“Who’s playing tonight?”
If that’s your question, Preamped’s Concerts wants to help with your answer. The app for iPhone, Android, and Palm Pre, a relative veteran with a December ’09 launch date, relies on a simple design that doesn’t try to be a social network.
Nonetheless, even this singleminded approach leaves much to be desired by those in search of the perfect show.
Concerts‘ interface lets users find concerts by searching for a specific show, artist, or venue. So far so good. The problem here lies in the size of Concerts’ paltry database. As of this writing, Concerts shows ten shows around Austin, Texas tonight. The Austin Chronicle lists over sixty, so clearly, Concerts is missing plenty of action in this live music mecca.
We were pleased to note that the “Venues” tab shows every venue imaginable within the city, even if very few “upcoming shows” are attached. At the very least, Momo’s, which hosted four bands nearly every night during my three years in that city, hasn’t cleared their calendar as this app would indicate.
The more-easily-personalized “Artists” tab works by grabbing the artists included in your iPhone’s iPod and figuring out who’s playing your town — a promising feature let us down, as we were only able to find two shows in total for Bright Light Social Hour (even though they’re on tour with over fifteen dates) and nothing for their Mercury Lounge show in New York, which is happening tonight.
Concerts’ mission is sincere, and the app’s clean, lightweight interface bodes well, but an app like this depends on the breadth of its show information, leaving little room for error where database size is concerned. Gigkick is able to trot out a much more complete set of listings, so why can’t Concerts?