October Events (Part 2)

Note: This is the follow-up to October Events (Part 1), which lists events from Oct. 1-12.

The second half of October is, of course, your favorite and mine — the time for Halloween events! Ain’t nobody throw a Halloween party better than a goth…plus there are other alternative events that become just spooky enough in October to cross the line into goth territory, so the list of appealing events is long. Let’s see what we have to choose from this year!

Thursday, October 13

ericaNeonoir with Erica Scary

Think of this as a prelude to set the mood for Halloween party season: Pittsburgh’s deathrock darling, DJ Erica Scary, brings her dark ’80s dance mix back to Belvedere’s Ultra-Dive, 4016 Butler St. in Lawrenceville.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m., 21+

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Friday, October 14


Rehearsing for their set as The Cramps are “Lux Inferior” (featuring musicians from Submachine, Love Dumpster, Mud City Manglers, Th’ Royal Shakes)

CAT-Tivo HOWL-O-Ween Bash (Day 1)

Kicking off the list of Halloween parties is the fourth annual CAT-Tivo HOWL-O-Ween Bash to benefit homeless dogs and cats, and this year it’s expanded into a two-day event! As always, it takes place at Cattivo, 146 44th St. in Lawrenceville, and features a pack of local musicians masquerading as different famous dark bands for the evening.

Day 1 is on Friday, October 14, and takes place only on the main level (upstairs). The gothic highlight of the evening is a tribute to The Cramps, featuring members of Mud City Manglers, Love Dumpster, and Submachine.

The rest of the show will be devoted to musicians performing as the following acts: Black Sabbath, Motorhead, ZZ Top, Kyuss, Twisted Sister, Spinal Tap, and The Cars.

Costumes encouraged. Tickets are $7 (or $13 if you want admission for Saturday, too). Doors are at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m., and it’s 21+.

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Shadow Age Show

Also on Friday, October 14, Shadow Age (Richmond gothic rockers) return to the ‘Burgh post-Skull Fest to perform at Gooski’s, 3117 Brereton St. in Polish Hill.

They are supported by The Gotobeds (Pittsburgh Sub Pop party punk), Silence (local anarcho post punks) and Unmaker (Richmond post-punk band featuring members of Occultist).

Doors are at 9 p.m., it’s a 21+ show, and the cover is $7.

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14124510_1152418191468129_4320605947329002453_oHexwork – A Spellbinding Burlesk Revue

Yet another spooky event on Friday, October 14 is Hexwork – A Spellbinding Burlesk Revue. This regional burlesque tour makes its Pittsburgh stop at The Parkway Theater, 644 Broadway Ave. in McKees Rocks.

Billed as “a visual feast in honor of October and all things sacred and sexy” the theme this year is a journey through an ancient black forest, full of seductive stories of monsters, wild women, gods and goddesses.

According to legend, the coven for the journey has four faces: Mab Just Mab weaves the web while the holy fool Jim Dandy – Sideshow carries the tread  and ecdysiasts Miss V and Eyrie Twilight offer their signature shimmies and creative costuming.

The special guest dancers at the Pittsburgh event are Pookie Pseu and Amoxie Villain. Boom Boom Bridgette will be giving oracle card readings, and Arts & Crafts: Botanica & Occult Shop will be vending.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with hexy flicks on the big screen, early bird drink specials from 7-8:30, and workshops with Mab Just Mab. Show starts at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $13 at the door. Advance tickets are $10 for general admission or $25 for VIP, plus fees, and are available here.

[Facebook Event Page]

14457536_1056584177793823_6415918040004205569_nFriday Night Fights

Strangeways presents: Friday Night Fights

DJs Jesley Snipes & The Comeback Kid will spin a mix of LCD Soundsystem vs. Hot Chip, followed by a set of New Order vs. Depeche Mode at Belvedere’s Ultra-Dive, 4016 Butler St. in Lawrenceville.

10 p.m. to 2 a.m., 21+, $5

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Saturday, October 15

cattivohalloweenbashCAT-Tivo HOWL-O-Ween Bash (Day 2)

Oh, my darklings, Day 2 of the CAT-Tivo HOWL-O-Ween Bash is the place for us to be. Two floors of madness, and the bands who will be impersonated include Killing Joke, Front 242, The Misfits, Depeche Mode, The Cult, and Duran Duran — not to mention Dead Milkmen, The B-52s,  The Go-Gos, AC/DC, and The Jam.

There are three MCs: The infamous Spaz, Kali Ko Kat, and Rocky. Dress as your favorite musical idol — prizes include a $50 gift certificate from Salonika’s Bar And Grill and winners will be announced upstairs at midnight. There’s also a charity craft sale and a raffle, and all profits go to Kopy Kat Sanctuary and The Proper Pit Bull.

Tickets are $10 (or you can get in by paying $13 on Friday to attend both nights — a $20 value). Doors are at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., it’s 21+, and Cattivo is located at 146 44th St. in Lawrenceville.

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Friday, October 21

bristolHorror, Disco & Synthwave w/ Antoni Maiovvi

Enter Spirit’s haunted, psychedelic, creep show vault for a night of horror disco, synthwave, witch-house and black techno.

The special guest is Antoni Maiovvi from Bristol UK, who creates hyper-cinematic electro-disco. He is also the co-owner of Giallo Disco Records, a limited 12-inch label that is currently the only home for euro-horror inspired dance music.

Also on the bill are live sets by Variar (Pittsburgh synth-wave) and Morpheus Laughing (Pittsburgh 70s-80s horror meets classic industrial, IDM and R&B). Cutups (Illusions, Wrecked) will spin haunting dance selections.

This venue is Spirit, 242 51st St. in Lawrenceville, and this event happens upstairs in Spirit Hall. While you’re there, you can also experience a new interactive light installation by artist Ian Brill, who created the acclaimed installation Labyrinth in the same space last October.

The evening runs from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. It’s open to those ages 21 and over, and the cover is $7.

[Facebook Event Page]

smokinbettiesLucy La Bam’s 40RTY Feisty & Fabulous

Also on Friday, October 21, Lucy La Bam of the Smokin’ Betties celebrates her 40th birthday with performances from her musician and burlesque friends on the lower level of Cattivo, 146 44th St. in Lawrenceville

Music will be provided by Venus in Furs (electrorock) and AMRCNDREAMING (alt rock), and there will be burlesque performances from Smokin’ Betties Burlesque, Amoxie Villain, The Mad Muse, and Viva Valezz.

All proceeds benefit the Persad Center (improving the well-being of the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities). Doors are at 9 p.m., show is at 9:30 p.m., cover is $5, and you must be 21 to attend.

[Facebook Event Page]

 Saturday, October 22

voodooThe Pittsburgh Gothic Halloween Bash 2016 (October Voodoo)

The Black Bat Society presents The Pittsburgh Gothic Halloween Bash 2016. This is the October edition of its Voodoo goth/industrial club night, which happens every month on the third Saturday at Cruze Bar, 1600 Smallman Street in the Strip District.

This month, the madness starts at 8 p.m. and four DJs are hitting the decks; resident DJ Phoenixxx will be joined by guests DJ KellyA, DJ Eclipse, and DJ TFS.

Assemble your most impressive attire, because there is a cash prize for the best costume! There will also be free giveaways and spooky decor. Admission for this special event is $6 before 9 p.m. and $10 after 9 p.m. The party goes till 2 a.m. and it’s open to those 21 and over.

[Facebook Event Page]

Thursday, October 27

14359220_1655724828006334_3252575509098922851_nCentrifuge After Dark

Pittsburgh dark electronic DJs will take over the Halloween edition of Centrifuge, the weekly Thursday-night electronic music showcase at The Funhouse at Mr. Small’s, 400 Lincoln Ave. in Millvale.

The DJs for the evening are PandaBinah (dark techno, tech/house), Cy-Fi (psy goth), Triptych, and the debut of Luna Nix.

The event runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is open to those 21 and over. There is no cover and the kitchen open until 1 a.m.

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Friday, October 28

It’s the Halloween edition of the weekly Friday ’80s dance night at Jaggerbush, 133 S. 23rd St. in the South Side.

Wear your Halloween costume to dance to spooky ’80s dance music! 21+, no cover,  free parking. $3 dollar well drinks, beer pitchers.

14370195_10154112423437779_9166406852298597030_nAlso on Friday, October 28, The Sideshow of Curiosities presents Rock, Stunts, Drinks, Fangs! at The Funhouse at Mr. Small’s, 400 Lincoln Ave. in Millvale.

Andrew the Impaled combines a blend of smart-aleck rock and vaudevillian antics to satiate the most morbid of curiosities.

The Devilishly Undead Duo is what you get when Bryan Vamp teams up with Ambyr Vampyr to present tales of woe, deceit, and madness backed by catchy pop tunes, drum synths, and corsets.

Those Gorgeous Bastards end the evening with their monstrous hard rock sound.

Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9. This event is open to those 21 and older, and tickets are $10. Advance tickets available here.

[Facebook Event Page]

Saturday, October 29

14524560_1157288764308219_2801383356355345221_oEgo Likeness Show

Distortion Productions, LLC presents its spookiest show of 2016 on Halloween weekend.

Ego Likeness (Metropolis Records) is a darkwave/industrial band from Baltimore that formed in 1999. They are touring with Adoration Destroyed (Cleopatra Records), a dark pop / industrial band from Austin who feature Erik Gustafson of 16 Volt.

Also on the tour for select dates, including Pittsburgh, is  Spider Lilies (Distortion Productions), an electro-goth rock band with female vocals from Washington, D.C.

This 21+ show is at Howler’s Coyote Cafe, 4509 Liberty Ave. in Bloomfield. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance, available here.

[Facebook Event Page]

14264939_1145959892165129_3024062872995051843_nElise’s Playground – Halloween Party

Also on Saturday, October 29, Elise’s Playground presents a Halloween party starting a 8 p.m. at 3101 Penn Ave. (formerly the 31st Street Pub) in the Strip District.

Deesus will be spin alternative, new wave, industrial music and Retractor (EBM/electro/industrial) will perform live. This will be a fundraiser for animals.

[Facebook Event Page]


October Events (Part 1)

October is here at last! It always seems to be the biggest month for goth/industrial events, and 2016 is no exception. Here are the spooky concerts and club nights happening in Pittsburgh during just the first part of the month. Check back next weekend for Part 2!

Saturday, October 1


The Legendary Pink Dots

Legendary Pink Dots Show

The first event on the list is a big one, as The Distortium presents Legendary Pink Dots, the experimental/psychedelic project founded in 1980 by Edward Ka-Spel.

The sound is a conglomerate of electronics, saxophones, guitars, drums and Ka-Spel’s distinctive voice and lyrical invention. Side projects of the band include The Tear Garden (with Cevin Key from Skinny Puppy). LPD have released more than 40 albums, have a devoted worldwide following, and tour frequently.

Edward Ka-Spel says the following about the current tour: “Thirty-three years and maybe we got it right this time. We found ourselves a new label – the estimable Metropolis Records from Pennsylvania and are trusting them with the release of The Gethsemane Option which took just over one year to create, produced perhaps 5 radically different mixes for every song and a handsome collection of outtakes that will eventually see the light of day in another project. And now it’s time to hit the road yet again. We keep telling ourselves that it’ll be the last tour of America… but somehow that continent always lures us back – even (perhaps especially) those ‘weird’ little places where the audience crunch cockroaches as they stomp to that irresistible beat… well, if they’ve had a few.

LPD will be supported tonight by special guests Orbit Service. The show is happening at Brillobox, which is at 4104 Penn Ave. in Bloomfield (just over the border of Lawrenceville).

The show is open to those ages 21 and over. All advance tickets have been collected, but there are still $25 tickets available at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. and it should all wrap up before 1 a.m.

[Facebook Event Page]


If you’re going to the Legendary Pink Dots show and you’re looking for an after party, you’re in luck — Requiem is a dark dance night happening less than a mile down the road from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Requiem is also a great choice if you’re looking for an inexpensive night out or if you just want to dance. This will be the third installment of Requiem, a monthly event on first Saturdays that’s confirmed at least through the end of the year (longer with your support).

Requiem is held downstairs at Cattivo146 44th St. in Lawrenceville, a space that has been very welcoming to goth/industrial dance nights over the past few years. The DJs at Requiem are Eclipse and Crashzer0, part of a team called The Blacklist. They lean toward high-energy, dark electronic music of the past and present. If you are a fan of futurepop, synthpop, dancey darkwave, and upbeat EBM, this is the place for you. Requests are highly encouraged.

Requiem is open to those 21 and over. The cover is just $4, and you can get some awesome food at Cattivo — try the pizza or the chicken fingers.

[Facebook Event Page]

Wednesday, Oct. 5


Richard Pinhas

Richard Pinhas Show

Next up is an experimental electronic show this Wednesday evening, back at Brillobox again.

tcrps presents Richard Pinhas, a composer, guitarist and electronics innovator recognized as one of France’s major experimental musicians. Formerly of Heldon, Pinhas is a pivotal figure in the international development of electronic rock music.

Pinhas is touring in support of his newest release on Cuneiform Records, Process and Realityan hour-long improvisation between Pinhas, industrial electronic noise master Masami Akita (Merzbow), and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins, Korekyojinn).

The support act for this tour is Wume of Baltimore, Maryland, on Ehse Records. Their music explores polyrhythmic structures through the lens of kosmische and is in a constant state of evolution and self-reflection. 

The opening act for the Pittsburgh show is local act Red Eft Trio, featuring Madeleine Campbell on cello, Jim Lingo on synth+tapes and Emily Hawkins on percussion.

Doors open at 9 p.m., live music starts at 10 p.m., and the whole thing is over by 1 a.m. $10 at the door, ages 21 and up.

[Facebook Event Page]

Friday, Oct. 7

nightwarpNight Warp
Next weekend kicks off with an another installment of Night Warp on Friday. Each edition of this somewhat-monthly event features DJ TFS and a different guest DJ. While Night Warp’s hallmark is lesser-played industrial music, it includes a variety of goth, synthwave, dark techno and alternative.

This month’s Night Warp features DJ Impulse of the Pittsburgh EBM project Tragic Impulse.

Night Warp happens upstairs at Cattivo from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. It’s open to those ages 21 and up and there is a $3 cover.

[Facebook Event Page]

Saturday, October 8

fetish101Fetish 101

Fetish 101 is a quarterly kink party that happens at Cruze Bar, 1600 Smallman Street in the Strip District and features industrial DJs.

As the name suggests, it’s meant to be an introduction to the fetish scene in a safe and fun environment.

The October edition features:
• $100 CASH PRIZE for best in FULL GEAR!
• Demonstrations all night long
• Musical ambiance by DJ Eclipse and DJ PhoeniXXX
• Bootblacking By Boy Elroi
• Complimentary Food Bar
ER Room Pop-Up Store with an exclusive selection of gear
• Pet / Pup Play Area @ 10 PM (TENTATIVE, facilitators wanted)

Fetish 101 is open to those 21+, and there is a $10 cover.

[Facebook Event Page]

Wednesday, Oct. 12



Rasputina Show

It’s been 20 years since “historical cello rock” band Rasputina released their debut album Thanks for the Ether, which included the hit “Transylvanian Concubine.”

The “Thanks for the Ether” 20th Anniversary Tour features a special show of Thanks for the Ether songs reworked with dueling cellos, piano, and beat box.

The support act is Vita and the Woolf, an electronic soul pop music group from Philadelphia consisting of Jennifer Pague on vocals and synths and Adam Shumski on percussion.

This show happens at Club Cafe, 56 S. 12th St. in the South Side, and is open to those 21 and older. Doors are at 7 p.m. and the live music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, available from TicketWeb.

[Facebook Event Page]



Sievehead Show

There’s also a deathrock show happening on Wed. Oct. 12 at The Rock Room, 1054 Herron Ave. in Polish Hill.

The lineup is as follows:

(Deathrock from Sheffield, UK)

(Punk/Thrash from the Bay Area)

(HC Punk from Richmond, VA)

(Pittsburgh hardcore)

(Pittsburgh deathrock)

Cover is $8.

[Facebook Event Page]