Boston: The Hidden Hub of Music and Technology

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Headquarters: Cambridge, MA and Ashland, MA
Year Launched: 2006
Developers: Mike Champion, Gary Elliott

Live-music search engine (one of those sites, like, that cutely incorporates the “.us” top-level domain into its name) helps members learn about upcoming music events in their areas. It’s initially focused on the music scenes in Boston, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Registered members can submit information about bands or upcoming concerts, receive e-mails when their favorite bands are about to perform, and make badges that can be embedded in their blogs or MySpace profiles. The listings seem fairly comprehensive: for Thursday November, 15, 2007, showed 16 live music events in the Boston area alone.

“Tourbus is the response of two guys who like music a ton but are dissatisfied by the services out there to track bands and find new, live music,” the founders wrote last year in their blog. “We live outside Boston, which has an energetic music scene, but one that can be tough to keep track of. And, believe me, I’m lazy with a capital L. Lots of bands I like play at the MidEast, but I’ve missed shows because I don’t check their page that often…And the less said about the quality of the emails I get from Ticketmaster and ClearChannel the better. There should be a better way.” … Next Page »

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Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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14 responses to “Boston: The Hidden Hub of Music and Technology”

  1. This is all true, as a Boston area musician, I can say that there are much more opportunities here for musicians than most anywhere else. I believe Boston has the most shows than any other city on any given night. The technology is also very true, with MIT, etc. however, it is a very tough business to be in. I own a record label and just released an album for the band theINFORMATI And we believe it will explode because of the Boston/Cambridge scene.

  2. Don’t forget Tourfilter, the most popular concert notification service:

  3. gary says:

    In addition to Tourfilter, there’s also and Boston appears to be a concert tracking hub!

  4. Kyle says:

    In terms of local area software companies with some sort of music/media technology, there also is Peermeta ( in Acton with a mobile content / Web 2.0 twist.

  5. So it seem like after Venue Czar conquers Vermont, they should target Boston? Venue Czar is the ultimate localized online booking platform.

  6. You could add us to this list as soon as we’re out of stealth mode. (

  7. Paul Kamp says:

    Backbone Networks is another local company in this space. We provide internet radio automation systems and is the system behind the IBS Student Radio Network. There are over 30 station on the network and a number of them are local including:

    Simmons College
    New England Art Institute
    Babson College

    Separately, a non-profit start up is the Public Radio Exchange in Cambridge. They are the online clearinghouse for Public Radio content.

  8. New England has a great recource of musicians who have many opportunites and folks who are ready to help them with their careers. The cites Boston, Providence & Worcester all offer great venues and support services.

  9. Derek says:

    I’m from the Boston area and am in the process of creating a music promotion website, Artistir. It’s not just for local musicians or bands either, but we’re steadily getting more and more.

  10. Mason says:

    Thanks for this, I just finished my AD in programming after working as a sound engineer for the last 7-8 years so I really appreciate the compilation of these companies because I want to eventually work writing audio software.