Ceremonial Castings at the Hawthorne Theater playing "Come Forth Damnation"
The last evening of the Cops' Rock and Roll Circus is tonight at the Sunset and features Spiral Stairs, Wallpaper and the Sea Navy. And down the street, the Moondoggies and the Maldives are playing a show at the Tractor with Battle Hymns and Jack Wilson and the Wife Stealers; it starts at 9 p.m. and costs $8.
UPDATE: The Cops had to cancel and will reschedule their final show for March. The Tractor, Chop Suey and Mars Bar remain open.
There's also this metal band benefit show: Ceremonial Castings, Funeral Age, Gravenloch, I ROT, Burning Of I, Sikend, Crush Your Enemies, Super Happy Story Time Land, Kill Closet, Drakul at El Corazon, 3 p.m., $12, all ages
Ceremonial Castings definitely looks sinister. Its members sport
ghoulish face paint, and they line their limbs with spikes. The group
sounds terrifying, too, playing black metal that hisses maliciously
through speaker holes like a poisonous mist. The cover of the recently
re-released album Into The Black Forest of Witchery, on which a
withered crone with sharpened-claw nails holds a crying infant over a
smoking cauldron, doesn't help these guys' babysitter credentials. But
by headlining this all-ages benefit for PROTECT, an organization that
helps abused children, the band invites reevaluation. Maybe that witch
just wanted to give the kid a warm bath. Perhaps scary bassist Old Nick
channels Jolly Old Saint Nick during the Holiday Season. It turns out
the people behind the horror show care about humanity after all. ANDREW MILLER