Pat L. for The Insider
Between Tahoe, Reno, and the Bay, we live in a hotspot for music. You could hit up a new show every night if you had that type of dedication. The tricky part is knowing where to go and who to see. Lucky for us, technology is way ahead of the game.
Too busy to waste time on some band you’ve never heard of? Check out Songkick and Bandsintown. These Apps scan your music library and streaming services to learn your music preference. They use this info to create a list of recommended shows and alert you when your favorites are coming to town. My favorite feature for Songkick is how it importants your list of artists from iTunes and lets you know who is on tour.
Or do you prefer the hunt for the next new band or upcoming DJ? If that’s the case, check out Timbre or Bandmate. In my opinion, Timbre is the quickest and most organized when it comes to finding ALL the shows in our area. My favorite part about this app is the option to listen to tracks. When scanning through the list of concerts, if you tap on a show, you have the option to listen to a track from that artist. Or tap to send to a friend or buy tickets.
Truckee is my hometown, of course. In my search, I see concerts from GSR, MontBleu, the Knitting Facotry, to even dinner music at Moody's. Whatever type of mood you're int, there will be something on Timbre.
Unlike Songkick, Bandsintown, and Timbre, which are free, Bandmate ($1.99) offers one feature unique to the others - the ability to add the event to your calendar through the app; a useful feature when trying to stay organized.
Currently on my phone, I have them all. These app creators are always looking to one up each other, so each of them is somewhat unique to the other. You will see most of the same acts from app to app, but check them all out to see which one tickles your fancy (it literally takes seconds to set them up).