Finding new music

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by wfoster, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. wfoster macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2009
    Plymouth, UK
    I'm starting to get sick and tired of listening to the same music all the time but for some reason, I don't tend to look around for other styles of music. I'm into a whole variety of music but just want to hear artists that aren't well known.

    Does anyone know of any places to find new bands/artists? Or even if people know of any artists, feel free to post them here!
  2. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Check out the Free iTunes 2012 thread. Every Tuesday Apple provides a free song or two and over time you'll get every genre available. Hopefully you'll find something new you'll like.
  4. wfoster thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2009
    Plymouth, UK
    I wasn't planning on reading the bible for artists.
  5. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    I've found a few interesting albums by listening to these guys.
  6. wfoster thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2009
    Plymouth, UK
    I'll definitely keep an eye on this thread, thank you.

    Listening to a previous show of theirs now, thank you.
  7. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2009
    NZ, South Pacific
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Do this and plug a song you find and like in Pandora to see if it will branch off from that. Finding new music is really not hard but it is time consuming. The rewards are great though.
  9. wfoster thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2009
    Plymouth, UK
    Unfortunately, Pandora isn't available in the United Kingdom. I'm a premium account holder of Spotify but that doesn't really give me any recommendations as such. Would be an alternative to Pandora?
  10. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    there are several new music podcasts. they give you a lot of different types.
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    F--I completely missed your location. Yes, I'd venture lastfm may be an alternative but I am not an avid user. Spotify is good, as you said, but you're right ... no recommendations really. Also, does iTunes make recommendations based on the album you're looking at? Check out the indie section and see if you can't branch out from there.
  12. Watabou macrumors 68040


    Feb 10, 2008
    United States
    If you don't have access to pandora, is a really good website too that suggests recommendations from music you listen to (they call it "scrobbling")

    Try it out, there's really nothing to lose as it's free. I have been using it for about four years now and it has really helped me discover new artists. And unlike Pandora, you can discuss music with other people on the artists' pages. And most people on there are really nice. Some of them might give you their own recommendations.
  13. firestarter macrumors 603


    Dec 31, 2002
    Green and pleasant land
    Check out the 'What are you listening to' thread on this forum. People post interesting stuff... I usually click on the youtube videos to see if there's something I'll like.

    You could also tell us what you're into at the moment. Maybe we could suggest something similar.

    Also... do you listen to radio? Find a station you like on DAB and make a note of new tracks you haven't heard before & like.
  14. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
  15. Nick16 macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2011
    Spotify has radio stations and playlists now. You could listen to "Coldplay radio" for example, and hear music by Coldplay and artists that sound like Coldplay (much like Pandora).

    Last.FM isn't really a replacement for Pandora (as it requires more actual labor), but once you build up your charts after using it for a while (I've been using for exactly a year now), you can see your "neighbors" which are people who have similar taste in music, see what they listen to and explore new songs.

    +1 for 8tracks. I've discovered a lot of new music through it... and I always come across it through StumbleUpon (which may be another option for you in itself... Stumbling just the music category).
  16. Zman5225 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2005
    Tacoma WA
    #16 it's a good site with reviews and links to listen/itunes. I've found a few artists there that i've come to love now. sorta mainstream though.
  17. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    I use spotify and when I want to hear new stuff I put it on the radio setting with one of my favorite artists. I have been introduced to a lot of new bands that I really like using the radio feature, which is similar to pandora.
  18. Maximal macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2012
    -Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

    -The dodos


    -Bombay Bicycle Club

    -Fleet Foxes


    -Foster the People


    -The Morning Benders

    -Mumford and sons

    -The Naked and the Famous

    -Noah and the Whale

    -Two Doors Cinema Club

    Have fun having an ears organism. :)
  19. SuperCachetes macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2010
    Away from you
    I'll second this. They do have a definite vibe, but they review all kinds of music, as long as it's somewhat indie or alternative on some planet or other.

    They also have lists like "Top 50 Albums of 2004" that you can run through.

    There is a media section where they have performances and videos, and they occasionally preview a track for listening. is also good for looking at reviews and seeing followers, precedents, and similar artists. I believe many albums have track previews.

    I use iTunes mostly for previewing, but the customer reviews there can be so spotty. The "other people bought" list for albums is good every once and a while. Being able to link to what someone else bought and then preview it and research it more or rule it out quickly is nice.
  20. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    I like Blalock's Indie Rock Playlist, he does one every month with 100+ songs, just do a Google search for the site.

    Here in Seattle, you'd have to be in a coma to avoid the music scene, I have several performers that I've gotten to be friends with, they followed me on FB, which then led to connecting with even more artists.

    I also love the Bumbershoot music festival for discovering new stuff.
  21. acidfast7 macrumors 65816


    Nov 22, 2008
    I try to listen to a lot of internet radio stations from different countries in different genres.

    This is what I would recommend:


    M94.5 (alt):
    on3radio (alt):


    FIP (Jazz/world):
    Paris One (trance):


    P3 Metropol (street):

    Just for starters. I find that the FIP plays excellent jazz and has some ecletic content (and I can brush up on my rusty French ... thanks American public education). I find that the Swedish station (brushing up on my Swedish) plays a fair bit of R&B/HipHop and mixes it with contemporary pop/electronica which is very popular in Stockholm. P1 is all trance and it's good to hear the classics. While the German stations allow mw to work on my German and hear a lot of new music that not super mainstream yet.

    Hope that helps.


    Also I find SoundCloud to be superior to Spotify (great when it was only Swedish and not very clunky) and Pandora (crappy interface and bloated) for introducing people to new music that's not mainstream.

    I also find quite nice and i used to use it a lot because it's been around forever, which is why I support it.
  22. MasterHowl macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    I found a few good bands just flicking through music channels, and using Shazam to find out who the songs are by if I miss the band/song name at the start of the music video.

    If you buy stuff off iTunes, sometimes genius reccomends some good stuff.

    I've used for about 4 years now, and it reccomends some good stuff based on what you already listen to :)

    Related videos on YouTube also sometimes give good new stuff if you're listening to a song on there!
  23. Firestar macrumors 68020


    Sep 30, 2010
    221B Baker Street.
    They're good.
    Ear organism?!

    Do you like specific genres? You might want to check out (if you can, I'm not sure if it's available in UK). You put in a band, then they play bands that are similar. You can add bands that you want to play too. You can also alter the settings to whether you want to listen to popular artists or not. I've found a lot of artists from jango.

    I've also found a lot of artists from talking with friends and looking at bands' Wikipedia pages to see who they performed with on tours.
  24. borisiii macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
  25. Moyank24 macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2009
    in a New York State of mind
    I've actually found a lot of good new music from Twitter. I'm a fan of a lot of bands who aren't exactly famous - and they're always sharing and recommending bands they like and bands they've played/toured with. Same with their followers.

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