Home Unknown, a new website dedicated to discovering and sharing local independent music from various cities across the United States officially launched its music streaming website last month. Currently, there are curated playlists for New York City, Miami, and the South Florida area, Chicago, Los Angeles, and the Southern California area, San Francisco and the Northern California area, Nashville, and Denver.
Each playlist has approximately 10 to 15 bands and is organized by city. “The purpose is to show fans of local music what’s happening in other cities,” says Home Unknown’s founder Ricardo D. “Sometimes when you’re involved in a local music scene, be it as a band or whatever, it can feel like you’re on an island. Hopefully, this will help make a bridge between the local scenes of different cities and help connect artists.”
The styles of the bands vary greatly but most fall into the Indie/Rock category. There are plans in the future for the project to expand to include other genres. The origins of the project stem from Ricardo’s own frustrations with being unable to consistently find great independent music. “I think it’s overwhelming for music fans right now. There’s so much great music out there that it’s easy to get lost.” He adds, “That’s why the curators are vital to this project. There needs to be a filtering system in place from a person with great taste in music – which can’t be written as an algorithm.”
Currently, there are more than 70 bands featured on the site, with new playlists being added weekly or every other week. There’s also been two named curators for Los Angeles – local music photographer Shitshow Dave, and New York City – host of The Rodent Hour on Radio Free Brooklyn, Matt Attack.