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The Switchblade Kid at Black Lodge Video

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Halloween comes early to Black Lodge Video this year, as the 15th annual Halloween Masquerade Ball is this Saturday.

The evening will feature a film screening along with live music, and with the bands not starting up until midnight, the party should go well into the early morning. While the title of the film Black Lodge Video will be screening hasn't been announced yet, the bands set to play the midtown institution represent many different facets of the vibrant local music scene.

The Masquerade Ball will serve as a release party for local rockers the Switchblade Kid, as their new single "Elm/BBW" will be available for the first time this Saturday. The $5 admission price comes with a free copy of the single, and the Switchblade Kid will also be premiering the music video for "Elm" sometime Saturday night.

Also on Saturday night's bill is Berkano, a group that seems to be on every show lately thanks to their strange brand of catchy indie rock. Berkano just celebrated the release of their third album, and will presumably have copies of the self-titled full-length at the show. The only out-of-towners performing on Saturday are New Orleans psych-pop rockers Native America, a band that (surprise) also just released a new record. The lead single "Like a Dream" from Grown Up Wrong finds Native America sounding a lot like the Shins, with lead singer Ross Farbe reminiscing about times past over top of catchy, psychedelic guitar work. Saturday marks the beginning of a fall tour for Native America, with the band set to play a whole slew of shows in New York City later this month.

Other performers at the Black Lodge Ball include indie rockers Loser Vision, local punk rockers SVU and the Gloryholes, plus DJs Johnny and Molly spinning "death punk" all night. It's probably a safe bet you'll hear a Misfits song at least once.

The Switchblade Kid, Berkano, Native America and more at the 15th Annual Masquerade Ball at Black Lodge Video, Saturday, October 18th, 8 p.m. $5.

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