I've been actively marketing online for almost 20 years. And I've missed a ton of great domain names...
For example, this blog was originally called indiemusician.com. I had to buy musicmarketing.com on the aftermarket...and it wasn't cheap.
Buying the domain you want from somebody who already owns it may be a good option, assuming the domain is for sale. If it's not, then what?
A few alternative domain names you can try, if you're not able to get YourBand.com...
What I do not suggest is getting a domain name with .net, .org, or .biz. When it comes to domain names, people think .com and nothing else.
1. Stay away from names with hyphens.
2. If you must have a number, get two domains, one with numerals and one with the number spelled out.
3. If your name has a "weird" spelling or there is one way to spell your name, get different versions of it and direct them to your main site...even if it seems obvious. For example, direct an uncommon spelling, like indymusician.com, to indiemusician.com.
Obviously, having a great domain name is an important part of your marketing strategy. To help you come up with one, here are some questions to ask yourself...
1. Is your band so new that you can change your name to something that would enable you to get YourBand.com?
2. Is there an aspect of your marketing that would make sense with a .com after it? For example, Kiss' fanclub is known as the Kiss Army. KissArmy.com would work for them as well as put focus on the fans, which is a good marketing strategy.
3. Is there a generic term for what you're doing that would make a good domain name? For example, indiemusician.com or popsinger.com.
4. Is there a common word or phrase that would make for a good domain name? For example, underarms.com for a deodorant company or ifyoucouldknow.com for a psychic.
Post more suggestions, as well as your creative domain names, below...