LOVE IT TO DEATH—The swirling, psychedelic garage-noir of A Happy Death is aptly named: It's dark, sure, but also an exciting, damn fun time. The Portland-by-way-of-New York quartet's nasty, gnarly jams go from stoned dirges to frenzied freakouts, covering all the gleefully deranged territory in between. NL w/the Holy Child, Brain Capital; East End, 203 SE Grand, 9 pm

BIGELOW—The last time director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal teamed up, the brilliant, adrenalin-charged The Hurt Locker was the result. Now they're back with the intense, searing Zero Dark Thirty—a nuanced, balls-out thriller about how we tracked down Osama bin Laden. This was the best film 2012 had to offer. See it. EH See our review and Film Times.