8Days: Metal madness and kittens to cuddle

THURSDAY, Sept. 3MAGIC DICK | Since the J. Geils Band’s initial breakup in 1985, they’ve reunited and split up several times. This time around, the prolific ’80s rockers are back together and will play at the Portland Waterfront as part of their Houseparty Tour. According to organizers, the J. Geils Band still has all the energy and musicality that fans can expect from their “Love Stinks” days. And Richard Salwitz is still considered one of…

8Days: From Passion Pit rescheduled to All Time Low for the masses

THURSDAY, Sept. 10PSYCHEDELIA | Moved from a backyard in East Bayside, the Sunburned Hand of the Man concert will be played instead at the annex of SPACE Gallery — I suspect due to the psychedelic nature of the show and the suspected discontent of some of East Bayside's older inhabitants. The move is good, though, because this band won’t be playing alone and they need some SPACE, to accommodate folk music cognoscente and former artist…

8Days: New ‘Playing for Change’ inspiration and Hawaii-themed tunes

THURSDAY, Sept. 17PLENTY OF ROCK | Despite four-band veteran Blake Schwarzenbach cancelling due to illness, fans of local punk music still have much to look forward to at this upcoming show at Studio 55. Hailing from Kennebunk, and inspired by drunk driving arrests, babes and chain smoking, the band Spillers will be there. You might recognize them from Geno’s Rock Club, where they’ve been tearing it up for the past couple weeks, with their heartfelt…

8Days: Honoring loved ones lost, and taking in reggae goliath Sean Paul

THURSDAY, Sept. 24DARK ROMANCE | First performed in 1893, the story of Pelléas and Mélisande is a forbidden love story that’s best suited for the opera format. The Friends of Congress Square Park are hosting an evening screening of this strange, tragic and oddly beautiful thwarted love story, directed and designed by postmodernism Richard Wilson at the Salzburg Festival in 1997. And it’s not just a love story. It’s a cycle of creation and destruction…

8 Days A Week: Funding a studio and a punk homage

THURSDAY, Oct. 1LADIES ONLY | Widely described as America’s “native drink,” and hailing originally from backwoods distilleries in Kentucky, bourbon is alcoholic perfection. Bourbon tastes a little bit like smoky liquid toast with molasses and a bit of a sting. It’s a type of whiskey made primarily from corn, and it easily conjures images of the American South, with rugged male farmers or ranchers ordering the oaky spirit in smoky, dimly lit bars. But the…

8Days: An unusual spelling bee, and Modest Mouse at the Arena

THURSDAY, Oct. 15LETHAL FUNK | Schooled and influenced by the masters of improvised dance music, Kung Fu is a quintet from Connecticut that melds together old and new groovy sounds. They play the tenor sax, keyboards and bass guitars in ways that are reminiscent of The Headhunters, Weather Report and Frank Zappa. But they add some electro-jazz funk for a modern sharpness, that, paired with electronic elements make this “nu-sion” great to dance to. That’s…

8Days: Self defense, cosplay and punk aggression

THURSDAY, Oct. 22PUMPKINS AND PINTS | So it begins, the week of Halloween-related events. If you’re like me you’ll probably be pairing your autumn activities with some seasonal beers like the Baxter Brewing companies’ Hayride Autumn Ale. It’s got a full-bodied bready flavor, but with subtle spiciness and a touch of sweetness. The spice is coming from a bit of ginger, black pepper and orange peel that complement the soft, sweetness of the base rye…
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