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Experience the thrills and chills of the XPN Halloween Spooktacular tonight!

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For the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of digging into my personal music crypt and unearthing some of my favorite Halloween tunes just for you! Tonight at 8pm, I’ll return for the 2016 XPN Halloween Spooktacular! Listen for some rare and retro tracks from the days when releasing a Halloween-themed novelty song was a rite of passage, as well as a few brand new songs that keep the spirit of the season undead and well. And yeah, there will be a healthy amount of puns throughout the night. That’s just tradition. Preview some spooky stuff below, if you dare:

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Get STRANGE with the Halloween-ified Indie Rock HAUNT Parade!

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A very special Indie Rock Hit Parade is in store for you tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN: Listen after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake for the annual Halloween edition, known as the Indie Rock HAUNT Parade! Celebrate the spirit of the season with two hours of thrilling, chilling songs from some of your favorite indie bands. Classics from Mudhoney, Neko Case and Beat Happening stand alongside new tricks and treats from The Shins, The Wytches and Shilpa Ray! Preview a few of the newer tracks below (if you dare), and don’t forget to join me on Monday night at 8 for more coffin-shakers on the XPN Halloween Spooktacular!

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Maximize your musical spookiness with our ultimate guide to Halloweekend in Philly

razor boomerang | photo via facebook.com/RazorBoomerang
Razor Boomerang | photo via facebook.com/RazorBoomerang

With All Hallow’s Eve only a few short days away, Philadelphia gears up for its annual “Halloweekend” shows and festivities — where dancing inebriated to your favorite band dressed as a fried egg is completely acceptable, and even encouraged. These shows will make your adult Halloween the best, even if your simple mad-scientist costume will be met with every imaginable Rick and Morty reference.

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Watch Roger Harvey take a bare bones approach to “Halloween” for Static Sessions

 

Roger Harvey
Roger Harvey | photo by Jonathon Minto

Roger Harvey is a Philly-via-Pittsburgh artist who has a definitive and almost instantly likable style, one which many have compared to bands like Bright Eyes, Neutral Milk Hotel and Manchester Orchestra (yeah, not half bad).

Harvey’s debut LP Twelve Houses was a beautifully written and expertly produced output full of intricate arrangements. But for local video series Static Sessions he decided to take one of the album’s more impressive moments, “Halloween,” and strip it down to its core. Continue reading →

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Sun Ra Arkestra transformed Johnny Brenda’s for a Sold Out Halloween show

Josh Pelta-Heller at Johnny Brendas | Photo by: Josh Pelta-Heller
Josh Pelta-Heller at Johnny Brendas | Photo by: Josh Pelta-Heller

“Space is the place” that the Sun Ra Arkestra will take you to, but Johnny Brenda’s was the place that they sold out this Halloween night, as fans leaned in over the balcony, lined the stairway, and pushed up against the walls to be escorted into the unknown by the seminal Philly free jazz collective. Continue reading →

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What band are you going to be for Halloween? A look at covers parties in Philly this weekend

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Let’s face it, the adult Halloween is only really fun if you get to get boozed up, listen to some music and dance while dressed ridiculously. Or is that just me? Regardless there are some rockin’ shows this weekend where all of the aforementioned are encouraged – and pretty much required. Continue reading →

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Enter the Indie Rock HAUNT Parade tonight, if you dare!

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Gather ’round, boils and ghouls, and I’ll tell you a tale that’s sure to give you the Halloween creeps! The Indie Rock Hit Parade transforms into the Indie Rock HAUNT Parade tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! There are several ghoulish delights that are new for this year’s show, plus a few favorites from the crypt. So look alive and dig in tonight!

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Rock, Roll and spooks aplenty at the 6th annual TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb

Get out your costume and get ready for some creepy, kooky and all around raucous Halloween fun at Underground Arts for the 6th annual TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show. Six Philly bands will be taking over two stages for what promises to be the best rock and roll party this All Hallows’ Eve. Continue reading →

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The Opposite Ends releases spooky Halloween-inspired track “Josephine”

Opposite Ends | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Opposite Ends | Photo courtesy of the artist

There’s nothing like a blend of old school hip-hop and Motown funk to kick off the countdown to Halloween. Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams has been heavily involved in Philly’s hip-hop scene for years, ranging from his work with The Goats in the 90s to his more recent funk-inspired Black Landlord. On Monday, Williams’ newest group, The Opposite Ends, released a brand new song and video for “Josephine,” a quirky little track about an alluring but equally dangerous vampire. Continue reading →

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Preview tonight’s XPN Halloween Spooktacular with these essential musical tricks!

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Tonight is the night, my unconventional conventionists! It’s time once again for the XPN Halloween Spooktacular. As your host, I’ll dig up an evening’s worth of creepy-crawly selections from my personal music crypt starting at 7pm! Plus, new for this year, the 10pm Indie Rock Hit Parade becomes the Indie Rock HAUNT Parade! Don’t miss two additional hours of bone-rattling sounds from the mortal indie realm.

Since you’re no doubt curious as to the nature of tonight’s horrific entertainment, allow me to share a few uncommonly essential tracks that you can add to your own Halloween playlist:
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