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Monday, Oct 22

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Yaeji
Hailing from Brooklyn, Korean-American electronica artist Yaeji creates dance club soundscapes that are simultaneously bumping and introspective. Murmuring lyrics in Korean and English within the same song, Yaeji’s compositions usually start soft and build in intensity—but a kind of quiet, lush intensity, you know? For more on this, check out the poppin’ “Raingurl,” and “Drink I’m Sippin’ On” from last year’s EP2, and her newest single “One More”—a hypnotic number that’s tailor-made for your emotional dance floor. (8:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $22-25, all ages) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Washington Wizards
The Blazers take on John Wall and the Wizards at the Moda Center before heading out of town for a four-game road trip (7 pm, Moda Center, $18+, all ages)

Tune-Yards, U.S. Girls
Fresh off providing the atmospheric soundtrack for the acclaimed sci-fi comedy Sorry to Bother You, Merrill Garbus brings her beloved art pop outfit back through town for a headlining show supporting her latest full-length, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life. Meghan Remy and her experimental pop band U.S. Girls round out the proceedings. (8 pm, Roseland, $27.50-30, all ages)

Ian Sweet, Young Jesus
“Deterritory,” the opening track from Young Jesus’ new album The Whole Thing Is Just There, harkens back to the unhinged musical abandonment of the ’90s Chicago underground. Owing as much to the angular minimalism of the Jesus Lizard as they do to the Kinsella brothers, Young Jesus’ powerful soundscapes arrive like the ramblings of a madman, and unfurl into poetic slices of post-rock genius. The Whole Thing Is Just There is replete with all the rage and poise of any thoughtful, pissed-off, vaguely jazz-minded art-punk collective, which is to say it’s a wildly engaging listen. (9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $12-14) RYAN J. PRADO

The Thing
John Carpenter’s 1982 classic, starring a very hairy Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, and an exploding dog head. Well, it doesn’t so much explode as it peels back like a self-opening banana, revealing a glistening, snarling Lovecraftian horror full of snaking tubes and hissing malevolence. This is only the fourth- or fifth-most horrifying and unnerving thing in the film, which is a tidal wave of unrelenting paranoia so effective it took most people a good decade-plus to get over their initial revulsion and (correctly) rate it as one of the best horror films ever made. (7 pm, Clinton Street Theater, $5) BOBBY ROBERTS

The War of the Worlds
Los Angeles' Fake Radio troupe presents this 80th Anniversary performance of Orson Welles' legendary radio drama, done live on stage with special guest star Phil Proctor, and a bonus short piece by Ray Bradbury. (7:30 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, $20)

Lila Downs, Oregon Symphony
Lila Downs will surely go down in history alongside the legendary Mexican folk performers who paved the way before her, like Chavela Vargas and Mercedes Sosa. Hailing from Oaxaca, Mexico (a state that holds over half of the country’s indigenous population), Downs is best known for blending native and traditional Ranchera-style songs with elements of modern pop music. Activism continues to drive her work, and she’s made a career of proudly proclaiming her Mixtec roots. Singing canciones in Spanish and several indigenous languages, she’s similarly inherited the outspoken qualities of her predecessors and uses her music to speak out against water privatization, border crossing deaths, and the isms that plague her native Mexico and beyond. Downs contributed several songs to the killer 2002 Frida soundtrack and her 2004 album, One Blood, earned her a Grammy award for the cringe-worthy but esteemed category of “Best Album of World Music.” Don’t miss out on the opportunity to catch Downs and her infamous, eccentric ensembles in the flesh. (7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $35-95, all ages) EMILLY PRADO


Tuesday, Oct 23

Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History
Dungeons & Dragons is having a resurgence—in part thanks to Stranger Things making it look super fun (it is!), but also thanks to people wanting to do something with friends that doesn't involve staring at screens. Now, D&D wizards/experts Kyle Newman and Jon Peterson are coming to Portland to discuss Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History, their massive history of the game's bizarre history—along with tons of the awesome, weird-ass fantasy art that's graced D&D rulebooks for decades. If you aren't already playing, you will be after this. (7 pm, Powell's City of Books, free) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Call Your Girlfriend
Revolution Hall hosts a live taping of Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman, and Gina Delvac's weekly podcast for long-distance friends. "The Shine Theory" Tour promises to feature special guests and IRL-only segments, in addition of to all the political and pop culture talk you've come to expect from the hosts. (8 pm, Revolution Hall, $30)

Billie Eilish, Hildish Major, Finneas
The quick-rising pop star out of Los Angeles brings the "1 by 1" Tour to the Roseland stage for a sold out Portland performance. (7:30 pm, Roseland, Good luck on the ticket resale sites!)

Renee Linnell
Renee Linnell reads from The Burn Zone, a memoir chronicling the serial entrepreneur's descent into the brainwashed abyss of a cult, followed by her triumphant emergence on the other side. (7 pm, Annie Bloom's Books, free)

Grindhouse Film Festival: Pieces
Wow! I mean really! Unintentionally hilarious, with bizarre non sequiturs thrown into imaginative, gory death scenes, this is one you’ll really have to see to believe, from its badly dubbed beginning to its amazing, crotch-cringing ending. <(>(7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9) COURTNEY FERGUSON

Separated at Birth
A one-night-only stop from stand-ups Steph Tolev and Deb Digiovanni, hosted by Shain Brendan. (8 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $12-15)


Wednesday, Oct 24

Ty Segall, Shannon Lay
Last month, garage rock wizard Ty Segall played Revolution Hall with White Fence following the release of their collaborative LP Joy. Now Segall’s getting ready to release a covers album called Fudge Sandwich and will return to Portland for a solo acoustic show at the Aladdin, where fans will answer the burning question: Can one mosh to acoustic guitar riffs? (9 pm, Aladdin Theater, $25-30, all ages) CIARA DOLAN

The Internet, Moonchild
Obviously you know neo-soul band the Internet’s major 2015 hit “Girl,” from their Grammy-nominated album Ego Death, right? RIGHT!? (“Girl/If they don’t know your worth/Tell ’em you’re my girl/And anything you want is yours.”) Yeah, that’s what I thought. Their follow-up LP Hive Mind, also their first studio album to not be associated with the Oddfuture label, is basically a masterpiece. I’ll be shocked if this album isn’t nominated for a Grammy, but then again, the Recording Academy can’t even be trusted to bestow Beyoncé’s Lemonade with Album of the Year, so... yeah. Hive Mind highlights include lead singles “Come Over” and “La Di Da,” the sultry “Stay the Night,” “It Gets Better (With Time),” and “Look What U Started.” Pretty much all of these songs would make a smooth and easy soundtrack for late-night laptop work, and a logical addition to your lovemaking playlist. Their music just feels good, and seeing them live sounds like the perfect date night out, even if you just take yourself. (8 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $32.50-37.50, all ages) JENNI MOORE

Slow Burn Live
Slate's acclaimed historical narrative podcast returns for a second season chronicling the Clinton impeachment, and tonight host Leon Neyfakh joins Slate staff writer and I Have to Ask host Isaac Chotiner, the Stranger and Savage Lovecast's Dan Savage, Bitch Media's Andi Zeisler to reflect on the era and the scandal with some modern perspective live at Revolution Hall. (7:30 pm, Revolution Hall, $35, all ages)

Arctic Monkeys, Mini Mansions
Alex Turner and his acclaimed English rock band return to Portland to take over the Memorial Coliseum in support of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, the band's first new album since 2013's AM. (8 pm, Veterans Memorial Coliseum)

Re-run Theater: Trilogy of Terror
The Hollywood's monthly TV party presents for October a suitably spooky entry into the canon: 1975's ABC Movie of the Week Trilogy of Terror, an anthology of Richard Matheson short story adaptations, none of which have anything to do with each other but all of which star the wonderful Karen Black acting her fuckin' heart out as a revenge-fueled tutor, a victim (?) of sibling rivalry, and a woman stuck in a room with a vicious fetish doll. With sinister '70s-era ads during the commercial breaks! (7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9) BOBBY ROBERTS

Danzig, Venom Inc., Power Trip, Mutoid Man
The Danzig machine keeps moving in 2018, even if the band’s output comes less frequently and with varying quality. Its enigmatic frontman is still… well, goddamn Glen Danzig. And although the John Christ and Chuck Biscuits days are almost 25 years in the rearview, Danzig has still managed to make a couple of decent-sounding records. At the very least, The Pale One is continuing to do things on his own terms. As metal continues to evolve and move a little further away from the days when Danzig was the genre’s physical embodiment, his DNA is still embedded in countless bands. Because let’s face it, demons never go out of style. (7:30 pm, Roseland, $35-55, all ages) MARK LORE

Joshua Hedley, Kelsey Waldon
Fresh off a performance at Pickathon, Nashville-hailing crooner Joshua Hedley brings his classic country sounds back through town for a headlining show supporting his Third Man Records-issued debut, Mr. Jukebox. (9 pm, Doug Fir, $13-15)

Noah Cyrus
The younger sister of Miley Cyrus and the daughter of Billy Ray got her career started voicing the title role in the English version of Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo. Catch up with the actress and quick-rising singer/songwriter tonight when she brings her pop stylings to the Wonder Ballroom stage for the Portland stop on "The Good Cry Tour." (8 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $25, all ages)

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Thursday, Oct 25

Fin De Cinema: Night of the Living Dead
What better way to celebrate the Halloween season in adventurous, experimental style than to watch the paradigm-changing debut from George A. Romero accompanied by a live score composed specifically for this event by Amenta Abioto, Sage Fisher, and Maxx Katz Music, as performed by the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. (8:30 pm, Holocene, $10-25)

The IPRC's 20th Anniversary
A celebratory reading featuring stories told by acclaimed writers Anis Mojgani, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Martha Grover, featuring original broadsides included with the admission price, a silent auction of items donated by the Oregon Symphony, Portland Center Stage, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Hollywood Theatre, and more. Hosted by B. Frayn Masters and Chloe Eudaly. (7 pm, City Hall, $12)

The Joy Formidable, Tancred
Welsh alternative rock trio the the Joy Formidable return to Portland for an intimate show supporting their forthcoming full-length. Up-and-coming pop rock guitarist and singer/songwriter Jess Abbott—AKA Tancred—rounds out the proceedings with songs off her latest album, Nightstand. (9 pm, Doug Fir, $23-53)

Poppy, Kailee Morgue, Jaira Burns
Moriah Pereira brings her popular YouTube personality to the Wonder Ballroom stage for the Portland stop on the "Am I A Girl?" tour. (7:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $20-25, all ages)

Jimmy O. Yang
Fresh off a supporting role in the acclaimed romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, as well as the release of his debut book, How To American, the Hong Kong-born actor and comedian best known for stealing scenes in HBO's Silicon Valley brings his stand-up to Helium. (8 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $22-27)

Kinski, Feral Ohms, Máscaras
Longtime Seattle indie rock juggernaut Kinski make their way back down the I-5 to celebrate their 20th anniversary and the release of their latest Kill Rock Stars-issued album, Accustomed to Your Face. Oakland's Feral Ohms and local psych shredders Máscaras round out the bill. (8:30 pm, High Water Mark, $10-13)

Queer Horror: Halloween H20
Carla Rossi’s bimonthly celebration of horror pays homage—in its own way—to the grandfather of the slasher film, John Carpenter's Halloween. But Carla's not screening the original. It's also not 2018's "we're ignoring all the other movies in the series" sorta-kinda-pseudo-sequel. No, this installment of Queer Horror features the first sorta-kinda-pseudo-sequel that ignored most of the series, 1998's Halloween H20, a nonsensically titled return to form (kinda!) from director Steve Miner, writers Robert Zappia and Matt Greenberg, and a cast that is, in retrospect, maybe the best in the series? Jamie Lee Curtis, Michelle Williams, Janet Leigh, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are in this thing! Granted, Josh Hartnett is "leading" it, and LL Cool J is the comic relief, and Adam Arkin is... Adam Arkin-ing around every now and again (he's like if George Clooney's worst tics were downloaded into a talking ball of lint), so, yunno—it's not perfect, but it's still a lot of fun! And that fun will be augmented with one of Carla's pre-show routines, and pints of Royale Brewing beer brewed especially for the occasion. (9:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre) BOBBY ROBERTS

Feels Like the First Time
Paul Glazier hosts and Kirsten Kuppenbender headlines this new stand-up showcase with an emphasis on the "new" part: Many of tonight's comedians are very funny people trying stand-up comedy for the first time ever, including local sketch comedy all-stars Shelley McLendon (The Aces), Jason Rouse (Nacho Gold), and the Mercury's own Arts Editor, Suzette Smith. (7:30 pm, Siren Theater, $10)

Y La Bamba & Resonate Choir, Marinero
Luz Elena Mendoza’s folk-art-rock project Y La Bamba reveres Mexican tradition, with songs touching on themes of humanity and higher faith in ways that are relatable and enjoyable to the ears they fall upon. (9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $15-17) CERVANTE POPE

KayelaJ, Bryson the Alien, Magic DJ
KPSU presents a free, all-ages showcase spotlighting some of Portland's best up-and-coming hip-hop talent, with sets from Magic DJ, Bryson, the Alien, and KayelaJ, who headlines in support of her latest release, Homage (Thank You), a sprawling 25 track mixtape that pays tribute to a different female rapper of color with each song. (7 pm, Parkway North at PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union, free, all ages)


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