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Friday, December 17, 2010

Soundcheck: Weekend Edition

Posted By on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 2:00 PM

The Fabulous Miss Wendy lounging on the Mel's bar in November. Photo by Jedediah Johnson.
  • The Fabulous Miss Wendy, lounging on the Melody Inn bar in November. Photo by Jedediah Johnson.
Say, this is getting to be a regular installment (two weeks running). I'd hesitate to pick a standout show this week, but there remains plenty to see, what with a couple pianists/singer-songwriters at The Jazz Kitchen, a Christmas party featuring a smattering of garage rock at Radio Radio and the return of a very energetic punk bandleader to the Mel. Also, Saturday will see one of Haste the Day's final shows before a breakup slated for this spring. Full details below:

Friday

Sarah Scharbrough, Jon McLaughlin
The Jazz Kitchen, 7 & 9:30 p.m., $20 per set
Scharbrough, a pianist and songwriter who leavens her pop sounds with plenty of jazz and blues, is joined by Island/Def Jam recording artist Jon McLaughlin, who moved back to Indianapolis to record an album after making his name out west.

Big Chuck's X-Mas Party
Radio Radio, 9 p.m., $5
A few local garage rock bands — The Kemps, John Rambo and the Vietnam Wars and The Town Monsters — will help Chuck disseminate X-Mas cheer. With DJ Shimmercore, free pizza from Jockamo's and a photo booth.

The Fabulous Miss Wendy, The Down-Fi, The Dockers, Dogs of Fortune
Melody Inn, 10 p.m., $6
Back at the Mel after a recent appearance drew good notices is the LA-based Fabulous Miss Wendy, playing old-fashioned punk rock with a pinch of rockabilly. With the Down-Fi, Craig Bell's post-post-Rocket from the Tombs band.

Saturday

Haste the Day, Oh Sleeper, Our Last Night, Conditions
Earth House, 6:30 p.m., $13 advance, $15 door, all-ages
The guys in Carmel-based metal band Haste the Day will play their final shows in March 2011, according to a statement recently posted to the band's Website, hastetheday.com. The band's decade-long run saw the release of five full-lengths on Tooth and Nail subsidiary Solid State Records (four of which charted on the Billboard Top 200), and a late-'00s turnover in membership that left bassist Mike Murphy as the remaining founding member in the current lineup. With support from Solid State metalcore band Oh Sleeper, Epitaph metalcore band Our Last Night and Richmond, Va. emo-esque group Conditions.

Company of Thieves, AM Taxi, Blane Fonda
ES Jungle, 7 p.m., $10, all-ages
The folks in Chicago power-pop band Company of Thieves have made the E.S. Jungle, that Broad Ripple church basement turned all-ages venue, a regular stop on many a tour. The band's "Ordinary Riches" drew plenty of attention upon its release in 2009, and a follow-up, "Running from the Gamble," is due in early 2011. Emma Faesi weighed in on a Company of Thieves show back in 2009: "A tiny gamine, (Company of Thieves lead singer Genevieve) Schatz has a set of lungs allow her to range stunningly from seductive, half-swallowed soul to perky bright power pop without a hint of effort."

Gene Deer's Blue Christmas
Athenaeum Theatre, 8 p.m., $5
Stalwart blues guitarist Gene Deer will be joined by a couple friends — Gordon Bonham, Vicky Richmond — in performing blues versions of Christmas classics in the Athenaeum Theater.

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