8 DAYS A WEEK: EXPERIMENTAL ITALIAN OCCULT PSYCHEDELIA, CELTIC FOLK, AND OTHER SIMULACRA

THURSDAY 3/12BIRTH | Spring infuses people, plants, and animals with new life: people have babies, the cantankerous patches of ice on your front steps melt into uninspired patches of cement, and we start collectively over-salting our food to remind ourselves of what it’s like to be here and now. But on Thursday, four local artists celebrate something new and EXCITING at the KNOCK KNOCK OPENING RECEPTION at MAYO STREET ARTS. It features new artwork from…

PLACES 2 BE SEEN AND HEARD (MOSTLY HEARD) ON THE WEEK OF YOUR FIRST FRIDAY

4/2PSYCHO | THE MURDER WEAPON frontman Jon Nothing's spirited croons and wails get us one step closer to imagining what it'd be like to kidnap Morrissey, chuck him in the back of John Travolta's Chevy in Pulp Fiction, and saddle up for an amphetamine-driven singalong session. Nothing's vocals and guitar are paired with with D. Murder's moody, glottal bass, and Cory Marz' play-fast-die-young punk drums and backing vocals. They're performing with SEASONAL DISORDERS, one of…

8Days: Sufjan Stevens, Butcher Boy, Shakey Graves gracefully interrogate your weird ears with noise from three distinctly different parts of the country

THURSDAY 4/9Lord of dark humor and sovereign scathing cathartic critique LEWIS BLACK bequeaths his humors to willing patrons at the University of Maine in Orono (if he will make a LePage or a public university pun has yet to be seen). Doors at 6:30pm for an 8:00pm show | Collins Center for the Arts, 168 College Ave., Orono, 04473 | 1.800.622.8499

8Days: The Dead cover band and other revelations

THURSDAY 4/16MEMPHIS | An inimitable facet of ’90s rock and pop comes to STONE MOUNTAIN ARTS CENTER on Thursday. MARC COHN, who won a Grammy in 1991 in part for the Walking in Memphis song (which seems to have retained its authenticity after the umpteenth time that John Tesh pumps it through speakers from his post at 94.9 WHOM). What's great about Stone Mountain is its penchant for hosting local acts, but also for attracting…

8Days: Metal rawk, bike swap edition

THURSDAY 4/23THERE GOES... | SPUYTEN DUYVIL (no, not the neighborhood) is coming to ONE LONGFELLOW SQUARE on Thursday with a new album in tow. You can expect traditional American roots music blended with snarly, Southern shanty-rock. Oh, and they're from Yonkers, if you were wondering. LANEY JONES opens. Doors at 7:00pm for an 8:00pm show | $12 advance/$15 at the door | 181 State St., #201 | 207.761.1757

8Days: Images of conflict, tragedy; Lauper channeling

Thurs 4/30SUCCOR | The significant MAD HORSE THEATRE COMPANY ushers in a new show on Thursday. Directed by former Phoenix editorial mage NICK SCHROEDER, John Robin Baitz' OTHER DESERT CITIES invokes fallen family politics and personal tragedy in the context of ritzy Palm Springs. Your chance to imbibe the show runs out on May 17. $15/$20 | 24 Mosher St., South Portland | 207.747.4148 | check www.madhorse.com for times

8Days: Working Out the Knots with BASK, LADY LAMB, and BLOOD WARRIOR

Thurs 5/7PUCKER | With a name like THE MEATMEN, it has to be good — or, at least, predictably punk. The hallowed punk denigrates come to GENO'S ROCK CLUB on Thursday. They're tag-teaming it with two outfits: the local and the venerable COVERED IN BEES, and, hailing from the most rancid corners of northwest Michigan, AGAINST THE GRAIN. 9:00pm | 625 Congress St. | 207.221.2382
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