It’s the Sound and the Fury’s favorite time of the year, i.e. the only time we can openly encourage local cover bands. With apologies to those who do this year-round, here’s our extra-special Halloween lineup of bands trying hard not to be themselves.
Don’t act like you didn’t know this was coming first, but Chuck Kerr, Chris Maddin, and co. are getting their robot on at the Limelight (2718 N. St Mary’s, thelimelightsa.com) this Saturday. Their pink robot that is, as in what Yoshimi battles in the Flaming Lips’ epic concept album. Beginning at the stroke of midnight, the duo (plus Marcus Rubio, Chris Guerra, and Matt Thomas) will tackle Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots in its entirety, as is their wont. Show up in costume and get in free, and possibly score yourself a back-up dancer gig. Don’t show up in costume and risk “Wayne Coyne” spitting fake blood all over your lame ass.
For a little more variety, try the 1011’s eclectic line-up (1011 Avenue B, theteneleven.com). We can’t say who’s playing who, but we do know that “Ryan Adams,” “Sparta,” “Cursive,” “Offspring,” and “Murder City Devils,” (probably the only time even an imposter version of Murder City Devils would headline a bill like this) will all make appearances.
If you long for a good, solid cover band, and/or are over the age of 32, don your cat make-up, grab your real life Peter Griffin, and head to Sam’s Burger Joint (330 E. Grayson, samsburgerjoint.com) on Sunday for San Antonio’s KISS It. Vic Vega makes a special appearance as Rod Stewart; he better have the legs for it.
And finally, if you like costumes, but like original songs even more, hit up Boneshakers (116 W. Mitchell, search Boneshakers on Facebook) for a Sunday Halloween bash featuring the year-round scary De Los Muertos, Heather Go Psycho, and the obligatory burlesque performers.