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Left out in the cold
The internet is usurping all other forms of media as the most viable news-breaking forum for the music industry.
What follows is a brief crash course in how to stay up to date on music via the net. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it does feature some of the most interesting and informative music-related sites out there.
Since it enjoyed an enormous retooling early last year, Rollingstone.com has become an interesting place to visit. In addition to keeping the surfer up to date on music news and upcoming tours, the website has also done an excellent job at extending their scope of coverage beyond the usually covered artists. Factor in some exclusive advance MP3s from some pretty major players on the scene and you've got a valuable music resource.
Those less inclined towards more mainstream acts might want to check out the All Music Guide (Allmusic.com), which offers biographies, discographies and album ratings for nearly every band you can imagine. The site also features some fairly incisive commentary by contributing critics and recommends new artists based on your displayed preferences.
If you're looking for a resource on a popular band but don't know where to start, it's worth your while to check out the Ultimate Band List (UBL.com), which functions as a search engine, but for bands.
Again, the breadth of scope here is tremendous and you'll likely be overwhelmed by the amount of options brought about by any given search.
While the UBL is by no means a complete list of resources, it's almost always more fruitful and more accurate than anything that would turn up on an all-purpose search engine.
Lastly, if you'd rather be the one to discover new music first, then check out MP3.com, an online resource which gives free webspace and promotional tools to aspiring artists all around the world.
This website has grown enormously over the past few years, to the point where new artists are beginning to realize how easy it is to get signed, based on the strength of a good net presentation. The end result is that you have access to some pretty fantastic music online for free, long before the rest of the world gets to lay their pretty little ears on it. Well worthwhile.