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rateyourmusic.com and Youtube are my main sources.
Scrub Radio is about the Independent artist getting heard. With the internet being world wide, getting an artist heard in places that FM radio could never reach is our goal. We have all stated that the greatest part of being here is that one day we would have to stop playing a band because our job was done. The band was heard, liked and is now a major act.
We have also been able to bring bands live sets from the local bars they play to the listeners. We have shared parties live with listeners and remote shows from where ever we can broadcast form. That includes a real "Road Show" travelling across the USA at about 80 mph!!
We've won 5 IOMA (Independent Online Music Awards) for Best Internet Radio Station (only station to ever win the award) also won Most Outstanding Contribution to indie music twice, and had 4 of 5 DJ's of the Year come from Scrub Radio (all IOMA) We also took third in some other radio awards sites in 2008.
Today we continue to be in the top 15% each month at internetradiotopsites.com
I prefer Last.fm to Pandora. Pandora is a cool idea, breaking music down to component parts to figure out what makes it appeal, but for me it simply doesn't work. The stations either get repetitive or or simply wrong. I have a station called "Destroy All Jam Bands" which is mostly proto-punk and it threw me the Grateful Dead! Just because a song contains a certain cadence or chord structure doesn't make a great song. Lyrics, subtle variations of structure... there are so many other factors that make something appealing, and the subtleties are what put the great past the merely good.
Last.fm is a bit more user-edited, so it uses the listener's experience of music for descriptive 'tags'. It also taps into what you actually play on media players, and suggests similar artists. If you listen to a lot of types of music, it takes that into consideration better than Pandora's model of component parts.
Hadn't see LivePlasma, but the interface and graphics are pretty cool. Not enough good data about indie artists to make it useful, unfortunately. It could grow into something helpful with the right input.