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Music Staff Picks: Our Top 5 Music Blogs

By WVUM DJ posted Dec 01, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Our music staff narrowed down our Top 5 favorite music blogs!

Soul Sides

Founded in the summer of 2000 as a record review site by Oliver Wang, a music writer and assistant professor of sociology at Cal State – Long Beach, Soul Sides transitioned into a full-fledged music blog in 2004. Specializing in “music for rhythm lovers,” Soul Sides covers a lot of R&B, Hip-Hop, Funk, and Latin ground. Known for its extensive mixtape and anthology output, this self-described “audioblog” posts new music and podcasts regularly, available for download for 10-day periods. Check Soul Sides out at or follow them on twitter at @soulsidescom.


Run The Trap

Created in July 2012 to promote the rapidly growing genre of Trap Music, Run The Trap has quickly grown into one of the premiere music blogs about Hip-Hop, Club, 808 Bass, and (of course) Trap Music. Offering a variety of mp3 downloads, compilations, mixtapes, and exclusives, Run The Trap also has a YouTube channel were fans can watch new music videos, features, and interviews with trap artists. Check out Run The Trap at runthetrap.comor follow them on twitter at @RUNTHETRAP. While you’re there, do yourself a favor and preview Flume’s Rap mixtape and get hype about it.



Ok, Grantland isn’t strictly speaking a music blog. In fact, it’s a sports and pop culture site. But Bill Simmons and his conspirators have quite an avid following, and the Hollywood Prospectus section of the site provides tons of reviews and commentary about new music (popular, indie, or otherwise). Recently, they surveyed their readership and hosted a bracket for the Battle for the Best Song of the Millennium. It was frustrating, absurd, and completely awesome. Check out Bill Simmons and friends at grantland.comor follow them on twitter at @Grantland33.


The Quietus

In a similar vein with Grantland, The Quietus is more than just a blog. It is a British online rock music and pop culture magazine focusing on arts news, reviews, and features. It also occasionally reviews books, comics, graphic novels, TV series, and DVDs. The website is edited by John Joran, who claims that it caters for "the intelligent music fan between the age of 21 and, well, 73". The Quietus has featured exclusive interviews with Sex PistolsGlen Matlock,The Clash's Mick JonesThe SmithsJohnny MarrThe The's Matt JohnsonOasis's Noel GallagherNew Order's Peter HookSonic Youth's Lee RanaldoThe KillersBrandon FlowersOrchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's Andy McCluskey, and La Roux's Elly Jackson, among others. 


Dummy Mag 

Dummy was started by Paul Benney and John Burgess who were the founders of 90s electronic dance music and club culture magazine Jockey Slut. After Jockey Slut closed in 2004 Paul and John decided to start a new magazine that took Jockey Slut’s passion for new music and move it forwards while retaining the important elements of any decent magazine – great writing, photography and design. After seven glorious print issues they decided that, much as they loved print magazines, the most exciting publishing arena was now the internet and in 2009 Dummy launched properly online. 


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