Concert Previews

Marilyn Manson, Friday at Susque- hanna Bank Center.
Marilyn Manson, Friday at Susque- hanna Bank Center. (LINDSAY USICH)
Posted: October 19, 2012

Marilyn Manson / Rob Zombie

Your parents' equivalent of the so-called Twins of Evil tour would be an Alice Cooper/Ozzy Osbourne bill (has that ever happened? And why hasn't it?). Two master showmen who've built their entire careers on the macabre, both these frontmen-turned-franchises made their name in the goth-industrial complex until the resultant trash heap overshadowed the Hollywood sign. Manson frightened teachers, parents, politicians, and Michael Moore. Zombie disbanded his band for an even greater solo profile and turned his love of shock-horror into cinematic wealth onstage and off, overseeing gory theatrical releases like The Devil's Rejects, while Manson released a best-of appropriately titled Lest We Forget, trailing such choruses as "I'm not a slave to a god that doesn't exist." Only one had a Bowie phase.

- Dan Weiss

Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden. Tickets: $30-$80. Information: 856-365-1300,

GZA / Killer Mike

The Trocadero has long been the home to all things Wu-Tang Clan. Whether it's the full ensemble (or rather what's left of it with the passing of Ol' Dirty Bastard and the in-and-out live participation of RZA), solo Tangs, or pairings and teamings of various Wu's, they can be found at the Troc with pleasantly shocking regularity. Hey, I think Raekwon is the bar manager there. This month's Chinatown Wu showing features GZA performing his cerebral gritty song-cycle classic Liquid Swords. Bravo to that. Another member of the non-Wu hip-hop community has become part of the Troc's rotation: Atlanta's Killer Mike. The oversized MC with the deep throaty voice and ties to Outkast packed the Troc back in July with ELP and will surely do the same this time out, regaling the crowd with tales from his 10-plus years in the game, including cuts from his first stun-gun epic Monster as well as heated tracks from his most recent mouthy masterpiece, R.A.P. Music.

- A.D. Amorosi

GZA, Killer Mike, Bear Hands, Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. Tickets: $22 (advance), $24 (day of show). Information: 215-922-6888,

Cat Power

Around the turn of the century, Cat Power (Chan Marshall) was known as much for her erratic live shows as she was for her music. Her songwriting was an endearing blend of grunge and folk and had earned her allegiance for its melancholy and susceptibility. Her voice, both rough and ethereal, was inimitable. But when she performed live, it was anyone's guess what would happen: She'd ramble on, have on-stage emotional breakdowns, cut shows short. But the new millennium has treated Cat Power well. Her albums have slowly grown optimistic and performances have become less erratic. Last month, Marshall released her first album of original material in six years, the electronica-fused Sun. The album sees her mellow and optimistic, taking influence not only from synthesizers, but rap, funk, and blues as well. - Katherine Silkaitis

Cat Power performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St. Tickets: $30-$33. Information: 215-627-1332,

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