Top 20 Most Influential Music Blogs of 2017

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1. Pitchfork
Pitchfork is an American online music magazine devoted to music journalism, news, album reviews, and feature stories. Founded in 1995 by Ryan Schreiber, who was working in a record store at the time, the magazine developed a reputation for its extensive focus on independent music, but it has since expanded with a variety of coverage on both indie and popular music artists.

2. Indie Shuffle
At Indie Shuffle, we believe humans are better than robots when it comes to music discovery.Think about it. How many of your favourite bands were recommended to you by a friend? That’s why we’ve assembled a team of international writers to bring you the best music, including indie rock, hip hop, electronic, and everything in between.It’s music discovery powered by real people. Consider us your new best friends.

3. Consequence Of Sound
Consequence of Sound is the missing link between mainstream pop culture and the underground. Over the past decade, the Chicago-based online publication has accrued a devoted readership in the millions for its reliability, precision, and character with regards to music and film. It’s a voice that wants to pat one’s shoulders, not stand on them.

4. My Old Kentucky Blog

Indianapolis, IN Based Blog Bringing You The Best In Music, Art, and Culture. My Old Kentucky Blog also hosts its on show on SIRIUS XMU Satellite Radio’s “Blog Radio”: Every Tuesday at 12pm EST on Channel 35 w/ Replay at Midnight EST.

5. Aquarium Drunkard

Based in Los Angeles, Aquarium Drunkard is an eclectic audio blog featuring daily music reviews, interviews, features, mp3 samples and sessions. Originating in 2005, digging globally, the Drunkard bridges contemporary sounds with vintage garage, psych, folk, country, soul, funk, r&b and beyond. Helmed by Justin Gage, the site has since spun off Autumn Tone Records, the Aquarium Drunkard Presents series, the Lagniappe Sessions and the weekly, two hour, Aquarium Drunkard Show airing Fridays on SIRIUS/XMU (channel 35), Noon-2pm EST. Gage is a working music supervisor for film and music consultant.

6. Indie Music Filter

Toronto-based music blog filtering the best new music on the blogs. To the point song features, videos, quick songs reviews and streaming playlists.

7. Your EDM
The world’s best source for Electronic Dance Music, Interviews, Music Reviews & EDM news. Your EDM is your one stop-shop for all things EDM.

8. The 405
The 405 is an independent Music & Culture website with a keen eye for discovering and championing cutting-edge music, film, art, tech and fashion.The website was founded in 2008 and has since gone on to form substantial partnerships with numerous music festivals (Green Man, Iceland Airwaves, Le Guess Who? to name but a few), receive multiple awards, and work with the likes of the BBC and Red Bull. With a team based all across the world, The 405 has grown into an influential force, and the first stop for people looking to find exciting and groundbreaking content.

9. Drowned In Sound
Interactive zine with reviews, news, interviews and opinions on the UK music scene. Covers a wide range of genres.

10. No Fear Of Pop
No Fear Of Pop was founded in Berlin in late February 2010. It is a website about music of whatever genre and of whatever origin that seeks to transcend the habitual preconceptions about the “modern” in contemporary popular culture. The music written about will be pop in the broadest, most liberal sense of the term, rejecting accustomed dichotomies between the underground and the established – read mainstream. We believe that the music that you’ll find on this site is not to be missed within the context of the pop tropes of today and tomorrow.

11. Brooklyn Vegan
Founded in 2004, BrooklynVegan is an independent, NYC-centric, mostly-music blog that focuses on international music news, live show reviews, pictures, tour dates, gossip, tips, MP3’s, streams, videos, and much more. Non-music news finds it’s way on to our pages as well, and every post comes with an open exchange of ideas via the public commenting system.

12. Pigeons And Planes
Pigeons and Planes is a music discovery site. It’s where you can keep up with new music, across all genres and from all corners of the globe. We put you on to good music made by good artists, whether they’re established stars or rising newcomers.

13. Birp!
BIRP is an indie music blog & monthly playlist sharing only the best new music. Keep up to date with music news, tours, videos & more

14. Gorilla Vs. Bear
Gorilla vs. Bear is a Texas-based music blog. Once called “the New Yorker of hipster blogs,” we blog about relevant artists of the day, with no particular genre-specific focus. Newsweek thinks we’re “influential.” (BREAKING: so does Playboy). In 2008, Gorilla vs. Bear was recognized by Rolling Stone as one of the web’s “Best Music Blogs” in the publication’s annual Best of Rock issue. GvsB was also voted “Blog of the Year” in URB Magazine’s annual readers poll, beating out such luminaries as Kanye West and the Huffington Post. In 2009, GvsB was named one of the “25 Best Music Websites” by The Independent UK. In addition, Gorilla vs. Bear hosts an award-winning weekly 2 hour show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, and frequently presents live shows in Dallas, Austin, and beyond.

15. The Line Of Best Fit
New Music Discovery: the best tracks by the hottest emerging bands from the UK, US and beyond.

16. Elicit Magazine
Elicit Magazine is interested in the singers and songwriters who are so passionate about what they do, that no matter what, they will always be a music artist.

17. Weird Canada
A blog for emerging and experimental Canadian music and arts. Weird Canada exists to encourage, connect, and document creative expression across Canada.

18. Blah Blah Blah Science
B3SCI is dedicated to covering only the best past, present and future music spinning throughout the universe. Based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. they work closely with a team of handpicked taste-makers positioned throughout the globe.

19. Rap Dose

New Rap Songs, Music Videos, Hip Hop News and more!

20. Buzz Bands L.A.
Uncovering the best new videos and upcoming concerts. Crisp interviews, vivid photos and informed features keep listeners connected to Los Angeles.