Music is one of the most profitable industries in the world. The RIAA estimates music sales will top $9 billion by the end of 2018 (based on $4.6 billion in the first half).
We all love music. It’s one of my favorite art forms, and I’ve studied it since I was a child. I even dipped my toe into music reviews and affected the game in ways I never imagined possible.
Sharing music and indie distribution channels (along with the proliferation of studio-quality recording tools for home users) forced the major labels to pivot their business model.
Now you can listen to breaking music through podcasts on your phone instead of the radio. Many of them are recorded by the same people (and are the same content).
Keep your ears to the street in 2019 with these innovative music podcasts. They can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Podbean, Soundcloud, YouTube (when video is available), and other podcasting platforms.
Hosts: Jim DeRogatis, Greg Kot
Chicago Public Radio’s DJs review the latest music releases in this podcast. If you want to know whether you should buy, try, or trash a new artist’s work, this is a great first stop.
Hosts: Brian Hiatt
Rolling Stone has been covering music, politics, and everything in pop culture since 1967. It rose to prominence because of Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo-style reporting. See the biggest artists in exclusive performances, long-form interviews, and more.
8. The Cipher
Hosts: Shawn Setaro
Every week, senior Complex staff writer Shawn Setaro sits down with the most interesting figures in hip-hop culture. The discussions run deep into the business and sound that shapes the modern rap business.
Hosts: Stretch Armstrong, Bobbito Garcia
Stretch and Bobbito are veteran hip-hop DJs who are high-level scholars in the game. Learn more than you ever thought possible about the ins and outs of hip-hop culture with two men who lived, ate, and breathed it for decades.
Hosts: Thao Nguyen, Hrishikesh Hirway
There’s something almost magical about hearing a musician dissect their own songs that’s deeply satisfying. Any music critic can listen to an album and tell you what it sounds like. But to truly get inside the head of the most creative musicians of our time is an experience you can’t get anywhere else.
Hosts: Adam Scott, Scott Aukerman
Two middle aged white men discussing a band that no longer exists doesn’t sound like much fun. When those guys are alums of Parks and Recreation and Comedy Bang! Bang!, things quickly get more interesting. This is the ultimate fanboy and groupie podcast – Penny Lane would be proud.
Hosts: Steven Hyden
Uproxx music writer Steven Hyden discusses music with some of the biggest artists, most influential personalities, and esteemed critics. Go behind the scenes with the people who lived the biggest moments in music history.
Hosts: Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, Paavo Siljamaki
English EDM group Above & Beyond presents trance, progressive, and other electronic music from respected DJs, with a live show every 50 episodes. Keep on raving like it’s Electric Daisy Carnival every day with this successor to Trance Around the World because 30 million listeners can’t be wrong.
KEXP is an essential stop for independent artists looking for exposure in the underground music scene. This Seattle radio staple features the best of the public station’s FM broadcast for the day. Find your new favorite band with this podcast.
Hosts: Mary Louise Kelly, Robert Siegel
NPR’s highest-rated public radio program often features live, acoustic, and/or intimate performances from the biggest names in music. There’s a broad spectrum of musical tastes out there, and genres are no longer a thing. NPR is one of the best places to see your favorite artists or discover a new musician you never heard of.
And if you’re a multi-faceted podcast listener, don’t forget to check out some of the best gamer podcast feeds out there.