I have a friend who loves good music (a bit of explanation inside) and has been out of the country with limited media access for the last 6 months. I want to put together a sampler mix of everything she's been missing out on in the second half of 2013, but I don't know much about current music. What resources are out there that can help a musical novice assemble this playlist?
While I'd like to cover all genres, she enjoys a few specific things that would be nice to highlight, such as folk (or maybe it's indie folk? Think Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), strong female vocals (Adele, Aretha Franklin, that sort of style), and anyone who would be considered a little off of the beaten path.
Typically I'd ask for less mainstream resources so I could stay away from overplayed hits and the like, but in this situation mainstream might be more of what I need. In fact, she recently heard Clarity
at a mall for the first time and thought it was really good, so while some less common releases would be nice, I think anything that's been getting radio play is fair game this time around.
Hive Mind, what lists/websites/journals do I need to be using to build this Best Of July-December 2013 mix? I have no idea where to start looking!