Found this in the current issue of Rolling Stone. The one with South Park on the cover.
For a quick and dirty -- and I do mean dirty, this is one basic site -- place to find upcoming concerts in your city, a la Craigslist, check out TourFilter.com
. It's also really slow, maybe from the promo it got from RS and now it's getting more hits than it can handle.
You can make a list of your favorite musicians to track, and it looks like the site recommends music you might like based on your favorites. That's kind of cool, but I've found with other sites that recommend that things can get a little weird. I've found the best recommendations come from my friends who really share my tastes. No site can compare to a friend's gray matter.
But this site still is pretty cool.
Now, the problem is coming up with the cash to go to all the concerts.
Here's what I got from them after signing up:
> We made Tourfilter because we were missing too many of our favorite bands when
> they came through town.
> We would read about them in the Globe the day after they left, hear about the
> show after tickets had already been sold out, etc.
> So we decided to write a program that would download all the club listings in
> the area daily and search them for the names of bands we liked, then send an
> email when a hit came up.
> So that's what Tourfilter is. Except everyone can use it, not just us.
> Plus we baked some other hopefully cool stuff in, too:
> - Everyone's band list is public and available via url.
> - You can see who's tracking the same bands as you. If you like one of
> their bands, you can easily start tracking it yourself.
> - If there's a show coming up you want to tell people about, Tourfilter
> makes that easy. Just enter their email addresses and they'll get one (and only
> one, ever, I promise) email telling them about the show. Then maybe they'll join
> Tourfilter themselves and start recommending good stuff to you!
> - If you like someone's taste and want to get an email any time they
> recommend a show, that's easy to do as well. Just hit their homepage and click
> "get recommendations from so-and-so."
> - For an extra hit of social goodness, you can see a list of who each
> person gets recommendations from, and who _they_ get recommendations from. So
> with a few clicks you can find the people with _really_ good taste.
> In case you haven't noticed, Tourfilter is a work in progress! please email us
> with your thoughts - just REPLY to this or any other Tourfilter email!
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