by Ryan Snyder

Not many film soundtracks churn a stomach like with dread like George Romero’s composite scoring of Night of the Living Dead, and Modern Robot bring icy atmospherics for the Halloweenophile straight out of Columbia’s stock library on Wednesday to New York Pizza. Zombie and hapless townsfolk costumes are the obvious play here, but that sexy Siracha bottle get-up might work better at Jersey pop/ rock outfit Gates’ stop at the Blind Tiger.

Just wrap yourself in tinsel and lights for the Mantras annual throwdown with House of Fools at the Blind Tiger on Thursday. Lowland Hum’s Native Air tour winds back home with a special Halloween set at Turntable. “Daughter from ‘Homeland’” is high atop the dress code for what will be literally the perfect collection of bands to see on Halloween in noisy punk rockers Thee Oh Sees, OBNIIIs and Whatever Brains at Krankies. If that’s not brutal enough, there’s the Trade Street Massacre with Wolves&Wolves&Wolves&Wolves&W olves, Skull Collector, Heron and Stone City at Ziggy’s.

You’re not still seeing ghosts the day after Halloween, it’s just the return of Jeffrey Dean Foster from the ether to play a set with Greg Humphreys at the Garage. If “New Jack Swing” was your costume joint this year, the good news is it’s still fresh a day past expiration for Ronnie Devoe’s day-party spot at Club Inferno. The Heritage borrow as much from Funkadelic as they do Little Feat, and they’re at Ziggy’s with Elusive Groove, while Chicago folk revivalist Small Potatoes play the Fiddle & Bow.

Juicy J. Cole is not a “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle (yet), but it is half of the Aggie homecoming concert with TI and Kelly Rowland at the Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday. The new Brewski’s in Winston isn’t pulling punches with their booking of scream legends Circle Takes the Square with rapper B. Dolan. Ashley Monroe’s honeymoon with John Danks comes to the War Memorial in support of country’s new idol, Hunter Hayes. Eros & the Eschaton’s fall tour tips back home for a date with Matty Sheets & the Blockheads and Richmond guitar-pop bards Missionaries at New York Pizza. Aaron Burdett won Our State magazine’s songwriting contest earlier this year and now he’s coming to the Garage. The Clubhouse has good Cali hardcore from a Lot Like Birds and Night Verses with noisy Charlotte indie rockers HRVRD.

Nashville carhole punks Diarrhea Planet are a great band with a bad name, and they’re in town on Tuesday to play New York Pizza with the Lovely Bad Things, Ripper and Drag.