SomaFM is a listener-supported, commercial-free, Internet-only radio station with over 40 channels of music, all "hand-picked by SomaFM's award-winning DJs and music directors." Some of the channels change with the seasons - Department Store Christmas, for example, is not available year-round - but here's the full list, from A to Z, at the time of our review:
- Beat Blender - A late night blend of deep-house and downtempo chill.
- Black Rock FM - From the Playa to the world, for the annual Burning Man festival.
- Boot Liquor - Americana Roots music for Cowhands, Cowpokes and Cowtippers
- Christmas Lounge - Chilled holiday grooves and classic winter lounge tracks. (Kid and Parent safe!)
- Christmas Rocks! - Have your self an indie/alternative holiday season!
- cliqhop idm - Blips'n'beeps backed mostly w/beats. Intelligent Dance Music.
- Covers - Just covers. Songs you know by artists you don't. We've got you covered.
- Deep Space One - Deep ambient electronic, experimental and space music. For inner and outer space exploration.
- DEF CON Radio - Music for Hacking. The DEF CON Year-Round Channel.
- Department Store Christmas - Holiday Elevator Music from a more innocent time. (Specials)
- Digitalis - Digitally affected analog rock to calm the agitated heart.
- Drone Zone - Served best chilled, safe with most medications. Atmospheric textures with minimal beats.
- Dub Step Beyond - Dubstep, Dub and Deep Bass. May damage speakers at high volume.
- Fluid - Drown in the electronic sound of instrumental hiphop, future soul and liquid trap.
- Folk Forward - Indie Folk, Alt-folk and the occasional folk classics.
- Groove Salad - A nicely chilled plate of ambient/downtempo beats and grooves.
- Groove Salad Classic - The classic (early 2000s) version of a nicely chilled plate of ambient/downtempo beats and grooves.
- Heavyweight Reggae - Reggae, Ska, Rocksteady classic and deep tracks.
- Illinois Street Lounge - Classic bachelor pad, playful exotica and vintage music of tomorrow.
- Indie Pop Rocks! - New and classic favorite indie pop tracks.
- Jolly Ol' Soul - Where we cut right to the soul of the season.
- Left Coast 70s - Mellow album rock from the Seventies. Yacht not required.
- Lush - Sensuous and mellow female vocals, many with an electronic influence.
- Metal Detector - From black to doom, prog to sludge, thrash to post, stoner to crossover, punk to industrial.
- Mission Control - Celebrating NASA and Space Explorers everywhere.
- n5MD Radio - Emotional Experiments in Music: Ambient, modern composition, post-rock, & experimental electronic music
- PopTron - Electropop and indie dance rock with sparkle and pop.
- Secret Agent - The soundtrack for your stylish, mysterious, dangerous life. For Spies and PIs too!
- Seven Inch Soul - Vintage soul tracks from the original 45 RPM vinyl.
- SF 10-33 - Ambient music mixed with the sounds of San Francisco public safety radio traffic.
- SF Police Scanner - San Francisco Public Safety Scanner Feed
- SomaFM Live - Special Live Events and rebroadcasts of past live events
- Sonic Universe - Transcending the world of jazz with eclectic, avant-garde takes on tradition.
- Space Station Soma - Tune in, turn on, space out. Spaced-out ambient and mid-tempo electronica.
- Suburbs of Goa - Desi-influenced Asian world beats and beyond.
- Synphaera Radio - Featuring the music from an independent record label focused on modern electronic ambient and space music.
- The Dark Zone - The darker side of deep ambient. Music for staring into the Abyss.
- The Trip - Progressive house / trance. Tip top tunes.
- ThistleRadio - Exploring music from Celtic roots and branches
- Underground 80s - Early 80s UK Synthpop and a bit of New Wave.
- Vaporwaves - All Vaporwave. All the time.
- Xmas in Frisko - SomaFM's wacky and eclectic holiday mix. Not for the easily offended.
SomaFM on Roku allows you to "favorite" any music channel by selection the heart emblem at the top of the screen while a channel is streaming. SomeFM is free and has no commercials, but donations to keep SomaFM operating can be made on their website, or you can support the streaming service by buying some awesome swag at store.somafm.com.
-- Information is current as of November 21, 2022
CHANNEL STORE DESCRIPTION: Over 25 unique channels of listener-supported, commercial-free, underground/alternative radio broadcasting from San Francisco. Home to Groove Salad, Drone Zone, Indie Pop Rocks, Boot Liquor, Underground 80s, Sonic Universe and more. All music hand-picked by SomaFM's award-winning DJs and music directors.
CHANNEL STORE CATEGORY: Music
FEES: None, but the station is listener-supported; donations can be made at somfm.com.