Find out when your fave bands are playing your town.
February 1, 2007 8:21 AM   Subscribe

iConcertCal - The most awesomest iTunes plugin ever--tells you when bands you have MP3s for are playing your town. {via an email from this dude.}
posted by dobbs (59 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
 
Wow, that seems totally awesome. It scares me a bit, but that's just my inner crypto-luddite. But, now I'm guaranteed to not miss Dock Boggs when he comes to play Baltimore.
posted by OmieWise at 8:24 AM on February 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


Awesome.

*Waits for notification of next Beatles concert at Madison Square Garden*
posted by Sk4n at 8:25 AM on February 1, 2007


Crashed my iTunes after I set it to New York and now I can't open it again. Thanks!
posted by Captaintripps at 8:31 AM on February 1, 2007


Nice idea. I'll keep a look-out for when it's extended to search gigs in the UK, as well as the USA ... I'm always hungry for more gigs to feel too tired to go to.
posted by thoughtless at 8:36 AM on February 1, 2007


This is good.
posted by fatllama at 8:36 AM on February 1, 2007


Captain, when I installed it it had the option to uninstall. Try that.

Worked flawlessly for me with Toronto as the setting and +40k mp3s. We don't have as many venues as you do, though.
posted by dobbs at 8:36 AM on February 1, 2007


I got it working again. Looks cool!
posted by Captaintripps at 8:44 AM on February 1, 2007


I don't have much of a music library on my computer here at work, so didn't get many results. I did, however, find this nifty tidbit in the FAQ ...

"Can iConcertCal find bands that aren't in my library?"

Yes.
posted by itchylick at 8:44 AM on February 1, 2007


Awesome. I just emailed this to my concert-going amigos. Thanks!
posted by jimmythefish at 8:45 AM on February 1, 2007


Awesome...

Except it kept crashing itunes. Uninstalled it, everything works fine. I messed with the visualization settings, nothing helped.

Thoughts? Changing the location didn't help.
posted by zazerr at 8:49 AM on February 1, 2007


iFilter -AWESOME
posted by 2sheets at 8:49 AM on February 1, 2007


and PS while the FAQ says that only US cities are supported, Calgary seems to work so I'm guessing Canada has been annexed and I just haven't heard about it yet.
posted by jimmythefish at 8:49 AM on February 1, 2007


Awesome in principle, but.... Europe!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:49 AM on February 1, 2007


while the FAQ says that only US cities are supported

Maybe this means by IP? I manually punched in Toronto and it worked fine for me.

Europeans, try punching in you city manually.
posted by dobbs at 8:52 AM on February 1, 2007


Awesome!

<--- runs to empty bank account
posted by jourman2 at 8:52 AM on February 1, 2007


Amsterdam, the Netherlands is working fine !
Bruce Cockburn, Genesis, Sting, Bob Dylan...
posted by theemperorhasnoclotheson at 8:55 AM on February 1, 2007


Apparently, no music is coming to Lawrence, Kansas, and no music has ever been here. Also, no music will ever come to Lawrence. It sure sucks to live here.
posted by interrobang at 8:57 AM on February 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


Amsterdam, the Netherlands is working fine !

For real? I can't install it right now (I'm at work), but I thought I wouldn't bother anyway because the FAQ says it doesn't work outside the US.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:59 AM on February 1, 2007


For those outside of the US, note that the social music site Last.fm now has an event tracker built into the site, and it will keep you updated of events in your area based on what you listen to - sort of doing the same thing.

With full worldwide support - of coruse, all the events are human entered, but still... (I would have missed The Cr├╝xshadows here in Seattle had it not been for Last.fm, and been very very upset about it...)

I still might give this a try, see how the two compare...
posted by evilangela at 9:07 AM on February 1, 2007 [2 favorites]


For those outside of the US, note that the social music site Last.fm now has an event tracker [...] - sort of doing the same thing.

Whoa, speaking of Luddites. I learn a lot today. Thanks evilangela!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:10 AM on February 1, 2007


Works great here on windows.
posted by null terminated at 9:10 AM on February 1, 2007


Wow, the Last.FM event planner is really useful. Does anyone know of a way to RSSify it?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:16 AM on February 1, 2007


It's a little glitchy with iTunes 7 Mac, at least for me. Calendar doesn't take up the whole window, I can't see half of the entries, and the scrollbar doesn't work.

Weird.
posted by SansPoint at 9:17 AM on February 1, 2007


SansPoint, your visualizer is not set to fullscreen. It's mentioned in the faq. I'm on Mac, latest iTunes and it works for me fine.
posted by dobbs at 9:19 AM on February 1, 2007


Wow, the Last.FM event planner is really useful.

Doesn't seem as thorough to me. I'm heading out now to buy tickets to Hella and Psychic Paramount (2 diff gigs) because of the plugin--neither is listed in Last.Fm's events, for me, though they do list some other ones I already have tickets to.
posted by dobbs at 9:23 AM on February 1, 2007


Are those bands in high rotation on your profile though, dobbs? And have you selected a large enough distance from your hometown, as well as ticked the "recommended" box? Just checking.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:26 AM on February 1, 2007


No luck with adding bands manually to the txt file. I intentionally added bands that are in the DC area this month and not one showed up. So I'm not sure if it's a database issue, or it's just not finding the manual text file.

Damn you metafilter and your irresistible distractions.
posted by itchylick at 9:27 AM on February 1, 2007


There's also Sonicliving, which syncs with iTunes, last.fm, and Pandora.
posted by roll truck roll at 9:29 AM on February 1, 2007


this is awesome.
posted by Stynxno at 9:31 AM on February 1, 2007


Berlin, Germany: City and/or state could not be found. meh.
posted by kolophon at 9:41 AM on February 1, 2007


This totally screws with Front Row.
posted by JPowers at 9:45 AM on February 1, 2007


itchylick,

It seems that the file is the problem for me, not the database. Wolfmother is listed in Calgary and it showed up due to the album being in my library. I nuked it from the library, and it didn't show up (obviously). I then added it to the .txt file and it still didn't show up. Tried several times including closing and re-opening iTunes. I'm on a PC, FWIW.

It seems buggy as far as the refresh process, too.
posted by jimmythefish at 9:49 AM on February 1, 2007


Looks pretty awesome, but it's not showing any shows for San Diego. Are all 80+GB of my bands really not playing any gigs in San Diego, or is there just not any data for it?
posted by afx114 at 9:51 AM on February 1, 2007


...er I should say not just the database, as there most certainly are bands playing that aren't in it.
posted by jimmythefish at 9:56 AM on February 1, 2007


...er not just the file. Gah.
posted by jimmythefish at 9:58 AM on February 1, 2007


For those of you non-US residents who are also Mac users, I recommend onTour, a widget that does much of this, except for the quasi-iCal interface. Oh, and it's free.
posted by imperium at 10:08 AM on February 1, 2007


Seconding SonicLiving. Works wonders for me and also all the other cool people?
posted by wemayfreeze at 10:09 AM on February 1, 2007


Nice idea. I'll keep a look-out for when it's extended to search gigs in the UK

London, UK works. Other UK cities seem to confuse it.
posted by cillit bang at 10:11 AM on February 1, 2007


Thanks jimmythefish, I didn't think to try that. Hopefully the kinks will get worked out. This is very handy.

"*Waits for notification of next Beatles concert at Madison Square Garden*"

I believe the left arrow will take you back in time.
posted by itchylick at 10:25 AM on February 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


What a fantastic idea. This gets my Nobel nomination.
posted by lekvar at 10:54 AM on February 1, 2007


Didn't work at first till put in the city manually = Belfast, then for State = UK.

And hey, Dolly Parton's coming to town!

Didn't even know I had any Dolly Parton...but now feel the need to go the show = fantastic!
posted by jettloe at 11:02 AM on February 1, 2007


I always wonder what the info source is for services like this. Is it showing only (say) ClearChannel bands, or is it scouring Myspace and last.fm as well as Sony and WB?
posted by troymccluresf at 11:08 AM on February 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's definitely not using Last.fm as a source - I installed it and had all of two shows listed in my area (near Seattle). Last.fm shows me a LOT more than that.
posted by evilangela at 11:42 AM on February 1, 2007


Alas, no love for Jerusalem. I can, however, use it to see all the shows I'm missing in Chicago: Richard Thompson? Richard Buckner? Alejandro Escovedo? WAR? THE POGUES?? MERLE & WILLIE???

most.depressing.plugin.EVAR
posted by felix betachat at 11:51 AM on February 1, 2007


It does crash many Mac itunes copies (on a G5 tower and a G4 powerbook, at least, all updated to the newest version). However, you can remove it from the itunes plugins folder and then you are good to go.
posted by luriete at 12:06 PM on February 1, 2007


not bad. Though, i'd have to say, I'd prefer it if it exported to iCal. As a visualizer, it's not all that handy.
posted by Freen at 12:59 PM on February 1, 2007


not the most stable, either.
posted by Freen at 12:59 PM on February 1, 2007


I keep getting an error that it can't find my library. I can't seem to manually find the file it wants. Bummer.
posted by dpx.mfx at 1:25 PM on February 1, 2007


Looks pretty awesome, but it's not showing any shows for San Diego. Are all 80+GB of my bands really not playing any gigs in San Diego, or is there just not any data for it?

Is it possible that it gets its data from ticketmaster or something similar, meaning that shows at places like the Casbah don't register?
posted by LionIndex at 1:46 PM on February 1, 2007


My world has just been rocked. I didn't realize Tim Easton was playing NYC in two weeks!

Thanks, iConcertCal! You're the BEST!

/cheesy commercial voice
posted by papercake at 2:11 PM on February 1, 2007


This is amazingly cool. The only downside is that it has created an urge to spend a lot of time and money I don't have going to London to see some of the 44 upcoming shows. At least I have tickets to one.
posted by grouse at 2:24 PM on February 1, 2007


It seems to be looking for concert dates at Pollstar, judging by what happens when you click on band names or venue names in the calendar. (Though for some venues, it takes you to the venue's web site.)

Entering Richmond, VA brings up listings for D.C. and Charlottesville as well, which is awesome (and which is also commentary on Richmond's pitiful concert scene.)

Apple should throw some money at these guys and roll this plugin into a future iTunes release, with iCal integration.
posted by emelenjr at 4:12 PM on February 1, 2007


Clearly something's broken, it's telling me The Who, Little Feat, Foreigner, The Doobie Brothers, America, and The Smithereens are playing in NYC. Do I have my Mac's clock set for 1983 or something?
posted by nicwolff at 7:20 AM on February 2, 2007


emelenjr, I've always assumed that Apple had some deal with the major labels not to disintermediate them by facilitating direct user -> artist interaction in any way - otherwise this is just a no-brainer, as is fan clubs in iTunes &c.
posted by nicwolff at 7:28 AM on February 2, 2007


This is a killer. **** 4 Stars
posted by Skygazer at 8:13 AM on February 2, 2007


errr.....soon as they work out ALL the bugs.
posted by Skygazer at 8:15 AM on February 2, 2007


This is so depressing. The *one* show that showed up for my 30GB of music I already have tickets for.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 8:48 AM on February 2, 2007


Woot. I just got tix for Tokyo Police Club (Arcade Fire is sold out though). Thanks Last.FM, and thanks evilangela!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:55 AM on February 2, 2007


Very cool indeed.
posted by squirrel at 3:49 PM on February 2, 2007


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