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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What Music To See on Halloween, and What Your Choice Says About You

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

The Flaming Lips do Halloween this Thursday, Oct. 31, at Bill Graham Civic.
  • The Flaming Lips do Halloween this Thursday, Oct. 31, at Bill Graham Civic.

From the latest SF Weekly:

Halloween Music: If you want to know where you're at in life, take a good long look at your Halloween plans. Does the phrase "Halloween plans" translate as "Netflix and take-out" to you? Will your All Hallow's Eve be given over to taking the kiddies trick-or-treating? Or have you bought tickets to go see the S.F. Symphony play a Hitchcock score live? If you answered yes, stop reading now. Those are fine options, but this guide is for those who've already taken off Friday, Nov. 1, in anticipation of a massive hangover and/or serotonin deficit. In other words, for those who, regardless of budget, relationship status, age, or musical taste, want to free the ugliness inside their heads, pants, and/or stomachs. We've culled S.F.'s massive Halloween events down to six solid live music options, each with a few helpful pointers on what kind of persons, costumes, and experiences to expect. Behold:

Danzig with Doyle

at the Warfield, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. $35-$38;

Come expecting: Veteran goths, punks, goth-punks, goth-on-the-weekend types, horror film freaks, or really anyone who owns a pair of knee-high Doc Martens.

Your likely age/relationship status/location: Over 30, living out of the city; or over 50, living in SOMA.

Ideal costumes: Zombie John F. Kennedy, the Grim Reaper, Glenn Danzig himself, or just a Misfits muscle tee.

How the night will end: Washing off your makeup and letting the dog out to pee before trudging to bed.

Or, if you're lucky: Tied up in the basement of a leather bar.

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Total Trash Fest: On a rickety table behind Eli's Mile High Club in Oakland, Marcos Ribak displays a trio of bizarre objects. He has arrived with a candle bearing the patron saint of death, a deck of true-crime playing cards, and a tattered pulp volume of macabre Italian comics. His former bandmate passes by and nods at the objects approvingly, as if deeming them telling totems of Ribak's character. They certainly are this month: The lowbrow cultural artifacts speak to the primitive rock 'n' roll Ribak champions with his live music booking outfit Total Trash, and the death candle hints at his upcoming slew of shows for Halloween -- a victory lap after Total Trash's most successful and ambitious year yet. [continue reading]

More recommendations for after Halloween:

Janelle Monáe at the Warfield

Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review at Great American

Destroyer at the Independent

The Sonics at Rickshaw Stop/The New Parish

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