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Music & Performing Arts Librarian

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Memory Apata
Subjects: Music, Theater

Contemporary/Popular Music

Personal Websites and Social Media


Many contemporary artists publish their music videos and sometimes complete albums through their personal pages on YouTube. You can also find live performances, interviews, and process-related content (e.g. "the making of"). This material can be particularly useful for researching an artist's process in their own words. Beware of content not published by the artist, the artist's label, or performance venue as this could be removed from YouTube at any time.

Social Media

Most active musicians have their own websites, findable via Google Search. Information varies, but you may find biographies, tour dates, merchandise, and multimedia content on these websites. Apps such as Instagram and TikTok can also be useful for finding biographical information, works-in-progress, and up-to-date commentaries from the artist on current events. When using social media as a source for research, it is advisable to fact-check claims when possible.

Magazines and Newspapers

Rolling Stone

Best for finding trending hip hop, pop, rap rock, and other popular musics. Issues from the most recent 12 months are available with images via PressReader. Archival issues are available in plain text here.

BBC Music Magazine

Includes reviews for recent classical and crossover albums and performances, as well as feature journalism on rising stars and established artists.


Each issue reports the most popular songs (streaming and radio) for the past two weeks. Also includes interviews and features on new artists. The most recent 5 issues are available with images via PressReader. Archival issues are available in plain text here.

New York Times

The Arts section covers living artists, album reviews, performance reviews, news, and recent obituaries in music. For access via Dartmouth, you must create a free account. See sign up information here.

More Contemporary Newspapers



Streaming Audio

Journal Articles

For recent scholarly work on living artists, search for the artist's name in Library Search. Use the filters on the left side of the page to limit your search to "Show Only: Peer Reviewed Content" and "Format: Articles."


Books on musicians and bands can be found on Baker Level 1 in the ML410-ML420 range. These are browseable in alphabetical order by artist last name or first letter of a musical group's name. You can also look up an artist by name in the Library Search (e.g. "Ramones," "Lil Nas X", "Gloria Gaynor") and use the format filter to limit your search to books.