8 Days A Week (157)

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…

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: 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…

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: 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: 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: Fur, Vintage Trouble and stoner soul

THURSDAY, Aug. 27VEGAN LIVING | Kristin Lajeunesse is at the very least an inspiration. She’s dedicated her life to my two favorite things, food and travel. She’s a risk taker that’s managed to work exclusively online, while she focuses on eating at and writing about every vegan restaurant in the country. That’s right. Kristin lives a life of non-conformity and self-discovery, bouncing across the world without mortgage bills and writing about the delicious food experiences…

8Days: African beats and reggae roots

THURSDAY 20FOR THE RECORD | Since 2009 there’s been a numerous posts on social media, each year, begging for a certain comedian to come and grace Portland with her hilarious spontaneity and no-holds-barred jokes about celebrities and pop culture. “Please come to Portland, I promise we will fill a venue,” wrote Derek Theriault on Twitter. “When are you coming to Maine,” writes Jackie Major. “I’ll round up the gays for you and throw in a…

8 Days a Week: Beach Boys feel the Love; Bond, Mike Bond with new thriller

THURSDAY, 8/13ART HORIZONS | A lecture with art historian John Wilmerding at the Portland Museum of Art encompasses two big worlds of artistic endeavor: landscapes and still lifes. Wilmerding discusses the works and artists in A Magnificent Stillness: American Art from a Private Collection. Wilmerding will provide insights into landscape painting in the first part of the 19th century and still lifes in the latter part of the century, and frame the works in the…
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