Got your Star Trek costume all laid out, belly full of candy, pumpkin carved, and still don't know what to do with yourself this Halloween weekend?
Don't fret, we've got a host of musical options at your disposal. Here's a rundown of some of the best Halloween-themed concerts happening this weekend, from the family friendly to the barhopper's delight.
[jump] FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29
Lee's Liquor Lounge
For their monthly gig at Lee's, ELO lovers ELnO are inviting Solid Gold to join in the cover-band fun by playing a set of Oasis tunes. "Oasis" plays first at 10. 21+. $15. 9 p.m.
At this Halloween-themed show, the bands are encouraging that attendees wear costumes and are promising prizes for the best dressed. 21+. $5. 9 p.m.
Triple Rock Social Club
Not only is Deer Tick worth the price of admission, but locals Communist Daughter were a late addition to this bill. Tonight will be their first show in town since returning from CMJ. 18+. $12. 9 p.m.
Hell on Earth Halloween Bash
A metal explosion at Robert's, the club that recently took over hosting the shows that were previously slotted at the Rock Nightclub in Maplewood. With Black Flood Diesel, Entropy, Cimmerian, A Moment Without, Whither the Tide. 18+. $10. 6 p.m.
Kitty Cat Klub
We Became Actors will perform as "Eli Cash and the Royal Tenenbaums," Idle Hands and Word Party will perform as themselves, and the soon-to-be-extinct Military Special will DJ throughout the night. 21+. $5. 9 p.m.
Nomad World Pub
With Frizzle Fry as Primus, Schitty Weezer as Weezer, and Neil Dynamite & the Heartlights as Neil Diamond. 21+. $13 or free in costume. 9 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 (All Hallow's Eve Eve)
We'll let the band tell the story of this show: "Originally, one of Minnesota's finest scholars and rappers, Eyedea, would be sharing the gig with us. Unfortunately, Micheal Larsen aka Eyedea passed away in his sleep on October 17. Eyedea was just helping us finish our first EP. With that sadness we will formulate great joy and play our hearts out in dedication to... him. Thanks Michael you were the real deal!" All ages. $5. 9 p.m.
New local group Apollo Cobra is releasing their debut CD, with support from Estate, the Feelin' Band, James Patrick w. M. Gervais (Timefog) + Guests, Centrific and DJ Mike Moilanen w/Kevin Dorsey of Histronic. "Wear a costume or feel awkward." $8. 18+. Capacity is 300 so get there early!
Kitty Cat Klub
A Halloween-themed dance party and costume contest with DJs Bach666, the NIghtstalker, Sweet Talk Radio, Naughty Wood & ana//log. Best costume wins a free Anthem Hearts t-shirt. 21+. $3 after 11pm & $1 before 11pm. Happy Hour 10-11pm.
Little Man headlines a Halloween bash at O'Gara's with Ghost Towns of the West, Lazlo Supreme, and Young and Tender. $100 cash prize for the best costume. 21+. $6. 8:30 p.m. doors.
A freebie dance party, and costumed guests have a chance at winning a free bar tab. With DJ Sets by King Otto, Jeff Dubois (Attitude City), and the Stay Spun, and visual effects by Visionquest. 21+. Free. 9 p.m.
Another night for metalheads, this time in the Mainroom. With Wrecking Day (with Chad Hanks of American Head Charge), Dying Euphoria, PINWHEEL, Gabriel and the Apocalypse, American Gothic. 18+. $10 in advance / $13 day of show. 4 p.m. doors.
Another freebie event, this one featuring recent Picked to Click finalists the Goondas and openers Red Daughters. 21+. Free. 10 p.m.
And to party with our Picked to Click winners, Pink Mink, head to the brand new Stanley's (in the old Stasiu's space) for a night of rock.
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Hosted by the Twin Cities Jazz Fesitval, with Joe Krown Trio and the Charmaine Neville Band. All ages. $20. 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31 (Halloween)
Cedar Cultural Center
Our 2008 Picked to Click winners celebrate the release of their new full-length, Good of That, with a special Halloween-themed party. With Martin Devaney and Holly Newsom of Zoo Animal. All ages. $12. 7 p.m. doors.
Kings Wine Bar
Cozy up around the fire pit as the Mad Ripple, a.k.a. Jim Walsh, leads a round-robin hootenanny with Eliza Blue, Brianna Lane, Chastity Brown, and more. All ages. Free. 4-9 p.m.
The ultimate costume contest and dance party, with host Ian Rans of Drinking With Ian. 18+. $5/$10 at the door; $15 without costume. 8 p.m.
Nick and Eddie
"Wear a costume or suffer the wrath!" $5. 21+. 9 p.m.
The place to be if you want to bowl in your costume and listen to great live music. With Brent Amaker & the Rodeo, Bouncer Fighter, Bootstraps of Doom, DJ Truckstache. No Cover. 21+. 9 p.m.
7th St. Entry
If the action in the Mainroom seems to overwhelming, step into the cozy quarters of the Entry for some first-rate DJ action. With King Otto & Mike 2600. 18+. $5/$10 at the door. 8 p.m.
Did we leave out any of the big 'uns? Please leave any additional recommendations in the comments.