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A disciplined plea for peace – and quiet – from composer Arvo Pärt

The new album of music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is a warm blanket of comfort in troubled times. Luciano Rossetti/ECM Records hide caption

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A disciplined plea for peace – and quiet – from composer arvo pärt.

November 10, 2023 • A new album of music by the 88-year-old Estonian mystic seems to put an arm around you and whisper, "In troubled times, music can help."

The Beatles' 'Now and Then' is a wistful curiosity, 45 years in the making

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The Beatles' 'Now and Then' is a wistful curiosity, 45 years in the making

November 2, 2023 • The Beatles' final song could never live up to the body of work that precedes it. But it could never diminish it, either.

Can we still relate to Bad Bunny?

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Can we still relate to bad bunny.

October 19, 2023 • Bad Bunny is one of the biggest stars in music. His previous album Un Verano Sin Tí topped the Billboard charts, won a Grammy, and helped him become most streamed artist on Spotify for a third straight year. Now he's back with a supersized new album, Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va A Pasar Mañana. The record finds him wrangling with the trappings of fame amid the sounds of trap and electronic music, and the reggaeton sounds that helped make him an icon.

On 'Scarlet,' Doja Cat finds power harnessing the darkness of online vitriol

On Doja Cat's fourth album, Scarlet , she delights in playing the "demon" her haters and fans accuse her of being. Illustration by Jackie Lay hide caption

On 'Scarlet,' Doja Cat finds power harnessing the darkness of online vitriol

September 29, 2023 • The pop star has always loved out-trolling her trolls. But Doja Cat's fourth album and dramatic rollout pushes that persona further, interpreting her antics through a playfully demonic lens.

On 'GUTS', Olivia Rodrigo is more than the sum of her influences

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On 'GUTS', Olivia Rodrigo is more than the sum of her influences

September 14, 2023 • Olivia Rodrigo's debut album, Sour , was one of the biggest hits of 2021. Now, she's back with a new record called GUTS , which has already spawned two hits with "vampire" and "bad idea right?" The album sharpens a sound inspired by pop, punk and singer-songwriters.

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Tiny Tech Tips: From iPhone to Nothing Phone

September 12, 2023 • As the world waits for the iPhone 15, a loyal iPhone user tries out a competitor, the Nothing Phone 2.

NewJeans is a new kind of K-pop juggernaut

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NewJeans is a new kind of K-pop juggernaut

August 31, 2023 • In a little more than a year, NewJeans has become huge in the world of K-pop, with a reputation for upending industry conventions. They've become the fastest K-Pop act ever to reach one billion streams on Spotify, and their new EP, Get Up, just hit number one on the Billboard charts. Plus, their single "OMG" went viral on TikTok, spawning dance challenges and memes.

Bon Iver wasn't born in a vacuum — it took an 'Epoch' to form

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Bon Iver wasn't born in a vacuum — it took an 'Epoch' to form

August 29, 2023 • DeYarmond Edison's Epoch revels in the early alchemic triumphs of Bon Iver and Megafaun members. But the box set also reminds us that no moment of creative inspiration takes place spontaneously.

Noname's 'Sundial' pursues a hip-hop revolution

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Noname's 'Sundial' pursues a hip-hop revolution

August 28, 2023 • The Chicago rapper and poet is among the greatest lyricists of her generation. In asking tough questions of the art she practices, her third album reveals a fearless and visionary performer.

Wayne Shorter, From Here to Eternity

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Wayne shorter, from here to eternity.

August 25, 2023 • Nearly six months after his death, a tribute concert and a documentary attempt to capture the spirit of the perpetually exploring saxophonist and composer.

After 12 years, pianist Awadagin Pratt rediscovers his sweet spot

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After 12 years, pianist Awadagin Pratt rediscovers his sweet spot

August 25, 2023 • Absent from the recording studio for more than a decade, the restless musician has commissioned six composers for his new album.

Becca Mancari fights for their existence with an expanded pop palette

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Becca Mancari fights for their existence with an expanded pop palette

August 24, 2023 • On Left Hand , Mancari positions themselves in the eye of sonic storms to communicate emotional truths with startling clarity.

2 Live Crew fought the law with its album, 'As Nasty As They Wanna Be'

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2 Live Crew fought the law with its album, 'As Nasty As They Wanna Be'

August 10, 2023 • In 1989, 2 Live Crew's As Nasty As They Wanna Be became the first album declared legally obscene, and the group's legal battles set a precedent for the rappers that followed.

Jessy Lanza's bubbly house music dwells in the moment

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Jessy Lanza's bubbly house music dwells in the moment

August 3, 2023 • On her new album, the electronic artist's hooks are bigger and her palette is brighter, but the void is ever-present.

The Clientele, reliably dreamy for decades, tears up its delicate formula

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The Clientele, reliably dreamy for decades, tears up its delicate formula

July 27, 2023 • The long-running British band introduces drum-and-bass-tinged breakbeats, strings and dub production to its delicate indie pop.

Joni Mitchell's return 'At Newport' reconfigures her legacy

At the Newport Folk Festival in 2022, Joni Mitchell gave her first full-length performance in 22 years. The recording, At Newport , is out July 28. Nina Westervelt/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

Joni Mitchell's return 'At Newport' reconfigures her legacy

July 27, 2023 • The surprise performance at the Newport Folk Festival, now released as an album, is another exciting evolution in Joni Mitchell's notoriously chameleonic career.

Blur's 'Ballad' to bittersweet midlife

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Blur's 'Ballad' to bittersweet midlife

July 20, 2023 • On The Ballad of Darren , the band's ninth album (and a surprise after years away), Damon Albarn and company understand the key to aging gracefully is noticing the things your younger self never could.

Brian Blade the bandleader returns for a ride down 'Kings Highway'

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Brian Blade the bandleader returns for a ride down 'Kings Highway'

July 13, 2023 • Recorded in 2018 but only now seeing daylight, it's the prolific drummer's first release in years at the head of his expressive and enduring Fellowship Band.

You can feel Palehound's songs in your gut

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You can feel Palehound's songs in your gut

July 13, 2023 • El Kempner turns the force of their wiry indie rock toward collapse, yet the visceral palette of Eye on the Bat has an unexpectedly joyful quality.

The misplaced promise of Kim Petras

Kim Petras, the 30-year-old German-born pop singer, is currently in the process of figuring out where she wants to be in the pop music echelon. Luke Gilford hide caption

The misplaced promise of Kim Petras

July 7, 2023 • With her debut album, 'Feed the Beast,' the rising pop star is still in the process of figuring out where she wants to be in the pop music echelon.

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Janelle monáe explores masculine and feminine energies on 'the age of pleasure'.

July 4, 2023 • Monáe has been releasing albums that mix R&B, pop and rap since 2007 — this is her first since 2018. Ken Tucker reviews the new album, then we listen back to our 2020 interview with the artist.

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A name that will be familiar to any music fan, Rolling Stone has been going since 1967, and has strayed away from its rock roots, now reporting on all popular genres as well as TV, movies and culture.

Pitchfork is one of the biggest music magazines in the world, this Condé Nast owned publication has a blog that is a trusted source of music reviews as well as features on current artists and events.

Consequence of Sound

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Consequence of Sound is one of the best music blogs to hear about the latest music news and rumours for festivals worldwide, they also have news editorials and reviews of music, film and TV. Strangely enough they even have a news category dedicated to musical instrument news.

all music

All Music is not only a great place to get music information and recommendations, but their blog has interviews with some of the greatest musicians of all time.

stereofox

Stereofox has a focus on sharing interesting, diverse and new music. Their blog is filled with daily content including interviews, album reviews, as well as editorial features on the latest new acts.

neon music blog

Neon Music is an online music publication with a lifestyle section; their reviews highlight up and coming talented artists. As well as this they write about music news, reviews, and have the occasional video and interview.

The Playground

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The Playground is a UK based music blog which covers most genres including indie, edm, house, ambient and singer songwriter. The blog also writes about some of the latest developments in the music industry as a whole.

billboard

Billboard needs no introduction, and this might be stretching the definition of blog for the purposes of this article. However, if you want to keep up with the latest news and gossip for the hottest artists and labels this is the place to look.

Earmilk is an online music magazine with contributors from across the globe. It publishes content on a variety of music genres and they have a mission statement that focuses on the discovery of underground talent.

This Song Is Sick

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This Song Is Sick has been sharing fresh new music since 2010. Here you’ll find a mix of genres, and new music from both established artists and up and coming acts. If you want to be featured on This Song Is Sick there is a submission process to send your song for consideration.

flux blog

Fluxblog describes itself as the first MP3 blog. The posts are a decent mix of Spotify playlists the owner (Matthew Perpetua) has put together, as well as short reviews of new music. There are links to each track mentioned so you can listen while reading Matthew’s thoughts.

Hype Machine

Hype Machine isn’t technically a blog, but more of a blog aggregator. There’s a never ending amount of music being added to the site and if your main goal is to discover new music then you’ll be sure to have plenty to look through here.

spin

Spin is an online magazine that features news and articles on a range of artists from the smallest up and coming acts you’ve never heard of, to the greatest bands of all time. Their lists section features lists of the best songs, albums, concerts etc. for you to browse.

Pigeons & Planes

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Pigeons & Planes (now brought to you by Complex) is your place to go for new music across all genres. They post features, articles and videos daily, so you’ll always have something to keep up with.

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Pop matters.

Pop Matters is all about pop culture. The essays on the site are on topics ranging from books to sports, to theater, to travel. The site has a huge music section which is the destination for music interviews, reviews and essays.

fader

The FADER covers not just music, but style and culture as well. This isn’t the sort of publication where you’ll discover new artists before your friends hear of them. However, this is still a great place for keeping up to date with mainstream music news.

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Popjustice is a fun blog dedicated to all things pop. They feature news, interviews, new music Fridays, and most importantly a calendar that will tell you how long it’s been since Rihanna last released an album.

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One of the earliest, biggest and still one of the best. While they may have branched out a bit now into reviews on film, TV, and gaming, the core of NME is still providing news, opinion pieces, reviews, and interviews to keep you up on the latest indie music.

Stereogum is the self-styled world’s best indie music blog. However, the blog does have some credentials. It was the first major publication to write about Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, and Billie Eilish. Check out the Band to Watch section of the site to see more future indie rock superstars.

Indie Shuffle

indie shuffle

Indie Shuffle is not like a lot of indie music blogs, it doesn’t do articles, interviews or other things like that. The blog is more like a song discovery site for independent musicians. There’s a constant stream of new releases curated by the team at Indie Shuffle, with a short commentary on each. You can save any of the tracks you like, and follow independent artists if you want to hear their new releases.

Under the Radar

under the radar

Under the Radar covers all sorts of news and interviews on topics ranging from cinema to comic books. However, their music sections are focussed on the best new indie music from established artists to rising newcomers.

Digital Tour Bus

DTB

Digital Tour Bus features interviews with a difference. Here you can find categories such as bus invaders where you are taken around an artist’s bus while they’re on tour, or tour pranks where you get to hear the pranks that bands get up to while on the road.

GoldFlakePaint

The blog of the music mag GoldFlakePaint , the magazine that steers well clear of mainstream artists. Here you can find in-depth interviews with artists, and daily posts of new music.

Dance / Electronic / EDM Blogs

mixmag

A heavyweight when it comes to dance music and clubbing news. Mixmag offers new music reviews, live DJ sets and industry news are just some of the areas covered on the blog.

Resident Advisor

resident adviser

Resident Advisor is an online magazine for electronic music lovers. This is the perfect site for you to discover your next favourite dance artist or event. The site has new news, reviews and features published every weekday.

UFO Network

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UFO Network is a music entertainment company and news & media outlet that specialise in covering the latest and hottest EDM news, interviews and trends. Ranked ‘Top 50 EDM Blog’ three years in a row, UFO Network is definitely your go-to source for all things electronic dance music.

Dancing Astronaut

dancing astronaut

Dancing Astronaut focuses primarily on dance music. The blog reports on concerts and festivals and keeps you up to date with the latest news and reviews of dance music. This blog has been nominated for the Best Music Media Resource at the International Dance Music Awards every single year since 2014.

your edm

As you might have guessed Your EDM is an Electronic Dance Music focused blog with editorials, giveaways and interviews. The site even has a discord community where you can chat to others about EDM, get feedback on your own tracks, or, in the right channel, do a bit of self promo.

edm

Unsurprisingly EDM.com is another site that takes on everything to do with Electronic Dance Music, from news, features, interviews, trending charts, and more. EDM.com also puts together playlists for whatever mood you happen to be in.

edm sauce

EDM Sauce covers the electronic music scene, featuring reviews of both well known artists and well as some of the more underground ones. There’s also a few interesting editorial pieces and they accept paid song submissions / reviews.

Hip Hop / Rap / Trap / R&B Music Blogs

rap up

Founded as a magazine in 2001 Rap-Up is your go-to place for rap and hip hop news and gossip. Rap-Up also has video interviews with artists and a popular Rap-upTV YouTube channel.

Run the Trap

run the trap

Run the Trap was founded to bring underground trap music to the forefront. Since their beginnings they’ve also started offering their unique perspective on other genres like house, future bass and dubstep.

This is RnB

this is rnb

A great online platform that covers all things R&B. This is RnB features a variety of news, music, videos and a selection of artist interviews with R&B artists worldwide.

rap radar

Rap Radar posts new rap music and music videos multiple times per day. They also run a podcast featuring interviews with big names in the world of rap and hip hop.

Hip-Hop Wired

hip hop wired

Hip-Hop Wired is one of the best music blogs to keep up to date with the latest on everything hip hop. With features on hip hop culture, entertainment news, music reviews, black politics and features on urban lifestyle.

elevator

Elevator covers rap and hip hop – with features, music reviews and interviews with some of the most talked about artists. It also posts some general music industry observations and accepts song submissions.

Metal Blogs

Metal injection.

metal injection

You may have guessed from the name Metal Injection that this blog focuses on the metal genre. This is the place to go for news videos and reviews of everything metal. Here you can find tour dates for your favorite artists, artist interviews, as well as funny stories and lists.

Metal Sucks

metal sucks

Metal Sucks is another heavy metal themed news site, slightly smaller than Metal Injection. The site has album reviews, interviews, a podcast, and contests.

Music Industry Blogs

Music business worldwide.

music business worldwide

A great site for those of you who are more interested in the industry side of the music business. Founded in 2015 Music Business Worldwide is one of the leading music industry news sources providing information, insight, and international music news.

hypebot

This is another site aimed more at the contemporary music industry. It’s published by the music discovery and marketing platform Bandsintown. Hypebot focusses on music tech and business, writing articles that show how music discovery and consumption habits are changing.

Playlist Push

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Playlist Push is a site designed to help artists get their tracks on playlists. Because of this their blog is aimed more towards musicians than music fans. Their blog has articles about how to market your music, as well as interviews with different music creators and labels.

ReverbNation Blog

reverb nation blog

ReverbNation is one of the biggest names in the independent music business, we’ve spoken about them before in our article on the best tools and software for music promotion. Their blog is focussed on improving you as an artist, from tips on songwriting to copyright law.

Music 3.0 Music Industry Blog

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Music 3.0 is run by Bobby Owsinski and features all the latest music industry news and changes, as well as hosting a range of articles offering music business advice.

The Unsigned Guide

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The Unsigned Guide offers a combination of new music reviews along with music industry advice. A great blog to follow for anyone who’s looking to develop their career as an artist.. They also run a directory of over 8,500 music industry contacts with access available for a small fee.

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Loudwire

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Your EDM

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HipHopDX

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Ultimate Classic Rock

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Metal Underground

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XXL Magazine

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NME | Music News

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  • Manuscripts & Early Editions: Catalogs
  • Manuscripts & Early Editions: Comprehensive Collections
  • Manuscripts & Early Editions: Specialized Collections

Miscellaneous Links

Music images and iconography, music notation and printing, opera and musical theater, popular music, research organizations, scholarly and professional associations, scholarly music journals on the web (free access).

  • Sheet Music and Scholarly Editions (free access)
  • Sheet Music Vendors
  • Carnegie Hall Archive
  • New York Philharmonic Digital Archive Online access to the archives of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Royal Concertgebouw Concert Archive All available program data for concerts given by the Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam) from its 1888 inception to the current concert season.
  • Bibliolore: The RILM blog RILM editors share their observations on things of practical interest to music librarians and researchers.
  • Deceptive Cadence Thoughts on classical music from the folks at NPR
  • The Rest Is Noise Alex Ross's acclaimed music blog
  • Sequenza21 - The Contemporary Classical Music Community
  • Harvard Business School: Music Industry Statistics Some links only work for Harvard students
  • The Harry Fox Agency The main agency for obtaining mechanical licenses that permit the recording of copyrighted music.
  • Musical America Music industry news (mostly classical) and a variety of trade directories
  • National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture A repository that facilitates research on arts and culture by acquiring data, particularly those funded by federal agencies and other organizations, and sharing those data with researchers, policymakers, people in the arts and culture field, and the general public.
  • Composers Datebook from American Public Media Includes a daily list of important events in music history
  • Composer Diversity Database A database of music by composers other than straight, white, cisgender males, searchable by a wide variety of fields.
  • Music by Black Composers Violinist Rachel Barton Pine's extensive collection of resources to spread awareness of and access to music by Black composers
  • African American Composer Initiative Presents the works of living and historical African American composers in concert, shares video of these live concerts online, and commissions new compositions.
  • Living Composers Project Information about the music of our time, verified by the composers themselves
  • OREL Foundation Biographical, bibliographical and media information concerning composers whose music was banned during the years of Nazi oppression in Europe.
  • AfriClassical Lots of information, including audio, about African, African-American and Afro-European classical musicians.
  • John Cage | A Living Archive The NY Public Library's "John Cage Unbound: A Living Archive" is an online record of John Cage's work and its evolving impact on music and performance.
  • Hoagy Carmichael Collection -- IU Digital Library Program Catalogs and digitizes every item in Indiana University's collections pertaining to the life and career of songwriter "Hoagy" Carmichael.
  • Chopin Online Combines three major resources: the Annotated Catalogue of Chopin's First Editions, Chopin's First Editions Online, and the Online Chopin Variorum Edition
  • Glenn Gould Archive This site was developed by Library and Archives Canada, which is the official repository for the archives of the late concert pianist, Glenn Gould.
  • Morales Mass Book An open-access companion site to the First Book of Masses by Cristóbal de Morales (ca. 1550-1553).
  • Neue Mozart Ausgabe: Digitized version Digitized version of the Neue Mozart Ausgabe, the critical edition of Mozart's works.
  • In Mozart's Words Full text of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's correspondence, in a searchable database.
  • Walter Braxton Website of the Richmond-area composer
  • Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa The U.S. Marine Band offers free downloads of audio recordings, full scores, complete sets of instrumental parts, and more
  • Pronouncing Dictionary of Music and Musicians From Iowa Public Radio
  • Graduate Programs in Musicology From the American Musicological Society
  • Free Music Resources Free music lessons (via QuickTime video, MP3 audio, and .pdf text/music notation) by faculty members at the Berklee College of Music.
  • Ethnomusicology Links From the University of Washington
  • World Music Central Features the latest world music news, CD and concert reviews, articles, an events calendar, and other resources.
  • The Global Jukebox Alan Lomax's dream project: listen to and learn about more than 6,000 songs from 1,000 cultures
  • Ethnomusicology Musical Instrument Collection Images, audio, and video files from the musical instrument collection at the University of Washington's Ethnomusicology Division.
  • Indian Classical Music A comprehensive site with the goal of cataloging the rich and nuanced art and technicalities of Hindustani Classical Music with video demonstrations.
  • Institute of Jazz Studies Located at Rutgers University, this is the largest and most comprehensive library and archive of jazz materials in the world.
  • Center for Jazz Studies A unit of Columbia University that offers classes, exhibitions, lectures, performances, and scholarly resources in jazz studies.
  • Smithsonian Jazz Home to the Duke Ellington Archive, Jazz Appreciation Month, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and an online youth education curriculum.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Its NYC venue houses performance space and the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame. Sponsors "Jazz in the Schools" and other educational activities.
  • Chicago Jazz Archive A University of Chicago site focusing on a variety of local jazz musicians and styles.
  • TVJazz A Canadian site that offers free video samples of international and Montréal / Québec jazz artists, with the consent of the artist or producer.
  • Real Book Songfinder A comprehensive index of all the songs in 26 volumes of Real Books (as of March 2016)

Manuscripts and Early Editions: Comprehensive Collections

  • Gallica The digital portal of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
  • Iberoamérica Digital Digitized materials from the national libraries of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Panama and Portugal
  • Internet Culturale Huge catalog of print and manuscript materials held in libraries and archives throughout Italy. Includes digital images and multimedia.
  • Music Treasures Consortium (Library of Congress) Provides online access to the world's most valued music manuscripts and print materials, held at the most renowned music archives, in order to further research and scholarship.
  • Rare Book Room A portal to digitized rare books and manuscripts at a variety of sites. Enter MUSIC in the search box.
  • Musiconn The Bavarian State Library's central portal for music and musicology, allows you to access an extensive digital library containing the latest scholarly research and online resources.
  • Books About Music Before 1800 Over 2,000 pre-1801 publications about music held by the Library of Congress. more... less... This online presentation includes digital scans of well over 2000 pre-1801 publications about music that are reported in the RISM B VI series with the Library of Congress sigla (US Wc).

Manuscripts and Early Editions: Specialized Collections

  • British Library Digitised Manuscripts Use this website to view digitized copies of manuscripts and archives in the British Library’s collections, with descriptions of their contents.
  • Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music From the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway University of London. Registration (free of charge) is required for access to the images.
  • 10th-16th Century Liturgical Chants Over 50 Roman Catholic chant manuscripts (e.g., antiphonaries, graduals, processionals, etc.) belonging to the Library of Congress
  • Early Music Online Over 300 of the world’s earliest surviving volumes of printed music, held in the British Library, have been digitised by the Royal Holloway University of London.
  • English Broadside Ballad Archive The University of California's online collection of 17th-century broadside ballads.
  • Ignaz Pleyel Early Editions From the University of Iowa
  • Music for the Masses Website for an exhibit of illuminated choir books at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
  • Old English Songs Digital scans of an 18th-century bound manuscript now owned by the University of Kentucky.
  • Parker Library on the Web Rare medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, plus early printed books, from the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
  • New York Philharmonic Digital Archive Online access to the archives of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. One of the longest running, highly detailed collections documenting all the activities of a single cultural institution.

Manuscripts and Early Editions: Catalogs

  • Hofmeister XIX An on-line, searchable version of the Hofmeister Monatsberichte (1829-1900), establishing what was published where and when during that period.
  • New York Public Library Music Finding Aids Searchable guides to selected archival and manuscript collections in the Music Division of The New York Public Library.
  • Pazdirek's Universal-Handbuch der Musikliteratur 1904 catalog of all musical editions known by its authors to be in print at that time.
  • U.S. RISM Themefinder Provides information about 17th- and 18th-century music manuscripts in libraries and archives across the U.S. Users can search by musical incipit as well as other criteria.
  • RISM UK and Ireland Provides information about 17th- and 18th-century music manuscripts in libraries and archives across the UK and in Ireland.
  • RIdIM The RIdIM database is designed to facilitate discovery of music, dance and theatre iconography images by registered researchers, and the description of such images by registered cataloguers.
  • Dayton C. Miller Musical Iconography Collection From the Library of Congress comes an online collection of about 120 prints, mostly of wind instruments, but also keyboard, string, percussion, and exotic instruments.
  • Music Printing History A guide to the history of music printing, from Rosendo Reyna, a music theory and performance instructor who also works as an independent music engraver.
  • Idiot's Guide to Square Notes A helpful guide to reading neumes, the original notation of plainsong (liturgical chant).
  • Noteflight: Online Music Notation Software Online music writing application that lets you create, view, print and hear music notation in your web browser. Work on a score from any computer on the Internet, share with other users, or embed into your own pages.
  • Music Notation Staff Paper PDF Generator Interactive pdf generator lets users select the paper size, staff count, and line weight.
  • Music Paper A variety of predetermined sizes and formats
  • Libretto Index Provides links to hundreds of online opera libretti. Many do not include English translations.
  • Index to Opera and Ballet Primary Sources Online BYU's ongoing project aimed at indexing free online primary sources related to various forms of dramatic music in a wide variety of formats.
  • Met Opera Database A searchable database of casts, composers, operas, and other performance information related to the history of the Metropolitan Opera.
  • Operabase Offers schedules of opera companies and performers, news and reviews, and links to other opera sites.
  • Musicals 101 A guide to all aspects of musical theater, from John Kenrick, author and Communications Director of the York Theatre Company

Sometimes the best websites in this area are sponsored by commercial enterprises or dedicated fans. Double-check your findings whenever possible.

  • All Music Guide An enormous site that includes biographies and discographies of musicians in all genres.
  • Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Dedicated to the crucial role played by artists from East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and the southern Appalachian region in country, bluegrass, and other musical avenues.
  • The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail Online guide featuring Southwest Virginia's bluegrass, Old Time, and traditional country music, as well as Appalachian culture.
  • Folk Music Index Citations of print and recorded sources for folk music.
  • FolkTuneFinder Search for folk tunes by title, melody (using an onscreen "piano" keyboard), or contour. You can also browse its 200,000+ entries.
  • Cornell Hip Hop Archive Preserves more than 250,000 items across dozens of archives documenting the origins of Hip Hop culture and its spread around the globe.
  • Hiphop Archive Facilitates and encourages the pursuit of knowledge, art, culture, and responsible leadership through Hiphop.
  • Rap Genius: Discover the Meaning of Rap Lyrics A crowdsourced website that breaks down text with line-by-line annotations, added and edited by anyone in the world (consider yourself warned).
  • African-American Art Song Alliance Founded in 1997, this is the home of interchange between performers and scholars interested in art song by African-American composers.
  • Black Grooves Black Grooves is a music review site hosted by the Archives of African American Music & Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University.
  • Center for Black Music Research Founded in 1983, the CBMR documents and preserves information and materials related to the Black music experience throughout the world.
  • Center for Popular Music Established in 1985 as an archive and research center devoted to the study of American popular music from the pre-revolutionary era to the present.
  • Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature Established in 1998, CHMTL brings together various activities, publications (both electronic and conventional), and projects centered at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
  • Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) IRCAM is one of the world’s largest public research center dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research.
  • International Association of Music Information Centres Founded in 1986, IAMIC is a world-wide network of organizations that document and promote the music of our time.
  • Blue Mountain Project Princeton University's digital thematic research collection of art, music and literary periodicals published between 1848-1923
  • British Postgraduate Musicology An independent, peer-reviewed musicological journal run by postgraduates for postgraduates.
  • Critical Studies in Improvisation Focuses on improvisation, community, and social practice.
  • ECHO An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal created and edited by graduate musicology students at UCLA.
  • Ethnomusicology Online (1995-2005)
  • Journal of Experimental Music Studies (JEMS)
  • Journal of Music History Pedagogy A bi-annual, peer-reviewed, open-access, on-line journal dedicated to the publication of original articles and reviews related to teaching music history of all levels (undergraduate, graduate, or general studies) and disciplines (western, non-western, concert and popular musics).
  • Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music Published by the Society for 17th-Century Music
  • Music Theory Online The electronic journal of the Society for Music Theory
  • The Open Space A hospitable space for texts which, in one way or another, might feel somewhat marginal — or too ‘under construction’ — for other, kindred publications.
  • Performance Practice Review a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of Western musical performance practices of all periods.
  • Popular Musicology Online A refereed academic journal with an international advisory panel of leading popular musicologists.
  • Radical Musicology Produced by the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University (UK) to provide a forum for progressive thinking across the whole field of musical studies.
  • Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy Voices seeks to nurture an inclusive international profile of music therapy and will encourage contributions from every continent.
  • American Musicological Society Founded in 1934, the AMS advances research in the various fields of music as a branch of learning and scholarship.
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music Founded in 1981, IASPM is an international organization established to promote inquiry, scholarship and analysis in the area of popular music.
  • Major Orchestra Librarians Association Facilitates communication between professional performance librarians, educates and assists them in providing service to their organizations, provides support and resources to the performing arts, and works with publishers to achieve the highest standards in music performance materials.
  • Music Library Association Founded in 1931, MLA is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and all aspects of music materials in libraries.
  • Society for American Music Stimulate the appreciation, performance, creation and study of American musics of all eras and in all their diversity, including the full range of activities and institutions associated with these musics throughout the world.
  • Society for Ethnomusicology SEM was founded in 1955 to promote the research, study, and performance of music in all historical periods and cultural contexts
  • Society for Music Theory SMT was founded in 1977 to encourage scholarly excellence, work to increase the diversity of our discipline, and to promote fruitful exchanges between music theorists, musicologists, performers, and scholars in other fields.

Sheet Music and Scholarly Editions (free online access)

These sites are believed to be offering content that they own, or that is in the public domain.

  • 20th-century Violin Concertos Tobias Broeker's editions of unpublished 20th-century violin concertos (created with permission of the copyright holders, where necessary).
  • Archive of 17th-century Italian Madrigals and Arias Critical editions of 17th-century Italian madrigals and arias, together with introductions to the editions in Italian, German and English, and translations of the texts into English and German
  • Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Gesamtausgabe - Home A complete scholarly edition of Carl Maria von Weber’s compositions, letters, diaries, and writings up to his 200th birthday in 2026, from the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur (Mainz).
  • Digital Mozart Edition A digitized version (musical text and the critical commentaries) of the entire Neue Mozart-Ausgabe, from the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum and the Packard Humanities Institute.
  • Digitized Scores from Sibley Music Library, Eastman School of Music
  • Harp Music Public-domain scores from the International Harp Archives at Brigham Young University (offered through the Internet Archive).
  • Masses from the Renaissance Editions and sound files of selected polyphonic settings of the Mass and Mass fragments composed during the early Renaissance.
  • Sheet Music Consortium Digitized, public-domain sheet music from a consortium of libraries.
  • St. Donatian Mass Features an audio-visual recreation of the 15th-century St. Donatian Mass, with plainsong and Obrecht's polyphony, plus contextual essays, images, and an annotated copy of the score.
  • Web Library of 17th-century Music The Society for 17th-century Music offers new editions of 17th-century compositions that are unpublished or commercially unavailable

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  • The Clarinet Quintet: A Reference Tool for String Quartet with Clarinet This online catalog is a continuing project to bring together all repertoire that exists for the clarinet quintet. The project seeks to offer complete, authoritative data relative to each composition and to demonstrate the totality of the genre.
  • Concert Programmes Provides descriptions of concert program collections (18th century to the present) held by leading libraries, archives and museums in the UK and Ireland
  • Musicology Conferences An indexed listing of upcoming meetings, seminars, congresses, workshops, etc. (mostly outside the U.S.)
  • MINIM-UK The UK’s largest online collection of historical musical instruments
  • Recording Pioneers a “Who’s Who” of early sound recorders
  • Spirituals Database Offers searchable access to recorded track information for over 2,700 Negro Spiritual settings performed by solo Classical vocalists.
  • Wind Repertory Project A comprehensive database of wind literature, expanded by contributions of band directors/conductors, students, and wind band enthusiasts worldwide.

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Thousands of musicians play in bars each night just waiting to be discovered by the right person. They hope and pray for their fairy godmother (or dream talent agent) to waltz in and see just how stellar they are. With so many musicians in that in-between stage — producing quality music but not quite making it big — publicity becomes everything. One feature with the right magazine or review site could send your music to the top of the charts.

With countless tracks released every day, there’s no shortage of music review sites out there. We’re all familiar with the giants like  Rolling Stone and  Billboard , but any new artist will tell you that getting your name and story on those sites is like pulling teeth when you don’t have a solid PR team backing you up.

If you’re looking for some publicity that won’t cost you your firstborn, check out some of these sites. They’ve got a solid following, so if you score a review there’s a good chance you’ll gain lifelong fans.

1. Heart Eyes Magazine

I’ll be honest. I write for Heart Eyes , so the magazine has a special place in my heart. I love the opportunities its given me and the artists it has connected me with. They focus on up-and-coming alternative and indie pop artists, providing a good mix of interviews, editorials and photography. If you’re looking to be featured, hit me up and I’ll try to put in a good word.

Check out Issue 12 – Post-Valentine’s Day Treats.

2. Pitchfork

Pitchfork   is a great in-between site that features both mainstream and indie artists. But they offer much more than just interviews and music reviews. Since its inception in 1995, Pitchfork has been an immense source of inspiration for musicians and music lovers, publishing honest reviews of albums and in-depth articles on artists big and small and across all genres. The podcast, curated by Pitchfork’s music critics, showcases as much quality and knowledge as the online imprint, so make sure you check it out.

Get a taste of Pitchfork ‘s style with this comprehensive piece on Ariana Grande’s  thank u, next .

3. Performer

Performer is a full-service resource for musicians. They provide music reviews as well as equipment recommendations that will enhance your playlists and production quality. It’s the one-stop-shop for performers, producers and music junkies everywhere.

Check out their Feb/Mar 2019 issue and see if you’d be a good fit.

4. Honey Punch Magazine

I would consider Honey Punch and Heart Eyes to be sister sites. They cover practically identical genres and photographer Ava Butera contributes to both. (Shout out to Ava!) Seriously, if you’re looking for incredible photos to add to your press kit, you need to reach out to Honey Punch . Look at those past galleries!

5. Consequence

Formerly known as Consequence of Sound, Consequence features daily news on everything happening in the entertainment industry, with a particular focus on music, using different formats like album reviews, live music, TV shows and podcasts. It’s an all-in-one solution for the insatiable audiophile looking for in-depth articles and honest reviews. By the way, if you’re a headbanger, definitely check out their new Heavy Consequence column .

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6. Elicit Magazine

Who knew great music coverage could come from Buffalo, NY? That’s the surprising home-base of Elicit Magazine , a newer blog that does a nice job of balancing coverage of mainstream acts with coverage of up-and-coming artists. Their main categories are interviews (like this one with Jordy), reviews (like this beautiful piece on Heather Brave), and – particularly cool – “ latest new s”, which is a space for newer artists to submit press releases for publication. If you’re looking to submit your music, give Elicit Magazine a shot.

(And I’m just kidding, Buffalo is great.)

7. The Luna Collective

The Luna Collective describes itself as “an online and print magazine that shines a light on young emerging creatives. From musicians to poets, we strive to cover a diverse amount of rising artists.” They feature talent across the entire creative spectrum. If you’re looking to strike a chord with the young and artistic, The Luna Collective is where you need to be.

8. Atwood Magazine

Atwood Magazine’s  tagline is “for the love of music,” which is really what it’s all about, right? They cover a ton of stuff across a really wide range of genres, from big artists like The 1975 to new indie acts like treesreach . From premieres, to interviews, to reviews, to weekly roundups of the best tunes, they do it all. They’ve even got a podcast . Bottom line, they’re worth submitting to if you share a love of music – but they get a ton of submissions, so don’t be too offended if you don’t hear back.

9. Local Wolves

Showcasing a diverse array of musical talent, Local Wolves has gained quite a following. When you’re featured on Local Wolves , you’ll know you’re on your way to the top. The mags have gorgeous, trendy layouts and highlight some killer talent. Do me a favor and check out the COIN issue because objectively, it’s great. But COIN has a special place in my heart, so to me, it’s even better.

10. Ones To Watch

Music lovers, I know you could spend hours on  Ones To Watch . The site provides reviews and interviews, but they also showcase some stellar video content. Once you’ve made it on this site, you know people will be watching. See what Greyson Chance had to say during his Quick 6 Interview . Reach out and you might find yourself answering a quick six q’s too.

11. Upset Magazine

Upset is here to do just that… but in a good way. They’re disrupting the music scene by showcasing the greats alongside bands you may never have heard before. If you’re in the indie/pop-punk scene definitely give Upset a try. They’ve worked with some of your old favorites like Good Charlotte, Death Cab For Cutie and one of my all-time favs – The Regrettes .

12. Two Story Melody

Did you really think I’d leave us off the list? Two Story Melody is unique in that we not only provide music reviews and artist interviews, but we’ve also started providing PR services to artists who want to get their music heard. We’ve got insights into the industry and the connections that will help you reach your full potential as an artist. As a contributor, I can honestly say that the experience with Two Story Melody is exceptional. The staff are so kind and they really care about artists and the stories they have to tell.

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Thank you so much for your really useful blog. I am an unsigned artist and unless you have ££££££££, it’s a minefeild and a very hard slog – but this has been a great starting point for me – let’s hope so of those who I have contacted will take a listen!

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The 10 Best Music Discovery Websites

The best websites for discovering music combine cutting-edge AI-based algorithms with thriving communities of users.

This allows them to offer unparalleled recommendations covering everything from mainstream releases to obscure underground music.

In this article, we’ve selected ten of the best online resources you can access to discover all the music you need, whatever your tastes.

Finding the best places to discover music online can be a minefield, with dozens of websites and streaming music services available.

When compiling these websites, we’ve selected them based on their extensive libraries, ease of use, and access to diverse playlists.

Without further ado, here are the best music discovery websites you need to follow:

10. Indie Shuffle

Different DJs get their music from a variety of other resources depending on their chosen style and genre.

As the name suggests, Indie Shuffle is a music discovery website primarily aimed at DJs who play music from independent artists and bands.

This established platform has been around for some time and generates an extensive list of content from around the world.

Users can submit their own tracks and recommendations, while the Indie Shuffle staff complement these picks with context.

It’s a stark contrast to other music discovery services that tend to utilize artificial intelligence to collate and organize their music.

This gives the curated playlists a more personal touch, as much as a music blog covering the latest trends as a place for discovering music.

Staff picks highlighting the latest new music are combined with extensive back catalogs users can search to find songs they’re looking for.

You can also hunt down music by similar bands, as well as sign up for smart playlists covering both popular music and underground bands.

First and foremost, an online record store, Bleep , has established a strong reputation as one of the best music discovery websites on the internet.

With its coverage of niche producers, it’s a resource the best underground DJs use to source fresh music for their sets.

This attention to more obscure producers and artists isn’t surprising, considering Bleep’s sister company is Warp Records.

It’s the label responsible for the rise to prominence of electronic music producers, including Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada.

These heavy hitters are present and correct on the Bleep platform, along with plenty of other similar artists for underground music fans.

Traditional DJs still accustomed to mixing on decks use Bleep regularly to acquire the latest releases on vinyl, including limited editions.

They also offer new music in digital download formats, including 24-bit WAV, for DJs using up-to-date DJ controllers.

In addition to the extensive curation of electronic music subgenres, there are also soundtracks, alternative rock, and jazz categories.

Sign up for the Bleep newsletter, and they’ll keep you in the loop about new artists and releases coming their way that may be of interest.

Like Bleep, Boomkat has been on the scene for many years and began life as an online record store selling physical media to DJs.

It caters primarily to hardcore music buffs with obscure listening habits, featuring leftfield genres such as ambient and modern classical.

Boomkat has since transformed to offer plenty of information for music fans looking to hunt down the latest essential releases.

Like the best music discovery sites, there are regular articles you can dive into exploring the weekly roundup and potential future classics.

There’s also a section of the website that runs through the latest charts, which feature in-depth artist recommendations.

You can check out their music online by using the preview player and try any music they have for sale before you commit to buying.

There’s also the option to browse their content by genres and labels, making it easier to cut to the music that reflects your tastes.

If you’re a fan of music from off the beaten track and want to avoid wading through commercial releases, Boomkat is an essential resource.

If you’re starting out and learning how to DJ with vinyl , you’ll need a great website for building your collection of records.

Head over to Discogs , and you’ll find everything you need to start DJing the traditional way, with vinyl from all genres available.

First established in 2000, it has since accumulated thousands of dedicated users who buy and sell records through its service.

Discogs has built a strong reputation around quality control, so you can purchase vinyl and build a strong collection with confidence.

It’s more than just a marketplace; all content includes preview players for the music, which makes it ideal for music discovery.

Whether you’re looking for your favorite music from new artists or want to find similar songs based on genres, Discogs has it all.

No genres are off the table, and the Discogs database is as extensive as you’d expect from a long-standing resource for vinyl collectors.

Finding music is also easy, with a comprehensive search system covering genres and styles, country of origin, and decade of release.

This means Discogs can hold its own for music discovery compared to any music streaming service out there.

For new music from more commercial and mainstream artists, the user-generated website Last.fm comes highly recommended.

Land on the home page, and you’re presented with a graphic highlighting the Spiking Artists currently trending globally.

Spiking Tracks offers the same information for new music, which can be found listed in the more comprehensive Charts section.

What makes Last.fm a great resource for new music discovery is its use of listening habits to fine-tune the curated playlists on offer.

Like streaming services such as Spotify, Last.fm uses AI to analyze the songs you listen to and suggest a playlist based on your taste.

You can also jump straight to the trending music that is currently being enjoyed by the community of users.

While Last.fm is oriented towards mainstream DJs, for instance, radio DJs looking for commercial music, more obscure artists are here too.

There’s a large collection of metal, punk, and country music alongside popular electronica producers and pop acts.

It’s a great service for finding popular playlists from other users who prefer new tunes from the biggest acts around.

By far the largest video-sharing platform in the world, YouTube has long had a reputation as the go-to source for new music.

The biggest artists in the world all have an official presence on the video streaming service, with dedicated channels for their back catalogs.

In addition to mainstream releases, you’ll find plenty of niche tracks from long-defunct labels uploaded by individual users.

While there are copyright issues surrounding these uploads, they do allow you to check out the music you won’t find anywhere else.

YouTube algorithms are great for suggesting recommended music based on your current listening habits.

Once you start listening to a track, lots of related content will be displayed on the right-hand side of the screen to dive into.

Like other online music services, there are also plenty of dedicated playlists you can check out from other users covering all genres.

You can also set up your own playlists and add songs you want to share with others, or check out the official YouTube playlist instead.

If that wasn’t enough, sign up for the YouTube Premium account, and you can play everything on the platform without the hassle of ads.

Spotify is one of the most popular online streaming platforms, with millions of users and thousands of playlists to explore.

The company offers its own playlists for you to explore alongside those generated by other users that cater to all tastes.

You can dive into the best Spotify playlists for a massive selection of great tracks, from the latest electronic music to folk and rock classics.

The more you add songs to your own playlists and like tracks, the better the platform’s algorithm becomes at delivering recommendations.

Release Radar gives you a weekly update of new music from any bands or artists you follow so you can keep on top of trends.

Discover Weekly is a playlist based on your listening habits and uses your listening data to curate tracks you’re likely to enjoy.

If you’re following any friends on Spotify, you can also view all the playlists they’ve created to see what shapes their music taste.

The more you put into Spotify, the better its algorithms get at matching recommendations to your favorite music styles.

A fantastic streaming service, Spotify more than holds its own against the best-dedicated music discovery sites online.

3. Apple Music

Like Spotify, Apple Music is a streaming service that doubles up as an excellent resource for discovering new and classic music.

There’s the standard search function to find songs based on band name or artist name to cut straight to what you’re looking for.

Apple Music also features a curated playlist section that works similarly to Discover Weekly, based on the user’s habits.

This discovery section is called For You and offers a personalized approach to using the service to expand your music discovery.

There are also lots of curated playlists that explore weird and wonderful genres, such as Death N Roll, for more adventurous music fans.

Likewise, Apple Music’s radio stations are great resources for experiencing content you might otherwise miss out on.

With a large multinational company such as Apple behind the platform, it’s no surprise to hear that it hosts over 100 million songs.

These songs and playlists are all free from advertisements, and there’s the option to download and play them offline.

With lossless audio files and Dolby Atmos-supported content, it’s also at the cutting edge of audio quality for audiophiles.

2. Bandcamp

Music discovery site Bandcamp promotes new music from emerging and independent artists worldwide.

It’s a great place to buy songs for your DJ sets that aren’t likely to be played on mainstream radio stations any time soon.

At the same time, it’s also an excellent way to directly support up-and-coming musicians and producers who have yet to gain exposure.

Over $1 billion has been spent by its users on these artists, whether through digital downloads or purchases of physical media releases.

The Discover section offers extensive genre options to browse through and find songs that match your taste.

Electronic, rock, hip-hop, and pop sit comfortably alongside world music, jazz, and acoustic releases.

You can filter these by new arrivals, and there’s also an artist recommendations section to see what your preferred musicians suggest.

For more deep dives into the hottest new artists and releases, Bandcamp features a Daily section with beautifully-illustrated articles.

1. SoundCloud

Perhaps the most complete resource for music discovery online is SoundCloud, which has been at the forefront of music for many years.

Here, you’ll find DJ sets from some of the most famous DJs in the world sitting comfortably alongside mixes from beginners.

Users can easily create accounts to upload their own productions, making SoundCloud a must for DJs looking for hidden gems.

Likewise, many awesome DJ sets from users showcase different genres and often include long-forgotten classics.

In addition to obscure tracks from individual users, there’s also a section where members to check out the latest trending music.

There’s also a charts section that’s broken down into different genres, making SoundCloud something of a jack of all trades.

If you need background music for your online content creation, you can find that here too, and download them in a click.

The addition of in-depth podcasts further expands SoundCloud’s potential for discovering great new music to add to your collection.

So there you have it, the best music discovery resources online you can access for all your DJing requirements.

These websites and streaming services offer everything from commercial pop chart hits to underground dance music for club DJs.

With user-generated content and a thriving community of fans, there’s no limit to the great music these sites have to offer.

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Many standard sources for music research, like Grove’s Dictionary of Music, International Index of Music Periodicals , and Smithsonian Global Sound , are available only by paid subscription. For casual researchers, or for those who have exhausted these sources, many Web sites orchestrate valuable information and provide musical guidance. This article will highlight 10 sites, all of which are available for free and without user registration. I have evaluated each site for coverage, scope, and ease of use. They should help any researcher of music, as well as librarians who have not formally studied music.

WORLD MUSIC

National Geographic has assembled a comprehensive database of world music materials on National Geographic World Music ( http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com ). Launched in July 2006, it offers a world music glossary, a world music directory (which may be browsed by artist, album, genre, or country), podcasts, song samples, and a thorough guide (country by country) to music.

According to Carol Vidali, who reviewed the site for the Music Library Association ( “Notes for Notes,” Notes 63, No. 2, November/December 2004: pp. 337–339), “In supporting National Geographic’s core aim of inspiring people to care about the planet, the National Geographic World Music site uses the language of music as a medium to tell the stories of the world.”

A large part of National Geographic World Music is a world map. Click on a continent, and then country, to view a brief history of a country’s music and arts and see a sampling of artists and related links. For example, by choosing Puerto Rico, you learn about jibaro music, a staple of Puerto Rican culture. You’ll also see a list of artists, such as Jose Gonzalez and Brass Roots, and links to related sites, such as Global Rhythm Magazine and Calabash Music. In addition, you can listen to a wide variety of music and, similar to iTunes, purchase individual tracks or albums from Calabash Music. Calabash offers “fair trade” downloads, meaning that artists receive compensation for their work (currently musicians on the site receive 50 percent of the proceeds). Further, one free download is available each week. The site also features short videos that explain and demonstrate various musical styles, such as Taraab from East Africa. This site focuses on traditional and folk music; there is no information provided on traditionally Western artists.

The site is relatively easy to use, although there is so much content that users may be overwhelmed. Current users of the music store in iTunes or similar portal sites should have no trouble navigating it. The information is an excellent complement to the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (available in print) and Smithsonian Global Sound (available as a subscription database). It is ideal for researchers needing an overview of an artist, country, or style of music. National Geographic World Music does not have a search function, but it does have a site map, and the main navigation is fairly intuitive. One downside of the site is its ads, which are primarily for upcoming shows on National Geographic’s television channel.

ALL MOZART, ALL THE TIME

The mission statement of Neue Mozart Ausgabe/Digital Mozart Edition ( http://dme.mozarteum.at ) says that the “purpose of this Web site, operated by the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum in cooperation with the Packard Humanities Institute, is to make Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s musical compositions widely and conveniently accessible to the public, for personal study and for educational and classroom use.” The Digital Mozart Edition provides the Urtexts (earliest versions) of Mozart’s music, which is critical for musicians. Anyone can use the materials on the site without registering, but you must agree to the copyright terms. You may browse the collection in German (the default) or English, and the music is organized in 10 series. The site can also be searched by keyword, key (such as E-flat minor), or editors. When opening an individual piece of music, such as a piano sonata, there is the option to read the analysis of the piece or go directly to the printed music.

Unfortunately, although the navigation is available in English, the analysis is only in German. The printed music uses standard musical terms, which are primarily in Italian, which should be familiar to even rudimentary students of music. All the materials in the Digital Mozart Edition are available in two formats: The default is a file embedded in the site with straightforward navigation, and the second is an option to view each file as a PDF.

The Digital Mozart Edition also offers valuable links, such as the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum, which is the organization that maintains Mozart-related museums in Salzburg and has further information (in German and English) about Mozart and his life. Digital Mozart also provides contact information for those responsible for creating the site, primarily musicologists. Since its inception in 2006, the Digital Mozart Edition has been well-received. David Ossenkop, who reviewed the site for Choice (“Digital Mozart Edition,” Choice, May 2007: p. 1544), called it “a most welcome addition to the growing body of electronic classical music resources.”

BLACK MUSICIANS

Presented by the Archives of African American Music & Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University, Black Grooves ( www.blackgrooves.org ) is a monthly report on new releases and reissues of sound recordings featuring compositions or performances by black artists. The recordings cover the gamut of musical genres—everything from gospel and blues to soul, hip-hop, and classical. The reviewers are primarily connected with Indiana University. New reviews come out monthly, and there is an option to receive a free, monthly email update. Although the site does not have an advanced search option, it is relatively easy to find specific reviews. You can do a keyword search and browse by month or by category. Individual reviews are to the point and not filled with musical jargon. The reviewers provide the title, artist, label, catalog number, and date of release, along with any relevant links. For example, in the review of Alice Smith’s “For Lovers, Dreamers & Me,” there are links to Amazon (to purchase the CD) and to the BBE Records label.

The reviews available on Black Grooves provide a good introduction to anyone curious about African and African-American music. The link to the AAAMC gives information about the Archives, including the full text of Liner Notes , the Archives’ annual newsletter. Finally, the Archives has a list of the staff members, including research specialties and contact information, so that users of the site can contact them for additional research help.

Black Grooves is a valuable resource of reviews to complement Down Beat , Annual Review of Jazz Studies , and other jazz journals, as well as popular magazines like Rolling Stone .

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Hosted by the University of Michigan’s Schools of Information and Music, respectively, the CHICO Instrument Encyclopedia ( www.si.umich.edu/CHICO/instrument ) is an initiative of CHICO, the Cultural Heritage Initiative for Community Outreach. The site has a wealth of resources, including reference materials about instrument groups (complete with bibliographies for further research), a “geographical browser” to explore instruments by country, a guide to instrument collections in the United States and Canada, and links for sites about different instruments.

When you look at a specific instrument (browsing by continent), a record comes up with information about the instrument held in the Stearns Musical Instrument Collection (housed at University of Michigan), the instrument’s materials, a brief description, a thumbnail image (which can be clicked on to enlarge), and a subject heading according to the Sachs-Hornbostel scheme (a standard controlled vocabulary of ethnomusicology).

For example, by clicking on North America and choosing Fife , you learn that the instrument comes from the United States, is made of rosewood and metal, is a transverse instrument, and has the subject heading “edge instruments or flutes.” The subject is hotlinked, so one click will produce all other instruments classified with the same term.

By using the reference part of the site and choosing Winds (one of four choices; the others are String , Percussion , and Electronic ) and then Ocarina , you find an article about the instrument, with pictures, and a full bibliography.

One drawback to the Instrument Encyclopedia is its age; the site has not been updated in more than 10 years. However, the information is still valid, and the links all function. In addition, there is a link to the Stearns Collection, which offers helpful information about the collection (including online exhibits) and about instrument research. This site is a good complement to Grove’s Dictionary of Musical Instruments and to Smithsonian Global Sound. The site does not offer sound clips but does provide a good introduction to many different instruments.

TALKING ABOUT MUSIC

In 2001, the Library of Congress commissioned a four-part series of films to showcase composers, performers, and other musicians, hosted by the late Eugene Istomin. Istomin was a renowned pianist, best known for his recordings with Isaac Stern and Leonard Rose in the Istomin-Stern-Rose trio. Originally aired on PBS stations nationally, the films, in addition to new footage, are now available online. The Great Conversations in Music site ( http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/greatconversations/index.html ) features five different categories of films: The Pianists, The Composers, Chamber Music, The Virtuosos, and The Conductors. In addition, the site offers biographies and discographies of each of the participating musicians, musical examples (the original manuscripts) that relate to the films, and external links for each musician.

Great Conversations highlights a variety of musicians from well-known mainstream musicians, like Yo-Yo Ma, to the lesser known, such as American composer Ellen Taaffee Zwilich. The films, in combination with the other tools available, offer valuable insights to musicians and non-musicians alike.

The films are only available in RealPlayer, which may be unavailable to some researchers. In addition, the navigation of films is not intuitive unless you are familiar with finding aids and metadata. To view a film, first choose a film and then click on “Recording Contents.” From there, each section of an individual film has a link along with the running time. The site is not as easy to use as YouTube, which might deter some users. Fortunately, the site offers a Help page, and each film has a full transcript for review. The transcripts are especially valuable, given that many of the interviewees speak with heavily accented English.

Finally, Great Conversations has a link to the Performing Arts Reading Room of the Library of Congress, a portal for arts research. From there, you can research copyright, view digital collections, and get help from librarians.

MUSIC IN CANADA

First published in 1981, the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada is a standard reference tool. The online version ( www.thecanadianencclopedia.com/index.dfm?PgNm=TCECategories&Params=A1SUB44 ) debuted in 2001 and is published by the Historica Foundation of Canada. The site proclaims that there are “over 50,000 articles, and growing every day.” Edited by editor-in-chief James H. Marsh and associate editor Laura Bonikowsky, the Encyclopedia covers everything from basic definitions of musical terms to histories and discographies of performing groups. For example, the entry on the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra provides a rich history of the group, including conductors and notable musical debuts, guest conductors, collaborating organizations, works commissioned, a picture of the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts (the orchestra’s home), and a sound clip of a performance. Each article has a bibliography and links to relevant sites. Authors’ names are prominent at the end of each article, making creating bibliographies easier. Further, everything in the encyclopedia can be viewed in English or French. The focus and strength of the encyclopedia is the treatment of notable composers and performers (famed pianist Glenn Gould is one). A main criticism of the encyclopedia has traditionally been its lack of Canadian classical music history.

The site is straightforward to navigate with keyword search capability or browsing by subject. There is no advanced search option, but it is unnecessary for this site. You cannot email individual articles, but you can select a “printer-friendly” version, then cut and paste into an email message.

The encyclopedia is one part of a larger site that includes the Canadian Encyclopedia, Youth Encyclopedia, and numerous multimedia galleries covering the history of Canada. There is also a full-text archive of Maclean’s Magazine dating to 1995.

Although it lacks a dedicated help page, there is a section that explains the various encyclopedias and introduces the subject editors.

RESEARCHING THE BLUES

Martin Scorsese recently produced a successful seven-film series about the blues. Partner organization PBS has amassed a comprehensive Web site, Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues ( www.pbs.org/theblues/index.html ), with a host of materials. The site offers detailed information about each film, including director information and a complete list of performers featured. Previews of each film are also available, in addition to full credits and director interviews. Unfortunately, the site does not link to libraries that hold the films, but researchers can easily find that information in OCLC’s WorldCat.

One especially valuable part of the site is “The Songs & the Artists,” which provides biographies and context for the artists featured in the film, including so-called “essential listening.” Another interesting feature is the “Blues Road Trip,” an interactive map of the United States and Great Britain. Mouse over various areas to learn about their importance in the development of the blues. For example, selecting Memphis gives a history of blues, along with information about the style of blues unique to Memphis, and a list of significant musicians and songs based in Memphis.

For teachers and librarians, there is a “Blues Classroom” with a glossary of blues terms, bibliographies of print and Web resources, and two essays: “What is the Blues?” and “Under-standing the 12-Bar Blues.” Finally, there is a Teacher’s Guide CD that has Web clips of 15 songs from the films. Choosing a particular song launches a new window with RealPlayer embedded. Finally, another section of the site, “Partners & Resources,” gives links to museums and other organizations that have free material available on the Blues.

This site is easy to navigate and does not require any special software to view individual pages or listen to music. Although the site as a whole does not seem to be updated frequently, all of the links function, and artist biographies have been updated as necessary since the films were originally broadcast on PBS.

OPERA AT THE MET

The Metropolitan Opera recently created Met Opera Archives ( www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/history ), which includes everything from opera synopses and historical pictures to timelines and facts. The main part of the site discusses the Met’s history. By clicking on “Sights & Sounds,” a new window opens with a Flash-based timeline of the Met complete with archival pictures and sound files. For example, choosing “September 16, 1966,” retrieves a picture of the new opera house at Lincoln Center (which can be viewed as a larger image) and an excerpt of “Antony and Cleopatra.” The sound files use a sound program that is embedded in the window, so no software is necessary.

One of the more useful aspects of the Met Archives is the Met Opera Database. Although it is not a fancy site, it contains a great deal of useful information. There is a complete list of operas, organized by number of performances, under Repertory Report. The most performed opera, at 1,178 performances? La Bohème . There is also a list of all performers, also organized by number of performances. This particular list is not yet complete; the late Beverly Sills, famous for her career at the Met, is absent. You can also conduct a keyword search to find performers or operas and find pictures, reviews, and program notes. The Met Opera Database is a little difficult to navigate easily, but there is a thorough user’s guide. Further, you can easily contact Met staff members responsible for the database, for help with navigational and content issues.

The Archive section of the Met’s site links to the main Met Opera site, which has ticket and performer information. The site also has fun aspects, like celebrity (within the opera world) iPod playlists. In the “Ask Figaro” section, there is an opera Q&A where you learn concert etiquette.

MUSIC SCORES

Using the same familiar interface as Wikipedia, the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) is a virtual library of public domain music scores ( http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page ). Anyone can contribute to IMSLP, but with the understanding that scores under copyright cannot be uploaded. There are already more than 5,000 scores, and the site grows daily. The majority are from standard composers, such as Bach and Beethoven, but contemporary composers (who are comfortable sharing their music in this forum) are also featured. In addition to complete musical works (available as PDFs), there are various forums for anyone to exchange ideas. When a forum contains a discussion relevant to a specific piece, it is linked to the piece’s page.

The site is easy to navigate; you can search for scores by keyword or by browsing composer names, periods, or work genres. English is the default language, but the site is also available in German, Greek, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish. Selecting a “Fantasie” by Schubert takes you to a page that offers the opus number, year of composition, orchestration/instrumentation, genre, and piece style. The name of the person who uploaded the piece is also available. Each contributor has a personal page, and some include personal and contact information. No one may upload files anonymously. Some of the individual pieces of music have analysis and commentary. Depending on the edition and country of origin, the language may not be English.

Although this site has obvious parallels to the Digital Mozart Edition site, its Wikipedia interface makes it easier for younger users to search and browse. There is a help page and a site map. Only scores reside on the site; there are no sound files. This is a great site for a student of music who does not have access to a score library or who wants to learn more about individual composers.

BEETHOVEN ARCHIVES

The Beethoven-Haus Bonn runs a museum of Beethoven’s birthplace and a library for scholars and researchers; it also presents concerts and programs. Beethoven-Haus Bonn also manages a substantial online archive that includes music manuscripts, music clips, portraits, and sound files of letters written by Beethoven ( www.beethoven-haus-bonn.de/sixcms/detail.php//startseite_digitales_archiv_en ). The site offers straightforward navigation and is available in German and English. A vertical navigation bar on the left part of the screen remains static during browsing and prevents users from getting lost in the site. A thorough help page covers technical requirements for viewing and listening to all areas of the online archive.

The archive has many areas of interest for Beethoven researchers. The section of manuscripts (available under “Works by Ludwig van Beethoven”) offers images of printed manuscripts, musical excerpts, links to more resources (in both German and English), a list of original manuscript holdings by other institutions (such as The British Library), and dates of composition. A glossary of terms is available with the manuscript images; it covers everything from archival terms like “copper engraving” to musical terms such as “bagatelle” and “coda.” The glossary on its own is a terrific supplement to Grove’s or other standard dictionaries of musical terms.

Of interest to German-speaking researchers and historians is the section of Beethoven’s correspondence. Beethoven-Haus holds 500 letters to and by Beethoven, 335 of which are available as audio files. The letters are organized by topic. Each letter has a summary in English, an image of the original letter, the full text (in German only), and, in some cases, an audio version of the letter (read slowly in German). Finally, the archive has a large online collection of images of Beethoven. Many of the images are familiar paintings of the composer, but the site also has images of busts, death masks, pictures of Beethoven’s homes, posters for performances, and caricatures.

Music researchers need not limit themselves to expensive databases to find quality information. This article has highlighted 10 valuable Web sites that are free and provide multimedia information about a wide variety of topics. This is not a comprehensive list of valuable sites, and each of the sites reviewed has great links for further exploration. Whether you are an experienced music researcher, an information professional with an occasional interest in music, or just humming along, these sites provide perfect-pitch information.

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Glynis Johns, Tony Winner for ‘A Little Night Music,’ Dies at 100

In a trans-Atlantic career that endured for more than 60 years, she was also known for her role in the hit 1965 Disney movie “Mary Poppins.”

A black and white portrait of Glynis Johns looking glamorous with her hand resting on her chin.

By Anita Gates

Glynis Johns, the British actress who in a trans-Atlantic career that endured for more than 60 years won a Tony Award for her role in “A Little Night Music,” giving husky, emotion-rich voice to the show’s most memorable number, “ Send In the Clowns ,” and played an exuberant Edwardian suffragist in the Disney movie classic “Mary Poppins,” died on Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 100.

The death, at an assisted living facility, was confirmed by her manager, Mitch Clem.

Ms. Johns was 49 and on the brink of her fourth divorce when the Stephen Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music” opened at the Shubert Theater in February 1973. The New York Times described her character, Desirée Armfeldt, as “a slightly world‐weary and extremely lovewise actress in turn‐of‐the‐century Sweden.”

The critics adored her. To Clive Barnes of The Times, “the misty-voiced and glistening-eyed Glynis Johns was all tremulous understanding.”

To Walter Kerr, also writing in The Times, she was “that cousin of bullfrogs and consort of weary gods”; she was “discreet, dangerous … and gratifyingly funny.”

When she received the award for best actress in a musical at the 1973 Tony Awards presentation , she thanked the show’s “whole company” who “have given me back a joy that I had lost in the theater.”

Before then, she had been best known as a very different sort of character. In “Mary Poppins,” Disney’s award-winning 1965 family musical, Ms. Johns was Mrs. Banks, an enthusiastic wife, mother and political activist in 1910 London.

While her two small children were having adventures with their supernatural nanny, memorably played by Julie Andrews, Mrs. Banks was putting on a sash that said “Votes for Women” and making plans to “throw things at the prime minister.”

Ms. Johns’s easy versatility suggested that she might have been born to act, but it had not been her only passion, as she told The Los Angeles Times in 1991 . “I wanted to be a scientist,” she said. “I would’ve loved to go on and on and on at the university. But you can’t do everything in life.”

“And I didn’t have any choice at the time,” she added. World War II “broke out when I was 16.”

Glynis Margaret Payne Johns was born on Oct. 5, 1923, in Pretoria, South Africa, where her parents, both of whom were artists, were on tour.

Her father, Mervyn Johns , was a Welsh actor who went on to a prolific London theater and film career,; he was perhaps best known as Bob Cratchit in the 1951 British film “Scrooge” (released as “A Christmas Carol” in the United States). Her mother, Alice Maude (Steele-Wareham) Johns, who was Australian, was a concert pianist who played under the stage name Alyse Steele-Payne.

Glynis studied at the London Ballet School from the age of 5. When she made her stage debut in the children’s play “Buckie’s Bears” at 12, she became the fourth generation — on her mother’s side — to make a career in the theater.

And she grew up onstage. In 1936, she was the troublemaking schoolgirl who drove the plot in Lillian Hellman’s play “The Children’s Hour.” A year later she played the fairy tale heroine in “A Kiss for Cinderella”; in 1943 she played the title role in “Peter Pan.”

She made her film debut in “South Riding” (1938) as Ralph Richardson’s daughter. She acted in a war drama, “49th Parallel” (1941), starring Laurence Olivier. In “An Ideal Husband” (1947), she was Oscar Wilde’s frivolous and spirited Mabel Chiltern.

When Ms. Johns’s movies were shown in the United States, they were met with genuine, if faint, praise. Of “Miranda” (1949), a comedy about a mermaid who wanted to see London, Bosley Crowther wrote in The Times, “Glynis Johns is bewitching — one half of her is, at least — as the coyly flirtatious finny creature.” When she returned in “State Secret” (1950), with Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Mr. Crowther found her “very saucy and explosive as the music hall girl.”

Exactly when she made her Hollywood screen debut is a matter of opinion. “ No Highway in the Sky ” (1951), in which she played a soft-spoken and very military-looking flight attendant, was a 20th Century Fox picture that starred James Stewart but was filmed in England.

She also made two Disney films abroad that were British co-productions. In “The Sword and the Rose” (1953), she played Henry VIII’s little sister; in “Rob Roy” (1953), the Scottish freedom fighter’s wife.

“ The Court Jester ” (1956) with Danny Kaye was definitely American, albeit set in a medieval European castle. Ms. Johns was an alluring but determined spy who needed to know whether “the pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle.” And when push came to shove, she confidently operated the castle catapult.

She appeared in more than a dozen Hollywood movies, showing aristocratic restraint as often as rowdy working-class enthusiasm.

Ms. Johns was a proper turn-of-the-20th-century Southern belle fed up with her exasperating husband (Jackie Gleason) in the comedy “Papa’s Delicate Condition” (1963) and a loquacious Australian innkeeper in “The Sundowners” (1960), which starred Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr, and for which she received an Academy Award nomination.

In addition to playing the London suffragist in “Mary Poppins” (1965), she was the comic relief in “The Chapman Report” (1962), a 19th-century Scottish immigrant in the drama “ All Mine to Give ” (1957), James Stewart’s wife in “Dear Brigitte” (1965), a comedy about a math prodigy, and an author having too much fun to finish her book in “Don’t Just Stand There” (1968).

Proud of her Welsh heritage, she appeared in “Under Milk Wood” (1971), a British film version of the poet Dylan Thomas’s radio play that starred and was partly narrated by Richard Burton. As Myfanwy Price, a Welsh fishing village’s dressmaker and sweet-shop owner, she fantasized passionately about the draper on the other side of town.

In “ The Ref ” (1994), she was Kevin Spacey’s disagreeable mother. In “While You Were Sleeping” (1995), she was the comatose hero’s fragile grandmother. Her last film was “Superstar” (1999), a comedy in which she played Molly Shannon’s take-charge grandmother, who ran over a priest in her motorized wheelchair.

On American television, she was a mystery writer in a brief series of her own, “Glynis” (1963), and played the well-dressed, chauffeur-driven mother of Diane Chambers on an episode of “Cheers.” In the 1982 mini-series “Little Gloria … Happy at Last,” she was Gloria Vanderbilt’s mother’s mother, a vibrant flapper of a certain age.

But Ms. Johns had begun her career on the stage, and she returned to it often. She made her Broadway debut in “ Gertie ” (1952), earning favorable reviews — “Quietly humorous in everything she does,” said The Times — but the play closed after five performances.

She won over Broadway audiences as the title character of George Bernard Shaw’s “Major Barbara” (1956), a munitions heiress working in a Salvation Army shelter, starring with Charles Laughton. The Times’s Brooks Atkinson declared the production “a standoff” between Laughton and Shaw, but The Daily News called the comedy “one of the best in many seasons.”

On Broadway, she was in a second Shaw play, “Too True to Be Good” (1963), with Lillian Gish.

In London, her stage roles included Anne of Cleves in “The King’s Mare” (1966) and Alma Rattenbury, a notorious 1930s murderer, in “Cause Célèbre” (1977). In the early 1970s she did an international tour — playing England, the United States and Australia — in Noël Coward’s romantic comedy “The Marquise.”

Her final appearance on Broadway, opposite Rex Harrison in his last stage production, was in W. Somerset Maugham’s comedy “ The Circle ” (1989).

Ms. Johns was married and divorced four times. Her first husband, from 1942 to 1948, was Anthony Forwood, a British actor. She was then married to David R. Foster (1952-56) and Cecil Henderson (1960-62), both businessmen, and finally to Elliott Arnold (1964-73), an American feature writer and novelist.

Her only child, a son, Gareth Forwood, died in 2007. She is survived by a grandson and three great-grandchildren. She was a longtime resident of Los Angeles.

Maybe it was just as well that fate had pushed her into show business. In her youth, she was quoted as saying in a 1973 article in The Times, she had “wanted to lead what I thought of as a ‘normal’ existence, but I soon found I wasn’t as normal away from the theater as in it.”

She concluded, “Acting is my highest form of intelligence, the time when I use the best part of my brain.”

Alex Traub contributed reporting.

Where to watch the New Year’s Eve 2023 ball drop and festive performances

Confetti fills the air after the ball drop in Times Square in New York on Jan. 1, 2023.

It’ll soon be time to hold your loved ones, chant the final countdown and ring in 2024 while watching with the iconic Times Square ball drop.

No matter where you welcome the new year — on the dance floor, under the mistletoe or on the couch — here’s where to watch the countdown festivities.

This year, NBC won’t carry national New Year’s Eve programming as the holiday falls on a Sunday, when “Sunday Night Football” airs, but other networks will air spectacles that include rock star performances and show celebrations across the country.

‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2023’

Time: 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET

Channel: ABC

How to stream: “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” will be live on TV and on ABC’s website and app. It can also be viewed on subscription services with live TV, such as Hulu and YouTube TV. 

Hosts: Ryan Seacrest in New York with co-host Rita Ora, Jeannie Mai in Los Angeles and Dayanara Torres in Puerto Rico. 

Performances & more:  Cardi B will perform from Fontainebleau Miami Beach, and LL Cool J will perform a medley of his hits from Times Square. Other stars appearing include Megan Thee Stallion, Tyla, Sabrina Carpenter, Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Reneé Rapp, Post Malone from Las Vegas and K-pop group NewJeans from South Korea. 

‘New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen’ 

Time: 8 p.m. ET

Channel: CNN

How to stream: It’ll stream live on CNN Max and, for TV subscribers, on CNN.com and the CNN app. 

Hosts: The dynamic duo Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will celebrate their seventh year as co-hosts of the New Year's Eve celebration in New York. Broadcasters Sara Sidner and Cari Champion will take over the celebration at 12:30 a.m. ET to ring in the new year from Austin, Texas, in the Central time zone. 

Performances & more: Enrique Iglesias, the Jonas Brothers, Flo Rida, Rod Stewart and Miranda Lambert are just some of the artists to perform. There will also be interviews with Patti LaBelle, Jeremy Renner, Neil Patrick Harris and Bowen Yang & Matt Rogers, as well as a special appearance by illusionist David Blaine.

‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’ 

Time: Part 1 will air at 7:30 p.m. ET and part 2 at 10:30 p.m.

Channel: CBS

How to stream: It’ll air live on CBS from Nashville, Tennessee, and stream on CBS.com and will be available on demand on Paramount+ 

Hosts: Grammy-nominated artist Elle King and “Entertainment Tonight’s” Rachel Smith host the third annual Nashville bash.

Performances & more:  The greatest of country music will take the stage, including Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Lainey Wilson, Thomas Rhett and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Watch the Times Square Alliance New Year’s Eve show in person

For the brave souls who want to see the rain of confetti from the ball drop in person in New York City's Time Square, here's how to get in on the fun.

Time: The New Year’s Eve Ball is raised to the top of a pole at One Times Square around 6 p.m. ET, and it’s released at 11:59 p.m. to make its 60-second drop to celebrate the new year.

How to stream: Live pictures from Times Square will be streamed from 7 p.m. Sunday on NBC New York and Peacock. 

Where: Access points to the viewing area are at 49th, 52nd and 56th streets on Sixth and Eighth avenues. 

Hosts: Actor Jonathan Bennett and co-host Jeremy Hassell

Performances & more: Megan Thee Stallion, Flo Rida, Paul Anka and an appearance by Mayor Eric Adams.

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Glynis johns, who played mrs. banks in ‘mary poppins,’ dies at 100.

The actress also received an Oscar nomination for 'The Sundowners' and won a Tony for Sondheim’s 'A Little Night Music,' where she sang "Send in the Clowns."

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Glynis Johns

Glynis Johns, the upbeat leading lady with the British charm who starred as the spirited feminist mother Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins , has died. She was 100.

Johns lived in West Hollywood and died Thursday of natural causes at an assisted living facility in the area, her manager, Mitch Clem, told The Hollywood Reporter .

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Plus, she memorably sang “Send in the Clowns,” which Stephen Sondheim wrote just for her, in her Tony Award-winning performance as Desiree Armfeldt in the original 1973 production of A Little Night Music .

The husky voiced Johns was nominated for a Golden Globe for portraying a daffy older socialite who is stirred by the young stud she meets on the beach in a then-controversial film about sex,  The Chapman Report (1962).

A year later, she starred in her own short-lived CBS sitcom, Glynis , in which she played a mystery writer and amateur sleuth, and later, she was Lady Penelope Peasoup opposite Rudy Vallee as Lord Marmaduke Ffogg on the last season of ABC’s Batman .

Walt Disney himself loved Johns’ sparkling onscreen persona and recruited her to play Mrs. Banks, who needs a nanny ( Julie Andrews ) to take care of her two children, in Mary Poppins (1964). In the film, she memorable performs the song “Sister Suffragette.”

Of Welsh heritage, Johns — whose father was Mervyn Johns (best known as the fearful Bob Cratchit in 1951’s A Christmas Carol ) — made her early movie mark in light British fantasies. In Miranda (1948), Helter Skelter (1949) and Mad About Men (1954), she played a flirtatious mermaid who gets involved with real-life romances.

On the strength of her popularity, she ventured to Hollywood, where she portrayed Mary Tudor in The Sword and the Rose and the wife of a Scottish freedom fighter in Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue , two Disney films that also starred Richard Todd and were released in 1953.

Glynis Johns was born Oct. 5, 1923, in Pretoria, South Africa. Her mother was concert pianist Alys Steele, who gave birth to her daughter when she was on tour.

After collecting more than two dozen gold medals for dance competitions throughout England and a degree to teach ballet by age 10, Johns made her movie debut in England at age 13 in South Riding (1938), a country drama that starred Ralph Richardson. She later gained recognition for playing the title role in Peter Pan onstage at just 19.

In 1944, she appeared with her father as his daughter in The Halfway House , and they also worked together in The Magic Box (1951) and The Sundowners .

Johns co-starred with Richard Burton , Elizabeth Taylor and Peter O’Toole in Under Milk Wood (1972), an adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ fanciful story about the village of Llareggub .

She made her Broadway debut in 1952 in Gertie ;  starred opposite Charles Laughton in a 1956 revival of George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara;  and appeared with Rex Harrison in a revival of W. Somerset Maugham’s The Circle in 1989.

Johns also played Desiree’s mother in several A Little Night Music revivals.

Married four times, Johns had one son, the late actor Gareth Forwood, during her marriage to Anthony Forwood . She has no survivors, Clem said.

When asked by KABC-TV entertainment reporter George Pennacchio in October what it was like to turn 100, she replied : “It doesn’t make any difference to me. I’ve looked good at every age.”

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