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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bring Out Your Dead!

Boston slays Halloween
by Julie Stoller





SWIRLING GHOSTS & SCORCHING COVERS - During this season when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest, join in the tradition of great Boston-area bands who pay tribute to notable artists who have met an untimely demise, a contentious break-up, or are too stinkin’ famous to play at P.A.s Lounge. Or maybe you’re feeling particularly ghoulish and just want to polish your fangs and go out disco dancing. Whether it’s devotional or demonic forces that summon this weekend, we’ve got something for you.

There's quite a crowd represented this year, from Judas Priest to PJ Harvey, Nick Cave to The Beatles, Michael Jackson to Spinal Tap. Punk rock and prog rock; heavy metal hair bands and indie rock legends. Plus one recently departed soul, Amy Winehouse. Go forth and conjure some spirits.

Thursday, October 27

Born of Fire Second Annual Halloween Show with Judas Priest, Entombed, Botch, Dio, and Suicidal Tendencies at Great Scott | $10, 18+, 8:30pm doors | Facebook event | Tickets

Pretty and Nice as Hot Snakes, plus Oranjuly, Emperor X, Bozmo, The Diamond Mines at the Middle East Upstairs | $10, 18+, 8pm doors | Facebook event | Tickets




HWY 9 as The Doors, Van Railin' as Van Halen, Supernaut as Black Sabbath at O’Brien’s Pub | $8, 21+, 8:00 doors

Hear Now Live presents Halloween with Modernist, The Bottom Dollars, Self Proclaimed Rock Stars, and the Zombie Rock All Stars at Precinct


Ferry Corsten | Halloween – Dutch Trance DJ Legend @ the Royale | $15-30, 21+, 9pm doors | Tickets

Halloween Party with Alejandro and the Flame as Lady Gaga (All-Male Lady Gaga cover band), the Dahkness (as the Darkness) at Milky Way | $9, 21+, 9pm doors Info


Halloween Tribute Night with Preacher Roe as Guided By Voices, The Difference Engine as Kraftwerk, and A Bit Much and School for Robots as Ween and Television at Ralph’s (148 Grove St., Worcester) – bit of a drive, but what a line-up! | $7, 21+, 9pm doors | Facebook event

Members of Mean Creek and Girlfriends as the Ramones, Dan Web and the Spiders, Get Laid and more at Starlab (32 Prospect Street -Union Square, Somerville)

Friday October 28

The 9th-Annual Pill Halloween Show with Spirit Kid as The Beatles, Lindsey Starr as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Endless Wave as Ride, Dirty Bombs as Kasabian at Great Scott | $10, 21+, 8pm doors | Facebook event

Annual Dead-O-Ween Bash with Playin’ Dead as The Grateful Dead at the Middle East Upstairs | $12, 18+, 8pm doors | Facebook event | Tickets

Hear Now Live presents Halloween Hangover with Ryan Jackson Troika as King Crimson, OTP as The Misfits, plus Ellis Ashbrook and Baby Made Rebel at Precinct | $10, 8pm doors | Facebook event




Halloween 1 with Bikini Whale (mems. Varsity Drag, Full Body Anchor, more) as The B-52s, Louder My Dear as INXS, Gondoliers as Mötley Böö (Mötley Crüe tribute), and Neon Angels as The Runaways at Radio | $5, 21+, 8pm doors | Facebook event

Full on Fiends | Halloween at the Royale – Costume Ball with $5,000 in cash and prizes for best costumes (costumes required) | $15-20, 21+, 10pm doors | Tickets

Count Zero’s Never Be Yourself Halloween party with Count Zero, Death of the Cool, Jim Morrissey, VJ DZiga, DJ Pace @ The Magic Room Gallery (free food!) | $10, 21+, 8pm doors | Facebook event | Tickets

Saturday, October 29



The Annual Halloween Extravaganza with The Lights Out as Michael Jackson, Sidewalk Driver as Spinal Tap, BrownBoot as the Beatles (playing Revolver), Muy Cansado as Prince at Church | $10, 18+, 8pm doors | Facebook event | Tickets

Uke Springsteen as Uke2, Full Time Dreamers as Cobra Kai (‘80s hair metal tribute) at Midway Cafe | 8pm doors |

Mass Death as Megadeth, 4 Point Restraints as Sex Pistols, A Bit Much as Television at P.A.’s Lounge | $10, 21+, 8:30pm doors | Facebook event




Halloween 2 with Whores At the Door as The Pixies, Parlour Bells as Jane's Addiction, OldJack as Stereophonics, Limbless Lovers as Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Dahkness as The Darkness at Radio | $5, 21+, 8pm doors | Facebook event

The All Hallows Eve Costume Ball with The Force, Mighty Tiny, Das Muerte, Manifest & Amber Ladd - The Middle East Upstairs | $10, 18+, 9pm doors | Facebook event | Tickets

Freaks | Halloween at the Royale – Costume Ball with $5,000 in cash and prizes for best costumes (costumes required) | $20-25, 21+, 10pm doors | Tickets

The Magic Room Halloween Costume Party with Nebulust, DJ Dark & Stormy, Gentlemen Hall, Herra Terra, and Casey Desmond | $5, 21+, 8:30 doors | Facebook event
Because at The Magic Room, it’s Halloween all the time. Also because there’s FREE Narragansett beer for an hour. “Free Beer” is the Boston clubber’s siren call.

Hear Now Live presents Halloween Hangover part II with Doctor Doom Orchestra, Michael Bernier and the Uprising, The Wondermics, Bonus Round at the Middle East Downstairs | $12, 18+, 7pm doors | Facebook event | Tickets


Sunday October 30

Halloween Spooktactular with Missing Ships as Amy Winehouse, Carlisle Sound as The Kinks, Desperate Kingdom as PJ Harvey, Ad Frank as Nick Cave and the Ad Seeds at Church | $10, 18+, 7pm doors | Facebook event | Tickets

Members of Cocked N' Loaded, Death Ray Vision, Panzerbastard as Turbonegro, Whitey as George Thorogood and The Destroyers, DJ Fitness Freak at O’Brien’s Pub | $6, 18+, 9pm doors | Tickets

Costume Party at Radio with Silence of the Lambs screening, spooky cocktails, bobbing for apples, tarot readings, and more.

Hurray for the Afterlife Halloween Show at T.T. the Bear's Place with Dave Crespo’s After Party, Danny Ross, and The Somerville Symphony Orkestar


Monday, October 31

Pragnus Gray as Bob Dylan, Gondoliers as Mötley Crüe, Leagues as Dead Milkmen, System Of A Down, Ms Dominica K at O’Brien’s Pub | 18+, 9pm doors | Facebook event


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