Let’s face it: it’s not exactly hard to find new music in this day and age. With radio stations, Youtube, Pandora, and Spotify (to name a few) readily available, it seems harder to avoid music than to find it.
Finding brand new music is a little trickier. A lot of stations broadcast new music, but it’s tough to find up and coming acts that’ll make their way to said stations. I’ve compiled a list of really awesome sites where I’ve been able to find some really rad music over the years.
This site is a really great forum for finding and sharing music. 8Tracks relies completely on mixes made by its users. Based on what tags the mix maker ads, the listener can search for mixes based on those tags. So, this can mean anything from basic genres like “Indie, Reggae, and Jazz” to really specific mixes like “Shower songs, Workout, and Lazy Sunday”. You can also search for more than one tag at once. So if the mood should strike, a mix for “gloomy” and “kpop” combined exists. For new music, I tend to search for indie mixes and add the words new or 2014, etc. There are also trending mixes that you can scroll through which tend to be new as well. You can find my mixes here!
Similar to 8Tracks, this site lets you choose music based on mood. The options are a slightly more limited and completely dictated by the site, but definitely more fun and user friendly. The listener is presented with a day of the week and time of day, followed by an event or mood. So, if I click “brand new music” I’m presented with five different options: today’s biggest hits, biggest country, indie, electronic, and rap. Clicking “electronic” will then take me to even more options: Deep House Crooners, Indie Dance, etc. Eventually this continues until the site thinks it’s found you the perfect playlist for your mood. What’s great about this is that it’s incredibly easy to use and updates fairly often. Instead of researching new music, you can let these guys do it for you and have fun while you’re doing it.
All Music is just what it sounds like; this super useful site lists out all new releases by date if you’re searching for something really brand new and willing to dig for it. In addition, if you sign up they’ll send you personalized recommendations based on what they think you’ll like, which is awesome. They also do basic mood and genre searches like the others, but I love this site mainly for the first two reasons. This is especially useful for my radio show when I’m trying to plug new music and release dates. If there’s an artist I want to play, I’m way ahead of the game.
Tiny Mix Tapes
The hipster haven of music finds; this website will leave you with all you’ll need to know about the coolest bands that you’ve never heard of, because they barely exist. In all seriousness though, these guys and gals really give you the best selection of brand new music that will most likely be huge in the indie scene. It could be years before it hits your friends- that’s how ahead of the curve you’ll be. Sometimes it’s not so great; you’ll have to dig through some iffy music
If all else fails, one of the best ways to find new music is good old-fashioned networking. If you have a lot of friends into the same stuff as you, chances are they’ll reach out to you if they find something they love. Enjoy!