This Weekend in Portland: 10.23 – 10.25

With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given weekend, sorting through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time can be taxing. To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the things we think are most worthy of your time.


Cool Ghouls, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Psychomagic and Honey Bucket at The Liquor Store

We’re beyond psyched to see performances at The Liquor Store picking up steam (hat tip to you Liz Elder), bringing the historic basement venue back to it’s proper landmark status in the local music scene. This Friday night The Liquor Store will be serving only the top shelf, bringing the beachy garage rock warmth of Cool Ghouls up from LA to play along with established local psych favorites Wooden Indian Burial Ground and Psychomagic. For only $7 this is almost too much bang for your buck.

9pm, 21+, $7, (link)

Pportland_stateortland State of Mind at PSU

Between being the best college football team in the state of Oregon, and their upcoming Portland State of Mind festival, there’s never been a better time to be a PSU student. Students get in free (making all that tuition money worth it) to see the likes of
David Bazan, Luz Elena Mendoza, THEESatisfaction, and many more. Limited quantities of tickets will be available to the general public, and this will sell out, so if you’re not a student, snag your pass now.

4-11pm, All Ages, Free for Students or $25 General Public, (link)


Little Wings, Helvetia, and Sam Coomes at Mississippi Studios

Saturday night, roll over to Mississippi Studios to catch a laid-back evening of tunes from Little Wings, Helvetia, and Sam Coomes. Kyle Field’s latest release as Little Wings is Explains, out earlier this year on Woodsist, and it packs a punch… that is, if that proverbial punch was more like a pat on the head and a belly rub. Think Mark Kozelek on a combo of uppers and Ambien playing the lead in a Karl Blau biopic. Helvetia will be playing stuff off of Dromomania, which they’ll be also celebrating the release of, fresh off their tour. Quasi’s Sam Coomes will also be there, completing a lineup that’s sure to please.

9pm, 21+, $10 adv $12 dos, (link)



King Kahn & BBQ Show with Milk Lines and Is/Is at Dante’s

When King Kahn & BBQ Show play in Portland, you go. Their soulful, doo-wop revival rock and roll is a perfect anecdote for the mild onset of the coming winter months. The animated duo have proved time and again over the past decade that they have some serious mojo with instant classics like “Fish Fight” and “Waddlin’ Around” from their eponymously named 2005 debut; “I’ll Never Belong” from 2006’s What’s For Dinner; the title track from 2009’s Invisible Girl; and now with “Alone Again” and “Buy Bye Bhai” from this year’s Bad News Boys. Catch them this go ‘round with Toronto’s Milk Lines and badass local up and comers Is/Is.

8pm, 21+, $14, (link)

Valet, Cat Hoch (EP Release), and Sinless at Mississippi Studios

Cat Hoch’s Look What You Found EP is looking to be one of the best local releases of 2015, keep an eye out for it in the end-of-year lists coming soon. We premiered the EP’s second single and closing track “Archer,” check it out here. Her release show Sunday night at Mississippi Studios is headlined by Valet, the solo project of local experimental music legend Honey Owens. Opening the night is Sinless, whose smooth-grooving dream pop debut Ethereality EP, like Hoch’s, was recorded and produced by UMO’s Riley Geare.   

9pm, 21+, $10, (link)