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10 Perfect Houston Acts for Your Halloween Party

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Fifth Ward’s own Geto Boys are rightly regarded as Southern rap pioneers. But where they often get slighted is for their contributions to the horrorcore arena. This is a group that has routinely rapped about depraved violence and necrophilia. Hell, on “Assassins,” from the band’s 1988 debut, Making Trouble, the group recounted, “I dug between the chair and whipped out the machete/ She screamed, I sliced her up until her guts were like spaghetti.” Okay, then.

KISS is basically a Halloween party in band form, a silly, makeup-infused, bedazzled group of musicians belting out catchy, entertaining, mindless tunes. It’s an act just begging to be mimicked, which is exactly what a number of Houston-area tribute bands — KISS ALIKE among them — have done. And even if they won’t play your Halloween party (these guys are busy), KISS ALIKE is playing Proof Rooftop Lounge on October 29, two days before Halloween. Close enough.

This one was submitted by a Press staffer, one who would only invite Poor Dumb Bastards to play his Halloween party “given that it's not at my house and I didn't have to put down a large deposit on the venue." So this is what we’re working with. Founded in the early '90s by local rockers Byron Dean and Mike Porterfield, Poor Dumb Bastards revel in the depths of depravity. They bill themselves as “Texas drunk rock,” and some of the band’s more noteworthy tracks boast titles like “My Dad, Two Whores and a Crack Pipe,” while others aren’t exactly fit for print. Halloween is about celebrating absurdity, and no local band does so better than Poor Dumb Bastards.

What Halloween party wouldn't want an act called Worst Nightmare on its bill? Bonus points if your house is located on Elm Street. The party flyer could then prominently feature Freddy Krueger and, like the dream lurker with the sharp blades, Worst Nightmare would arrive to rip things up. Jesse Cardoso's rap alter ego is influenced by the darkest elements of the underground punk rock and hip-hop music he loved growing up in Mexico City. Think of it as a blend of Misfits and Gravediggaz. The backing tracks are ominous as a gang of black cats and the rhymes laid over them are horrifying tales of monsters (mostly the corporate ones) and lost soul (and how it needs to possess the best of music genres). Worst Nightmare's biggest influence may be Salem, a leading act of haunted house music. If you don't want that vibe in your party mix, just go back to bobbing for apples and pinning tails on donkeys, kids.

Jesse Sendejas Jr. contributed to this report.
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Clint Hale enjoys music and writing, so that kinda works out. He likes small dogs and the Dallas Cowboys, as you can probably tell. Clint has been writing for the Houston Press since April 2016.
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