I discovered a wicked slick independent and underground music site: Epitonic. (Sort of a lie: I had seen this site before, but had since forgotten about and have rediscovered it.) Record companies allow Epitonic to make available one or two tracks from a CD as mp3’s (in hopes that it will encourage listeners to buy the album). Among other options, you can download the mp3s, make up your own playlist and listen to them as an mp3 stream, or listen to their radio station that is customizable by genre.
A great way to explore independent music (I am building up quite a mix of music, and have placed a few CD’s on my wish list). Check out my playlist. Sweet.