FINALLY! It's almost the weekend, and time for another installment of Rave 'N' Rage. There's been a big push in the Portland scene recently to re-establish the prominence of all-ages shows, and I support it 100%. I don't know what I would have done with myself as a kid if I wasn't going to shows - maybe doing something boring, like watching paint dry, or politics. Anyway, I've tailored this edition of RnR to match that trend (mostly). Here's this weekend's list:

Akela Moon w/ Clara & the Grumps
Bayside Bowl (Portland)
8:30pm Doors, 9:00pm Show
All Ages
- Does a free evening of rock, soul and pop sound good? Then this one's for you. Two supremely talented bands are taking the stage at the only place in Portland where you can bowl, eat and see a show in one evening. #multitasking

The Mallett Brothers Band
Bangor Arts Exchange Ballroom (Bangor)
8:30pm Doors, 9:00pm Show
$10 Advance, $13 Day of Show
All Ages
- Maine's prodigal country band doesn't get the opportunity to play up here so much, what with their busy touring schedule. When they do, though, it's always a treat. At a great room like the BAE, this show is bound to be good.

Black Veil Brides / Asking Alexandria w/ Crown the Empire
State Theatre (Portland)
5:30pm Doors / 6:30pm Show
$29.50 Advance / $33 Day of Show
All Ages
- For my heavy rockers and metal heads out there, this show is sure to be a firecracker. With a double bill this explosive, there will be leather jackets abound, and much head-banging to be had. Participation in both of those things is encouraged, by the way.

Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers
Stone Mountain Arts Center (Brownfield)
5:00pm Doors, 8:00pm Show
$85 Tickets
All Ages
- Peter Wolf is still rocking, man. Seriously, Robin (of former CYYdom) turned me on to his solo stuff a while ago, and it's killing. The tickets are a little pricy on this guy, but hey, the dude was in J Giles Band. Cut him a break.

King Kyote w/ Troy Ramey, Joel Thetford
Empire (Portland)
9:00pm Doors, 10:00pm Show
$10 Cover
- Two of Portland's coolest singer-songwriters headlining a bill at Empire? Sign me up. King Kyote has a great rootsy sound with a lot of attitude, and Joel Thetford's country-inspired songs are well composed and thought provoking. A must for casual music fans and waxed moustaches alike.

Well, that's what I've got for this weekend! If there was something I missed, or if you're a musician playing a gig this weekend that wasn't mentioned, feel free to drop a link in the comments to help spread the word!

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