Halloween: Live Music

Along with Injecting Strangers’ album release party, here are a few other great options if you’re in the mood for some good live music on Halloween or Halloween eve.

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Injecting Strangers

Late last year, unique Cincinnati Rock crew Injecting Strangers unveiled its first EP, the great three-track sampler Nightmare Nancy. This Friday, the band is ready to celebrate the unleashing of its first full-length, the wonderfully entertaining Patience, Child (made available online Oct. 28). The group will play a free album release party at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com) Friday with guests New Wave Rebellion from Nashville, Tenn. Showtime is 10 p.m. Though it’s unclear whether timing the release to Halloween was intentional, it is certainly fitting. 


Along with Injecting Strangers’ album release party, here are a few other great options if you’re in the mood for some good live music on Halloween or Halloween eve. 

Dynamic, groovy and fun rockers Automagik are putting out a limited edition, Halloween-themed EP, Monster Party, for the holiday. The five-track collection features appropriate tracks taken from the group’s two albums. as well as the new title track. The band will have Monster Party available at its show Thursday night at the Thompson House (24 E. Third St., Newport, Ky., thompsonhousenewport.com). The 8 p.m. event also features area acts Dark Colour, Motherfolk, Celestials and Young Colt, plus a live art performance by Kara Mitchell.

What could very well be the best local Hip Hop show of the year goes down this Thursday at Rhinegeist (1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, rhinegeist.com). Reflection Eternal, renowned Cincinnati-based producer/artist Hi-Tek’s collaboration with legendary MC Talib Kweli, headlines the 8 p.m. concert, marking a rare appearance by the duo. Thursday’s lineup also features Cincinnati heroes Mood, who took Cincy Hip Hop nationwide in the ’90s, Buggs Tha Rocka (who’s prepping a new album release for early December), Trademark Aaron (whose new video for “The Best,” featuring Easy Lantana, recently premiered on Vevo’s home page), Clockworkdj (Mac Miller’s official DJ), Valley High, Eddie Vaughn, Aida Chakra and many others. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $20 in advance (through cincyticket.com) or $30 at the door (if there are any tickets remaining). 

The Pariahs and The Cincinnati Suds, two superb Cincinnati Garage Rock bands, don’t play out too much, but when they do (especially together) it’s usually a packed show and an uproariously great time. The two entities reteam for a special free Halloween night party at The Comet (4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, cometbar.com). Showtime is 10 p.m.; admission is free. 

Two more of Cincinnati’s finest — The Hiders and The Perfect Children — join forces Friday night for a 9 p.m. Halloween party at new bar/restaurant The Littlefield (3930 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, littlefieldns.com) and neighboring event space at Pallet 23. There will be costume contests and food and drink specials throughout the night. It’s a free event, but donations and other proceeds will benefit the Cincinnati Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation.

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