It's difficult enough in this squeaky-clean town to find a dark, slightly pee-stained corner, much less a decrepit building suitable for the ghoulish and the undead. The last bastion of genuine eeriness might exist at the Haunted Barn of Headless Point, where proprietors have taken great care not to clean up after the former residents. Witness mutilated farm animals, blood-splattered toys, and evil-minded obscenities created by a mad "scientist" in a poorly lit multilevel barn near the Hunters Point Shipyard. The House Band From Hell performs from sundown to sunup at 710 Innes on Friday and Sat-urday, Oct. 30 and 31. Tickets are $10; call 643-0817 ext. 3.
On his latest release, The Little Red Songbook, Scottish cult figure Momus creates "analog Baroque" -- a combination of harpsichords, analog synth samples, Nintendo Game Boy themes, and beats from a home organ recorded on a digital camcorder. It's an odd, sprightly sound, made more sprightly still by Momus' ticklish vocalization. No matter that Momus' lyrics are unabashedly vulgar -- "Either I was too big or she was too small/ But there was no way on Earth we would ever ball"; "Your first marriage was annulled/ Your second husband got killed/ You slept with your father/ And sucked your brother's dick" -- they are delivered with such a dandyish vocal wink you can't help but be charmed. On this tour, Momus is joined by twee-voiced Japanese diva Kahimi Karie, for whom he has written and produced numerous Japanese hits, including the irresistible "Lolitapop Dollhouse." Momus and Kahimi Karie perform at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, with Gilles Weinzaepflen opening at 10 p.m. Tickets are $8; call 621-4455.
When Talvin Singh founded the London-Asian club night "Anokha" it was with the intention of giving a platform to a new generation of underground Asian artists rooted in Western dance music. While the young, classically trained tabla percussionist made inroads with mainstream music fans through his collaborations with Bjsrk, Massive Attack's Nellee Hooper, and Duran Duran, it was his compilation Anokha: Soundz of the Asian Underground that introduced the world to the delightful fusion of traditional Indian instrumentation and club beats. For his personal debut, O.K., Singh traveled to Okinawa, Kerala, Bombay, Madra, and New York City, collecting the skilled singers and musicians -- Bill Laswell, Cleveland Watkiss, Devi, Shankar Mahadevan, Ryuichi Sakamoto -- who he later assembled in his London studio. O.K. is a nearly perfect synthesis of the organic and the digital, a non-New Age spiritual journey through an urban landscape strewn with the remnants of hard-core drum 'n' bass. Lush, hypnotic, and unbearably beautiful, Singh's creation has single-handedly infused dance music with the global soul everyone hoped electronic music would one day possess. Talvin Singh performs at Justice League on Monday, Nov. 2, with DJ Cheb i Sabbah and "Density" regular J. Boogie spinning at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10; call 440-0409.
-- Silke Tudor