The recent launch of Preamp.fm attests to the power of a simple idea that's presented well. Combining limited band listings and YouTube videos, Preamp.fm is an event guide and discovery tool that removes the chore-like aspects of the task. Sketched out at a hackathon earlier this year, Preamp.fm is a good example of a weekend hack that could become something more.
The site looks great with the limited number of listings for LA, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC making it easy to navigate. I'm a bit surprised they're not taking better advantage of responsive design but I was happier with the mobile web performance than was Hamish McKenzie.
Preamp.fm is seeking to partner with venues on listings. The events I checked out used Ticketfly to provide tickets.
Preamp.fm is responding to the need to scale hand curated guides by "assembling" a "global crew of local music experts to help fans discover live music in their city."
Hypebot Senior Contributor Clyde Smith (@fluxresearch/@crowdfundingm) also blogs at Flux Research and Crowdfunding For Musicians. To suggest topics for Hypebot, contact: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.