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Ghost Sounds

Here are concerts and clubs for getting weird on the one holiday when it's encouraged.


Left to right: Holy Ghost!, RL Grime, French Montana.  

Your Halloween Style Is: Old-School Funk
Then Head To: James Brown Tribute Show
B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-997-4144; Oct. 31; $12
If you prefer to see other people dressed in costume instead of stepping into one yourself, head to B.B. King to see Lloyd Diamond as one of the Founding Fathers of Funk himself, James Brown. Diamond will perform some of Brown’s greatest hits so that you can get down with yo’ bad self.

Your Halloween Style Is: Rocky Horror Picture Show Meets Metal
Then Head To: The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black
The Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery, nr. Bond St.; 212-228-0228; Oct. 30; $20
Fronted by Kembra Pfahler, this cult glam-punk band, named in honor of the B-movie scream queen, is bringing their signature theatrical mix of vaudeville, psychotronic films, and burlesque to the Bowery Electric just in time for Halloween. Expect plenty of painted nude bodies, teased bouffant wigs, blacked-out teeth, and lady-devil dominatrix antics from these shock rockers.

Your Halloween Style Is: Any Character from a John Hughes Film
Then Head To: Holy Ghost!
Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212-582-6600; Oct. 31; $25
This duo is a modern-day incarnation of eighties synth-pop in the best sense possible. While their name is all too fitting for Halloween, the only thing scary about Holy Ghost! is their ability to make you feel like you’re perpetually in a scene from The Breakfast Club.

Your Halloween Style Is: Experimental With a Nod to the Past
Then Head To: Zappa Plays Zappa Halloween
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, at 75th St.; 212-465-6500; Oct. 31; $40–$130
Experimental rock legend Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil Zappa fronts this tribute group dedicated to the music of his late father. For those looking for Halloween thrills, don't worry. Rumor is Frank Zappa performs some of the songs from beyond the grave via synchronized audio and video technology.

Your Halloween Style Is: The Original Super Mario Bros., in All Its Eight-Bit Glory
Then Head To: Pretty Lights
Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-247-0200; Oct. 30; Tickets TBA
Derek Vincent Smith, more commonly known as Pretty Lights, churns out music that is best described as glitchy electro-hip-hop-soul. Expect throngs of die-hard festivalgoers (think yearly veterans of Coachella and Bonnaroo) and a state-of-the-art light show, perfect for those looking for a more colorful Halloween.

Your Halloween Style Is: Nostalgia and a Pair of Adidas
Then Head To: Monsters of Rap: A Tribute to Jam Master Jay
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., at Eighth Ave.; Oct. 31; $65–$172
Let’s be honest: Track suits and Adidas are definitely more comfortable than most other costume options out there, and it’s a perfect outfit for this all-star tribute to Run-D.M.C.’s legendary Jam Master Jay. Hosted by Reverend Run’s daughter, Angela Simmons, the night will feature performances by current hip-hop heavy weights French Montana, Jadakiss, and Juelz Santana with Funkmaster Flex on the decks.

Your Halloween Style Is: A Creature of Habit
Then Head To: Hallowmas 2013
Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave., at Eckford St.; Oct. 31; $22
A seasonal staple, the World/Inferno Friendship Society will bring its annual Halloween concert to Brooklyn for another year. The 40-person-plus circus-punk collective, fronted by the always-charismatic Jack Terricloth, offers fans a full-on musical production that's nothing short of a spectacle.

Your Halloween Style Is: Crop Tops, Dirty Beats, and Possible Twerking
Then Head To: RL Grime
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave.; Oct. 30; $22 advanced, $25 same day
RL Grime, the latest artist to be added to Fool's Gold Records' roster of club-banger producers, seamlessly fuses hard-core electro beats with heavy Houston-influenced hip-hop hooks. Be prepared for a seriously good dance party and plenty of trendy Williamsburgers in ironic costumes.

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