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Introduction: It’s a Big, Fascinating, Fun, Tuneful Internet
There is a lot of great music — and great information about music — on the Internet

How to Listen to Music
What separates Hendrix and Clapton from somebody who can just shred? More broadly, what makes a piece of music good, bad or insipid? On one…

Wikis, for those who don’t follow these things, are data repositories contributed to and maintained by visitors.They generally are…

Rock Sites
This section is a mix of blogs and music sites. It includes rock-specific sites, broader music sites and general interest site. The key is…

Focus on the Great Rockers
Musicians freely comment on each other’s work, especially when the feedback is positive.

Regional Sites
All music is local. There are many great regional sources of music and music history. Here is a sampling.

Video Sites
YouTube, of course, dominates this category. There are other entries, some of which have interesting content and are worth exploring.

Album Art
There are lots of cover art sites on the Internet. The Cover Art Archive seems to be encyclopedic, but it’s not intuitive to navigate.

Song Covers
Covers often are shout-outs, one band or performer paying homage to another. Phish, for instance, periodically chooses another band’s album…

Rating Music
The Three Rs: Rankings, Ratings and Reviews

Did they play that last time?

Blues, Folk, Acoustic, Americana
This list grow more complete and be divided into several over time.

Online Music Communities
People have opinions.

Children’s Music and Parental Guides
The good news is that there is a ton of great music for kids on the Internet. The bad news is that it is impossible to keep track of what…

Downloading,Streaming, Playlists
It’s the modern way to do things.

Music News and Commentary
All the lists in this guide are flexible. Many of the sites linked to below could be in other lists. In other words, there are news and…

Miscellaneous Sites and Cool Smaller Genres
Some of it is unique. It’s all good.

Television, Podcast, Movies and Performance Sites
This was a bit of a tricky and perhaps overly broad category. Music of course has an overwhelming presence in a wide variety of media. This…

Music Archives
The amount of information and pure data available about music — both today’s and yesterday’s — is staggering.

Finding Live Music
Sites in this category are closely related to those that sell tickets. Vivid, StubHub, Ticketmaster and the others certainly can help find…

Mastering Remastering
The ability to remaster old albums is a wonderful development made during the past decade or so. Here is a mix of articles about remasters…

Halls of Fame and Museums
They were the glory of their times…

Maps and Recommendation Engines
Many of these are both creative and technical marvels.

At Least Some of that Jazz
Obviously, the listings below are just the tip of the iceberg. Additions will be made…

Lyrics and Song Interpretation
There are a lot of lyric sites, probably because it’s easy cut-and-paste stuff. The most interesting have an angle, such as describing…

Internet Radio
Want to hear a few hours of polka? Want to know what’s hot in Helsinki? There really is a world at your fingertips.

Instruments and Resources for Musicians
This list probably will grow more than any other as we add links to instructional and instrument-specific sites.

History Timelines and other Deeper Dives
One of the most important things to understand about music is context. Timelines and deeper dives are invaluable. Here are some great…

Editor’s Choice
Below, in order, are recommended videos, rock soundtracks, books and movies.


Our New Things: Links to Music Sites and Info on Analog Tech and Vinyl

TDMB has focused on music and musicians. We will continue to do that, of course. We're also expanding our coverage to include vinyl and analog equipment.

More specifically, we'll look at this huge and interesting world from the perspective of music lovers who want a better experience, not committed non-audiophiles.

Check out is some of what we've written so far:

-- Assessing the Value of Vinyl Records: An Overview

-- 7 Quick Tips on Optimizing Your Turntable Cartridge

-- Why Vinyl Records Continue to Thrive

-- Finding the Best Amplifier

-- Finding the Best Phono Preamp

-- What Speakers Do I Need for My Turntable?

Check out more articles on analog equipment and vinyl.

The site also is home to The Internet Music Mapping Project, an effort to list and describe as many music-related sites as possible.

Our Music

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.


What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.


The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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