Ah, music — our only universal language. And although universal, we all still have our favorite tunes, tracks, and artists. But with all the music floating around in cyberspace, it’s hard to determine the best way to keep tabs on your favorite music. How can you make sure you hear the hottest new tracks and get the lowdown on new discs and concerts before your friends? Take a serious look at my selection here of fifteen music blogs, because they are excellent resources to help you updated on the music you care about.
1. About.com’s Top 40 Blog
I begin my list with the best blog I found to keep lovers of all things pop music well-informed about the latest and greatest. Believe it or not, this blog was actually among the first to break news of Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga to the masses.
2. Indie Rock Cafe
Indie music lovers unite in this blog’s ability to place you at the forefront of the latest releases, mixtapes, and more. The content here will aid you on your quest to becoming an indie connoisseur in no time.
3. The Burning Ear
Find yourself frequently inundated with tons of new music, but none of it gratifying to you? The Burning Ear works like an auditory slave, delivering only the primest and most worthwhile tunes to your cochlea. Jhameel is so hot right now.
Many of us are into a hodgepodge of musical strains and varieties. We pledge allegiance to no one particular genre. This blog made its name on offering a blend of nice assemblage of quality musicianship.
5. Gorilla vs. Bear
This frequently acclaimed music blog has earned its keep for distilling the sprawling music scene down to only its most salient sounds. GVB is where big press outlets go to find the next big acts while they’re still little.
6. The Smoking Section
The hip-hop music scene has been hip to this blog’s fumigatingly fine surveillance of rap for quite a while now. Despite the hype, the writers maintain an intimate, whispery feel to the site.
Stereogum has sort of become the Time Magazine of indie music blogs. It’s prestigious, yet manages to keep a foothold on being personable and worthwhile to the public.
8. Music for Kids who Can’t Read Good
Culturally illiterate? No biggie. This blog will school you with a lesson in What’s Hot Right Now 101.
9. Aquarium Drunkard
This Los Angeles blog does it utmost to dirty up an otherwise pretty indie music scene. They accomplish this by featuring the freshest soul, garage, country, and R&B tunes that they can dig up.
Blogger Nialler9′s site is founded on Duke Ellington’s statement of the century: “There’s good music, and the other kind.” The music scene in Ireland has basked in a raised profile due to this site’s coverage.
11. The Hype Machine
Although not technically a blog (it’s a blog aggregator), you need to visit this site not once, not twice, but at least a million times a day. Seriously. A constant stream of new songs and mixtapes pour over this site, and there is always something fresh to fill your ears with.
12. Pretty Much Amazing
Don’t even think about looking at this page if you’re a single-genre purist. PMA points out for its readers the absolute best new music, regardless of category.
13. Live Music Blog
Gosh darn it, keeping up-to-date on the latest concert news can be a real drag, especially if you hear about your favorite artist’s latest tour just selling out…two minutes ago. Safeguard yourself from that forlorn fate with LMB’s promise of bringing you live music news first.
14. Rap Basement
The writers of this blog understand that proper aficionados of hip-hop don’t just love their music — they live it. Immerse yourself in hip-hop culture with this blog’s well-spiced and timely articles.
15. The Boombox
Hip-hop, rap, and R&B fans visit The Boombox for the quick and dirty music news and updates. Be sure to check out their massive blogroll, too!