The Word

Halloween
Oct. 31, All Day
Free
Everywhere

This is the only time of year when it’s excusable to dress like a moron and get away with it. I’m sure there will be parties galore and people will have their pick of the litter. However, one thing that should happen every year on this day, but rarely ever does, is a band playing Misfits’ covers all night. The Misfits were the ultimate Halloween band, and speaking as a fan, more bands should embrace the forefathers of goth-punk and pay tribute where it’s due. I know I’d be there and I doubt I’m the only one.

Down (opening for Metallica)
Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
$75
EnergySolutions Arena (301 S. West Temple)
I’m not recommending that somone pay $75 bucks for this show, but it would probably be worth every penny. Not only will Metallica tear the place apart, but you’ll get to see one of the heaviest bands around today8212;Down. This is a metal supergroup if there ever was one, with Phil Anselmo of Pantera fame singing and Pepper Keenan of Corosion of Conformity and Kirk Windstein of Crowbar on guitars. They truly embrace their New Orleans roots playing slow, down-tempo songs with a heavy reliance on the groove. The band has been around since the early ’90s, turning out one great record after another. Their newest album, III: Over the Under, is a classic example of sludge metal at its finest. If you’ve got the extra cash lying around, don’t be afraid to spend it here.

Trevor Hale