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HALLOWEEN AT THE GARAGE, Y’ALL
Zombies are going to be big for Halloween this year, along with vampire, Octomom and Michael Jackson costumes. Then again, you could combine two and go as a zombie or vampire Michael Jackson. Either would be totally appropriate for the most macabre Halloween party in the Triad. The Garage is hosting their annual All Hallow’s Eve Rockabilly Party, featuring some of the sleaziest psychobilly acts this side of the Legendary Shack Shakers. Headlining this year will be the twang-n-growl of the Malamondos (www.malamondos.com) and the sheer weirdness of horror-rockers Gojira-X (www.gojira-x.com). The Othermothers (www.myspace.com/othermothers) continue their revitalization to round out the lineup and while this year’s bill doesn’t quite have the clout of last year’s Dexter Romweber Duo headliner, the promise of “other special guests” sounds enticing. The music starts at 9 p.m., but the holiday grotesquerie starts at sundown. Admission is $10 at the door and costumes are completely welcome and encouraged. If you’re a hardcore psychobilly fan, just wear what you normally wear and you should be fine.
REPEAT AFTER ME: TWO NIGHTS OF THE MANTRAS THIS HALLOWEEN
New York City gets Weezer, Los Angeles has Rob Zombie and an insane electronic show with Sasha, while Bob Dylan plays Chicago. The place to be in Greensboro this Halloween, on the other hand, is at the Blind Tiger for two nights of the Mantras (www.myspace.com/themantras). The band kicks off a weekend-long run on All Hallows Eve Eve with guests the Brand New Life (www.myspace.com/thebrandnewlife) and continues on Halloween night. The second night is of particular importance thanks to a rare Gate City appearance by Greenville-based acoustic legends Mac & Juice, the mere mention of which recalls many drunken dollar-well-drink nights at the old Corrigan’s location. Party favors (legal ones) will be served the second night, but wear your rawkin’ costume to the rawkin’ rawk show both nights and have it judged the second. Tickets for Friday are $10 and $12 for Saturday, though you can buy a weekend pass in advance and save a couple of bucks. Doors open at 8 p.m. both nights.
I HOPE IT’S BETTER THAN JAY-Z’S THE BLUEPRINT
Shrouded in mystery and swathed in pretense, the NC A&T University Homecoming party will encompass two nights at Greene Street Club this Friday and Saturday with the title “The Blueprint: A New Way to Party.” Just when you thought every way to get down had been explored, Urban Nerd Entertainment, the event’s promoter, has launched a rather ambiguous video on YouTube showing a lot of wooly images of general party-related activities that may or maynot happen at this event. Among them are a couple of taglines of “A Night of Fantasy,” followed by a shot of a lone hottie, then “A Night of Indulgence,” followed by a shot of a group of well-dressed dudes. What they’re insinuating is up in the air, not that there’s anything wrong with whatever it is. In any event, it looks to be a party of some sort, involving members of both sexes with a yet-to-be-determined theme. The doors open at 10 p.m. both nights and cover is also yet to be determined.