How to find new music




An amalgamation of websites, blogs, channels, links and advice on finding new music. One stop shop. Most vetting I’ve done is checking that the sites are still active, there are too many for me to personally review them all. I have included comments on which are my favorites.


 

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Jump to:

  1. Websites
  2. Aggregation Websites
  3. Genre Introductions
  4. Artist/Genre Charts

Websites

Major Music Publications (good entry point)

NPR Music
Tiny Mix Tapes
Pitchfork
NME
The A/V Club
Rolling Stone
All Music Guide
Beats Per Minute (indefinite hiatus)
Consequence Of Sound
Drowned In Sound
MusicOMH
No Ripcord
Pop Matters
Spin
The 405
Under The Radar

Somewhat less well known sites…

American Songwriter
BBC Radio 6
Bleep
Clash
CokeMachineGlow
Complex
Crave Online
Earmilk
FACT Magazine
Faster Louder
Gigwise
Gorilla vs Bear (recommended)
Magnet
MOJO
Obscure Sound
Pigeons & Planes (recommended)
Pretty Much Amazing
Q Magazine
Rough Trade (record label)
Slant
Sputnik Music
StereoGum
The Line Of Best Fit
The Quietus (recommended)
The Wire
Uncut
XLR8R
Aquarium Drunkard (recommended)

All Genres
The Needle Drop and the related Youtube Channel (comprehensive, recommended)
Indie Shuffle (website, streaming)
The Siren Sound (blog, messy)
Kegz (YouTube)
The Burning Ear

Strictly Indie
BiRP aka Blalock’s Indie Rock Playlist (Monthly FREE downloads of new music, recommended)
Indieheads (subreddit)

Metal
The Obelisk

Hip Hop
This Song Is Sick (blog, mix of electronic/hip hop)
Hiphopheads (subreddit)

Electronic
Majestic Casual (YouTube)
Mr Suicide Sheep (YouTube)
Seek Sick Sound (French website)
Resident Advisor (well-known website, recommended)

Community-based Websites
The Hype Machine
Rate Your Music (very comprehensive, daunting, recommended)
Free Music Archive
The Sixty-One (community radio)
Twitter’s Music Charts
4chan’s Music Board (NSFW, eclectic, cautiously recommended)

Radio Websites
Pandora
Last.FM
Spotify
Google Play Music
Songza
8 Tracks
Deezer

Algorithm/Discovery Websites
Live Plasma (based off Amazon record sales, recommended for mainstream releases)
Gnod Music Map (recommended for finding similar artists)
TasteKid

Independent Artist Websites (+ streaming)
Bandcamp (hit or miss, recommended)
Soundcloud
CDBaby

Podcasts
KEXP Music That Matters
KCRW Music Becomes Eclectic
NPR All Songs Considered

Mixtapes
Did You Hear The New?

Regional
We Own This Town (Nashville-centered podcast)
Mideastunes (middle-eastern music)

Live Performances
Boiler Room (Boiler room DJ sets)

Aggregation Websites
Album Of The Year
Metacritic

Genre Introductions

via /r/listentothis
Folk Punk
Breakcore
Psychedelia
Contemporary Classical
Shoegaze
Jazz Fusion (recommended)
Sludge Metal

Charts

WARNING: These artist/genre charts are collected from /mu/ and are not my own. They may be offensive, inaccurate, or simply not useful to you. (I’ve never heard of half these genres..)

Professional Tip – Use an OCR browser extension like Project Naptha to copy/paste album titles from these charts.