New Music from SXSW
Check out Next Big Sound, a website that trolls the internet to see what bands are gaining the most fans every day, week, month, year, etc. Currently they are following the up and coming bands at the SXSW (South by Southwest) music festival in Austin, TX. Here are the top ten most popular bands from SXSW according to NBS! The idea here is that you don’t have to rely on the opinion of your friend who went to SXSW to find new music. I really like this site because, having been to SXSW, I think people go wanting to find new music so badly that they fall in love w/ any band that doesn’t totally suck. So if you want to take your hungover (and now partially deaf) friend’s opinion out of the equation and go w/ the numbers, check out Next Big Sound.
After I checked out the SXSW site, I tried NBS’s regular artist search and found this cool function. You can compare the popularity of whatever bands you want. In order to see their popularity over longer periods of time you have to join the site. Of course not every cool band gets talked about on the sites that NBS trolls, but prob still a good gauge of what hipsters w/ macs are listening to.