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How To Discover New Music (Part 2)

Part 1 of “How to Discover New Music” (read it here) was all about good music podcasts.

Part 2 is about attending concerts.

Make sure to get there early to catch the opening acts of bands that you already like. Sometimes, the opening bands are chosen by a band’s record label rather than by the band itself, but seeing opening bands nevertheless exposes you to music you probably haven’t heard before.

I’ve stood through my share of awful and/or boring opening acts, but I’ve discovered some of my favorite artists just because they were the opening band for another band I already liked.

Real life examples: Ben Lee opened for Phantom Planet, Eisley opened for New Found Glory, Brandi Carlile opened for Hanson, and The Bridges opened for Rooney.

On the flip side, say a band you like is opening for a different (bigger) band that you haven’t heard of before. Don’t just leave right after the band you came to see played — stick around for the headlining act, and you just might discover a new favorite band.

Real life example: The Like opened for The Sounds.

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Best of…Concert Posters

Due to the popularity of After The Show’s Best of…Band Fan Sites, here are the nominations for the 10 Best Tour/Concert Posters in recent years:

1. Rooney and The Bridges

Rooney and The Bridges

2. Ben Kweller and Death Cab for Cutie

Ben Kweller & Death Cab for Cutie Concert Poster

3. Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne Concert Poster

4. Uh Huh Her

UHH Concert Poster

5. Rilo Kiley

Rilo Kiley Concert Poster

6. Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor Concert Poster

7. Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara Concert Poster

8. Ben Lee

Ben Lee Concert Poster

9. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Concert Poster

10. Johnathan Rice and Maria Taylor

Johnathan Rice & Maria Taylor Concert Poster

If you want, vote for your top 3 posters by leaving a comment.

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