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In the Neighborhood

Playing Near Here

We’re making it easier to find music in a town near yours with our new “area” search, now available only for select regions. This search groups together different communities that make up a metropolitan area.

At a Store Near You

Local businesses looking to target area consumers can contact us for more information on purchasing ads at the city, area, or state level.

Your Hook-up for DRM-free Tunes

Visit bands’ profiles on Playing Here and see that we’ve linked to Amazon’s MP3 Store for bands with mp3 albums available for sale. We like for bands to get their music out there, and we like to listen to bands before we go see their live shows. But of all the online music stores that might allow that, we’re happy to connect to the DRM-free music store on Amazon.

Bands, Bands, and More Bands

We now have over 1,200 bands listed on Playing Here, and we’re getting more and more every day. Our new MySpace page is helping with that. Submissions of new bands are still welcome.

Our band profile pages now include a photo of the band, so now you can check out the group you are planning to see. And if you’re still not sure who to go see, we’ll be happy to make suggestions. Our current featured band can be seen on our homepage along with a link to its upcoming events.

New Account Advantages

Playing Here currently has 578 registered users. You can see them all on the new user list. I’m not really sure why so many people have created accounts. There were previously only two advantages to having an account: you could leave comments and you could subscribe to email alerts. But less than 100 people have done either. So why did the other 400 odd people bother creating accounts?

In the near future, I intend to email them all and find out. But before then, I thought it would be good to add some more advantages to these accounts. If you look at the settings page, you’ll find you have a lot more settings now to set.

Most of them a focused on editing your profile page. See my freshly updated profile for an example. You can add your real name, show your email address to other users (though not to anyone else, as “anyone else” includes spammers, and enter whatever you want to describe yourself.

In addition to these profile features, you can also tell us you don’t want emails from us (such as that one I intend to send to find out why you all created accounts), or that you don’t want to see ads. Though we’d prefer you don’t do either (we’d like to be able to both communicate with you and make money), the choice is up to you.

To make any of these changes to your account, you need to first login. If you forgot your password, that may be difficult. So another new (and long overdue) feature is the ability to reset your password if you’ve forgotten it.

And of course, creating a Playing Here account still allows you to comment on individual shows and subscribe to email alerts for upcoming concerts in your area. So if you haven’t registered yet, now’s a good time.

iCal, Browsing, Etc.

Every city, state, and venue page now has an iCal subscription link. These links allow you to subscribe to event calendars in many calendar applications, including Apple iCal, Mozilla Sunbird, and Google Calendar.

Other recent updates include browsing bands, states, and cities. The style has also changed to something that’s hopefully a bit more flexible and more useable on smaller screens. Also, band names no longer update every time they update on MySpace. This means no more bands named “Band Name — new album coming soon.”

As always, let us know if you have any problems with the new features, or any suggestions for future improvements.

Ten Thousand Shows!

Just today we reached 10,000 shows listed on Playing Here. Sure, that’s not a huge number considering how many shows are actually happening, but it’s a good start. On to 20,000!

We Need More Bands

You might wonder why we’re bothering with a new site for live music listings when several sites already exist for that. Well, we hope we can do live music listings better. One way we’re doing it better is by reusing information already posted on other sites, so bands don’t need to do any extra work to get listed on Playing Here. Another way we’re doing it better is by making these listings openly available for reuse elsewhere.

But probably the most important difference between Playing Here and other live music listing sites is that we’re not full of crap. By “crap,” I mean live music listings that aren’t live, or aren’t music, or aren’t public, or have the wrong venue name, or the wrong city, or even the wrong state. We’re trying to filter all of this out by moderating events. This moderation was initially a lot of work, but we’ve automated much of it. So now we’re ready for more bands. Have a band you’d like to see listed on Playing Here? Now you can submit the band. We’ll filter out the crap, and publish the live music.

Years and Users

Playing Here Traffic, February 2007 - April 2007

Playing Here traffic per week, first two months

Traffic on Playing Here is steadily increasing, despite the very limited publicizing we’ve done so far. It’s almost entirely from search engines, which seem to love that every event, every venue, every date, every month, every city, every state, every year and every user has a separate page on the site. It’s the latter two, years and users, I want to focus on here.

The number of events on Playing Here is also steadily increasing, and we recently ran into a problem with the inability to display all of the shows for a year on a single page. The page just gets way too big and the server gets tired before it finishes. This is one of the nicer types of problem to have, but it’s still a problem. To avoid this, the year pages (e.g. 2007, 2008) now show a list of months and the number of shows in each month. As a quick visual reference, there’s also a simple bar graph behind the month name. As you might expect, the number of events per month gradually trails off into the future, as bands don’t tend to schedule tours very far in advance.

User pages are new. Whenever anyone leaves a comment on a specific show, their username will link to their user page. Currently the user page only lists comments, so if you see someone say something interesting about one show, you can see what they said about other shows. We have a lot of plans for additions to user pages, but that’s all for now.


This is where we’ll be posting notices of new features on Playing Here and other related discussion. For an example, you might be interested in the heat map we use to gauge where we should be focusing our search for more shows. It measures upcoming events on Playing Here per state, weighted against state populations.