Scream, Dracula, Scream! Happy Halloween, creepy Crawler followers. The big gig’s at House of Blues tonight, as John Reis’s reunited brass-punk act Rocket From the Crypt takes flight from the downtown rock spot’s mainstage. The haunted House will be opening some secret stages to accomodate beaucoups boo-ya bands that’ll include voodoo surf-jazz by “the scariest band on the planet” Deadbolt, Swami Records’ “steam train of soul” Beehive & the Barracudas, Rob Crow’s Devo/Misfits mashup the DevFits, organ-grinding dance band the Creepy Creeps, and haunted fuzz-pop trio Mrs. Magician. That’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and it’s locally grown.... Get locked out of that one, fear not, for a few blocks up the Fifth Avenue hill, Tin Can Ale House hosts a trio of loud-ass locals, as Coda Reactor, Lord Howler, and Blood Dancer deliver your RDA of punk-metal treats.... Looking for something grind-friendly, you spooky sloozies? That tall drink of R&B Ginuwine will be crooning at Fluxx downtown...while up at the Belly Up’s Halloween Heat, you’ll find the electro-dance tribe of two Okapi Sun.... Out on the water, 91X is hosting the Boo’s Cruise yacht ride, featuring SoFlo indie-rockers Surfer Blood. The Surfers are touring in support of this year’s Pythons, which features spine-tingle lead-single “Demon Dance.” Our own saucy rocker Dizzy Miss Vizzy’s Gone Baby Gone will set it up. If I were your mom I’d tell you to wear something warm, like a squirrel suit. Slutty nurse won’t cut it on the chilly bay, Betty.
Casbah stages a locals-only lollapalooza Friday night, featuring SDMA winners Schitzophonics (Best Hard Rock Band), sci-fi garage-rock quartet Shake Before Us, ’60s-style SoCal surf-punk trio Flaggs (a Best New Artist nominee at this year’s SDMAs), and “the only Johnny Thunders tribute act on planet Earth,” Chinese Rocks.... “I ran down the road, pants down to my knees, screaming,/ ‘Please come help me, that Canadian shaman gave a little too much to me!’” Psych absurdist Father John Misty (ex–Fleet Fox J. Tillman) plays a solo show at House of Blues behind this year’s critical hit Fear Fun, on which the typically mopey folkie finds his inner satirist, creating a collection of pop-rock romps through his adopted Laurel Canyon neighborhood. Comic Kate Berlant sets the tone.... Brick by Brick books a Day After supershow, with the Strikefits (featuring members of the Strikers, Rail Them to Death, and Dead Ghosts), Ramones tribute the Remones, Mommy’s Little Nutstache (that’s Nutstache’s Social D alter ego), and Batface, which hits the Spits.... Up at UCSD, Odd Future hip-hop trio MellowHigh (Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Left Brain) deliver their self-titled starter to Porter’s Pub...and Nardcore quintet Retaliate gets back at Ché Café, with Lies, MethXBreath, and Exile.
Toronto’s alt-country critical darlings the Sadies play Casbah with local Loons on Saturday night. The Sadies this year released their first self-produced set in Internal Sounds, a record that expresses the tension between their noise-punk past and mellower now, using a salve of ’60s psychedelia and AM radio pop. For a taste, suss out the collection’s closer, “We Are Circling,” which features haunted old-soul singer Buffy Sainte-Marie.... Los Angeleno Regan Farquhar, aka Busdriver, pulls into the Void after Das Racist third Kool A.D.. Busdriver’s touring in support of last year’s Beaus$Eros, a record that continues the artist’s off-kilter outsider-rap rapport with off-kilter outsiders: “Me and Medgar Evers and Arthur Ashe in the conference room/ We’re picking band names.” Not ha-ha funny, like Bus’s compat Childish Gambino, but, it’s got a beat and you can dance to it, Dick.... Best of the rest: American Idol product, he typed with a bit of snark, David Cook will visit the Griffin in Bay Park...northa town, at Porter’s Pub in La Jolla, you got East Coast hip-hop crew Flatbush Zombies...northa that, Belly Up throws a Dead Man’s Party (Oingo Boingo) and a Burning of Rome (Burning of Rome)...and northa that again, at Ramona Mainstage, Brazilian heavy-metal hits Sepultura play The Mediator Between Head and Hands at the rural outpost.
Doo-wop punk trio Shannon & the Clams deliver the daring Dreams in the Rat House to the Void. Daring for its leaps of fan faith as it slides from psychedelic slo-fi (“Into the River”) to R&B crooners (“Oh Louie”) and rowdy rockabilly romps (“Cat Party”). The kitschy SanFran band has sharpened its rocking and writing chops, delivering one of the more varied and entertaining sets yet in 2013, the Chinese Year of the Clam. With like-minded locals Kabbs and Teenage Burritos opening the show, this’d be the gig to see Sunday night...if the very excellent Bay Area noise-pop quartetDeerhoof weren’t at the Irenic over in North Park. Dave Good gave you the goods on that one in this week’s Of Note, if you want to flip/click there for more on them. LXMP and the Kids play first.... Else: re-formed New York hardcore quartet Reagan Youth takes down the Shakedown...ex-Elefant frontman Diego (“A boy who sings about love”) Garcia’s at the Griffin with his new t’do, Paradise...while the band responsible for the trojans in my head, Aussie alt-pop trio Atlas Genius, locates House of Blues.
The Day the Country Died is ranked #3945 on the all-time-best-records-ever chart. Saw that online, so, it’s totally fact. Also fact: the band that wrote it and recorded it is U.K. anarcho-punk quartet Subhumans. Throaty vocalist Dick Lucas et al. invade Casbah with local throwbacks Sculpins and Bumbklaat, while deep-crate Records by Roger is at the decks between sets. Talk about your anti-Monday Anti-Monday. This is one for the ages. And aged.... Acrossed town, Soda Bar stages Canada band Teen Daze with Camp Counselors, which seems appropriate. The music melds, too, as Teen Daze does electronic ambient and the Counselors are all into tropical hip-hop. Did I mention the Subhumans are at Casbah?
Here’s another Canada band at Soda Bar, as boy-girl punk quartet White Lung visits the Normal Heights hot-spot on Tuesday. They are out to tout critical hit (several top-tens in 2012) Sorry. Never heard it. Kewl album cover, though. The San Joe rapper raised on thrash and Biohazard, Antwon, will set the stage with his debut dealio, In Dark Denim.