Indie imprint Alternative Tentacles may have been founded in 1979 by Jello Biafra as the means to put out music by the Dead Kennedys, but the label quickly became a cornerstone of the underground scene by releasing the seminal punk compilations Not So Quiet on the Western Front and Let Them Eat Jellybeans and by providing an early home for such groundbreaking mavericks as NoMeansNo, Butthole Surfers, Neurosis, and Wesley Willis. The longtime champion of artistic freedom celebrates 25 years of spreading subversive thoughts to the nation's youth in style this Halloween with a wildly varied bill of standout bands affiliated with the label. A mix of chaotic punk (Fleshies), unhinged psychedelic mayhem (Comets on Fire ), twisted booze-and-brimstone country (Slim Cessna's Auto Club), and bare-knuckled rock 'n' soul (The BellRays ) should make for a brilliant evening. Biafra and sludge-rock legends the Melvins (with a substitute bassist filling in for the ailing Kevin Rutamanis) showcase songs from their recently released AT collaboration, Never Breathe What You Can't See, when they headline this raucous party at Slim's Sunday night; call 255-0333 or visit www.slims-sf.com.
-- Dave Pehling