There are so many blogs out there to help you navigate the ever-growing world of music discovery. Depending on what you’re looking for, it can be difficult to find the right fit for your discovery process.
First, decide if you want to read about music news and upcoming releases or instantly find a curated list of songs to dive right into. Whether you’re trying to get out of writer’s block, get some new inspiration or find your weekend playlist check out these music blogs to find exactly what you need.
Originally focusing on independent music, Pitchfork has opened up to most genres (Pop, Rock, Alternative, Hip Hop) and has solidified itself as the go-to for editorial music news.
Great for: Album reviews, upcoming releases and festival previews.
NPR is notoriously known for underground, offbeat music of all varieties and has a great range of programming, including shows like All Songs Considered, Tiny Desk Concerts and NPR Music Radio.
Great for: Music features, streams, live concerts and music news.
Stereogum is a daily news site, focusing on song premieres music news and commentary. With a ton of features, videos and lists, Stereogum is a one stop shop for music lovers.
Great for: New music, top album lists and curated playlists.
FADER magazine covers music, style and culture. Check out it’s trending section to stay on top of all things Rock, Hip Hop, Pop and more.
Great for: Style, culture, video and events coverage.
Music news to downloads, features and reviews to op-ed pieces, Earmilk is a great resource for any type of music lover. Check out feature/playlist series’ such as Under the Crust, Night Rumors and Weekend Selector for your new favorite song.
Great for: Music features, curated playlists, op-ed pieces and reviews.
Focusing on breaking news about music, daily reviews, exclusive interviews, and original videos, Consequence of Sound is a great resource for all of your music discovery needs. If podcasts are your thing, Consequence of Sound has a variety of options, from album reviews to diving into artists’ pre-show rituals and discography deep dives.
Great for: Music news, unique podcasts and interviews.
FACT Magazine primarily focuses on Pop, Rap, Electronic and Experimental artists which gives you a great array of upcoming artists to discover. With original video content like “Against The Clock”, dedicated sections for mixes and product reviews, FACT Magazine is great for listeners and creators alike.
Great for: Music news, features and original video content.
Popjustice features all of the regular content you’d imagine, artist and music features and curated playlists for you to queue up on Spotify. And it’s great at it. They have a great way of making editorial content entertaining in a witty voice that elevates the content beyond its subject. In addition to this, they have a great member forum area to discuss various topics with like minded music lovers.
Great for: Entertaining music news, curated playlists and member forums.
Tiny Mix Tapes is like the website version of that one friend of yours that knows a ton about music. Like, we’re talking a TON. Their Delorean blog digs up great genres and artists of the past that were unfortunately overlooked in their time. The Cerberus blog rifles through the crates that have gathered dust at your record store. Oh yea, and they have a mixtape generator. Do yourself a favor, go there. Now. We’ll wait…
Great for: Unique, quirky and thoughtful music discovery recommendations, custom mixtapes.
Gorilla vs Bear embodies the artists is uncovers, hip. It boasts a hip look at underground Indie artists, with mixes, curated playlists and news. Dubbed the “New Yorker of hipster blogs,” Gorilla vs Bear definitely lives up to its name.
Great for: Reviews, playlists and polaroids. Lot’s of polaroids.
EDM.com has everything you need in the world of Electronic Dance Music. Whether you’re looking for artist features and interviews, music releases and news, or product reviews, EDM is a great resource to bookmark.
Great for: Trending charts, lifestyle pieces, gear and tech.
News, video, music, features, lifestyle blogging, tech, fashion, tickets. Mixmag literally has everything you need to make sure you’re on top of the Electronic Dance Music scene, and then some.
Great for: Music news, tickets, releases and curated playlists.
Dancing Astronaut focuses on Electronic Dance Music news, review and coverage of concerts and festivals. Use their “All Content” and “Music Only” navigation toggle to dial into exactly what you’re looking for.
Great for: New music, culture and curated playlists (Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Music, etc.).
Your EDM focuses primarily on music news and reviews in the Electronic Dance Music space. Anything from House to Drum and Bass, Glitch Hop to Trap, Your EDM has you covered.
Great for: Free downloads, new music and news.
Hip Hop, Rap, R&B
Now apart of Complex Magazine, Pigeons and Planes is focused on music discovery, supporting new artists, and delivering the best music curation online.
Great for: New artists, music discovery and upcoming releases.
Speaking of Complex… it’s hard to beat Marc Ecko’s behemoth of a media company. If you want to discover all things music, culture, sneakers, style, you’ll find it and a whole lot more on Complex.
Great for: Music news, culture, fashion and original shows.
Hip Hop Wired blurs the lines between music, politics, tech and lifestyle while maintaining a healthy pipeline of new features and news for anyone who wants to stay on top of literally all things hip hop.
Great for: Features, product reviews and daily news.
Centered around immediate news, recent news or general news. A great resource for news, culture and original video in the hip hop space.
Great for: Podcasts