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Beachland Halloween VII: The Massacre-Aid Ball
This is always a fun one. Now in its seventh year, the Beachland Halloween concert features local acts playing sets of covers. This year promises to be memorable. You've got garage rock vets the Hot Rails taking on Led Zeppelin, indie folk rockers Oldboy playing a set of R.E.M. covers and the moody alt-rockers Commonwealth performing a set of the National's tunes. Other acts getting the tribute treatment include the Cramps, Murder City Devils, Black Sabbath, Gogol Bordello, Queen, ZZ Top and the White Stripes. Prizes will be given out for the best costumes. The festivities start at 8 p.m. and the cost is $5.
Scary Sweet Jams
For plenty of bars and clubs in town, Halloween is a good time to get a cover band or DJ to play tunes that cater to the lowest common denominator. Not Mahall's. The Lakewood club has booked a sonically adventurous line-up that includes Cleveland's post-punk heroes Pleasure Leftists, a band whose Joy Division/New Order/Bauhaus-like new single "Elephant Men" has gotten rave reviews, and Wolf Eyes, a veteran noise group that sounds as menacing as ever on its latest album, No Answer: Lower Floors. Scary stuff. The cost is $12 and the tunes start at 9 p.m. at Mahall's 20 Lanes.
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