27 cool gift ideas for the music lover in your life

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. These gifts are perfect for musicians and music lovers alike. Vinyl Me Please/Instagram The music lover in your life can always be found listening to or playing music. Here are 27 gift ideas to fuel their passion for songs, bands, instruments, and any genre of music. Still looking for a great gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Table of Contents: Masthead Sti...
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Thyla – “3”

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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Every week the Stereogum staff chooses the five best new songs of the week (the eligibility period begins and ends Thursdays right before midnight). This week’s countdown is below, and you can listen to a playlist of all our 5 Best Songs on Spotify.
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How Opera Invented The Modern Fan

Theater impresarios quickly recognized them as their ideal audience: the true-blue fans who reliably subscribed to the whole opera season; bought programs, auto­graphed photos; and drummed up the anticipation and conversation that kept theaters in business. – LitHub
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Visa Delays Are Crippling US Music World

The delays have hampered many industries, but they are particularly upending classical music, which relies on stars from all over the world to make a circuit of leading concert halls and opera houses. – The New York Times
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Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

We got new music from superstars this week, with the latest tunes from Adele, Coldplay, and the Rock. Check back next week when they are all deemed ineligible for Grammys.
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Degrassi Writer Says Drake Threatened Legal Action When His Character Ended Up In A Wheelchair

Before Drake was Drake, the biggest rap star in the world, he was Aubrey Graham, the guy who played basketball star Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian teen soap Degrassi: The Next Generation. Jimmy ended up spending several seasons confined to a wheelchair after being paralyzed in a school shooting, and Drake’s performance as “Wheelchair Jimmy” became a meme that haunted Drake throughout his early rap career. In the A.V. Club‘s new oral history celebrating Degrassi‘s 20th anniversary, writer James Hur...
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Beachheads – “Down South”

Beachheads, the power-pop quartet that shares half its members with the Norwegian metal band Kvelertak, are working on the full-length follow-up to their 2017 self-titled debut. They shared the new song “ ” earlier this year, and today they’re back with the jangling, chiming “Down South,” which guitarist Vidar Landa says is his favorite song on the album.
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Low Life – “Hammer & The Fist”

Last month, Low Life announced their new album From Squats To Lots: The Agony And XTC Of Low Life. At the time, they also shared a new song, the pseudo-title-track “Agony & XTC.” Today, they’re back with another one.
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These earplugs help me protect my hearing at loud concerts, and they cost less than $30

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. The Mumba Concert Earplugs are comfortable and affordable. Sarah Saril/Insider Concerts are making a comeback, so I got these Mumba earplugs to help protect my hearing. The Mumba Concert Earplugs are the cheapest and most comfortable earplugs I've tried. They allow me to enjoy live music and loud events while minimizing potential hearing damage. Concert Earplugs (small) Before the coronavirus pan...
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Julia Shapiro On How Tarot, Weed, Elliott Smith, & More Influenced Her New Album Zorked

Under The Influence is a new revival of a very old Stereogum franchise, in which we ask artists to talk about the inspirations behind their albums. From other music, to film, to novels, to stray notes left behind by friends, and who knows what else, this is what’s on people’s minds when they’re writing the songs we eventually come to know and love.
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Elbow – “Six Words”

Back in September, Elbow announced their new album, Flying Dream 1, and earlier this month they shared its lead single, “The Seldom Seen Kid.” Now, the Manchester indie favorites have shared a gorgeous second song from their forthcoming effort titled “Six Words.”
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The Argument Turns 20

Fort Reno Park is a bucolic grassy expanse in Tenleytown, a fairly fancy neighborhood in Washington, DC. For decades, Fort Reno has hosted a summer series of volunteer-organized free concerts, and those shows have long been a crucial part of the DC punk experience. Starting in 1988, Fugazi played a free show at Fort Reno every summer, and in time, those shows became massive. Arriving at a Fugazi Fort Reno show felt like stepping into a movie, or a photo album. You’d walk over a hill, and a whole...
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Jamila Woods & Peter CottonTale – “WYD (You Got Me)”

Chicago’s Jamila Woods and Peter CottonTale have teamed up for a new song called “WYD (You Got Me),” an excerpt from the soundtrack to the forthcoming indie movie SUMMERTIME.
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The Russian Romance with the Guitar

It is difficult to imagine modern music without the guitar. It occupies an irreplaceable space in the modern ensemble. Its repertoire is vast, having been adapted to all genres of music. Each place it goes, it is adapted, and it was adapted for Russia as well. When the guitar first came to Russia, it had a unique sound and structure. But how did this versatile instrument make its appearance in Russia? Enter the beloved семистру́нка (семистру́нная гита́ра) the seven-string guitar. Фото автора Ka...
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Susanna Hoffs – “Name Of The Game” (Feat. Aimee Mann) (Badfinger Cover)

The Bangles co-founder Susanna Hoffs has been a prolific covers artist over the years, specially on her Under The Covers series with Matthew Sweet, the first volume of which arrived in 2006, with sequels in 2009 and 2013. Now, Hoffs has announced a new covers album, Bright Lights, which will feature reworking of famous songs by Nick Drake, Badfinger, the Monkees, Prince, and more. Today, she’s sharing a reimagining of Badfinger’s “Name Of The Game” featuring Aimee Mann.
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My Morning Jacket – “Complex”

Next week, festival-rock all-stars My Morning Jacket will return with their new self-titled LP. It’ll be the band’s first studio album in six years, and they’ve already unleashed the early singles “Regularly Scheduled Programming” and “Love Love Love.” Today, they’ve shared another new track called “Complex.”
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Twelve Predictions About The Future Of Music

Dead musicians will start by giving tours in concert halls, but as the cost of the technology goes down, they will begin performing everywhere. – Ted Gioia
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Jonny Greenwood – “Crucifix”

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood wrote the score for the upcoming film Spencer. A biographical drama about Diana, Princess Of Wales, née Spencer, directed by Jackie‘s Pablo Larraín and starring Kristen Stewart, Spencer is Greenwood’s first film score since his work on Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Phantom Thread and Lynne Ramsay’s’ You Were Never Really Here in 2017. The movie and its score are both out next month, and you can preview Greenwood’s contributions by streaming the emotionally heavy classica...
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Disclosure – “Deep Sea”

Disclosure officially release their new DJ-Kicks mix today. In addition to songs by Harry Wolfman, Simon Hinter, Slum Science, and more, the mix features two new tracks from the UK dance music brother duo themselves. We’ve already heard the first, “Observer Effect,” and now you can listen to “Deep Sea” and stream the whole mix below.
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Stream Zack Fox’s Debut Album Shut The Fuck Up Talking To Me Feat. The Alchemist, Kenny Beats, & More

The rapper and comedian Zack Fox has a rare gift for saying wild shit. Fox, who started out being funny on Twitter, has repeatedly gone viral thanks to tracks like his Kenny Beats collaborations “Square Up” and “Jesus Is The One (I Got Depression),” as well as his all-star tribute to Three 6 Mafia’s “Slob On My Knob.” In recent months, Fox has collaborated with people like Bfb Da Packman and Fabo. Today, out of nowhere, Fox has released his debut album Shut The Fuck Up Talking To Me. On first li...
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Laetitia Sadier – “New Moon”

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Miranda Lambert – “If I Was A Cowboy”

Earlier this year, the great country star Miranda Lambert got together with her songwriting partners Jack Ingram and Jon Randall to release The Marfa Tapes, an extremely cool acoustic lo-fi album recorded outdoors, into a single mic, with background noise left in. Next week, Pistol Annies, Lambert’s trio with her friends Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley — will release their Christmas album Hell Of A Holiday; they recently shared the single “Snow Globe.” In between those two side-project recor...
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The Month In Hardcore: October 2021

It’s pretty funny when rappers try to get crowds to mosh. Moshing at rap shows isn’t new, exactly — Onyx made “Slam” in 1993 — but as a widespread phenomenon, it’s a pretty recent development. Some rappers know how to set that shit off. Some do not. When the $uicideboy$’ Grey Day tour came to Richmond a week and a half ago, some of the acts from the duo’s G59 label would try to get the kids in the crowd to circle-pit, but they’d do it in between songs, when there was no music playing. This did n...
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Just What Are Esa-Pekka Salonen And His “Collaborative Partners” At The San Francisco Symphony Up To? They’re Not Sure Yet

Esperanza Spalding: “You may know who you’re writing for, the instrumentation, the length. … But once you actually start populating the spaces with notes and phrases, it changes. You can’t know what the shape of something you’ve never done before is going to be.” – San Francisco Chronicle
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The Number Ones: James Ingram’s “I Don’t Have The Heart”

In The Number Ones, I’m reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart’s beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present.
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Stream Young Thug’s New Album Punk

Young Thug started talking up his new album Punk right around the time he dropped his last one, So Much Fun, in 2019. Today, that album is here, ahead of Thug’s appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend.
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And Who Are These San Francisco Symphony “Collaborative Partners”, Anyway?

Here’s what to know about Nicholas Britell, Julia Bullock, Claire Chase, Bryce Dessner, Pekka Kuusisto, Nico Muhly, Carol Reiley, and Esperanza Spalding. – San Francisco Chronicle
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Grateful Dead Tee From 1967 Breaks Record For Most Expensive Vintage Shirt Sold At Auction

Right now, there’s a booming market for vintage rock-band T-shirts, and that market has just reached a crazy new high. Up until now, the most expensive vintage shirt in history was a Led Zeppelin shirt from the band’s 1979 concerts at Knebworth house; that one sold for $10,000 in an eBay auction in 2011. But now another shirt has almost doubled that record. Sotheby’s has just sold a 1967 Grateful Dead shirt for the princely sum of $17,640.
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Simon Gallup Has Apparently Rejoined The Cure

A couple of months ago, Simon Gallup, longtime bassist of the Cure, wrote on Facebook that he was “no longer a member of the Cure.” When asked whether he was leaving for health reasons, Gallup wrote that he was “ok” and that he had “just got fed up of betrayal.” But now, Gallup is apparently back in the band.
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