I like to discover my music anywhere but the radio: playlists, TV soundtracks, best-of lists, subway bands, TikToks, overheard songs in bars and stores and coffeeshops What a fantastic medium for trying out new music. A music podcast is like your favorite radio show on demand—and of course many of the best are simply rebroadcasts of actual radio shows, with quieter commercials and no wacky morning DJs.
From band-specific shows to genre-, era- and album-devoted series, there is a podcast for every type of music fan, from the most esoteric obsessives to mainstream-pop heads. Here are some of the very best music podcasts out there today. Comedians are regularly called upon to punch up a joke or fix a script, but to improve a pop song? Not so much.
By Roy Trakin. While some doom-and-gloomers look at the commitment to podcasts by tech giants like Apple, iHeartMedia, Amazon Music and Spotify as a threat to the continued dominance of music on streaming sites, others see a happy medium, where personalities and untold stories can continue to thrive and grow. Despite the unique challenge music-themed podcasts face — the high cost of licensed music, unaffordable for many independent podcasters — saw a slew of compelling music-driven podcasts find audiences. Here are ten of the best from this year. Each episode tells a fictional musical tale based in history during which an original song is created, bypassing licensing obstacles and coming together for a T Bone Burnett-produced album at the finish. The result: a blend of curious fanboy enthusiasm and knowing investigation. An added bonus: being able to listen to Rubin ply his buddha-like producer powers to create a safe space where artists share their love for craft and really get into why a songwriter writes. Sure, it descends into deep nerd talk on occasion, but Joe and Kristen approach the topic with the right amount of shock and awe.