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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

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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

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

Mowgli's

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

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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

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Heat Up With Empire Of The Sun’s Hand-Picked Playlist

Empire Of The Sun

In honor of their brand new album Ice On The Dune, Australian electronic duo Empire Of The Sun has shared this exclusive playlist with you. And as you’ll discover, they’re currently enjoying a wide range of sounds, including gems from classic singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and UK electronic act Plaid to Bjork’s old band The Sugarcubes and even “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Press play for insight into the creative minds behind Empire Of The Sun.

∞  June 19, 2013 — 9:00AM

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Pete Yorn and J.D. King of The Olms In Between Sets

The Olms

Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn and guitarist (and commercial illustrator) J.D. King have joined forces as The Olms. In honor of the release of the debut self-titled album, the two artists have joined the Rdio community as fellow music fans. The duo are sharing their House Mix, a playful collection of songs from old-school acts like The Tokens, Fats Domino and The Temptations that are played before and in between their live sets.

Follow The Olms on Rdio to hear what else they’re spinning.

∞  June 14, 2013 — 9:00AM

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Father’s Day Sounds Fantastic With Dads Who Rock

Dads Who Rock

What do Snoop Dogg, Johnny Cash, Fela Kuti, and Neil Young have in common? They’re some of the coolest fathers the music business has ever seen, and we love to pay tribute to them and other Dads Who Rock with our new Father’s Day playlist. Press play for a manly mix covering a ton of sonic territory ranging from rock and metal to rap and soul. Oh, and don’t forget to call dear ol’ pops this Sunday!

∞  June 13, 2013 — 1:00PM

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Hear That? That’s The New Sound of Gay Pride

New Sound Of Gay Pride

June is here which means it’s Gay Pride Month! We’re celebrating love and equality for all by breaking out some festive tunes from queer-friendly artists and bands once again. This year’s edition of our annual New Sound of Gay Pride 2013 playlist has five hours of party tunes with strong beats and positive messages from artists such as Pet Shop Boys, Little Boots, Tegan and Sara, Robyn, and Disclosure.

We've got more fun playlists for Gay Pride Month every week but for now, familiarize yourself and fellow Pride pals with our New Sound of Gay Pride playlist.

∞  June 13, 2013 — 10:00AM

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Hans Zimmer Scores the Soundtrack for Man of Steel

Man Of Steel

It took nothing less than a Superman of a composer to take on the music for the summer blockbuster Man of Steel. Luckily Hans Zimmer, who has scored more than 100 films including The Dark Knight and The Lion King and won big at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and GRAMMYs, was up for the challenge. Listen to his heroic soundtrack below and get ready for Man of Steel, which flies into theaters on June 14.

∞  June 12, 2013 — 10:00AM