Consequence of Sound

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Consequence of Sound
Logo for Consequence of Sound.jpg
Web address
Type of site
Music and film news and reviews
Launched 2007
Alexa rank
5,455 globally, 2,107 in US [1]
Current status Active

Consequence of Sound (CoS) is a Chicago-based online magazine[2] featuring news, editorials, and reviews of music and movies. In addition, the website also features the Festival Outlook micro-site, which serves as an on-line database for music festival news and rumors.

The site was founded in September 2007 by Alex Young—who now has the role of the site's CEO and publisher—and it has a combined staff of over 50 writers, editors, graphic designers, and photographers. Michael Roffman is the President and Editor in Chief, Adam Kivel is the Managing Editor, and Ben Kaye is the News Editor.[citation needed]

Consequence of Sound is listed as one of the most influential music websites by Technorati.[3] In 2010, ranked Consequence of Sound the year's best music blog, based on "Technorati rankings and the online buzz throughout the year".[4] In the Spring of 2014, Style of Sound calculated that Consequence of Sound charted as the No. 2 Most Influential Music Blog.[5]

A popular feature of Consequence of Sound is the Festival Outlook, posting rumors regarding bands playing music festivals. However, it has caused some controversy. In 2009, CoS reported that Paul McCartney and The Killers would headline the 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival prior to its lineup announcement.[6][not in citation given] In 2010, CoS reported that Muse, Jay-Z, and Gorillaz would headline the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival prior to its lineup announcement. In October 2015, Consequence of Sound broke the news of LCD Soundsystem's impending reunion,[citation needed] and also was the first publication to report on LCD Soundsystem and Guns N' Roses headlining performances at Coachella 2016.[citation needed]

In February 2012, the website launched a long form writing section, Aux.Out. In March 2012, the website launched its first-ever mobile app at South by Southwest.[citation needed]

The website takes its name from the Regina Spektor song, "Consequence of Sounds".[citation needed]


  • The site's album reviews are excerpted by Metacritic and used as part of that site's average album score from professional reviews.[7]
  • The site's film reviews are cited by Rotten Tomatoes and factored into the average score for each film on that site.[8]
  • In October 2011, CoS began supplying articles to Time magazine's website.[9]


  1. ^ "Site Information for". Alexa. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Ulaby, Neda (December 29, 2014). "Mary Timony Brings 'Understated Swagger' To Ex Hex". NPR. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Technorati". Technorati. 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Best Blogs 2010 - Top 10 Best Blogs of 2010". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Top 100 Most Influential Music Blogs". Style of Sound. Retrieved 2014-12-19. 
  6. ^ Ching, Albert (2009-01-23). "Coachella 2009". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Consequence of Sound's Scores". Metacritic. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 753 music reviews 
  8. ^ "Consequence of Sound's Scores". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Roffman, Michael (24 January 2012). "M83′s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming: Pure Bedroom Pop". Time. Retrieved 16 April 2012. This post is in partnership with Consequence of Sound, an online music publication devoted to the ever growing and always thriving worldwide music scene. 

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