I’ve got a drug for you, concert junkies. Some of you may already be using it. If so, I applaud you. You’re a true junkie. If not, there’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help to get your fix. I am often asked how I know about concerts hitting Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas so quickly after they’re announced. These days, it isn’t enough to just read the City Paper and a blog here and there to get your concert information. I’ve found a pretty comprehensive fix for the missed concert boo-boo. You’ll never hear about a band coming to town a day late again with Songkick on your side.
I might be giving up one of my best kept secrets here. Telling someone their favorite band is coming to some random venue in Pgh makes me a bit tingly inside. “How did you know that!?” Well, now you can know too. Here’s 5 reasons why this website is so bad ass:
1. It’s super easy. All you have to do is sign up, start tracking artists you like, and choose the cities you want to track. I track Pittsburgh and Cleveland. I would also recommend tracking Columbus. Both Ohio cities are drivable and get shows that never hit Pittsburgh. Damn them.
2. You get concert alerts delivered directly to your inbox. Don’t give them a bogus e-mail. You will regret this in the end. They’re pretty on top of things, too. I usually get the alert the same day or the day after a show is announced.
3. You can sync it with Pandora, last.fm, Facebook, and iTunes. How convenient!? I personally wouldn’t do this because I have a lot of thangs in my iTunes that I’m not fond of. I’m not entirely sure on the details because I haven’t played with it enough, but I’m sure there are ways to customize these features.
4. You can discover new music. They have a pretty comprehensive list of all the obscure indy bands you thought no one else has ever heard of. I tracked someone who hasn’t released an album in 5 years and thought might have dropped off the face of the planet, but boom – there they were one day in my inbox.
5. It caters to the average concertgoer. I love the line they have at the top of their page, “Track your favorite artists easily in three lazy ways.” I realize not everyone stalks every local publication or the website of every band they would ever want to see play live. I do, but I’m a freak of nature. Most people don’t give as much of a shit about live music as I do. I envy you people. Start tracking some concerts so I don’t have to do all the work.