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Want to see music in the Triangle on Halloween? Here's how. 

When: Sat., Oct. 31 2015
SPOOKY (OR NOT) HALLOWEEN TUNES SATURDAY, OCT. 31

EVERYWHERE BUT HELL—So you’re leaving the house Halloween night, eh? Are you insane? Or is that just the costume speaking? At least go somewhere with bands, where you’ll find the right kind of chaos.

There’s an embarrassment of live music in Raleigh on Halloween. KINGS seems like a sure bet. Headlined by the body-moving electronica and heady visuals of Chapel Hill’s Body Games, this stacked bill also features T0W3RS’ arresting glam-pop and the Wyrms’ fuzzy sword-andsorcery rock. The Dinwiddies open, and a photo booth will document the shenanigans. (9 p.m., $10, www.kingsbarcade.com). On another end of the spectrum, Alesana’s SOUTHLAND BALLROOM set is prone to making metalcore and screamo fans go apeshit with joy (8 p.m., $15, www.southlandballroom.com).

Big Something and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong bring jam-happy vibes to Lincoln Theatre (9 p.m. $14.50, lincolntheatre.com), while THE POUR HOUSE’s free punk-and-metal show features The Villains, KIFF and Motorbilly (9 p.m., free, www.thepourhousemusichall.com). At SLIM’S, “Nightmare on Welmington Street” features The Infamous Sugar’s unhinged solo keyboard show—you’ll dig it if you’ve ever imagined an intersection of David Allan Coe and Wesley Willis. Royal Nites and Mudhustler also play (9 p.m., $5, www.slimsraleigh.com).

Over Halloween weekend, the North Carolina Symphony’s Halloween at Hogwarts program brings the scores that John Williams (and his successors) made for the films to MEYMANDI CONCERT HALL. The show features kid-friendly elements, such as the Instrument Zoo and face painting, but the wizard’s enduring popularity means that more than a few adults are going to seek this out, too (7 p.m. Oct. 30, 1 & 4 p.m. Oct. 31, 3 p.m. Nov. 1, $23, www.ncsymphony.org). There are ’90s covers at DEEP SOUTH (9 p.m., free, www.deepsouththebar.com), a mess of metal at THE MAYWOOD (9:30 p.m., $8–$10, www.themaywoodraleigh.com) and Chit Nasty’s incredibly pleasant funk at TIR NA NOG (11 p.m., free, www.tnnirishpub.com).

In Chapel Hill, there’s a Black Sabbath cover band not named Sack Blabbath—that’d be Hand of Doom instead at LOCAL 506 (9 p.m., $7, www.local506.com). There’s Scary-oke at THE CAVE, which promises drunken, costumed karaoke madness at Franklin Street’s best subterranean hole-in-the-world (10 p.m., free, www.caverntavern.com), but that’s about as close to East Franklin as you should dare go. Carrboro, for its part, has a decidedly non-spooky bill at CAT’S CRADLE. The Districts’ indie rock plays like a happy-go-lucky Okkervil River, and Lady Lamb deals in indie-folk whispers and sledgehammers with equal aptitude (9 p.m., $15, www. catscradle.com). Pearl Scam, a Pearl Jam cover outfit, joins cover bands of Danzig and The Clash over at Back Alley Bikes (8 p.m., free, www.backalleybikes.net).

In Durham, one of N.C. Central’s homecoming concerts at DPAC brings tonight’s biggest name of all to the area, as Big Sean joins Rapsody in the big auditorium (8 p.m., $41–$86, www.dpacnc.com). A block away, there’s a wilder party in a smaller room—THE PINHOOK’s Demonology dance party, which features diverse, daring DJs and benefits Durham Anti- Repression Committee’s permanent bail fund (9 p.m. $5–$20, www.thepinhook.com). MOTORCO has a party on Halloween, though that room’s Friday show is a combination David Bowie-and-Fleetwood Mac tribute featuring locals typically seen in non-cover acts like Some Army or Jack the Radio (9 p.m. Oct. 30, $10, www.motorcomusic.com).

Farther afield, Jr. Jr.—who previously recorded under the infinitely ironic moniker Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.—play HAW RIVER BALLROOM (9 p.m., $15–$17, www.hawriverballroom. com), while THE KRAKEN, in the midlands between Saxapahaw and Carrboro, summons Blood Red River’s desert- and surf-rock hybrid and Lester Coalbanks and the Seven Sorrows’ throwback honky-tonk (9 p.m., free, www.thekrakenbar.com). In Pittsboro, various junctions of Americana and rock come courtesy of Gasoline Stove, Kitty Box and the Johnnys and Melissa Swingle at CITY TAP’s outdoor patio, even before the kids and their bags of sugary loot have made it back home (6 p.m., free, www.thecitytap.com). —Corbie Hill
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