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Explore: Music

Databases

Biography Reference Bank: Search by name (last name first) or band or Browse for "musicians" by selecting "Profession/Activity" from the "In" box to find detailed information about an artist's or band's early years, career highlights, home and family, hobbies and other interests, recordings, images, achievements, and awards with links to related websites.

Oxford Reference Online: Select the “Performing Arts” section to search music dictionaries and encyclopedias. Click on “Links for this Subject” and connect to over 100 websites on all types of music including jazz, choral, medieval, classical, theater and opera. Find details on composers, awards, and how to locate the name of a tune.

Websites

Allmusic: This site covers a vast range of artists, albums and musical styles. Find facts, songs, instruments, similar artists, influencers, biographies, images, reviews and recommendations.

Billboard: Online version of the weekly Billboard magazine devoted to the music industry. Find the latest music news, reviews, music charts, articles, videos, lyrics, albums, and biographies on your favorite artist or band.

Common Sense Media: Find family-oriented reviews of movies, games, websites, TV, books and music. Each review addresses issues such as: role models, messages, violence, sex, language, consumerism, drug use and age appropriateness.

Lyrics: Lyrics.com is the largest searchable lyrics database and more. Search by lyrics, song title or artist. Listen to the top songs based on the music charts.

Metacritic: This website summarizes entertainment criticism about film, video, music, games, books and television. Uses “metascores” to combine all individual critic scores into an overall grade for each item.

National Public Radio (NPR) Music: Listen to new music, podcasts, live concert and studio sessions. Watch video sessions. Read interviews with musicians and music reviews from National Public Radio (NPR).

New Musical Express: The New Musical Express (NME) brings you the latest music news and reviews, music videos and gossip.

Pandora: Pandora radio is the personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorites. Search the Music Genome Project database compiled by a team of 50 musician-analysts who listen to songs and enter music details.

Radio Disney: Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families.

Other Links of interest:

Grammy.com – Official website for the Grammy music awards.

iTunes – A free application for your Mac or PC that organizes and plays digital music and video.

MTV – Watch and listen to music videos of your favorite artists and find celebrity and music news.

Metrolyrics - Searchable lyrics database featuring 450000+ lyrics to almost 15000 artists.

Pitchfork.com – Essential guide to independent music and beyond.

Rolling Stone – Online version of Rolling Stone magazine with music and artist news, reviews and more.

Tony Awards – Official website for Tony awards.

Print Resources

To locate print resources on music, look in our catalog under Sound recordings – Reviews.

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