By ALEX LYALL

Happy Halloween! This week has been a spooky one, in the lead-up to the creepiest time of the year. We’ve seen bands tie videos in with the scary theme, and we’ve got a tour announcement from the undisputed king of goth horror, Mr. Nicholas Cave.

FKA twigs to open Halloween-themed exhibition

FKA twigs has always had a creepy, arty side, and she’s putting that on display in London. Her exhibition will feature a performance under the theme of all things terrifying. From the released teaser, it is obvious that there is a lot to be scared of. Tribal drumming plays over distraught people covered in gray and red make-up. We don’t know what it will be like, but expect it to be oh-so-spooky.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds announces tour – including New Zealand shows

The goth-father will be here again shortly, playing shows in Auckland and Wellington this January. While Nick Cave has toned down the horror element to his persona, especially since he shaved his god-awful moustache in 2009, he still has an arsenal of dark, angry and sinister songs. More than this, he is able to switch from his darkest to his recently-revealed heartfelt self with total ease. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are absolutely a must-see live.


The Shins – Dead Alive

The Shins haven’t released a music video in four years so it’s a (trick or) treat for us that their first comes out on Halloween week. A track called Dead Alive though, could only be released on Halloween, couldn’t it? The video feels uncomfortable; it sees the band playing in a model-sized town run amok by skeletons. The song itself feels less so, featuring a cutesy melody played over stomping drums and soft guitar strumming.


Thomas Oliver – If I Move to Mars (acoustic)

Although If I Move to Mars could be about aliens, this exclusive acoustic performance by Thomas Oliver is unfortunately not Halloween-themed. It is however, worth mentioning, as it is a special performance of an already great song. The APRA Silver Scroll-winner treated us this week to the song with a live twist – the twist being that his voice sounds even better live than it does on record.

Pusha T and Tim Kaine in conversation

Again, not strictly Halloween-themed, but to Pusha T and many others, a Trump presidency certainly is. Hip hop is, at its roots, political, so it’s amazing to hear Pusha T discuss and explain his views with US vice-president candidate Tim Kaine. Then there’s the added bonus towards the end, of watching an endorsement by Pusha T accompanied by swinging fists. Pusha T 2016.

 

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