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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Monster Mosh: Here's Your Halloween (Freak) Show Roundup

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM

click to enlarge Hunx and His Punx go Gayracula at the Total Trash Halloween Bash tomorrow night at Leo's.
  • Hunx and His Punx go Gayracula at the Total Trash Halloween Bash tomorrow night at Leo's.
Halloween has always meant an excuse for bands to jump into costume as their favorite other bands, but this weekend's lineup of shows really takes the cake. Er, the candy? The pillowcase full of candy. No circus peanuts, please.

If you've been procrastinating on making plans for tomorrow (post-Giants parade revelry, of course), here are your six best bets for where all the local monsters will be.

Haunted Hoedown V at Bottom of the Hill, 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, $10-$12;

Local foot-stompin' guitar-rock faves Rin Tin Tiger have been throwing this bash for, you guessed it, five years now — but there's no time like the present to jump on the bandwagon, because this bill is killer. (Get it?) (Sorry.) Oakland's Everyone Is Dirty has been slaying hearts and minds in forging a new genre that could be described as moody violin grunge-punk; Surf Bored, featuring members of another Oakland favorite, Tumbleweed Wanderers, will add some swampy surf vibes, and the Parmesans are a bright, bluesy string trio almost a little too easy on the ears for a Halloween show. Sounds like a perfect Costco fun size grab-bag of a night to us. 

Heartbreak Halloween
at The Warfield, 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, $30-$45;

In case you haven't been listening to hip-hop radio for the past two years: Richmond's Iamsu and his HBK Gang have kinda taken over the world. This is guaranteed to be a night full of Bay Area party music, and the gang's all here: Sage the Gemini, Jay Ant, Kool John; plus LA's Dom Kennedy and a handful of others. This is an all-ages show, but we're guessing the air will be thick and rather fragrant at this one, FYI. Also worth noting: Iamsu just dedicated his new single to los Gigantes. 

Total Trash Halloween Bash
 at Leo's Music Club and Eli's Mile High Club, 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, $15-$17; 

For the surf/punk/Burger Records-loving set, it doesn't get much better than a two-day party starring the Bay's own punk pioneer Seth Bogart, aka Hunx from Hunx and his Punx, as "Gayracula." If that doesn't do it for you, how about the beachy '60s sounds of  Shannon and the Metallica? Or Pookie & the Poodlez as The Donnas? Didn't buy tickets fast enough to Weezer's sold-out show at Slim's on Sunday"? Never fear, this show also has the eternally charming Cumstain as "Sleezer." 

Hella Fresh Fest
 at the Oakland Metro Operahouse, 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, $20-$75;

Oakland's own Zion I hosts this annual West Coast hip-hop blowout every Halloween, this year featuring Grieves, Dizzy Wright, and Sol, plus fellow East Bay rapper Erk The Jerk. From what we've heard of past years, this thing is only getting bigger — meaning, of course, you should probably get in while it can still actually claim "hella fresh" status. 

The S.F. Symphony Presents Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
 at Davies Symphony Hall, 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, $20-$65;

If you know anyone who thinks of the Saw franchise as the height of cinematic terror, you really owe it to said friend to drag him or her to see this 1920 silent classic, starring the magnetic John Barrymore in the title role(s) some 70-plus years before his granddaughter Drew was wearing a terrible wig and answering that ill-fated phone call in Scream. This performance will include Todd Wilson scoring the film live on the symphony's Ruffatti pipe organ. 

Bob Saggeth
at Amnesia, 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, $10;

Because nothing says Halloween like your favorite Black Sabbath cover band taking over a hot, sweaty, always endearing Mission bar where the bathroom doors never really seem to lock. Are you on the edge of your seat yet?!

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