RSS: Concerts and Music (51)

November 10, 2008

It’s week two of RSS Month! This week we’re talking about music.

Do you ever feel hopelessly unplugged when it comes to Nashville’s music scene? Are you kicking yourself because you didn’t hear about Air Supply at the Wildhorse Saloon? If you’re like me, you probably hear about artists who visit town days after their performance – when you hear other people talking about how great a concert was.

Don’t miss another show – stay in the loop with RSS!

There are several ways to keep up with concerts using RSS. It’s a matter of finding the site that works best for you.

I use feeds from the site Bands in Town to alert me when some of my favorite artists are on tour. Here’s how it works:
Search for an artist or group (use the search box in the upper right corner). We’ll search for the Black Crows.

The profile page for the Black Crows is below. On the right hand side, there’s an RSS feed for the band’s calendar. Subscribe to the feed and you’ll get RSS updates for concerts or events. One thing to keep in mind with this site – you have to be on the profile page to see the RSS feed.

If you’re looking for concerts you might have missed that you probably couldn’t have gone to anyway, check out All Songs Considered. They have a feed for past live concerts. This feed will let you hear recordings of Tom Waits at Atlanta’s Fox Theater or the Raconteurs when they were in D.C. I think it is pretty cool that concerts appear in my RSS feed. For free!

Want updates on all manner of events? Try Upcoming. You can subscribe to feeds for events based on the category (music, sports, etc.). You might even learn about events you didn’t even know existed – like the Saturday evening star shows at the new Adventure Science Center planetarium!

The beauty of music updates in RSS? For one, your email box isn’t cluttered by updates from tons of websites. But, most important, it doesn’t matter how often you check your feeds – this isn’t news, so there’s no daily commitment!

See you next week for one more tip about using RSS. Oh, and if you have tips of your own, please share them in the comments!