The rule that accompanies giving things away for free is that you should always charge something. 'Cause some people will take it and sell it for next to nothing. And other people will think that anything free isn't worth the taking.
Freebie is wont to test that adage, and test it we shall at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, when the University of South Florida's Campus Activities Board and local music event promoter Aestheticized put on a free indie rock show featuring the Microphones, Spacious International, Bear Country and DJ 2Critical.
Perhaps some folks suppose that a free indie rock show can't be a good indie rock show. But rest assured, it's a false concern.
The Microphones are a highly lauded indie pop band, led by one Phil Elvrum, a drummer from Anacortes, Wash. — a remote fishing village on Hidalgo Island in the Puget Sound — who possesses a singular vision of music that emanates an intense seaside vitality.
Elvrum is joined by an ever-shifting lineup of bandmates, whose contributions vary from writing an entire song to hitting a single low F in the studio. Several well-recieved 7-inches precede and follow the Microphones latest album, It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water.
Spacious International comprises ex-members of Edison Shine, Dumbwaiters and Lukali, local rock veterans whose influences and instrumentation vary widely.
Newbie local band Bear Country, a strumming, slow-core/indie outfit, play variously angular and straightforward rock.
The show takes place in the Marshall Center, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., CTR 246, Tampa. Call 813-974-7795.