Not counting Cake's B-Sides and Rarities disc (released in 2007), the band has gone nearly six years (since 2004's Pressure Chief) without releasing new material. Of course, we all remember much of the old, including the group's biggest '90s triumphs — "The Distance," "Never There" and a cover of Perren and Fekaris' "I Will Survive" from its sophomore album Fashion Nugget. Needless to say, Cake's upcoming live performance at the Road Runner Mobile Amphitheatre during the NC Music Factory's Music, Monsters and Mayhem Halloween celebration comes as a surprise. It also got me digging to learn more about what the band that I'd lost touch with so long ago has been up to. Turns out a new album, titled Showroom of Compassion, is slated to be released in early 2011. The concert will also feature opening acts Gin Blossoms (another '90s blast from the past) and Night Ranger, as well as a costume contest with $2,500 in cash prizes ($1,500 for first place, $750 for second place and $250 for third place). Ticket price includes admission into Butter, Black Bear Saloon, Halo, Wet Willies, The Fillmore and The Fright Factory (a multiple-room haunted house with coffin rides and a fleet of hearses). $15 and up. Gates open at 6 p.m. NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St. For more information, visit www.ncmusicfactory.com.