There are music fans. And then there are fans: those that immerse themselves into music as much as possible by knowing every word to every song by their favorite bands, going to as many concerts as humanly possible, knowing every move their favorite bands make, and priding themselves on knowledge of unknown bands (you know the pretentious type I speak of).
While not all of us are as involved with our favorite music, there are a few habits worth borrowing to help us stay up-to-date with what’s going on in the music biz. And one of those habits is reading publications, both online and in print. Of course, Infectious Magazine should be at the top of your list of websites to read on a daily basis. But for other popular publications that should be on your radar (who am I kidding, they probably already are), here are five well-known magazines for all things music and some other entertainment too.
Launched November 9, 1967, by Jann Wenner (who is still chief editor) and music critic Ralph J. Gleason, Rolling Stone is published every two weeks. While prominently focused on music, topics within this magazine and on its website also include movies and television, as well as politics. They also post album, song, and film reviews with star ratings. If you don’t know about Rolling Stone yet, please remove yourself from the rock you’re currently living under (just kidding!… but really…)
Through interviews, photos, news about upcoming releases, and more, Alternative Press was founded in 1985 by Mike Shea (who remains current president). With over 220 pages of content, AP is published monthly, sponsors a radio show on XM Radio, a multi-topic podcast with the likes of famous musicians, and creates compilation CDs. To add even more to their impressive resume, Alternative Press has their own concert tour (The AP Tour) and is a major sponsor for Warped Tour and Taste of Chaos.
First published on November 1, 1894 (holy smokes!), Billboard Magazine is said to be one of the oldest trade magazines in the world. However, the content of Billboard didn’t become solely about the music industry until the 1960s. Best known for its music record charts and music awards, Billboard’s publication is technically intended for music professionals on a business-to-business basis, but it is available at bookstores and magazine stands (especially those with a large musical presence).
While technically no longer in print, Spin Magazine is still functioning as a webzine. Founded in 1985, Spin is another bimonthly magazine focused entirely on music. In its early years, the magazine focused on college-oriented rock music, and was considered “eclectic and bold,” as well as considered the alternative to Rolling Stone. Some prominent contributors to Spin have included names like: Elizabeth Gilbert, Chuck Klosterman (author of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs), Marilyn Manson, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (author of One Hundred Years of Solitude), and many more. Spin also creates year-end lists including Single of the Year and Album of the Year.
Published weekly (obviously), Entertainment Weekly is a publication that focuses on entertainment news and reviews, with all things music, TV, and movies, even production and concert information. EW has regular topics in every issue (including “The Must List” and “First Looks”), as well as specialty issues throughout the year (like a photo issue, the Fall TV preview issue, and end-of-the-year issue that covers the best releases in seven diverse categories).
Honorable Mentions: NME Magazine (UK), Q Magazine (UK), Paste Magazine, Blender Magazine
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