8 Days a Week: The Undead, The Timeless, and the Stone Aged

 

THURSDAY 19

HUMBLE BOWS | Some say the world has already been built, that its great artists have already sung their songs, its coliseums hosted their finest battles, and that we're just here to interpret and rearrange the existing cultural vocabulary into affinity groups. That's horseshit, of course. But the tradition of singing tributes to the world's favorite artists is unflappable, in Portland as it is anywhere, and tonight, several noteworthy Portland musicians and singers abandon their original works to sing in celebration of Florence and The Machine, the English indie-pop band led by the soaring vocals of Florence Welch. This evening re-ignites Empire's "Tribute To" series. In a couple weeks, Third Eye Blind gets the treatment. | 9 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | $10 | www.portlandempire.com 

FRIDAY 20

NICENESSES | A masquerade birthday party fused with a Halloween show, tonight's hang at Urban Farm Fermentory should suss out some chill vibes. Several musical warlocks have convened to spawn two new bands — Nice Life and Backyard Posse — from labors otherwise given to groups like 300 Calories, KGFREEZE, An Anderson, Ossalot, and Tall Horse. So that's cool. And the pop-punk group Crunchcoat, featuring Jason Unterreiner of the once-fun yet now-extinct early aughties group Wood Burning Cat, join up too. Join this society of friends and their fertile creativity in these early days of Urban Farm Fermentory locking down a spot on the Portland rock venue circuit. | 8 pm | Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St., Portland | $5

 

RESURRECTORS | We wanna say Murcielago broke up (well, we don't wanna say it, but we wanna confirm that that's what we've heard from them, a/k/a that it's true). But the Portland hard rock foursome have reunited again, if only for tonight, joining meat-core forebears Scissorfight and Roadsaw for a powerful night of rock action. From New Hampshire, Scissorfight have been grinding out powerful riff-rock for decades, while Roadsaw first laid their groove-metal to tape along with Boston contemporaries like Fu Manchu and Ass Tractor back in '97. The people who like this stuff don't seem to stop liking it, or get enough of it, a sustained, weatherproof form of listenership that could be considered a kind of skill. Unique about seeing them in 2017 is that it's cheaper than it used to be, relatively speaking. Tonight's show costs more or less the price of a beer. | 8 pm | Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland | $8-10 | www.portcitymusichall.com 

 

THE SCRAWL | Check page 14 for this writer's review of TheWorst's debut album Jane Doe Embryo, a burst of cathartic rock songs written and performed by SeepeopleS bassist Brooke Binion. A trash-rock trio buoyed by Binion's electric musical character, TheWorst play a long-anticipated record release party tonight with the indie-blues triad The Silks, Portland's emotive rock group Cape Cannons, and posthuman electronic fetishists Lyokha| 9 pm | Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland | $8 | www.portlandempire.com 

 

STEAMERS | The big band jazz squad known as the Fogcutters steam up the joint at Portland House of Music tonight, pulling from a broad range of jazz standards and pop nods. They tend to come alive in the holiday season, and their "Fogtober Bash" might serve as the city's official start of Halloween. With the melodic pop of OC and the Offbeats. | 8 pm | Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland | www.portlandhouseofmusic.com 

 

SATURDAY 21

WATCHING | One band this city is blessed to not understand how to appreciate is Video Nasties, the bewitching post-punk no wave group that seemingly levitated out of the unreconstructed media heaps at Strange Maine several years ago. The mysterious group collaged their demos onto a 12" album earlier in the year, and many of those songs should expect to be busted out tonight at The Apohadion Theater, where the Nasty Boys design to ensorcell the crowd. They've got help from upstate country bumpkin Caethua (performing as Clay and the County Line Bandits, possibly solo), punk duo the Tarantula Brothers and Broken Generator. | 8 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland | $8 

 

BARNSTORMIN' | A bold late-summer festival gambit should pay off weatherwise today. The Dead Gowns Art Collective, a somewhat shadowy underground event production squad that professes to "embrace multiplicity," put on 'Stead Fest 2017, a homesteadin'-themed urban barn party featuring what looks to be a whole lotta alt-folk and smart, funny people. In common parlance, a good time. Hear the acoustic songwriter Fiona Robins along with shimmering neo-Americana quartet Wildflower and more, while folks like Micaela Tepler, Connor McGrath, Katie Ferreira, and Perry Winks perform comedy sets. They boast the inclusion of taps, too, which we support even if we don't know the brand. Supportable work here. | 2-9 pm | Herb'n Homestead, 16 Cherry St, Portland | $5-10 | www.deadgowns.com

 

EVERYONE KNOWS YR NAME | As the chill closes in, it's crucial to establish some footing at a local pub. If you like the hill folk, consider making the same choice as the affable and talented Portland musician John Nels (of the band Rigor Samsa), who plays a set of originals and covers at quaintly dive-y Munjoy Hill Tavern this evening, for friends new, old, and spiritual. | 7 pm | Munjoy Hill Tavern, 189 Congress St., Portland

 

GAME FACE | Putting aside the necessary conversation about health care in this country (and the weirdly cruel aversion its political agents have to ensuring its citizens have it), Goodwill Industries of Northern New England have launched something called the Workforce Fund, which endeavors to help "lift people out of poverty and into personal stability," filling in the gaps to assist working-class people clear the barriers they face while looking for work. Their effort is holistic, laudable, and one to support, and all donations toward tonight's Ghoulwill Ball, a rather majestic-looking costume and masquerade party, are its benefit. With universal, funk-forward dance sounds supplied by Motor Booty Affair. | 7 pm | Portland Club, 142 State St., Portland | $15 | www.goodwillnne.org   

 

FORGOTTEN WORLD | The most "old-Portland" show we were able to find this week, doom band OGRE, who made their mark in the '90s, team up with '80s Maine punk icons Big Meat Hammer, who took a cue from G.G. Allin and ran with it for decades. Plus Nuclear Bootz, who belong on a different plane of time and space. | 9 pm | Geno's Rock Club, 625 Congress St, Portland | $7

 

SUNDAY 22

KNIFE DEBT | Pumpkin-carving feels mostly good, people have found. Pumpkins are already humorous, oddly shaped and colored, so that helps. And then you stick a knife into them — one of the only non-deadly, non-carnivorous uses of a knife in the American holidays — and that also provides benefits. You gain access to pumpkin seeds, which contain necessary proteins, and contort your already odd-looking gourd into unique visages, appearing either dumb or "haunted" (also dumb). Why do this alone??? No need is what we're getting at. Today's third annual Pumpkins in the Square hosts mass carvings alongside live bluegrass by Shanna Underwood and the Wanderlost, plus hot cider and doughnuts from HiFi Donuts, all of it seasonally harmonious. | 1 pm | Congress Square Park, Congress and High Streets, Portland | FREE | www.congresssquarepark.org  

 

YOU'RE NOT IN AMIGO'S ANYMORE | Queens of the Stone Age, m'dude! Remember back before Songs for the Deaf in 2002 when Dave Grohl was like Hey America, y'all listen to QOTSA? and the whole country was like hmmm, go on? (Remember when people took cultural cues from Dave Grohl?) Now, the desert-rock band fronted by once-Kyuss player Josh Homme is a household name. The whole city of Portland has been frothing at the mouth for this one. It's been sold out for weeks. So if you want to hear songs from Queens' new album Villains, you should either have a ticket by now or head to Bull Moose.  | 8 pm | State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland | SOLD OUT | www.statetheatreportland.com 

 

SINK YR TEETH | Beyond QOTSA and tonight's Sinkane show at SPACE Gallery, what else could music possibly offer you? The eclectic global pop fusion of Ahmed Gallab's Sinkane project has lit up SPACE's floors several times before, blurring free jazz, percussion music, and indie-shoegaze into a super palatable stew. He's still touring the lovely 2017 release Life & Livin' It, worth listens. All ages. | 8 pm | SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland | $12-15 | www.space538.org 

 

MONDAY 23

DANCE BEGINS HERE | The movement group The Living Room readies a recurring dance class "honoring their deep femme and queer idols," practicing a fun, silly, inclusive, and safe set of proprioception modalities in their South Portland space. They encourage folks to bring a piece of media — a book, a screenshot, a song — to share with the group as a touchstone for tonight's practice, which they're calling SPELL (South Portland Experimental Language League). They can be trusted to hold an "all bodies welcome" sort of space, both environmentally and as a basic modus operandi. | 5:30-6:30 pm | Living Room, 408 Broadway, South Portland | $8-16 donation | www.thelivingroomdance.com 

TUESDAY 24

AGAIN IN SONG | One of the more magical songwriters to emerge from Maine the last few years, it's only natural that Lina Tullgren now lives roundabout Boston. Her most recent appearance at last month's Waking Windows might've gotten overshadowed by the several dozen other awesome acts playing in town at roughly the same hour (FOMO being the mark of a solid festival), but tonight, a Tuesday, she headlines an evening with like-hearted songwriter Lisa/Liza along with Health and Beauty in Bayside. | 8 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland | $10 

 

WEDNESDAY 25

TOPICAL LESSONS | As horrifying stories emerge about the sustained, systematic sexual abuse perpetrated by motion picture producer Harvey Weinstein (and the vast cohort of enablers throughout the industry) over the last two weeks, it's a good time to reassess the culture of masculinity. Tonight, the organization Maine Boys to Men helps produce a screening of The Mask You Live In, which follows a group of young men attempt to navigate the often unworkable definitions of masculinity they inherit from previous generations. The film covers how this generation of boys are more likely to encounter mental health problems, drop out of school, binge drink, and that sort of thing, but a wider, holistic view factors the threat of similar sorts of toxic masculinity to what pervades the news today, which is often subtly embedded in this country's definition of how to be a man. | 5:30 pm | University of New England School of Social Work, WCHP Lecture Hall, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland | Free

 

COLLABORATION HUB | Three gifted poets convene at Longfellow Books to share their work tonight. The Chicago-based Rebecca Morgan Frank has won scads of awards for her work, the most recent of it appearing in a volume titled Sometimes We're All Living in a Foreign Country. She's joined by Portland's Megan Grumbling, winner of the 2017 Maine Book Award For Poetry who published the excellent volume Booker's Point last year (and who's been a Phoenix theater and film critic since last decade), as well as Rosa Lane, a native of a coastal Maine fishing village who splits her time between South Portland and San Francisco. | 7 pm | Longfellow Books, 5 Monument Way., Portland | Free | www.longfellowbooks.com 

 

JUSTICE-BASED | If Francis Flisiuk's cover story about the rent stabilization debate swayed you in favor of the renters, then you might help join those trying to boost their campaign coffers up from the fractional amount of what the landlord-heavy opposition group is spending. In an evening titled "Rock for Fair Rent," the eclectic artist Nat Baldwin joins folk duo Snaex and noise-rock group Purse. | 7:30 pm | The Apohadion Theater, 107 Hanover St., Portland | $10-20 

 

THURSDAY 26

AROUND THE CORNER | Next Thursday, you might join dozens of zombies in an effort to re-create Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. Why not?

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