Finding Live Music

BHPI used to pore over the Pink Pages and Guardian very carefully when I was a teenager, to find the latest, hip concert listings to be seen at. It was something my buddies and I would bond over during late nights at Lyons after our swing shift, armed with yellow highlighters for narrowing down our choices, and mozzarella sticks for fuel. Mmm, cheese sticks.

But I digress. In these modern times, it’s a heckuva lot easier to quickly find the shows you want to attend. As always, The Internets do not fail us.

I am a religious user of Sonicliving, with which you can either manually look up artists and venues, or have it scan your iTunes library, Last.fm profile or Pandora profile, to create a show wishlist for you. You can then choose to have an email sent to you when your wishlists artists are coming to town! Also available are RSS feeds and iCal subscriptions. Add your friends to follow what shows they’re going to! Lots of options!

A similar option is tourb.us, which has a lot of the same functions as Sonicliving, with it’s e-mail, iCal and RSS notifications. Tourb.us imports from iTunes and Last.fm.

The newest contender is iConcertCal, which works seamlessly within iTunes to provide you with a calendar of shows based on your music library.

It’s also worth using Upcoming.org, to find user-entered shows and events, which is the best way to find shows your friends are interested in. Upcoming also imports undiscovered events via Yahoo! Local. Search by keyword, metro, venue, and tags! RSS and iCal subscriptions are available for your use. Metblogs uses Upcoming.org for our event listings, check out the sidebar!

I often combine many of these options into one single calendar using 30boxes. Subscribe to RSS or iCal calendars on 30boxes, and you’ve got one central calendar for all the events you’d ever want… never complain of an empty calendar again!

2 Comments so far

  1. fthead9 (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

    You should also check out epitunes for discovering bands playing in your city. They need more bands but the service is great.


  2. Tyler Willis (unregistered) on February 27th, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    You’re right, these are all good tools. I’d like to say that I actively use 30 boxes and tourb.us and can attest to the value they add. Instead of upcoming.org I use involver.com — I much prefer it’s interface. It’s a more intuative and easy to use upcoming, so take a look at involver to replace your current account.



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