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14 Best Indie Music Blogs to Submit to in 2020

by Costanza Casullo

Are you an artist looking to submit/promote music? Or perhaps you are a music fan? We’ve compiled the ultimate list of the best indie blogs of 2019!

1. Santa Rosa Records

Santa Rosa records is a Texas-based indie label, publishing company, recording studio, and curator of obscure music from around the globe and across all genres.

The selection of music in this blog is fabulous. Each post is concise and to the point. There is also a section dedicated to interviews exploring artist’s creative processes in more detail.

If you are an artist and have something you think Santa Rosa Records would dig, shoot it their way.

2. Various Small Flames

Make yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy reading this blog made up of interviews, reviews, previews, mixtapes and … books! The choice of including literature is probably due to the fact that one of the editors (Jon) is also a writer and PhD candidate.

Various Small Flames is dedicated to sharing the music from independent artists, especially home recordings and DIY labels, so send them your tunes!

3. Chances with Wolves

“Chances with Wolves is not a radio show, it’s a state of mind.”

Chances with Wolves is your ultimate mixtape provider. Get on SoundCloud and follow them – you won’t regret it.

The website counts 388 mixtapes episodes and has a store where you can buy branded t-shirts as well as cassette mixtapes.

Each mixtape is about 2 hours long and most tracks on them are funky and, as some of the soundlcloud users observe – “dope.”

4. Drunken Werewolf

The editor of this blog (Tiffany Daniels) is a real professional with over a decade’s worth of journalistic, editorial and copywriting experience.

The website includes introduction of new artists, reviews of EPs, albums and live events, features and interviews.

If you are an artist looking to submit your music, this is a good place to start. The contact section of the blog includes an extensive explanation of how to submit your work, as well as general guidelines to take into account when approaching music bloggers.

5. Indie is not a Genre

Indie is not a genre covers news, reviews, live events, new album recommendations and interviews. Scroll down at the bottom of the web page and you will find out that indie is really not a genre, with different sections dedicated to pop, rock, electronica, singer-songwriter, post punk, psychedelic and punk.

The website started in Germany in the summer of 2011 and soon grew into an international project. It won the top 50 alternative music blog award!

Send them your music by using the about/contact page.

6. Indie Central Music

Alex, Adam, George and Stephen will help you unearth new music every week with their UK-based indie music blog. The website also includes a radio and indie central music TV. As one of the editors explains in the introductory YouTube video: if you are one of the biggest fans of the smallest bands, you want to subscribe to indie central music.


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7. Cougar Microbes

Whether you are an artist or a music fan, Cougar Microbes is a blog you should check out. With a team of 11 writers, the website covers interviews, introduction of new artists and live events. Cougar Microbes also posts a music video from a different artist every week, if that’s your thing.

If you want to submit your music to this blog, you should do so using Fluence or SubmitHub. Due to the fact that the team receives more than 300 submissions per day, they do not accept email submissions anymore.

8. Atwood Magazine

Atwood Magazine has an obvious passion for music. From their about page:

“We are celebrators of creativity. Atwood Magazine is an independent music journal dedicated to providing authentic writing, engaging, insightful editorials, and unique perspectives on music.”

They “aim to showcase not only incredible creation, but also the stories behind them.”

With features on up-and-coming independent acts getting placement beside industry stars, Atwood is a great platform to get your indie music heard.

9. The Owl Mag

“Owls are nocturnal and wise, like our readers” – explanation from the blog owners on the choice for giving the name to the project.

With its numerous freebies such as ticket giveaways, The Owl Mag is the music fan’s delight. Although these freebies and the live shows reviews are San Francisco-based, the blog will allow you to discover new music from all over the world.

10. Earmilk

Founded by Montrey Whittaker and Blake Edwards, Earmilk is an online music publication based out of the United States and Canada. With Dance, Hip-hop, Indie, Electronic, Experimental and Pop articles, Earmilk covers all tastes and genres.

Like Cougar Microbes, Earmilk uses the SubmitHub platform for its music submissions. So artists, what are you waiting for? Send your music their way!

11. Indie Shuffle

Indie Shuffle is of the belief that humans are better at picking good songs than robots. We totally agree (at least until the machines take over). The site’s updated a ton, and it’s more sound-focused than music-focused. That means minimal write ups, but tons of tunes, so there are tons of chances to get featured.

Interestingly enough, the founder went on to create SubmitHub, which – pro tip – is another great place to submit music to.

12. The Alternative Feed

The Alternative Feed isn’t pretentious or exclusive, which is kind of a welcome breath of fresh air in an indie music scene where a lot of people take themselves very seriously. That said, it’s still about good music. The focus is pretty broad – you’ll see coverage on mainstream acts like The 1975 mixed in with debuts from indie artists, so there’s a lot going on.

If you tend toward the pop side of indie, it’s worth a read and a submit.

13. GorillavsBear

Last but not least, GorillavsBear is a Texas-based music blog. In addition to music, the website comprises a photographic collection of the team’s favorite artists. Check out the GorillavsBear Polaroids in the New York Times.

Thanks to this blog, I discovered what ‘Modern Yacht Rock’ is. Go and google it. Or better go and listen to the mixtapes.

14. The Line of Best Fit

The cool thing about The Line of Best fit is that they’re focused on indie music discovery – and they do it well. From their about page: “For more than a decade we’ve been one of the world’s most trusted voices for music discovery, read by millions of fans every month, in search of  their new favourite band. ” If you can’t tell by the spelling, yep, they’re based in the UK. But they cover worldwide.



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8 comments

Rich Hall April 6, 2018 - 1:55 am

Nice work Constanza. I hope you are doing well!

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costanza casullo April 17, 2018 - 4:55 am

Hi Rich! Thanks I am fine! Thanks for reading 🙂

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Dani W + Drew November 14, 2018 - 12:48 am

Such a great read! Thank you for this!

-Dani W + Drew

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TUSCANY ENTERTAINMENT February 11, 2019 - 7:18 am

Id like to get review…how do I go about it

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Jon Anderson March 4, 2019 - 4:51 pm

Hey Tuscany, you can submit to us here on the site or over at Submithub. Thanks for reading!

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Charles February 21, 2019 - 10:26 pm

Great list. Some of them are my favorite. Thanks for sharing!

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Axel October 10, 2019 - 2:55 pm

Great list, some of them are gems! I’d love to visit your new blog “The Sweet Bird Sang”, however the link you posted doesn’t work. 🙁

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Ian Mellencamp October 30, 2019 - 1:54 am

Thanks for this! Great list to submit music to and to discover great music.

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