Getting notified about upcoming concerts is nothing new. Such services have been around for years at ticket vendor sites (TicketMaster, TicketWeb, etc) and sites devoted specifically to this task (Pollstar).
Except that they all sucked.
Listings from ticket vendors are incomplete – they list only their own shows. Pollstar charges for their notification service when you track more than 5 bands (generous!) and even features friendly pop-up ads that bypass Firefox’s default pop-up blocker.
This is why I was so happy to see TourFilter – a concert tracking service made with real music fans in mind.
TourFilter tracks a comprehensive list of venues in major cities (New York, Boston and London seem to be the most complete right now) and allows users to track bands, explore what others are tracking and get recommendations of live events. Just like everything else on the web these days, it’s a work in progress, but it kicks ass just the same.