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Seven free apps for finding stellar live sounds

Jasmine France | May 29, 2013
Audiophiles and superfans alike will appreciate these apps that keep you in the loop on live music.

That done, you see three options for browsing: Local, which populates any shows in the area based on your GPS location; Artists, which lists your favorites as well as recommendations based on your musical tastes; and Venues, which shows upcoming concerts at your favorite spots. Once you dive down into individual concerts, you can mark favorites, save concerts to your calendar, share over social networking (Facebook, Twitter, email), and map the location.

Songkick Concerts--Android, iOS, and Spotify plug-in
Faithful Spotify users will appreciate Songkick Concerts, which, in addition to offering apps for Android and iOS, also provides a useful Spotify plug-in that provides a personalized concert calendar based on your playlists. The mobile app also shows a local concert calendar for your favorite artists, and it automatically scans your music library, app, and Google Music account to give recommendations in the area.

You can import favorites from Facebook and Pandora, as well as manually enter artists. Other features include push notifications for upcoming concerts, information on the event (such as the lineup and venue map), and ticket purchasing.

Thrillcall--Android, iOS
Thrillcall is an app for Android and iOS that's perfect for procrastinators and deal-seekers alike. This service aims to inspire spontaneity by providing exclusive deals on last-minute concert tickets. It also provides sample songs from artists, as well as links to purchase the songs (iTunes/iOS only), information on the venue (including the address, the phone number, and the location pinpointed on a map), and the ability to buy tickets from within the app.

To bring you these deals, Thrillcall partners with promoters like Noise Pop and venues such as Great American Music Hall. The downside? It's currently available only for Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco (with Seattle on deck).

Gigbeat is a great option for Rdio users, as it's the only app that integrates with that service to populate your favorite-artists list. It can also scan your music library, account, and Songkick. And those who like to show off which concerts they've attended will dig the built in Foursquare functionality, which handily keeps track of all past shows for future reminiscing.

Like the other apps, Gigbeat will scan your location to show nearby events and concerts. You can track multiple cities and venues, receive notifications for upcoming shows and added tour dates, and purchase tickets via Songkick. The app also offers a home-screen widget that will help you keep on top of your upcoming shows.

BandFunk--iOS, Windows Phone
On the whole, BandFunk is a pretty standard concert-finding app. It lets you track your favorite artists, read their biographies, and get notifications when they're performing nearby. The app also provides news about artists plus recommendations for other shows based on your musical tastes, and you can share concerts via text, email, or social networks as well as add them to your calendar.


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