June 2013

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Songs For Thought: A Playlist From Brandon Boyd

Brandon Boyd

We’ve got a new playlist from siren singer Brandon Boyd, the frontman to Incubus. Many of these crazy genus tracks kept Brandon company during the making of his second solo album, Compass EP, under his moniker, Sons of the Sea. His picks span alt rock, atmospheric flamenco, and genre-bending artists that mirror the constant evolution and experimentation of Brandon’s own music. Each song follows an introspective and inventive theme that feels like easing into a hot spring below a firework show (far enough away from sparks but close enough for childlike wonder). Take a listen below.

∞  June 28, 2013 — 9:00AM


Follow the Yellow Brick Road: The Classic Sound of Pride

Classic Sound of Gay Pride

Listen up, young'uns! While you’re celebrating this week’s step forward for marriage equality and getting gussied up for Pride Weekend, don’t forget the LGBTs and allies that paved the yellow brick road behind us. We highlight the musicians and songs that championed same-sex equality with our third Pride focused playlist, The Classic Sound of Gay Pride. At the forefront is Sylvester, known as the Queen of Disco, who was out, proud, and dominating disco when being gay was law-breaking. He’s joined by legends like Queen, Melissa Etheridge, Erasure, Janis Joplin, and George Michael. It’s the biggest reunion of gay icons since Dorothy went over the rainbow so sing along to The Classic Sound of Gay Pride from Rdio.

Don’t miss our other pride playlists, The New Sound of Gay Pride 2013 and The Year in Queer.

∞  June 27, 2013 — 9:00AM

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - June 25, 2013

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This week, Poison frontman and reality star Bret Michaels releases an album that covers his and others’ greatest rock hits, new rock outfit Bosnian Rainbows serves up a debut straight from El Paso by way of a German recording studio; indie punk band Mixtapes takes bat against the sophomore slump; and former members of ISIS and the Deftones come together as new project Palms.

Check out these key releases and much more with our lovingly curated New Music Weekly playlist, hand-picked to bring you the best songs that have come out in the past seven days. The Playlist Notes offer some extra tidbits as you listen. Need more tunes? The Rdio New Releases always has your back, housing the complete collection of what’s new for your ears right now.


  • Wale - The Gifted
    DC’s biggest rapper returns with an album full of heavyweight guest stars like Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, Rihanna, and even comedian Jerry Seinfeld (who Wale once paid homage to in a popular mixtape).

  • Sylvester - Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits
    The enduring anthems of the late San Francisco disco legend have dropped just in time for his city’s Pride weekend and the country’s Gay Pride Month.

  • Smith Westerns - Soft Will
    Chicago’s indie rock darlings pull off a catchier, more mature feel on this third album.

  • Boyz Noise - Go Hard
    German techno producer Alexander Ridha offers five new rave-ready anthems, including a Kreayshawn-sampling title track.

∞  June 25, 2013 — 1:00PM


Fly With Eagles On Rdio


We have wonderful news for current and future fans of classic rock legends Eagles: The 40-year spanning catalog of this legendary band is now available to enjoy online for the very first time. Unleash your mind and take a trip through the band’s fully remastered discography, including studio albums, such as the landmark Hotel California which is still one of the best-selling albums of all time, and the seminal Desperado.

You can also swoop on our Eagles: A Retrospective playlist for our essential highlights of this historic band’s catalog, which includes the honors of six GRAMMYs, six number one albums, and seven number one hits. Enjoy these timeless classics!

∞  June 25, 2013 — 6:00AM


Of Montreal Pick Flirty Favorites For Your Ears

Of Montreal

The members of eccentric rock band of Montreal, a group that actually hails from Athens, Georgia, are fans of clever songwriting regardless of genre and era, and it shows with their thoughtful playlists that they make to share with the Rdio community. They point out wry and often flirtatious tunes about unrequited love on their new throwNbones playlist, which features gems from a motley crew of diverse artists including Billy Ocean, The Cure, Peter Tosh, T. Rex, and The Black Keys.

Follow of Montreal on Rdio to hear the growing collection of their playlists, which also features a tribute to the Beach Boys and shout outs to their favorite rare tracks.

∞  June 24, 2013 — 1:00PM

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Birds of a Feather Rock Together: Add More Members To Your Family Plan

Family Plan

We've expanded our signature family plan to include up to five members! Rdio’s one-of-a-kind family subscriptions plans have traditionally covered up to three members, but bigger broods no longer have to squabble over shared accounts.

Here’s how it works: Designate someone in your family to have a main account, and he or she will add sub-accounts to their subscription. From there, each family member has their own Rdio Unlimited account, from which they build and control their own Collection, playlists, network of followers, and other great features.

Pricing details:

  • Two accounts cost $17.99 per month
  • Three accounts cost $22.99 per month
  • Four members cost $27.99 per month
  • Five members cost $32.99 per month

Shake a tail feather and update your subscription here.

Is your fantastic taste in music hereditary? Find out with family plans, one of many Rdio-unique features.

∞  June 24, 2013 — 9:00AM


Join Our Design Team and Make Your Mark on Rdio

Rdio Design

Here at Rdio, we’re always on the lookout for new discoveries — and not just the musical kind. We love discovering exceptional people who can help make Rdio even better.

That’s why our Design team is participating in Designer Fund’s Bridge program, which connects San Francisco-area startups with talented designers to join their teams. By enrolling in the program, you’ll boost your resume and design chops while making your mark on the Rdio iOS app, our just-launched Vdio product, Rdio’s and Vdio’s marketing sites, and other major projects. You’ll conceptualize, present, and ship designs — and while this is a three-month residency, it could lead to a permanent, full-time position at Rdio.

Think you’d be a good fit for the program? Meet our Design team, then send in your application for the Bridge Fall Session by July 14th. Good luck!

∞  June 21, 2013 — 11:03AM


The Mowgli’s Pick a Playlist That Will Save Your Summer


If you are walking ho-hum down the street and you suddenly break into a skip, there’s a good chance The Mowgli’s are in your headphones. Summer-loving pop has seen a resurgence on the streets of Los Angeles, and The Mowgli’s are taking that positivity across the country. Their new album, Waiting for the Dawn, just dropped this week with a tour spanning the US, including Lollapalooza in August.

When we asked the band for their favorite songs to unwind to during their days off, we got a smattering of indie folk, soulful pop, and tried and true road trip anthems. Every track fits with the band’s passion for motivating and heart expanding music. So get skippin’ to their Time Off playlist now.

∞  June 21, 2013 — 9:00AM


The Year in Queer

Year In Queer

Hot on the drag-queen-heels of last week’s New Sound of Gay Pride playlist, we’re rolling out the biggest gay moments of the year in our Year In Queer playlist. Voices from rap to country join with LGBT legends to bring gay life in front of the mic in 2013: Frank Ocean and Jenny Owen Youngs come out, equality ballads hit the charts, TIME’s cover goes gay, and Madonna gets booted from Russia for touting gay rights. While there’s not room for every song, we hope this shoutout highlights a truly unprecedented year in queer. Share this playlist to get the word out and Happy Pride from Rdio!

  • Frank Ocean comes out on Tumblr in poetic fashion: “Most of the day I’d see him and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence…until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him.”

  • Macklemore pairs up with out singer Mary Lambert to make “Same Love,” a marriage equality video for same-sex marriages in Washington that immediately goes viral. fun. founds The Ally Coalition to fight anti-gay bullying.

  • Lesbian twins Tegan and Sara hit it big this year with Heartthrob.

  • Sara Bareilles, inspired by her friend’s struggle, urge those coming out to be “Brave”.

  • Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace announces she is transgender.

  • Alt-Country singer Kacey Musgraves tells fans to “Love who you love 'cause you just get so many trips 'round the sun” in “Follow Your Arrow”.

  • Folk singer Jenny Owen Youngs comes out on the blog Everyone is Gay: “I think it is damaging and isolating for young people to look out into the world and not see a representation of their experience. To encounter others who are like you is to know that you are not alone.”

  • Country artist Chely Wright and her wife, LGBT advocate Lauren Blitzer, give birth to twin boys.

  • Elton John and partner David Furnish welcome baby Elijah, the couple’s second son, into the world.

  • Kristen Ellis Henderson of Antigone Rising is on the cover of TIME’s marriage equality issue with her wife Sarah: “I'm kissing my wife on the cover because it's time for every American to have their civil rights. And, let's be honest, I'm kissing my wife on the cover because Portia and Ellen probably weren't available..."

  • During the presidential election, Kelly Clarkson announces that she won’t be voting for Mitt Romney because of his stance against marriage equality.

  • Out artist Adam Lambert hits #1 with his album, Trespassing.

  • Jinkx Monsoon, Seattle’s “premier narcoleptic drag queen”, wins RuPaul’s Drag Race.

  • Gender-bending rapper Mykki Blanco rises to hip hop prominence with the video for “Wavvy”.

  • The Lonely Island, James Franco, and Zach Galifianakis release a satirical mashup of alpha-bro spring break partying and support for marriage equality in their music video for “Spring Break Anthem”.

  • Beyonce comes out in support of marriage equality by Instagramming a handwritten message: “If you like it, you should be able to put a ring on it. #WeWillUnite4MarriageEquality!”

  • Prominent artists oppose the Boy Scouts of America’s leadership for their anti-gay policies including Carly Rae Jepsen, Train, and Madonna.

  • Madonna is also banned from Russia for publicly supporting gay rights on her MDNA world tour in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

∞  June 20, 2013 — 9:07AM


Early Listen: Télépopmusik’s New Tunes and Remixes


Infectious French electronic pop act Télépopmusik is just about to release the new Try Me Anyway / Fever EP, which features remixes by Zombie Disco Squad, Dirty Channels, Pit Spector, and more. But before it drops officially, the guys are sharing it with you for some early grooving. Enjoy these songs and their radical reworks below.

∞  June 19, 2013 — 11:00AM