Your guide to the 2014 Halloween music weekend in New Orleans

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Cliff Hines and Sasha Masakowski are Hildegard, performing at Gasa Gasa on Oct. 30.
  • Cliff Hines and Sasha Masakowski are Hildegard, performing at Gasa Gasa on Oct. 30.

From Halloween cover shows and touring artists to stacked local lineups, here's a look at some highlights from the Halloween concert calendar. Whether you're skipping the 2014 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience or looking for after-hours shows, we've got you covered. Find our complete show listings here.

Thursday, Oct. 30

Guitarist Cliff Hines and vocalist Sasha Masakowski, who have been all over the map (musically and literally — Masakowski recently wrapped a globe-trotting tour), have joined forces for Hildegard, a progressive rock outfit combining jazz, rock and other influences from their diverse wheelhouses. The band performs with Los Angeles electro-pop duo Knower and Nethfriends at 10 p.m. at Gasa Gasa (4920 Freret St.). Tickets $10.

Wooden Wings, featuring dual guitarists and vocalists Molly Portier and Cherie LeJeune, headlines a set at 10 p.m. at Circle Bar (1032 St. Charles Ave.) with Hello Nomad and Nyce. Listen to the Fleetwood Mac vocal harmonies and climactic, soaring guitars on the band's 2014 single "Home":



Detroit's psychedelic alien-garage deity Timmy's Organism performs with Thing and New Orleans garage rock outfits Heavy Lids and Planchettes at 10 p.m. at Siberia (2227 St. Claude Ave.). Tickets $8.



New Orleans rapper Mystikal is the musical guest for Tipitina's (501 Napoleon Ave.) masquerade ball and costume contest. General admission tickets are $10, and meet-and-greet tickets are $25.


Hurray for the Riff Raff performs at Hi-Ho Lounge on Halloween night with Clear Plastic Masks and Dante The Magician. - SEMISONG
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  • Hurray for the Riff Raff performs at Hi-Ho Lounge on Halloween night with Clear Plastic Masks and Dante The Magician.
Friday, Oct. 31

The always-popular AllWays Lounge-hosted Halloween cover show returns with another long list of local bands and impromptu supergroups. This year, bands perform as Patti Smith, Christian Death, Bjork, Galaxie 500, Pere Ubu, The Clash, Magnetic Fields and Green Day. Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit the New Orleans Community Print Shop. The fourth annual event begins at 8 p.m. at AllWays Lounge (2240 St. Claude Ave.).

At 11 p.m. at the Howlin’ Wolf (907 S. Peters St.), the very Rev. Horton Heat — the cow punk, surf-punk, honky-tonking misfits from Texas — perform with Suplecs. Tickets are $25.

Funk cutups Flow Tribe host Gasa Gasa's Halloween Ball with Valerie Sassyfrass at 10 p.m. Flow Tribe recently released the EP Alligator White.

Following rave reviews for its ATO Records debut and a whirlwind tour, Hurray for the Riff Raff headlines a show at Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude Ave.) with Clear Plastic Masks and Dante the Magician. If you missed Hurray for the Riff Raff's latest, a video for the stunning Small Town Heroes track "The Body Electric," watch it here. Tickets $15.



Fresh off the release of Spellcaster II: Death in Space, Quintron & Miss Pussycat headline a bill with West Bank emcees Ballzack and Odoms, and Manatees at 10 p.m. One Eyed Jacks. (This show is sold out.)

New Orleans funk bands Galactic and Earphunk hold down a Halloween edition of Galactic's popular late-night Tipitina’s sets at 11 p.m. (This show also is sold out.)

Siberia hosts a Halloween double hitter. At 6 p.m., Austin rock 'n' roll outfit OBN IIIs headlines with Datadrums and Trampoline Team. OBN IIIs sounds like if David Lee Roth had a garage band. Admission is $7. Stream the track "No Time for the Blues" below, and while you're doing burnouts in a parking lot.



And at 10 p.m., hardcore punk and ska-punk band Leftover Crack performs with Potato Pirates, Juicy Karkass, Rats in the Wall and Mea Culpa.

At 10 p.m. at The Joy Theater (1200 Canal St.), legendary Californians Fishbone — blending wild funk, ska and hard rock since the late '70s — headlines a bill with MarchFourth Marching Band, DJ Quickie Mart and The Scorseses. Tickets $30.

Dirty Bourbon River Show, Debauche and Big Easy Brawlers are at 10 p.m. Maison (508 Frenchmen St.).

Portland, Oregon duo Wampire, which released September's psychedelic-inspired Bazaar, are are 10 p.m. at Circle Bar with TOPS and DiNOLA.



Thundercat performs at One Eyed Jacks Nov. 1. - WINDISH AGENCY
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  • Thundercat performs at One Eyed Jacks Nov. 1.

Saturday, Nov. 1


Louisiana doom hellions Thou accompany the debut of Rough Shape at noon at the New Orleans Public Library Main Branch. (How? I don't know.) In March, Thou released the immense, devastating and excellent Heathen, a towering and beautifully brutal full-length that you can stream below. Admission is by donation, with proceeds benefiting the New Orleans Bookfair.



Eagles of Death Metal and Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Dave Catching headlines a late-night bill with Bingo, Barrett Martin and DiNOLA at 2 a.m. at d.b.a.

Maison's The Ballers' Ball features Mannie Fresh, Rebirth Brass Band and 5th Ward Weebie. Tickets are $20 general admission, $30 VIP. The show is 10 p.m. at Maison.

At The Howlin’ Wolf, behold a massive lineup of local greats for Massive Funk II, including George Porter Jr., Stanton Moore, Brian Stolz, Donald Harrison, Big Sam, Borahm Lee, Oteil Burbridge, Nigel Hall, Nikki Glaspie, Eric McFadden, Corey Henry and Sam Kininger. The show is 11 p.m. and tickets are $20.

Music website Pitchfork hosts its New Orleans installment of the Nightcap series with a free (by RSVP only) show from future-funk bassist Thundercat with Stones Throw founder Peanut Butter Wolf. Also on the bill: DJ Windows 98, aka Arcade Fire's Win Butler. The show is at 11 p.m. at One Eyed Jacks.

New Orleans' longtime rave-funk ensemble Gravity A brings its Talking Heads tribute to The Joy Theater at 11 p.m. Yojimbo opens. Tickets $10.

Acid-laced funk outfit Naughty Professor opens for The Revivalists at Tipitina's at 10 p.m. Naughty Professor anticipates a 2015 release date for its new album, and the band recently debuted a video for "Chef's Revenge," filmed live at the Blue Nile last month:




Sunday, Nov. 2

Winding down the weekend is French Wazozo with Rex Gregory on clarinet/flute/melodica/sax, Jon Gross on tuba/electronics, drummer Doug Garrison, and cellist Helen Gillet with Mark Southerland at 9 p.m. at Siberia. Tickets $10.

At The Maple Leaf (8316 Oak St.), Deja Voodoo at 10 p.m. features an all-star lineup with the Joe Krown Trio (Joe Krown, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste) followed by a late-night set (1:30 a.m.) from Vodooo Fest headliners and blues-ridden rock 'n' roll trio The London Souls. Tickets are $15. Watch the band perform "Certain Appeal" in a van outside Harrah's earlier this year:




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