How to expand your music repertoire

Believe it or not, occasionally the predominance of 80’s rock music on my iPod wears a little thin and I have to branch out. Here’s how I do it: 

  • Ask friends to give you a list of 5 songs they’re currently listening to.
  • Listen and create playlists on Grooveshark. Another good site for this is Deezer, which has a lot of alternative versions and mixes of songs too.
  • Create a profile and look up your favourite artists on last.fm to get suggestions of similar/recommended artists. You can also create playlists and more on this site.
  • Check out global Top 40 Lists to see what other countries are listening to.
  • Look on iTunes or some of the other sites I’ve mentioned above for artists you already are familiar with but haven’t heard much from.
  • If you’re in Finland, France, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden or the UK, use Spotify for creating and listening to playlists that you can share with your friends.
  • Check out the playlists of radio stations overseas (you can’t always listen due to licensing issues). I like KKSF.com which is a jazz radio station in San Francisco.
  • Look up festivals in different countries (well, let’s be honest – mostly the States and the UK) to check out the lineups. Popular ones include Coachella, Lollapalooza, GlastonburyOutside Lands and The Secret Garden Party.

Screenshot images can be attributed to sfoutsidelands.com and coachella.com 

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