Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Cheapness, Part 1: Music

There are plenty of Halloween-y gigs on Friday and Saturday. Some are pretending to be other bands, and the others could be might be full of costumed drunks. It may be cloudy tonight, but it's a full moon. So go wild and be unrecognizable...

This is far from a comprehensive list. As usual, it's just what I think will be worthwhile and cheap.


FRI 10/30

Iron Pour
at MassArt Courtyard, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston (near The Fens)
FREE / All Ages

Feat: The Body, The White Mice, Bad Dream, Bear Hug

Fire & bands! It's more about watching the fire-dancers and the iron pour, but there is music... Wander around or follow someone, and you'll find the courtyard.

FRI 10/30

Scott Bishop (Midnight), Topheavy (11pm), Old Jack (10pm), I Pistol (9pm)
at Cantab Underground / Club Bohemia, 738 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$8 / $5 with costume

Halloween's super-tasty power-popping, brain-eating rock party.

Bands will be wearing costumes. You could win a prize for your costume and -- even better -- get a discount for getting in the spirit.

FRI 10/30

The Daily Pravda (Radiohead), Televandals (The Clash), The Honors (The Smiths), Lindsey Starr & the Chemical Smiles (The Sounds)
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 21+

This is The Pill's 7th annual Halloween Show & Dance Party. The Daily Pravda will cover early Radiohead before they got experimental. Anything associated with The Clash is cool, and Televandals are hot right now.

"DJs Ken & Michael V spinning Britpop, Modern Indie & beyond."

FRI 10/30

Tori Pyne as Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem
at Porter Belly's, 338 Washington St, Brighton (Brighton Center)
FREE / 21+

Muppet Rock -- inspired choice, if you ask me -- pre-Halloween Show. Lotsa potential here. I'd like to think that all the slutty nurses will rip their clothes off when they play "Mahna Mahna"...

FRI 10/30

Cathy Cathodic, Shepherdess
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass. Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Cathy Cathodic normally wears creative costumes.

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SAT 10/31

The Cover Up: "Kidz Rock"
at Lizard Lounge/Cambridge Common, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge (between Harvard Sq & Porter Sq)
$8 advance / $10 / 21+

Feat: Brendan Boogie & The Best Intentions, Larry Banilow, Dylan and The Movies, Apple Betty, Schooltree, Ashley & the Pussy Cats

Like the Muppets, I think classic children's music can offer plenty of fun.

Even though I might not be there, I'm kinda hoping that Ashley from Boston Band Crush and her friends will be dressed just like the Pussycats.

Who knows what Schooltree will sing, but it includes members of Steamy Bohemians & Valhalla Kittens for a naughty treat.

SAT 10/31

Ryan Adams Tribute Band by Zac Taylor & Friends
at Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St, Boston (Back Bay)

Drunk Ryan Adams would riot at a no-alcohol venue. Sober Ryan Adams would say something poetically positive, and be a little boring. You figure out what you want.

SAT 10/31

Innerpink & friends as Guns N Roses, Amigazo as Black Sabbath, 66 Breakout
at Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$8 / $5 with costume / 21+

Are you in the mood for metal? Someone with Innerpink better be wearing a top hat! Amigazo already sounds a bit like Black Sabbath. 66 Breakout play a lot of classic blues tunes, but it's cranked up.

SAT 10/31

Girl on Top (Midnight), The Coffin Lids (11pm), Spitzz as The Cramps (10pm), The Varmints (9pm)
at Cantab Underground / Club Bohemia, 738 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Nancy Neon's (who has a lot of stuff on her MySpace) garage-rock Halloween Party

Spitzz do a really good Cramps impersonation, and this might be The Coffin Lids' favorite time of the year.

SAT 10/31

Die Young, Baltimoroder, Dpony (feat. "Zambri girls")
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
FREE / 21+

Free, edgy dance party... Readings(?) by Mike D... "Suprise Guest"...

SAT 10/31

Brownboot / Rod Stewart & Small Faces, Bean Pickers Union / The V-Roys, The Gilded Splinters / Hank Williams
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Brownboot is another collaboration between Jordan Valentine & Rodrigo Van Stoli who did something together for a Black Crowes night.

If I were you, I'd catch Sarah Borges at 7pm.

SAT 10/31

Erin Harpe & Jim Countryman, The Weisstronauts
at Rosebud Bar & Grill (behind Diner), 381 Summer St, Somerville (Davis Sq)
$5 / 21+

Delta blues and fun-lovin' instrumental rock with everyone in costumes.

Guess what? Costumes are... encouraged.

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