Music Tonight: If you're hitting the bars and clubs this weekend, there's an extremely high probability that you'll run into Halloween hijinks. If you're a Bluegrass fan, the best place to get your groovy-ghoulies on and kick off the elongated weekend Halloween celebration is Covington's Madison Theatre. After a summer of hitting the fest circuit hard, Bluegrass legend Del McCoury, inventive guitarist/composer/improviser Keller Williams and The Travelin' McCourys (Del's sons' band) are presenting the two-day "fest on wheels" dubbed Delloween (the second night of Delloween takes place Saturday in Roanoke, Va.). The show promises lots of special tricks and treats, including two costume contests. The best overall costume winner wins $250, while the best Del McCoury costume will net you a pair of tickets to McCoury's annual outdoor festival, DelFest. The show is also featuring a food drive — bring non-perishable food items if you go (also, half of the money from sales of Delloween posters will be donated to the Children's Hunger Alliance). Del plays first, so if you'd like to see a living legend perform, get their by the 8 p.m. start time. Williams plays second, performing a rare "no loops" set, then The McCourys (with Williams) will do a "late-night" jam to close the festivities. Tickets for the all-ages show are $20.
• Northside club Mayday gets into the holiday spirit with two unique “tribute” acts featuring local music all-stars. The main event at “Ziggyween 2011” is a full-album recreation of David Bowie’s classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, costumes, cod-pieces and all. Also appearing: Scandinavian Leather, a tribute (costumes, cod-pieces and all) to heavy Norwegian cult faves, Turbonegro. And the staff of Mayday will be dressed as … the staff from the Gypsy Hut (the bar that occupied the space previously). The show is free.
2HD’s Victor Valentino says the bands will be all dressed like zombies and those attending the free event should do likewise.
• If you'd rather skip the "themed" shows and get lost in some quality Dance music, visit Covington's Radiodown tonight as Minneapolis-based Dubstep artist Vaski performs an all-ages show. Running 8 p.m.-1 a.m., tickets for the all-ages show are $15 at the door. Vaski is known for his "theatrical" live experience, so it likely won't just be "DJ spins records and every 10 minutes goes, 'Everyone say, 'Ho!' " type events. While not billed as a Halloween event, I guarantee there will be at least one person there dressed as a zombie. And not just because Vaski will very likely perform this one:
• Miami, Fla., duo ANR, which has earned comparisons to artists like TV on the Radio, Passion Pit and MGMT and cites influences from Brian Wilson and Prince to Punk and Prog, performs tonight at the Southgate House Parlour for an all-ages, 9:30 p.m. show. Local newcomers Evans Collective open. By magical coincidence, ANR (short for Awesome New Republic) made a horror movie for the video clip for its track "Big Problem" from the critically-acclaimed album Stay Kids. Get in the Halloween spirit and check it out below (NSFW):
(Leave your suggestions/promote yourself or your favorites by telling everyone about your favorite music event recommendations for the day in the comments below.)
Momentous Happenings in Music History for October 28 On this day in 1977, The Sex Pistols' "controversial" debut/only real, official album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, was released in the U.S. The album had half of the U.K. enthralled or curious and the other half repulsed and frightened, but today, it sounds almost like a "Classic Rock" record, relatively innocuous compared to the Punk, Metal and other extreme music forms that followed. But the Pistols set the bar at the time. It's what I call "The Icon Complex," whereby the innovations of an artist lose impact as other artists take their lead and take things to new levels, leaving the original trail-blazing works sounding dated and tame, when really they were revolutionary for the time. But no matter what perspective one might have or not have, Never Mind the Bollocks is still a great Rock & Roll record, period. Rolling Stone put it at No. 41 on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
If you have time, check out the full documentary film The Filth and The Fury, director Julien Temple's creative 2000 movie bio about the Pistols. If you don't have an hour and 47 minutes to spare, click the second video for a shorter burst of Johnny, Sid, Steve and Paul.
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing an Oct. 28 birthday include: Country legend and Charlie Daniels Band ("The Devil Went Down to Georgia") leader Charlie Daniels (1936); drummer for Electronic music pioneers New Order, Stephen Morris (1957); rocker Ben Harper (1969); modern Country star Brad Paisley (1972); and The Jesus and Mary Chain guitarist William Reid (1958).
The Jesus and Mary Chain are considered one of the more influential giants of the Indie and Alternative Rock movement, primarily based on the primal Noise Pop of the Scottish band's debut album, Psychocandy, which sounded like The Velvet Underground performing Phil Spector's greatest hits in a monsoon. Reid either learned how to control his volume and distortion knobs or the band "matured," because none of the group's subsequent albums had the same reckless squall as the debut, focusing more on the Pop songwriting. That's no knock — subsequent albums like Darklands and Automatic were fantastic, dripping with uber-catchy, dark-sunglasses-cool melodies and Reid's simple but often magical guitar work. Since the band's 1999 split, William has been working under the name Lazycame, making lo-fi, experimental Pop; he and bro Jim (TJMC's singer) backed up their little sis on her band Sister Vanilla's Little Pop Rock album in 2007.
And, as stubborn and detached as their reputation is, they are not immune to the "reunite for a bunch of money" fad. In ’07, they played Coachella and were joined onstage by Scarlett Johansson, who started in Lost in Translation, the Bill Murray flick that repopularized TJMC's trademark song, "Just Like Honey" (yes, that was the tune on which Scarlett sang back-up at the festival). They then announced that new material was being composed and a new album was in the works, but only one track ever materialized. The problem? Ask Noel and Liam or Ray and Dave — being bros in a band together sometimes ain't easy. Jim Reid recently told the fantastic website The Quietus that while he and William "still have a difficult relationship," The Jesus and Mary Chain is not over yet and their relationship is "better than it was."
"We will probably do another record at some point, and we do talk about tours and stuff like that," Jim told The Quietus. "It’s just so difficult to agree with each other. I mean, I’m not saying it’s all his fault, but we have problems basically."
Translation: Don't hold your breath, but don't die of a heart-attack if it does happen.
Another thing TJMC shares with Oasis — their B-sides are often on par with the tracks that did make official albums. In honor of Mr. Reid's 53rd birthday, dig this creeping cover of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" from the 1988 Barbed Wire Kisses rarities album (reissued as part of Rhino's 2008 set The Power of Negative Thinking: B-Sides and Rarities).