6 Concerts to Check Out on Halloween in Phoenix

Categories: Halloween

Jonathan Weiner
Black Veil Brides

This might be as hard to swallow as a gobstopper, but if you wind up marooned at home on Halloween night, it's probably your own damn fault. Maybe because you got stuck with candy-slinging duty or saddled with the kids. It certainly isn't because of a lack of things to do.

Besides the multitude of costumed ragers, masquerade balls, or themed club events planned for Friday, October 31, there's much in the way of live music over Halloweekend, including these half-dozen options.

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11 Kickass Heavy Metal Videos for Halloween

Jim Louvau
You'd better believe Rob Zombie is on this list.

Our society has turned the Halloween season into a time that's all about embracing your dark and wild side. There's countless Zombie Walks, masquerade parties, Dia de los Muertos festivals, haunted houses designed to make you fear for your life -- after all, the holiday is rooted in dedication to honoring the dead, as well as confronting the power of death.

Those themes are prevalent in the world of heavy metal, which embraces creepy imagery and the reality of humanity's violent nature. There are song lyrics circling around serial killers and violent wars, and lest we forget the entertaining and sometimes horrifying evolution of heavy metal stage shows.

And we can't forget about heavy metal being a constant musical companion to horror films -- it's almost as cliche as the girl running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door. During the month of October, the television is full of bottomless horror movie marathons, reminding us yet again that heavy metal and Halloween go together as naturally as Edward and Scissorhands.

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Inside Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare (Video)

Categories: Halloween, Video

As Halloween creeps closer and closer, it's not uncommon to find a slew of haunted houses popping up around the Valley. The problem, however, is that most of them promise to leave you trembling in fear but really just make you wonder why you wasted your cash as you exit. In other words, most haunted houses have a tendency to suck and can often be a big disappointment.

Photos by Jim Louvau
Rob Zombie (center) and some of the creepy cast of his Great American Nightmare.

If you've given up on getting the daylights scared out of you, boys and ghouls, Rob Zombie has brought his Great American Nightmare to WestWorld to Scottsdale to help restore your faith in all things frightening.

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Rob Zombie's Twisted Haunted House Coming to Scottsdale

Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie brings the terror to Scottsdale this Halloween season

Last year when heavy metal musician and horror icon Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare debuted in LA, I was pretty close to heading out there over Halloween to check out what The New York Times called "the best example yet of the upsizing of haunted houses in the last decade."

Imagine: the theatrics and entertainment of Zombie's live show -- a hodgepodge of vintage horror film clips, haunting makeup and costumes, stimulating pyro and lighting. Combine that with a classic freak show, musical entertainment, themed food and beverages, vendors, games, roaming characters, and three different fully interactive attractions based on three of Zombie's own horror films, and you have Great American Nightmare.

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Blunt Club's Halloween - Yucca Tap Room - 10/31/2013

Photos by Jeff Moses
"Halloween is like drama club... on crack." That was Dumper Foo, the Blunt Club's resident live artist. Foo, a local celeb in his own right, came in sporting a Bob Ross afro, a paint pallet at the ready for his homage to the happy tree afficianado, Bob Floss. The Blunt Club's other organizer, host Mouse Powell, arrived as his running buddy, Dumper Two.

It was a star-studded event at The Yucca Tap Room, even if some of the stars weren't real. "Flo" from the Progressive commercials and a very realistic Joaquin Phoenix were joined by some of Phoenix's best performers, like Jason Devore of Authority Zero, Cori Rios of The Hourglass Cats, and a friend of his who may or may not have actually been Kenny G.

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Wolfgang Gartner: "This Job Doesn't Really Allow You to Have a Social Life"

Categories: EDM, Halloween, Q&A

Wolfgang Gartner
Wolfgang Gartner and Tommy Trash will hit the decks Friday at the Marquee Theatre, making sure that Halloween last one day longer. Their recent tour and track "Hounds of Hell" captures both of the DJs' creative styles, with a bit of a spooky undertone.

Up On The Sun spoke with Wolfgang Gartner about his work with Tommy, the tour, and what the electronic music industry has evolved into.

Up On The Sun: How did you both meet?
Wolfgang: I believe Tommy had been sending me promos ages ago, either when he was still living in Australia or when he was in London, and he started sending me some really amazing stuff that I was playing. I reciprocated, and it all just kinda went from there, as most DJ to DJ friendships do.

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Tech N9ne: "The Beats Tell Me What To Do"

Kansas City's Aaron Dontez Yates has dipped his hands into both the worlds of hip-hop and rock 'n' roll, sold more than one million albums, founded a record label, and been featured in a ton of video games and films--including the upcoming sequel to the huge underground cult hit Devil's Carnival. Recently, he recorded tracks with musicians like Serj Tankian, Wiz Khalifa and even one with the three remaining members of The Doors.

You might be surprised you haven't heard of him--but it could just be that the name you know him by is the one derived from the TEC-9 handgun, given to him by a friend who said it represented his fast Chopper-style rhyming method.

But that's not the only style Tech N9ne is known for. He's influenced by everything from old school hip hop (Slick Rick, N.W.A., Biggie Smalls) to classic rock (Pink Floyd, Elton John, AC/DC) to heavy metal (Metallica, Slipknot, System of a Down). He is able to balance indie and mainstream music, and his lyrics are etched with distinctive imagery that spans the horrific, the sexually provocative, and the beautiful.

Up On The Sun talked with Tech N9ne about working with the Doors, his favorite horror films (including his upcoming project), and writing about Earth, Wind and Fire.

Tech N9ne is playing at The Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Wednesday, September 18.

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Club Candids: Monster Masquerade on Mill

Melissa Fossum
G.I. Whoa
Happy Halloween, everyone!

On behalf of everyone at Up on the Sun, I hope you find a cool concert or party to go to tonight, and thoroughly encourage you to party a little too hard. Halloween is a blast--as a kid, neighbors handed out free candy because you dressed up like your favorite superhero. It's a pretty sweet deal, though in adulthood most girls seem to adopt the Mean Girls mentality. It's okay if you dress like a skank as long as you wear some sort of animal ears.

See also: Club Candids -- Monster Masquerade on Mill
See also: Top Five Halloween Concerts in Phoenix
See also: Top Seven Must-See Halloween Parties

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Top Five Halloween Night Shows

Categories: Halloween

North Dakota is scheduled to perform Wednesday, October 31, at the Bikini Lounge.
Don't let the fact that Halloween falls on a Wednesday night deter you from going out and painting the town (blood) red. Groan. Okay, we know that was bad, but really -- Wednesday night in greater Phoenix promises sonic thrills out of the ordinary. Read on for our favorite picks, including some stellar DJs, returning post-punk queens, and the most haunting church service you'll hear all year.

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