News in brief

Six bands will compete Saturday night for the IndyMusicScene.com Battle of Birdy’s finals. The bands competing will be Fallen, Gods of Perception, Mercy Kill, Xero Sum, On the Brink and Say. IMS Webmaster Ryan May promises some surprises in addition to the performers. The evening begins at 8:30 p.m. with the final set at 12:30 a.m.

Also on Friday, the second annual Snow Jam will be held at the GameWorks Studio at Circle Centre Mall from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Performing will be some of the area’s top Christian hip-hop acts, including DaFilled, Fiti Futuristic, Lil Key, Lee ’A Ro and Big Dave, among others. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will go to the United Christmas Service of Indianapolis to raise money to adopt families who are in need for the holidays.

In case you haven’t heard, DJ Indiana Jones and Crush Entertainment are back in Indianapolis with a vengeance. You can catch Jones at all the hip spots around town, but two nights in particular should be highlighted. On Sunday evenings, Crush is hosting an evening of reggae at the Casba, which is under new management. Thursday is Hip-Hop Night, which means anything can happen, from the latest mixes and jams to surprise appearances from big-name MCs and DJs. For more information, visit crushentertainment.com.

The lovable five-piece Celtic-rock group Mother Grove will be recording their shows in Dayton this weekend for a live album, to be released early next year.

Nick Ohler and Mythopeic Productions will be hosting their final show of the year on Dec. 17 at Radio Radio, and it’s a big one, featuring the reunion of the Lovemeknots, who from 1990 through 1995 were one of the top draws in Indiana, playing what they describe as “noisy pop music” and releasing three CDs. Also appearing will be Phyllis, The Humans and, as an added attraction, Sue Ann from the Pie of the Month club.

Sunshine Concerts has announced the following upcoming shows: O.A.R. (… of a revolution) will play at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington. Tickets are $25 and $27.50 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets for David Gray’s March 6 show at the Murat are $35 and go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. K.T. Tunstall will play Wednesday, March 8 at Birdy’s. Tickets are $10 and will also go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

Eric Brown, of the Clitch Clique and formerly of MabLab, has struck a deal to start his own digital musical label, Audio Reconnaissance. The label will be releasing 10 albums by February, including all of MabLab’s back catalog, Brown’s solo album and music from longtime MabLab friend Bob Wilson. Also on the label are up-and-coming rappers The Twilight Sentinels. Brown says a label launch show next year will feature a one-night-only MabLab reunion, with proceeds going to benefit earthquake victims in India and Pakistan.

Local label Joyful Noise has released Sham Duvet, a stunning debut album from “psycho-symphonic experimental cockrock-core” band Lafcadio. It’s a concept album about a person with a God complex — that much is made clear in the liner notes. It’s brutally intense metal music — that much is also clear on the disc itself. The band features former members of Gogglesphere. The band will launch the CD at a show Thursday, Dec. 15 at Locals Only, with Eyes of Jade and You Will Die. Lafcadio will then hit the road for dates in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee and Ohio.

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