TRICK OR TREAT Spookies (left, holding guitars), Big Haunt (right, holding shovel)
  • TRICK OR TREAT Spookies (left, holding guitars), Big Haunt (right, holding shovel)
Fortunately, many of the dopest parties are happening the weekend before Halloween this year, so you won't have to miss out on what we've planned for the big night itself. Mississippi Studios and the music junkies at the Mercury are beginning a brand-new monthly series of free shows from local bands, and the first one's going down on Thursday, October 31! Fittingly called Ear Candy (because Halloween, you see), we'll have two terrific up-and-coming bands, and people are gonna be dancing and partying all night long. Oh yeah—the whole thing's absolutely free.

For this special Halloween edition of Ear Candy, the bands are Spookies and Big Haunt. I don't need to explain to you why the names of those two bands are perfect for Halloween—but what's even perfecter is how good these two bands are. Spookies, fronted by Mayhaw Hoons (Shaky Hands), punt sugar-sweet pop nuggets that are the best kind of treat. Big Haunt, meanwhile, holds up the 'trick' end of the equation, offering dark, ethereal, doom-folk-tinged compositions that remain supremely melodic.

Check out both bands below, and see you at Mississippi Studios on Halloween! (Yes, of course you can wear a costume.) It's going to be a great night!

Ear Candy w/Spookies and Big Haunt; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, Thurs Oct 31, 9 pm, FREE