Mohawk vs. Heezy
Despite the adversarial moniker, Mohawk vs. Heezy isn't in competition when the pair DJs together at venues such as 2720 Cherokee or Pop's Blue Moon. The Loyal Family associates work together to create good vibes, in the form of bass-heavy positive jams that draw from funk, grime, reggae, hip-hop, dubstep and electro. (AZ)

Scotty Mac
As a DJ, Scotty Mac isn't afraid to challenge himself — or seek out new ways to improve and refine his sets at Rue 13, Upstairs Lounge and Thaxton Speakeasy. Mac's bio on www.blackscience.com, describes his sound as being "comprised of old school classics, new school bombs, all killer, no filler, plus healthy doses of groovin' percussion, smoked-out keys, organic vibes, quirky basslines, exotic rhythms and those unexpected left-turn rarities that come flying straight out of nowhere." Well said. (AZ) Spankalicious
Spankalicious calls himself "the glitchy hippie" on his MySpace page, and it's an apt descriptor. But it's not the only way to describe the DJ, who embodies — and cherishes — the genre-splicing and spaced-out electro tendencies of the jamtronica scene. Fittingly, Spankalicious is DJing at this weekend's Wakarusa festival in Arkansas; while in town, he's opened for well-regarded national acts such as BoomBox and the Glitch Mob. (AZ)
12:30 a.m., Flamingo Bowl Main Room

Best Electronic Artist/Band

Exercise
Exercise comes off as a near pastiche of Animal Collective, albeit a version of AC that tends toward the lo-fi instead of the psychedelic. The band formed in 2008 after Berlin Whale disbanded and released its debut, Grandma's House, in the summer of 2009. The synth noise, echo-chamber vocals and Casiotone conceits definitely classify Exercise as art rock, and its live show is a raucous affair. Besides, you can't go wrong with lyrics like this: "Just keep your bed made/So I can get laid." — Diana Benanti
8:30 p.m., Over/Under Bar & Grill Patio

Murder Happens
The hallmarks of golden-era industrial music — manipulated beats, abrasive synths, heavy-metal guitars — are all rebooted on Murder Happens' 2010 release, Dead World and Dying Suns. Band leader and drummer Paul Wood enlisted some A-list talent for the disc; members of Ministry, Pigface and KMFDM all contribute. Still, it's to Wood's credit that the disc can stand on its own: He and his bandmates pay tribute to the electronic rock music of the late '80s while proving that the genre still has legs today. (CS)

Phaseone
Take heed: Phaseone is about to blow up something major. He remixes hard rap, effervescent shoegaze and dub to create singular works of electronic genius. The St. Louis producer has already caught the attention of well-respected blogs, while remix aficionados already know his name. In fact, his flawless remix of Animal Collective's "Daily Routine" has topped the Hype Machine more than once and earned him the title of "St. Louis' best producer" by the blog Gorilla vs. Bear. Phaseone is a prolific mixtape artist as well, and while his remixes of artists such as Nite Jewel, Kollosus and Grouper are tits, his solo stuff, such as "Tower Grove Joint" and "Sage," are psychotically beautiful ambient songscapes punched up with his signature dub flavor. (DB) Safety Words
Safety Words' The Ghostfaced Pixels Mixtape is copyright infringement as art, unauthorized a capella tracks of the Wu-Tang Clan melded with unauthorized Nintendo samples. Unlike most mashups, however, there's no irony, inside joke or punny moniker; Safety Words chose its incongruent source materials for their individual awesomeness. Pixels isn't a grandiose statement intended to transcend Ghostface Killah's Fishscale or recontextualize the Ninja Gaiden soundtrack — it exists because hearing "I react like a convict and start killin' shit" over a beat from Super Mario Bros. 2 is totally sweet.  — Ryan Wasoba
2 a.m., Lure Nightclub

Tone Rodent
How do you get Public Image Limited/Pigface/Damage Manual member Martin Atkins and Spacemen 3 drummer Rosco to work with you? As Tone Rodent discovered, just ask. The long-running — and loud — local shoegaze/noise act recently recorded some new music with both men, who are known for being post-punk and psych-noise innovators (respectively). Accordingly, the tracks with Rosco possess Spacemen 3-esque, ear-splitting vacuum roars — and should please fans of early, abrasive Jesus and Mary Chain tunes — while Atkins' contribution gives Tone Rodent some rhythmic heft. (AZ)
10:30 p.m., The Dubliner

Best Experimental Artist/Band

.e
Home-recording heroine .e (a.k.a. Dottie Georges) continues to create hypnagogic magic in a bandless world. Dreaming down the line of celestial harmony into the ether, this electronic seamstress exhibits her ability to mend the wounds of lost songs. Armed with her amalgamation of patchwork beats, grunge-pop guitar, waiflike murmurs and a Lou Barlow addiction, .e tackles the world head-on with a somber propensity — and a longing to see the heavens above. — Josh Levi

Glass Teeth
Glass Teeth mashes together '80s hardcore with electronic music and displays a variety of influences. But thankfully, its music doesn't sound like a mashup. A lot of that has to do with the growling of frontman Jeff Robtoy. Between songs at many of the band's shows, he's read from the Mormon bible, writhed around on the floor and insulted audience members. Later this year, Glass Teeth should release not one, but two seven-inch EPs. — Nick Lucchesi Eric Hall
South St. Louis pillar Eric Hall has stood tall over the local experimental music scene for more than a decade now. With a focus in sampling, looping and live manipulation, Hall's mixology skills encapsulate an expansive universe of sound and sonic wonderment. By blurring the lines of improvisation and composition, Hall is able to keep things interesting with each evanescent anthem, illuminating a symbiotic marriage of broken beats and melody in decline. (JL)
7 p.m., Nara Cafe & Hookah Lounge
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