|We believe that not all of
the good music is played on the radio, that there are
unknown bands and artists out there who are producing great
music. The internet is the ideal place to find them, hear
their music, download a few tunes and even buy a CD. On this
page you will find some places where we've discovered some
new favorites and some sites dedicated to the all time best.
In addition there are resources here for fans and musicians.
Also check out our
Cube featuring playlists from the BBC.
Sites Featuring Unknown and Independent Artists
Brainwashed exists as a website for information on a
small number of bands and record companies. Brainwashed is
owned by one person, Jon Whitney and is operated by a
wonderful staff of volunteers all over the world who love
Antifolk delivers music with attitude, the stuff your
mother warned you about and the neocons spend millions of
PAC dollars on eradicating. In other words, a great site to
discover cutting edge music.
says "In our opinion, major labels, radio stations, and TV
channels have been the only ones with the power to decide
the artists and genres that get heard. We are trying to give
the power back to the fans. Our goal is to help music lovers
find new and exciting music easily and conveniently without
the intervention of corporations. Our voting system ensures
songs chosen by you will rise to the top of our chart.
Artists will generate free publicity and hopefully a strong
fan base as they rise to number one. Songs are ranked on
votes over time, so the music on the ‘popular’ chart will
constantly be changing. Cherrypeel helps making unknown
Encyclopedia Metallum is a user generated, searchable
database of Metal Bands, worldwide. More than 22,000 bands
Fat Campus Music Download Page
We compiled a
collection of internet websites to find and download
MP3's that are legal and free. Much of the free downloads
are from up and coming bands and artists looking for an
Fabchannel.com brings you a wide variety of live music
in sound and vision. From upcoming acts to big stars playing
rock, hiphop, folk, avant-garde and everything in between.
With a team of dedicated, music loving directors, editors,
programmers and promoters Fabchannel has built one of the
biggest online concert archives in the world. 400
full-length concerts, festivals, performances, debates and
lectures can be freely experienced in the Fabchannel video
on demand archive. Live from the famous Paradiso and Melkweg
FolkWeb is dedicated to the new, independent, and
undiscovered folk and acoustic artists.
The Hype Machine
Hype Machine tracks songs and discussion posted on the
best music blogs.
Underground Music Archive
a website started by unknown artists looking to find an
Using the site is easy. Go to the home page, find a genre of
music you like, and start listening to new music. You can
sample it in Real Audio and then pull the MP3s when you find
something you like. You can also visit each Artist's IUMA
web site and interact with the artist through email and
message boards. If you've got work to do, we suggest you
launch IUMA Radio and let your favorite genre play in the
background while you work.
thesixtyone makes music culture more democratic: artists
upload their work for review, but, rather than allow a
stuffy suit in a boardroom to decide what's good, thousands
of listeners do. The best music automagically bubbles up on
our homepage where you can listen to the most popular songs
for any genre. It's a quick way to find new music for your
iPod powered by pure excitement as opposed to some contrived
Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music
So where did it all begin? How did it all start? Who was the
first guy who said "Holy shit, this buzzing, spitting,
throbbing, pulsing din of an inane sequence of noises that
might arguably call itself music sounds totally awesome on
ecstasy!" And what made him do that?
Click here to find out.
It's About Music
Itsaboutmusic.com prides itself on offering the best of
independent music. They have over 200 artists represented on
their pages. You can find artists by genre, visit their page
for bios and listen to samples of their music. There are
free downloads and a download store where you can buy albums
and songs from their artists for a reasonable fee.
Mush puts out a wide range of music that might fall into
the following categories: electronic instrumental,
underground hip-hop, downtempo, abstract hip-hop,
experimental, indie-rock, jazz-based grooves, turntablist
compositions, electronic pop, saturated folk, left-field,
dreamy stuff, more versions of hip-hop, and on and on.
Volume offers over 125,000 downloadable songs, over
100,000 rising artist profiles.
Unsigned.com is the new voice for independent Artists
looking for the chance to be discovered! For bands and solo
Sites Featuring Mainstream Artists
in and grab a seat at
radio's best international showcase for new acoustic music.
Each week, we air two hours of great stuff from some of the
best singer-songwriters in the business, including rare
acoustic cuts, classic tracks, plus exclusive, live
in-studio interviews and performances each week. Here on
Acoustic Café Online, you'll get a look behind the scenes,
with playlists, schedules of upcoming in-studio guests, and
a state-by-state listing of where to find the Café on your
radio dial. We also bring you great digital audio, too,
including interviews, previously un-aired material,
exclusive in-studio performances and more.
The All Music
The All Music Guide at
is an indispensable resource to all genre's of music. The
vast amount of information is broken down into logical and
easy to search areas: a true internet gem!
The concept is simple: To offer,
charge and legally, all kinds of music, from
rock to hip-hop, jazz, electro and world music… While at the
same time, artists and rights
owners receive a share of advertising revenue.
Deezer has been highly successful due to its innovative
offering and philosophy, which was widely hailed by the
press. Less than two months after its launch, Deezer
announced the acquisition of the catalogues of leading major
and independent record companies: Sony BMG, Because Music,
Believe… On 14 May 2008, the website announced the signing
of an international agreement with the giant Universal
etown's mission is to produce high quality programs of
diverse music and conversation in order to entertain,
educate and engage a wide audience in appreciating and
protecting our cultural and natural resources.
Like old-time radio variety shows, every
etown show is taped in front of a live audience and features
performances from many of today's top musical artists as
well as conversation and information. The archive of shows
is available for listening by the sites members (free
directed by the very talented Chris Milk. John Mellencamp,
Courtney Love and many others.
a social network that enables users to discover, interact
and express themselves with media, including music, video
and photos, and form connections based on shared tastes and
We also really like
have filled a good amount of our hard drive with free
downloads from this website. There are thousands of
musicians represented here from the obscure to the famous
with their own pages and info.
you listen to any song or band.
lyricstrax.com is the place where you will always
find the song lyrics you are looking for. Whether you
are looking for rap music, rock music, top 40, heavy
metal or country music this is the only website you will
LyricWiki is a free site which is a single source
where anyone can go to get reliable lyrics for any song
from any artist without being hammered by invasive ads.
Basic Real Player or the
($19.95). We use the plus version.
Music Match Jukebox
New Musicmatch Jukebox 10.0 lets you listen to audio
CDs, MP3s, Internet streams, WMAs, WAV files and more. View
videos and visualizations in the resizable Media Window and
view album, song and artist information while listening.
Also create playlists with ease - just drag and drop music
files from your Music Library or from any Windows Explorer
window to hear your favorite music instantly.
Winamp plays music and video files. It runs seamlessly in
the background. No invasive commercials. Access community
radio stations in all genres programmed by enthusiasts.
to learn more & then
Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player 10 (according to Microsoft) is the
all-in-one media player that provides the best experience
for discovering, playing and taking your digital
entertainment anywhere--on Windows XP PCs and the widest
choice of portable devices.
Yahoo Music Engine
Listen to your music or to LAUNCHcast radio. Rate songs,
listen to :30 samples, create playlists, download new songs
- all through the
Yahoo! Music Engine.
Music Subscription/Distribution Services
is the Internet’s most popular MP3 subscription service.
Music lovers who use eMusic have access to over 400,000 pure
and open MP3s from over 3,500 record labels. MP3s offer the
ultimate music freedom. eMusic MP3s play on any portable
music player, can be downloaded to unlimited computers and
allow for unlimited CD burning. The other digital music
services charge extra or simply do not offer the flexibility
eMusic provides to all their customers. eMusic is a
completely international site. Any customer from any country
throughout the world can sign up and use eMusic! eMusic’s
Every new customer to eMusic can sign up for a free trial
subscription, where they can download up to 50 MP3s over 14
More than 1 million tracks and 600 independent labels with
30-second previews. Buy entire albums or single tracks.
Discover Music. Browse Billboard and radio station charts,
music videos, and free weekly downloads. Listen to
Audiobooks. Choose from more than 9,000 best-sellers,
classics and radio programs. Find music fast. Search for any
artist, song or album on the store. Import Music. All your
music in one place in AAC, MP3 or Apple Lossless. Create
Playlists. Generate lists of your favorites. Dig deep into
your library with Party Shuffle. Burn CDs. Burn any playlist.
Create CD inserts with mosaics of cover art and track lists.
Make backups. Sync with iPod. Sync your music, audiobooks
and photos; then listen to or view them on your iPod.
iTunes – Over 1 million songs and growing
MusicNow carries a complete digital music collection
from the four "major labels": Sony/BMG, EMI, Warner Music
Group and Universal Music Group, and is building a
never-ending list of independent labels including V2,
Rounder, Epitaph, Tommy Boy, Roadrunner, Blue Note, The
Orchard, and Astralwerks.
Napster gives you unlimited access to 750,000+ tracks
for $9.95 a month.
When you subscribe to Napster, you can enjoy the following:
- Download an unlimited number of high quality music
files to your computer. You can listen to these downloaded
tracks online or off-line on up to 3 PCs for as long as
you subscribe. You can also save up to 20% when you
purchase multiple tracks to burn to CD or transfer to a
digital music player
- Listen (via streaming) to an unlimited number of
full-length tracks while you are connected to the
- Tune into Napster's 50+ quality pre-programmed Radio
stations. Skip forward or back, look through all
the tracks on the station and download your favorites.
Create your own radio stations based on music you select.
- Discover and share music with the Napster's community.
Share your opinions on our message boards, see what other
members are streaming, and browse other members'
Click here to get a FREE trial of Napster Premium!
Try RealRhapsody for 14 days FREE and get unlimited
listening access to 750,000+ songs from 35,000+ artists.
URGE is a
digital music service from MTV Networks that makes it easy
to enjoy, explore and get the music you want for your PC or
portable music player. URGE gives you complete access to
over 2 million songs, 18 music genres, countless styles and
exclusives from MTV, VH1 and CMT. URGE gives you hundreds of
playlists and radio stations, music feeds, blogs, interviews
and feature stories from leading music voices.
Amir's Music World
Amir is a DJ on WCCR, Purdue University's own
This is his world filled with recommendations and
Bandnews.org is a search engine keeping track of what is
going on in the band scene. A bot collects the news from
official band websites and magazines so you can read them on
Classical Net features more than 6800 files including
more than 5000 CD, SACD, DVD and Book reviews and over 5300
links to other classical music web sites.
Cat is a directory with links to over 2800 free to
download classical performances on the internet, sorted by
composer and work.
Dilandau is an audio search engine.
pick any artist,
will build you a custom playlist featuring music by your
artist and related artists.
tracks what you listen to, learns what you like, and gives
you better music. You can use Last.fm to listen to music,
find out about artists you may like, other people with
similar music taste, gigs in your local area, charts and
quilts for your personal site, as well as much more.
Live Music Archive
Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit that was
founded to build an ‘Internet library,’ with the purpose of
offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and
scholars to historical collections that exist in digital
a link to their live music files.
Mixtaper is a site that is dedicated to bringing you new
and innovative ways to share online music legally. Mixtapes
are compiled by members from various free mp3 sources on the
web. You can listen to the mixtapes using various media
players. Mixtaper also offers free blogs to mixtaper
lets you search for concert information by artist, city or
Musicmobs is a social network for music fans that allows
you to share your listening habits and discover new music.
Plasma helps you identify all the artists who fit your
musical tastes. Tell them which bands and artists you like
and they give you a list of similar performers. Totally
Inspired by, but not affiliated with Wikipedia, we are
collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes. Every
entry can be edited by anybody. An entry can contain a bit
of sheet music, a MIDI file, textual information about the
work and the composer, and last but not least the
a rough description of the melodic contour, to make the
encyclopedia searchable by melody.
Muso – the magazine for the younger, more open-minded
generation of classical music fans. Designed for young
professional musicians, students or music enthusiasts
wanting to keep up with the latest news and gossip, Muso
provides essential advice on courses and careers as well as
celebrity interviews and great competitions.
All music in the
Mutopia Project is free to download, print out, perform
and distribute. Mutopia is similar in spirit to
Gutenberg, but consists of free sheet music.
is a music
discovery service designed to help you find and enjoy music
that you'll love. It's powered by the Music Genome Project,
the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken.
Just tell us one of your favorite songs or artists and we'll
launch a streaming station to explore that part of the music
To find concerts in your area, visit
It's comprehensive and the search is free.
Music prepares video of emerging artists for submission
to agents, promoters, club owners etc.
Artistopia is committed to building the ultimate end-all
solution for music artists, musicians, songwriters, and
industry professionals to develop and do business in one
spot. Armed with comprehensive membership plans, industry
experts, expert technologist, business management, and solid
online presence, Artistopia is leading the frontier in
online artist development.
Berklee Shares is:
- Individual self-contained music lessons developed by
Berklee faculty and alumni.
- Free and open to the music community around the world.
- A library of MP3 audio, QuickTime movie, and PDF
- A glimpse into the educational opportunities provided
Guitar Chords by seeing them and hearing them strummed.
This is a great resource for both the novice player and the
Choose chords and styles, hear them instantly.
Common Music (CM) is an object-oriented music
composition environment. It produces sound by transforming a
high-level representation of musical structure into a
variety of control protocols for sound synthesis and
display. Common Music defines an extensive library of
compositional tools and an API through which the composer
can easily modify and extend the system. CM is released
under the LLGPL
(Lisp Lesser General Public License).
Essential Guitar Guide
First published on the web in 1995, is the original 13 page
version of the
guide remains available as a free resource to guitar
players old and new. The idea behind the guide is to cut
through the confusion that often surrounds music theory and
provide a means to apply practical music theory in the real
is Richard Hefner's folk musicians paradise.
Noise offers free online guitar lessons, short pithy
reviews, career advice for musicians, songwriting pointers,
and much more. With millions of visitors, thousands of forum
members, and hundreds of exclusive lessons for all levels,
Guitar Noise is one of the friendliest musician communities
in the world. Everything is free and there is no need to
register for anything.
Guitar Player TV
Lessons, performances and information on guitars,
presented freely by Guitar Magazine.
Harmony-central.com provides links to everything
musical. This Website is a treasure trove of musical
iVideosongs is all about this new kind of musical
experience, a personal connection that happens when you
learn your favorite songs from the original artists who
wrote and performed those songs. The artists are legends and
legends in the making. We also have some titles featuring
killer studio musicians, because not every artist is
involved yet and some others have passed to the great gig in
the sky. In every case the songs are complete, accurate and
shot in stunning, lush, high definition video. The
combination rocks. iVideosongs is an affordable and
practical alternative to expensive private lessons and the
poor quality song fragments, phrases, tab and tips scattered
around the Internet. With artist and instructor titles, and
also tutorials downloaded from iVideosongs, you can indulge
in the experience any time you want, as often as you want,
anywhere you want.
Jam Studio is an intuitive music making utility allowing
you to create music, change tempos and add instruments to
The Mudcat Cafe
Cafe - a very cool place. It has a folksong database,
forums, auctions and much more.
theory, lessons and trainers are all together here in a
great flash based interface that is even downloadable.
On Line Guitar
OLGA is a
library of files that show you how to play songs on guitar.
The files come from other internet guitar enthusiasts like
yourself, who took the time to write down chords or
tablature and send them to the archive or to the newsgroups
www.resoguit.com is the best place on the net for
resonator guitar player resources.
Ultimate-Guitar.Com is the fastest growing guitar
community on the net -- it's the only guitar website that
has gear and cd reviews, music news, guest columns, guitar
and bass lessons and tabs in one place! And don't forget
about the coolest guitar community of guitarists on the
WholeNote is a place where all the some-time, full-time,
part-time, and not-enough-time guitarists can go to grok
musical knowledge and contribute what they know to their
Instruments of Lansing Michigan is guitar heaven. A
must visit store.
Liberty Resonator Guitars are awesome and so is Bill
Blue, their maker. We own one. We know.
We think Taylor
Guitars are the best acoustic instruments on the planet.
If we had an unlimited budget, we'd own one of each!
We love the
Musician's Friend. Their site is more than a musical
instrument store. They have reviews of instruments and
equipment that are invaluable in making a selection. We also
like the scratched and dented section where a huge amount of
items at very good prices are for sale.
If you play
like we do, then you might visit the Guitar trader website.
They have a review section that includes tutorials and tips
to make you sound like a pro.
is the outgrowth of a 75 year old family-run
business that spans four generations. There are now over
125,000 products available on the site. The depth of product
information is unequaled, and new products and services are
only sells CDs that come directly from the musicians. No
distributors. Musicians send them CDs. They warehouse them,
sell them to you, and pay the musicians directly.
Collector's Choice Music
If what you're looking for is in the "hard to
Collectors' Choice Music
is the best place to look for it.
We like to check out the prices of the sale items at
They have a very good selection too.
Steal My Music
StealMyMusic.com, where every CD is free.
Sony Music Direct
It pays to visit the
picks at Sony Music Direct. The premise of this site is
that Sony deep discounts a portion of their catalog and then
sells it on this ever changing website. Good deals on box
sets are found here on a regular basis,
Prolifica Records offers up independent artists of no
specific genre, but all cutting edge.
is not only a key source for classical recordings, but their
time line is worthy of inclusion in our academic resources
andante CD collection's rare and landmark classical
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