Until recently, the answer for has been Alternative Press magazine. I started reading in the early 90's: it's been an excellent source of info on new bands and new recordings. In the late 90's AP began to feature cover stories on pop tarts such as Fiona Apple and Sugar Ray, but the reviews section still rocked: typically, over 100 reviews of albums in all kinds of genres ranging from alt-country to progressive to punk to electronica to metal to avant jazz. Little or no major label recordings... usually, big-label albums were trashed. But AP went downhill for me last year when they started classifying reviews by genre: Punk, metal/hardcore, indie, rock, electronica/hip-hop. This seems lame because much of the music I enjoy can't be pigeonholed. For instance, would Naked City go into punk or jazz or metal/hardcore? So, I'm wondering what you hipsters read to keep up. I've glanced at other zines such as CMJ... maybe I'm wrong but they mostly seem to stick to indie rock.... not much in the way of experimental versions of techno, jazz, hardcore, etc. I'm thinking I should get The Wire... being an overseas publication it's very pricey (and probably recommends a bunch of overseas recordings which are likewise pricey), but if it covers a wide enough range of genres I'm willing. Again, I'm looking for a zine where I can learn about avant jazz artists such as Roy Anderson and William Parker, avant techno such as Aphex Twin and Kid 606, prog rock such as Volapuk and Thinking Plague, post punk such as Arab on Radar and Birthday Party, alt dub such as Scorn and Bill Laswell and the Wordsound posse, math metal such as Botch and Dillinger Escape Plan, trance weirdness from Pelt and Vibracathedral Orchestra, "non-New Agey" World Beat... I think you get the idea.