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October 31, 2015

Popcorn pup at Tompkins Sq Halloween Dog Parade (more by Mimi Kim)

Happy Halloween! There are a bazillion show options tonight -- some spooky, some not -- not to mention the Village Halloween Parade. We detail all the highlights in our Halloween show guide. Have a safe and fun holiday!

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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October 27, 2015

dog as Pizza Rat at Tompkins Square Park Halloween dog parade (via @jillathrilla)
Pizza Rat

As you surely know, Halloween is Saturday (though judging from the amount of people dressed up last weekend, some people may have been confused) and there is no shortage of spooky things to do. The extravaganza that is NYC's annual Village Halloween Parade happens on Saturday on 6th Avenue from just North of Spring Street to 16th Street and lasts from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. This year's theme is "Shine a Light" and you can be in it.

There are also loads of shows to go see on Halloween, including Flipper (with David Yow) at House of Vans, Wax Idols at Saint Vitus, Fred & Toody at Union Pool, The Orwells with just-added Twin Peaks and Shark? at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Joanna Gruesome, Aye Nako and more at Shea Stadium, Skrillex on the Pier of Fear (aka Pier 94), Murphy's Law at Bowery Electric, Ringo Starr at Kings Theatre, the big show at MSG with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann with John Mayer and more (or the other Dead member Phil Lesh just outside of NYC)... and many other show options.

If you wanna get an early start on the spooky action, there's a Cramps tribute happening at Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/29) featuring a whole bunch of cool people: Bob Bert (Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore), Mick Collins (Dirtbombs/Gories), Jon Spencer (JSBX/Heavy Trash), Palmyra Delran (The Friggs), Sophia Urista (The Veevees), Robert Gordon, Cristina Martinez and Hollis Queens (Boss Hog), Jack Ridley (Threats/Drowners), Peter Aaron (Chrome Cranks), Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones), Miss Guy (Toilet Boys), Michael Cummings (Skaters), Mike Edison (Raunch Hands), Pat Phillips (Honduras), Cynthia Ross (New York Junk) plus DJs Jonathan Toubin and Alix Brown. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Toubin, his annual "Monster Mash" and "Haunted Hop" parties happens this year on Saturday at Secret Project Robot and features a host of current NYC bands covering classic NYC bands. Details still to be revealed but it's $10 with costume and $20 without and flyer is below. Also below: Toubin's 2015 Halloween mix.

Other shows: World Inferno Friendship Society will play their annual Hollowmass party at Warsaw on Halloween. These shows are spectacles, often involving elaborate set-pieces, fire-breathing, marching bands and more. Karla Rose and the Thorns, and Vic Thrill also play and tickets are on sale.

DFA Records are throwing a Halloween Party at Palisades on Saturday with Container, Guerilla Toss, Ciarra Black, Pill, Malory, PC Worship, Larry Gus, and Show Me The Body. Tickets are on sale now. And Wolf + Lamb, Mike Simonetti, and Paul Raffaele will be spinning at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Disco Club on Saturday (tickets).

Cameo Gallery, which closes in less than a month, is throwing a "Cameoween" party on Saturday night featuring a live performance by Le1f, DJ sets from Neon Indian and Ssion and karaoke hosted by Samantha Urbani. This is a FREE party and starts at midnight.

Halloween is also the time for cover shows, where bands play as another, usually more famous band. At Alphaville on Friday (10/30) you can catch Dances as T.Rex, Jangula as David Bowie, Heliotropes as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Piers as Fleetwood Mac, and Stringer (mems of Heeney) as The Smiths. That show is $8 at the door. Also on Friday at Union Pool, Motion Studies will perform as Hall & Oates with Fielded (apparently just being themselves as Kate Bush) also on the bill. That's a free show.

For something more emo on Friday, Washed Up Emo and Bye Week Productions are presenting cover sets of Saves the Day (Stay What You Are in full), The Get Up Kids, Weezer and Guided by Voices at Bar Matchless (10/30). We don't know who all the performers are, but the STD and TGUK sets feature members of Field Mouse (advance tix sold out, but some will be available at doors).

At Cake Shop on Halloween you can see Parlor Walls as Wire, Stringer doing The Smiths again, Dirty Dishes as Stone Temple Pilots, Death to Slater as Bruce Springsteen's 2 Piece Band, The Regrets as Blondie, Hellbirds as The Ramones, and Oh Golly as Violent Femmes (tickets). Following that there's a free dance party featuring exclusively Girl Talk songs...and lasers (free).

Over at Silent Barn on Saturday they'll have Delicate Steve (as Smashing Pumpkins), Celestial Shore (as The Ramones), Very Fresh (as Alanis Morrissette), and Dear Leader doing something they're calling "TRL 1999 w/ Carson Daly." Tickets are on sale and day-of it's $10 at the door with costume or $12 without.

And at Baby's All Right on Halloween you can see "the world's drunkest tribute to Guns 'N Roses," Mr. Brownstone playing a midnight show (tickets).

For those who want another chance to dress up their pooches like Pizza Rat or Bagel Pigeon or whatever, there's "Pawfest" at Riis Park Beach Bazaar on Saturday afternoon. It starts at noon, is free, and will also feature live performances from The Supertones, The Shipwrecks and The Flesh. Flyer for that is below.

And if you don't mind traveling outside the city just a bit on Halloween, there's Screaming Females as X at Asbury Park's Convention Hell with members of Bouncing Souls and The Parlor Mob covering Hall & Oates, and more; Cypress Hill play The Stony Pony; The Darkness play The Paramount in Huntington, NY; and Sufjan Stevens will be in Jersey City. And that aforementioned Phil Lesh show at The Cap.

What else?

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November 3, 2014

Photos by Greg Cristman

The Damned / TSOL / The Briefs @ Irving Plaza 10/31/2014
The Damned
The Briefs

From their name down, The Damned have been perfectly suited for Halloween shows for over 30 years, something they've done in NYC a few times, including this year. Friday's show (10/31) had Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible and the rest of the band tearing through some of their best-loved songs. It was a scary-good bill all around, with opening sets from LA punk vets TSOL (who they're on tour with and also well suited for Halloween) and Seattle pranksters The Briefs. Pictures from the whole night, plus some Halloween costume shots from around Irving Plaza (and Union Square) are in this post. After the show, Dave Vanian DJed the afterparty at The Hills (aka Don Hill's).

Before Halloween, Captain Sensible played Bowery Electric and after the Damned and TSOL hit Asbury Park. More pics from Irving Plaza below...

Continue reading "The Damned & TSOL played Irving Plaza w/ The Briefs (pics)"

November 2, 2014

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Village Halloween Parade 2014
Village Halloween Parade 2014
Village Halloween Parade 2014
Village Halloween Parade 2014

Though chilly, blustery and trying to spit out rain, almost nothing slows down the annual NYC's Village Halloween Parade which went off without a hitch on Friday (10/31) with your usual assortment of crazy, sexy, scary, funny and head-scratching costumes. Plus: Whoopie Goldberg as this year's Grand Marshall. A set of pictures are in this post and continue below...

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October 31, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Mac McCaughan @ HiFi during CMJ (via @marcviloria

I make no bones about my love of '80s goth: Bauhaus, Siouxsie, Xymox, Xmal Deutchland, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The Bolshoi etc...I'm all for it. (Fields of the Nephilim, not so much.) But my favorite is probably The Sisters of Mercy whose first two albums -- 1985's First and Last and Always and (especially) 1987's Floodland -- are pretty much stone-cold classics that I can listen to anytime of the year, but I tend to OD on around Halloween. I was, in fact, listening to them today when I saw that Superchunk frontman and Merge mogul Mac McCaughan had just posted a cover of "First and Last and Always" on his soundcloud. Mac keeps the inherent drama but gives it the Portastatic treatment, stripping it down to acoustic guitar and synths. (Mac adds, "Doktor Avalanche was not available for the session.") You can stream it below.

Mac was just in NYC for CMJ, playing a solo show at HiFi. Anybody catch his set? Mac's take on the Sisters, plus a mix of classic '80s goth for your Halloween listening, below..

Continue reading "Mac from Superchunk covers Sisters of Mercy for Halloween (listen)"

October 30, 2014

by Bill Pearis


With his mask that is already all kinds of creepy (shades of Leatherface, no?), Nobunny seems born from a schlock horror movie. So it makes 100% sense for him to star in his own slasher flick, in this case an elongated video for his song "Nightmare Night" from last year's Secret Songs. Written and directed by Ardavon Fatehi and Jenny Messer, it's a well-shot, funny film that owes much to '80s horror (with a little Repo Man in there too) and features appearances by Colleen Green, as well as members of Mean Jeans. Just in time for Halloween, check it out below.

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October 28, 2014

pugkin @ McCarren Dog Costume parade (more by Mimi Hong)

No longer content to celebrate Halloween just on October 31, NYC has turned into a full week of festivities. We're mainly focusing on the music stuff, but a list of notable events follows...

First and foremost in the 41st Village Halloween Parade, which gives parades a good name and is usually worth going to. It happens on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7 PM - 10:30 PM. And if you can't actually be there, NY1 broadcasts live from 8 PM - 9:30 PM.

As for music events, with a singer who has basically dressed like a vampire for the band's career and classic singles "Thanks for the Night," "Wait for the Blackout," and "In Dulce," The Damned remain perfectly suited for this sort of thing and you can see them at Irving Plaza on Halloween with TSOL (who have a horror punk vibe themselves), and The Briefs. (tickets). If you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a pair of tickets. See details below.

Meanwhile, Damned guitarist (and maker of great solo records too), Captain Sensible will be playing a Halloween edition of the Sally Can't Dance party at Bowery Electric on Wednesday (10/29) with Fred Armisen, Mistress Formica and more (tickets).

On a similar tip, the Jerry Only-led version of Misfits play Irving Plaza tonight (10/28) and tickets are still available.

Meanwhile, former Misfit Glenn Danzig will be playing with his band Samhain at Best Buy Theater on the actual night of Samhain (the night after Halloween) (tickets).

And another former Misfits singer, Michale Graves, plays Coco 66 on Mischief Night (10/30). Tickets are on sale.

Primus will be playing Beacon Theatre on Halloween which is being billed as "An Evening With Primus and the Chocolate Factory." Primus just made an album based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book which definitely has some nightmare material in it. Tickets are still available.

Punk/klezmer/cabaret act World Inferno Friendship Society are throwing a "Hallowmas" bash at The Wick on Halloween. They are requesting you bring a pumpkin. Tickets are on sale.

CMJ buds Panache & Baby's All Right are thowing a Halloween Show that's not at Baby's -- it happens Halloween Friday at 338 Moffat (Studio L) with Purling Hiss, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Meatbodies and Tonstartssbandht. Tickets are on sale now, including an option that includes a "limited edition surprise."

What will be at Baby's though is a dance party with Maurice Fulton, DJ Spun, Alex From Tokyo, The Almond Brothers and Paul Raffaele (tickets).

For an Halloween filled with current bands evoking the goth sound of the classic '80s period, Toxic Shock Syndrome is presenting "DEA†H ☧ RI†ES" on Friday at 496 Morgan Ave with Pop. 1280, Void Vision, Pawns, a DJ set by Frankie Teardrop and "more!" Tickets are on sale.

And then there's the Halloween show at Death by Audio with Knyfe Hyts, Oozing Wound, The Fucking Ocean, Red Dawn II and Alien Whale, plus in the "Haunted Mansion" there will be Aa, Justin Frye (of PC Worship) and Chat Logs. This will be your last chance to party at DbA on a Halloween as the venue closes in less than a month.

This year's Zombie Prom happens at Littlefield on Halloween with The Hollows, Sylvana Joyce & The Moment, Corn Mo, and T.R.J.B. (tickets).

Anamanaguchi will be DJing on Halloween at the 38 Bathhouse (353 Broadway, Manhattan) with Tallesen, Pleasure Centers, Bernard Herman (not the Hitchcock composer [who's dead]), and "Very Special Guests." Tickets are on sale.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar is throwing a two-night Halloween party on Friday and Saturday (11/1). Friday has Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Desert Sharks, Mitski and Banker$ DJ; Saturday has The So So Glos, Slothrust, Dinowalrus, Weird Womb and DJ Lady Guy. Both nights are free with costume contests ($500 cash prize).

And Long Island's The Paramount on Halloween is hosting Mastodon, Gojira & Kvelertak (tickets). The same lineup will play The Starland Ballroom in NJ the next night (tickets).

The Meat Puppets / Cass McCombs co-headlining tour hits NYC twice at Rough Trade this weekend. First on Halloween night (tickets) and then again the next night (sold out).

If you're the type who wants to hear post-rock on Halloween, you're in luck because This Will Destroy You's tour hits Bowery Ballroom that night (tickets).

And for you Twin Peaks fans out there, Glasslands is offering up a party called "Halloween In The Black Lodge," with a place both wonderful and strange performing a piece called "EYS OPEN DOORS: THE HIDDEN LIFE OF LAURA PALMER" as well as DJ sets by @Thatsourwaldo, and Smoking Mirror (Lewis Valleau of WOLVVES). Tickets for this midnight party are on sale now, though if you're name's Bob you may know another way in.

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Of course the staple of Halloween shows is bands performing as other bands, and there are no shortage of those this year. You can get an early jump on that sort of thing on Wednesday (10/29) at Baby's All Right with Motion Studies (as Prince), Sunflower Bean (as Smashing Pumpkins), Dances (as The Strokes), Haybaby (as Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Scherzo (as Death From Above 1979). Tickets are on sale.

Then on Devil's Night (Thursday, 10/30) at Saint Vitus, Delicate Steve will be performing as Del Zeppelin with sets from Escalator Haters (Featuring members of Stalkers, Daddy Long Legs, The Casualties and Clit 45), Ice Balloons and Cher2K. That's a free show.

Delicate Steve will then perform as the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Silent Barn on Halloween (with RHCP touring member/Atoms for Peace member Mauro Refosco) along with Dear Leader (as The Neptunes), Heeney (as Weezer), Banned Books (as Pixies), Advaeta (as HOLE), members of Celestial Shore, Heaven's Gate and Journalism as blink-182 and a DJ set from Mr. Twin Sister.

For a different option that also features a band as Blink-182 head to Cake Shop on Halloween for Clean Girls who will be doing that, plus Vomitface (as Nirvana), Alien Trilogy (as Devo), Tape Deck Mountain (as Daniel Johnston's Delay Pedal), Death To Slater (as The Beach Boys), Schmear (as Meat Puppets), and Smell-O-Vision (as Television).

For a third blink-182 option and a second RHCP option, over at Shea Stadium on Halloween you can see Big Ups (as Red Hot Chili Peppers), Vulture Shit (as Presidents of USA), Flagland (as Blink-182), Bueno (as Frank Sinatra), and Huffers (as The Replacements). $8 at the door with costume, $10 without.

You can see Beach Fossils with members of Wild Nothing (as Devo), Celestial Shore (as T. Rex), Beverly (as the Pixies), and Roya (as Television Personalities), on Halloween at 338 Moffat (Studio E, different space than Purling Hiss show mentioned above). Tickets for that show are on sale.

You can also catch Mutual Benefit doing Beck's One Foot in the Grave in full at Glasslands on Halloween with Reo appearing as Lana Del Rey and Conveyor are doing an all-Buddy-Holly set (tickets). That's your last chance to ever see a Halloween show at Glasslands. We're giving away tickets too.

Of course there's also "the world's drunkest Guns n' Roses tribute band," Mr Brownstone, at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday (tickets).

If you're looking to dance, you can head to Cameo on Friday for Eric Duncan, Mike Simonetti, Dominique Keegan, Justin Vandervolgen, Evan Michael, Free Magic, and Faso (tickets)

Output on Halloween is throwing a "Boo Yourself" party with Danny Tenaglia and Rissa Garcia in the main space and Kasper Bjørke, Gerd Janson, and Justin Miller in The Panther Room (tickets).

At Verboten on Halloween it's Lee Burridge, Monkey Safari, Christian Löffler, and Bedouin (tickets).

The Check Yo Ponytail tour also rolls through NYC on Halloween which should definitely be a party. That happens at Warsaw with The Presets, Antwon, Chela and Franki Chan (tickets).

You can also turn down for what at Pier 94 on Halloween (moved from Barclays Center) with DJ Snake, Knife Party, Tommy Trash, Tchami and Milo & Otis (tickets).

On the movie front, Nitehawk Cinema is doing their all-night horror marathon "A Night to Dismember" with a program of sequels: Evil Dead II, The Bride of Frankenstein, Friday the 13th: Part 2, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, and Return of the Living Dead (tickets)

Videology (which has been hosting horror screenings all month) is showing '80s Tawny Kittaen classic Witchboard; and at Sunshine Cinema in the LES they're hosting a midnight screening of 1987 cult classic, The Monster Squad (tickets).

What else? A couple flyers, and some Halloween mixes courtesy Rdio, below...

Continue reading "A guide to 2014 Halloween events in NYC"

Captain Sensible busking outside Amoeba Records last year (via Amoeba Records)Fred Sensible

As mentioned, The Damned are in town this week to play Irving Plaza on Halloween with TSOL, and The Briefs (tickets). While here, guitarist Captain Sensible will be sitting in with Fred Armisen and the 8G House band on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday (10/29). Then, he and Armisen will perform live later Wednesday night at The Bowery Electric at the "Sally Can't Dance" party which this week is also Halloween-themed. Legendary drag queen Mistress Formica will also be performing, along with DJs Alix Brown, Howie Pyro, and Gina Bon Jersey. There's also an open bar from 11:30 PM - 2:30 AM. Tickets are on sale now.

Flyer for the party, plus a few Captain Sensible solo videos and a clip of him and Armisen busking outside Amoeba Records last year, below...

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June 25, 2014


Goth-tinged punk greats The Damned -- whose current lineup features OG members Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible -- will be doing a short "Hallows East" tour this fall, including a Halloween show (10/31) at NYC's Irving Plaza and then the next night (11/1) at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Both those dates (and some of the others) are with West Coast vets TSOL and tickets for both shows just went on Livenation presale (password is "loyalfan"), and the Irving show has a Music Geeks presale as well (password is "musicgeeks"). Tickets for both NY-area shows go on sale to the general public Friday (6/27) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

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October 31, 2013

by Wyatt Marshall

The Body at The Acheron in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
the body

It's Halloween, and there's no shortage of fun stuff to do. Let's get to it.

Insanely loud sludge creeps The Body are playing Saint Vitus tonight (10/31) with Sandworm and Blackout, and they'll be screening their spooky new video that came out today, "Shrouded," at the show. They'll also screen the brand new (today) video from Portal, who also kept it spooky and veil-themed with "Curtain." Check out those videos in this post.

If you're looking for more of a straight up rager, thrashers Oozing Wound are playing a warehouse show at 95 Bogart St with Wicked King Wicker, Rozamov and Silicone Sister. The show's a kegger, so come thirsty. Flyer for that below.

As previously mentioned, Liturgy will be teaming up with noted composer Alan Howarth for a Halloween show tonight at 285 Kent. You might not recognize Howarth's name, but you'll recognize his work: Howarth co-wrote the score to Halloween and did sound work for dozens of movies, including Star Trek and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The show will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of Halloween.

If you're looking for something dance-y AND dark, you're covered: as previously noted, Vatican Shadow will be playing Output with Raime, Silent Servent, Veronica Vasicka and Becka Diamond. Vatican Shadow just put out a remix of The Field's "Cupid's Head"--listen to it below.

Meanwhile, old school death metal band Necrophagia is giving away a free track, "The Wicked," on their bandcamp. Stream it below, but first, fun fact: Phil Anselmo of Pantera used to play guitar in Necrophagia under the name "Anton Crowley." Speaking of Anselmo, he just had quite a Halloween warm-up down in Austin with horror movie/metal extravaganza, the Housecore Horror Fest.

Vids, song streams and flyers below...

Continue reading "The Body & Portal share creepy new videos; Necrophagia share new track ++ (mostly) metal Halloween options in NYC "