Making keeping track of favorite artists’ topsy-turvy touring schedules simpler, recently-released app Songkick Concerts for iPhone and iPod Touch hopes to give music lovers a heads-up when top acts they like are coming to town.
After scanning music from your mobile device’s library and tracking your physical location, the application essentially builds a customized performance calendar around preferred musicians, complete with advance alerts as tour dates approach. Listings, also individually adjustable as acts plop onto or fall off your radar, are updated via online connection, and can be scheduled to send immediate notification when new local shows are announced. Support for multiple locations is additionally offered, so you can simultaneously track events happening in New York and Los Angeles, should a road trip or cross-country get-together beckon.
Beyond letting you quickly pull up full concert details including venue, address, dates, times and ticketing choices, the program also offers added features for building and managing personalized schedules. Social media integration even allows you to instantly notify friends of upcoming events via Facebook, Twitter or email, track which shows pals are attending, and invite classmates or crushes to come hoist a couple cold ones. Results draw upon the service’s database of concert listings, which monitors over 100,000 events worldwide, to provide an unexpectedly comprehensive list of potential weekend escapes.
Easy to use and exhaustive to the point that you can see dozens of concerts happening in town, the service lacks a few obvious extras, including links to downloadable music samples and discount coupons. Free to download and enjoy though, there’s no faulting price or overall functionality, such that you won’t be surprised bumping into friends at Alice in Chains’ upcoming set at the Maquinaria Festival in Santiago, Chile. Just remember to hit them up with a text message or post a link on their wall first, lest the exchange prove socially awkward.