22 ways to listen to music free online
Lord, we’ve got it easy these days. No more cassette mixes, zines, or disappointing used compilations from the record store are needed to discover the music you love.
Here are 22 free and legal online resources for pumping your ears full of metal, world, dub, punk, and anything else that makes you happy, no matter where in the world you are.Richard Stupart recommended RadioTuna saying it’s “…a small slice of amazing. It literally searches music radio stations on the net by trying to match beats, returning you lists of streamable music that actually sound like (not simply tagged like) whatever niche genre you are looking for.” Personally, I’m finding stuff I think is weird on here. I just found a band called Yex, for example, something that could keep my mind occupied for a while on a station called confusementradio.com. Googling the band was a strikeout. I may never hear them again, but I heard them on Radio Tuna. They were followed by the Mattis Trio. You know what? I thought I was over looking for new music. This website is showing me as I write this that I was incorrect. I wanted to hear someone beating a spring door stop and I got it. And for those of you who don’t crave dissonance and clanging, you can surely find something to enjoy here, too. Richard Stupart once again for this one. This site is a giant map you can move through, a graphic representation of metal and metal derived music (crust punk figures, for example, as an island) including, well, just about everything metal. On the continent of Heavy Metal, major cities are Progressive, Traditional Doom, US Power, and Thrash, while Glam is a country all its own. There is a key illustrating primary, metal, fusion and related genres, in case you want to know. Each category can be clicked on to reveal a list of bands, songs, and years in a player in the lower left-hand corner of the screen, and they play without hanging. If you ever felt like a numb nuts because you didn’t know the difference between first and second wave black metal, this site will be an education. And even if that is of no concern to you, as Richard puts it, “My brother spent an entire morning laughing at Irish Folk Metal.” Ipecac, Alternative Tentacles, and killrockstars. At allrecordlabels.com, you can try your luck with hundreds of genres and discover new music directly through labels’ websites. Unfortunately many listings seem out of date while others don’t offer stuff to stream, but if you want to go deep, this is a good route. I just found Snayle Records. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but they’ve got videos and I found ’em. in the archives from before that. The programs average about an hour apiece. So if you like punk, stream your head off or subscribe (and whichever one you you bastards pocketed my $5.00 for back-issues years ago, I hope you enjoyed your crappy beer). Also, if you use iTunes, you can use the “other users also subscribed to” option to find other kick-ass podcasts. God, you kids have it easy these days.