7 Music Podcasts You Need To Hear

Want to experience music in a new way? Then download or stream some audio and video podcasts! From reviews of albums to live performances, these segments cover offer plenty for music fans. If you’re looking to find out the latest trends from critics or hear from your favorite artists, these podcasts are definitely worth a listen. Once you press play, you’ll be hooked.

Sound Opinions

On this podcast produced by WBEZ Chicago, critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot update listeners on all things rock and roll. The hosts chatter on about rock news, review albums and interview musicians such as their most recent guest, Robert Plant.

Music Popcast

The New York Times brings you these roughly 30 minute episodes focusing on the latest trends in music. Over the past few months the critic hosts discussed topics ranging from Taylor Swift’s 1989 album and Bobby Shmurda. If you want to hear opinions on the most buzzed about subjects in music, this is the podcast for you.

KEXP Live Performances Podcast

This podcast provides listeners with live performances on the go. You might not be at the concert, but you can listen to live music while chilling at home thanks to KEXP. These in-studio performances tend to feature a lot of indie artists and up and coming musicians.

NPR’s All Songs Considered

NPR has tons of interesting podcasts but this one rises above the rest because it introduces listeners to new music and also pays tribute to classic artists. The episodes include clips of songs with commentary afterward. Sometimes they  feature musicians like past guests Ty Segall and Dave Grohl.

WBEZ Live Music Thursday

If you’re more a visual person, then check out this video podcast featuring live performances. This segment, another produced by WBEZ, showcases different bands and artists playing one song in the studio. Past visitors have included Cheap Trick and Pelican.

Song Exploder

This podcast is a truly one of kind experience because it lets listeners learn more about the structure and recording process of different tunes. Each of these quick episodes brings a new artist on who breaks down their songs and influences.

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen invites musicians into his office to jam out. This video podcast gives listeners a glimpse at some intimate performances by notable musicians. Past performers have included J Mascis and T-Pain.