Since most everyone enjoys some form of music, and approximately half of America’s 25-and-under sect is in a band of some sort, music venues, retailers, and publications have made a concerted effort of late to beef up their websites with everything from show information to message boards to online classified ads.
San Antonio is no exception to this trend. Here are some of the best (and worst) music-centric websites in the Alamo City. Of course, you can get the latest on all things San Antonio music at sacurrent.com. The site includes the Mixx Tape, a streaming local music playlist that welcomes your submissions, and Live & Local, a weekly feature reviewing SA shows.
Everything you could want from a venue that specializes in food, drinks, and live music, the Cove’s website features a full show schedule (complete with artist links and applicable cover charges), a menu, and even a list of bands who have played the venue in the past. And for aspiring musicians, the Cove’s calendar specifies which nights the venue holds open-mic events.
The city’s best option for local music on the radio, San Antonio College’s KSYM has a quality website to match. In addition to a detailed radio lineup, the site also offers live streaming for the “stuck at work” crowd. Musicians looking to get local radio play, meanwhile, can submit music via the site’s extensive staff directory.
It won’t win any internet beauty contests, but Luna’s single-page, black-and-white website serves its purpose of keeping the public apprised of upcoming events. In addition to a monthly live-music calendar, which links to artist websites, Luna’s easy-to-navigate site provides specifics on the club, including cover (typically between $5-8), showtimes (usually around 9 p.m.), and smoking status (non).
If you’re looking for the lowdown on San Antonio’s music scene, this is the place. In addition to a comprehensive list of local venues, bands, and live-music schedules, SA Rocks provides a Music Jukebox, which showcases tracks from a plethora of local artists. The site also features a classifieds section, where musicians can post anything from “bandmates wanted” to ads pertaining to rehearsal space and equipment.
This site lacks for nothing, including a unique homepage image. Sam’s website features an extensive monthly calendar (complete with set times and cover charges), links to a number of regional artists and a photo gallery. You can even purchase tickets for upcoming shows via the site.
Sponsored by the San Antonio Music Coalition, this site dedicates itself to bringing “awareness, support and innovation to San Antonio’s music community.” The site, a sort of online community for musicians, showcases plenty of local bands, features an “events” section, and offers detailed ways in which musicians — and music enthusiasts — can support the Local 782 cause.
When you’re one of the best live-music venues in a major metropolitan area, MySpace will no longer suffice as an official website. Limelight’s jumbled MySpace page — despite having a calendar and booking contacts — reads like a cramped campus bulletin board and simply feels second-rate compared to other local venue sites.
Not to pick on the corporatized venue that has previously hosted shows by quality bands like Wilco and the Black Keys, but its website simply doesn’t measure up. The site’s concert page reads like a splash page of show flyers (there is no actual music calendar of which to speak), while as of this writing, Mudvayne’s November 1 gig at Sunset Station — announced in mid-September — hadn’t even been added to the site. •
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