If you’ve been learning about promoting your music for any length of time, then you probably know how important it is to get your music reviewed by influential bloggers.
Reviews don’t just bolster exposure, streams, or sales. If that’s all you’re looking for, you should probably focus on selling to your fans instead of getting reviewers to talk about your music (and that’s what I’d suggest you do instead).
It’s not that reviews won’t help you achieve those goals. But as I see it, some of the main advantages of reviews are:
- The ability to build connections. It’s one thing to cold call a blog. Quite another to make friends with people who regularly write about music. Building that connection can help you get more coverage in the future. Getting reviewed can also lead to other industry connections – playlist curators, influencers, and others taking cues from influential review blogs.
- Search engine optimization. There’s a good chance you can get a link back to your website if you get your music reviewed, and you should. If the review stays online (there’s no reason why it shouldn’t), you’ll see traffic coming to your site long after the review has been published.
So, where can you submit your music? Check out the following 12 sites.
1. Little Indie Blogs
If you’ve got a new song, and you’re serious about your career, submitting to Little Indie Blogs might be a good career move.
They update their site with loads of new content every single day, and they’re also a Hype Machine recognized blog. To me, the blogs most worth submitting to are those Hype Machine aggregates. But if you can’t get on any of these blogs right away, don’t worry – there are also some B-list blogs on this list, and you might want to start there anyway.
Anyway, here’s something to keep in mind for Little Indie Blogs, and any blog you plan to submit to – you must adhere to their submission guidelines. I don’t want to get any angry emails way telling me I told you to submit your music to them, and you didn’t follow their rules. Please don’t do that.
You can find Little Indie Blogs’ submission guidelines right on their website. They require you to send links to songs you’ve uploaded to Bandcamp, YouTube, or SoundCloud. You must have profiles on Facebook and Twitter, and they are also looking for new music to cover, not something that’s over three months old.
Again, refer to their website for a detailed list of submission guidelines.
2. Acid Stag
Acid Stag is another music blog that’s updated with tons of fresh content every single day. Their website is clean and attractive, and easy to navigate. Their content, however, is mostly short form. Still, it can’t hurt to get some coverage from them as an independent musician.
Although it is an Australian music site, they cover news from around the world. They’re not opposed to giving exposure to new artists too.
Acid Stag primarily covers electronic music, so if your music belongs to another genre, you might consider taking your submissions elsewhere. As with Little Indie Blogs, Acid Stag is featured on Hype Machine.
3. Indie Music Review
Indie Music Review gets updated relatively frequently. They review albums, EPs, singles, shows, and videos. They also have interviews and recommended shows on their website. They appear to be quite friendly towards indie artists trying to make a go of it.
Overall, their submission process is quite simple. They only require: Your artist or band name, photos or poster, a blurb about your band or release, MP3 or video embed code they can use in their review, a link to your website, and anything else you feel it important to include.
As with Little Indie Blogs, however, they are looking for new releases to cover, and if your music has been out for longer than six months, they probably won’t review it. You may find this to be a theme with many blogs.
SYFFAL doesn’t get updated as frequently as some of the other music blogs out there. Their content is also mostly visual or short form.
But in their own words, “SYFFAL.com is not an outfit of snobs.” That’s a relief.
They are looking for quality content, just like anyone else, but they are open to at least looking at any music that’s sent their way. They also don’t write negative reviews. So, don’t expect to get any exposure if your music sucks (they’ll just laugh behind your back – seriously, this is exactly what their website says). But if they like you, you should see some coverage.
Again, be sure to comb through their submission guidelines for best results. It’s not complicated, I promise.
5. Louder Than War
Louder Than War is updated daily with fresh album reviews, music news, and interviews. For the most part, it appears they review pop punk, rock, alternative, independent, and experimental music.
Their submission guidelines are not stringent. They require: A link to download or stream your music, and a single line of text to describe your sound. If you can work in a recommendation, that can’t hurt (i.e. “recommended if you like…” or “for fans of…”).
If you can’t find a band that sounds like yours on Louder Than War, then don’t bother submitting your music. Also, just because you reach out to them doesn’t mean you’ll get coverage. This goes for all blogs, but in case you’re fantasizing about a 100% response rate, just know that you probably have unrealistic expectations.
6. The Word Is Bond
The Word Is Bond is an attractive, content-rich site that primarily showcases underground hip hop and sometimes jazz. Audio, video, features, reviews, podcast… it’s all there.
They have submission forms for those looking for coverage, so simply provide them with the information they need, and wait for their response.
They do, however, have submission guidelines too, so don’t forget to read up on what’s required: High resolution artwork, short bio, links to Bandcamp or SoundCloud (are you noticing a theme here?), and so on. You can also submit videos, but the guidelines are slightly different for video content.
7. This Song Is Sick
This Song Is Sick caters to those looking for new music, specifically electronic, hip hop, indie, and alternative music. They’re sharing plenty of new content daily, but most updates aren’t much longer than three paragraphs.
Their submission process is somewhat like The Word Is Bond in that they have forms for you to fill out, and you can choose between an exclusive premiere or a regular post upfront. If you didn’t already know, blogs love to break news, so the exclusive option is good if you aren’t planning to get other blogs or publications to review your music right away. Please don’t choose “exclusive,” submit your music, and then turn around and sell your story to another publication or become a victim of shiny opportunity syndrome.
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