In the live music world there are really only two major holidays that matter: Halloween and New Years Eve. Both offer a chance for fans and band alike to wear costumes, act like children for a night and get overly intoxicated (although hardly anyone notices when you’re wearing a wig and sunglasses at 1 am) if so inclined (both invite amateur performances from even the most seasoned professionals). Even Radiohead’s elusive Thom Yorke got out and played along last night, notably dressing as Daft Punk for a Hollywood party he DJ’d. Continue below for looks at the Primus show in ATL, Greensky Bluegrass in SF, Umphrey’s in MD, moe. in Nashville, Pretty Lights in Boston and a shot of Donna The Buffalo in LA.

PRIMUS @ The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA

Primus has to be one of the best bands on earth to celebrate Halloween with and the Tabernacle is without a doubt the venue to host such an occasion. It was a party from start to finish featuring some new tunes, some old tunes, and a 15 year bustout…READ MOREBilly Morgan

Set I: American Life, Dirty Drowning Man, Moron TV, Southbound Pachyderm, Over the Falls, Lee Van Cleef, Spegetti Western,. Wynonna’s Big Brown Beaver, Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers

Set II: Hamburger Train, Del Davis Tree Farm, Glass Sandwich, Jilly’s on Smack, On the Tweek Again, My Name Is Mud, The Heckler, Extinction Burst, Harold of the Rocks,

Encore: Tommy the Cat > The Awakening > Tommy the Cat, Too Many Puppies > Hello Skinny > Too Many Puppies

Intro/ American Life

Dirty Drowning Man

Moron TV

Umphrey’s McGee @ The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD

Set I: Gurgle > Puppet String, Plunger, Deeper > Mantis, Domino Theory, Glory, The Floor^

Set II: Help on the Way% > Slipknot > Jessica, Girlfriend is Better > Fool In The Rain, Forty Six & 2, Roundabout*, Money for Nothing$, Another Brick in the Wall/Thriller

Encore: Ophelia > Miss Tinkle’s Overture

% – Band wearing FEMA hats (#helpontheway – via Jeff Waful)
^ with Halloween Theme teases
* with Kris on lead vocals
$ – first time played, Dire Straits

SETLIST: Greensky Bluegrass @ The Independent, San Francisco, CA

Greensky brought the ruckus to San Francisco last night with a sold out Halloween show at The Independent. Between the festive occasion and the Giants World Series victory parade earlier in the day, the costumed crowd was ready to party, and the band did not disappoint with a show chock full of 80s era crowd pleasers that kept everyone moving until almost 2am. – Pete Merriman

Set One: Money For Nothing (Dire Straits), Maneater (Hall and Oates), Still Rock and Roll To Me (Billy Joel), The Power of Love (Huey Lewis), When Doves Cry (Prince), With Or Without You (U2) > Where The Streets Have No Names (U2), I Ran (So Far Away) (A Flock of Seagulls), Halloween Breakdown (A. Beck) > Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty) > Dancin’ In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen)

Set Two: Beat It (Michael Jackson), Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen), Rio (Duran Duran), On The Road Again (Willie Nelson), Hungry Like A Wolf (Duran Duran), Just Like Heaven (The Cure), Driven To Tears (The Police), You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon)
Could You Be Loved (Bob Marley)

ENCORE: Don’t Lie (A. Beck, P. Hoffman)

A matrix audio recording from their 1st annual 80’s Halloween Party can be streamed here.

Hungry Like the Wolf (Duran Duran):

Just Like Heaven (The Cure):

You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon):

Thanks for the tip from Hidden Track on the videos.

Pretty Lights @ TD Garden, Boston, MA

10/31/12 Pretty Lights in Boston, MA || Photo by @soozygreenberg

Highlights from @SoozyGreenberg: “The light show was the stand out part of the night (lasers, smoke, screens, etc.) The TD Banknorth Garden wasn’t close to full. The show probably should have been at the Agganis Arena but it was cool to see Pretty Lights indoors.

moe. @ Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN || Saturday, October 27th

Photo Courtesy of Preston Owens || Download the show on here

The last time moe. played the world famous Ryman Auditorium (birthplace of the Grand Ole Opry) for Halloween in 2004, the three-set marathon included fifteen debuts of older country and bluegrass tunes and a fake redneck wedding…READ MORE


I: The Bones of Lazarus1, Haze1, Downward Facing Dog1, Rainshine1, Smoke1, Paper Dragon1, Chromatic Nightmare1, Puebla1, One Way Traffic1, Suck A Lemon1

II: Y.O.Y.2 > Long Island Girls Rule2 3 > Dr. Graffenberg2, Don’t Fuck With Flo2 > Yodelittle2 > Spine Of A Dog2, Sensory Deprivation Bank2 > The Battle Of Benny Hill2 4

III: Akimbo5, Mexico5, Timmy Tucker5, St. Augustine5,Recreational Chemistry5, Time Again5, Brent Black5, Threw It All Away5, Time Ed5

ENCORE: That Coffee Tune6, Brain Tuba7

1 Entire ‘What happened to the La La’s‘ album (acoustic)
2 Entire ‘Fatboy‘ album
3 Last time played 07/28/2007 (392 shows)
4 Last time played 02/01/1997 (1519 shows)
5 Entire ‘Headseed‘ album
6 Last time played 04/25/1997 (1464 shows)
7 Last time played 11/11/1998 (1287 shows)

Donna The Buffalo @ The Mint Los Angeles

Donna The Buffalo in Hunter S. Thompson Costume @ The Mint LA – 10/31/12 || Photo by Wesley Hodges