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Catch Some Tunes in the Blogosphere: 10 Top Music Blogs

Apr 28, 2011

Whether you're looking for the hottest pop celebrity gossip or breaking news from the indie underground, the music blogosphere has you covered. Check out these blogs for new songs, album reviews, musician interviews and even user-submitted music from every imaginable genre.

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1. The Hype Machine

The Hype Machine is the ultimate meta music blog, and the first place to go if you're looking for hot new artists and songs. The authors behind this blog handpick their favorite music blogs, then channel all that content through the Hype Machine. Users can browse in a bunch of different ways, from discovering the latest posts in the blogosphere to tracking the most popular or spying on what other Hype Machine users are listening to in real time.

2. Consequence of Sound

Looking for the latest breaking news in the international music scene? The wildly popular Consequence of Sound breaks new artists, reviews new singles and albums and dishes up-to-the-minute dirt on all the industry news. They also offer a 'festival outlook' page that tracks the latest info on major music festivals around the globe.

3. The Recommender

This UK-based blog offers thoughtful, in-depth reviews and fantastic photography from the music scene around the globe. The authors cover new music from all genres, and even include temporary postings of MP3s so you can listen for yourself before you buy.

4. SF Critic

Started in 2008 as a small blog for music writers and photographers, SF Critic has blown up into a major music e-zine featuring music reviews, editorials, interviews, downloads and even a place for lesser-known musicians to submit their songs for community feedback. The blog's many different contributors cover all genres, from hip hop to indie rock and beyond.

5. Pretty Goes with Pretty

By day, the author of this blog is a writer and editor for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and a published author from Continuum's 33 1/3 series of books on music. The rest of the time he shares his thoughts on new songs, artists and albums from all parts of the music world, offering reviews and musings with a clever flair.

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6. The 9513

Love country music? Don't miss The 9513 (pronounced 'ninety-five thirteen'). This independent blog features music reviews, interviews, news and more on mainstream, Americana, bluegrass, Texas country, red dirt and just about any other genre that falls under the wide umbrella of 'country.' Get the insider perspective from DJs, musicians, songwriters, promoters and, of course, fans.

7. MuuMuse

Fans of pop, dance music and celebrity gossip will love MuuMuse. This blog offers all the latest news on pop stars from Lady Gaga to Avril Lavigne, as well as album and concert reviews, video premiers, musician interviews and 'MuuCasts,' themed musical mixes by the blog's enthusiastic author.

8. Slowcoustic

If something mellow is more your scene, check out Slowcoustic. This blogger invites you to stop, relax and learn more about folk, indie, down tempo, alt-country and other 'unhurried' musical styles. Check out the song of the day, read album reviews and learn about news and events from the mellow side of music.

9. Guitar Tone Overload

Guitar players and enthusiasts: This is your blog. The author has a 'bad case of G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome),' and shares his obsession with guitar music and gear on Guitar Tone Overload. Learn more about classic guitar players like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, check out both antique and brand-new guitar gear and join him in 'the endless quest for The Guitar Tone.'

10. Sound Roots

Get beyond the usual music genres with Sound Roots, a blog exploring 'world music and global culture.' Learn more about everything from African rhythms to modernized Sami joik singing with the music reviews, interviews and MP3s on this world music blog.

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