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The Earth House is really where it's at this weekend, first for Friday's Jookabox farewell show (which doubles as a tape release show for Jookabox lead singer "Moose" Adamson's new project, DMA), then for Saturday's ambitious Gateway Show, which will see J. Brookinz, Grey Granite and a whole bunch of other dudes (and occasional dudettes) playing through both of their pot-themed Gateway albums. And other stuff is happening as well, including a concentrated nostalgia trip at the Murat and high-profile Canadian electro-pop at White Rabbit.

Thursday

Junior Boys, Miracle Fortress at White Rabbit Cabaret
Ontario-based electro-pop duo Junior Boys simplified things a little on their latest album, this year’s It’s All True, which opened with a gesture towards high-concept ‘80s synth pop (the busy, aggressive but well-balanced “Itchy Fingers”) before settling back into a low-key, hook-y, bedroom pop sound that has always been one of the band’s core modes, even as it co-existed with a taste for contemporary R&B and Kraftwerk-style techno on past records. 9 p.m., $12 advance (mokbpresents.com), 21+.

Friday

Jookabox, Doog, Oreo Jones, DMA at Earth House

Word came down the pike in early February that Jookabox was no more, having broken up a couple months in advance of their final record, Eyes of the Fly, which released without a whole lot of fanfare in April on Asthmatic Kitty, for it is hard to drum up much attention without a release show. The band was always centered around David “Moose” Adamson, who has moved on from Jookabox to record as a solo artist under another name, DMA, derived from his initials. His first album as DMA, Drem Beb, releases in a limited, cassette-only run this Friday on Joyful Noise Recordings, at a release party at the Earth House that will also feature the final performance by Jookabox. Think of it as a funeral and an, er, bris — or christening, or whatever secular version of a birth celebration you people are celebrating these days. I chatted with Adamson this week about Jookabox's breakup and his new projects: have a gander at the results, if you're so inclined. 7 p.m., $5, all-ages.

The Last Good Year, Goliathon, The Glass Identity Crisis at Birdy’s Bar and Grill
A hard rock showcase headlined by 2007 Battle of Birdy’s champions The Last Good Year, who will record their performance for a live album. With fellow locals Goliathon and The Glass Identity Crisis. 8 p.m., $5, 21+.

Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Vacation Club, Caleb McCoach, Adam Kuhn at The Vogue

The guys in the Indy-born, now Chicago-based indie-rock band Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s were disinclined to go the direct-funding route before this year. Here’s how they put it on their pledgemusic.com page, in a letter signed by the imaginary Margot: “In the past, we haven’t attempted this model because, quite honestly, a lot of the campaigns we saw felt disingenuous and at times, distasteful.” But they finally came around, launching a campaign to raise money for a new record this April, full of the kind of incentives designed to bring the super-fan closer to the band. At the $1000 level, you’ll get the chance to record a two-song single with the band. For $250, band member Erik Kang will play violin or lap steel on your record. The campaign is ongoing at pledgemusic.com; 237 percent of the goal has been raised (!), with plenty of incentives still on the board. 9 p.m., $15 (plus fees), 21+.

Saturday

The Verve Pipe at Eagle Creek Park
If you only remember The Verve Pipe for their single “The Freshmen” — you know, drop your voice down to Scott Stapp territory and croon, “We were merely freshmen” — well, you’d be like a lot of people, but you’d have missed their sort-of left-field turn into the world of children’s music with 2009’s A Family Album, a listenable kids album in the vein of recent work by They Might Be Giants. And so, yeah, that’s why the alt-rock one-hit band is playing Eagle Creek Park at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. 10 a.m., $6, all-ages.

Umphrey’s McGee, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears at The Lawn at White River State Park
The Chicago jam band Umphrey's McGee has long enjoyed a huge local following. And they deserve it, not least because the guys in the band are good friends to local bands, having loaned the Twin Cats some gear after the Indy-based group was robbed last year in Chicago. Not to mention that a full-fledged live album, 2007’s Live at the Murat, was recorded at our local temple to the Egyptian gods. With soul dudes Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. 7 p.m., $25 (plus fees), all-ages.

The Gateway Show, Indian City Weather at Earth House
No wonder this one is starting so early: J. Brookinz, Grey Granite and the small army of collaborators that brought you two albums worth of pot-themed hip-hop — The Gateway Drug, Vols. 1 and 2 — will perform the entirety of both albums Saturday night at the Earth House. 7 p.m., $5 advance, $7 door, all-ages.

Kenny Rogers at Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
Somewhere between press releases, the title to Kenny Rogers’s latest album, a collection of gospel tunes available exclusively at Cracker Barrel gift shops beginning in April, changed from For the Love of God to The Love of God. That’s really something of a shame, given all the fun I could have had in the Cracker Barrel gift shop, yelling the name of Kenny Rogers’s new album with just enough of an edge as if to make it sound like an expletive, all the time couched in such a respectful setting as to make people think twice, as in, “For the love of God!! Kenny Rogers’s new album is just so terrific, wholesome and filled with the spirit. Holy shit.” 8 p.m., $46.50-66.50 (plus fees), all-ages.

Sunday

The Monkees at Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

It’s not particularly thrilling news to hear that the Monkees are on tour again — they’ve reunited plenty of times over the past couple decades. But there is a fun twist to this year’s setlist: The band will play the soundtrack to their film, Head, in its entirety. A mostly humorless, mostly hitless production released after the TV show The Monkees had ended its run, Head is most remarkable for the way in which it ruthlessly deconstructs the image of The Monkees, who throw themselves off a bridge at the beginning of the film (to the strains of “Porpoise Song”). Read more about the reunion shows — and why The Monkees (the TV show) bears resemblance to Glee — on the other side of this link. 8 p.m., $63-73 (plus applicable fees), all-ages.

Monday

Duke Robillard Band at The Jazz Kitchen
Duke Robillard is a musician’s musician, a walking encyclopedia of music who shares his knowledge on the stage, and one of few artists whose epic solos are worth playing on the radio and seeing live. The guitarist/singer/songwriter was one of the founding members of Roomful of Blues, was a member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and has recorded with Bob Dylan, Ruth Brown, Jay McShann and Big Joe Turner, among others. The Blues Music Awards named him Best Blues Guitarist four times in a span of five years. And, to add one more piece to the pie, he’s also one of the most sought after producers in the business, working on albums for such artists as the aforementioned McShann, Jimmy Witherspoon and Billy Boy Arnold. 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., $15, 21+.

Das EFX, Marc Versus & Stone Messiah, Son of Thought, Ace One at Locals Only

While caricatured for their over-use of the suffix “-iggity” to end just about any word, Das EFX strongly influenced hip-hop in the early ‘90s with their rapid-fire, nonsense word-filled style, which included a lot of “diggities,” for sure, but also a dictionary’s worth of inventive neologisms and nonsense words. 9 p.m., $13 advance (brownpapertickets.com), $15 door.

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