Long before MySpace helped misfits unite in shared suburban ennui, stlpunk.com was electronically bringing together local fans of independent music. Although its bells and whistles resemble other networking sites -- namely in the generous amount of musical and video content and the emphasis on building personal connections -- what sets the "punk apart from other online destinations is its no-frills operation. Venues, bands and shows are all hyperlinked and easily indexed, while members can find gig buddies, brag about their favorite groups and
talk shit about hated bands with equal ease. Still, supporting the local scene is what the site does best.