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Morning Benders

"Berkeley, California-bred four-piece band The Morning Benders are the Muhammad Ali of pop-rock: their summery melodies float on leader Christopher Chu's airy vocals like butterflies, but their lyrics sting like bees that've crawled under your sleeve when you weren't looking."
[Eye Weekly]
The Morning Benders finish up their tour tonight in a big way, with a headlining show at Webster Hall and a stacked bill of indie pop rising stars with both Twin Sister and Cults opening the show. Tickets are on sale, and if you need one more reason to get there, how about a pair of free tickets? I am giving a pair away. Details on how to win below.

Earlier on that tour they happened upon Chicago's Lincoln Hall on October 31st, and as you can see in the above picture taken at that show, they were ready for the occasion. More pictures like it, below.

Also below: a stream of the Golden Filter's brand new remix of hit Morning Benders track "Excuses" which you can also download via a widget at the band's website.

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photos by Greg Cristman

Dresden Dolls

[The Dresden Dolls have] been on hiatus for a few years, with both members working on other projects. ...It's difficult to find a crowd as receptive as the one that'll skip Halloween parties to show up for a cult act that hasn't played in a few years. This was a sold-out venue full of people who really, really wanted to be there -- most of them to see the Dolls, but also a few older rock geeks who came to see the Legendary Pink Dots, a long-running and hard-to-define act that Palmer calls her favorite.

The fans got their money's worth, too, and not just because of the big balloon drop during a cover of the viral-video "Double Rainbow" song. The band -- Palmer on electric piano and vocals, and the terrific Brian Viglione on drums (and pantomime asides) -- is built to be stagey and theatrical, and they have a looseness that's great to watch. They know each other and their set well enough that they can wind down in the middle of a song to chatter among themselves or talk back to the audience. They pepper their act with storytelling numbers. They've also collected exactly the kind of fan base that enjoys dressing up and gathering together at their feet, which is a good bet for Halloween. -[New York Magazine]

The Halloween show at Irving Plaza was the first of a short reunion tour run for The Dresden Dolls, and was one date on a separate tour for The Legendary Pink Dots who also played Le Poisson Rouge a couple of days earlier.

The show was also an anniversary of sorts for the band; it was on Halloween in 2000 that Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione first met. While the band has been on hiatus, Amanda has been busy making an even bigger name for herself. And take note: she is reportedly moving to Brooklyn in July (which is when she is also reportedly getting married to Neil Gaiman).

More Pictures from the gig (including DD's setlist and the costumed crowd), and some videos (including their cover of "War Pigs"), below...

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photos by Erez Avissar

Neon Indian

Prince Rama's intentions are great: blending Native American tribal drumming, Eastern Indian mantras and cathartic howls, fantastical synth bits and a dose of pixie dust to make a cacophony of a melting pot played by the likes of two sisters, Taraka and Nimai Larson, and one guy, Michael Collins. It's all a little bit Kate Bush meets Bat For Lashes, a little bit Gang Gang Dance, but sadly, the voices constantly seemed off pitch so any attempt at musical grandness became kitsch, at least tonight...

The true cosmic dance party only began when Neon Indian took the stage. At this point, Brooklyn Bowl was packed and filled with half Halloween revelers, half frat types looking to pick up gals in itty bitty costumes. The night improved the more we focused on the stage and sound and let Alan Palomo's theremin as well as his pulsating beats, dreamer croon and the band's spacey pop take over. -[Sentimentalist]

Neon Indian headlined Brooklyn Bowl on 10/29 with Prince Rama and Apache Beat, part of a Halloween celebration at the venue that included a costume contest. The show was one of a few for the chillwave-r, who continues his tour in Buffalo (11/4) before calling it quits in Ithaca right after that. Neon Indian will then jet across the Pacific to play a string of shows around New Years leading up to an appearance at Field Day 2011 in Sydney.

The NYC show was at the beginning of a NYC Halloween weekend that also included Mr. Brownstone at the same venue one night later (turn down your volume and check out a bad cell phone video), and a Sunday night Todd P show at Ridgewood Temple which partially overlapped with the big parade.

Prince Rama have no NYC dates until December when the band will team up with Deakin (who opened for Omar Souleyman last night) to play The New Museum on 12/10 (tickets). The Brooklyn band will spend the days leading up to that appearance in Europe. Full (updated) tour dates are below.

More pictures from Brooklyn Bowl and all tour dates are below.

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

Cassie & Justin as the White Stripes
Cassie & Justin

"Todd P's Halloween party took place [Sunday] night at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple. most people were probably still recovering from Halloween observed the night before, but a respectable amount of ghouls and tricksters made their way to the show, headlined by so-hot-right-now hip hop ensemble Das Racist.

Halloween is a time when you can see what people are really about. They're either in a pre-packaged costume or they're trying too hard or they are legitimately clever and good-spirited. And for Das Racist, it can be all of the above all the time. These guys walk the lines between irony and sincerity; between novelty and legitimacy; between gimmickry and credibility. And while some people show up at the party dressed as a can of Four Loko, others as zombies or superheroes, Das Racist can just take the floor as themselves and still be baffling and maybe a little frightening.

This set was, by all definitions, a shit show. You know when your friends have an inside joke and they are cracking up about it, and the joke is sort of independently funny, but not nearly as funny as your friends' uproar would suggest? Combine that feeling with the feeling of seeing your little brother get way too drunk at a party you invited him to. That was what the stage presence of Das Racist was like. And it was a fucking party." [Free Williamsburg]

Das Racist headlined the show of mostly locals which included a set by Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone and Justin (both in the Babies) as the White Stripes, but more notable was that The Intelligence, in from Seattle, were on also on the bill (the Intelligence also played Cake Shop one night earlier). Denver's Pictureplane, who was the special guest at the show that took place last night (11/2) at Brooklyn Bowl, was one of the artists who played too. Boshra AlSaadi aka SAADI played with Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang.

Blissed Out went on right at 8:00 along with the doors opening which meant not many people around to hear their set, but the 9-band show filled up as the night went on. More pictures below...

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photos by Alysse Gafkjen

MGMT / My Morning Jacket
Voodoo Festival 2010
Voodoo Festival 2010

"It's more than an average sweat-your-brains-out, suffer-in-the-mud music festival. It's the Voodoo Experience, and it went down at City Park this weekend in New Orleans.

Voodoo Fest, one of the world's largest Halloween parties, housed thousands of attendees who, for three days of musical bliss, watched some of the world's most notorious names -- including Muse, Ozzy Osbourne, MGMT and My Morning Jacket -- and donned costumes ranging from zombies to superheroes, fictional characters to condiments and anything and everything in-between." [The Daily Reveille]

MGMT probably had the most talked about costumes of the weekend. The band dressed up as the cartoon cast of Scooby Doo. More pictures and a bunch of videos from this past weekend's Halloween-themed New Orleans fest (not necessarily in order - a big mix of all three days), and MMJ's setlist (they covered Black Sabbath again), below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Sweet Shrag shirt!
Allo Darlin

"Allo Darlin's album on Fortuna Pop came out earlier this year. It was recorded in the basement of the Duke of Uke shop in London, where people like Darren Haymen, and the Wave Pictures like to hang out and a place where Allo Darlin singer and ukulele player Elizabeth Morris probably had her choice of ukuleles to play while recording. Morris started off the set solo with a new song she called Talulah, that contained a line about listening to that Go-Betweens album on cassette. Usually I would assume that a song with an obscure reference to a Go-Betweens album would be lost on the audience, but I think it's safe to assume that everyone in the room got it. The song was about as gentle and tender Allo Darlin would be this night.

The rest of the band then joined her on stage for what they referred to a slow-burn of a set. A slow burn according to the band is gradually turning up the heat as the night goes on. Their self-titled album on Fortuana Pop is fun and similar to Camera Obscura, but where Camera Obscura are stiff and standoffish on stage Allo Darlin' are the types to put their arms around your shoulders and pogo with you until you're out of breath." [the finest kiss]

That Finest Kiss review comes from the October 29th show in Seattle which was one night before (and a country's length from) Allo Darlin's Saturday night, October 30th "Mondoween" Halloween show at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn. It was the UK's band 3rd NYC show this month, as they also played two during CMJ before heading west and touring back this way.

Shrag, featured on Elizabeth Morris's t-shirt, was also here for CMJ. More pictures from Mondoween at the Rock Shop, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

hipsters & Die Antwoord in the Village Halloween Parade
Halloween 2010
Halloween 2010

"President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama opened up the White House doors to the local children and military families to the North Portico of the White House [on Halloween]. Always willing to open the doors to the White House the first family had some trick or treaters getting their candy game on track.

Michelle Obama didn't dress up this year, last year she went as a p*ssy cat, this year she kept it simple and rocked an orange sweater with black trousers. The President was on hand taking in all the festivities cheering on the little trick or treaters and hugging it out with Abraham Lincoln." [Peace FM]

Today, election day, Obama is busy supporting candidates. Go out and vote, even you undead hipsters! (The Rent is Too Damn High!)

Back to Sunday: you already saw ONE, TWO, THREE sets of NYC Halloween Parade pictures. A fourth set continues, ending with a grand finale video, below...

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Florence on Halloween in Boston (Dianna Quagenti)
Florence Skull

After playing the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans over the weekend, Florence & the Machine kicked off a proper, but short, tour at House of Blues in Boston on Halloween. As you can see in the above picture, and in the video below, Florence and her band did not wimp out on celebrating the holiday.

Last night (11/1), that tour continued into NYC where Florence and the Machine played their first of two sold out shows at the massive Terminal 5. Both shows (last night and tonight) have The Smith Westerns and Hanni El Khatib opening.

Couldn't score or afford a ticket? You still have one more chance to see the UK band when they play a free show at the SoHo Apple Store this afternoon:

Live from SoHo: Florence + The Machine
Florence + The Machine embody creative courage. Pick up a wristband at the Apple Store to guarantee admission to tonight's live performance. November 2, 4:00 p.m.
Florence's U.S. tour ends November 8th in LA, but maybe she'll stick around for a little bit longer so she doesn't have to fly back and forth for their November 20th appearance on Saturday Night Live. All dates, that Halloween video, a video from Terminal 5, and a Hanni El Khatib video, below...

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photos by Leia Jospe

Nullsleep

Dubbed, "Dump.fm - IRHell", this party was a "SUPER SPOOKY TRANS-NATIONAL HALLOWEEN PARTY" that took place on Saturday night, October 30th, at 319 Scholes in Brooklyn while another party took place at U.F.O.ria in Mexico City, and they were "connected through dump.fm." The posted lineups were:

Brooklyn Performances by -- Anamanaguchi - Brenmar - Nullsleep - Physical Therapy - Jon Lynn (Unsolved Mysteries) - Laurel Halo - BLISSED OUT - Magick Mountain - DJ Brother Ladypantz - MIRRORGATE - Flash Porno - ELEVATORMAN Mexico City Performances by -- GATEKEEPER - DoubleDigits - Ñaka Ñaka †‡† - DAMAGE
Leia was there for 8bit artists Nullsleep and Anamanaguchi who didn't go on until around 5am which could explain why everyone in the pictures looks like they're half asleep, or maybe it's just the special k. The sort-of-awkward set of pictures continues below....

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photos by Benjamin Lozovsky

Halloween 2010

"The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is the largest and most elaborate public Halloween celebration in the entire United States. Over 60,000 outrageously costumed people participated and over 2 million people watched the colorful parade that stretched over a mile in Greenwich Village. This year's parade route, however, was a little shorter than usual as organizers were forced to cut down the route in an effort to save the city money on security.

The Parade included circus performances, dancers, dozens of floats, live bands, jugglers, stilt-walkers, performing acts, huge puppets, ghosts, ghouls and even some truly scary costumes like that of "Snooki" and "The Situation" from the Jersey Shore! Eeek!" [CNN]
You saw ONE, TWO, and now a third set of NYC Halloween Parade pictures continues (this one being the most NSFW so far) below...

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photos by Richard Termine

DOWNLOAD: Antony - Thank You For Your Love (MP3)

Anthony and The Johnsons

"This is how it must feel to be an ovum," the singer Antony Hegarty said with a tone of gentle amusement as latecomers flooded down the aisles of Alice Tully Hall during the concert he presented there on Saturday night. It was the second time this singer, who goes by his first name, stopped to let stragglers find their seats. Earlier he had abruptly cut off a song just started -- "Ghost," from his rapturously lovely new album, "Swanlights" -- then tried to smooth over an awkward silence by whistling Satie's "Gymnopédie" No. 1...

...Here, performing as part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, Antony stood shrouded in shadow and sheathed in a flowing black gown. In place of his Johnsons, the Orchestra of St. Luke's accompanied him in songs largely drawn from "Swanlights" and its predecessor, "The Crying Light." Rob Moose, elsewhere a musically polyamorous violinist, conducted; at the piano was Thomas Bartlett, a sensitive chamber-pop singer otherwise known as Doveman. [NY Times]

Reading that first paragraph of the Times review makes me feel a little better, since I was also late to the show, but I was so late I actually missed all of that starting and stopping happening.

I think there were at least two big issues that caused people to be late. One of them was the show's kind-of-unfortunate 7:30pm start time (7:30 sharp on a Saturday night with no opener). The other was that the 1/2/3 trains were all screwed up, and I personally spent the first 30 minutes of the show sitting underground in a train that wasn't going anywhere. At least there were people dressed up for Halloween adorning all the stations and cars. That made the situation feel slightly less tense. That said, by the time I got there, every seat in the house was full, so late or not, everyone eventually got there, and what I saw was unsuprisingly beautiful and worth finally making it there for.

Nico Muhly was responsible for many of the arrangements of the night, and behind Antony and the orchestra was the film "Mr. O's Book of the Dead", a 1973 film by Chiaki Nagano featuring the Butoh master Kazuo Ohno and his troupe. Kazuo is the one on the cover of Antony and the Johnsons' 2009 CD The Crying Light. And as the NY Times sums up nicely, it was "Projected overhead throughout the performance -- even during the awkward breaks -- it was both a potent visualization of gender ambiguity, vulnerability and pain, and a garish distraction from music's transfixing intensity and beauty."

It was Antony's only North American show this year. Hopefully he'll tour some more in support of his new album "Swanlights" which was released on October 12th via Secretly Canadian. Download "Thank You For Your Love" from that LP above, and watch Antony's performance of the same song from the October 8th episode of Letterman in the video, under the rest of the pictures from Lincoln Center, below...

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by BBG

"What a better way to celebrate Halloween then w/ a black metal show of epic proportions! Woe & Krieg" - Wren Leader

"I know nothing about either band, 'cept that
I just saw Woe & they killed" - AnUncontrollableUrge

Chris Grigg on stage with Woe
Woe

Woe frontman/Krieg drummer Chris Grigg did double duty late Saturday night, in the wee hours of Halloween, as Woe supported Krieg at Knitting Factory as part of the BrooklynVegan/Haunting The Chapel production that directly followed the AGE/Hellshock which concluded before 12. Pictures and video from the late show are in this post.

Both Krieg and Woe are touring in support of their new Candlelight LPs, The Isolationist and Quietly, Undramatically respectively. Both are out now and worth a listen.

More pictures and some video from the midnight black mass are below.

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words & photos by BBG

Hellshock

8PM marked the start of two killer back to back shows at Knitting Factory on 10/30, the first of which featured crusty Japanese hardcore band AGE with Hellshock, Atakke, Perdition, and Cervix. The show was one of two that night for AGE/Hellshock, as the pair ended up playing a surprise show later at Acheron with Kakka Hatta 77 and Acid Reflux.

Of the touring parties, Hellshock crammed the most kids into the room, but it was AGE that impressed me the most with their wildman hardcore antics and foul riffs. Hellshock's death metal vocals over thrash-y d-beat were also well executed, as was the always dependable Atakke. Perdition was probably the single most violent set of the night. They inciting frenzied moshing to go along with their vocalists' out-of control stage antics (whipping around the stage, swinging the mic stand and smashing things with its base).

It was an awesome (Mischief) night of crust-y punk extremity that continued as the clock struck midnight and it turned Halloween. That's when Krieg & Woe took over the venue to darken things a bit... More about the late Krieg/Woe show is on the way, but for now dig on the moshpits, the costumes, and the massacre that was AGE & Hellshock, below...

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photos by Lionel Bergeron

Craig Finn & Frightened Rabbit
Frightened Rabbit

Just hours before Saturday night's Frightened Rabbit show, I wrote "The Craig Finn duet audio is still not available." That is no longer true, though the audio now available is the live audio from the part of the Terminal 5 show where The Hold Steady's Craig Finn came on stage and sang "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" live on stage with the headlining band during their encore (video below). The excitement continued after that when Frightened Rabbit invited up costumed crowd members, of which there were many in attendance since the show's date was October 30th.

Plants & Animals and a very stylish looking Phantom Band (who recently played our Friday CMJ day party) opened the show. More pictures with Frightened Rabbits' setlist and the videos, below....

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photos by Jessica Amaya, photos by Greg Cristman

F U (photo by Jessica Amaya)
Halloween 2010

Halloween revelers ignored the cold weather, a shorter route and a scaled down production to celebrate the holiday in their best costumes for the 38th Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade Sunday.

Thousands of New Yorkers turned out to watch or march in the parade wearing costumes ranging from news-based themes like rescued Chilean miner outfits to classic monsters like vampires, zombies and mummies.

"I rise from the sea to celebrate All Hallows Eve," said George Roman, 31, who dressed for the occasion as a pirate zombie.
Roman staked out his viewing spot on the corner of Sixth Avenue and West Fourth Street three hours before the start of the parade. "Halloween is my Christmas," said Roman, who has attended the parade every year since he can remember.

Temperatures Sunday night dipped into the low 40s, making things tough on some of the skimpier costumes. "It's a little chilly," said Colin Hanns, 17, an FIT freshman who made his sailor costume out of vintage fabric. "But it's so worth it." [DNAInfo]

Our first batch of Halloween parade pictures are HERE. The second batch continues below...

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a scene from Sunday's parade (more by Chris La Putt)
Halloween

today in NYC
* Zion I @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Swingadelic @ Maxwell's
* R. Crumb @ Barnes & Noble
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* David Sedaris @ the Apollo Theater
* Neil Diamond on the Today Show
* Superhuman Happiness @ Coco 66
* Elvis Costello @ The Greene Space
* Recoil, Architect, Conjure One @ Highline Ballroom
* Jonathan Richman, Tommy Larkins @ Bowery Ballroom
* Annie and The Beekeepers, Twain, Birdie Busch @ Union Hall
* The Meligrove Band, Thrift Store Cowboys, Alexis Foxe @ Pianos
* Vagina Panther with Cassette Kids, At Sea, & Phone Home @ S.O.B.'s
* Talib Kweli, Junot Díaz, Lisa Dierbeck, Wahida Clark and Wally Lamb @ LPR
* Florence & The Machine, The Smith Westerns, Hanni El Khatib @ Terminal 5
* A Reading of Joe Mande's Screenplay Adaptation of Glenn Beck's Novel: The Overton Window w/ guests (instead of Whiplash) @ UCB

Glenn Beck's new best-selling political thriller, The Overton Window, was so inspiring to comedian Joe Mande that he sat down and re-wrote the story for the big screen. Come watch as Mande and a few of his friends read the script on stage for the first time, in hopes of getting a movie deal.

Starring:
John Mulaney
Dave Hill
Julie Klausner
Matt McCarthy
Max Silvestri
Gabe Liedman
And a few very impressive SURPRISE GUESTS!

Dum Dum Girls were supposed to play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight.

Stay in the Halloween spirit with Recoil tonight at Highline Ballroom. Nicole Blackman is "guest vocalist" on the goth-friendly show featuring Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode. Tickets still seem to be available.

Check out a set of pictures from Sunday's Halloween Parade.

Florence and the Machines play their first of two shows with the Smith Westerns at Terminal 5 tonight.

Jonathan Richman and Tommy Larkins also play their first of two shows tonight.

Chromeo were Kiss for Halloween. Video from their Chicago show below...

Local Natives encored with "Sun Hands" in Halloween costumes at Webster Hall this weekend. Video below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Monday? (Day of the Dead)"

photos by Chris La Putt

2010 Halloween Parade

Many more pictures from the 38th Annual Village Halloween Parade HERE and HERE, and below...

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pumpkins

today in NYC
* the Halloween parade
* Justin Bond @ Joe's Pub
* tribute bands @ Union Pool
* Sun Ra Arkestra @ Sullivan Hall
* The Dresden Dolls @ Irving Plaza
* The Black Crowes @ Best Buy Theater
* The Old Ceremony, Mascott @ The Rock Shop
* Rocky Horror Picture Show Anniversary Party @ Le Poisson Rouge
* World/Inferno Friendship Society (Hallowmas 2010) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Felice Brothers, Adam Haworth Stephens @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Robbers On High Street (as ELO), Black Dragon, Blue Album Group @ Mercury Lounge
* Delicate Steve, Golden Ages, Crinkles, Lawrence Welks and Our Bear To Cross @ Cake Shop
* Das Racist, Keepaway, Pictureplane, The Intelligence, The Beets, Cassie Ramone & Justin from The Babies as The White Stripes, Janka Nabay, Blissed Out @ Ridgewood Temple (Todd P's Halloween Party)

This year is the 38th Annual Village Halloween Parade.
This year's theme: "Memento Mori"

Twenty years ago the iconic Day of the Dead puppets first appeared in the Village Halloween Parade, our festival of All Souls to ritual traditions worldwide -the Guede in Port-au-Prince, the Skull and Bones Gang of New Orleans, in the calaveras of Oaxaca, the Midnight Robbers of Trinidad, and beyond. Often it is in the places where tragedy is more ubiquitous and everyday existence can be more of a struggle, that expressions of the Dead are the most exuberant, a reminder that life itself, despite itshardships, is a gift. The Dead - as they return to drink coffee, play checkers, watch TV,but above all, to dance - offer us a mirror to see with fresh eyes the everyday things in our lives, rendered invisible by routine. Every sound, action, and motion we take for granted, they rejoice in - on the one night they can. So each year, when the skeletons take their place at the head of the Halloween Parade, they are not grim expressions of the morbid but rather joyful reminders of all that is vital.

As the beloved dancing skeletons enter their third decade in the Village Halloween Parade, we seek to honor them - and in doing so, to honor all those who have walked in their footsteps. Official Parade puppeteers Superior Concept Monsters, Master Puppeteer Basil Twist and Haitian Artist Didier Civil plan to work with the Mexican, Haitian and arts communities to make and remake, create and re-create, re-envision and resurrect the entire Day of the Dead section, calling forth not only the spirits of the Dead, but many of the puppets of past VHP artists that had long been absent from the streets of Greenwich Village. Drawing on traditional forms from Trinidad to Tibet, Haiti to Mexico, new 12'-foot tall skeletal puppets will add new life to the VHP's jubilant underworld - a cortege drawn by galloping night-Mares, an illuminated Ghost Train, and a dozen brand-new dancing Calaveras skeletons and who knows what else to join their brethren at the head of the Parade.

As the perennial community of Halloween volunteers gathers again this year to build and rehearse our memento mori ("Remembrance of Death") we'll look back on 37 years of Halloween in NY with another Latin adage: "Vita Brevis Ars Longa" : life is short, but art endures.

Also check out the previous post (and its comments): "What's happening on Halloween weekend in NYC this year?"

The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black was supposed to play Santos Party House, but the venue is closed.

Did you catch Legendary Pink Dots at Le Poisson Rouge the other night? Since their tour was announced, they were also added as opener for tonight's Dresden Dolls show at Irving Plaza.

That Dresden Dolls show also promises "special guests, rare performances, and a cacophony of Brechtian entertainment." AND: "This triumphant return will be documented by the Dresden Dolls fan base in a project spearheaded by This One Is On Us. Fans from all over the world will record, edit, design, and promote to produce a DVD of the evening for all the world to cherish and enjoy. This project aims to blur the link between author and reader even further - until both are one and the same."

Tonight's show at Union Pool show:

HALLOWEEN
8PM $5

DAMN! a Halloween tribute to WHAM!
(Max and Kev from Pizza Party on EVR)
THE CURE(Warm Ghost)
VIOLENT FEMMES(McDonald's)
ELO(Members of The Mad Scene and The Flaming Fire)
DANZIG/MISFITS(Members of Love as Laughter, Children, and Violent Bullshit
Check out Violens' new Halloween-friendly video for "Violent Sensation Descends" below...

Check out Howlies' new Halloween-friendly video for "Zombie Girl" below...

What else?

Continue reading "What's going on Sunday? (Halloween) "

Halloween flyer

TONIGHT, FRIDAY, 10/29, AT DEATH BY AUDIO

PRE HALLOWEEN COVER SHOW
KISS ::: Boogie Boarder
THIN LIZZY ::: Passive Aggressor
NIRVANA ::: Reality War (Michael Jordan)
GREEN DAY'S DOOKIE ::: Freudian Slit
BLACK FLAG ::: Necking/Zulus
BABES IN TOYLAND ::: mems of Pygmy Shrews
The Death By Audio show is real bands pretending to be other bands for Halloween. The Sublime tribute band playing Mercury Lounge tonight is a Sublime tribute band all year long. Same is true about the Smiths and Radiohead cover bands playing Littlefield this evening.

Mr. Brownstone, a Guns n Roses cover band that comes in and out of retirement, is at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday.

Cassie & Justin from the Babies will be the White Stripes on Sunday - the same (Halloween) day that Robbers on High Street will be ELO at Mercury Lounge where a Weezer cover band will open. Mouth Breather, a Jesus Lizard cover band, plays Fontana's. And at Union Pool:

SUNDAY, 10/31, AT UNION POOL

DAMN! a Halloween tribute to WHAM! (Max & Kev of Pizza Party on EVR)
THE CURE (Warm Ghost)
VIOLENT FEMMES (McDonald's)
ELO (Members of The Mad Scene and The Flaming Fire)
DANZIG/MISFITS (Members of Love as Laughter, Children, and Violent Bullshit)
More Halloween shows listed HERE.

Past Halloween, another tribute band is coming out of retirement, a very short retirement. Tragedy played their final show in January. The All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees plays their next show November 12th at Brooklyn Bowl (billed as their "last show ever").

The Fab Faux are performing The White Album in its entirety at Terminal 5 on December 11. Tickets go on sale at noon.

Zoso is playing 'The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience' at Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 29th. Tickets go on sale at noon.

And tribute bands are always playing BB King's.

photos by Kurt Christensen

The Walking Dead

Speaking of bloody, BrooklynVegan photographer Kurt Christensen happened to be walking through Times Square on Tuesday when he was suddenly surrounded by zombies. Naturally he pulled out his camera. His shots are in this post.

The occasion?

AMC and FOX international networks are planning to stage a worldwide stunt that will begin at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong on Tuesday, October 26th. Taking direction from "The Walking Dead's" legendary make-up artist Greg Nicotero, hundreds of zombies will consecutively take over major cities worldwide during a 24-hour period. The planned global outbreaks will center in and around the world's major landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Big Ben in London, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, the Acropolis in Athens and more.
It was all just a publicity stunt to promote AMC's The Walking Dead - not quite as legendary as the recent Zombiecon event, but we like zombies and it's almost our favorite holiday Halloween, so what the heck. Pictures continue below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOADAllo Darlin' - Dreaming (MP3)
DOWNLOADAllo Darlin' - My Heart is a Drummer (MP3)

The Woods
Sleepies

Allo Darlin only played two shows during CMJ (their guitarist had to fly back to England for a wedding on Friday) and suffered dual indignaties last Thursday: the atrocious sound at The Woods for their day show and then having to play Kenny's Castaways.  I thought Elizabeth Morris was going to kill the sound guy at the Woods, but they persevered despite the omnipresent feedback.

They're back this Saturday, playing The Rock Shop as part of the Mondo! Halloween Party. They go on at 11pm - it's dj's the rest of the night (costumes encouraged). I know Saturday is main party night for Halloween stuff, but make room for this if you can. The band just released a new video for single "My Heart is a Drummer" which you can watch at the bottom of this post. Their debut album just got its North American release a couple weeks ago and you should definitely pick it up. And definitely definitely go see them. Hopefully they'll be back sooner than later.

Another set of pictures from the Woods show, continues below...

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Devo

Due to an injury in the band, Devo has cancelled their appearance this Saturday night at the Metro PCS Masquerade and their entire tour. The concert will go on! MetroPCS & 101.9 RXP will present a free show with Neon Trees, The Drums and other special guests this Saturday night at The Hammerstein Ballroom! Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Ticket holders will be honored at the door Saturday night. Or to get your free passes click here to get on the Metro PCS Guest list for admission. Full refunds will be available at Point of Purchase
According to another press release, it is a "due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy". Devo were also scheduled to play Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.... and both Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls both also just cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest! Luckily Cornershop wasn't scheduled to play the Austin Festival too.

Other Mischief Night/Halloween options HERE.

Halloween (more by Paul Birman)
Halloween

What are some good Halloween shows happening this year? There's always the parade. And Todd P has his thing. Knitting Factory has all the metal you need. Hippies will be down the shore gambling. The Dresden Dolls are at Irving Plaza. World/Inferno Friendship Society do two shows at Brooklyn Bowl. The Felice Brothers and Adam H. Stephens of Two Gallants play MHOW (not a very Halloween-like option). Robbers on High Street will be ELO at Mercury Lounge. A Weezer cover band opens for them.

Deidre of Savoir Adore and French Horn Rebellion hosts Deidre's Hoochie Coochie Halloween at Zebulon. Michael T hosts a Rocky Horror Picture Show anniversary party at Le Poisson Rouge. The always-costumed Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black play Santos. What else?

There's always Saturday/Mischief night to celebrate. Since Halloween is on a Sunday this year, Halloween will probably last all weekend long (plus, Halloween technically begins at midnight). Guns n Roses cover band Mr. Brownstone are at Brooklyn Bowl this Saturday evening before Das Pop play the Halloween party there later that night. Allo Darlin play the Mondo Halloween Party at The Rock Shop in Brooklyn on 10/30. The previously mentioned Pelly Twins Pre-Halloween Partay is happening that night too:

Saturday October 30th @ 171 LOMBARDY
:: PELLY TWINS PRE-HALLOWEEN PARTAY
:: http://pellytwins.blogspot.com
:: DOM
:::: SMITH WESTERNS
:::::: Yellow Fever
:::::::: Total Slacker
:::::::::: Sweet Bulbs
| 171 LOMBARDY |
502 Varick Ave @ Lombardy St | East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Grand St, G-Nassau | 8pm | all ages | $tba
Antony and Cloud Cult both also play that night, as do Devo, The Drums & Neon Trees as part of the 2nd annual RXP Halloween concert at Hammerstein Ballroom. Too corporate? Within the Land of The Ash takes place in warehouses and on the streets of Brooklyn, burlesque, fire and music included. Mean Red meanwhile will be throwing down at Brooklyn Masonic Temple.

What else?

Get in the mood with some videos below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Thank You God for Fixing the Tape Machine (MP3)

The Intelligence

Sunday October 31st @ RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE
:: PANACHE + TODD P HALLOWEEN PARTAY
:: DAS RACIST
:::: PICTUREPLANE
:::::: the Intelligence
:::::::: the Beets
:::::::::: Cassie & Justin from the Babies --- as WHITE STRIPES
:::::::::::: Janka Nabay
:::::::::::::: Blissed Out
:::::::::::::::: more to come!!!!
| RIDGEWOOD MASONIC TEMPLE ]
1054 Bushwick Ave @ Gates Ave | Bushwick, Brooklyn
J,Z-Gates Ave, L,M-Myrtle/Wyckoff | 8pm | all ages | $13 in costume - $15 w/out
I suppose it's possible that she is actually playing Jack.

As mentioned all the way back in September, The Intelligence are currently on tour and will also play a NYC show at Cake Shop one day before Halloween with German Measles and The Beets.

By the way, Das Racist also play Southpaw, with Homeboy Sandman, on November 5th.

Updated Intelligence dates below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

"Watching Deer Tick at One Eyed Jacks in
the French quarter..." - Wayne Coyne, one day after ACL

Austin City Limits

"Burbank, CA - What would Halloween be without THE FLAMING LIPS? Certainly nothing as magical and incendiary as their annual Ghouls Gone Wild event held in their hometown of Oklahoma City, that's what. As we fall into the crisp Autumnal night air of the season's darkest yet sweetest holiday, THE FLAMING LIPS ask the question: Want to Participate in This Year's MARCH OF 1000 FLAMING SKELETONS?

This October 23rd, The LIPS will once again host their annual MARCH OF 1000 FLAMING SKELETONS Parade in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district, just a stones throw away from FLAMING LIPS ALLEY.

Last year's third annual Ghouls Gone Wild event was a huge success that drew LIPS fans from around the globe. Naturally, this year's Supernatural procession will be even more elaborate as festive floats, (in)appropriately adorned cars, walking groups and plenty of surprises along with 1000 strong undead snaking through the streets of Oklahoma City.

Order your costume bundle for this year's parade now in the official Flaming Lips store: www.flaminglips.com/store

The Flaming Lips played a nine-song set opposite Band of Horses at Austin City Limits on Sunday (10/10). Coming up, the band will play a week of shows in Florida before their pre-Halloween parade (see above), and then another week of shows in Asia after Halloween, and eventually, in July 2011, a very special performance in the UK. All dates with more ACL pictures, the setlist, and a video of Wayne screenprinting an ACL poster with his own blood, below...

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