10 Best Music Blogs You can Submit To Now!
Major media outlets aren’t exclusive to major-label sounds anymore, but they still don’t spend time on brand-new or largely unheard-of artists and bands – no matter how compelling their music may be.
Even though streaming services, playlists and social media have become the new path to music discovery, music lovers are still looking to independent music blogs as a way to discovering new artists. These Blogs are pulling large readerships and breaking emerging artists – and the best of them are being watched and read by writers and editors of those major music sites.
We have put together a list of ten Music Blogs that are consistent in churning out great content and still remain open to receiving submissions from independent artists and bands. Genre-wise, there’s a bit of everything here, and within each site there’s often multiple ways to get featured – good luck!
Now in it’s 4 year and boasting over 5 million pages delivered each month, Making a Scene is posed to become one of the biggest of the Indie Music Webzines. The Mandate of this blog is to be “The #1 Resource for the Indie Artist and the Fans that love them!”
For the Indie Artists their music business and Recording articles are essential for any artists looking to understand the music business and the process of creating music in the studio.
For the Music Fan their CD reviews and Interviews give you an immersive experience with playlists, videos, and a great staff of knowledgeable writers. They Also boast Spotify Playlists, Podcasts and radio shows.
Their weekly newsletter that recaps the posts of the week, which are frequent to say the least. Making a Scene is dedicated to posting new content EVERY DAY! They are dedicated to showcasing original indie artists no matter what Genre.
Features: CD Reviews, Interviews, Live Show Reviews, Yearly Awards, Playlists, Videos, Music Business Articles, Recording Techniques, Gear Reviews, Weekly Newsletter, Podcasts, Online Radio shows,
Best For: Indie Blues, Blues, Roots, Rock, Indie Rock, Country, Americana, Metal, Alt Rock, Hip Hop, Rap, R&B, Soul, World, Jazz, and any genre performed by an indie artist.
How to Submit: Making a Scene accepts both Physical and Digital copies of “Full CD’s” (no Singles). Digital Versions of CD’s can be sent as a Dropbox “Link” to firstname.lastname@example.org or they can be mailed to Making a Scene, 5765 Lake Windsor Pkwy, Buford, Ga 30518. You should check out their masthead page for more information on their submission criteria.
Now in its fifth year, The Grey Estates is a tried-and-true indie music blog, being consistent in frequency or quality of content, and never wavering from the mission to bring the best bands and artists to the front, regardless of where they stand on the spectrum of existing listenership and following.
Features: podcasts, guest playlists, Q&As, premieres, and more. They Support both those on larger indie labels and those self released projects.
Founder Lauren Rearick’s is committed to what makes the blog a great one for discovery – and, for the bands and artists featured, one with the promise of being discovered by its dedicated readership.
Best for: Rock, pop, electronic, and everything indie in between.
How to Submit: Send your stuff over to email@example.com.
A loyalty to good music is central to The Alternative’s mission: Four years ago, it was “created to be the music site that we wanted to exist,” according to its own manifesto, in which the team also expresses an anti-hate ethos. The Alternative is particularly partial to giving generally unheard-of bands and artists their due; another crucial aspect of their mission is promoting only music they truly believe in.
Features: CD Reviews, Interviews, Spotify Playlists, Yearly Awards
Best for: Independent music of all genres.
How to Submit: For consideration, email TheAltSubmissions@gmail.com.
Started in 2005, Twangville focuses on subgenres of country music and on artists that are thriving somewhat under the radar. The site also gives a voice to its readership, routinely featuring “Readers’ Picks” for artists, albums and songs.
Features: CD Reviews, Interviews, Podcasts
Best For: Country, Indie Country, Alt Country, Americana
How to Submit: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. The Revue
The Revue, a Canada-made blog whose staff has expanded from Ottawa to include writers and photographers based all around the world – and so the content is especially global.
Taking into consideration the scene in which a band or artist developed, looking to subtle lyrical cues for insight into a song’s significance, thoughtful comparisons to established artists that, rather than reading general or arbitrary, actually help build context for the reader before they listen – these methods are all characteristic of the way The Revue’s writers approach presenting their music they love.
Features: CD Reviews, Single Reviews, Interviews, spotify Playlists
Best for: All indie styles, including (and maybe with special emphasis on) artists hailing from outside the US.
Mark Schoneveld has a spectacular ear for great music. Whether a reblog or an original post (premieres included), whatever is shared on YVNYL feels hand-picked and carefully curated – despite the overwhelming amount of available music.
Features: Singles, Videos, Letters,
Best for: Undiscovered indie of all styles.
Founded by Montrey Whittaker and Blake Edwards, Earmilk is an online music publication based out of the United States and Canada. Earmilk covers all tastes and genres.
Features: CD Reviews, Single Reviews, Soundcloud Players,
Best for: Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Dance, Indie, Electronic, Experimental
How to pitch: They Use Submithub
It’s only been two years since Somewhere Soul launched, but already, its devotion to soulful sounds has proved indispensable: There simply aren’t that many sites tuned in specifically to these emerging artists and bands (and few are as nicely formatted or thoughtful about visuals, either). Whether it’s bossa-nova grooves, mellow Neo Soul, or jazzy electronic explorations, you’ll find an eclectic trove of up-and-comers hailing from just about anywhere at Somewhere Soul.
Features: Podcasts, Interviews, Live Show Reviews, Playlists
Best for: Jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul, R&B, disco.
How to Submit: To have your music considered, contact email@example.com.
While electronic pop gets plenty of coverage from all levels of media outlets, EQ Music is quite specific in its mission to make discoveries possible. Its qualifications as a tastemaking, influential blog are much deserved, earned through breaking early on names like Charli XCX and Dragonette alongside coverage of genre stalwarts. A section exclusively for burgeoning artists is where promising up-and-comers are featured, and filling it with the global best of that crop remains central to EQ Music’s purpose.
Features: Single Reviews, TV/Film Reviews, Music Videos, Playlists,
Best for: Electronic pop.
How to pitch: Send your music to firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Bmans Blues Report
One of the longest running blues blogs. There is plenty of CD reviews and interviews to keep you busy on this site if you are into blues rooted music.
Features: CD Reviews, Interviews
Best For: Blues, Indie Blues, Blues Rock, Roots, Acoustic Blues, Soul
How to Submit: Info@bmansbluesreport.com