Consequence of Sound

Consequence of Sound
Web address
Type of site Music webzine
Launched 2007
Alexa rank 14,625 globally, 3.509 in US [1]
Current status Active

Consequence of Sound, also known often as CoS, is a Chicago-based music website featuring news, album and concert reviews, and editorials. 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 currently has a combined staff of over 50 writers, editors, graphic designers, and photographers. Michael Roffman is the Editor in Chief and Adam Kivel is the Managing Editor.[2]

Consequence of Sound is currently 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]

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.[5] 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.[6] However, CoS did report on many acts that were not on the official lineup for 2010 Bonnaroo Music Festival, including Roger Waters.[7]

In February 2012, the website launched a long form writing section, South by Southwest.

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


  • Its album reviews are excerpted by Metacritic and used as part of that site's average album score from professional reviews.[8]
  • In October 2011, CoS began supplying articles to Time magazine's website.[9]


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