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Casio Bastard / Press

“Saturday is, of course, the main event. LSC hosts its annual Halloween Masquerade Ball with local electro-rock outfit Durians and They Will Hate Us — more on the latter below. Meanwhile, the good folks from Halogen Records give the capital city a taste of Burlington Rock City with Rough Francis, Villanelles and Casio Bastard at Positive Pie 2. ”

“The festivus really shifts into high gear on Saturday. The extravaganza features, among others, the aforementioned motley Krewe, local prog-rock royalty Japhy Ryder, “future roots” favorites John Brown’s Body and space-jazz outfit Casio Bastard — who sound exactly like their name suggests, and I mean that in a good way. The Manifestivus has always had a worldly flair and this year is no exception, thanks to an assist from Charlotte-based world-music label Cumbancha. The indie imprint showcases a pair of its finest acts on Saturday: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and smokin’ Afro-Latin fusion band Sarazino. And, FYI, the latter band will play an intimate gig at Parima on Sunday with local DJ Jah Red, which should be a perfect cure for lingering Manifestivus hangovers. ”

“Rhinoplasty Speaking of small, grassroots summer fests, the busy folks at Montpelier’s Halogen Media — who also have a hand in the Liberate Festival — are serving up a unique shindig this weekend: the RhinoFest Music Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday in Plainfield. Friday’s offerings feature the curiously named Casio Bastard, the indie-ish alt-rock stylings of Brooklyn’s Governours, Montpeculiar-based electro-reggae stalwarts Maddub, local world-funk fusionists D’Moja and eclectic Burlington turntablist DJ Haitian. ”