Grace Potter & the Nocturnals just implemented a blog-style news section into their website. Makes sense to me.

I think we’re going to start seeing a lot more of this kind of setup…at the very least for the simple fact that blogging is such an easy way for a band to speak directly with their fans.

I’m going to hit this subject a lot harder over the next few weeks, but it amazes me that more bands are not using blogs and podcasting as a way to reach out to their fans. Especially their live music. Most bands have a treasure trove of material that their fans would love to hear, and yet it goes untapped and mostly ignored by most in the .

Bands like Umphrey’s McGee, Los Lobos, Wilco, Widespread Panic, and many others are taking advantage of this. And they’re going to earn a lot of new fans as a result. Kudos on that.

Here’s a gem from the .com redesign…

Update: ne brings up a good point I overlooked…

How about ’s site? In my opinion easily *the best* artist site for fan interaction. Setlists, links to downloads of every show available, forums, show tracker/stats functions, all integrated really well.