Offbeat: 10 sites to discover new music


Martin Fjellanger; Eurovision Norway / EuroVisionary

Dutch singer Duncan Laurence rehearses his entry “Arcade” ahead of the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Lauarence would later go on to win the entire competition. the 2021 edition is to be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands after being cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Vijay Viswanathan

Music can bring many people together. However, this can extend to a whole world of music outside of Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas and Maroon 5. Here are ten sites to discover a range of more diverse music. 

Europop is exactly what it sounds like. Pop from Europe. The Eurovision Song Contest is the largest live music event, being held annually since 1956, with the exception of 2020 (due to COVID-19). Famous artists include ABBA, Netta, Sergey Lazarev and Little Big.

To discover the genre of  Europop from the world’s largest live music event, visit

Reggaeton is in Spanish and can trace its roots back to Puerto Rico and Panama. Known for its infectious beat, reggaeton is one of the most famous music genres worldwide. Famous artists include Bad Bunny and Ozuna.

To explore the genre of Reggaeton music, visit

K-Pop is also one of the most famous genres in the world, with artists such as BTS and Blackpink.

To explore the genre of  K-Pop, visit

Bollywood is the music and movie industry of India, with the largest grossing film making about $287 million. Famous artists include A.R. Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan and Asha Bhosle.

To explore Bollywood music, visit

Hard Rock/Metal is characterized by the usage of loud, screaming vocals, guitars and drums. Famous artists include Jimi Hendrix and The White Stripes.

To explore the genre of Hard Rock/Metal, visit

Alternative Pop, also known as Indie, originated in the United Kingdom. This music is made mainly with guitars and a “do-it-yourself” style. Famous artists include the ACBs and Alvvays.

To explore the genre of Alternative Pop, visit

Afro-Cuban music can trace its roots back to the early 1940s, from Cuban immigrants to New York City. It is well known for being one of the earliest forms of Latin music, especially Latin Jazz. Famous artists include Frank “Machito” Grillo and Chano Pozo.

To explore the genre Afro-Cuban, visit

Keiino is a Norwegian pop group that focused many of its 2019 song releases on indigenous music, recording with the Sami people of northern Scandinavia, the Maori people of New Zealand, and Inuit artists from Canada. Their reasoning for these collaborations was that 2019 was designated as the United Nations Year on Indigenous Languages.

To explore Indigenous Music, visit

Classical music, something we’ve all heard with Mozart, Bach, Chopin and Rossini being names most people are somewhat familiar with. It is known for its significance and its dramatic sounds, with big crashes and melodic notes.

To explore Classical Music, visit

Soul can trace its roots back to the early 1950s in the United States, during the Civil Rights Movement. It later branched out into other genres to form Mowtown and Memphis Soul.  Famous singers include Arethra Franklin and Marvin Gaye.

To explore the genre of Soul, visit