Discover The Next Big Thing With These 9 Underground Music Sites

Joshua Lockhart 20-06-2012

underground musicMusic How to Jam With Your Band Online Ever thought about jamming with your friends online? Set up an online band practice with the help of these tools. Read More is the one thing that really translates well among all people groups, and with that said, it’s very exciting to discover new music and share it just to generate discussion Tips On Planning & Holding Effective Meetings With Google Hangouts With today's Internet technology, holding online meetings can be both efficient and cost-effective especially if you pre-plan them and make use of time-saving tools. For the last couple of months I've participated in online meetings... Read More ! The Internet is likely the best tool for discovering new tunes by independent artists, but with so many different underground music websites to choose from, it can be a little daunting to know where you can find the best selections.


I recently set out to find a few sites that are great picks for browsing to find really good music. Some of them you’ve probably heard of before, and some of them you may very well have not. However, chances are that there will almost always be something new on each of them regardless of your affiliation with the site itself. With that said, right now would be a great time to plug in your headphones A Beginner's Guide to Making Music With Audacity at Home Audacity is a fantastic piece of software for all musicians. Here's how to use Audacity to make music at home! Read More and mellow out for a minute.

Radio Reddit

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Radio Reddit is a great site for finding new music created by independent artists and bands. Producing sounds all day in a Pandora 3 Sites To Study The Roots Of Your Favorite Artists & Songs Life without music is a life that would be much less enjoyable for most of us. Even before smartphones and iPods, we were finding ways to listen to our favorite songs everywhere we go through... Read More -style media player, you’ll always having something new coming through your speakers. Furthermore, there are different categories of music to choose from (albeit limited), and there is also the option for work-safe music.

If you’d like to see more of your favorite songs, make sure to upvote them at /RadioReddit.


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MadeLoud is a simple music blog that provides articles about various independent artists. Beyond that, it also provides quite a few free downloads from those artists and others. Everything is free on the site, so budget your iPod’s gig limit well, and don’t get too carried away!

Hype Machine

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HypeMachine is a website that keeps track of what other music blogs are writing about, and its creators’ mission is to share quality, cultured audible content to its users. The site often links to iTunes 5 Apps For The Internet Meme Lover In All Of Us [iOS] If you are an avid Internet user, (I assume you are if you are hanging out at MakeUseOf) you cannot avoid the meme. You encounter them everywhere. The memes are always lurking, even within the... Read More or Amazon, so chances are you will have to pay for your music. However, at the same time, you can listen to the tunes on the site itself.


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We’ve talked a little bit about SoundCloud Use Too Many Music Services? Consolidate Your Music With Open-Source Social Player Tomahawk [Cross-Platform] Some users may wonder whether they should stick with music streaming services and ditch downloading songs to their local drives, or simply rely on the streaming options, because let’s face it, music streaming services are... Read More here on MakeUseOf before, but the fact is that this is an excellent place for finding independently made underground music. The great part about SoundCloud is that you can listen to all the tunes on the site itself for free. Although some songs require purchase in order to stick them on your iPod, it’s quite apparent that the creators make their music with artistry in mind.


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RCRD LBL is another music blog that typically provides free songs mixed in with every article it publishes. The site is updated fairly regularly, and it certainly does have an underground feel to it. Content seems abundant with several songs available each day as well as read-worthy articles.

Vimeo Music Store

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The Vimeo Music Store is another site that we have discussed on MUO, but in the given context Here Are 5 Resources For Royalty Free Music I'm quite sure that some of you out there are wondering where to find royalty free music whether you're a videomaker, a game developer, or one of those neo-artist stage performance poets that uses a... Read More , we didn’t touch much on the listen-worthy attributes that the site provides. With that said, most of the music on the Vime Music Store is quite listen-worthy! Although several songs are free, quite a few of them are pay only. Even still, if you buy a song, you at least have the right to use it in a possible video!


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r/ListenToThis is yet another Reddit installment that is bent on replicating the typical teenage years of hanging out and sharing new tunes. The entire concept of the site is to share rare and relatively unheard music with fellow Redditors. Unlike Radio Reddit, the subreddit is focused on user-generated submissions (rather than necessarily creations) and discussion.

Absolute Punk

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Absolute Punk is more oriented towards music news and updates rather than music sharing, but it is a good source for finding all things underground. In essence, you can find some bands worth listening to on this site and then go listen to their music elsewhere. Beyond that, Absolute Punk provides links to other music blogs Keep Your Blog Readers Engaged & On-Site With The nRelate Plugin [Wordpress] One problem that faces us as bloggers is how to keep users on the site, how to show them other content they might be interested in. The best way to do this appears to be... Read More , so the tunes discovery won’t end here.


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Are you into the true underground music scene? Great. FNoob is the type of site that is comparable to a secret club in which you have to score an invite, go down a shady alley in the darker part of town, and then hustle down three below-ground stairwells just to enter.

The site has a radio-like atmosphere where – depending on the type of account you make – you can listen to or DJ your own shows WE7 - Your Personalized Free Streaming Radio [UK Only] WE7 is a new streaming radio service that's just launched in the UK, with web and mobile apps that provides personalised playlists. The available content is the same as Spotify but without the bloated media... Read More , fostering a place where listening and sharing music thrives. By the way, DJing your own show does require approval, so bring your A-game.


As I said before, music is all over the Internet.

Do you know of any other websites to find good music? What great finds have you discovered using the ones above?

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  1. Daniel
    July 8, 2020 at 2:46 am

    You can also find small audience bands on the website They try to spotlight artists who have less than 10,000 monthly listeners, but I've seen them go down as low as less than 5 monthly listeners. Pretty cool.

  2. Anonymous
    June 12, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Another great resource are music blogs. I regularly read for my new music fix :)

  3. Tom
    January 20, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Joshua,

    Nice list!
    3 suggestions:
    - (nice design and wonderful playlists)
    - [Broken URL Removed] (Really underground tracks / multi genres but not a lot of content since it's new)

    What do you think about that?


  4. April Alboc
    July 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    So many goodies. Love! The61

  5. evilnight
    June 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Check out Blalock's Indie Rock Playlist. It's a monthly download of 100 or so legal free indie music tracks that covers a wide variety of genres. There's always something interesting in the list. You can find them at:

  6. Raul Flores
    June 23, 2012 at 5:18 am enough said

    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 23, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Never heard of this one. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Zebbie
    June 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Is PureVolume still around?

    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 23, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Sure is. I use(d) it. I figured that it would be pretty well known though. Maybe I'm wrong.

  8. plsburydoughboy
    June 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm


    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Love Bandcamp.

  9. Allan
    June 20, 2012 at 11:02 am


  10. Leandro Toledo
    June 20, 2012 at 4:03 am

    There's this one here:

    It's awesome!

    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

      I thought I had replied to you a while back, because I did check out this site. This is an awesome format. I love it! Really great.

      • Leandro Toledo
        June 25, 2012 at 2:52 am

        Thank you for replying!
        What I like best abou The61 is that you find lots of independent artists and somehow we, users, can help them by telling our friends about a new band/artist.


  11. Bill Goodman
    June 20, 2012 at 2:00 am

    I didn't see The Soda Shop on that list ( Awesome place to find and discover underground hard rock,stoner rock, doom, garage rock and so much more.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 23, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Awesome. Thanks, Bill.