Over the years more and more sites for streaming music have popped up. I think at this point everyone knows about Pandora, so I wanted to highlight some of my favorites that aren’t as well known. Each site has it’s own little perks and features that make it unique- some are better for background noise, some are better for finding new, unknown music, others are great for when you’re going for a run and need a quick playlist to get you through your workout. Check them all out and figure out which one you like best!
-You can search for playlists based on a genre, artist, or mood.
-Awesome (free!) apps for iPhone and Android.
-Many of the songs have free downloads, straight from the website
-The site is based on what music is creating the most buzz online which means you’re able to find a lot of new up and coming artists.
-Has a really nice, easy to use layout
-Streams at 320 kbps.
-The base level membership is free and allows you to make playlists, stream a certain artist’s music, and favorite songs you like.
-Suggests artists based on ones you already like.
4 . thesixtyone
-A wide variety of genres and bands stream
-You can choose what music streams by searching for an artist, or by choosing one of their playlists.
-Often offers band info, tour dates, downloads, lyrics, and other random information with each song.
5. Hype Machine
-Highlights trending tracks that are being posted on blogs week by week, going back as far as 2007.
-Has a feature called Fast Forward that plays 20 seconds snippets of songs to allow you to find new music quickly.
-Helps you find blogs based on the type of music you like, which country it’s based out of, and who’s doing the blogging- whether it’s an individual, a label, a magazine, or a radio station.
So far 2013 is shaping up to be a great year for new releases…here are a couple that I’m listening to and have thoroughly enjoyed thus far.
Local Natives- Hummingbird is out today! Don’t think about it, just buy it! (or stream it first…)
Night Beds- Country Sleep will be out on February 5, but is currently streaming over on Pitchfork.
The Revival Hour- Scorpio Little Devil was released yesterday in the UK and has yet to be officially released in the US. However, the album can be streamed and digitally downloaded on their Bandcamp worldwide.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra- II is out on February 5, and streaming over on NPR’s first listen.
Here we have a rather eclectic winter playlist. Starts out a little folky, moves to some chamber pop, then to some more electronic sounding songs. Some of these tunes are old favorites, some are new favorites, but of course all fantastic. Hope you enjoy!
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Even if you try to stay up-to-date with music happenings in your city, it’s easy to miss show announcements and new tour dates, which then means you’re potentially missing your favorite band play when they go on tour. I have found that people often comment on a band’s Facebook page saying “Come to [insert town name here]! You haven’t played here in sooo long!”. Of course, in some situations, those comments are warranted, since bands can’t make it to every town in a tour, but other times, those comments are sad pleas… because that band played in their town three nights ago…
Most people are busy, and don’t have extra time to put towards keeping up with all of their local venue’s shows and scouring their favorite band’s website to see new tour dates. So instead of wasting your time doing that, here are a couple resources you can use to always be aware of when your favorite band is rolling into town.
•Songkick- Songkick’s slogan is “Be the first to know about concerts”, and this sure is true. When you sign up for Songkick, you can link the site up to your iTunes, Facebook, or Spotify to track your favorite artists and their tour dates. You can also track cities to see who from your tracked artists is coming into town. Every time a new show is announced, Songkick will e-mail you with the info about the show. It’s convenient and never lets you miss a concert.
•Venue/Artist E-mail Updates- If you’re not into the Songkick type of site, you can always just sign up for a venue, band, or label e-mail list through their websites. Most (if not all) venues send out a weekly e-mail announcing new concerts that have been added to their calendar. If you live in a smaller town with a couple venues, this is a great way to keep up. If you live in a big town it can be a bit of a pain to go to every single venue website in your city and enter your e-mail adress.
•Last.fm- Last.fm is more focused on tracking your “plays” and listening patterns by linking up to your iTunes and Spotify, but it also has the additional feature of Events. If you don’t like extra e-mails in your inbox, Last.fm is a good option because you can check it at your discretion and see all of the recommended shows in your area. It will also suggest shows for musicians that you aren’t familiar with, but might like, based on your music taste.
•Social Media Sites- If you’re into the social media world, using Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media sites is one of the best ways to keep up with news. It’s surprising how many people don’t follow bands, venues, and labels through social media, but it can be the fastest and easiest way to learn about upcoming events.
I’m just skimming the surface with these suggestions, but hopefully with these tips you won’t miss a concert in your area. I would love to hear about any other resources you use to stay up to date!
Just a wee bit excited!
I’m reluctantly accepting the fact that finals are upon me, and most other college students in the US… so to make it more bearable, I’ve made this playlist filled with all sorts of musical wonders.
Here’s a new track “Skin & Bones” written for the ensamble by Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond! It’s free today, so hop over and download another lovely piece from this fantastic sextet!