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Halloweek In Music

By Veronica Murtagh in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 27, 2009 4:40PM

Photo by Thomas Hawk
Halloweek is here and it's time to throw together your best sexy Daft Punk costume, prepare to arrive at work hung over at least once before the Devil's Day and immerse your ears in the city's vast Halloween-centric music offerings.

Tuesday, October 27

Starting this week, Debonair Social Club gets a little more eclectic. Debonair's newest weekly, DIRT, will feature the best in rock, punk and metal spun by DJs and played by live bands. DIRT's official kickoff and Halloween party, Night of the Living Dirt, plays host to Misfits cover band, The Electrodes. Get there early for free zombie makeup and a chance to win tickets to upcoming local shows.
Night of the Living Dirt, Tuesday, October 27, at Debonair Social Club, 1575 N Milwaukee, 9 p.m., FREE, 21+

Wednesday, October 28

For the fourth consecutive year, party starters Flosstradamus present Witches Ain't Shit, Halloween week's must-attend dance party. Sweat will drip down the walls and PBR will pool on the floor during a night of costumed abandon.
Flosstradamus with Thunder Horse, Black Holes, Capcom and Huggies Supreme, Wednesday, October 28, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake, 8 p.m., $7, 18+

Thursday, October 29

Newly formed Chicago electronic music collective, Only Children, bring a night of soul, funk and disco to Innjoy with their Only Children of the Corn Halloween and mixtape release party. If you haven't had a listen to their fantastic How The Midwest Was One mixtape, we recommend stopping through early for the 9-10 p.m. hosted bar and chance to grab a free copy of a limited, CD-pressed run of the mix.
Only Children of the Corn: A Halloween Party, Thursday, October 29, at Innjoy, 2051 W Division, 9 p.m., FREE, Hosted bar from 9-10 p.m with RSVP, 21+.

We're not shy about our love for hometown hip-hop star Lupe Fiasco. We've seen his live act countless times and never come away disappointed. While we await the soon to be released Lasers, we'll catch him one more time this week as Congress Theatre's featured Halloween show.
Lupe Fiasco, Thursday, October 29, at Congress Theater, 2135 N Milwaukee, 7 p.m., $30, All Ages

We like a good theme party and for the Halloween edition of Angels & Kings' downtown DJ night, Disappear Here, patrons are encouraged to dress as your favorite rocker or DJ. DJ sets from local talent masquerading as international music superstars keep the theme executed on the decks.
Members Only AV, La Dolce Vita and Heaven Malone at Disappear Here, Thursday, October 29, at Angels & Kings, 710 N Clark, 11 p.m., FREE, 21+

Friday, October 30

One part metal, one part goth and loud enough to burst eardrums, Type O Negative bring dark mayhem to Chicago in time for Halloween. Type O Negative have been making music for nearly two decades and are ready to dish out the doom Friday night at the Metro.
Type O Negative with Destrophy and Seventh Void, Friday, October 30, at Metro, 3730 N Clark, 6:30 p.m., $25, All Ages

Chromeo. Crystal Castles. Boys Noize. The headliners speak for themselves at the week's largest dance party and electronic music event, taking over the Congress Theater Halloween Eve. It's a safe bet to speculate levels of insanity rivaling Justice's performance.
Chromeo, Crystal Castles and Boys Noize with Matt Roan, E6, Hiroki, Loyal Divide, Kid Color and Rob Threezy, Friday, October 30, at Congress Theater, 2135 N Milwaukee, 7 p.m., $30-$60, 17+

And of course Double Door is doing their yearly thing, with local bands recreating hits from their heroes (or nemeses). We're a bit disappointed to see Catfish Haven doing Nirvana since Local H PWNED the stage with that act a few years ago, but we're looking forward to The Midnight Shows as Huey Lewis and the News.
The Double Door Halloween Bash with Black Angus (as Black Sabbath), The Midnight Shows (as Huey Lewis & The News), Catfish Haven (as Nirvana), Viceroy (as Cheap Trick), Blackbox
(as Snoop Dogg), Hobo and Boxcar (as The White Stripes), DJ Erik (as Johnny Thunders), 1572 N Milwaukee, 8 p.m., $12, 21+

Saturday, October 31

If an evening of off-the-radar music is up your alley, then our pick for one of Halloween weekend's most interesting events will pique your interest. 8bit Halloween at AI Lounge hosts one of the world's premiere 8bit electronic musicians, Josh Davis aka Bit Shifter. Playing his entire set out of a pair of Nintendo Game Boys, Davis pushes the boundaries of sonic experimentation.
Bit Shifter with Liz Revision, Mr. Automatic and Onefiftyone at 8bit Halloween, Saturday, October 31, at AI Lounge, 358 W Ontario, 10 p.m., $20 at door, $15 presale, 21+

No one loves Halloween more than the goths, and each year American Gothic Productions puts on the end all of dark soirees, Nocturna All Hallow's Eve Ball. Hostess and DJ Scary Lady Sarah provides the tunes that range from shoegaze to new wave to industrial and we can bet you'll see some of the city's most elaborate costumes in the mix throughout the evening.
Nocturna All Hallow's Eve Ball, Saturday, October 31, at Metro, 3730 N Clark, 11:30 p.m., $15, 18+

Celebrating a decade of their famed Jukebox of the Dead series, local underground genre-defiers, Detholz! gather for another hurrah and evening of dissected covers at the newly opened Lincoln Hall with support from Bobby Conn.
Dethholz! with Bobby Conn, Loto Ball Show and Only Children at Jukebox of the Dead X: FAME, Saturday, October 31, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln, 9 p.m., $10, 18+