Web Sites That Rock

From blogs to live archives, the Internet is probably a close approximation of nirvana for music fans. Here's a list of ten Web sites where finding new music or listening to music you love is the only thing that matters.

 

1. Pandora | pandora.com

From the tinkerings of the Music Genome Project comes a Web site so insightful and intuitive that it makes even satellite radio channels sound stale.

2. KEXP | kexp.org

This Seattle station plays plenty of great music, but it is the Web site that is truly astonishing. With archived live and in-studio performances, comprehensive playlists, and an easily accessible running archive of programming dating back two weeks, KEXP's technological offerings are one-of-a-kind.

3. Largehearted Boy | largeheartedboy.com

A music blog that offers visitors a daily dose of free and, thankfully, legal music downloads. There's also a welcome abundance of literary shop talk, including the popular Book Notes feature that lets authors create playlists for their books.

4. Morning Becomes Eclectic | kcrw.com

KCRW draws in almost every band worth having and lets us watch and listen as they perform live in the studio and then converse with Morning Becomes Eclectic host Nic Harcourt. The archived shows are hours of fun just waiting for you to call upon them.

5. Stereogum | stereogum.com

The music blog that stands at the top of the food chain, with remarkable music finds linked to everyday, paired with occasional live reports, irreverent chatter, and almost impeccable taste.

6. NPR | npr.org

National Public Radio is a fountain of terrific music programming, especially its All Songs Considered program and the Live Concert Series, which this year alone has featured Sleater-Kinney, Gomez, the Walkman, Arctic Monkeys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and more.

7. The Hype Machine | hype.non-standard.net

An aggregator that scours the depths of music blogs everywhere to collect and arrange their new-song postings in one convenient place. You might have to scroll past Nelly Furtado to get to new tunes by the Rapture, but those are the breaks.

8. Last.fm | last.fm

Taking social networks the sonic route, Last.fm compiles recommendations and personalized radio play based on your own listening patterns. Don't blame them, though, when word gets out that you're a closet Shakira fan.

9. Daytrotter | daytrotter.com

An upstart out of Rock Island, Ill., Daytrotter reels in touring acts for a few hours as they are "traveling through America's heartland," and puts them in a studio to give visitors "exclusive, reworked, alternate versions of old songs and unreleased tracks by some of your favorite bands and by a lot of your next favorite bands." Not to mention that anyone who can have a serious chat with Backlisted favorites Harry and the Potters is all right by us.

10. MySpace | myspace.com

If it wasn't already enough that MySpace was lumbering and ugly, they had to go out and get themselves bought by the Dark Lord himself, Rupert Murdoch. The continuing proliferation of content by major media conglomerates only promises to get worse. Still, if you're willing to wade through it all to find the handful of talented bands you might never have known about otherwise, the effort can be worthwhile.

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