Get Your Acts Together

Our handy guide to this year's Music Showcase

It's an odd and obsessive person who knows something about all of the acts performing at this year's showcase. Maybe you've got the hip-hop, the DJs and the live dance down cold...but what about the metal? Very few people will be hip to both crunk and punk. So for you, dear readers, we put together this guide. No more squinting at the schedule and saying, "I don't know anything about the band playing next." For when you have finished reading this, you'll know at least five whole things about each performer. Use it to branch out and learn something about the broad and bustling St. Louis scene. And have fun.

Main Outdoor Stage

1 P.M. -- SAC LUNCH Web site:www.saclunch.com

Sounds like: A funky version of the Roots

Trivia: One of their MCs is also a graphic designer

Often plays: Velvet (every Friday)

Music available: From their Web site, at shows and at Vintage Vinyl

3 P.M. -- LOJIC Also known as: Your secret lover

Music available: At www.cdbaby.com/lojic or at Vintage Vinyl

Dream venue: Catholic high school mixer

Gets pissed: About lack of unity in the local scene

Beverage of choice: Water, beer and blood

4 P.M. -- THE WHOLE SICK CREW Sounds like: Punk-rock pirates

Trivia: Not your typical lineup -- banjo, mandolin, xylophone and fiddle

Music available: At www.stlpunk.com (audio file downloads)

Often plays: 21+ shows

Fan attire: Black (they threaten to make June 25 at the Hi-Pointe their last show)

5 P.M. -- CORE PROJECT Web site: www.myspace.com/coreproject

Trivia: Went on tour with Nelly

Music available: At Vintage Vinyl, Streetside, Sam Goody, Borders

Worst gig ever: In front of Burlington Coat Factory

Beverage of choice: Weed

6 P.M. -- KIM MASSIE & THE SOLID SENDERS Web site: www.kimmassie.com

Sounds like: Aretha Franklin channeling Etta James

Trivia: Made her musical debut in It Ain't Nothing but the Blues

Often plays: A scorching cover of Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love"

Recent release: The Diva Survival Guide

7 P.M. -- THE SCHWAG Web site: www.theschwag.com

Trivia: Purchased a 330-acre campground where they throw several annual Schwagstock festivals

Music available: At shows and various local record stores

Dream venue: Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver, Colorado

Their Rolling Stone cover will read:"Rolling Stoned with The Schwag"

Market in the Loop Outdoor Stage

1:30 P.M. -- THE CHOIR (formerly The Spiders) Trivia: Groupies? They married 'em

Music available: At shows

Gets pissed: At Beatle Bob

Favorite local venue: Stratford Inn

Best gig ever: Not playing Rock Island

3 P.M. -- DUBTRONIX Sounds like: Heavy dub, instrumental roots reggae

Trivia: Dubtronix's DJ Ranx runs the late-night dub show (2 to 4 a.m.) on KDHX

Music available: At Vintage Vinyl

Fan attire: Yellow, red and green, mon!

Often plays: Blues on Main Street in Collinsville

4:30 P.M. -- THE PUBES Web site: www.the-pubes.com

Trivia: They're dead serious

New Music: Just started recording a new studio album with Matt Bug of Ded Bugs

Often plays: The Hi-Pointe and the Creepy Crawl

Their Rolling Stone cover will read: "Lion Mutilates 42 Midgets in Cambodia"

6 P.M. -- SOULARD BLUES BAND Web site: www.soulardbluesband.com

Starring: Art Dwyer, John Mondin, Bob Kamoske, John Wolf and Kirk Grice

Music available: On their Web site and at Vintage Vinyl

Recent release: Trickle Down Blues

Often plays: Broadway Oyster Bar (every Monday)

7:30 P.M. -- MURDER CITY PLAYERS Web site: Not really, but they're on www.stlscene.com

Trivia: Nine band members is a lot of band members

Often plays: Duck Room, Caribbean Sun

Dream venue: Jamaica

Best gig ever: Backing the Itals, the Ethiopians and U-Roy

Blueberry Hill-- Duck Room

6:30 P.M. -- HARKONIN Sounds like: Midwestern metal

Trivia: Drummer used to gig with late-'80s local band Dain Bramage

Dream venue: Wacken, an open-air heavy-metal music festival in Germany

Gets pissed: About everything but Harkonin

Beverage of choice: Beer and lots of it

8 P.M. -- THE CONFORMISTS Web site: www.theconformists.com

Trivia: Rocked Delmar from the back of a flatbed truck when not invited to play the showcase

Music available: From their Web site, from Collective Records and at Vintage Vinyl

Recent release: Two Hundred (2004)

Often plays: Lemp Arts Center

9:30 P.M. -- THE ELECTRIC Web site: www.the-electric.com

Together since: May 2001

Trivia: Caused $200 in property damage at the Eastside Tavern in Columbia

Gets pissed: About the lack of a local scene

Beverage of choice: A cocktail of beer, sweat and snot

11 P.M. -- TRIP DADDYS Web site: www.tripdaddys.com

Sounds like: Rockabilly

Trivia:Just celebrated their ten-year anniversary

Dream venue: Madison Square Garden

Gets pissed: When P.A.s are crappy

Blueberry Hill -- Elvis Room

7 P.M. -- THE ALL-STARS Trivia: Recently opened for Nelly at Savvis Center

Love them: Because they do community service projects while on tour

Favorite local venue: The Spot and the Pageant

Biggest crowd: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Beverage of choice: Cold water

8 P.M. -- DJ NEEDLES Sounds like: A hot hip-hop spin cycle

Trivia: He's a former member of the Soul Tyde collective and used to be a Q95.5 DJ

Often plays: The Science at Blueberry Hill

Recent release: Provided the beats for the track "From Here" on the new Nato Caliph seven-inch

Favorite way to unwind: Poker and Chappelle's Show

9 P.M. -- RUKA PUFF Sounds like: A crunk brawl

Trivia: Almost certainly the most giiii-normous musician playing the showcase

Music available: From Riverfront Records

Recent release: Escaped: Off the Chains

Fan attire: Apple Bottoms and bling

10 P.M. -- DJ CRUCIAL Web site: www.f5records.com

Trivia: Did a track with MC Eiht (of Compton's Most Wanted)

Music available: At Vintage Vinyl

Gets pissed: When people aren't supportive of one another

Everyone should: Know he doesn't smoke dope

Cicero's

6 P.M. -- FEMME FATALITY Sounds like: Dance punk

Trivia: Once mistakenly labeled as actually female by the RFT

Music available: At Vintage Vinyl

Often plays: Crowded shows at the Creepy Crawl

Fan Attire: It's still the '80s -- really

7 P.M. -- URBAN JAZZ NATURALS Web site:www.urbanjazznaturals.com

Starring: Don Tinsley, Mo Egeston, Christian Oncken and Dawn Weber

Sounds like: Electronic dance music with life

Trivia: Mo and Dawn also play around town as a duo

Fan attire: Parachute pants

8:45 P.M. -- SECRET CAJUN BAND(late addition) 10:00 P.M. -- MADAHOOCHI Web site: www.madahoochi.com

Trivia: Scott Rockwell is generally regarded as one of the best young guitarists in St. Louis

Music available: At shows and at Vintage Vinyl

Often plays: Cicero's (every Monday), Backstreet Jazz & Blues (every Wednesday)

Fan attire: Patchwork & patchouli

Delmar Restaurant & Lounge

7 P.M. -- BERRY Web site: www.berryrock.com

Sounds like: Mopey, pretty indie rock

Music available: At Vintage Vinyl

Recent release: Marriage, their first LP

Fan attire: Cigarette pants, white belts, corduroy jackets and tousled hair

8:30 P.M. -- 7 SHOT SCREAMERS Web site: www.7ShotScreamers.com

Trivia: Recently hired to be the back-up band for Exene Cervenka (of the legendary punk band X)

Often plays: The Way Out Club

Worst gig ever: Portland, Maine, last summer -- broken bottles, the hospital, etc.

Beverage of choice: Free beer

10 P.M. -- YOWIE Sounds like: An algebra test in stereo

Trivia: Pronounced "you-e," and hey, there's no bass player!

Music available: At www.skingraftrecords.com

Often plays: The small recesses of your mind

Recent release: Cryptooology, an "album at war"

11:30 P.M. -- CORBETA CORBATA Sounds like: An early version of The Fall

Music available: At Vintage Vinyl

Often plays: The Creepy Crawl

Recent release: Investing With... on Collective Records

Recent gig of note: Opening for jazz-punkers Nomeansno

Halo Bar

7 P.M. -- THE MEGA HURTS Web site: www.themegahurts.com

Sounds like: Pop-punk goodness

Often plays: Lemmons, CBGB, the Gearbox

Beverage of choice: The alcoholic kind

Nixed band name: Young Strippers of America

8:30 P.M. -- THE GENTLEMAN CALLERS Web site: www.gentlemancallers.net

Trivia: Their debut seven-inch sold out in Europe

Worst gig ever: Years ago at the Creepy Crawl -- only two people showed up

Beverage of choice: Beer

Misconception: They're garage, not retro

10 P.M. -- BUNNYGRUNT Sounds like: Twee power pop

Trivia: Has a song on the Bad Santa soundtrack

Music available: At Vintage Vinyl

Often plays: In the studio, where they're at work on a new album

Fan attire: Dress sharp

11:30 P.M. -- SEX ROBOTS Sounds like: Crack rock

Trivia: Almost the same lineup as the Pubes

Music available: From local label Roadhouse Tunes (www.roadhousetunes.com)

Often plays: Wire, Otis Redding covers

Fan Attire: Thrift-store chic

Pin-Up Bowl

7 P.M. -- ROB LEMON Web site: www.velocitypromote.com

Trivia: Signed autographs for two hours in Kansas City

Gets pissed: When club owners screw promoters

Beverage of choice: Grey Goose & sugar-free Red Bull

Everyone should: Wear comfortable dancing shoes to his gigs

8 P.M. -- KID DELICIOUS Trivia: Won a trip to Miami to play the Winter Music Conference, courtesy of the RFT

Day job: Real estate appraiser

Dream venue: The Dockside in Belgium

Often plays: The Pepper Lounge, Velvet, Upstairs Lounge, Drunken Fish, Oz

Beverage of choice: Lots of Red Bull and water

9 P.M. -- MIKE GOW Web site: www.djgow.com

Day job: Spinal-implant salesman and marketing manager

Best gig ever: New Year's Eve for the millennium at the Quest Club in Minneapolis

Beverage of choice: Tanqueray & tonic

His Rolling Stone cover will read: "Holy Gow!"

10 P.M. -- JIM K Web site: www.dedicationcrew.com

Trivia: This is jungle, not techno

Often plays: Upstairs Lounge, 609

Best gig ever: Washington Avenue Beat Festival 2000

Gets pissed: That the local scene is so small

11 P.M. -- STEVE-O Web site: www.albinoalleycat.com

Sounds like: Anything but techno

Dream venue: Anywhere in Europe

Best gig ever: New Year's Eve for the millennium in Köln, Germany

Beverage of choice: Red Bull and water 609

7 P.M. -- DAVE STONE TRIO Sounds like: Traditional jazz trio with an avant-garde twist

Trivia: Won the RFT music award in this category last year

Often plays: Mangia Italiano (every Friday night)

Fan attire: Buddy Holly glasses

Dream venue: Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy

8:20 P.M. -- RONDO'S BLUES DELUXE Sounds like: St. Louis blues at its best

Trivia: No one in the band is actually named Rondo

Often plays:Hammerstone's (weekly gig)

Recent release: Cross Eyed Cat

Fan attire: Smooth and casual

9:40 P.M. -- BENNIE SMITH & URBAN BLUES EXPRESS Web site: www.benniesmith.net

Sounds like: The Yoda of blues guitar

Trivia: Included among local jazz and blues celebrities on the picture wall at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups

Often plays: Riddles, Backstreet Jazz & Blues

Fan attire: Bifocals (Smith has been playing out since before he recorded with Ike & Tina Turner in 1963)

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