When: Fri., Oct. 31 2014
SPOOKY SONGS, COVERS & COSTUMES |THURSDAY, OCT. 30–FRIDAY, OCT. 31
IN HELL—For all its ghoulish glory, Halloween provides a fantastic excuse to dress up and play pretend. This year, several area bands have taken advantage of the invitation. While there are boozy parties at clubs aplenty, you'll find several musical outfits masquerading as other groups, with a particular affection for the '90s.
You've got, for example, two chances to watch The Bronzed Chorus and pals deliver the SMASHING PUMPKINS' Siamese Dream front-to-back: first on Thursday at Tir Na Nog's Local Band, Local Beer and then on Halloween itself at The Pinhook alongside JANZIG, a lady-led Danzig cover outfit. For more make-believe, you could hit up Back Alley Bikes in Carrboro to witness KURT NIRVANAGUT, the Des Ark offshoot that debuted at Back Alley Bikes last Halloween as the Weezer-covering Weezy Rider. Tonight, however, the group rides for Nirvana's Nevermind, bolstered by Jawbreaker and Black Sabbath cover bands. The '90s hits keep coming at Deep South in Raleigh, where three members of I Was Totally Destroying It team up with two members of Greensboro's Unifier to present a passel of tunes that ruled alt-rock radio two decades ago. They'll call themselves 120 MINUTES.
If crazy cover bands aren't for your jack-o'-lantern candy bucket, Raleigh's Southland Ballroom has you spooked with bottomless beats with a Halloween-themed installment of their MAD WORLD rave series. A few blocks over, so does Solas with its FREAK SHOW HALLOWEEN party. SYLVAN ESSO will encourage plenty of dancing with its two-night stint at the Haw River Ballroom Thursday and Friday, but if you didn't snatch up your tickets earlier this summer, show up early and hope for a beneficent goblin, as both are sold-out. On the less slick end of the musical spectrum, there's the raucous OLD CODGER at Slim's, where you get $2 knocked off the $6 admission price if you arrive in costume. But if you really want a heavy Halloween, hit up Local 506 for a four-band bill that'll shake you to your core: SOLAR HALOS, VATTNET VISKAR, TOMBS and PALLBEARER. See more about that bill on page 37, and see more of your Halloween options on page 40 of our music calendar and online at indyweek.com. —Allison Hussey