act HOLYCHILD, alt-rockers Born Cages, and ethereal singer-songwriter Zella Day, not to mention the heavy-hitters mentioned in the Playlist Notes below.

Discover what you like here before heading over to the new Rdio New Releases page. There you’ll find the full albums and much more. Happy exploring!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Deluxe)
    Florence Welch opens up with songs that reveal more of her reality than ever before on her third album.

  • Billy Currington - Summer Forever
    The Georgia singer’s sixth album is buoyed by good time tracks, including the number one country hit “Don’t It.”

  • Jason Derulo - Everything Is 4
    The R&B star’s fourth album features collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Meghan Trainor.

  • Jamie xx - In Colour
    Party jams, including cameos by Young Thug and Popcaan, fuel The xx member’s first solo album.

  • Major Lazer - Peace Is The Mission
    The third album from Diplo’s dancehall-flavored act grooves with the help of guests like 2 Chainz, DJ Snake and Ellie Goulding.

  • Lil Durk - Remember My Name (Deluxe)
    The Chicago street rapper’s first studio album features R&B crooner Jeremih and rapper Logic.

  • Bomba Estéreo - Amanecer
    The Colombian duo infuses tropical rhythms with an international palette of party sounds on their fourth album.

∞  June 2, 2015 — 9:03AM

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Artist To Watch

Introducing Rdio's Artist to Watch for June: Hiatus Kaiyote

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Since debuting in 2012, Australia’s Hiatus Kaiyote has made some notable fans worldwide, including Questlove and Prince. The Purple One even tweeted about them! Now it’s time to hear why this neo-soul act is truly buzzing.

The band’s latest effort is the cinematic second album Choose Your Weapon, which applies their transcendent and totally immersive hybrid of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, psychedelia, electronics and world beat polyrhythms to topics such as love and technology. The intention was to make each song as lush and visual as possible within the audio realm, so let your mind wander as you listen.

Tune in to our free Artist To Watch station to stay up to date on all of our picks for hot music that’s next to break; previous Artist To Watch acts include Shamir, BANKS and Joywave.

∞  June 1, 2015 — 12:01PM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Merle and Willie, Reunited!

This week marks the return of the legendary musical partnership of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson for the new album Django and Jimmie — so today we turn the clock back to 1983 to relive their first collaborative masterpiece, Pancho And Lefty! Though more than three decades have since passed, the excitement of these two icons joining forces is still as potent as ever when listening to this album. Start with this classic country full-length and you’ll be prepped for their latest explorations and experiments into jazz and beyond.

∞  June 1, 2015 — 11:19AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 26, 2015

Subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist and you’ll receive our special curated set of the best in fresh tunes every seven days. This week kicks off with the heavy hitters you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below plus artist Mickey Guyton and various artist collections celebrating the songs of Karen Dalton and T. Rex and the French electronic music label Kitsuné. When you’re ready for even more music, hop over to the Rdio New Releases page and check out these full albums and compilations. Happy listening!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Alesso - Forever
    The Swedish EDM producer’s debut album features guest vocals by Tove Lo and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
    The third album from the Auckland/Portland band is a musically daring and soulful peek inside the world of polyamory.

  • Boosie Badazz - Touch Down 2 Cause Hell
    The Louisiana rapper’s first album in five years includes collaborations with Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan.

  • Dizzy Wright - The Growing Process
    The followup to the Las Vegas rhymer’s 2012 debut shows emotional growth without sacrificing fun.

  • Hillsong United - Empires
    The Christian music sensations from Australia veer into new territory with songs that draw on alternative pop, rock and EDM influences.

  • The Vaccines - English Graffiti (Deluxe)
    A punk playfulness and wit finds its way into the acclaimed third album by the UK indie rockers, produced by Dave Fridmann.

  • Anti-Flag - American Spring
    Pittsburgh punks jam with Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Rancid’s Tim Armstrong on the ninth album.

∞  May 26, 2015 — 8:45AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Celebrate Two Decades of PJ Harvey’s "To Bring You My Love"

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the incomparable music siren PJ Harvey released her critically acclaimed album To Bring You My Love. Though technically her third full-length release, it was the first album recorded as a soloist without the trio that had supported her first two albums. Songs like “C’mon Billy,” “Down by the Water” and the title track show how key the album was to really break her out as an international star. Topping numerous year-end best lists of 1995, it still stands as one of the most iconic albums of its time.

∞  May 25, 2015 — 7:32AM

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New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 19, 2015

We can’t wait for you to explore the latest New Music Weekly playlist, which is always a veritable sonic gumbo! This week, the recipe includes a dash of indie/electronic duo Tanlines, a serving of rare B-Side action from country star Jon Pardi, a family-sized portion from mother-and-son duo Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, more Nashville seasoning from Kelsea Ballerini, some Peanut Butter excerpts from noise pop act Joanna Gruesome, a cool dose of folk from The Milk Carton Kids, and a bowl of beats from Fueled by Ramen’s Twenty One Pilots, and much more.

Hear all the full albums on the Rdio New Releases page and don’t forget to subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to automatically receive a fresh, handpicked set every week. Hungry? Time to press play!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Hot Chip - Why Make Sense? The English electronic act flirts with stripped-down funk for their sixth album.

  • Jamie Foxx - Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses (Deluxe Version)
    Pharrell Williams, Kid Ink, and Chris Brown join the actor and R&B singer on his fifth album.

  • Shamir - Ratchet
    Playful beats and steamy late night songs revitalize nightlife on this Vegas singer's debut album.

  • Zedd - True Colors
    Collaborations with Selena Gomez and Echosmith lead the EDM star’s second album.

  • Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect
    The second solo album from The Killers’ frontman dabbles in synthpop and rock.

  • Trey Songz - Intermission I & II [Explicit]
    The R&B star returns with two EPs of steamy seduction as a teaser before his next album.

  • Mariah Carey - #1 to Infinity
    New single “Infinity” joins Carey’s 18 Billboard number one hits in one collection.

∞  May 19, 2015 — 9:10AM

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MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Remembering The Legendary B.B. King

Today we are taking time to honor the life and music of the great B.B. King. You can find countless hours of the iconic blues player’s songs on Rdio, but the 45 songs in Geffen’s Complete Collection offer a brilliant overview of King in the studio and on stages across the world. Included are classics like “Lucille” and “The Thrill Is Gone” alongside songs performed live from places like Tokyo, the famed Apollo Theater in New York, and even from behind bars at the Cook County Jail. It’s all testament to King’s wide appeal and versatility to touch all kinds of listeners, which will always be remembered.

∞  May 18, 2015 — 11:48AM

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News

Introducing Rdio Select: Enhanced Stations and Your Choice of Songs to Play Anytime. Only $3.99/month.

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We're thrilled to announce a brand new way to enjoy your favorite music, combining radio and on-demand listening for one low price. With Rdio Select, enjoy endless ad-free stations on your mobile device and keep 25 mobile downloads to play anytime.

As an Rdio Select subscriber, you can:

  • Enjoy endless stations based on any artist, song, genre, and more, along with You FM, your own personalized station, with no ads or skip limits on mobile and coming soon to other devices, such as Roku, Sonos, and Chromecast.

  • Keep 25 mobile downloads at any one time to play whenever you want, even offline. Newest downloads automatically replace the oldest ones, and you can replace your 25 downloads up to once per day.

  • Kickstart your downloads with 10 track Rdio-promoted playlists featuring curation from artists like Mumford & Sons and Best Coast and tastemakers like NPR Music and Rolling Stone. Plus get daily playlist recommendations for a wide variety of genres, moods and occasions.

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On the web, enjoy the same ad-supported streaming offered in our free plan.

All this for just $3.99 a month. For a limited time only, get your first 60 days free when you subscribe.

Subscribe to Rdio Select now. Read the full press release here.

∞  May 14, 2015 — 5:00AM

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Music

"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" - An Unflinching Look At An Influential Genius

The legacy of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is indisputable. And with the new film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which premiered recently on HBO, filmmaker Brett Morgen gives the world an unflinching, powerful, and often moving glimpse into the life and the art of this reluctant “voice of a generation.”

Through never-before-seen home movies, journal entries and recordings, along with interviews with Cobain’s family and wife Courtney Love, Montage of Heck paints a complete picture of Cobain the man and Cobain the artist.

We see Kurt as a toddler, Kurt as a troubled teen, Kurt as a superstar and finally Kurt as a husband and father, playing with his daughter (and the film’s executive producer) Frances Bean. The result is a sometimes troubling but always affecting look at a complex life.

From the early days of Nirvana—bandmate Krist Novoselic gives insight into the beginnings of the band—to the meteoric rise to fame, to his untimely death 21 years ago, the music Cobain created is at the forefront of this film.

We’ve compiled a special companion playlist featuring not only music featured in Montage of Heck but also some classic Nirvana tracks that bring Kurt Cobain’s legacy full circle to the present day.

“Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.” — Kurt Cobain

∞  May 13, 2015 — 9:22AM

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