MUSIC—Once awesomely described by Vibe as "indie rock's Timbaland," YACHT is the family of projects by Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans, who have done remixes for the likes of Snoop Dogg and Stereolab, as well as their own originals. Now hailing from Los Angeles, YACHT will always be remembered as a founding force in Portland's contemporary development. MS
w/White Fang; Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 8:30 pm, $15-18, all ages

BOOKS—He made the jump from narrative-dense lyrics (Hail Satan!) to fiction with 2008's Black Sabbath: Master of Reality, and the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle is back with what promises to be his saddest book yet: Wolf in White Van, about a disfigured young man who lives mostly inside a roleplaying game. If you've ever cried through The Sunset Tree, you should probably go. MB
w/Matt Fraction; Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE


MUSIC—Sonic Youth is done, and it's time you got over it. Fortunately, Thurston Moore's solo stuff is totally up to snuff. 2011's Beck-produced Demolished Thoughts was understated and lovely, and the upcoming, righteous The Best Day marries some folkier 12-string bits with the long liquid lines of lead guitar we've come to expect from Moore. NL
w/Smegma; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $16-18

COMEDY—Maybe you've heard him on Marc Maron's WTF podcast, or caught the documentary The Bitter Buddha about this career as a stand-up comedian. Either way, you know that Eddie Pepitone is a cyclone of yell-y rage about social injustice, intercut with crippling self-doubt. It's a dark mix that makes for an electric set. CF
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri-Sat 7:30 & 10 pm, $15-29


MUSIC—Though they can surely be counted among our top-10 favorite musical exports, the Helio Sequence rarely plays at home. One part shyness and one part business sense, the result of that decision is that you've got to see their gorgeous, soaring pop songs live whenever you can. MS
w/Like a Villain, Black Is Bright; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $17

HAUNTED—It's the best month of the year—filled with witch cults, Cthulhu sightings, and cabinets of monstrosities. It's opening night of Portland's best and most fearsome haunted attraction, FrightTown! The huge event has three elaborate walk-throughs, a plethora of gore, and Baron Von Goolo's famed exhibit of the world's most adorable werepug. CF
Memorial Coliseum, 300 Winning Way, Fri 7-11 pm, $22, all ages, through Nov 1, see for complete schedule and times


THEATERLone Wolves III brings together some of Portland's funniest to present new solo sketch comedy—including the great Shelley McLendon, who you might remember from Roadhouse: The Play!, and the phenomenally talented Wm. Steven Humphrey, who you might remember from being my boss who will fucking fire me if I don't tell you that going to see him will be the best goddamn decision you will make in your entire life. EH
CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh, Fri-Sat 8 pm, $15-18

FILM—It's finally October and it's finally raining—which means it's a perfect time to hunker down in the Hollywood Theatre for some Classic Universal Horror. This weekend, the Hollywood's showing three of Universal's old-school greatest, all on 35mm—1941's The Wolf Man, 1936's Dracula's Daughter, and 1935's Bride of Frankenstein! EH
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, $8, see Film Times


CHILI—For our second-annual Chili Jamboree, the Mercury's lined up 12 of the city's finest chefs, who'll take their best crack at that most patriotic of stews. You like a con carne? You got it. Sin carne more your speed? No sweat. Actually, gallons of spice-induced sweat. Chili Jam doesn't half step. DVH
w/the Earnest Lovers, Hook & Anchor, Black Prairie; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, tastings from 11 am-4 pm & 5-10 pm, $20 a tasting session

LECTURE—If there's ever been a good time to rethink the cultural value of a sports league that downplays the seriousness of domestic violence and launches injured billionaires at each other for sport, it's right now. (Do better, NFL!) Authors Steve Almond and Jon Raymond lead the charge with "There's Murder in That Game," a timely conversation about violence and professional sports.
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington, 1 pm, FREE


EAR CANDY—Our free monthly Ear Candy series, co-hosted by the terrific folks at Mississippi Studios, rolls along with an all-hiphop installment, featuring some of Portland's best emcees, including the street wisdom of Vinnie Dewayne, the fire-flow of the Resistance's Mic Capes, and the arty, left-field digressions of Renaissance Coalition's Maze Koroma. NL
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, FREE

MUSIC—After taking a self-imposed hiatus from music in 2009, Limeytown's sauciest musical Brit, Lily Allen, is back with her triumphant and well-reviewed Sheezus tour. Expect the hits from her newest endeavor, as well as her previous two discs, which will certainly include her top-notch breakup song "Smile." Oh, Lily! You saucy, saucy bird! WSH
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 9 pm, $27-28, all ages


BEATS—In the 1980s, the record player became a musical instrument. In the 1990s, DJs like DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist took it to another level, creating legitimate symphonies out of samples and scratches. Tonight they join forces to become a four-armed angel of the dance floor, paying tribute to hiphop legend Afrika Bambaataa. Rugs will be cut like the vinyl beneath their needles. BR
w/DJ Wicked, Edan & Paten Locke; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, $28.50-78.50

FILM—David Fincher delivers nothing but hits. Big fat feel-bad hits that kick and stab at your guts in all the best worst ways. Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling domestic thriller, promises to fall right in line with the rest of his stained, cynical filmography. Not all Oscar bait needs to taste like saccharine. BR
Various Theaters, see Film Times