Ragan Sutterfield

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    Website Finds Touring Bands Crash Space

    The Shackeltons spent 109 nights on the road in 2008 -- and only paid to stay in a hotel once. The rest of the time, the Pennsylvanian post-punkers crashed at private homes, sometimes with friends, but more often with strangers they found through couchsurfing.com. After one too many nights staying with crazy fans they met at their shows -- including an alcoholic sex addict who danced around them while they slept -- the website seemed like a godsend. "We've never had any bad couchsurfing.com stays," says singer Mark Redding. "Everyone was so welcoming, and their places were nice and clean." Launched in 2004, couchsurfing.com is a nonprofit social network of people who offer their sofas to like-minded travelers in hope that someday the favor will be returned. The failing economy has been a boon for the site, sending its membership soaring in the past year.

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