Got your costumes ready? No? Halloween is for children, you say?
Au contraire, mon frère.
The adults have officially stolen this day for themselves to go out, drink, wear super slutty clothing, and post crappy photos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – you get the picture.
I knew we had taken back Halloween when I came across the awesome costumes you see to the left. (Side note: so are those two girls “life partners,” then?)
What, Sponge Bob didn’t want any of that? How about Shrek?
No, actually they did…
Thursday, October 31st – Halloween
Spirit is the Spirit, The ACBs, and more at the Replay in Lawrence
Get out your best drunken hipster costume and head on downtown for this shindig that features the breezy pop of the ACBs, the experimental and minimalist folk of Spirit is the Spirit, and lots of booze! Oh yeah, also on the bill are Dean Monkey and the Dropouts, as well as Stiff Middle Fingers. And a costume contest! I just made that last part up.
Saturday, November 2nd
Deer Tick at the Bottleneck in Lawrence
Never quite breaking through to the forefront of the alt-country consciousness, this Rhode Island band has been paying their dues and touring like mothers for years. And they’ve got a brand new album that just came out called Negativity that just might be their best record to date. Here’s what Consequence of Sound‘s Ryan Bray said:
“Negativity is Deer Tick at its most contemplative and, perish the thought, mature. Two years ago, that might have sounded like a pipe dream, but the years since Divine Providence have weighed heavy on McCauley. Between calling it quits with his fiancee and suffering the slings of watching his dad go to jail, the singer leans on his keen feel for confessional songwriting like a crutch.”
Sunday, November 3rd
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt at the Uptown Theater in KC
What is there to say about these two heavyweight singer-songwriters? They’re both essentially legends, and for this show they’re taking a stripped down, acoustic approach, leaving plenty of room for stories and crowd interaction. Just like they did two years ago at the Uptown. Apparently, this is their new thing. But what the hey, they’re still pretty dope from what I hear.
“The show that John and I do is not scripted in any way, and we do not discuss at all what we’re going to play,” Lovett has said. “John always plays first — we go in alphabetical order — and what I play is determined or suggested by what he plays first. And we just go from there. It’s very relaxed, a free exchange.”