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click to enlarge Lambasted: In the Halloween spirit 365 days a year, but we get them just five days before the holiday. Spooktacular!
  • Lambasted: In the Halloween spirit 365 days a year, but we get them just five days before the holiday. Spooktacular!

Greetings, ghouls and ghoulettes, to Reverb's Halloween hit list. Excuse me if my tone is a bit deadened, but my head is still rolling from last weekend's show at The Rocket Room with Nordic invaders Turdus Musicus (think Helmet times Refused, minus the calculator), followed by the morbidly extraordinary Dancelvania, brought forth by secret members of the Kiowa Kartel. And to top it all off, I got bit by a homeless person on the way to work and I've been craving raw meat ever since!

What is this world coming to?

Anyway, I am just dying to get started, so hang on to your normality; it's going to get weird ... real weird.

What, you ask, could possibly be so weird? Well, Lambasted for starters ... just try and tell me they aren't weird! Even when it isn't Halloween, they act like it is ... but to catch them this close to the real deal, in all their ungodly glory on Friday, Oct. 26, at The Rocket Room with pysch-prog rockers the Deadbubbles and (please, NSA, take a joke) The Good Morning Accordion Terrorist, well, that will be quite the trick and the treat!

Also on Friday, Sanguine Addiction will be celebrating its recent Indy reader-voted Best Local Original Band win with a spooktacular night of metal and mayhem at Iron Horse Cantina. Throw in a costume contest, and a hand (preferably severed) from Denver's Shadow Work, and you're looking at a "damned" good time. Bwaa haa haa haa!

The next night, Saturday, Oct. 27, is packed tighter than a full-moon drunk tank with the second annual Horror Hop / Zombie Prom at Bigg City. As I told you a few weeks back, this year's prom is hosted by The Mansfields, with special sets by Get 3 Coffins Ready, The Royal Dead, and the Go Go Gore Girls. Always a hit with brain-dead teenagers and the unliving undead (no, not real estate agents), the Zombie Prom will let you play out all your "dead prom queen" fantasies you know, except without all the cops this time!

Speaking of drunk tanks, Saturday is The Rocket Room's first-ever Hell-O-Ween Rock & Mock with Oklahoma City's The Oh Johnny! Girls and Brian Parton, plus some serious mock 'n roll with The Boxsleeves playing the role of Social Distortion and Hussy as Black Flag.

Finally, on Wednesday, Oct. 31 you know, the real Halloween night Jack Quinn's will be transformed from an Irish pub into the Black Castle of Rock. Leading the charge to storm the castle is the bull of death itself, El Toro de la Muerte, along with Loverleigh and The Nicotine Fits. In the past, Jack Quinn's Halloween has always been a night to (try) to remember, but with this year's line-up, you had better just bring a camera ... you aren't going to remember a damn thing!

Hear ye, hear ye, bring forth the rock!

Lastly, on a completely unrelated note, there will be a benefit blues jam and silent auction for local musician and teacher Mark Acord, who is recovering from major surgery and incidentally, is unable to kick out the jams, or teach others how to. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Southside Johnny's, with the Channel Cats, the Jake Loggins Band, Brickyard and the Blues Monkeys.

That's all, witches. Beware, take care ... and pull the strings!

Keep Adam up to date on all the scariest happenings in the local scene. Write him at adam@csindy.com.


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