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Tech N9ne
8 p.m. Tue., Oct. 28
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Midwestern rapper Tech N9ne (distinctive from New Orleans rapper Tec-9 of UNLV) is in the Halloween spirit with his latest album, Killer. The cover photo mimics Michael Jackson's Thriller, except in his photo, the white suit the artist is suavely lounging in turns out to be a straitjacket. That's par for the course of Tech N9ne's fairly twisted outlook — the underground favorite, who often does his hair in candy-red spikes that tower more than half a foot over his head, has a hardcore, menacing flow over beats that sound like somebody dropped a piano on Daffy Duck, with versatile, creative and often bizarre lyrics to match. He's collaborated with A-listers from Eminem to the Wu-Tang's RZA but has preferred to stay indie, putting out his own horror-damaged lyrical storylines on his own, aptly named, Strange Music label. This four-city tour features nearly every artist on the Strange Music roster, who tend to follow Tech N9ne's style — sick flow that's just a little too weird for prime time (who else could rhyme 'demonical' with 'yarmulke?') Sharing the bill are Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Prozak, Skatterman, Snug Brim, Grave Plott and Cult Flick. Tickets $25. — Alison Fensterstock




Dark Meat with Monotonix
7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 31
Saturn Bar, 3067 St. Claude Ave., 949-7532

What the hell is in the water in Athens these days? (See Vic Chesnutt/ Elf Power, p. 38) Dark Meat, Vice Records' newest darling, is another sprawling musical collective hailing from Georgia playing, Elephant 6-style, up to 17 members strong. The band comes across as the Manson Family antidote to the Age-of-Aquarius stylings of that other monster-sized cultlike band the Polyphonic Spree. Dark Meat's sonic landscapes are full of ominous psychedelia (think Brian Wilson on brown acid), dissonant layers of fuzz and diverse soundscapes that owe equal debts to Albert Ayler and Roky Erickson. The group appears with the highly aggressive Israeli garage-rock trio Monotonix, which have been known to set things on fire in the midst of Stooges-times-10 sets with the deadly force of Krav Maga. This bill is not for the faint of heart. It also includes tripped-out prog-punks Crystal Antlers, local rockers Felix, One Man Machine, the Bad Off, plus Animal Electric, the haunting, echoey one-woman project of deadboy and the Elephantmen. Wyld Party and Stereo Campbell also open. I don't know how everyone is going to fit in the bar, either. Tickets $15. — Fensterstock




The Mountain Goats with Kaki King
9 p.m. Mon., Nov. 3
Republic New Orleans, 828 S. Peters St., 528-8282;

Is John Darnielle the Lil Wayne of indie rock? The Mountain Goats frontman (and sometimes only man) could give the Hollygrove Hot Boy a run for his mix-tape money. For every "official" release, both have four more emblazoned on cassette and prized by collectors. Next consider the voices: Weezy's, a chromatic scale of nasal giggles and weed-smoke wheezes; Darnielle's, an adrenaline-fueled rant-and-ramble of nose-blown bleats. Both are also among the best writers in their fields. BET recently named Wayne hip-hop lyricist of the year, while Darnielle contributed a book to the 33 1/3 music series, maintains an acclaimed blog ( and regularly spins lines like "Chrome spokes on your Japanese bike, but selling acid was a bad idea/ And selling it to a cop was a worse one." Darnielle doesn't eat meat; Wayne once proclaimed, "I am a vegetarian and I only eat beats/ Wear a lot of carats and I smoke the best greens." Darnielle is recording and touring with world-class guitarist Kaki King. Wayne, well, he owns a guitar, too. Tickets $16. — Noah Bonaparte Pais




Krewe of Boo
7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 31
Downtown New Orleans;

"Throw me somethin', monster!" may be the new mantra for Halloween. And Mr. Mardi Gras himself, Blaine Kern, may become Mr. Halloween. Kern's Krewe of Boo Parade will make its inaugural roll through the French Quarter on Halloween with 16 floats, 400 riders and marching bands. The haunting jaunt will feature masked members tossing orange-and-black krewe cups, Halloween beads and hand-painted mini-pumpkins — consider it an off-season costumed coconut. While such float processions no longer travel through the French Quarter during Carnival, Boo will start on Elysian Fields Avenue, make its way along Decatur and South Peters streets, do a Canal Street loop and wind up at the former site of the River City Casino. Following the parade, the ball (Halloween Costume Exposé) is a costume party and is open to the public. With the full use of Kern's prop shop, the décor promises to be a house of fantastic horrors. The krewe has designated the event as a fundraiser for the Greater New Orleans First Responders Fund, which helps police officers, fire-fighters and EMS technicians affected by Hurricane Katrina get back in their homes. The first grants will be awarded at a ceremony prior to the parade. Ball tickets $100. — Bryan Davis

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