Has anyone found a sure-fire method of being in the loop for when one of your favorite musicians is playing live in your area?
I once tried Ticketmaster’s notifications and (somewhat consistently with other Ticketmaster experiences), I found it maddeningly worthless. I also hear about stuff on the local NPR music station, but that’s usually chancier, since I don’t listen 24/7.
After missing and/or narrowly missing some dearly beloved acts in the past couple weeks, I’m on a mission to find a better solution. Preferably one that will notify me of bands that I specify when they are in my area.
Living in a mid market area (Salt Lake City) there are only a handful of venues that 95% of my favorite acts play when here in town; these places all have websites and I check them out on a semi regular basis to see who is coming around…
If you live in a big live music market (NYC, Austin, San Francisco, New Orleans) it may be overwhelming to keep up with all the choices and options for great live music (a problem I certainly wish SLC had)
You could try creating a last.fm account, if you’re into alternative music. Often, if you’ve listened to an artist, updates will pop up on the side saying that there’s a show in your area and how many people on last.fm are attending. Essentially, it’s word of mouth online.
Depending on the artist, news of upcoming shows breaks pretty reliably on fan-based message boards. Members on the boards have pretty wide tastes, and they get news from other boards. There’s a pretty big grapevine on the web, if you’ll pardon the mixed metaphor.