'Tis the season for spooky shows and Halloween-themed musical events. Listed in chronological order, here are ten of the best concerts offered in the Mile High City to set the tone for the Samhain holiday season. For more seasonal events, please visit the Westword calendar.
Not at all a Halloween-themed show, True Widow's dark, brooding music nevertheless captures the mood of the season better than that of almost any other band playing this month. If Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs was listening to hip bands like the Fall, Savage Republic, Colin Newman and Q. Lazzarus, then with any luck, True Widow will be tapped to be the house music of the third season of True Detective.
Nobunny is basically a garage-rock artist, but Justin Champlin wears a variety of creepy bunny masks that, regardless of the season, can be fascinatingly disturbing. The music isn't challenging, but its sheer catchiness combined with the imagery of the mask and Champlin's transgressive fashion choices give the performance a darkly surreal quality.
Cover shows for Halloween are hardly a new concept, but this one promises to blur the line between sincere and ironic with the participating bands dressing up as the bands that they're covering. The potential for these local bands covering these heroes of the late '90s and '00s is terrifyingly hilarious.
John Kassir will host this show and probably use the Crypt Keeper voice to do so. That's worth the price of admission alone, but you'll also get to see First Jason, a band that includes Ari Lehman, the original Jason Vorhees from the Friday the 13th film franchise.
Read on for five more of the best Halloween shows in Denver.
In the Goth-industrial subculture, every day is Halloween, right? Well, this night, some of the best Goth-industrial DJs will spin the classics. Also, Velvet Acid Christ will perform an extremely rare live set of his already often dark and creepy EBM.
Punk and metal bands playing cover sets by other punk and metal bands seems a bit meta, but who but the Seventh Circle Music Collective could convincingly pull it off with integrity? Since it's so close to Halloween, there's a good bet that costumes will be involved. But who will dress as Tom DeLonge's aliens?
The scariest thing about this Halloween show will be whether it will snow and turn Red Rocks and the trip home into a nightmare. For conservative Christian types as shown in the video above, Vince Staples might be the most frightening rapper in the modern era.
Itchy-O's larger-than-life, cult-like live show dominated by tribal percussion seems like the perfect music to ring in the Day of the Dead on Halloween. The thirty-member-plus band is basically its own disciplined flash-mob horror movie.
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