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Your Questions About How To Discover New Music

Betty asks…

How do you discover music?

Yes, there is the usual way- listening to the radio or a recommendation from a friend. But how about any different, and really interesting ways, to discover new music.
Hehe, I’m actually using Pandora right now =) I love it, it works so well for me. I love putting in tons of bands and song names that I like so my search is more refined.

And I have never tried last.fm, except to listen to songs that I can’t find on youtube. For those of you familiar with both, which do you like better:
last.fm or Pandora?

New Niche Finder answers:

Pandora.com where you can put in a band that you really like and they give and let you listen to other songs that sound like the band you put in.


you could go to warped tour and check out bands that you’ve never heard of. It’s always much better in person, don’t you think?

Chris asks…

How do YOU explore and discover new music?

I would just like to know…

New Niche Finder answers:

I pick up random CDs in the library. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some of the artists I’ve discovered.

Thomas asks…

For those of you who don’t listen to Top 40 artists, how do you discover new music?

I don’t necessarily mean new music (musicians from any decade), just music that is new to you…

I was listening to a Charley Patton record and was asked how I came across it. He’s a very old blues musician that died in 1934…I have no idea how I found out about him. I think I saw his name in an article talking about notable bluesman, so when I saw the record I got it….

So, how do you discover your music?

New Niche Finder answers:

Fantastic question. I grew up in a college town and when in high school I would go into the local independent local record store and just pull stuff off the shelves. The guy who most often ran the place would play whatever and it would be normal for me to stay up to three hours listening to and exploring new music.

College came and with it new influences from friends who had similar yet different tastes. Probably the point where I had most of my influences, I would listen to punk, alternative, reggae, classic, jazz, older country…..from Charlie Parker to Charlie Pride and from Jon Cougar to the Jon Cougar Concentration Camp. I was good friends with two owners of local bars and got into most of the shows free, one being more reggae and blues and the other being more rock, ska, and industrial with bands from around the Houston area and beyond.

Now I find the net to be my main source of new music. Y! Answers has opened me to many new bands as well as MySpace. I also spend a lot of time on archive.org downloading live shows (legally!) and explore the numerous bands available. My wife once told me that I was the only person she knew who actively tried to find new music, but what can I say, I guess I’m just a geek that way.

George asks…

Discover New Music?

how have u discovered new music?

cuz i’ve found some bands that I can’t stop listening to just because I was bored and found some random websites

New Niche Finder answers:

Mostly from seeking one artist, then seeking others in the same genre.
My newest kick, for example, is “Acid Jazz.”
I began that search when I was introduced to the band US3.
Here’s their song “Cantaloop.”


Linda asks…

How do You find new music?

There are new songs popping up every day and I was just wondering if there are any websites that features them when they come out or even suggest old hits or popular songs right now.
I want to discover new music and find the songs that are still popular.

New Niche Finder answers:

Pandora www.pandora.com is great for finding new music and it’s free for a basic membership. Just enter an artist or genre you like and it will play a mix of simliar songs.

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