Magazines? What are those? While nothing can quite top the satisfaction of the day your found your new favorite grunge band in the 90s by means of stealing your big brother’s SPIN, virtually everyone gets their daily dose of tuneage from the web nowadays. And while every hipster and their equally-ironically dressed mother has a blog, the top-tier music websites out there do what paper can’t, supplying a day-long stream of high-quality news, visuals, and music so that we’re never out of the loop. Here are some of the web’s very best music blogs, ready to be “followed” and attached to your RSS feed forever.
While AbsolutePunk started out as a humble Blink-182 fansite by webmaster Jason Tate, the site has evolved over the past decade into one of the best sources for punk and alternative news. AbsolutePunk frequently hosts exclusive song streams, interviews with punk’s biggest names, and has turned many a basement band into a household name thanks to its massive readership.
Literally founded by a music-loving vegan in Brooklyn, this site has become one of NYC’s most popular sources of news and new tuneage. Brooklyn Vegan is one of the best destinations for live indie music on the web, with recaps and previews of the best shows in NYC popping up frequently. If you’re feeling hip and want a constant ear to the city’s underground pulse, look no further.
One of the first mp3 blogs on the net, Stereogum remains as one of the highest-quality and most-read music sites around. Famous for putting buzzing bands on the map, Stereogum’s steady helping of news and media is read by fans, industry veterans, and top artists alike.
Rap Radar is your gateway to the hip-hop world, with a heavy emphasis on commentary-backed video and mp3. Whether you want to see how Drake’s new record sold, sample some sweet mixtapes, or are just dying to see Lil’ Wayne’s latest television performance, Rap Radar is your one-stop blog.
Hype Machine is more of a blog aggregator than a formal blog itself, but there’s no better way to instantly hear the hottest new music on the web without jumping from site to site. It funnels the most popular tracks from all around the blogosphere into one neat webpage, turning it into the Costco of music; You’ve got it all, simply take what you like.
Of course, if these aren't enough for you, there's always Joonbug's Frequency blog, a top-notch source of event coverage, new tracks, and exclusive interviews. But you should know that, considering you're, um, reading it right now...