A Downloadable List of Links to Music Blogs, Publications and Reviews
(Click on the titles to find out more about them and how to submit material. Please let us know if any of the links no longer work)
A small warning is that some of the blogs that review new music may just replicate your own press release or EPK without doing any ‘reviewing’ of their own and others might ask you to supply them with an article. While that may seem strange or even lazy, it does give you the benefit of having complete control about what the review says so it is not necessarily such a bad thing and it probably helps them to get new content onto their blogs more regularly.
There is also debate around the pro’s and con’s of paying for blog reviews and that this may be just another form of Payola (see Article by the blog I said Yeah)
A & R Factory: As its name suggests, a blog about discovering new talent.
Americana UK A UK based blog for all things Americana.
Altvenger Magazine – UK based Music, Fashion, Beauty etc. but includes new & independent music artists. Twitter @altvenger
Audiotox: Very accommodating and eclectic blog that tries to review most submitted tracks if accompanied by good EPKs.
BIRP! A USA-based blog, (also playlist curation) about everything associated with Indie and Alt Rock.
PRESS PARTY – Blog for independent music.
Brooklyn Vegan: A USA-based online journal that is set out like a magazine with news, reviews, interviews and articles covering a range of mostly current music.
Clash Magazine: A quarterly blog that covers both well known artists and new & emerging ones. Used to be a glossy magazine but has now gone on-line as a free resource.
Consequence of Sound: An online music publication updated daily with music news, MP3s, tour dates, album reviews, festival lineups, and more.
Curious For Music: A music blog covering a range of new music.
Drowned in Sound: Long-established UK-based online journal that is set out like a magazine with news, reviews, interviews and articles covering a range of mostly current music.
EDM.com: an industry-respected blog that has interviews with well-known artists, free downloads, news and reviews including stuff about the industry.
Echo Hotel’s list of Blogs, reviewers etc. for the Scottish music scene
FLEX MUSIC – Blog that purports to support independent music.
GET IT SHARED -Blog for independent music.
GIG SOUP – Blog about new music that also has a Spotify playlist.
I said Yeah is a music blog that, in addition to producing well researched articles, takes an ethical stance over payment for blog reviews.
Indie Obsessive: San Francisco-based blog with reviews and news about most areas of indie and alternative rock.
Indie Music Women is a blog and website supporting women in music
Joyzine: A blog set up to review live music in the UK which has diversified and now includes reviews of new releases with a number of volunteer reviews writers on the team.
Louder Than War: A popular blog mainly covering Punk, Post-Punk, Garage Rock and Alternative music genres.
My Old Kentucky Blog: Blog covering an eclectic range of styles.
Pigeons and Planes: Run by COMPLEX, a blog covering a range of genres from indie and pop to urban and dance music.
Pitchfork: Long-established US-based online journal that is set out like a magazine with news, reviews, interviews and articles covering a range of mostly current music.
Rockdafuqout: A music blog covering a range of new music.
Run the Trap: A blog for anything to do with Trap.
SKOPE MAG – US-based blog edited by Mike Fielding which covers a wide spectrum of music. Reviews usually take a bit of time to appear as there is always a backlog but the layout is professional and easy to read.
SUBBA-CULTCHA – UK-based blog edited by Mark Jennings which covers most genres and tends to prefer the person submitting the artist’s PR materials to write the review but they also have an interesting approach where, once one review of an artist is published, they want the artist to encourage other friends to add reviews of the same track(s).
The Alternative Mixtapes: A music blog recommending songs and curating playlists for the following genres: Alternative Rock, Indie/Folk Rock, Punk-Rock, Indie Pop, Chill-Out, Electronic and Relaxing music.
The Line of Best Fit: A blog about new and current music.
Tobisonic: A useful blog and resources for mixing and mastering.
Trust the Doc: Amongst other things, Trust the Doc is a monthly blog focusing on new music across the widest imaginable spectrum of genres from Contemporary Classical, Jazz & Experimental through Folk, Country, World, Pop, Alt Rock & Indie, Urban, EDM & Singer-Songwriters to Cinematic, Ambient & Electronic music. Written by composer, promoter & radio host Neil March so majority of artists are UK-based but there is a substantial international element too.
UKF: A blog about Dubstep, Drum’n’Bass and related genres.
We Plug GOOD Music : A blog claiming to support new and emerging talent from across the globe.
Your EDM: Slick EDM-focused online journal covering a wide range of club-orientated styles and scenes.