Unearthing all of your live music options can require scouring a freakish number of sources - after all, Ticketmaster may say that Van Halen's coming to town, but they'll never let on that David Lee Roth's playing a dive bar across the street for beans...literally, just cans of beans. Giving you the immediate low down on in-hood acts both big and small, Gigzee.
A location-based search engine that cobbles together a sched of upcoming sets by major touring acts and local heroes alike, Gigz launched this year at SXSW, the renowned music festival where a similar cross section of hip, underground acts become huge, and huge acts try not to break their hips (you know, cause they're old). Punch in a ZIP code, and the site'll return a map-augmented list of shows playing in the area over the next few days categorized by venue, genre, and cover charge (and filterable by date and distance), all pulled by a proprietary search engine mining social sites like MySpace and Facebook and other repositories of music info, and augmented by gigs uploaded directly by musicians and/or their management agencies, who aren't very good if they haven't gotten their act a MySpace page yet. Additional usability comes with setting up a free profile, which'll save your location and music preference for all future visits, and let you track upcoming shows by musical style, venue, and artist, cause the last time Great White played Rhode Island, it was epic.
As a member, Gigz'll even let you rate musicians with the trusty five-star system, and leave comments on said musicians' pages, allowing users to share their thoughts about shows, including Diamond Dave's killer rendition of Drop Dead Leg(ume)s.