So I have been poking around on the various live music websites that are scattered across the Internet. I had no idea there were so many these days. I had been struggling with near-useless, last-generation sites like Pollstar, so was amazed how much things have changed. Now there are a multitude of websites that are trying to combine social media, data harvesting, and whatever the media 2.0 flavor of the month.
- Hearwhere – a gig listing site that is flashy but hard to use, and not good for Asia
- Songkick – nice interface, but geared toward big shows, and very little information on Korea
- Iggli – another attempt at media 2.0 and live music (and other live events). This site’s hook is the “invite” – it is all about people inviting each other to events; claims this is not social networking. Dubious. Not much on Asia.
- Bands in Town – big artists, not for Asia
- Jambase – ugly, just big Western acts, incomplete, basically another Pollstar
- Madlounge – only the US
- Superglued – social networking plus concerts; not sure how useful this could be if it takes off, but not much yet.
- Gigzee – specializes in local music, but buggy, and nothing for Korea yet
- Gig Junkie – not much in Asia, not very complete
- Gig Listing – trying to be the Google for live music. Still in beta, and it shows
- Gig Freaks – I think I like this one the best. Nothing for Korea yet, but its Japan and China listings show some promise. I like the interface (despite the big, ugly Google ad banner in the middle), which is easy to use and informative. Seems to be a one-man operation, though, so I am not sure how much it will develop in the future.
As you can see, I am biased toward sites that focus on local and indie music. Really, how much help do people need finding the next Lady Gaga concert? But hopefully these services will find a way to make it easier to find local and more unusual bands, all over the world. As the saying goes, your mileage may vary, so I link to all of them so you can check them out for yourself. If there are any you particularly like, please let me know.