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372292577_92e369ef34 Tuesday is definitely my favorite day of the week. It’s when all the new music comes out, and the audiophile in me gets to have his fill of great new stuff – and terrible new stuff.

Other than my Tuesday fix, though, I try to not spend too much time tracking bands and albums all over the place – talk about a time drain!

Thankfully, I’ve set up a pretty loophole-free system to make sure everything I need to know – album releases, concert dates, and the like – gets in front of me when it’s supposed to.

Here are the three apps I use:

BandsinTown

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BandsinTown has a couple of great features that make it a useful one-stop spot for finding all your favorite bands. The site works almost completely by search, in one of two ways: either by band, or by location. Location’s a great one: Bandsintown automatically figures out where you are by your IP address, and then lets you search based on your spot. You can choose how far away you’re willing to go, how much you’re willing to pay, and whether you want major artists or indie acts – Bandsintown weeds it all down for you to show you only what you really want to see.

Searching by bands is great too – a quick search for, say, “Coldplay” brings up all kinds of useful information. You can see bios, your dates, discographies, and tons of other information that might be of interest.

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If you create an account with Bandsintown, you can set a few artists as your favorites, and be notified any time one of your favorites is coming to do a show near you. Personally, I get a weekly digest, in my email, of all the bands I like and might like who are going to be nearby. It’s a great way to stay on top of the game, particularly if you’re a die-hard fan of a particular band.

AlbumReminder

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It’s sad how excited I get about new albums coming from my favorite bands. I pre-order, sit and wait, and then go nuts when the download finally starts into my iTunes. Only problem is, I’m always worried I’m going to forget, and not be the first to hear the new albums! We can’t have that now, can we?

With AlbumReminder, my worries are gone. By signing up with AlbumReminder and then adding a few of your favorite artists into your account, you can get notifications of new albums from your favorites by email or by RSS. AlbumReminder features over 140,000 artists – just about anyone you can think of will be there.

You can get notified either on the release date, or set it to a time before the date. AlbumReminder’s also great about not sending you notifications of each and every version of an album (unless you want it, that is), so you’ll only get the notifications you actually want. AlbumReminder’s a simple way to make sure you know who’s making waves, and whose new album you need to get all giggly and excited about.

Oodle BandTracker

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This one’s a lot like Bandsintown, but with fewer features – and that’s a good thing, if you’re just looking to stay on top of the concerts in your area. Oodle’s BandTracker lets you search 752,634 bands playing 258,370 shows, to make sure you get to see the ones you want. You can track your favorite bands across the country and always be notified when they play near you.

Once a week, you’ll get an email from BandTracker letting you know who’s coming, who’s cancelling, and what’s going on near you. That’s all there is to it – which is great.

Would you like to broaden your musical horizon? Tina has the scoop.

How do you stay on top of the music world? Are you a music lover or audiophile? Let us how you keep track of your favourite artists, in the comments.

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  1. Antonella
    June 7, 2009 at 9:25 am

    One more site I've stumbled upon recently: LiveKick.com
    It lets you import your artists from the likes of Itunes, Pandora, Last.fm, iLike and easily manage them by scrubbing the list of those who ended up in your library/playlist but that you're not interested into.
    Not sure if it will work for Canada.

  2. Pierre O.
    June 7, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I have tried all the suggested sites on this page, as soon as people posted them.
    So far, Eventful is the only website to do the job for Montreal/Quebec/Canada events.
    Actually I find it very, very good. Very extensive listing. I even found some concerts of my favorite performers that I was not aware of.
    For my location ... way, way ahead of the others

    Thanks a lot for the posting

    Pierre O.

  3. Molly
    June 6, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    eventful is useful as well. eventful.com
    Not only lists concerts in your area/town, but other events as well. The artist/group has to be registered w/eventful, though. I recommend it to all artists/bands as you get a widget that can be posted on any site where fans can 'demand' you in their town. Very handy for fans to show bands where their hard core fans are located.

  4. Antonella
    June 4, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Try these:
    -SongKick - integrates with a plugin to your iTunes

    -SonicLiving
    It integrates with iTunes, Pandora, Facebook, Last.fm, Slacker and Lala, lets you track bands, receive automatic concert alerts and purchase tickets to shows

    -JamBase

  5. Antonella
    June 4, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Try these:
    -SongKick - integrates with a plugin to your iTunes songkick.com/track-tours

    -SonicLiving

    sonicliving.com/hello It integrates with iTunes, Pandora, Facebook, Last.fm, Slacker and Lala, lets you track bands, receive automatic concert alerts and purchase tickets to shows

    -JamBase

    jambase.com/

    • David Pierce
      June 6, 2009 at 11:07 pm

      The integration with iTunes is cool, and a great idea, but here's my problem with it: I don't care about most of the artists in my iTunes library. I listen to a lot more music than I would consider seeing live, and the number of bands I want to follow in concert is much smaller than my iTunes list. Integrating with iTunes, to me, seems like overkill.

      These are all really cool, though - I'm definitely loving JamBase in particular.

  6. Steve
    June 4, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I use jambase.com You can upload your iTunes library file.

  7. Pierre O.
    June 4, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Oodle just failed the same test
    sadly ...

    Pierre O.

  8. Pierre O.
    June 4, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Just tried Bandsintown, it seemed such a nice idea ...
    Unfortunately ... Simply did not work
    Did not find two shows I know are going to take place in Montreal, Canada

    I will try my luck with Oodle

    Pierre O.

  9. angleofattack
    June 4, 2009 at 7:51 am

    I'm a big fan of tourfilter.com.

  10. jeandseen than
    June 3, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    i wonder what is the best one , i will use it in my computer

  11. Jackson Chung
    June 3, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    All very cool suggestions. However, I have TONS of artists I want to keep up with. Is there a solution/app that will scan through my entire library and list the albums that are missing from each artist?

    I don't really feel like listing over 1000 artists in albumreminder...

    • siestakey21
      June 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm

      Check out iLike - it has a tool bar that scans your iTunes OR WMP music folders and adds the bands it finds as bands you are interested in on iLike. Unfortunately it won't tell you which albums you're missing but it will update you on concerts coming to your area and albums being released. Also has a playlist "radio" type station similar to Pandora or Deezer.
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