Best Sites fo Music Discovery

Discover new bands and music trends with the help of these music sites.

Yes we’re all about music this week at The GWG, and what better way to discover new bands, trends, features and reviews, than by having a little peruse of our carefully curated list. These are the best blogs and online magazines dedicated to emerging talent – take your pick.


‘The music blog for people with no time for music blogs’, is a comprehensive guide to new tracks, artists and bands. With yearly ‘Best of’ features it guarantees a good overview of musical trends, and marries incisive editorial with a simple, sharp design.


Originating out of Brighton this excellent blog focuses on ‘locating emerging music from around the world’ and comes complete with tons of concise editorial and a keen eye for up and coming bands. The site also hosts an annual new music showcase at the (Brighton based) Great Escape Festival; a must for avid listeners.


Videos, reviews - even mixtapes, this LA based blog gives the US slant on emerging talent, with top class recommendations merged with top notch music journalism, videos, album reviews and even tour dates.

‘We Listen For You’ does exactly what is says on the tin, the US based offering is a music blog with a difference, aiming to support artists with a view to aiding and abetting the sale of physical music. The features are great, the design is arresting and all the hard work’s done for you – what’s not to like?

‘New music and music news’ is the tag line, and that pretty much sums up Fact – although it doesn’t go anywhere close to explaining just how great an online publication it is with all manner of insider features, reviews and videos. Don’t miss FACT TV for an added insight into up and coming artists as well as those already established.


An online music magazine with a difference, I Like Music have a serious USP in the form of their role as Music Service Provider to both the B2C and B2B markets which makes them owners of one of the ‘world’s most comprehensive and complete music libraries’ – suffice to say they’re well placed to comment on all kinds of musical trends (not to mention the artists with which they originate.)


If you’re interested in the worldwide music scene, then Consequence of Sound is a destination domain. The Chicago based online publication reports on breaking news, builds interest in new voices and aims to be the first to report on festival lineups, giving you the inside scoop.


If it’s an indie slant you’re looking for, then Stereogum is well worth a look, primarily because you can download and stream from the site. But perhaps their most prevalent USP is that they’ve been instrumental in the discovery of some serious talent over the last few years such as Vampire Weekend (a perennial favourite in The GWG office). Just a seriously well edited site, with the visuals to match.

July 2013.