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Monday, Nov 5

Joan Baez
Folk legend Joan Baez brings her "Fare Thee Well" Tour through Revolution Hall for a sold out show supporting her 25th and final studio album, Whistle Down The Wind. (8 pm, Revolution Hall, Good luck on the ticket resale sites)

Of Montreal
How to describe Of Montreal? No, I’m really asking, because I have no idea: Veering and spinning between electronica, indie, prog, psychedelia, and pop, the band—founded by and fronted by the inimitable Kevin Barnes—never settles into a single groove, instead always roving and experimenting to find new, better ones. Their live shows are just as unpredictable, just as fun, and just as clever. (8:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $18-20, all ages) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Johanna Warren, Trenti, Book of Colors, Forest Veil
Portland folksinger/songwriter Johanna Warren heads up a $5 bill at Mississippi Studios, with fellow Spirit House Records artists Trenti, Book Of Colors, and Forest Veil on hand to round out the proceedings. Part of the 2018 Siren Nation Music and Arts Festival. (9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $5)

Troye Sivan, Kim Petras, Carlie Hanson
It’s not often you see a young gay artist singing his truth and openly promoting his LGBTQ status in his music videos, which is why paying attention to the talented Troye Sivan is a good idea. The Australian singer/actor/YouTube star has been making big waves online with a string of out-and-proud pop bangers, such as the emotionally and erotically charged “My My My,” “Bloom,” and radio hit “Wild.” Sivan’s voice is smooth and soothing, but more importantly, it aches—filled with yearning and honesty, he’s refreshingly unafraid to be a man who exposes his feelings (which we need a billion more examples of in this toxic world). While his songs may be emotionally raw, Sivan pulls the fancy trick of also making them ear-buggy and entirely danceable. Jump on the Troye train now, because you definitely do not want to be left behind. (7:30 pm, Roseland, $66, all ages) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

The Improv All-Stars
Portland's comedy scene is one of the best in the country, and a large part of that is due to the rapidly thumping heart of its improv community, and the best of the best join forces to present an evening of hilarity at Portland Center Stage, including Nicholas Kessler, Beau Brosseau, Lisa Brosseau, Katie Nguyen, Shelley McLendon, and Brad Fortier. (7:30 pm, Ellyn Bye Studio at the Armory, $10)

Caamp, Doc Robinson
The Ohio-based duo headed up by childhood friends Evan Westfall and Taylor Meie bring their banjo- and guitar-fueled indie folk to the Doug Fir Lounge for the Portland stop on a tour supporting their latest release, Boys Side-B. (9 pm, Doug Fir, $14-16)

Brandie Posey & Friends
Curious hosts an evening of stand-up headed up by the Maryland-hailing comedian, writer, and producer, known around town for her performances at Bridgetown Comedy Festival and the All Jane Festival, her live comedy-animation show "Picture This!", and as a co-host on the popular Lady to Lady podcast along with Barbara Gray & Tess Barker. (7:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $10)


Tuesday, Nov 6

Open Mike Eagle, Pan Amsterdam
Depending on the project, rapper/comedian/podcaster Open Mike Eagle could choose and mix any of his diverse vocations, but this is a music show so he’s bound to bring his flowing, nerdy “Art Rap” and his sometimes dark, always legit humor. This’ll be enough to tide us over until Comedy Central gets his New Negroes show—which he’s co-hosting with fellow comedian Baron Vaughn—on the air. (8 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $15, all ages) SUZETTE SMITH

Blackalicious, 3rd Twin
The legendary Sacramento-hailing hip-hop duo headed up by the tongue-twisting styles of Gift of Gab and the old-school beats of Chief Xcel bring their latest tour to the Star Theater stage. 9 pm, Star Theater, $18)

Lily Allen
The English singer/songwriter brings her hip-hop and dancehall-leaning pop music back through town in support of her 2018 full-length, No Shame. (8 pm, Roseland, $28.50-40)

Mountain Man, The Dead Tongues
The indie folk trio headed up by Amelia Randall Meath (Sylvan Esso), Molly Erin Sarle, and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig bring their haunting, a cappella sounds through the Doug Fir in support of their recent full-length, Magic Ship. (5:30 pm, Doug Fir, $22)

The Goon Sax, Mope Grooves, Honey Bucket
We are all forever lost, torn between regret and longing, drifting in an ill-defined middle, trying to find the rope that leads to a solid future. Many of us first become aware of this blurred realm at the tail-end of our teens, when we are young enough to be excited about being anywhere new, even if it sucks. The Goon Sax expertly renders this electric ambivalence with deadpan anthems that combine jittery post-punk and wide-eyed twee pop. It would make you want to be young again if you didn’t know where youth eventually led. (8 pm, Polaris Hall, $10-12) CHRIS STAMM

B-Movie Bingo: China O'Brien
Your monthly opportunity to literally check off a bingo card full of B-movie clichés! This month: The triumphant return of the clock-cleaning queen of cock-knock, CYNTHIA ROTHROCK, in China O'Brien, directed by Enter the Dragon's Robert Clouse, who doesn't miss a single opportunity to utilize Utah as the most obvious of backdrops for this down-to-earth American story about an ex-cop avenging her father's murder by getting elected mayor before ascending to ULTIMATE WEAPON status and embloodening the killing streets of (checks notes) ...Beaver Creek. (7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre) BOBBY ROBERTS

Rozwell Kid, Prince Daddy & The Hyena
Portland is a long way from Gainesville, Florida. That’s where Rozwell Kid and Prince Daddy and the Hyena are playing a punk festival in late October before setting out across the country and up the West Coast. The point is we should thank these two bands for their willingness to endure very long drives in a van, as well as for their excellent pop-rock music. Rozwell Kid’s from West Virginia, and their most recent album Precious Art is catchier than almost any other rock record released over the past couple of years. They conjure up Weezer vibes, man. And New York’s Prince Daddy are punk heroes, precisely because they deliver their hooky tunes with plenty of shredded, devil-may-care ’tude. A sweaty good time awaits. (9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $13-15) BEN SALMON

The Capitol Steps
The Washington DC-based political satire group known for their Government-skewering song parodies and comedy routines bring their act back to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for a special Election Night performance. (7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $35 & up)
Also, visit our Election Night calendar for a full list of watch parties!


Wednesday, Nov 7

Tank & the Bangas, Big Freedia, Naughty Professor
New Orleans artist Big Freedia has been credited with the rising popularity of bounce music, and her shows are said to be some of the most activating, fun, twerktastic parties around. After releasing her fifth project Third Ward Bounce this year, Freedia embarks on a co-headliner tour (“The Head Banga Tour”) with soul/funk/hip-hop outfit Tank and the Bangas, another act originating from New Orleans. And if after the show you still haven’t gotten enough of that NOLA flavor, Big Freedia has an excellent and addictive reality show on Fuse (and Hulu) called Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce. (8 pm, Roseland, $25, all ages) JENNI MOORE

The I, Anonymous Show
One of the greatest Portland comedy shows returns—and with more guaranteed laughs! It’s the monthly I, Anonymous Show which takes the Mercury’s wildest I, Anonymous column submissions and presents them alongside a panel of hilarious comedians. This month features pinch-hitter and Mercury 2018 “Genius of Comedy” Kate Murphy hosting a panel of fellow “Geniuses of Comedy” alumni including Amanda Arnold, Marcus Coleman, and Nariko Ott! Face it, you need some laughs, and the I, Anonymous Show will absolutely provide ’em! (7:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $10) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Cloud Nothings, Nap Eyes, The Woolen Men
Cleveland-hailing singer/songwriter Dylan Baldi brings his fuzzed-out and chaotic blend of punk and noise rock back to Portland in support of their new album, Last Building Burning. (9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $18-20)

Iceage, Black Lips, Surfbort
“What is it that Iceage in particular brings?” asks punk icon Richard Hell in a recent essay about the band, released alongside the announcement of their new record Beyondless. Hell’s answer to his own question is the undeniable consensus: “A large number of extraordinary things.” The Danish rockers of Iceage have grown quickly and gracefully through four albums, evolving from noise-leaning hardcore into post-punk by way of Nick Cave. With a live setup now featuring saxophone and violin, Iceage’s Wonder Ballroom performance promises to showcase a band constantly pushing their own limits. (8:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $20-23) BEN WEINSTEIN

Celeste Barber
The Australian actor, writer, comedian, and fast-rising internet personality brings her North American tour through Portland fof a pair of shows at Helium Comedy Club. (5:30 pm & 8 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $25)

Dead Boys, Jane Lee Hooker, The Sadists
Led by founding members Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz, Cleveland punk rock pioneers the Dead Boys return to Dante's for the Portland stop on a West Coast tour. (9 pm, Dante's, $17)

Robert W. Turner
In Not for Long, sociologist and former professional football player Robert W. Turner draws on his own experience as a player and over 140 interviews with current and former NFL players to offer insight on why so many athletes struggle with life after retirement.(7 pm, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, free)

Petunia & The Vipers, Jenny Don't & the Spurs, Charlotte McCaslin
In the tradition of first-wave rock 'n' roll, Vancouver, BC's Petunia and the Vipers offer slick steel-guitar leads à la Don Helms, stand-up bass, kazoos, and some of the best goddamn yodeling you're ever going to hear. The Vipers' live penchant for exploding into dynamic Western swing is infectious and invigorating. (9 pm, The Liquor Store, $10) RYAN J. PRADO


Thursday, Nov 8

Olivier Schrauwen
This signing is an awesome opportunity to grip Parallel Lives, the new persona-skewing, gender-bending, interconnected science-fiction short story comics collection from Belgian cartoonist Olivier Schrauwen before its December release. Schrauwen currently straddles a line between being a hot new, relevant voice in indie comics and also representing years of influence over more underground comics makers. He’s many people’s idol, but it’s okay if he’s new to you. (6 pm, Floating World Comics) SUZETTE SMITH

HUMP! 2018
It’s the grandest, SEXIEST time of the year! Run, don’t walk, to the annual HUMP! amateur porn festival, where hotties from all over the Northwest submit homemade 5-minute dirty movies, and we show the best of the best! You’ll see every flavor and variety of sexuality, and nothing is more fun and liberating than watching HUMP! in a crowd of similarly sex-positive people. The films are hot, often hilarious, and YOU get to pick who wins the $10,000 grand prize! Get your ticket quick, because it will sell out! (Thurs-Sat, Nov 8-10 & 15-17, various times, Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark, $25 and up) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Tchaikovsky v. Drake
Hot on the heels of their Brahms and Radiohead mashup, conductor Steve Hackman and the Oregon Symphony bring you on another century-spanning musical experiment that sets out to blend Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony with more than a dozen Drake hits, including “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Started from the Bottom.” (7:30 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, $25-75, all ages)

Brian Posehn
The beloved comedian, writer, and actor known for his roles on Mr. Show, W/ Bob and David, and The Sarah Silverman Program brings his unrivaled charm and wit back to town. (8 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $20-26)

J Mascis, James Elkington
The Dinosaur Jr. frontman and guitar wizard steps away from the amps and unplugs for an intimate solo set supporting his latest full-length, Elastic Days. (8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $28.50-30)

Frankie Cosmos, Kero Kero Bonito
Frankie Cosmos (AKA singer/songwriter Greta Kline) brings her prolific indie rock project back to the Wonder Ballroom stage for the Portland stop on a co-headlined North American tour alongside London-based pop outfit Kero Kero Bonito. (8:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $20-25, all ages)

The Domestics, Deathlist
Local musicians Michael Finn and Leo London bring their indie rock and pop project through the White Owl for a free hometown show. Fellow Portland music scene staple Jenny Logan lends support with a rare solo set from her Deathlist project. (8 pm, White Owl Social Club, free)

Erotic City Awards
The Star Theater hosts the inaugural installment of this women-curated and designed awards ceremony celebrating the past, present, and future of Portland's adult entertainment industry. (9 pm, Star Theater, $10)

Dori Freeman
Freeman's introspective, thoughtful brand of country-folk gets full run of the Winningstad tonight. Part of the 2018 Siren Nation Music and Arts Festival. 8 pm, Winningstad Theatre, $25, all ages)

Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!