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Halloween indie rock shows in Boston

Hallowen weekend always offers local bands the chance to play dress-up and take the stage in tribute to some of their favorite bands. Church of Boston has two nights of play-acting fun with their annual Lights Out Halloween Extravaganza, featuring tributes to "Zombie Michael Jackson," and Spinal Tap, on Saturday, and Nick Cave and PJ Harvey on Sunday, among others.

Saturday's lineup:

8:00 PM doors, $12 cover.


7:00 PM doors, $10 cover.

Both nights are 18+ to enter, 21+ to purchase alcohol.

The new club Radio in Somerville also has a big Halloween party on Saturday.

Members of The Acre, Big East and Blackbutton perform as Whores At the Door, a tribute to the Pixies. Parlour Bells appears as Jane's Addiction, while OldJack will play the Stereophonics and Limbless Lovers will take on Siouxsie and the Banshees. And members of Big East, Forest Henderson, Backup Factor, Big Sway and Beat Surrender perfom as The Dahkness, Boston's take on The Darkness.

Radio is at 379 Somerville Ave. in Union Square. All shows are $5, with 8pm doors, unless otherwise noted.

On Halloween night on Monday, O'Briens in Allston has an amazingly varied lineup with Pragnus Gray as Bob Dylan, the Gondoliers as Motley Crue, Leagues as the Dead Milkmen, and baton-twirler Ms. Dominica K performing to System of a Down. So that's folk/classic rock, glam metal, sarcastic, sloppy punk, and alt-metal, all in one Halloween night. 9:00 PM doors, 18+.


The Boston Show Guide: links to local music clubs, media, and upcoming shows.

Links to concert listings:

WZBC concert report

Boston Phoenix Club listings

Pollstar concert info for Boston

Club calendars:

TT the Bear's place

The Middle East

P.A.'s Lounge

Toad in Cambridge

Great Scott

The Lizard Lounge

The Paradise

Atwood's Tavern

Club Passim

Milky Way

Church of Boston

Johnny D's

Radio in Somerville

Plough & Stars

Alchemist Lounge

Harper's Ferry

Sally O'Brien's


The Beehive

All Asia

The Cantab

The Burren

Theatres and larger venues:

The House of Blues

The Orpheum Theatre

Somerville Theatre

The Wilbur Theatre

Bank of America Pavilion (formerly HarborLights)

Other useful sites:

Info on local bands and shows: Boston Band Crush

Jim Sullivan on local music & arts

Cheap, fun events, including music: Cheap Thrills Boston

The legendary local music scene mag: The Noise


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