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How to Find New Music You’ll Actually Like | Man of Many

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Let’s start with the obvious. When Spotify first launched, people had become so used to iPods and stored files on their phones, or were so precious about their carefully curated iTunes playlists, that they approached with some scepticism and caution. But then everybody saw what it could do. Unlike it’s now-defunct (in Oz at least) older brother Pandora, Spotify was more than just a digital radio that worked off a particular genre: it was a complete, holistic approach to having your old favourites dictate your new ones.

Spotify

If we listed every single music blog or website that exists this article would be longer than Ulysses, so we’re going to keep it to just the one: The Grand Poobah of music websites, Pitchfork. A subsidiary of publishing behemoth Condé Nast, Pitchfork is arguably the number one name in music journalism, and is a fantastic source of new artists, albums and one-off tracks from everybody, from hall-of-famers to up-and-comers.

Pitchfork

While Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 Songs of All Time list has been a source of revelry, and contention (Queen doesn’t even get a look in within the top 50), for music lovers the world over, their Top 500 Albums of All Time is a much better source for finding gems that you might not have already heard.

Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Album’s of All Time

While far from perfect, open it up, fang in one of your favourite ear-pleasers and leave it on Autoplay to get a curated playlist based on the first track.

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Record Stores

Record stores are fantastic because everything is arranged by genre, so finding something you love is far from impossible. What is hard though, is committing to purchasing something you’ve never heard. What if it’s your new favourite track? Or a complete dud that looked like it was worth $40 but turned out to be not your brand of vodka?
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When it comes to music ‘zines, often local is the best way to go. Most of the larger publishers have moved everything online, in an effort to remain relevant. The great thing with smaller, localised publications is the exposure it gives up-and-coming bands and artists, both for album releases and gigs. Which brings us to…

Music Mags

Any true music lover will already know the value of supporting live music, but the advantages are many and splendoured. Not only does supporting artists pay dividends down the track, however, it’s also a great way to find new talent that may otherwise lay undiscovered to your ears.

Live Gigs

That’s right folks, any regular reader will already know that our resident music expert Luke Vespa pens a monthly roundup of what’s hot in the world of music, published right here for your enjoyment. Covering just about every genre, This Month in Music is the best way to stay on top of every hit (and a couple of surprises, too). All killer, no filler.

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