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Wasn't there a monster movie where a giant rock lobster came close to pulverizing the Moon, only to be foiled by that lovable flying turtle and Friend to All Children, Gamera? Yeah, Gamera vs. Rock Lobster, that's the one. Now chastened, said Rock Lobster will do its part in helping out the people of Japan, playing host to a benefit this Thursday sponsored by the generous chaps at Butler Scion (not to mention us folks here at NUVO). So there's your first stop for this weekend, with plenty more to do below:

Thursday

Aftershock: Benefit for Japan at Rock Lobster
Sure, there’s technically no cover, but figure on bringing what you can for this benefit for the people of Japan, who continue to be rattled by aftershocks — or, in some cases, are prohibited from going back to their home for something like a year. Kudos to all those involved, and we will name them all: Sphie, Scott Kline, Jascha, The Perennials, John Rambo & the Vietnam Wars and DJ B-Qwyatt on the indoor stage; the A-Squared DJs, John Nicholson, Kyle Hodges, Liar Mouth, Jackola and 25 Lighters on the turntables outside. 7 p.m., no cover (donations accepted for the American Red Cross), 21+.

The Whigs, Company of Thieves, Maravich at Radio Radio
Atlanta trio The Whigs started off life with a little bit rootsier sound, inspired by The Replacements and the whole of Southern rock. With the passage of time, they’ve cut out the twang, kicking into post-grunge, Foo Fighters-esque mode with last year’s In the Dark, produced by big-time indie dude Ben Allen (Animal Collective). With Chicago alt-rock band Company of Thieves and locals Maravich. 8 p.m., $10 advance, $12 door, 21+.

Delhi 2 Dublin, DJ Kyle Long at White Rabbit Cabaret
It was supposed to be a one-time gig. But Delhi 2 Dublin’s surprisingly seamless mix of Indian and Celtic music over biting electronic beats proved too irresistible. And it all started off in 2006, as a one-off event organized by a group of musicians from Vancouver. The first guy involved was Tarun Nayar, a cosmopolitan DJ who was asked to add Celtic music to his house mix for an Irish festival. Bhangra, a form of Indian music that has made its way west, entered the confection with the addition of Sanjay Seran, whom Nayar asked to contribute vocals. Wade Coggeshall has more. 8 p.m., $10 advance (brownpapertickets.com), $12 door, 21+.

EOTO, DJ Kodama at The Vogue
A live electronic duo featuring a couple percussionists from the now mostly-disbanded String Cheese Incident, Michael Travis and Jason Hann. Travis, who handled the set for String Cheese, works melodies for EOTO, playing keyboard, bass and guitar, while Hann sticks to the drums. It’s all performed live, with help from looping pedals and a mixing console. 8 p.m. doors, $18 (advance at eoto.eoto@gmail.com), 21+.

Friday

Jukebox the Ghost, Wakey Wakey, Pretty & Nice at Earth House Collective
A Washington, D.C.-based piano-pop trio in the realm of Ben Folds and OK Go, Jukebox the Ghost offers solid melodies, effectively arranged. Lyrics tend to be a little darker than the music itself, which takes the edge off the sweetness. 7 p.m., $11 advance, $13 door (plus applicable fees), 21+.

The Charlie Daniels Band at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
The wizened fiddler returns to town, bringing with him mirth, good cheer and conservative talking points. You may know him from "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." 8 p.m., sold out, all ages.

Saturday


Benny Golson Quartet at The Jazz Kitchen

An NEA jazz master, tenor saxophonist Benny Golson has adjusted with the times. He started his musical life in an R&B band before moving to jazz, collaborating with Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey in the late '50s, and with Art Farmer in the early '60s. But by the ‘60s and ‘70s, he had moved behind the scenes, taking work as an arranger. It was with a rougher tone but the same musical intelligence that he returned to active solo performance in the ‘80s. And now, at age 82, he's still working four-set weekend gigs, having recently returned to the sound of his hard-bop Jazztet on 2009's "New Time, New 'Tet." 7 and 9:30 p.m., $25, 21+.

Indianapolismusic.net 10 Year Reunion Show at Birdy’s Bar and Grill
The boards on indianapolismusic.net may not be quite as crowded as they once were. But the site is still going strong, churning out a Top Ten List and radio show each week. So it is nigh time to celebrate. A bunch of bands that were active during the early ‘00s — prime time for the site — will reunite for Saturday night’s reunion show, including Loretta, Extra Blue Kind, Citizens Band and Paging Raymond. This week, Paul Pogue looks back at the decade that was, catching up with the site’s founder and its current proprietors. 7:30 p.m., $5, 21+.

Celebrating Miles at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
Two bands play work from Davis' acoustic and electric eras. Trumpeter Wallace Roney will kick off the night, leading a band playing Davis’s post-bop work. Roney has played the role before, first on a 1992 memorial tour with Davis alumni Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams that resulted in the Grammy-winning "A Tribute to Miles." Then bassist Marcus Miller, who composed music for Davis's Tutu album, plays the Davis electric. 8 p.m., $15-$90 (plus applicable fees), all ages.

Jorma and Movie Bare, John Rambo & The Vietnam Wars, Vacation Club, The Kemps at White Rabbit Cabaret
It seems odd to launch a debut album with a series of reunion/farewell shows, but in the case of the band called Jorma & Movie Bare, that’s just how it worked out. The three-year story behind their new record, "Lollipop Gold," is as twisted as the spookedelic minimalist guitar pop it contains. Frontman Jorma Whittaker — best known as vocalist, bassist and chief songwriter for Marmoset — assembled Movie Bare several years ago as a vehicle for his solo songs and other non-Marmoset material. Scott Hall has the rest of the story. 9 p.m., $6 (includes download code for new Jorma and Movie Bare album, “Lollipop Gold”), 21+.

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, 16 Volt, Twitch the Ripper, Xiting the System, Jin-XS, Krazy Karoline at TRU Nightclub
An industrial showcase headlined by pioneering Chicago-based outfit My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, touring behind a comp celebrating its early stuff, Sinister Whisperz: The Wax Trax! Years, released when Wax Trax was the center of the industrial universe and home to a who’s-who of bands (Meat Beat Manifesto, KMFDM, Front 242). Thrill Kill Kult was something of a latecomer to that scene — its lead singer, Groovie Mann, was a lighting tech for Ministry before he formed his band — but they’ve also survived many similar groups, incorporating psych, lounge and go-go sounds in the meantime. 9 p.m., $15 advance (wantickets.com), $20 door, 21+.

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