June 2013

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For the Realm: Game of Thrones’ Soundtrack

Game of Thrones

Now that the tears have dried and your jaw has been picked up off the floor, we’ve got something to cheer up you Game of Thrones fans. Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi has unveiled his latest soundtrack for the the HBO series just in time for what’s sure to be a heart-stopping season finale on June 9. Included in this collection are some special guest appearances by indie outfit The Hold Steady (“The Bear and the Maiden Fair”) and Kerry Ingram who plays Shireen Baratheon (“It’s Always Summer Under the Sea”).

The series is going into hibernation for the summer, but you can continue to make everything seem epic with the soundtrack.

∞  June 5, 2013 — 10:00AM


Mac DeMarco Cooks Up Something Good for Rdio Sessions

Mac DeMarco, the Canadian indie rock star once known as Makeout Videotape, provides the latest edition of our exclusive Rdio Session series recorded during SXSW. He chose the best tunes from his 2012 albums Rock and Roll Night Club and 2 for his intimate set, including “Cooking Up Something Good” and “She’s Really All I Need.”

This Rdio Session with Mac Demarco is one of four filmed in partnership with Yours Truly in Austin — watch the video of their performance above and press play below to let DeMarco transport you through his signature surf-rock sound.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  June 4, 2013 — 1:00PM


New Music Weekly: June 4, 2013

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Summer is still officially a few weeks out, but you wouldn’t know it from the way the new music releases are heating up. Just this week alone, we welcome new albums by heavy metal heroes Megadeth, the mighty Ben Folds Five trio, Oakland indie act Rogue Wave, and Arizona rock outfit The Maine, but that’s just the very tip of the (quickly melting) iceberg.

We curated this New Music Weekly playlist to have you on top of highlights from these and other important releases in no time. Completists should also pay a visit to the Rdio New Releases in order to see the full collection of all the songs and albums that have just come out.


  • Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
    Portland’s most confusingly named act moves unabashedly toward the pop light with this full-length.

  • City and Colour - The Hurry and the Harm
    Dallas Green’s latest album was previewed by his exclusive Rdio Sessions set. This is the fourth album from City and Colour, and first as a sole solo artist after departing Alexisonfire.

  • Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
    The sixth album documents a tumultuous time for Josh Homme and crew, including the firing of the drummer, replaced on the album by Dave Grohl.

  • Capital Cities - Tidal Wave of Mystery
    The “Safe and Sound” band finally drops the debut album and even scored a collaboration with Andre 3000 and NPR’s credit announcer, Frank Tavares.

  • Quadron - Avalanche
    The Danish duo consisting of Robin Hannibal (who is one-half of Rhye) and Coco Maja Hastrup Karshøj (who has collaborated with Tyler, The Creator), call their sound “electronic soul.”

∞  June 4, 2013 — 12:00PM


Alpine Hits New Highs on Rdio Session

As a group that once played 10 shows in just three days as well as Rdio’s Australian launch party, Melbourne six-piece Alpine is no stranger to the live stage. Their Rdio Session, recorded live at this year’s edition of South By Southwest in Austin, features songs taken from the 2012 debut A Is for Alpine.

Take a peek at the video above, which was filmed in partnership with Yours Truly during our sessions at SXSW, and listen to the exclusive recording to experience an adorable introduction to a band that features the talents of not one, but two wonderful lead singers.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  June 4, 2013 — 10:00AM

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: May 2013

We’re not afraid to admit that we’re just a teeny bit obsessed about music, but we also like to think we use this fixation for the greater good. Our Rdio Recommends: May 2013 playlist culls together all the new songs that have stayed on repeat for the past month. We love it when you share your picks with us, too — turn up our picks and if we’ve managed to overlook some of your May favourites, comment on the playlist!

About Rdio Recommends: The first Monday of every month, we review and create a playlist that reflects what we’re enjoying and think you might also like. It is composed entirely of new music from the previous month.

∞  June 3, 2013 — 7:00PM