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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Catch A Free Jason Derulo Show Tomorrow Night

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 2:54 PM

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Like seeing live music? And saving money? Then we've got a show for you. Tomorrow you can catch a free Jason Derulo show at Public Works as part of the yearly music and community festival, SmuleFest. If you're a techie, Smule might sound familiar as it is a mobile app company, known for apps like Sing! Karaoke, Magic Piano, Guitar!, and AutoRap. 2015's SmuleFest featured T-Pain, Tony Lucca, and Todd Carey.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Go Do This Thing Tonight: Celebrate 3 Years of Free Wood Shoppe Shows With Astronauts, Etc.

Posted By on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 2:01 PM

Astronauts, Etc. performs (for free!) tonight at Brick and Mortar Music Hall.
  • Astronauts, Etc. performs (for free!) tonight at Brick and Mortar Music Hall.

There's no such thing as a free lunch, right? That's feeling especially true these days in San Francisco, where, hell, there's barely such a thing as a lunch under $14 — unless you're down with taking a date to Taco Bell [slowly raises hand].

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Free Stuff Alert: Go Get Your Windham Flat/Cocktails Split at a Pair of Amoeba Shows

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 1:59 PM

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What's better than your favorite local bands putting on free in-store shows at Amoeba? Your favorite local bands giving away their new record — a 7-inch split from garage rockers Windham Flat and power-pop princes Cocktails, recorded in partnership with Converse Rubber Tracks, to be exact — for free while you're there.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Free Show Alert: GRMLN This Thursday in S.F.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

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GRMLN, aka the '90s-inflected, lo-fi punk persona of 21-year-old UCSC student Yoodoo Park, is one of those artists who seems to have arrived on the scene fully formed: When he released Soon Away, technically his third full-length record (a product of S.F.'s Different Fur Studios), earlier this year, it sounded like the work of someone who'd been around the musical block for much, much longer. 

When I caught up with him last, he seemed excited to be taking some time off from school to actually be in the Bay Area, and if he keeps doing stuff like this, well, you'll hear no complaints from these parts. Per his Facebook, Park will be playing a free, all-ages, acoustic solo show at the downtown San Francisco Converse store this Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. "I'll be playing a lot of the songs on the EP and some unreleased songs and some acoustic songs I never play live at our live band setting shows so come through," he writes

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Icee Hot Announces Free Farewell Party at 222 Hyde Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM

The Icee Hot crew bids farewell to 222 Hyde tonight. - KAHLEY AVALON EMERSON
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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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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Z-Trip and Switch To Play Free Show at Mighty

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM

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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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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

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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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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 4:00 AM

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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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