If you like live music with your Halloween party, you're in for a treat: Over the next two nights, the city will host several costume-friendly celebrations that will feature a eclectic mix of bands and musicians. Here's a rundown:
CarnEVIL, Part One: The biggest annual Halloween party/benefit in town features live music from Black Lagoon, Mego Dirge and Midnight Magnolias; in addition, five DJs will spin throughout the night. Costumes a must! 8 p.m. Amos' Southend. $25-$35. www.etix.com.
New Wave Hookers' Halloween Party: Regional bands masquerade as some of their favorite artists. On tap: Sonic Death Rabbit as Prince, Kachina as T.Rex, Black Congo NC as Jahwork, Citation:Obsolete as Peach/Haus, Foxchase as the Misfits, and Cement Stars as the Knife. 8 p.m. The Milestone Club. $5. www.themilestoneclub.com.
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Sihk or Treat: Expect tricks and treats during this scarefest hosted by candy-tossing shock rockers' Astrid Haven, known for its Marilyn Manson-schooled sound and carnival-style spectacle. With Strieft Geist, Stitchy C and the Brown Bag Special, DJ Spider and Anders Manga. 7 p.m. Tremont Music Hall. $6-$9. 704-343-9494.
Dead Rockers and Celebrity Stalkers: Dress as your favorite celeb, living or dead, to get into the spirit of this party, which includes a performance by local rockers U-Phonik and sets from Dj Tech Support. Theme costumes encouraged. 8 p.m. The Alley Cat. $7. 704-375-2779.
Also: At the Evening Muse, Bitchslap! and Reverend Blake the Snake Handler perform the 8 p.m. show, while Holy Ghost Tent Revival and the Never take the 10:30 p.m. slot ($7-$9) … Angwish host the party at the Double Door Inn at 8:30 p.m., with sets from In-V, the Have and Have Nots and Erika Blatnik ($10). Costumes encouraged … Bums Lie cover the Red Hot Chili Peppers' seminal 1991 album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” at 8 p.m. at Visulite Theatre ($10).
CarnEVIL, Part Two: Eyes of the Elders and the Lights, Fluorescent perform, with special guests from Big Mamma's House of Burlesque, the Rhythm Doctors and a zombie fashion show backed by five DJs. Costumes a must! 8 p.m. Amos'. $25-$35. www.etix.com.
Day of the Dead: Jeff Clayton and the Mongrels, an all-star collaboration of local punk veterans, celebrate the Mexican holiday with 25 Minutes to Go, Tommy Ray and the Rayguns, and Down on Luck. Dia De Los Muertos costumes are encouraged, but any costume will do. 8 p.m. Tremont. $7-$10. 704-343-9494.
Halloween Ball Benefit Concert: Local hard rockers the Joe Davis Band and Luna's Lament (featuring female metal guitarist and cancer survivor KimNiption) rock to benefit the local chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Costumes encouraged. 8:30 p.m. Sylvia Theater, York, S.C. $8-$10. 803-684-5590.
Also: Bassnectar and Beats Antique play very funky music at 8 p.m. at Neighborhood Theatre ($15-$20). Costumes encouraged.