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Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy and Hank III
8 p.m. Tue., Oct. 30
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com

Photo courtesy of Atomic Music Group Shine your shoes, grease up your hair and throw a possum in the pot. This show is a three-headed, sideshow freak of '90s-vintage chopped-and-channeled psychobilly madness. The Reverend Horton Heat (pictured), with a fire-and-brimstone onstage persona somewhere between Gene Vincent, Robert Mitchum in Thunder Road and Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter , has been cranking out rude, high-speed rockabilly since 1990. He's joined onstage by the audaciously sexy Amazons (plus two dudes) of Nashville Pussy, who get loud and lewd trailer-park style with an all-American blend of punk, rockabilly and heavy metal. The hat trick is completed with country scion Hank III, son of Bocephus and grandson of Luke the Drifter, who (with his band Assjack) makes black, obnoxious country music with a metal edge. Tickets $23.50. — Alison Fensterstock

 

 

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House of Shock
8 p.m.-midnight Tue.-Wed., Oct. 30-31
319 Butterworth St., Jefferson, 734-SHOCK; www.houseofshock.com

What could make the blistering, gory, high-production-value horror show of the venerable haunted House of Shock even better? Lots of metal? Right you are. Heavy metal is, obviously, the most spooky of all musical genres, so the Shockers have added weekly shows at the fiery house of horrors. Some of the musical guests have included the local mad scientists Consortium of Genius, plus Kiss, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and AC/DC cover bands. As the ghoulish excitement rises to fever pitch for its last two days in the boo! business, the House of Shock hosts the hard-rock act Knickleshot from Atlanta, Ga., the Reverend B. Dangerous' painful circus of sideshow tricks, and closes out Halloween night with an extravaganza starring New Orleans' ubiquitous cover band the Molly Ringwalds. Tickets $18. — Fensterstock

 

 

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Monaghan's Halloween Parade
6 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31
Molly's at the Market, 1107 Decatur St., 525-5169; www.mollysatthemarket.net

If you're too old to put on a costume and go door to door in search of candy, then you might as well put on a costume and stumble from bar to bar. Many costumed revelers will get the Halloween evening started at the annual Monaghan's Halloween Parade. The crowd gathers at Molly's at the Market on lower Decatur Street and then makes its annual march through the French Quarter. The procession includes the Storyville Stompers, the Kazoozie Floozies, Big Easy Rollergirls, the Camel Toe Lady Steppers, jugglers, stilt-walkers, horse-drawn carriages tossing candy and trinkets, and more. Free to march. — Coviello

 

 

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Varla Jean Merman Loves a Foreign Tongue
8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31
Le Chat Noir, 715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812; www.cabaretlechatnoir.com

It should come as no surprise that during a world tour of her show Anatomically Incorrect , Varla Jean Merman discovered a love of foreign tongues. When she's not going around the world — from Provincetown to Baltimore to Mexico to Australia and the Sydney Opera House — she hones her craft locally. This special Halloween night-only show features new songs, dance, videos and newly refashioned "native-garb." The self-proclaimed love child of Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine, Varla (Jeffery Roberson) has graced the stage in such shows as I'm Not Paying For This , Girl With a Pearl Necklace , Holiday Ham! , The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman and Shut-Up! Sweet Charlotte , which won three Big Easy Awards last year. She's also straddled the worlds of film and television (including the role of Rosemary Chicken on All My Children ). Tickets $31 (includes $5 bar credit). — Coviello

 

 

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New Pornographers
8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999; www.hob.com

Photo by Steven Dewall Led by multi-instrumentalist Carl Newman, the New Pornographers are a many-headed collective of Canadian indie rockers (sometimes including dark alt-country torcher Neko Case) who have been turning out smart, epic, feel-good power-pop since 1997. Its sound is based in the lovely, melodic pop styles of slyly populist geniuses like Burt Bacharach and Brian Wilson, with dense, shimmery, complex string arrangements and just enough quirky digressions to remind you that every member of the band has bona fides in the cerebral world of experimental indie rock. Its fourth studio album, Challengers , a soaring soundscape that melds tracks from individual New Pornographers into a seamless, pop-perfect whole, came out on Matador Records in August. Scottish singer/songwriter Emma Pollock, a founding member of the seminal '90s Glaswegian band the Delgados, opens. Also with Immaculate Machine, New Pornographers vocalist/keyboardist Kathryn Calder's other band. Tickets $17.50. — Fensterstock

 

 

EVENT

Mirliton Festival
Noon-7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3
Markey Park (Piety Street between Royal and Dauphine streets)

The folks of the Bywater Neighborhood Association present their annual fall festival in honor of that delicious yet awkward native squash/pear, the lumpy, greenish mirliton. Bywater businesses including the Joint, Karma Kitchen, Elizabeth's and others will be vending food, and the wine boutique Bacchanal is serving up libations. The festival also showcases the work of local artists and crafts-people with a special Mirliton Fest version of the monthly Bywater Art Market; commemorative T-shirts, mirliton cookbooks, mirliton bread and pralines will be on sale. The real draw, of course, is the full day of music from Bywater-based bands like the Washboard Chaz Blues Trio and the Morning 40 Federation. Also on the bill is the bitter folk/rock of the Happy Talk Band, the exuberant brass of Big Sam's Funky Nation and the Zydepunks, with its special blend of Cajun/Gypsy/punk-rock madness. Tickets $5. — Fensterstock

 

 

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Hip-Hop for Hope
8 p.m. Thu., Nov. 1; 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS; www.tipitinas.com

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Fri., Nov. 2

Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 569-9070; www.ashecac.org

2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School, 1617 Caffin Ave., 940-2243; www.drkingschool.org

Inspired by a project from his African-American Studies class, Tulane student, MC and erstwhile promoter Ben Brubaker held the first Hip-Hop for Hope (www.hiphopforhope.org) concert last year as a benefit for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology. Hoping to build an ongoing relationship with the school — and use local hip-hop artists to draw attention to the twin issues of education and HIV/AIDS in New Orleans — Brubaker has expanded the event to three nights, two concerts and a free forum at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center. The shows feature local hip-hop and brass talent from Jimi Clever, J. Dubble, Truth Universal, KnowOne, the To Be Continued Brass Band and DJs Beverly Skillz and Tony Skratchere. At a block party outside the school on Saturday afternoon, community groups will set up information booths and local DJs and spoken-word artists will perform. The event at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center features speakers Betty Washington for Hip-Hop Teen magazine, Dr. Shayne Lee from Tulane's sociology department, MC Truth Universal and others, followed by spoken-word and dance performances. Proceeds benefit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School and Tulane's Student Association for a Fair and Equitable Recovery, a group that helps rebuild the homes of local musicians. Tickets for Tipitina's $10 Thursday, $15 Saturday; admission free on Thursday at Ashé. — Fensterstock

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