Haunted Gauntlet releases nostalgic horror beat tape; 15-year-old Omaha singer/songwriter releases full-length album; Concert Round-up: Halloween Edition

Haunted Gauntlet releases nostalgic horror beat tape

Omaha producer Haunted Gauntlet has breathed life into the frankenstein that is his new mixtape.

M34n Str33t beatmaker Adam Haug aka Haunted Gauntlet releases Spew Me, a Halloween-themed beat tape featuring guest performances by Omaha rappers Conny Franko, Articulate, Brandon Paul Moses, Scky Rei, Marcey Yates, Max Fischer and ZO. The 34-minute frankenstein of a tape mashes together eerie sounds and classic spooky tunes into one massive dark track.

Spew Me is limited to 100 cassettes, which will be available at two weekend shows. First, Haunted Gauntlet performs at O’Leaver’s tomorrow night with Dojorok, Kethro, W.E.R.D. and Conny Franko (RSVP here). Saturday, Haug has curated “Spew Fest” at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines. Joining him on the bill are The Vahnevants, Goldblums, Anna G. of Annalibera and DJ Dj Tanner. It promises to be visually stimulating, and like many of this weekend’s events, there will be a costume contest (RSVP here).

In case you missed it, Haug was featured on Des Moines-based Pants OFF Podcast, in which he talked to host Brian Campos about both upcoming shows in addition to his passion for combining audio and visual art. Listen below:

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15-year-old Omaha singer/songwriter releases full-length album

While one of Omaha’s newest singer songwriters might also be one of it’s most prolific, 15-year-old Jack McLaughlin is definitely one of the city’s youngest.

McLaughlin releases full-length album Lost In The City Saturday. The album was recorded live in three hours with his brother at Rainbow Recording Studio. This marks his second album, the follow up to 2014 EP From The Attic.

When McLaughlin was 10, he broke his jaw fielding baseballs at TD Ameritrade’s first home run derby in 2010. He turned to music as a way to coping with the loss of his first love. Soon, music would become his passion.

McLaughlin says he’s written more than 100 songs, many in the classic folk singer/songwriter tradition. Earlier this week, he was on KMTV’s Morning Blend to talk about his music background and play a few songs. See that video here.

Find From The Attic via Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp.

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Concert Round-up: Halloween Edition

There are so many shows this weekend that our brains are frying from the stress. Don those costumes and paint those faces, here’s the rundown:

Friday, Oct. 3

Vega: Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal Live Vinyl Release – Hoyer and company celebrate the release of Cooked Raw, recorded live and cut direct-to-disc at Welcome to 1979 in June. Hear the first single, “Blood and Bone,” here via Silver Street Records. A Ferocious Jungle Cat will open the show. RSVP here.

The Bourbon: Devil’s Night – Super Happy Doom Time presents Devil’s Night, a two-stage hard rock showcase. Manslaughter, Haggard Mess, Relic and Y-Incision play the front room; Garoted, Primal Waters, Dirty Talker and Rift play the main room. Warning for the faint of heart (like me): horror movies will play in the background during performance. Admission is $5, and all proceeds benefit KZUM. RSVP here.

Reverb Lounge: Mitch Gettman & Friends, Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide – Mitch Gettman looks to have some fun in the wake of his latest release Dichotomy. He’ll perform watershed Radiohead album OK Computer in full. In keeping with the theme, Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide will perform Velvet Underground’s Loaded. RSVP here.

Barley Street Tavern: Justin Carter Band with Jeff Kolega and Sawyer Martin, Pure Brown – The Justin Carter Band will play a set of original prog rock tunes before diving into a freestyle, Halloween-themed improvisation. Pure Brown is sure to come equipped with trademark video game style covers. RSVP here.

Meadowlark Coffee: Tiny Giant Launch Party w/ Phoebe Dro, Leaves Brown, Teapot – Lincoln emcee and producer Phoebe Huxleigh launches her web-based independent art collective, as well as a few EPs, with a show at Meadowlark Coffee. Read our interview with Huxleigh on her new label here. Artist Amber Stevens will do live art throughout the show, Funtastic Faces will paint faces and HN contributor James Dean will run a photo booth. This one starts at 7:30 p.m. and wraps at 10 p.m. RSVP here.

Saturday, Oct. 31

Chez Hay: Shithook Album Re-release with A Ferocious Jungle Cat, the Bottle Tops – Shithook has cranked out the live karaoke entertainment at Duffy’s Tavern for more than 20 years. In case you didn’t also know, they used to write original music. Sower Records is re-releasing the Lincoln rock band’s 1997 album When A Boyscout Gets The Blues. Frontman Phil Shoemaker told HN that the band has special costumes planned. Oh boy. Read more of our feature on Shithook here. RSVP to the show here.

The Bourbon: Jerry Pranksters’ 10-year anniversary w/ Ro Hempel, Peach Truck – The Lincoln Grateful Dead tribute band celebrates a decade of jam with a roots/rock/reggae flavored billing. RSVP here.

House of Loom: the Fantastic Iconoclastic Halloween – This year’s House of Loom Halloween party honors “the matriarch diva of them all, Grace Jones.” Costume contest categories include “Most Iconoclastic/Fashion-crazy,” “Best Celebrity Look-Alike” and “Best Classic Halloween.” I suppose my best bet is Josh Groban. RSVP here.

O’Leaver’s: O’Leavercism w/ Sucettes, High Up, Dead Preservation Society – The Saddle Creek Rd bar hosts its own Halloween Party and costume contest, with a $50 bar tab to the best getup. $5 cover as usual. RSVP here.

Halloween activities abound, so check out our statewide calendar here for a more complete listing. Let us know what we missed, or send story ideas and news tips to news@hearnebraska.org. Be safe this weekend and enjoy the shows.

Andrew Stellmon is Hear Nebraska's managing editor. Reach him with news tips and story ideas at news@hearnebraska.org.