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VEEP!—Here's why vice-presidential debates are the greatest debates: (1) They tend to be nastier and pull fewer punches compared to the stately affair that is the presidential debate, and (2) they could not be more irrelevant. So grab a drink, and laugh your ass off as VP "Crazy" Joe Biden takes on wannabe Paul "I'm a Liar" Ryan! WSH
Back Stage Bar, 3702 SE Hawthorne, doors 5 pm, debate 6 pm (get there early!), FREE, 21+

GOTHAM ROCKS—Two great New York bands have teamed up for a joint tour that lands in Portland tonight. Hospitality's self-titled debut is a fetching, exuberant record that's smartly poppy without being precious. And TEEN's In Limbo is equal parts sunshine and murk, with terrific melodies atop a roiling, occasionally trippy wash of sound. NL
w/Minden; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $12