The Best Music Websites

A curated list of the best music websites and blogs

Erik Blakkestad
Aug 11, 2020 · 18 min read

Is your playlist played out? Dive in and discover hundreds of great new bands and artists from the best music blogs and websites from around the world!

Indie

There’s a ton of incredible indie music to discover. Get the story behind new indie artists and their amazing music.

— 3hive is a growing jukebox of music we like.

New Indie, Alternative and Punk Music, as well as upcoming Music Events.

A finely curated selection of music, from new releases to gems of the past.

Our writers pen the best in habit-forming articles from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, New York, and Los Angeles.

We’ve got all the music you need to hear.

AdHoc is a Brooklyn-based concert promoter and publication built by a community of music lovers with a shared ethos: that of building the world you want to see using the materials at your disposal. We produce hundreds of events annually while documenting the changing shape of underground music through our website and print zine.

— News

Videos and streams from new artists

We review the reviews. You get the final word.

— Originating in 2005 and based in Los Angeles, Aquarium Drunkard is an eclectic audio journal focused on daily reviews, interviews, features, podcasts and sessions. Digging globally, AD bridges contemporary sounds with psych, jazz, avant-garde, folk, garage, funk and beyond. For heads, by heads.

For the Love of Music

Fresh injections to your audio stash.

new/old music & film, live sessions, reviews, guest mixes, playlists, interviews, gigs, releases, features, resident DJ mixes, totally cross genre

I’m Steve. I’m 28. I work in Art as my day job.

Hi, I’m Josh! I started BIRP.fm (Originally as Blalock’s Indie/Rock Playlist) in February of 2009 as a way to share my music discoveries.

Independent and innovative music regardless of genre or format.

A blog about indie music, movie reviews, literature and other comments.

Music Magazine

Music & culture from the new black imagination.

The blog about bands from Brighton

A music blog

BOAWS started sometime around 2006 and has been around in some form or another since. I primarily write about the indie, noise, punk, shoegaze, side of things…however sporadic it may be.

Transmissions from the music aficionados at Buzz Bands LA.

the breakfast blog of champions.

Reviews, interviews, features, editorials and more.

Folk covers of familiar songs. Reimagined versions of folk songs.

A listening journal, with music jokes.

Indie videos and more from Paste Magazine

Supporting new music, whatever the genre. Good music comes in all flavours.

A buzzblog focusing on internet pop. Read about your favorite new artists here or hear them on the radio in a year.

— Showcasing Scotland’s Finest Sounds

Founded in 2018 by Drift, Piccadilly, Resident and Transmission. Four independent retailers coming together to form a new collective of like-minded shops.

Dork is a music magazine, website, online radio station, podcast and general nuisance. Down with boring.

Our version of music. Guaranteed to satisfy the most tolerant listener.

ARCHIVE- Indie artist videos circa 2012

— Music website established in 2011 with a strong (but not exclusive) focus on independent music.

All milk, no duds

Find new music!

Favorite song lists, reviews, featured indie artists, and music commentary.

An online music magazine based out of Buffalo, NY

Canada’s authority on music, film and comedy.

— Articles and videos of emerging UK artists

News, features, albums, videos and more

​Your go-to indie music blog to discover awesome new independent and emerging talent!

Music blogger. Singles/EP/album & interviews.

Be Who You Are

Online music magazine bringing you the latest from the music world. Discover new music and your next favourite band.

a curious music journal and blog, founded in 2010.

a Texas-based music blog

Independent music and culture zine based in the UK.

A blog about Canadian music.

Los Angeles’ premier music lifestyle blog. Woman owned & operated. Founded in 2008.

Often referred to as Sub Pop’s “sister label,” Hardly Art is an offshoot of Sub Pop designed to spotlight emerging talent.

HighClouds is a Brussels-based, Hype Machine-listed music blog

I blahg & share stuff I like to small crowds of internet

Hype Machine indexes hundreds of music sites and collects their latest posts for easy streaming and discovery. We’re here to help you find the best new music first.

(Mostly) An obsession with music, both recorded & live.

Independent

— When words fail, music speaks

Toronto’s New Alternative. Launched on August 3rd, 2013, as Canada’s first indie music station, Indie88 provides a platform for emerging artists while paying homage to the classics that inspired them.

YouTube Channel

Artist Marketing & Promotion Service Aggregator

ICM is the home for the latest indie and alternative rock and pop music!

indie music blog that doesn’t trust the hype

For musicians, bands & music

Toronto-based music blog showcasing the best new indie music. To the point track features, videos, reviews and streaming playlists.

10 Questions is a fun way to get know some of the best independent artists and bands in today’s music scene.

Founded in August, 2015, with the mission to become the “Home of the Indie Musician”.

This blog is generally directed to indie music and more particularly to a concert obsessed audience.

A Journalistic and Music News Magazine Online, with great Reviews and Interviews.

Best new indie rock music, songs, bands, album reviews and playlists

Indie Underground brings Indie / Alternative Music Aboveground!

Indie music blog created by 2 musicophiles from the Texas border.

a website dedicated to providing news and sounds from the music genre combining indie, electro, electronica, & pop with synths.

Online Source for All Things Music // Just Crank It.

Independent Music from Northern Britain

Music Discovery Done Properly

— UK based new music blog

IQ Magazine is the essential news resource for the international live music business.

(blog) Music News in the UK

Established in March of 2015 by Thomas Venker & Linus Volkmann

— Keep Walking is an independent music blog based out of Spain & Morocco, formed in October 2011 by S. Ben Ali.

Los Angeles’ Biggest Music Publication.

a literature and music website that explores that spot in the venn diagram where the two arts overlap.

A Dutch based music blog and playlist curator. We share music from emerging and established artists.

A little blog about indie stuff from the UK thinking globally.

Music blog, Americana, Country, Folk, Garage, Indie, Psychedelia and more

(ARCHIVE)- There’s no playbook for how to be a guy.

Portsmouth based independent music blog

YouTube Channel

— I make things go boom.

Global music news

— a different music and art site

On this blog you will find opinion and insight on the music industry’s often painful journey towards creating a new business around music.

(ARCHIVE) — Manchester music blog

Resources for musicians and bands

Home for independent, unsigned music

A bunch of folks talking about music. Listening to music and seeing music.

Neon Filler was created in 2009 by Joe Lepper and Dorian Rogers. Since then it has grown to include articles by our wonderful bunch of contributors, regular Top 10 features and in 2011 we published our Top 100 Indie and Alternative Albums list.

— UK Based music discovery blog

Independent liverpool music magazine, supporting local grassroot and national artists.

— We invite you to meet Noise Artists around the world who create Shoegaze, Post-rock and other beautifully textured music

The world’s defining voice in music and pop culture:

Your #RootsMusic authority.

Music website featuring new Nordic indie releases.

New York’s live music archivist

Pulling indie pop out of the oblivion

Obscure Sound is an indie music blog formed in 2006. Thanks for reading.

NYC’s Handmade Indie Rock Concert Calendar.

One A Day is the only music site in the whole wide world unconstrained by genre or era.

(Music) — A magazine based in Helsinki focusing on culture, art and politics (and music).

Austin music first

Our focus is on collaboration, producing unique original content and showcasing the world’s most exciting creative talent.

Just doing our thing to make sure the best music gets heard by the best people. Australian music blog

The most trusted voice in music.

A highly selective music review blog. We give our audience objective, in-depth, quality music reviews of original songs in all genres.

UK/NW based new music website

Portals is a community of writers, photographers, illustrators, and curators. It’s a place where artists are given care and depth of consideration regardless of the size of their following.

LA via London

RSTB is purely a labor of love that’s spent almost a decade mining corners of indie, psych, garage and experimental music for those lost gems that seem to fall between the cracks.

In Tune, Informed, Indispensible

r/indiemusic

Arts. Culture. News. Community

Punk, hardcore, indie & alternative music webzine — news, reviews, interviews, streams, features and more! Publishing since 2003.

Hi, I’m Matt. I write Scientists of Sound blog. Updates of the Indie, Synth, Pop variety.

Top 20 music blog exclusively covering women in music.

— Punk per gente introversa.

Purveyors of Street-Credibility in the music industry since 2006. Based out of Paris, France.

A fully illustrated new music magazine

new music + music biz chatter

We’re a music blog (sorta, like… y’know). See what we’ve discovered today!

Toronto based online publication focused on the local independent music scene.

— Alternative music and culture since 1985

The In Sound From Way Out

The best new indie, everywhere

An online literary magazine that provides thoughtful, imaginative and sometimes humorous commentary on society and culture. We also publish poetry, reviews and short stories.

Music discovery

New music

Independent Music is Alive & Thriving — Be Part of it — Your Music, Your Move.

Brooklyn / Amsterdam-based webzine: garage rock, slacker, post-skate, surf & more!!!

Swell musical gems

Words on Music and Life

Alt/Indie/Dance/Pop music blog. Hype Machine-indexed.

From Balearic Beats to high-end design

UK music website leaning more pop

— The best music site

The Bops Collective is an arts publication dedicated to shine a spotlight upon those in pursuit of creative endeavors.

Music blogger, unicorn hunter.

Music & Art. Every day.

No-nonsense music site dedicated to cultivating a community of music enthusiasts.

Look Ahead

A music blog from Pittsburg

Archive: The Indie Sound is a collective of dedicated music writers that aim to shine the spotlight on artists big and small, both locally and worldwide.

The UK’s biggest new music discovery website

the music. the lifestyle. the fashion. the art. the culture. you.

UK — award nominated music blog from Liverpool

Online music publication bringing you your new favorite music

a multi-genre music discovery site based out of the deep, dark and melodic shadows of the internet.

— Award-winning independent music blog

Music reviews from UK record label

Europe’s largest independent music & culture website.

Your home for music news, reviews, interviews, contests and more!

We are not music snobs. We prefer music connoisseurs.

Los Angeles’ #1 independent source for music news, contests, secret shows, presales, local concert calendar, set times, & more since 2006.

— Archiving underground, punk and obscure records.

(UK) — Independent. Cultural. Journalism

The Static Dive is a music blog featuring independent artists of all genres from around the globe.

Made in New York

A music blog and vlog that puts the focus onto an artist or band’s lyrics

It lights fuses

the electronic / hip hop tastemaker website

Three Imaginary Girls is a Seattle-based website that showcases the great music of the Northwest and beyond to music lovers worldwide, since 2002.

Tiny Mix Tapes is an online music and film magazine with news, reviews, features, and hot replica watches.

Artist reviews, interviews and more

Words

Turntable Kitchen is a site connecting food and music, born in a foggy Inner Sunset, San Francisco apartment and now based in Seattle.

Live Events Promoter | Indie Music Webzine

Every song has two stories — one that’s written and one that’s heard.

UK based. Disrupt the noise. Upset is a rock music magazine, in print and online.

Upstream Indie is an online music blog highlighting the latest from up-and-coming independent artists and creators across genres.

Under the Radar is an indie music magazine that prints four issues a year, is distributed across North America and internationally, and bills itself as “The solution to music pollution.”

The artist(s) formerly known as Wake The Deaf.

Devouring culture.

You can expect to find coverage on all the best and latest in the music world. Genres don’t exist here. Only good music.

Media + Publishing // Digital PR + Publicity

A friendly music website with an ever-expanding, global list of PR, musician and label contacts.

Indie music videos

Birmingham Based Music Blog covering music from everywhere.

— an independent international consortium of opinionated music lovers founded in 2014 and run by Mark Millar. XS Noize popularity among music lovers has grown rapidly since its inception.

Music news, reviews, videos and more.

A blog that once had grander ambitions. still drifting through the ether.

EDM

Cutting edge electronic music news, videos and features.

Dance music production and culture

Electric Pop and House

watch — listen — dance

Music, news, events, lifestyle

Dance Music NW is everything Northwest nightlife: breaking news, music, editorials, events, contests, & club listings — all in one place

the online dance & electronic music authority…

Broadcasting from the heart of Amsterdam since 2012

Living and Breathing Dance Music since 1991.

— the definitive voice of electronic dance music.

your #1 source for Electronic Dance Music

The content you want. The tunes you need.

EDM Identity strives to provide quality content about electronic dance music and the culture that surrounds it in the US and abroad.

Since 2009

We are an electronic music blog who promotes dubstep and more

The sound and style of beat driven culture

Das elektronische Musikmagazin

DUMMY is an evolving online and IRL platform discovering and supporting visionary artists from across the globe.

London/Berlin-based online magazine, launched in 2008

— focuses on the cutting edge and is the perfect intersection of electronic, indie, and hip-hop.

Top 100 lists, reviews and more

DJ culture

Dance music + club culture

(electronic) Australian music website

Australian Club music blog

Amsterdam rave blog

We are the Scene

Front left since 2001.

reddit

Since 2007

Welcome to A NEW ORDER FOR UNDERGROUND CULTURE

DJ Mixes, Edits, Remixes, etc

Nightlife Culture

Talking about electronic music and technology

shining light on artists, music, and festivals across the globe. good vibes only.

A website for fans of electronic music. Bringing fans music from artists across the spectrum and spotlighting the best in underground bass

— the electronic / hip hop tastemaker website

Bringing Bass to Your Face

Never miss a beat!

Magazine for Tropical Bass music and culture — Global Bass and World Ghetto Funk

one of the most prominent and reputable networks in the electronic music industry

Online Music Magazine — Montreal / Dublin / Berlin

Hip Hop

The best rap music blogs and websites covering new rappers, groups and the business of hip hop.

In the middle we stay calm, we just drop bombs.

The #1 source for the hottest hip-hop songs, mixtapes, videos & news

We Are Hip-Hop Culture and Information.

Lifestyle, Culture & News

BeatRoute is a global lifestyle digital media company rooted in storytelling through the lens of a music fan.

Founded in 2005, Big Noise Radio is the best in Underground Hip Hop Radio Stations. Streaming underground hip hop artists, BNR embraces all Five Elements of hip hop culture

fully dedicated to Real Hip-Hop & Classic RAP Material

Global creative collective making content for the Stans.

Making Culture Pop.

Empowering a new generation of South Asian urban youth

Exclusive interviews, discovery content, and artist education

(rap) New artists, videos, playlists

Leaning underground

Look ahead.

Chicago Hip Hop

Music Intelligence

HipHop’s #1 Media Site!

Internet’s #1 Source for Hip Hop News, Interviews, Music & Reviews

#1 Media Site for Urban Culture, Undiscovered Talent, Daily News Blogs, Mixtape

Indie rap

Philly Flavor

Urban media giant providing the latest. For submissions or contact email info@hip-hopvibe.com

The premier destination for Hip-Hop music & entertainment, from a very politically aware perspective, for the culture.

New York’s legendary radio station website

The #1 source for the hottest hip-hop songs, mixtapes, videos & news!!

Hip Hop music and culture

(How You Perceive Everything) It’s Not Just A Magazine, It’s A Brand

We Promote Indie Hip Hop!

— Los Angeles rap music scene

Underground Hip Hop Culture Worldwide

Videos, music, lifestyle

(rap music) Australian music

Exclusive hip-hop and R&B news delivered daily.

If It Happened In Hip-Hop, It’s Here.

Rap Industry Overview

Curating Christian & Hip-Hop Culture.

RMR connects people to local culture and music across the world

Popular Hip Hop forum

ON THE RISE TO STARDOM

Hip-Hop and R&B on Blast

Leading Hip Hop Media Publication

UU is an independent media platform dedicated to covering music and culture with a DIY ethos

Your alternative to mainstream boredom… Get to know us:

WorldStarHipHop.com is the premiere online hip hop destination.

Hip-Hop on a Higher Level

Reggae

From Dancehall to Rocksteady and everything in between, find the best reggae music videos and industry news on these blogs and websites.

— Modern roots

The Canadian reggae defender

Only the best and latest in Reggae and Dancehall.

DanceCrasher website and the Tighten Up Crew.

— News magazine covering Jamaican dancehall and reggae music, the artistes, and culture.

— En Espanol

— sample new records

— Music

(Chicago)

we bring you the best music from Jamaica to Japan

the latest news, music, videos and info about the UK Reggae scene.

Reggae Showtime Radio Streaming 24/7 from TX/NJ.

helps you find great ska music around the world

archive w interviews & photos 1983–1998

Strictly Positive Reggae Media

World of Reggae in One Village

Promoting Reggae Music Worldwide!

playlists

Online magazine dedicated to reggae music created in October 2007 with the intention of offering an international platform of information

Dancehall | Reggae | Hip Hop | Music | Culture

— Artists

Your favorite international Reggae Website.

From Jamiaica

Country

Multi Award Winning Global Online Media Platform

We write about country music and make corny jokes.

Americana, Blues, Folk, Alt and Country Reviews from a Bunch of Intrepid Music Lovers

Country music served fresh daily.

Because spoon-fed music sucks and twang is cheaper than therapy. Alt-Country, Americana, Indie, Rock, Folk & Blues. Est. 2005.

Punk Rock

(Archive) More punk rock/hardcore than you can shake a proverbial stick at.

Ska

— Steve Shafer/The Duff Guide to Ska

— Music for fans !!!

— Blog

Pop

Music

Rock & Roll

(Magazine) — The Last Great Rock’n’roll Magazine and the home of high voltage rock’n’roll.

— The home of the classics, b-sides and much more in rock n’ roll and heavy metal!

— Ultimate Classic Rock explores the past, present and future of rock’s biggest legends.

Record Labels

a record label | true believers only | #1 in the world

New York/Cleveland

A record label for the musically obsessed.

California

Ghostly International is a music and art company supporting work of high quality, integrity, and individuality.

November 2018 Longwell Records was voted runner up Best small Independent shop UK * we were very proud of this award and received it at the house of commons

134 Grand Street New York, NY

Independent music since 1989.

We are proud that Polyvinyl is still a 100% independently owned and operated company.

Post Present Medium is a record label started and run by Dean Allen Spunt with the help of Roy Tatum. The label began in 2001 with the release of a 7” by Portland/Olympia band The Intima.

— Australian record label

we operate entirely outside of the echo chamber of trends, fashion and phoney hipness. Slumberland bands are independent in the best way possible — making music devoid of bullshit and true to their own voices, regardless of current popular taste.

We’re not the best, but we’re pretty good.

Austin, Texas record label

Extra Goodies

Podcasts

— A collection of podcasts about records and record collecting.

(Music) — New and excellent archived articles

— Together We’re Louder

The people’s source for music news, reviews and videos.

DIY Blogs for Bands and Artists

RouteNote — The World of DIY

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Lists of Links

Lots of lists, lots of links

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