Marvelous Indie Music Websites
I hail from the great state that brought you Conor Oberst and Saddle Creek Records. So, if you're anything like me, you worship bands like The Shins, Camera Obscura, Young the Giant, and Rilo Kiley. And, like me, you may be constantly looking for new underground bands to add to your incredibly indie iPod. If so, this is where I come in handy. I've looked above and under ground, in search of the perfect list of websites that bring people like us the exact dose of independent music.
Blalock's Indie Rock Playlist
My personal favorite, Blalock's Indie Rock Playlist (BIRP! for short) has everything your little indie rocker heart could desire. Not only do the contributors make a free, downloadable monthly playlist of one hundred (give or take) of the newest indie tracks with sick album covers, but their site also offers things like album reviews, a music blog, mixtapes, interviews and a ton more.
Another cool thing from BIRP!, they have opportunities for their site members to submit their favorite indie songs into what they call a "community playlist". Once the playlist reaches 100 songs, the contributors compile it and post it on the site for everyone to download.
Pretty sweet, right?
New Normal Music
Maybe Pandora is a little to mainstream for you. Or maybe you hate the pop up advertisements you get every time you hit the next button. Well, New Normal Music is here to save you. It's the same concept as Pandora, but it is strictly 24/7 indie music. The only downside to the site: there is no next button. But that's really not a problem, because all of the songs are awesome, so there really is no need for one. This site really can do no wrong.
The next best thing to BIRP? Obscure Sound. Like BIRP!, Obscure Sound makes monthly compilation playlists. Unlike BIRP!, they make other types of playlists too, such as their 'Plot Your Escape' Travel Mix. Obscure Sound's site also offers interviews, indie news, top albums, and album reviews. If that isn't enough to convince you, the first two mp3s on their Ten Songs Reinvigorating the Past playlist were from Fitz & The Tantrums and The Black Keys.
Think about Myspace Music. Now think of it without the annoying statuses and top friends or whatever those were called. What do you get? Unsigned.com. This little gem of a website allows you to create an artist or a listener account, much like Purevolume.com (which by the way is another wonderful site). On your account, you can listen to unsigned artists in any genre your little diverse heart desires. While you're at it, why don't you make your favorite new-found songs into a playlist? Because you can do that too. Just from doing research on Unsigned, I discovered three new artists, including the indie/ experimental band Lucky Pineapple.
Under the Radar
If you're more into the textual aspect of discovering new music, Under The Radar is the place for you. As the web version of the popular magazine, Under the Radar offers things like reviews, interviews, photo galleries, and their own blog-- all about indie music! It's pretty much the indie magazine equivalent to heaven. Life doesn't get much better.