Music Discovery: Journey Through the Internet II

Updated: Dec 24, 2020

Discovering your new favourite band can be a little overwhelming these days with so many options and places to look at your disposal.


From simple discussion boards to in-depth forums, unique playlists created by complex algorithms to your mate John who just made one called ‘mood’ - it seems like sources of new music are endless nowadays.


Here at ShinGig we plan on becoming another reliable source for all your music needs but since we can’t get ourselves to a gig, here are a few more handy websites to help find your next favourite artist.


Musicroamer


Musicroamer is a simple way to find more bands based on what you already know you like.


Enter the name of an artist to generate a selection of recommendations around it, displayed in a neat bubble. From here you can ask for recommendations from these new bands, adding more to the mix.

Only a few appear, but each will have an image giving you your first clue about what could be your new favourite band and a selection of songs for you to check out right away.


This can be handy for exploring a new genre quickly or if you’re bored and want to see how long it takes to get from The Beach Boys to Rage Against the Machine in as few clicks as possible.


This site is very similar to the GNOD Music Map mentioned on our first list, lacking some of the depth of the latter but more than making it up with a lovely interface.

If you want a neatly presented quick recommendation use Musicroamer, if you’re after a larger group of bands you’ve probably never heard of, use the Music Map.


Indie Shuffle


A common factor in music discovery tends to be algorithms interpreting data to form suggestions and while this can be handy at times, it can seem a little dystopian having a computer tell you what to listen to.


Indie Shuffle takes things a little old school, using an international team of veteran music nerds to curate playlists for you from genres spanning Hip Hop, Electronic and Indie/Alt.

A large list of tags makes it easy to find non-genre-specific search results with options like ‘female vocalist’ and ‘mashup’ - something a generated playlist or algorithm might be unable to provide.


The website acts as a music blog with a YouTube player seamlessly intertwined, showcasing the best new music available but there are also plenty of links to constantly updated Spotify playlists created by the experts.


WhatSong


The majority of articles covering any form of culture written this year will definitely have at least one mention of how you're busy binge watching TV right now and unfortunately, we’re no different.


Just because it’s time to Lock Down 2 Electric Avenue, doesn't mean it’s time to give up finding new music, which is where WhatSong steps in.


It’s a scenario we’ve all been in, a killer song comes on during a TV show and you need to hear it again but are not quite sure where to look.


WhatSong's extensive database lists nearly every song used in all your favourite shows and movies, along with multiple ways to buy or stream them.


While fan made playlists are a rising feature on Spotify, having a navigable site that neatly breaks down a series by season and episode could be a useful time saver.


Every Noise at Once


While at first glance this site might look like a lot of random music words thrown all over the place, they represent Every Noise at Once; an ongoing attempt to create an explorable scattergraph of over a thousand music genres.


If you begin to scroll up and down you’ll see a winding list of music genres that follow the general rule: electric towards the top, organic towards the bottom, spiky towards the right and atmospheric towards the left.

There’s bound to be an overwhelming number of genres you’ve never heard so quickly get a taste of each by simply clicking on them to explore a sample.


Every Noise also has a selection of handy links showcasing different information using the data gathered by its algorithm, including an up to date list of spotify releases by genre.

Another ace feature of the site is that you can enter any artist to get a definitive list under which genres they slot into.


Maybe you’re having an argument with your significant other about whether Tame Impala are Australian Psychedelia or Stoner Rock and need concrete proof that they’re actually Freak Folk? Don’t worry, Every Noise has you covered.

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