One of the great side benefits of this time of year is the onslaught of Halloween-themed music shows. And as is customary, plenty of local and national acts will be at the ready to combine sounds with scares. Enclosed, please find a list of some of the most enticing Halloween events at Seattle music venues next week.
Saturday, October 26:
Get a jump on the other boils and ghouls this Saturday night with this horrorpalooza, organized by the folks at Crypticon Seattle. The Ball packs no less than five bands, burlesque from La Petit Mort, and sideshow carnival craziness from the Wreckless Freeks into one evening. True to their ethos, Crypticon's picked sharp musical acts (gothabilly punks Spiderface, Hellbound metalheads White City Graves, and horror-punk metal demons HadesMachine, among others) calculated to throw some headbanging in with the horror.
Tuesday, October 29:
San Diego band Zombie Death Camp stop in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood to deliver bare-bones garage rock. Strains of The Cramps’ lethal combo of rockabilly, punk, and surf guitar run through their sound, and with song titles like "Now I am a Zombie" and "Corpse in a Barrell [sic]," you can bet things will get wicked.
Thursday, October 31:
Coconut Coolouts know their way around a good time, pounding out vicious, bratty pop songs full of potent call-and-response vocals, rabid energy, and, yeah, monsters. The Unlimited Horrors, meantime, throw a crypt-kicking twist to the cover band sub-genre, doing songs by legendary horror-psych rocker Roky Erickson with a local all-star lineup that includes current and former members of Murder City Devils, Cute Lepers, and Tacocat.
Seattle hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction has been hosting Black Weirdo Parties here in Seattle, as well as in Oakland and Brooklyn, for much of this last year. They're consistently packed, and provide a great avenue for renowned rap figures to get behind a turntable and throw down straight-up DJ sets. Shabazz Palaces and OCNotes are among the artists scheduled to spin.
7th Annual Halloween Bash with Grynch, The Good Husbands, DJ 100 Proof, DJ SwerveWon, guests. Neumos (925 E Pike St). 8pm. Free admission. 21 and over.
The price is right on Neumos' big Scary Day Celebration, replete with a set from Seattle rapper Grynch, several of this town's finest DJs at the deck, Halloween candy, drink specials, costume contests, and more.
You couldn't ask for a more apropos headliner on Halloween than notorious and long-running Seattle splattercore shredders The Accused, whose ripsaw cocktail of punk and metal has been inducing whiplash for over 30 years. Opening will be Seattle punks The Triple Sixes, and Millhous.
Friday, November 1:
If the chill-down-your-spine spirit doesn't end for you at the stroke of midnight Halloween night, you owe it to yourself to see and hear Seattle's wonderful Bad Things, Seattle's finest purveyors of drunken, darkly-humorous cabaret pop headlining this venerable (10 years and counting) live event. Bad Things shows are never less than great, and they've got hirsute blues-folk growler Baby Gramps, the polyglot magic of Seattle klezmer-punk imps Nu Klezmer Army, burlesque, dance, and aerial performance to keep the (funeral) party going at one of Capitol Hill's best overlooked performance spaces.