I am about to describe to you the single greatest piece of software I have ever encountered on the Internet. Its going to change my life. It might change yours.
iConcertCal [download it here] is an add-on to iTunes that scans your music library for artist names, then constructs a calendar of those artists concerts in your area. The calendar appears as a visualizer within iTunes, and running your mouse over each gig brings up concert information. Click, and youre taken to JamBase, which offers more details. Every artist you listen to. All of their gigs near you. Get it? I actually threw my fists over my head in triumph when I realized what it was.
During wintertime here in New York City, I keep my spirits up with oaths to make the very most of the warm season, when thousands of musicians converge on the citys clubs, parks, museums—an endless flood of opportunity to see great gigs.
But when the warm weather rolls around, I lose track of those gigs, and invariably, my summers end in regret. I hear about performances by my favorite musicians after theyve already played their final show in the city—And then, dude, he brought ten of us on stage to sing behind him! I played the bongos! It was unreal!—and I seethe silently at my desk as autumn closes in.
Not this year.