So, you have a huge library of newly discovered music, you have all of your music in your favorite media player, you even have the latest live recordings; the only thing left to do is see your newly favorite rock bands live!
Going to a live concert for your favorite band is one of the most fun and exciting ways of supporting the particular band you are listening to. But what’s the best way to track their tour dates and where they will be appearing?
Here’s 3 websites that can help you out with that.
Songkick is probably the newest and most user-friendly band tracking web application that I was able to find, and seemed to do a relatively fine job as well.
To begin tracking your favorite bands, simply sign up (a one step process), then either download the Songkick software, add artists based on your Last.fm profile, or add artists manually. If you decide to add artists based on your Last.fm profile, Songkick automatically scans and adds all of the artists in your Last.fm profile that had active upcoming tour dates.
This can be particularly helpful, as it was in my case, when you have hundreds to thousands of different artists that you would rather not add manually. (Songkick has been previously covered on MUO here.)
Unlike Songkick, Eventful tracks all of the events in your area, arranging them in various manners, including popularity, ticket sales, genre, etc. Thus, Eventful can be helpful for those of you that may not have as large of a music library, maybe just a more wide range of musical interests, or possibly just want to go see as many live performances as possible.
Another neat feature of Eventful is that it if you see that a certain tour date is not in place for an artist in your area, Eventful will even allow you to add a concert for any artist and “demand” that they come by writing a short reason (optional) to attempt and get a large enough following for your area.
In any case, Eventful is one of the better user-friendly band tracking web apps for concert tour dates, and I highly recommend checking it out.
Gruvr is unlike any other band tracking web app I have seen yet. Instead of doing the “conventional” tracking, Gruvr finds all concerts in your area within X amount of miles and shows them on a map with details of each performance. Gruvr even creates a detailed RSS feed for your specific area to let you stay on top of the most recent acts in your area all the time.
Gruvr can filter performances based on certain bands, future venues, area, etc. and can even email you when your favorite band is playing in your area. Furthermore, Gruvr can filter artists, venues, and performances based on the number of ticket sales, then get you a list of the best seats with their prices, all without seemingly depending on other third-party sites.
What do you use to track your favorite bands? Tell us in the comments!
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