Good Friday: Halloween Weekend Edition

This weekend marks the end of an era: After a five-year run, the most critical critics in North Texas over at We Shot JR are calling it quits.

We suspect it's only a matter of days until the comments on DC9 increase in anonymity and negativity, but, before that happens, We Shot JR will say goodbye one last time with a big blowout called "We Shot JR is Dead" at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton. The show will consist of 15 or so bands, including One Baptist General, Early Lines, White Drugs, and Fungi Girls.

But if you're not interested mingling with the Denton elite, here are some other shows we've mentioned over the last week.

Tonight, Bad Brains will bring their classic blend of hardcore punk and reggae to Granada Theater. Here Holy Spain and Leg Sweeper will open the show. Meanwhile, Eleven Hundred Springs will be at Lola's Saloon in Fort Worth and rapper Wiz Khalifa will hotbox himself into House of Blues.

On Saturday, The Orbans, Calhoun, The Criminal Mind, and Magic of Adams will throw a Voodoo Carnivale at Lola's Saloon in Fort Worth, and Small Black, Class Actress, and Sextape will be at The Cavern on Lower Greenville.

On Sunday, the ultimate Halloween show will happen at South Side Music Hall with Danzig, Possessed, Marduk, Toxic Holocaust, and Withered, and, just upstairs, Helmet, Intronaut, and Descender will be at The Loft.

More of this weekend's shows after the jump.

El Cento, Slow Burners, Oil Boom
Friday, October 29, at City Tavern

Don Cento, one of the musical geniuses behind Shibolith, has branched out on his own and started El Cento, a band that he describes as "Massively Spartan Rock and Roll." Not sure exactly what that means, but his music is reminiscent of '70s British pop-punk acts The Jam and Elvis Costello.

Junior Brown
Friday, October 29, at The Kessler Theater
Junior Brown will be sliding his way into town at The Kessler Theater, and with him he'll be bringing the Guit-Steel--an instrument that combines an electric guitar with a lap steel. He's known for being quite the songwriter and an even better guitar player, and The Kessler is the perfect venue in which to see him.

Ghostland Observatory
Saturday, October 30, at Palladium Ballroom
Austin's Ghostland Observatory is best known for their electro-dance rock--or as I like to call it "Wizard Wave." Even though they have some weird stage get-ups, their blend of soul and electric music is undeniably danceable.

Meltdown Festival
Saturday, October 30, at Dallas Convention Center Arena
This year's Meltdown Festival will feature 20 local and international DJs on three stages at the Dallas Convention Center Arena. Artists include Ferry Corsten, Sharam, Afrojack, and many others, including Dallas' own DJ Merritt. Seeing as it's in an arena, this will be the largest dance party Dallas has scene since the Electric Daisy Carnival at Fair Park back in June.

Ugly Mus-tard
Saturday, October 30, at Trees
Dallas-based industrial rock band Ugly Mus-tard have freshly reunited since breaking up in 1998. They have their own portrait on the wall at Curtain Club, so that's gotta be worth something, right?

Dwight Yoakam
Saturday, October 30, at Billy Bob's Texas
Dwight Yoakam played a real jerk in Sling Blade. I hope he's nicer in person.

Monster Mosh 2 with The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Enter Shikari, others
Sunday, October 31, at Dr Pepper Arena
Monster Mosh kinda says it all.

Sunday, October 31, at Verizon Theatre

It'll be interesting what the hip-hop star will pull out for Halloween night. It'll be hard to pipe in tracks from all the artists whose records he's guest starred on--but he also might not need to. He's fresh off the release of his first debut full-length album, Thank Me Later. Also, a Sprite commercial.

That's it from us. We hope you have a happy Halloween. Post anything we missed in the comments section, and we'll see you back here on Monday.

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