Soundcheck: Cyndi Lauper, GWAR and more 

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Three of these bands dress up all year round, not just during Halloween. This week, it is socially acceptable to join them (although NUVO supports costumes at shows year round). You've got your choice of several spoooooky options this week. Click through each for the event page.

Thursday
Cyndi Lauper and Dr. John
Just want to have fun? Join two musical greats with long-reaching careers for a night of jazz, blues, and rock at the Palladium. After giving Girl Rock multiple anthems throughout the '80s and early '90s, Lauper diversified her career, earning acclaim as a musician, actor, writer, and voice talent. In later years, Lauper has solidified her status as a gay icon, writing in The Advocate regarding LGBT rights, We need to speak loudly. We need to raise our voice and vote. Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John showcases the best of New Orleans' musical history, intertwining voodoo culture, boogie woogie, Zydeco, blues, and jazz. His album Desitively Bonnaroo inspired the Manchester, TN festival of the same name. These musical juggernauts have a combined eleven Grammy Awards between them.

Here Come The Mummies
You read our interview with these funky dudes. Now go join their eternal dance party. Here Come the Mummies will also be at the Vogue Friday, but tickets for that performance are sold out.

Friday
Sebadoh
Now is your chance to hear just-reissued Harmacy and Bakesale along with other tracks from this seminal '90s indie band.

Saturday
Punk Rock Night Halloween Rip Off
Featuring covers of The Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion, Metallica, Fear, and Meat Loaf, Punk Rock Night at the historic Melody Inn will be the most hit-filled night in town. Local performers have worked tirelessly through the fall to perfect their tribute sets so you can dance the night away to “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” Attendees are encouraged to come in costume.

Benefit Show for Eric Hamm
This afternoon event is co-headlined by NUVO Best Of winner Max Allen Band, Souls of Mischief, Tyrae Tala, C-Rayz Walz, and Son of Thought. The event will sponsor a young man suffering from a large brain tumor. D.A.M.P Productions, the event's organizer, writes, “Whenever anyone needs something, Eric has always been there to help his friends and family; whether it’s helping clean up a fallen tree, helping you move, or bailing your butt out of jail, you can always count on him. Eric Hamm has no doubt paid forward any amount that is donated to help him and his family.”

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds
Indianapolis welcomes back one of its own as Circle City native Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds returns to the stage at the Palladium Theatre for a night of pop and R&B that you'll never forget. After getting his start playing guitar for a few local bands, Edmonds found commercial success in the latest music fad of that time: new jack swing. After writing popular songs for Bobby Brown, Karyn White and Paula Abdul, Edmonds took off on a successful career all his own. Few creative forces have impacted the contemporary pop and urban genres as much as Indianapolis-native and international icon Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. The ten time Grammy Award winner with 11 solo albums of his own, his charisma, charm, and poignant musical talent continue to delight audiences. The incredibly prolific Edmonds has cranked out 26 number one R&B hits and is currently in the studio working on his ninth studio album.â ¨

Sunday

Never Shout Never
Tweens will scream for Never Shout Never, MySpace superhit and former Hellogoodbye tour partner. Three albums into a rapidly escalating career, Never Shout Never follows in the mega popular pop-punk tradition of bands like The Cab, We the Kings, and Forever the Sickest Kids. Expect lots of screaming young girls at this show, supported by Carter Husley, Fake Problems, and A Rocket to the Moon. Never Shout Never is a sugary-sweet alt-teen favorite in the style of Hellogoodbye and The Plain White T’s, referencing text messages, Waffle House, and your mom’s house in their lyrics. The band, a vehicle for lead singer Cristofer Drew’s piercing voice and silver-tongued lyrics, will act like a magnet for every lovelorn teen in town this Sunday.

GWAR
GWAR defies exact description, but this obscenely over-the-top heavy metal band always promises to create an entertaining show. The members, clad always in large foam and rubber costumes and prone to spraying gook into the audience, are part of an elaborate mythology that creates an almost entirely unique show experience. GWAR has been playing together since the early ‘80s, and includes Oderus Urungus, Flattus Maximus, Balsac the Jaws of Death, Beefcake the Mighty, and Jizmak Da Gusha. This show will be heavy (oh, will it be heavy); opening acts include Ghoul, a thrash metal band from Oakland, Calif., and Every Time I Die, a metalcore outfit from Buffalo, N.Y. (Incidentally, Ghoul’s members conceal their identities as well.) GWAR will take over The Vogue this Halloween Eve, and the audience will be at their mercy to participate in the absurdity they choose to create. Or, as the band themselves command “Hark to the hideous majesty of your Masters, rulers of Earth, the Mighty GWAR!”

Insane Clown Posse
8 p.m., $25.50 advance, $30 door, all-ages
Insane Clown Posse brings their Dark Carnival to the Verizon Wireless Music Center this Sunday. ICP, who crowned their entire fanbase Juggalos, has earned two platinum and five gold albums in their twenty year horrorcore hip-hop career. The duo is made of two Josephs (Bruce and Utsler), better known as Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. Known for their famous feud with Eminem, various arrests, and sporadic professional wrestling careers, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope have created a world all their own. Their fans, the Juggalos, revel in a self-contained subculture, rife with Faygo, face-paint, and a rapidly expanding annual festival. ICP, who typically revolve mostly within their own admittedly large fan base, recently became viral video stars with their God-worshipping, awestruck “Miracles” video. The crazed clowns will play undoubtably play to a packed house.

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