upcoming shows you should check out
Three nights the hard way with a ‘kast of one
Big Boi versus Devo? Who thought this was a good idea? Better question: How do you choose? MoogFest is riddled with dilemmas like this, though none as egregious as this epic Friday night conflict. If you’re still wavering on whether to get tickets to the biggest Halloween party in the country, happening in Asheville this weekend, you can stop. Weekend passes are surely gone by now, unless you’re willing to pay 50 percent above face value. For the numerous Triad ticket holders, some decisions are daunting. Like do you go as Bootsy Collins or Humpty Hump? Just like Big Boi or Devo, there is no wrong answer; one just holds more potential than another. Devo is going to be a blast, but does it have the ceiling of a Big Boi set? A-town is a mere 3.5 hours from A-ville, so what are the chances that his 90-minute set passes without someone from the Dungeon Family or Purple Ribbon appearing on the partyingest of all weekends? Speaking of potential guest spots, frontman Hank Sullivant of Friday-night opener Kuroma is a former MGMT sideman and the lineup-toppers perform later in the evening. Don’t sleep on the kaleidoscopic chamber ensemble Clare & the Reasons, but Dutch transplant and Asheville native DJ Bowie will be there supplying assaultive beats for those requiring something a bit harder. Stick around for fellow Ashevillains Paper Tiger for the comedown, but hurry over to the Asheville Civic Center and suffer/rejoice through a Dan Deacon set for a good spot at Girl Talk’s performance. Should you miss out, Mutemath is always a welcome consolation. If you make it through the Friday-night gauntlet intact, Bonobo is the prize waiting at the end. Saturday is a little less cluttered thanks to a marathon Disco Biscuits set. You’re either there or at Massive Attack. Just try to get up before the 1 p.m. screening of Bouncing Cats, an awe-inspiring documentary on Ugandan hip-hop culture. Also don’t miss out on the Volt Per Octaves with a sit-in by the greatest Moog man of all time, Bernie Worrell of Parliament Funkadelic and the Talking Heads. He’ll be back around late Sunday afternoon in the most can’t-miss show of the weekend in Headtronics alongside fellow funk titans Adam Deitch and Freekbass. The poorman’s LCD Soundsystem, Shout Out Out Out Out will however give them a solid run for their money. As crazy as he sounds, I just can’t recommend Saudi emcee Omar Souleyman, so kick the tires on Sleigh Bells. I can forgive you if you pass up the legendary DJ Spooky in favor of Neon Indian, but this is arguably the second toughest conflict for me. If you still aren’t sold on the ultra-repetitive Pretty Lights, even with the recent addition of Adam Deitch on drums, the awesome Hot Chip and El-P both await with open arms.
All Hallow’s Eve with Passion Pit
If it’s you’re looking to shake your tail feathers at some point this Halloween weekend and don’t want to drive all the way to Asheville to do it, your electro-pop therapy awaits right here in town. The Campus Consciousness Tour arrives at the Greensboro Coliseum this Saturday with the idea of promoting greening and sustainability among the college crowd through power beats and lights. This year’s installment includes a trio of highly diverse, but equally appealing, bands led by a one known almost as much for (awesomely) remixing songs of more notable artists than they are for their own scant catalog. Passion Pit started as a dormroom project and has since exploded into a summertime festival favorite since the release of their EP Chunk of Change, but the double-edged sword of being known mostly for one song has since accompanied them. The clubby, synth-drenched “Sleepyhead” gets the chants from the crowd, but gems like “The Reeling” and “Little Secrets” make it an all-around solid experience. Joining them are garage-soul rockers Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, a band with a powerful singer, three-piece horns and grooving rhythm section, but the real intrigue here is with rapper K. Flay, a rare white female emcee with real chops. Tickets are $26 and $21 for students, and the show starts at 8 p.m.