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Don’t forget to wear your masks, kids.

The clock is ticking. It’s almost time. Happy, happy Halloween, Sil-ver Shamrock. This Season of the Witch brings an end to a longstanding tradition, as the Mantras won’t resurrect their Monsters alter egos for this year’s Halloween gig. They will nonetheless be wearing their scariest rage faces in an evening with House of Fools and Imperial Blend at the Blind Tiger. I screamo, you screamo for Iwrestledabearonce with Surrounded By Monsters at Greene Street Club. There’s nothing scary about songwriter Charley Orlando at the Garage, though Carrboro’s Gross Ghost win for most unintentionally Halloween-y name. They’ll bring their sweetly scuzzy brand of rock to Krankies with the Love Language and the Toddlers.

Thursday brings new romantics Birds and Arrows to the Blind Tiger with buttoned-up folk by River Whyless and toe-tapping roots by Sourwood Sweet. Ironically, human porcupine Ryan Cabrera is “On the Way Down” with a brief stop at Greene Street Club, joined by Fayetteville’s Rookie of the Year, who are probably due to be designated for assignment. Hailed as Chick Corea meets the Dixie Dregs, the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra visit the Garage.

They keep the African sounds at their heart, but Toubab Krewe are so much more than that these days. They come to Ziggy’s on Friday. Doby thickened their sound with the addition of Marcus Horth like flour in the roux, and they’re playing the Blind Tiger. Humorist and whip-smart folk singer Eliot Bronson plays the Green Bean, while Hectorina festishize the weirdest parts of Primus at Krankies with Lollipop Princess Party and North Elementary.

In the mood for 90 minutes of absolutely bitchin’ guitar instrumentals?

Answer the question Man or Astro-man? at Ziggy’s. Prog and punk live together with Irata and Torch Runner at the Blind Tiger. Three great Greensboro bands benefit Hope Academy, a private school for at-risk youths, as the Leeves, Jack Carter & the Armory and Julian Sizemore play the Grove Winery.

Inspired by Piledriver: The Wrestling Album 2, Chris Jericho brings his heavy metal project Fozzy to Ziggy’s on Sunday. It probably doesn’t need a mention since it will sell out, but the former Mrs. Tony Romo will play the Greensboro Coliseum with Hunter Hayes.

Scranton-based bluegrass outfit Cabinet visits Ziggy’s on Monday, while Tuesday brings out the standout duo the Bronzed Chorus to the Blind Tiger.

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