By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Oct 30, 2007 at 8:00 AM

Hey everyone, don't get too partied out on Halloween night because there's a weekend just around the corner, and, per usual, it's packed with local greatness.

The Mad Planet gears up for a night with The Scarring Party, an end-timey band that's getting all kind of attention, and rightfully so. Brent and I play crowd favorite "Ocean Bottom" off "A Concise Introduction," for you, but if you're curious about new material, you might want to check out the live show because word on the street is that the band's got a new record recorded and the changes of hearing bits and pieces of it on Saturday, Nov. 3 are pretty high. Juniper Tar, Thunder in the Valley and Vampire hands help bring the evening to fruition.

That same night in Bay View El Gordo rocks the Café Lulu stage with Kid Millions and Illego Aliens. Never heard El Gordo before? Say no more, here is "Pero Es" for your listening pleasure. It helps if you know Spanish.

Over on the East Side, people are gathering at the Points East Pub Saturday night for the annual WMSE fall membership drive benefit show, featuring The Buskers, Curio and Ill Groove Movement. The proceeds go to WMSE, so if you love independent radio in Milwaukee, feel free show your support.

The new art space / arts collective, Borg Word -- on 8th and National -- is the place to be Friday, Nov. 2 as IfIHadAHiFi is joined by Burbank Cartel, Arks and A Vast Amount of Scientific Data. 

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”