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Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 - Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife

A brief Halloween concert guide

Get ghoulish with Peter Murphy, Blasphemous Guitars and bands dressing up as other bands

By Peter Holslin
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You've applied the fake blood, pulled on the fishnet stockings and practiced your best zombie face. Now, you just need a place to go flaunt that scary and/or slutty and/or super-creative costume. Here's a quick guide to some of the spookiest shows going down tonight.

Peter Murphy @ 4th & B:
What better way to celebrate Halloween than with former Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy, crown prince of goth-rock gloom? Bauhaus called it quits in 2008, but Murphy still makes ornate pop with a gloomy edge. Just listen to his 2011 song "I Spit Roses."



Halloween Heat w/ Blasphemous Guitars @ Belly Up Tavern.
Blasphemous Guitars mastermind Adam Gimbel has taken on the guise of hundreds of artists over the years, and it's always a surprise what he and his bandmates dress up as at this annual Halloween blowout. This year, he hints that this group costume will combine two iconic '80s images. If the answer is Flock of Seagulls haircut and leg-warmers, consider me terrified.

 


Devin the Dude, Wu-Tang Clan, Blondie, NOFX @ Soda Bar:
Well, not exactly. In perhaps the most ambitious group costume event of the night, indie-rockers Roxy Jones will be dressing up as Devin the Dude, hip-hoppers Brendan B & The Breaks will perform as Wu-Tang Clan, garage-rockers Wild Wild Wets will become Blondie and Teddy Fantastico will go as NOFX. I just have one question: Who's going to be Debbie Harry?



The Creepy Creeps, The Cramp'd, Low Volts, Stephen Rey & The Sextrash @ The Casbah:
No Halloween show is complete without a Cramps cover band. But make sure to stick around for The Creepy Creeps, who've been dressing up in wacky costumes and playing murderous surf-punk longer than anybody in the city. Their Dia de los Muertos-meets-mariachi getup never gets old.

 


'The Great Pumpkin Smash' w/ AMB, Papa Skunk, Arkon, Squama, Sponge @ Kava Lounge:
Even if there aren't a bunch of pumpkins to smash at this night of dance-floor-friendly electronic bass music (and I'm sure hoping there are!), it'll be worth scoping out Hungarian producer AMB and Denver's Papa Skunk. Though their glitchy tunes aren't exactly Halloween-centric, their chopped beats and fat bass-lines are so powerful, it's spooky.

 
 
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