Excellent question. New (good) music? That's a lottery.
From time to time I get reminded of regional, cultural, and linguistical boundaries and frameworks that limit what I listen to. It's like I live under a rock without the ability to see farther than my nose.
I simple get and grow tired of repeting the same music on my playlist so I set myself to continue exploring intentionally and conciously.
I listen the advice of people I trust or admire.
For that I listen people's recommendation, specially if I consider them specialists in their field. If mootbooxle recommends Ennio Morricone or kfaraday listens to Macklemore I have to find out why that is so for two reasons:
a. I'm sure there was value in those artists' music that it was worth their time to be worth my time.
b. The artist probably inspired mootbooxle or kfaraday in a way that influenced their music. The artists probably helped shape who are they today musically as well. That's pretty important to me because they became great by practice, but also by having specific music role models to follow to and by getting inspired musically by them.
I listen botber's recommendations, if it isn't clear already. There was/is a reason they like certain artist. Chances are that ubiktune, hexawe or 8bp musicians share the same insterest that I have. So hello big data and ocean test for music, we'll probably like the same things.
I force myself to listen the platinum album sellers even when I found the music horrible. I couldn't understand how Heosphoros listened to Lady Gaga, he said she was a genious. There is/was a reason lady gaga sold so many albums. I gave in, started listening...Indeed, she's a genious at what she does, even when/if I "dislike" pop music. Also, it's like the saying, if so many people agree on something, and I don't agree...then I'm probably wrong on so many grounds. And I'm often wrong on very many grounds.
I change radio stations a lot "exploring" what's out there besides the genres I like (chiptunes, tech metal, metal in that order, and most often that not without lyrics)
I force myself to listen the cult classics of all genres, be it country, jazz, j-roku, even and specially when I don't get the lyrics. Those artists from cult classics and the big sellers were influenced by other musicians. I try to find out what they listened too, if I find them great and talented.
All genres have their own stars and cult classics.
Old music is a gold mine. The roots and where it all began.
I hardly use spotify, soundcloud, youtube for discovering music/talent/quality. The algorithms haven't hit good recommendations so I just avoid them. Actually youtube hits good recommendations, but I hardly have time to sit for youtube sessions..
I expose myself and I get compilations, eg "electropop compilation" and start exploring without knowing what to expect, genre by genre. I have a long way to go...
I use radio, if I know the songs by heart and know what to expect I just avoid that station. I make my own cds or plug a usb drive with my playlists. Sometimes radios is just enough.
I explore intentionally leaving my confort zone.
Off topic? forced myself to listen madonna...big mistake. I can't see her talent, the only record I liked from her it was her debut. That's from the big sellers.
I'd rather listen baron's counter cosby's band anyday. It's way more fun than madonna's music.
ps: definately the major chiptune collections like nsf, sap, spc, hsvc, the atari collection and so on, more curated than modland.
ps2: where do I play my music? xmplay, at home. on the go if time allows I use a portable usb player, like the sansa c200