Friday, October 30 

Spouse was arguably the best indie-rock group to have sprouted from the Pine Tree State last century. Singer-guitarist José Ayerve has been performing as the alluring dance-pop solo persona A Severe Joy for several years now, but he’s reconvening the band for a show tonight at Empire (575 Congress St., Portland) with Bangor duo When Particles Collide, Portland indie savants Forget Forget and Boston indie-rockers Nemes opening at 10 p.m. Tix: $5 (costumes encouraged; 21+). 747-5063. portlandempire.com.