By Jacqueline Rosokoff

I seem to have bad luck when it comes to finding my favorite artists playing live.  I check their websites, don’t spot any upcoming nearby shows, and then check back again a few months later, at which point I’ve missed five shows in my area.  The Songkick app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad has swooped in to save me.

Songkick scans your device’s music library to track your artists and then uses that information to create a personalized local concert calendar. Every concert alert includes the show’s line-up, a map of the venue, ticket info, and gives you the option to invite friends.  You can browse events in all locations, so if you know you’ll be in Hong Kong at the end of the year, you can see who will be playing and purchase tickets.

Other cool features include: alerts when new concerts are announced, full touring schedules available for your favorite musicians, a way to keep track of your upcoming concert plans, and customized lists you create to track specific artists.

If you already have a Songkick account on their website, and then you download the app, your mobile account will sync with the account you already created.

Songkick is kicking off the summer right, making it easy to find live, local shows. The concert tickets may not be free, but the app sure is!

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