Monday, November 25, 2019 / 7:30–10 p.m. / Checker Hall
Feast on a decadent five-course vegan supper as the Ceremony Chamber Orchestra performs live musical desecrations of Joy Division, The Cure, Bauhaus and Siouxsie & The Banshees. It’s sort of an early Goth Thanksgiving for folks who like the sound of dishes like Fresh Bark Beetles, Baked Skin of English Leper and Troglodyte Shepherd’s Pie — without any actual animals being sacrificed for the offering. The food comes from the imagination of Bristol Farms chef Oscar Contreras. DJ Skull Trax will be sprinkling in choice dark sounds along the lines of Boy Harsher, Lebanon Hanover, She Past Away and London After Midnight.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 / 8–11:30 p.m. / The Teragram Ballroom
While songwriter Casey Crescenzo has dipped into multiple projects over the years — writing songs inspired by the color spectrum, composing a symphony and, most recently, an album based on lyrical and musical direction dictated by long-standing fans of the Rhode Island-based prog band — the most persistent concept in his repertoire is The Dear Hunter narrative, an anti-hero character he introduced way back in 2006 who has transformed and grown through life experiences across many genre-shifting albums over the years.
Part of a two-night experience, tonight’s performance follows yesterday’s acoustic/storytelling event with a full band performance featuring additional guest players.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 / 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. / House of Machines
It’s the night before Thanksgiving and you need a good show to prepare for the family overdose and tryptophan-induced hallucinations coming your way. Have no fear, Cecilia Della Peruti, aka Gothic Tropic, is here, offering up some guitar-driven indie-pop excitement.
It’s been two years since the release of her debut studio album “Fast or Feast,” but this past summer she shared a new song, “Drunk on a Rhythm,” about healing from betrayal and accepting joy. It seems like good advice going into the holidays. Los Dead Dreams — formerly known as Santoros — and The Living Roomers fill out the lineup, plus a DJ set by Queen Kwong.
Friday, November 29, 2019 / 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. / The Regent Theater
“I guess the world is getting more and more fucked up, so we need to do our part to set things straight,” says Justin Pearson, The Locust bassist and co-vocalist, regarding the grindcore band’s return to the stage after four years of unofficial hiatus. The San Diego-born, insect-costumed band’s official comeback performance took place at this year’s Desert Daze festival, and they’ve followed it with a string of tour dates delivering speed, weirdness and intense guttural growling along with promises of new music to follow 2007’s “New Erections.”
Saturday, November 30, 2019 / 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. / The Forum
Thrash metal legends Slayer embarked on the Final Campaign tour in May 2018 and they’re wrapping up on Nov. 30, playing their last show ever here in Los Angeles. After the tragic passing of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the firing of drummer Dave Lombardo in recent years, the band brought in Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph on 2015’s “Repentless,” which delivered madness at blood-curdling warp speed as the band has done since 1981. The farewell show boasts a pretty meaty lineup with the addition of Primus and Ministry.
Sunday, December 1, 2019 / 7–11 p.m. / Hollywood Palladium
For the first time in 13 years, original Bauhaus members Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and David J are undead, undead, undead. The foursome came together in 1978 and did something no other band in Northampton, England, was doing by blending post-punk with dub, glam, psychedelia and funk — slathered with lyrical doom and gloom. Their first single, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” came in at over nine intense minutes long, and goth was born. This is the last stop in a string of L.A. shows and the final chance to catch the enigmatic band until they decide to play again.