Converse to Host Free Shows By Hot Chip, Mastodon, Suicidal Tendencies, More

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Behold, another new vista in the world of band-brand intertwining: A shoe company hosting free shows by famous bands and holding a lottery to decide who gets in. Maybe that's not completely unheard-of, exactly, but this level of it is new to S.F. Your favorite maker of Chuck Taylors is holding a concert series called Represent here later this month (to coincide with the opening of a new retail store downtown, natch), and has brought in artists like Hot Chip, Deltron 3030, Suicidal Tendencies, and more to play for free to a club full of lucky people.


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Icee Hot Announces Free Farewell Party at 222 Hyde Tonight

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The Icee Hot crew bids farewell to 222 Hyde tonight.
Beloved Tenderloin club 222 Hyde is closing next week, as we reported this morning. And Icee Hot -- the crew responsible for some of the most forward-looking dance parties in the city, and which began at 222 Hyde -- just announced that it's throwing one last, free event to bid farewell to the underground club. Tonight.


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Z-Trip and Switch To Play Free Show at Mighty

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What to do when you need to reboot a major tech brand like Myspace? Howabout a series of shows targeted right at your core audience?

And so it is that ye olde (but also new) Myspace will present a Feel the Music series of shows in a few cities across the country -- including our own, where famed DJ Z-Trip and (former Major Lazer) wildman DJ Switch will play for free (with RSVP) at Mighty.


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Listen: SF's YR SKULL Drops "Canyons" Ahead of This Friday's Free Show

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S.F. producer/DJ YR SKULL -- known in real life as Drew Marcogliese -- has been making a name for himself at local shows for a while now. He's also a resident at the free Push the Feeling party at Underground SF in the Lower Haight -- a monthly that returns this Friday with live sets from electronic outfits Shortcircles and the East Bay's amazing Chucha Santamaria y Usted. Ahead of this week's show, YR SKULL posted a new track, "Canyons," whose five-some minutes throb with a moody, minimalist vibe. Peppered with eerie vocal snippets and yawns of lazery synths, this spacious track is a keeper:

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Nada Surf Is Alive and Well and Playing For Free at Aquarius Records Today

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Great news for you fans of "Popular," or any of the less, um, popular songs New York indie-pop band Nada Surf has released in the last 20 years: In support of its new album, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, Nada Surf will be performing for free at the Mission's beloved Aquarius Records tonight.

The show will prelude Nada Surf's appearance later at the Fillmore, but it's not just a run-of-the-mill marketing bid. Unlike that other record store in town that starts with the letter "A," the smaller, freakier Aquarius doesn't hold in-store shows all that often. When they happen, it's usually for Record Store Day or a very special occasion. (Past such special occasions have included sets from the likes of Yo La Tengo and Iron & Wine.)

For staff members at Aquarius, getting the band known for that certain 1996 crossover hit to play an in-store set is a very special occasion. These people love Nada Surf. Just check out what they wrote about the new record in their January review:

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