by Lory Gil
April 1, 2013
Welcome back to Musician’s Corner, where we dig up the best apps and accessories for musicians and fans of music. Last week, we told you about all of the Audiobus-compatible apps that went on sale to celebrate the recent addition of GarageBand support. Hopefully, you took advantage of all of those half-off sampling and recording apps. If not, some of them are still on sale. This week, we are comparing two apps that help you find local concerts and shows. If you are looking for something to do on a Friday night, but don’t know where to look, there are a couple of apps that offer location-based music venue discovery services. We’ve compared two that we think are the best. Bandsintown Concerts is a free music venue app that customizes an event schedule based on music you have in your device’s music library. Don’t worry, if you only keep kids music on your iPhone for the little ones, you won’t be stuck with a bunch of event dates for the next “Yo Gabba Gabba!” tour. You can switch to see all local venues with show listings and browse by location. You can view concerts and shows by recommended listings, or by all local shows. If you find an event you’d like to attend, you can buy tickets using an outside link from within the app. Timbre is a free location-based band event app that focuses on finding out who is playing on what date. Based on your current location, the app generates a list of bands. You can also search for a specific city if you know you’ll be out of town on a certain date and want to catch a show. If you find a show you are interested in, tap the name and you’ll be directed to where the show will take place. You’ll also get to hear a sample of the band’s music. This feature is nice for bands you know you’ve heard of, but can’t remember what they’ve done. For example, I knew I had heard of the band “The English Beat,” but couldn’t remember what songs I knew. When I tapped on the band’s name, the song “Save it for Later” started playing, which I immediately recognized. drop me a line or leave a comment below. This week’s Question: Where is your favorite music venue in your town? Me, I prefer house shows in stinky, hot basements.