Happy Halloween! There are tons of spooky goings-on tonight -- check out our Halloween Guide for parties, cover band shows, and more. You can also browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Village Halloween Parade
The best parade, hands-down, of the year is always the annual Village Halloween Parade which goes up Sixth Avenue from 7-11 PM. This year’s theme is “Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie.” It's also being broadcast in NY1.
Battles, Cakes Da Killa, Combo Chimbita, Future Punx, The Wants @ Elsewhere
Years in the making, PopGun's multi-room venue Elsewhere finally opens tonight for what should be a helluva Halloween Party. The lineup of performers is very cool but getting to check out the space might be the real reason to go.
Diamanda Galas @ Murmrr Theatre
Goth icon, avant-garde diva and autre legend Diamanda Galás is like nobody else, and not many get the chance to see her on Halloween.
"Haunted Hop" w/ Shannon and the Clams, Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Escapism, The Nude Party, Jonathan Toubin, Mystery Lights & more @ Knockdown Center
Jonathan Toubin thows a "Haunted Hop" every year and the 2018 edition at Knockdown Center looks to be one of the best yet. In addition to the main acts, there are a bunch of bands doing covers sets, cult movie screenings and more. Set times and the poster are below.
Uniform, Pawns, Sub Space, Spic @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Using minimal drum machine patterns and synths, plus the kind of subatomic bass that could pulverize a kidney stone, Uniform make industrial punk/metal with the kind of menacing air you can’t fake.
GWAR, Ghoul, Doyle @ Irving Plaza
Is there a more perfect band to see on Halloween than a band who would spray the crowd with blood on any given night? GWAR surely have some Halloween-themed surprises planned for tonight, and it should be a very messy, very good time.
Craig Finn and the Uptown Controllers, John K. Samson @ City Winery
The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and The Weakerthans' John K Samson are two of indie-punk's most beloved lyricist and the chance to see them on one bill is a very exciting thing. They've also been collaborating on stage for some covers this tour, so let's hope they do that again tonight. Also, Craig Finn and his band are all dressing up as Paul Stanley from KISS tonight, and they're encouraging the crowd to do the same. They'll have volunteers on hand at the show if you wanted to get your face painted like Paul when you arrive.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ BB King's
With Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton helped shape the sound of psychedelic soul and funk, and not only has his music served as source material for tons of classic hip hop, George Clinton works with some of the best rappers out today.
King Crimson @ Prudential Hall
Prog legends King Crimson currently have Robert Fripp joined by Jakko Jakszyk, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, Jeremy Stacey, and Bill Rieflin. Their tour includes upcoming NYC, Long Island, and Port Chester shows, but first they play Newark on Halloween.
Primus @ Brooklyn Steel
The forever-weird Primus returned this year with The Desaturating Seven, their first album with the classic lineup of Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, and Tim Alexander since 1995’s Tales from the Punchbowl. Spending Halloween with them sounds like a pretty wild time.
Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band w/ special guests Rob Barraco, Nicki Bluhm, Robert Randolph & Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ The Capitol Theatre
Original Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh wraps up his tristate area run with this Halloween show at his New York home base, the Capitol Theater. For this show, he's joined by his backing band The Terrapin Family Band and guests Rob Barraco, Nicki Bluhm, Robert Randolph and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Pell, Jimi Tents @ Rough Trade
Rough Trade hosts a solid double bill of hip hop for Halloween, including New Orleans' Pell and local Jimi Tents.
World/Inferno Friendship Society, O'Death, Lowdown Brass Band @ Warsaw
It's not Halloween in NYC without punk-cabaret band The World/Inferno Friendship Society's annual Hallowmas show, which is now in its 20th year. Cool openers too.
Giraffage, Sweater Beats, Wingtip @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
If you're looking to dance on Halloween, maybe head to MHOW for beatmaker Giraffage, who just released his debut album.
GosT, Dance With The Dead, Hogwasche @ Saint Vitus
Halloween is the perfect night to see GosT, who make spooky synthwave that pulls influence from horror film soundtracks.
Chetah Chrome & Johnny Blitz's Dead Boys, Chesty Malone and the Slice 'em Ups, Jones Crusher, The Blame @ Lucky 13 Saloon
Cleveland punk legends Dead Boys' classic debut Young Loud and Snotty turned 40 this year. To celebrate, surviving members Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz are playing the band's music on tour.
Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues LIVE! w/ Dave Hill, Phil Costello, Brett Davis @ Union Hall
Looking for Halloween-themed laughs? In 2004 comedian, musician and gadabout Dave Hill created alter-ego Lance, a teenager living with his parents in Gary, IN who also happened to be the lead singer and sole member of “the most extreme, brutal, and Satanic black metal band of all-time,” There’s a lot more to this story, and you can hear it all — and see Witch Taint live — tonight.
Springsteen on Broadway
It’s the hottest ticket on Broadway: Bruce Springsteen playing solo at the intimate Walter Kerr Theatre, performing some of his biggest hits and telling stories about them. His show runs through February.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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2017 HAUNTED HOP SET TIMES
8:15 The Nude Party
8:55 Paint Fumes
9:35 Guantanamo Baywatch
10:55 Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds
11:45 Shannon and the Clams
12:30 $100 Costume Contest
1am – 2am Dancing with Jonathan Toubin / New York Night Train, his Mummies au go go, and Spencer Bewley's 16mm film kung fu
2am Mystery Lights
ROOM FULL OF MIRRORS:
8:30pm Danny Goldshtein Trio as Bloody Holly
9pm Matt Marando and The Davies as The Kinks
9:30pm THE OTHERMEN as The New York Dolls
10pm Toni Lynn, Leah Beth, and the gang as Girlschool
10:30pm Chorizo as Wire
11pm Saylavees as The B-52s
11:30pm Fiona Silver as Wanda Jackson
12am The Nude Party as The Seeds
12:30am Roya as The Gun Club
1am WYLDLIFE as The Dead Boys
DJs Lindsey Gardner and Elena Childers