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It's the first full week of cold weather in Indianapolis, but there are plenty of warm, cozy venues to snuggle up in. So bundle up, grab a warm drink and see any of these awesome shows. We'll be at the Flannelgraph Records' Holiday Spectacular, but any of these are a sure bet for a great (warm) night.

Thursday

Guns N' Roses
Aching for the '80s? Never fear — the hard rocking Hollywooders are coming to Conseco for one more head-bang. The performance will be their first Indiana appearance in 19 years. See our interview with Guns N' Roses for more.

Heather Ramsey
Since going solo in 2008, Heather Ramsey has succeeded in establishing herself as a gospel-tinged vo-jazz diva. The Grasscreek, In. native writes her own soulful ballads, and this season, Ramsey and her band are presenting work from her latest album, Peace Like A River. See our Jazz Notes for more.

Flannelgraph's Record Holiday Benefit Spectacular
This show features performances by Sleeping Bag, Wet Blankets, Drekka, She Does Is Magic, New Terrors, Tim Felton and Frank Schweikhardt. Flannelgraph has just released their second holiday compilation, entitled The Holidays Don't Have To Be So Rotten, Vol II. Proceeds from the show and sale of the album benefit Stepping Stones and the Monroe County Red Cross. Stepping Stones offers transitional housing for young adults in Bloomington, IN.

Friday

Melismatics and Vaudevileins
The Minnesotans Melismatics have just signed with Chicago indie label Pravda Records. They return to Indianapolis for the second time this year to play with the Vaudevileins, Chicagoans who mix prog and pop rock.

Gamma Pulse, Indian City Weather, Forevermore
The Alliance Agency presents a night of all ages music at the Hoosier Dome. Electronic hardcore group Gamma Pulse will be playing their last show of the year, as well as hosting an after party. Many of the bands on this bill have crossed genres and created their own unique sound combining metalcore, folk, indie, hip hop, and electronica. Those attending should plan to dance, mosh, and dance a bit more throughout the evening.

Eddie Brill
Warm-up comedian and talent coordinator of the Late Show with David Letterman, Brill most recently made a documentary film debut at the Heartland Film Festival's “Dying to Do Letterman.” He's received the MAC Award for Best Male Comedian in NYC three years running, but he doesn't just stay in the Big Apple. He tours worldwide frequently. Now, he's in Indy for the weekend to perform.

Chris Isaak
Chris Isak is rocking into his 50s. After his songs made appearances on multiple David Lynch soundtracks in the late '80s, Isak's fame began to escalate. Now, twenty years later, Isak has become an actor himself. He's made appearances in over twenty films and television shows.

Saturday

Mash Up Monthly
Four See Entertainment and 8729 Records have joined forces to help unite the local music scene in Indianapolis. The two local companies, owned and operated mostly by members of the local hip-hop scene, have collaborated to bring all genres of music to the forefront of the community. This month's acts include The Martianz, Son of Thought, Grey Granite & Freddie Bunz, Soup or Villainz, Dying Breed and DJ Txtbook for an evening of genre-mixing and booty shaking. See our Don't Miss picks from FourSee Entertainment for more.

They've Shot Flanigan Release Party
They've Shot Flanigan is releasing The Outlaw and the $10 admission includes a complimentary copy of that album. Free beer and wine has been donated, compliments of sponsors Fountain Square Brewery and the Brass Ring Lounge. They've Shot Flanigan has been making music in Indy for almost a decade; this new record is a concept album about the life and death of gunslinging cowboy.

Community Drumming Circle
The Community Drumming Circle is a weekly event at the Eiteljorg Museum taught by Tony Showa. Come shake off the stress of the week with this sweat lodge and pow wow leader and drum maker. The only cost is admission to the museum.

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
Progressive rockers Ultraviolet Hippopotamus are touring their third album, Square Peg Round Hole. Fellow musician Michael Travis of the String Cheese Incident said, of UH, “There are some wonderfully introspective and finely crafted songs that truly caught my ear and showed a wonderful depth of character and insightful song-writing sense.”

Sunday

Fishbone
Fishbone? Fishbone! I think this show will drum up a bit of extra interest because of the recent Roots' cover/Michele Bachmann/Jimmy Fallon debacle. Nerdy music fact: John Cusack was actually blashing Fishbone out of the stereo in “Say Anything.” Peter Gabriel's “In Your Eyes” was added later. If it's good enough for John Cusack, it's good enough for me.

Wednesday

Alabama Shakes
This Athens, AL native band mix funk and soul to create their sound. The Alabama Shakes, who sound like they have been around for years, are a must see. See our feature on Alabama Shakes for more.

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