Monday, May 28, 2012

New App helps fans, bands preview local live music

A month or so ago I downloaded a new App to my iPhone called DeliRadio. I think its a good idea for both fans in search of live music and bands looking for a quick and easy way to promote shows.

Here's how it works: Say you're out with friends on a Friday night looking for something to do. You can type in your city, choose events within five, 15, 50 or 100 miles of your location, and hit "crunch" to hear a sampling of live music options. If you're planning ahead the calendar includes concerts that are months away. You can choose what's going on tonight or 30 days from now.

Keep in mind the selection is dependent on those acts that are registered with the site. So it's not comprehensive, but there's a lot of variety. This week, for instance, you can hear Polyphonic Spree (at McGlohon today) and Nadastrom (a DJ duo at Dharma Lounge Friday) or look ahead to the coming month with Screaming Females at The Haunted Mill, Bad Veins at Snug Harbor, Antigone Rising at the Muse, Zach Deputy at Visulite, the Farewell Drifters at the US National Whitewater Center, or Tech N9ne at Tremont.

Another thing I like is it gives listeners a chance to check out opening acts. I know many people roll in right before the headliner. I'm guilty too sometimes (less to pay the sitter). But that can mean missing a really awesome band. After checking it out on DeliRadio I realized Chappo's "Come Home" is ever so familiar from an iPod commercial. I dug their other tracks and now will make sure I'm at Neighborhood Theatre early enough for their opening set with Of Montreal on Tuesday, June 12.

The other big reason I could see to use DeliRadio is while traveling. It also offers festival specific playlists, so you could check out who you want to catch at Bonnaroo during the drive there.

It especially seems like a great tool for independent and local bands or small venues that might not have a big marketing budget. It seems to level the playing field not pushing one act or one venue over another. Users can search by local bands and local venues as well. There are only a handful of Charlotte bands registered though - Carson, Old Milwaukee, Wretched, Paleface, and a handful of others. We could definitely use more representation.

Registration looks pretty simple. Artists can upload multiple songs and photos and sell music or offer free downloads through the App. Fans can shop for tickets to shows as well.

For more information check out or find it at the iTunes store.