Music Blog Guide

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These days, there’s a blog for any topic you can think of.  The music industry is no exception. The best blogs are free to access and are chock full of goodies like mp3 downloads, sneak peeks, artist interviews, and success stories (and some horror stories) from professionals in the business.  Blogs can be used to help you network, or simply to provide quality entertainment on a slow afternoon.  Whatever you’re trying to get out of your blog-surfing experience, we’ve got you covered with our guide to some of the best music journals on the web.

Online music

Music Review Blogs

Print Magazines

While blogs are a virtual phenomenon, some of the most comprehensive and well-written ones are affiliated with well-known print publications like Rolling Stone.

If you start out at rollingstone.com/music, you’ll see there are dozens of different branches to explore.  RS Soundtrack and My Favorite Music are just two examples.  Regular bloggers include well-known Rolling Stone contributors like Matt Taibbi and David Fricke.

Rolling Stone is probably the most well-known music magazine, but plenty of others have blogs worth checking out, too.  Depending on what sort of music you like, stop by the blogs featured at Guitar World, Vibe, Spin, and MOJO.

Indie Music Blogs

If you’re more interested in reading about the indie world than the established blockbusters, there are plenty of blogs for you.  Three of the best are Stereogum, Pitchfork, and NPR.

Stereogum is an article goldmine, featuring sections like “Band to Watch,” “Mixtape of the Week,” and perhaps most entertaining of all, “Where’s the Beef?” which is dedicated to feuds and fights.

Pitchfork has risen to prominence during the past few years, and is often the first music review blog people think of.   While Pitchfork is best known for its reviews, you can also find festival reports, photo galleries, or watch Pitchfork.tv.

NPR hosts dozens of music blogs tailored to different genres and radio stations.  To name just a few examples, you can peruse “Deceptive Cadence” for classical music, “The Record” for general music news, or the KEXP blog.

Microblogs

“Microblogs” like Tumblr and Pinterest can be affiliated with major media entities, but most of these blogs belong to individual users who curate their own galleries of content. More often than not, platforms like these are light on text — but advantages include tons of mp3s, and tons of visitors (70 million for Pinterest and 189 million Tumblr blogs).

Gear Blogs

Reading interviews and album reviews is always fun, but sometimes you want no-nonsense, practical advice about the how-to nuts and bolts of actual recording.  If you’re looking for a blog that addresses the production side of the business, some good resources to start with are Music Radar, Delicious Audio, and the Red Dog Music Blog.  To give you a preview of what you’ll find, here are some sample entry titles from each:

  • Music Radar: “10 Best Electric Guitar Tuners,” “A Drummer’s Guide to Playing Live”
  • Delicious Audio: “The Old-Timey Single Mic Technique,” “5 Tips to Buying a Used or Vintage Acoustic Guitar”
  • Red Dog Music Blog: “How to Mix Drums with Waves and Yoad Nevo,” “Recording Microphone Buyer’s Guide”

As a final word of warning: be wary of any blog that charges you just to see the content. Even the world’s biggest media juggernauts don’t force readers to fork over a credit card number, so if a blog is asking for subscription fees, move on.

Remember: if you search the phrase “music blog,” Google returns more than a billion results.  No matter what artist, genre, magazine, radio station, or equipment you’re into, you can easily find a (free) quality blog to match.