The Best Ways to Discover New Bands: Your Smartphone
Don’t get stuck in a music rut. Your smartphone is the best way to find fresh new tunes.
Sick of the same old bands in your music rotation? If you’ve got a smartphone, then you have everything you need to discover new music that will amp up your workout routine or jumpstart your morning drive. These apps for music fans will help you find live shows, identify new bands based on your current favorites and connect you to the best DJ-curated radio around the country.
Name that tune
Shazam is an app that takes the guesswork out of identifying unfamiliar songs. Say, for example, you’re out having dinner with friends and a great song comes on. Nobody at the table knows the name of the band, but everyone loves it. Pull out your smartphone, let Shazam identify it and tell everyone the name of the band. Bask in the glory of your newfound hipster cred.
Turn on the radio
Pandora is still one of the most popular ways to listen to music online, but it’s no longer your only option when it comes to streaming music tailored to your preferences. Slacker Radio and Spotify are gaining popularity among music fans. Along with ad-free streaming playlists designed to fit your current mood, Songza offers a “new and noteworthy” category that might just introduce you to your next favorite jam.
Radio stations around the country are also jumping on the music-app trend. Heard of a little music-friendly town called Seattle? Local station KEXP offers an app for Android phones, allowing listeners to stream live broadcasts, bookmark favorite new artists and songs, and share what they find with friends. Another app called iHeartRadio offers live feeds from more than 1,500 radio stations around the country. With its custom-playlist option, you can set up the app to introduce more unfamiliar artists to your stream or ask it to stick to artists that you already like.
Accessing traditional radio from your smartphone means it’s easier than ever to find new artists, take note of the good stuff you hear and then revisit it later.
Take the show on the road
Find out who’s playing the music venues near you using onTour. The app even suggests acts playing locally that you might like based on your list of favorite artists. Sync it with your Last.fm account to keep tabs on your favorite artists and let you know when they’re in town too.