Websites For Music-Lovers
Everybody loves music. But some folks really love music. They are not casual listeners satisfied with pop radio on the way to work. They don't just sing in the shower or slide in a CD when guests arrive. They are not content with the concept of elevator music or muted background renderings. They see and hear music as the heart and soul of life, the story-telling, gut-wrenching, healing antidote to all the world's ills. No matter what genre of music has captured them, no matter whether they are musicians themselves, these aficionados take music seriously. They are not alone in their enthusiasm. Here are 10 music forums to share in and to sing about.
Music Discussion - This is an active forum with over 1400 members. They encourage quality discussions about music and discourage spam and trolls. They cover just about all the genres and have a sub-category specific to musicians. They also have a "Name That Tune" category which is a lot of fun. This is a friendly and member-oriented group.
Face The Music - This forum is light on discussion and heavy on music. They welcome member input and encourage videos. Though the membership is not large, it is vibrant and you can be sure people will be interested in your contribution. Besides the usual music genres, there is a category on historic music and Broadway. This is a great place to share your favorite music video.
Pulse Music Board - Pulse Music Board is one of the best of the forums. It has almost 700 members who are active enough to have generated over 73,000 topics and over 2 million posts. Here they not only discuss the music but the artist as well. They cover a broad range of topics and include polls, games, nostalgia and opinions. They cover global music as well.
Muzic Forums - Here is another very active community that covers a lot of ground. Muzic Forums has over 9000 members. They discuss songwriting and lyrics, promotional material and instruments as well as music itself. They talk about new releases and have a "Listening Lounge" where members can showcase their own music and encourage critique and suggestions. You can also find links to music news and concert information
Zero Gain - The folks at Zero Gain are not only interested in music but they are interested in what it takes to listen to it. They are one of the world's largest hifi and music discussion boards with a membership of over 6000. Besides music, they focus on audio systems and equipment. They have a DYI category to aid the custom sound system builder and help tweak it. They encourage sharing photos and provide links to shopping for affordable equipment. This forum is for the more technologically minded.
PsyMusic UK - This is quite a different site. PsyMusic is radio and DJ - oriented. They not only discuss what is going on in the world of music, they also focus on artists' profiles and new releases. The subjects are varied to include your top 10 favorites and music mixing. If you are interested in record labels and music reviews, you might want to check out PsyMusic.
Jazz Review - Here, of course, it's all about jazz. Jazz Review touts themselves as being "your complete guide to jazz music on the web". They include discussion, polls and listening suggestions. This site is up-to-date on everything pertaining to jazz music, concerts, artists and history. They also have an extensive question and answer category to help you identify songs, music or lyrics. This is a pretty comprehensive place for the jazz lover.
Talk Classical - With over 6600 registered members, Talk Classical is the place to go to share your love for classical music. From Beethovan to opera, these folks leave no stone unturned. They have categories that are composer specific as well as broader categories in chamber music and instruments. You can chat, read current articles, and keep abreast of what's going on in classical music today.
Underground HipHop - With over a whopping 58,000 registered members and over 6 million total posts, Underground HipHop is the place to be for Hip Hop fans. Conversations run the gamut from Russian rap music (huh?) to Hip Hop favorites. They encourage comments and feedback and include a thread to discuss movies and music reviews. There is a category devoted to being a DJ with information on shopping for vinyls and more.
Starz Fan Central - This website is big on graphics and photos which are very impressive. They cater to lovers of 70's rock and roll. The chat room is always open and they like to talk about the good old days of music. They discuss everything from the best rock and roll hair to the 10 best rock bass players. If you like Metallica and Queen, you probably will want to visit.
Of course, there are many more genre-specific discussion groups. They are both serious and fun and share the love of music.