Compiled by Marisa Hivner, posted Feb. 27, 2011
1. AltPress.com: Alternative Press is a print music magazine that focuses on the subgenres of the rock genre (like indie, alternative, hardcore, etc.). Altpress.com is the official website for the magazine. It offers most, if not all, of the features in the print edition, as well as tons of extras, such as music downloads, podcasts, and interactive forums to facilitate discussion and advise the AP staff of consumer satisfaction. The best feature of the site is the news feed that is constantly updated throughout the day with the latest news about/from bands.
2. Purevolume.com: Purevolume.com is a website dedicated to the discovery and promotion of all artists of all genres. Artists have their own profiles, complete with biographies, photo albums, videos, music, and downloads. What makes this site so great is that both signed and unsigned artists can create profiles and share their music.
3. AbsolutePunk.net: AbsolutePunk.net is an online community that is centered around music, in particular the rock genre, focusing mainly on unknown and underground artists. It also offers exclusive content, like interviews and downloads, as well as a news feed that has the latest information about featured and popular bands on the site.
4. Buzznet.com: Buzznet.com is a social networking site dedicated to the latest and greatest in pop culture. The site originally started as a social networking site focused on uniting younger generations around the world through music. While the structure of the site as changed, music is still the site’s biggest influence. Because of this, Buzznet has made “deals” with tons of artists to gain exclusive access into their worlds. Thus we see many video diaries of artists on tour, in the recording studio, etc. Many of these videos cannot be found elsewhere, which can sometimes make Buzznet a must-have in the favorites folder. Best of all, a profile is not required to view content.
5. Shockhound.com: An affiliate of the rock n’ roll retail giant Hot Topic, Shockhound.com is a music marketplace that features a vast array of artists. Music news isn’t really a main goal of the site, however it does offer a great deal of information about artists, including biographies, discographies, merchandise and downloads. There is also exclusive content on the site, as well as great contests and giveaways for fans.
6. Fusemusic.com: Fuse is actually a television channel similar to MTV, but it’s much better. The channel emphasizes the rock genre, though it has, in recent years, expanded to encompass all genres of music. The site for Fuse is Fusemusic.com, and it features most of what can be seen on TV. Everything on the site is music-oriented, and the archive of content is extensive.
7. Kerrang.com: Kerrang.com is the official website of the British alternative magazine Kerrang!, which specializes in the genre of rock, and all its subgenres. It is a catalogue of stories run in the print edition, as well as extra content that can only be found online, such as exclusive interviews, videos and downloads. The site also has a small news section on the home page, however it isn’t immediately apparent how recent the story is. The best part about this site is the amount of content; there is so much that it may be overwhelming if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.
8. NME.com: NME is all about all kinds of music. It has an extensive library of artists, and is dedicated to bringing you the most up-to-date news in music first. The site also has nifty features like looking up the lyrics to your favorite songs, and also has artist photo galleries, video archives, discographies, and so much more. It is ideal for the music lover with an extremely eclectic taste.
9. RollingStone.com: Everyone is fairly familiar with Rolling Stone Magazine; RollingStone.com is the magazines official website. The site, though it covers many topics, has a huge emphasis on music. What is convenient about the site is that it features a wide variety of artists, and isn’t specific to one genre. It also devotes more focus to more mainstream artists, rather than those of the underground or alternative scenes. Because of the magazine’s extensive history and current distribution schedule, only select stories are found archived on the site. Nevertheless, it is a viable source of information, and also provides many exclusives, such as videos of exclusive performances and downloads.
10. Revolvermag.com: Revolvermag.com is the official website for Revolver Magazine. Revolver is a music magazine that features the hardcore and metal genres of rock. The site offers stories that have been featured in the printed magazine, as well as additional content exclusive to revolver, such as video interviews. Revolvermag.com differs from other sites because it doesn’t really have a news feed, though it does feature new stories daily; however, it is updated daily, not as news occurs.
11. AMPmagazine.com: The print version of AMP Magazine focuses of the rock genre, and all its subgenres. AMPmagazine.com is the official website of this California-based magazine. It is a contains the stories run in the print edition, as well as extra content that can only be found online, such as exclusive videos and interviews. The site has a news feed that is constantly updated throughout the day with the latest stories in the world of rock.
12. RockSound.com: Rocksound.com is the official website of the British alternative magazine Rock Sound, and specializes in the more “underground” and less commercial side of rock. It is a catalogue of all stories run in the print edition, as well as extra content that can only be found online, such as exclusive videos and downloads. The site also has a news feed that keeps users up-to-date with the latest news in the music world. It is also slightly easier to navigate through than AltPress.com.