I use Pandora which is a Web 2.0 site that plays music which it thinks you might like. You choose a bunch of artists which you like, and it plays "similar music". Sometimes the "similar music" can by laughably dis-similar.
In the example below, I am listening to achingly hip bleepy experimental electronic music from Sonogram. Amongst the "similar artists" I see Pandora lists "Wee" Daniel O'Donnell, the wholesome country-and-Irish singer from Donegal who famously would serve cups of tea to the busloads of middle-aged women who visited his house. As you can see in this Flickr photo of Wee Daniel playing pool, it is debatable whether he would fall into the "hip" category.
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