OK, so maybe it wasn’t 80 degrees like it was on last year’s Cinco de Mayo; it was more like 50 with gray skies and sporadic rain. But that didn’t stop El Rayo Taqueria from opening its patio, and it sure didn’t stop Gypsy Tailwind from taking the stage and playing to a downright big crowd last Thursday night. They sounded fantastic and played some new material, and between that and my heavenly chicken burrito and bottle of Sol, it was a grand experience. This week, we’re sticking indoors with three Friday-night choices from Biddeford to Brunswick. 

Burst and Bloom records will have the follow-up CD to the stellar “Winter” compilation on hand Friday night, and wanna take a guess what it’s called? Yep, that’s right, “Spring” is here, and I can’t wait to hear it — especially since the artists include The Milkman’s Union (featuring Lady Lamb the Beekeeper), Cake on Cake, Tin Ceilings, Lindsay Clark and Eric Ott. The Oak and the Ax show will feature live performances from Henry Jamison (Milkman’s Union) and three of the artists on the “Winter” collection. Hear stuff from “Winter” and learn more about “Spring” at burstandbloomrecords.com.

Seasonal Disorder “Spring” CD-release show with South China, Henry Jamison, Dan Blakeslee (see interview, Page E7) and Moons of Jupiter. 8 p.m. Friday. The Oak and the Ax, 140 Main St. (back alley), Biddeford. All ages. $6. theoakandtheax.blogspot.com 

New favorite song alert: “Like on TV” from The Lucid’s new self-titled album. No, Olivia, I don’t think I had ever been mellow, until I heard this song. “You are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, this is a scene like on TV,” sings Dominic Lavoie, and he takes a full 30 seconds to do it. Meanwhile, there’s a metronome type of brush sound and what sounds like a toy piano keeping a slow and steady beat. At just under six minutes, it’s actually a song of few words but with eye-closing psychedelic bliss. “Heliogram” opened my eyes, and I polished my chair-dancing skills in between sips of morning coffee. Love the keyboard on this one and the bass. Lavoie doesn’t sound too shabby either, his voice seasoned just right with effects. “Mothership” is another Lucid track worth chirping out with its electric guitar and cynical lyrics about capitalism and broken dreams. I’ve liked The Lucid since their beginnings as Dominic and The Lucid, and well, not to get all Partridge Family on you, but I think I love them.

The Lucid with Soft Pyramids. 9 p.m. Friday. Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland. Ages 21 and older. $5. thelucidmusic.com 

It’s well documented that I’m a big fan of Vanessa Torres, so let me tell you about the other singer-songwriter sharing the bill with her at Frontier Cafe & Cinema. Her name is Mai Bloomfield, and after hearing her song “Eclipse,” I knew that The Lucid would have to share the title of new favorite song this week. “Love is like gravity and stone, it won’t hold us back cause it never let us go,” sings Bloomfield with her supremely gorgeous voice. Go to myspace.com/maibloomfield and listen to that and the two other tracks she has posted. When she’s not doing her solo thing, Bloomfield’s part of the band Raining Jane, which has apparently flown under my radar, having played in this area several times. This is Bloomfield’s first solo gig, and considering that Torres is the other half of the show, I’ve got four words to say: Brunswick, here I come.

Mai Bloomfield and Vanessa Torres. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Frontier Cafe & Cinema, 14 Maine St., Fort Andross, Brunswick. All ages. $10 in advance; $12 day of show. 725-5222. 

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