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Permit them to play Spring is finally coming, and people are itching to get outside, including performers. It’s not so simple, though, to whip out one’s instrument and deliver a tune outdoors. “What!? No Permit!?” features local musicians and literary artists driven indoors by red tape. The Saxyderms and Nick Thorkelson, and the Dirty Water Brass Band, present songs, skits, and poetry focusing on the theme of bohemia, including Woody Guthrie tunes, a poem in the voice of Emma Goldman, and Thorkelson’s short play set in a 1969 unemployment office, “Why It’s Got To Be So.” March 25, 8 p.m. Suggested donation $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-955-7729, www.lilypadinman.com

Band of brothers Optimism is key for Before You Exit, the pop trio of siblings from Orlando, Florida that named their band after the sentiment “make a difference before you exit.” The young brothers stop in Boston on The Dangerous Tour, named after their new single “Dangerous.” March 24, 6 p.m. $15-$18.50. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston. www.crossroadspresents.com

Desert songs A bicycle wire, a stick, and a tin can were the materials Ibrahim Ag Alhabib used to make his first guitar. He went on to become co-founder of the desert rock band Tinariwen, playing significant artistic and political roles in his homeland of Mali. Tinariwen’s music infuses traditional Tuareg melodies with blues, rock, pop, and Arabic influences. March 25, 8 p.m. $25, $20 advance. Paradise, 967 Comm. Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

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