How do you find new music?

How do you find new music?
Here's how
89% (109 votes)
Can't find any
11% (14 votes)
Total votes: 123

Finding new music used to be easy: listen to the radio or find a talkative clerk at the local record store. Now that the Internet has changed everything, how do you find new music?

COMMENTS's picture

FM radio, mostly college stations. I thought 9/11 changed everything. The only thing the Internet has changed is mail order. It's easier to get bad stuff cheap.

Larry's picture

YouTube. Start with a band you like and just keep linking. I also start a lot of searches because of music mentioned in audio reviews.

Tonko Papic -CHILE's picture

In the old LP (vinyl) store. With a Shibata (or similar shape) stylus and a moving coil cartridge, forget the Internet, SACD, CD, etc.

Mark's picture

I browse for new music at They have a very large selection of classical and jazz and audio samples of most of the things they sell. I also search for music on YouTube.

Ima Believer's picture

Radio, but I keep listening more and more to the classical stations. Most of FM has become a constant stream of ads or else corporate music I have heard 1000 times. I guess I am now (40+) finding "new" music with the radio again. Can't say I have ever heard anything less than pretty good so far on the classical stations, and the background is educational, too. And another worm turns. Classical returns.

Dismord's picture

What new music? In the world of non-classical and jazz, there's nothing new. It's like watching a fly wander around, finding its own shit and eating it.'s picture

Now that the Internet has changed everything—and now it couldn't be easier! Music used to be so hard to find back when you had FM radio and that was about it. Now there's Internet radio, Internet forums, magazines, suggestions from Last.FM, iTunes, et al. Life is great. Music is plentiful.

David C.'s picture

I listen mostly to rock music. I haven't found or purchased anything in a decade. Musicianship is a thing of the past, and so are my purchases.

Jerry Stachowski's picture

Reading reviews on websites, or seeing what suggests

Vanlh's picture

TV. On the digital stations, there are music channels. The sound is not good, even hooked up to the stereo, but it's good enough to tell. Also, festivals. Went to the Beantown Jazz Festival Saturday and bought two CDs of one of the performers I had never heard of.

Rastanearian's picture

LastFM is an amazing source of new music that makes Apples Genius look like the village idiot. Team that up with Napster and for $13/month for both services you will never want for new music again. This is a brilliant way to try before you buy a CD. Yes, I still buy CDs, I just don't buy any more bad ones.

Eric Shook - Pittsboro, NC's picture

1) Pitchfork, 2) YouTube, 3) Viva-Radio, 4) Stumble Upon (Firefox), and 5) Date younger women.

Doug Bowker's picture

Mostly from Stephen's blog!

Mike Molinaro's picture

Still the radio, although the pickins' are slim.

Andy from Burlington's picture

Internet radio. While it lasts. Favorite at the moment is Radio Paradise, but there are hundreds out there.

vs's picture

New music is no more difficult to find that it used to be. In fact it's easier. Bypass the radio or that talkative clerk and check out music services such as iTunes. I wouldn't buy anything there, but it's a great way to find new music. Just type in some music that you do like, then simply look at the other music that the same people bought.

S.  Chapman's picture

Multiple sources: satellite radio, late night TV, noncommercial radio stations, live concerts, etc. Unfortunately, one source I seldom use is Stereophile's dreary music section.

Lila's picture

I don't listen to the radio, except when I hear it when shopping. There is a lot of ordinary sounding music, although sometimes it's cheap radios that make the music sound boring. It's not often I hear a really good song. It has to move me so to speak. Movies include a good song once in a while (eg, the end of Ghost Rider).

Scott Caventer's picture

I get my new music from several places. I still like to read reviews in the magazines like Stereophile. I also love listening to Rhapsody and Pandora online through a Sonos system hooked to my main audio system. With millions of tracks available, they have more music than I can ever haope to listen to! Last, nothing beats swapping music with friends with similar and (sometimes even better) different musical tastes.

Rich, Chicago's picture

LastFM and Sirius are pretty good resources.

Teresa's picture

I look for new SACDs at, listen to streaming audio, and then purchase the SACDs I want. I also check the 24/88.2 and 24/96 downloads at HDTracks and purchase any I am interested in.

OvenMaster's picture

1) Public library stacks and online catalogs, 2) European internet radio streams, 3) Grooveshark, and 4)

Al Marcy's picture

I listen to samples on the 'net.

Gregory Simmons's picture

In Omaha, Nebraska, the radio sux! No blues or jazz and the classical is lousy also! When I lived in Denver, Colorado, it was outstanding!

Nosmo King's picture

I go to Goodwill and dig through the bins of records. Have found many things I would never find on iTunes, many in perfect condition. And at a buck an album, I can afford to try something new. Imagine that.

Oliver's picture

Live concerts, quality music magazines, and quality radio.

Nodaker's picture

I guess I find it on the Internet ( and through mags like Stereophile, The Abso!ute Sound, and from friends. I do miss going to the record/CD store, though.

kbchristian's picture

I do my shopping like my grandma used to do. It still works in the EU.

Tanto's picture

Thirty years ago, the only music we could buy was what was physically (LP or cassette) available in the store. iTunes and MySpace have so many titles available, it would be interesting to evaluate what space would be needed to carry all of this content on vinyl. I'd guess well over 100,000 square feet.

Chris's picture

Visit my local indie record store, Criminal Records, in Atlanta. Those guys are accelerated music geeks who know everything. As well, I go to and listen to snippets of stuff that has been picked out by indie store staff from shops that are part of the coalition.