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Scans bands' websites for your city name.
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I have a large array of bands' websites that I try to check on a regular basis to see if their tour brings them through my city. Inevitably, I forget about one or don't check often enough and see that they were in town just last week.

For larger bands, there are concert websites like pollstar and ticketmaster. But for most of the bands I like, who do not list their touring information with anyone save the venues, it boils to down to checking dozens of websites on a regular basis.

WhenDoTheyCome.com would take care of this. You set up a user profile with your name, email, and city, and then enter in the band's name and the specific webpage that their touring information appears on. The website would check this website on a daily basis to see if your city name appears. When it does, it emails you and includes a link to the page so you can see the details.

superultra, Jul 22 2004

Google Lab Webalerts http://www.google.com/webalerts
I think you can knit what you want from this service. [jutta, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

our old friend Mr Frost in Tokyo ( I think ) http://www.vanity.to/
[po, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

here's one http://www.jambase.com/
[yabba do yabba dabba, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       An interesting side effect of such a website is that if enough users take advantage of it, the bands could see how many people are waiting for a show in each particular city.
superultra, Jul 22 2004

       I don't really have a problem with just getting on a band's mailing list and checking their upcoming dates once a month when they send out an email. So I don't know that there is a huge need for this, but the more I think about it, the more sure I am that I would sign up for it. (+)
luecke, Jul 22 2004

       Couldn't this just be a generic service without any reference to bands or music?   

       If <keyword> appears on <website>, send e-mail to <address>.   

       Or, given that "appears on <website>" is just another google criterion (and probably handled similarly in other search engines), if <search criteria> find anything new, send e-mail to <address>.   

       That service already exists (again, among other places, I'm sure) as Google Lab's "Webalerts".
jutta, Jul 22 2004

       It depends on what you listen to, but baked for many. Linkage.
yabba do yabba dabba, Jul 22 2004

       TicketMaster basically does this now.
zigness, Jul 22 2004

       These must be really small-time bands you are talking about to not be listed in PollStar's database. I follow some fairly obscure ones, and everyone I follow is listed there.
krelnik, Jul 22 2004

       Take Danielson. He is listed on neither ticketmaster (which, as far as I can tell, only displays bands that use TM) or pollstar. Jambase doesn't have it either.   

       He's not really "small-time" persay, it's just that I don't think he cares to advertise with these places. There are several other artists like these, "indies" if you will, that aren't listed either. Google Web Alerts kind of works, but it checks entire websites and not specific places.
superultra, Jul 23 2004

       Actually, whether or not it can be approximated with "Webalerts", this would be a good suggestion for an addition to the existing "track your band" sites. People should be able to add new sources of band information for inclusion. (But should not have to pay for the resulting copyright infringement law suits. Hum.) And there should be applications of popular content sharing standards (ala RSS or Atom or whatever it's called right now) for concert information.
jutta, Jul 24 2004


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