Remember when emerging music just fell in your lap? Your best friend was a part-time DJ, your show-going roommate made you mixes, you’d occasionally spend an entire Saturday slackjawed in front of the internet? But the time we make for new music sometimes gets nudged out by the trappings of adulthood.
Fortunately, if you have a few minutes a day, it’s easy to bring new music into your life. Here are five simple ways to find music that’s actually new, not just new to you.
1. All Songs Considered from National Public Radio (NPR) is a podcast that gives you access to emerging music across genres. Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton have eclectic tastes, as reflected in the program’s blog, which is also an excellent place to enhance your music collection.
2. The Sixty One is a lovely way to pass an hour. New artists upload music and a background image, and listeners vote for favorites by clicking a heart icon. You can also create playlists, and connect your account to Facebook to share the music you find. As you listen, little blurbs about the artist pop up. Immersive, calming, and addictive.