Dana Gould
Few stand-ups working today are as sharp, smart, and fucking funny as Dana Gould. Gould—who's also written some of The Simpsons' best episodes, and whose tweets singlehandedly justify Twitter's existence—has finally returned to Portland, so don't miss your chance to see his brilliant, fearless comedy live. Last time he was at Helium I laughed so hard I thought I was having an asthma attack. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $15-31

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Alex G, Porches, Your Friend, The Real Smoothies, Crushingcrayons
Alex G's October release, Beach Music, sounds like it's been steeped in Elliott Smith's tears. Giannascoli (that's what the G stands for) plays subdued lo-fi rock that heaves and swells like he's trying to find emotional release without waking up his roommates. The album's standout track is "Salt," where Alex is joined by two otherworldly voices that sound like his imaginary friends. CIARA DOLAN
Analog Café, 720 SE Hawthorne, 7 pm, $12-14, all ages

Check out the multitude of other things to do this week on our Events Calendar.