Hot Picks: The Last Bison, Dillon Francis, Alaska ski swap

AnchorageOctober 18, 2013 

Aces open ECHL season

Hockey season is here, and the Aces will take it to the ice with the San Francisco Bulls at 7:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, at Sullivan Arena. Tickets are $17.70-$34.25, visit ticketmaster.com for details.

Alaska ski swap

Snow is on the mountains, mornings are brisk, and it's time to get excited about strapping on the skis, skates or snowshoes. An annual ritual of fall, Anchorage's biggest gear swap will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 5 p.m. at West High School. This is the place to buy or sell gently used equipment for reduced prices (for the best bargains -- especially when it comes to children's gear -- show up early). This year the swap will also feature the Alaska premiere of Warren Miller Entertainment's "Ticket to Ride," screening at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19. Tickets to the show are $15. For more see akskiswap.com.

Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus and Nadastrom

Get out your glow sticks: Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus and Nadastrom are coming to town. Francis, named one of MTV's "Artists To Watch," remixes famous songs, plays original work, and helped found "moombahton" (a fusion of house and reggaeton) and "moombahcore" (which, we're told, is like a hardcore kind of moombahton). Flosstradamus are widely acknowledged to be leaders of trap. Of the dance club duo Nadastrom, the Washington Post wrote in 2009 that their "productions and live sets are like the dance-music equivalent of the mythical Spinal Tap amplifier that goes to 11." Doors open at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19. 420 W. Third Avenue. $45 at brownpapertickets.com.

The Last Bison and The Shoot Dangs

In the mood for a little Americana? The Last Bison is a seven-piece folk group from Chesapeake, Va., that blends "the intricate instrumentals of the Fleet Foxes with the cathartic choruses of Mumford & Sons" (Tri State Indie magazine). They'll play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Discovery Theater. Tickets are $34-$39 at centertix.net.

Want something a little more romp-stomping? Self-described "freak-grass" band The Shoot Dangs (from Anchorage, Sutton and Fairbanks) will feature two banjos, a ukulele, a standup bass, a tap dancer and "a whole lotta' energy." 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Tap Root Public House. Tickets are $5 (21 and over).

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